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Association of Office Professionals

Overview of Association of Office Professionals (AOP)

The USM Association of Office Professionals (AOP) is dedicated to providing opportunities for communication and relationship building among staff members of the University. Membership is open to all USM support staff. Associate membership is open to supervisors of USM support staff. The USM AOP is affiliated with the Mississippi Association of Education Office Professionals (MAEOP), and the National Association of Educational Office Professionals (NAEOP).    




PSP credits are posted as events are approved for PSP credits and held remotely using Teams.

Fall Training Events
* Dates and time subject to change.  Changes will be reflected here and on AOP Listserv.



Navigating Change: Purposeful Process

Presented by Dr. Allison Gillespie, Asst. Provost for Academic Affairs-Institutional Effectiveness
12/3/20, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Learn how to identify strategies to effectively move from crisis management to transformational change by learning:

  • The definition of transformational change and the factors motivating change
  • The role of “planning to plan” when implementing transformational change
  • The importance of frequent and wide-spread communication
  • Strategies for campus-wide involvement in implementing transformational change

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Cybersecurity and Technology

Presented by Dr. Jeremy Graves


12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 

Understand how rapidly changing technology and cybersecurity are affecting the world and how you can remain safe while taking advantage of the benefits that technology provides. 

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Health in the Pandemic: Tips for Staying Healthy

Presented by Lisa Wright, MPH, CHES Health Educator/Assessment Officer

January, 2021

A pandemic increases negative factors such as stress and decreases beneficial factors such as time.  Learn how to stay healthy and effectively navigate these turbulent times. 

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The Changing Face of Admissions

Kate Howard, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment & Dean of Admissions


12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

How admissions in higher education is involving as a result of culture and technology. 

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Staying Healthy in 2021

Presented by Madison Estrada, M.S., LMLP

March TBD, 2021

With an increase in the impact of external factors affecting individuals, how can you remain healthy in 2021. 

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Leading in a Time of Crisis: Lessons Learned

Presented by Dr. Sirena Cantrell, Dean of Students


12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 

How a crisis forces you to rise to the occasion and the impact of lessons learned during crisis in making one a stronger leader. 

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The Biloxi Wade-Ins: Lessons About Effective Social Change

Presented by Dr. Casey Maugh Funderburk, Vice Provost for the Gulf Park Campus


12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 

What can be learned about how to effectively navigate social change from movements like the Biloxi Wade-Ins.  Learn about the Wade-Ins and how they effectively translated into social change.  Read the article on the Wade-Ins before attending. 

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Before attending our June 14th webinar, we recommend that you read Dr. Casey Maugh Funderburk's article on the forgettingthewadeinsarticle.pdf 

Training From Other Organizations

Working with Excel Tables

December 1st at 11 a.m. 

From time to time we offer a free training session on a technology topic.  This one is on working with Excel Tables.  We will go over, sorting, filtering, and calculating.  No experience is necessary.  The session will be on December 1 at 12:00 PM eastern. 

Use the link below to register: 

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USM AOP Training Schedule 


Need on demand training.  USM AOP has a variety of on-demand series. For more information, see our webinar series page. 

On the Demand Training Opportunities


Face-to-Face meetings have been cancelled indefinitely to avoid risks incidental to holding a public gathering.  Instead, AOP will be meeting remotely. The AOP General Meetings for 2020-2021 will be held on the third Tuesday of each month, unless a scheduling conflict occurs. This meeting will be considered a virtual meeting using Microsoft Teams unless otherwise noted. If you have questions about our meeting schedule, email, USM AOP Secretary. *

* Meetings are subject to being rescheduled.  For a complete list of meetings, see the Meeting Schedule Page.  If you need a copy of previous notes, please email a request indicating the meeting date to USM Board

AWARDS- Don't forget to submit our nomination for Educational Administrator of the Year and Educational Office Professional of the Year by Friday, May 1, 2021 (see the Guidelines document for additional information). 



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Membership runs from July 1st through June 30th.



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