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Laura Antonow, Director

Laura Antonow has been involved with experiential education in both faculty and administrative roles at the University of Mississippi. She received a B.S. from the University of Texas – Arlington and an M.F.A. from Parson School of Design in New York. She has a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Mississippi – finally an alumna. Her research interests include experiential education, service-learning, intercultural competence, inclusive teaching, and women in higher education.

After living in New York City for several years, she returned to Oxford, her hometown – but continues to visit the Big Apple regularly. Washington, DC, Honolulu, Santa Fe, and New Orleans are some other U.S. cities she enjoys. Some lesser-known places she recommends are the Giant City State Park in Southern Illinois and Delray Beach in South Florida. She looks forward to visiting as many National Parks as possible in the upcoming year.

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Kevin Gates, Coordinator

Kevin Gates has been with Study USA since May 2016; he has a degree in education from the University of Central Arkansas and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from Ole Miss. His background prior to joining Study USA was in Admissions and Housing, and he uses that student affairs expertise to serve students participating in our experiential programs.

Originally from Arkansas, he grew up in and around Hot Springs National Park, which has led to his love of the outdoors, wild places, and travel. His goal is to visit all 63 national parks (though there were only 54 when he set this goal) and as many of the 423 sites administered by the National Park system as possible. His favorite National Park system site he has visited so far is Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico.

Study USA, The Division of Outreach and Continuing Education

  • Address: P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848
  • Location: Jackson Avenue Center – Suite H, 1111 West Jackson Avenue
  • Phone: (662) 915-2746
  • Fax: (662) 915-5138
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