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Released August 23, 2004

LEARNING ENHANCEMENT CENTER DIRECTOR NAMED

HATTIESBURG - Sheri Rawls has been named director of The University of Southern Mississippi's Learning Enhancement Center, an initiative of the Title III-A project housed under the Office of the Provost.

"Sheri brings to the job a dynamic understanding of technology as a teaching and learning tool," said assistant provost, Dr. Bradley Bond. "Her ability to work with learners - whether students, faculty, or staff - has long been recognized by all who have benefited from her instruction."

A graduate of Southern Miss, Rawls earned a bachelor's degree in environmental design and a master's degree in instruction technology. A member of the university staff since 1984, Rawls also serves as an adjunct professor for the Department of Fashion Merchandising, where she teaches a professional presentations course.

During her service at Southern Miss, Rawls has served as coordinator of Graphic Services for the Teaching Learning Resource Center, as team leader of Multimedia Services for the Office of Technology Resources, and as the Instructional Technologies training and graphics specialist for the Office of Technology Resources. She continued her service as documents and publications specialist for the Office of the Provost, later accepting the position of instructional designer with the LEC.

"Sheri has been influential in assisting our School of Human Performance and Recreation develop a pilot project to create online courses and programs to meet the demands of our current and future students," said Lou Marciani, director of Human Performance and Recreation. "The Learning Enhancement Center has provided our faculty with the opportunity for professional technology development training to better serve our students. In a changing market place, the resources provided by the Learning Enhancement Center have given our faculty the cutting-edge technology to be competitive."

Rawls is currently serving on the Space Utilization and Allocation Committee as well as various other committees focusing on faculty development programs for the university community. She is a member of the Consortium of College and University Media Centers.

For more information about the Learning Enhancement Center, visit www.usm.edu/lec.

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September 8, 2004 4:33 PM