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Released August 21, 2003

THIRTEEN NEW FACULTY JOIN SOUTHERN MISS GULF COAST

LONG BEACH - Thirteen new faculty members will begin teaching this fall at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast.

"We are pleased to welcome all of these new faculty members to our Southern Miss Gulf Coast family," said Dr. Jay Grimes, provost of Southern Miss Gulf Coast. "We invite them to share in our continued growth here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast."

Dr. Edith Adan-Bante, assistant professor of mathematics, received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Michoacan. She obtained master's degrees in mathematics from National University of Mexico and the University of Illinois. She also holds a doctorate of philosophy in mathematics from Illinois and worked there previously as visiting assistant professor.

Dr. Douglas Bristol Jr., assistant professor of history, holds a master of arts degree in history from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He also holds a doctorate of philosophy degree in history from the University of Maryland. He previously worked as a lecturer of history at Coppin State College.

Jerry Coleman, instructor of geography, received his master's degree in geography from Southern Miss. He previously taught part time at Southern Miss Gulf Coast until becoming a full-time instructor of geography.

Troy Gibson, visiting professor of political science, received a bachelor of arts degree from Southern Miss, a master of arts degree from the University of Georgia and is currently a doctoral candidate at Georgia. He previously worked as an instructor of political science at Georgia.

Charlotte Gore, instructor of nursing, received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from William Carey College's Gulfport campus. She also received a master of nursing degree from Louisiana State University. She previously worked as a clinical instructor for the adult health program in nursing at LSU.

John Harris, instructor of mathematics, earned a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Millsaps College and a master of science degree in mathematics from Louisiana State University. He is presently a doctoral candidate at LSU and worked there previously as a graduate teaching assistant.

Dr. Jazmir Hernandez, lecturer in the biological sciences, received a doctorate of medicine from the University of Venezuela and a doctorate of philosophy from Penn State University.

Paula Kopp, instructor of nursing, received a diploma in nursing from Newport Hospital School of Nursing, Newport, R.I. She also holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing and a master of science degree in nursing from Southern Miss Gulf Coast. She previously worked as cardiac-care coordinator at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport.

Dr. Fujun Lai, assistant professor of management information systems (MIS), holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and software from Lanzhou University in China. He holds a master of engineering degree in technology economic from Tianjin University in China and a master of science degree in enterprise software from Central Michigan University. He also holds a doctorate of philosophy degree in operations management from City University of Hong Kong. He previously worked as a visiting assistant professor at Tennessee State University.

Dr. James Miller, professor of computer science, holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He also holds a master of science degree from Auburn University and a doctorate of philosophy degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He previously worked as professor of computer science and statistics at Southern Miss in Hattiesburg.

Dr. Beth Roberts, visiting assistant professor of English, received a bachelor of arts degree in French and a bachelor of science degree in engineering (chemical engineering) from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She received a master of arts degree in English from the University of Tennessee and a doctorate of philosophy degree from Tulane University. She previously taught English at Tulane University.

Kelley Samblis, visiting instructor of curriculum and instruction, holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Southern Miss Gulf Coast and a master's degree in elementary education from Nova University in Melbourne, Fla.

Dr. Vincent Stretch, assistant professor of psychology, received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from the University of Nevada. He received a master of arts degree in psychology and a doctorate of philosophy in psychology from the University of California.

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