History of the Speaking and Writing Center

The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Speaking & Writing Center was originally created as two independent Centers. The Speaking Center was originally Directed by the late Susan Ross and the Writing Center run by Theodore Rogenbuck. After Hurricane Katrina, the Speaking & Writing Centers found a new home in the Gulf Coast Library on the Gulf Park campus, Room 107. In 2010, the two centers were combined to form one Center for Speaking & Writing.

In the summer of 2012, the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Speaking & Writing Center was absorbed by a newly created "Learning Commons," as apart of a vision to establish a 'one-stop-shop' for all things academic.

The Southern Miss Speaking & Writing Centers were designed to improve oral & written communication skills across the campus. As part of the University's Quality Enhancement Plan, the centers are available for all students, faculty and staff.

At our 2010 Inaugural Staff Development Workshop, the staff from both centers came together and created the following mission statement:

The Gulf Coast Speaking and Writing Center provides free peer-to-peer tutorial services for all University of Southern Mississippi students. We strive to demystify the art of communication and nurture each student's writing and speaking abilities in a positive, non-threatening environment. Through a collaborative tutoring process, we aim to help students apply knowledge learned in class on an individual basis which leads to more confident and competent communicators.

Today, the Speaking and Writing Center is apart of the Academic Success Center - a community of learning, one which students can visit for not only speaking and writing, but advanced mathematics, science, foreign language, and even computer science.