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Meet Sirena Cantrell

Sirena Cantrell

What’s your title? Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

What does that mean? Under this title, I supervise the following areas: Counseling Services, Moffitt Health Center, Dean of Students Office, Office for Disability Accommodations, Housing and Residence Life, and Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families.

What is your hometown? I was born in Waukegan, Illinois (right outside of Chicago). But my father worked in food service and we moved many times when I was younger. I would say my hometown is Caledonia, Mississippi where we lived the longest.

Share a bit about your family. I have one brother who is three years older than me. I have amazing parents who have always been by my side. I am married (Larry) and we have one child, Brody. Brody is a freshman in high school this year at Petal.

What are your hobbies? What’s your passion? I love basketball and spent my college years playing at Millsaps College. My hobbies are redoing furniture and anything that involves painting. I love sitting on the beach too!

When did you first hear about Southern Miss? I heard of USM when my family moved to Mississippi. I started my job here at USM on October 1, 2019.

What is your best or most favorite skill or strength? My caring nature.

What college professor or advisor do you most admire? Dr. Jim Borsig

What was your major? Psychology in undergrad and School Counseling in graduate school

Social Media? I mainly use facebook, Instagram and twitter.

Office Location? Student Union RM 220 (directly above subway where I smell cookies and bread all day long!) 

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