Contact Shelia White 228-865-4573
LONG BEACH – Judy Isbell, director of Web-based marketing, and
Shelia White, director of marketing and public relations at the
University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, each won a Lantern
Award at the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF) conference
held this month in New Orleans.
“Southern Miss Gulf Coast Hurricane Katrina Web” won Isbell the
Lantern in the Web Site, External Communication Category. The entry
highlighted the communication strategy and Web site implementation
in the months following Hurricane Katrina.
White received the top award in the Feature Stories Category for
her story, “Friendship Oak: A Symbol of Strength.” Written in the
days following Hurricane Katrina, the feature highlighted the survival
of the 500-year-old live oak tree on the Gulf Park campus in Long
The Lantern Award is given to work that is deemed outstanding in
its field and surpasses all other entries in the category. The competition
was open to public relations practitioners in the four-state region
of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida panhandle.
Dayonne McGuire, director of enrollment and marketing, also received
the designation of senior practitioner by the organization. Nomination
and selection are made by each local chapter based on criteria set
For more information, contact White at 228.865.4573.