History of the Center

The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Speaking & Writing Center was originally created as two independent Centers. The Speaking Center was originally Directed by the late Susan Ross and the Writing Center run by Theodore Rogenbuck.  After Hurricane Katrina, the Speaking & Writing Centers found a new home in the Gulf Park Library, Room 107.  In 2010, the two centers were combined to form one Center for Speaking & Writing.  Today, upon visiting the Center, you will be able to receive free, peer-to-peer tutoring from a well-trained consultant in any area of speaking and writing. 

The Southern Miss Speaking & Writing Centers were designed to improve oral & written communication skills across the campus. As part of the University's Quality Enhancement Plan, the centers are available for all students, faculty and staff.

At our 2010 Inagural Staff Development Workshop, the staff from both centers came together and created the following mission statement:

The Gulf Coast Speaking and Writing Center provides free peer-to-peer tutorial services for all University of Southern Mississippi students. We strive to demystify the art of communication and nurture each student's writing and speaking abilities in a positive, non-threatening environment. Through a collaborative tutoring process, we aim to help students apply knowledge learned in class on an individual basis which leads to more confident and competent communicators.