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Inaugural Class of Southern Miss Marine Science Students Graduate PDF Print E-mail
Monday, December 14, 2009
Contact Charmaine Williams Schmermund, 228.865.4573   

The University of Southern Mississippi’s inaugural graduating class of marine science bachelor’s degree students have been recognized by the U.S. Navy as graduates of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command’s (NMOC) Enlisted Marine Science Education Program (EMSEP).

“We are very proud of this exceptional group of students, many of whom are graduating with distinction,” said Dr. Steve Lohrenz, chairman of the Southern Miss Department of Marine Science. “They have set a high standard for the program. I also commend the faculty members, students and staff who contributed to the development and success of this program.”

EMSEP is a science and mathematics intensive education program for active duty enlisted Navy weather and ocean forecasters. It is designed to establish an educated senior enlisted leadership core for the Navy oceanography community and grow diversity in the oceanography officer corps. The class of 10 full-time students, who attended Southern Miss Gulf Coast for more than two years, will receive both a bachelor of science in marine science degree and a certificate from NMOC.

Graduate Justin Shaw of Bailey, Colo. said he’s honored the Navy selected him for the opportunity to participate in the program. “I feel that I have more to offer the Navy and the world through this experience, and I await the next challenge the Navy throws my way,” he said.

The development of the bachelor’s degree in marine science was in response to a specific request by the U.S. Navy to provide the opportunity for their enlisted personnel to obtain an undergraduate degree and achieve a higher rank based on their education.

“We’re grateful for the support of the U.S. Navy in jumpstarting this program, which will benefit not only military personnel, but civilian students as well,” said Lohrenz. “The graduates from this program will provide a much needed ocean-savvy workforce with a skill set that will match the growing needs of a variety of marine-related fields including marine technology, coastal management and marine environmental science.”

Graduate Terrance Green of Quincy, Fla. said the success of the program was a result of the hard work of Southern Miss Gulf Coast faculty and other individuals committed to the NMOC vision. “The EMSEP program has equipped us to tackle not just the issues within the Navy, but global issues as well,” he said.

For more information about the bachelor of science in marine science degree program, contact the Southern Miss Department of Marine Science at 228.688.3177 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it .


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– The University of Southern Mississippi’s inaugural class of marine science bachelor’s degree students graduated from the university recently and have been recognized by the U.S. Navy as graduates of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command’s (NMOC) Enlisted Marine Science Education Program (EMSEP). Graduates include, from left to right, (back row) Justin Shaw, honor graduate David Elliott, Terrance Green, Ryan Sorge, Keith Philips, Andrew Ribar, Carlos Martinez, (front row) David Jones, Juan Arredondo, Patricia Kelly and guest speaker Rear Admiral Jonathan White. (University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu/gulfcoast .
                                                                                            
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