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Students, Faculty, Staff Honored at 2016 Awards Day Ceremony on Gulf Park Campus

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Gulf Coast businessman and Friendship Oak Award recipient Butch Oustalet was recognized as an outstanding local community member during Southern Miss Gulf Park’s Awards Day. He is joined by Vice President for Gulf Park Dr. Steven Miller (right) and Interim Associate Provost Dr. Casey Maugh Funderburk (Submitted photo.)

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus held its annual Awards Day Ceremony April 26 in the Fleming Education Center Auditorium on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The event recognized students, faculty and staff for their outstanding scholastic performance and service to the University.

During the ceremony, University faculty and administrators recognized students selected for Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges; top scholars from the Gulf Park campus in each of the University’s six academic colleges; and members of the Southern Connection Leadership Team and Gulf Park Student Government Association for their service to the University during the 2015-16 school year.

The University also presented the Friendship Oak Award, a newly founded community partner award, to an outstanding Gulf Coast community member. This inaugural honor was presented to Butch Oustalet, a Gulf Coast business owner and philanthropist. Oustalet has sponsored the Southern Miss Gulf Park employee awards since 2007 and is an ongoing supporter of the University’s Gulf Park campus.

Top student awards included the following:

*Hall of Fame: Monique Betting, Biloxi; Elizabeth Bosarge, Ocean Springs; Cara Rodgers, Gulfport; Bianca Stewart, Gulfport.

*Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
Undergraduate: Lindsey Bell, Waveland; Monique Betting, Biloxi; Alyssa Comfort, Gulfport; Megan Cromwell, Pass Christian; Binesha Fairley, Gulfport; Jamie Henton, Gulfport; Kimberly Lacap, Long Beach; Ashlei Lewis, D’Iberville; Elizabeth Mast, Gulfport; Kaouthar Mejdoubim, Gulfport; Heather Miller, Long Beach; Nicole Miller, Biloxi; Rachel Moreno, Biloxi; Cara Rodgers, Gulfport; Victoria Smith, Gulfport; Bianca Stewart, Gulfport. Graduate: Elizabeth Bosarge, Ocean Springs; John Hubbard, Fairview, Texas; David Singleton, Biloxi; Ashley Lewis, Ocean Springs.

Outstanding Student Organization: Student Veterans of America

McNair Scholar: Bianca Stewart of Gulfport

Best Citizen: Binesha Fairley of Gulfport

*Faculty and staff awards included the following:

Students’ Choice Award: Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, Department of Human Capital Development

2015-16 Gulf Coast Faculty Council President and Butch Oustalet Distinguished Professorship Service Award: Dr. David H. Holt, Department of Geography and Geology

Butch Oustalet Distinguished Professorship Research Award: Dr. Frank Joseph Hernandez, Jr., Department of Coastal Sciences

Butch Oustalet Distinguished Professorship Teaching Award: Jill Arnold, Department of Biological Sciences

Outstanding Staff Awards: Janice Berthelot, iTech; Jensa Besse, College of Science and Technology; Eunice Scott, Division of Student Affairs.