Associate Dean Attends Distinguished Educators Visit at Maxwell AFB
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
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Dr. Mark Wrighton, associate dean and associate professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, recently participated in the U.S. Air Force's 2010 Distinguished Educators Visit at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala.

Wrighton, with faculty, staff and administrators from 24 universities across the U.S., met for a two-day briefing tour consisting of presentations on the Air University and the Air Force's collegiate Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program. The program provides scholarships to qualified students who, upon graduation, become commissioned officers with a 4-year service commitment.

In addition to touring a C-130 on the flight line, a briefing on security dog training and an observation of cadet training, Wrighton had lunch with Southern Miss AFROTC Cadet Maribel Seegmiller, a student participating in the cadet summer encampment training at Maxwell AFB. Seegmiller, a top officer candidate in the university’s 432nd AFROTC Detachment, will receive her commission in spring 2011.

"It was a pleasure speaking with Cadet Seegmiller," said Wrighton. "She explained that the training is difficult, but this is how our students grow – through the challenging learning experiences that we provide, both in and out of the classroom.”

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Dr. Mark Wrighton, associate dean and associate professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, sits in the cockpit of a C-130 while participating in the U.S. Air Force's 2010 Distinguished Educators Visit at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala. Wrighton, with faculty, staff and administrators from 24 universities around the U.S., met for a two-day briefing tour consisting of presentations on the Air University and the Air Force's collegiate Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program.

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