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Cynthia Crosby accepts her winnings from AOP Treasurer Cynthhia Walker.  

We are excited to announce that Cynthia Crosby is our winner for the Split the Pot fundraiser. The fundraiser will support three members' attendance at the National Association of Educational Office Professionals 2024 Annual Conference. We want to thank everyone who participated in this fundraiser. Congratulations, Cynthia!

MAEOP Logo  

The Southern Miss chapter of the Association of Office Professionals  is recently announced that five of its current and former members have been elected to serve in leadership positions for the Mississippi Association of Educational Office Professionals (MAEOP). Read the full news release here!

Dena Temple   Congratulations to AOP's publicity chair, Dena Temple, who received a 2024 Coastal USM Outstanding Staff award. Two days later she received the 2024 USM College of Business and Economic Development Outstanding Staff Member award! In addition to her regular duties, Dena uses her advertising and marketing background as part of the School of Leadership's marketing committee and manages the school's publicity activities.
Geneal Washam   Congratulations to AOP's president-elect, Geneal Washam, who was recently promoted to Student Life Budget Manager, where she gets to feed her love of finance and budgeting. She said, "I have a great team that supports each other and fosters a positive work environment. I also love working with students to teach them about financial literacy."
AOP Cards for Caring 2023  

During the Cards for Caring program in December, USM AOP in Hattiesburg helped USM’s Sigma Alpha Lambda chapter with writing 163 cards for residents at nursing homes in Petal and Hattiesburg. In addition, AOP members on the Gulf Coast wrote cards for the U.S. Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport and three other long-term care facilities on the Coast.

AOP Cancer Center Donation  

Thanks to the generous cash and food donations to the Forest General Cancer Center Snack Fund, AOP was recently able to deliver free snacks for patients undergoing cancer treatment. To have something pleasant, such as a cookie or chips, during such an unpleasant time can bring comfort to patients in need.

Homebaked for the Holidays  

Working with the Wesley Foundation and Sigma Alpha Lambda, the USM Association of Office Professionals distributed home-baked cakes and cookies to USM’s international students who are staying in Hattiesburg for the holidays. The Home-baked for the Holidays program, in its fourth year, helps bring joy to those far from home. We hope we made your holidays a little brighter! (image courtesy WDAM)

Seniors Snack Drive  

We all know that seniors in our area are in need. AOP recently provided some holiday cheer as well as necessities to seniors in a local nursing home, thanks to the generosity of its members and the Southern Miss community.

Coats - Thank you  

THANK YOU to the generous people who donated coats and other outerwear for our international students during our Coats for Comfort drive. Over 40 garments will be keeping them warm this winter! We would also like to acknowledge Town & Country Cleaners in Hattiesburg for their donation of cleaning for all the pre-owned coats.

Food Drive 2023  

Food insecurity is a reality. We need to help our students succeed. AOP put out the call, and people responded. In November, we delivered several boxes of food to the Eagles Nest Food Pantry on the Hattiesburg campus. Thank you for helping to make this food drive a success!

Blessings in a Backpack   AOP would like to thank everyone who donated cash and/or items for our Blessings in a Backpack initiative. We were able to help many of our international students who might otherwise have had to do without important school supplies.
Dajaneir Thompson   Dajaneir Thompson was named the winner of the 2023 Outstanding Staff Award - USM Gulf Coast. Congratulations Dajaneir!
Joyce Powell, President   Dr. Joyce Powell was named the winner of the 2023 Outstanding Staff Award - USM College of Business and Economic Development. Congratulations Dr. Powell!

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