Program Personnel

Larry A. Sparkman, Ph.D., Director

Dr. Larry A. Sparkman has served as the Director of the Luckyday Foundation Citizenship Scholars Program, a privately funded scholarship and four-year student development program that facilitates a living-learning community, service learning, and servant leadership at The University of Southern Mississippi since 2006.  The Luckyday Citizenship Program has been recognized as a Best Practice in Student Affairs in the state of Mississippi and received the Best Practice Silver Award from the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals and Administrators.  Most recently, the Luckyday Foundation Citizenship Scholars Program at Southern Miss has been named the Scholarship Provider of the Year for 2010 by the National Association of Scholarship Providers and Fastweb, LLC.  Larry’s previous professional experiences include:  serving as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer, directing a first year experience office, facilitating orientation for new students, directing student recruitment and enlistment, campus minister, serving as a children’s program coordinator at a psychological rehabilitation hospital, and working as a mental health professional in correctional institutions. Larry holds a Master of Social Work from Louisiana State University, Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from The University of Southern Mississippi.  Research interests include: Emotional Intelligence and its relationship to student persistence; student performance; and the impacts of service learning on the emotional intelligence of college students, college student retention, and college student character development.

Staci Cox, Assistant Director

As of 2008 Staci Cox has served as the Assistant Director of the Luckyday Foundation Citizenship Scholars Program at the University of Southern Mississippi. In this position Staci works closely with students in and outside the classroom while promoting the student development tenants of the Luckyday Foundation Scholars Program of servant leadership, service learning, and living-learning communities. Staci has been an active member within the Luckyday Scholar community since 2002 when she became a member of the inaugural class of Luckyday Scholars. Staci received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education in College Student Personnel from The University of Southern Mississippi. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration.