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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Contact Charmaine Schmermund - 228.865.4573   

This briefs package highlights timely news and events from The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. For more information on any of the stories below or for assistance in arranging interviews, contact the Department of Marketing and Public Relations at 228.865.4573.
• Disney Imagineering Executive next Issues + Answers Lecturer
• Adult Education Master’s Courses to be Offered at Keesler

Disney Imagineering Executive to Present at Issues + Answers Lecture Series

LONG BEACH, Miss. –  Jack Blitch, vice president for Walt Disney Imagineering, will present "IMAGINEERING: The Disney Way" Tuesday, May 26 at 7 p.m. at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Advanced Education Center auditorium on the Gulf Park campus.

Blitch’s presentation is part of the Issues + Answers lecture series, sponsored by Southern Miss Gulf Coast and The Sun Herald.

In 1988, Blitch joined Walt Disney Imagineering and has overseen the development of many popular Disney attractions. He is responsible for all levels of project development on large attractions, resorts and theme park projects and manages the process of theme park creation from concept initiation through installation at Walt Disney World and Disney MGM Studios.

Issues + Answers lectures are free and open to the public. The Southern Miss Gulf Park campus is located on Highway 90 in Long Beach three miles west of Highway 49. For more information on this lecture or the Issues + Answers lecture series, visit or call 228.865.4573.

Southern Miss to Offer Adult Education Master’s Courses at Keesler

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, BILOXI, Miss. – The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will offer core courses for the adult education master’s degree at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi beginning June 1 for the summer semester.

The adult education master’s degree is a practitioner-oriented graduate degree with a focus on adult learning in diverse settings. The degree can lead graduates to opportunities in a variety of careers, including administration, staff development, program coordination and human resource development.

A total of 30 hours of coursework is required to earn the degree, which includes four core courses, four elective adult education courses and two research courses. The four core courses are scheduled once per semester and taught at Keesler Air Force Base. The remaining courses may be completed as online electives.

For more information on the adult education master’s degree, visit or call admissions at Southern Miss Gulf Coast at 228.214.3444.

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