Tornado damage on campus

I am breaking out my photography skills for this post. I walked around the Southern Miss campus and snapped a few photos of the damage/clean-up. The photos do not do it much justice, but I tried my best. I used my Sony Cybershot camera to take all the photos except for the last one where I used my iPhone. So, here goes nothing….









This is a picture of a pile of debris on campus. Unfortunately, there are several piles like this one.









Tree limbs and sticks litter campus.









Our brand new fence around campus got all bent out of shape when the tornado struck campus.









The live oak tree that stood near Southern Hall took a hit and is no more. That particular tree not only provided shade in the hot summer heat, but also provided a place for students to hang their hammocks from the tree limbs and enjoy a nice afternoon.









This tree took a big hit as well. You can see all the debris from the tree littering the street.









A friend looks for his car that got damaged in the storm.









This is in between Southern Hall and McLemore Hall. Mud and tree debris can be found all over campus.









More debris piles around campus. The clean-up process has begun and slowly, but surely, campus will be restored to its grandeur.











We found his car. They had towed it to the car compound. You can see it took a pretty big hit on the passenger side. This was one of the most damaged vehicles though. Most of the vehicles had blown out windows, but others had some side damage as well.

I think this was one of the worst storms in the history of Southern Miss. We will rebuild! Other parts of Hattiesburg got severe damage as well, mostly towards the downtown area. My church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, took a big hit and it will take some time to recover. It’s a very sad feeling, but we are a strong community. I want to thank everyone who has come out to show their support by either donating or helping with the clean up. Thanks and SMTTT!

I just survived a tornado…

So I just survived my first ever tornado! Crazy right??? I have never before in my life witnessed a tornado and this thing was massive! Here is a picture of half the tornado taken at T.G.I. Friday’s in Hattiesburg, Miss. That is one of my co-workers, Bethany, in the picture. This thing was massive (later announced as an EF4 tornado)…you can only see half of it because it was moving so fast.












After I snapped this picture, I went straight to the freezer with the few guests that were there. I was not about to get hit by one. Thankfully, it was on the other side of the highway though.

On my drive back home, I witnessed a bunch of debris on the roads and trees were down. Here are a few of those pictures (sorry they are a little blurry…I was taking them from my car…don’t worry, I was stopped while taking the pictures).












Here is a tree down on Hardy Street, blocking the left lane.

uprooted tree









Sorry it is so dark, but you can kinda tell that the tree was uprooted completely.

After I witnessed this tree down, I saw that the Jr. Food Mart gas station was destroyed.

gas station









This is the intersection at the gas station. The light posts were completely destroyed, power was out everywhere. This is also right next to the Southern Miss Campus, where I go to school.

gas station 2











Here is a really blurry one, but it is of the gas station. You can kinda see where the pumps used to be.

gas station 3











I think this used to be a light post… You can see that it is all bent out of shape from the tornado.

gas station 4











The “what used to be gas pumps” photo. You can see the fire trucks and police cars are there.

So sorry the pictures are blurry. I was taking them from my iPhone while sitting in my car. But hey, I survived a tornando with no damage done to my apartment complex, or my car, or my work place and lived to tell the tale. I just hope I never have to go through this again. It was scary then and I’m sure it will be scary again. Please just keep Hattiesburg in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.

(All images are my own)

Social Media

As you know, I am a student at Southern Miss. I created this blog for my mini session class, MCJ 480, or Seminar in Journalism: Social Media Success. I have really enjoyed this class so far. We spent all day yesterday setting up Twitter accounts (and crashing Twitter!) and linking that to HootSuite (crashed that site too!). You can follow me on Twitter (@lisagurley) and I will probably follow you back. If you go to Southern Miss and love social media, I highly recommend this class. Dr. Gina Chen is an awesome professor!

I am an Advertising student, but social media is a big part of any career choice, not just mass communications. If you love advertising, check out the other blogs on my blog roll as well. You can also follow me on Pinterest and check out my Advertising board.

Social media is a great thing to be involved with and it really connects you to others with similar interests. I have a Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and now a blog. I’m not big on Twitter, but I will try to “tweet” as much as I can. Personally, the best way to contact me is through my email address. If you don’t have social media accounts, I recommend you establish one or two or three. I think it really helps with the endless job hunt I am on.

Anyway, hope you enjoy this crazy blog.


About me

Me at a kids' birthday party.

Me at a kids’ birthday party.

me with a "flower"...gotta make that wish!

me with a “flower”…gotta make that wish!

I’m Lisa if you haven’t figured that out by ¬†now. I am from Hernando, Miss. (that’s just south of Memphis). I started this blog for one of my classes so we shall see how this goes. I am a senior advertising student at Southern Miss down in Hattiesburg, Miss. I am the treasurer of the American Advertising Federation, or AAF and I am the Design Editor for The Student Printz. I am currently on the job hunt.

I have 3 part-time jobs here. As I said, I am the Design Editor of our student newspaper, The Student Printz, I keep the little kiddos at Westminster Presbyterian Church, and I am a hostess at T.G.I. Friday’s. It may seem like a lot, but I love them all.

I love the design aspect of Advertising. That is what I want to do in my field. I have given a thought to menu designing for T.G.I. I have also given a thought into doing the posters, brochures, and pamphlets for the military. I come from a military background and would like to keep that connection going even after I graduate. I am basically up for anything with design and I will move anywhere. I can only handle so much of this crazy Mississippi weather.

I like to have fun, hang out with friends, read those non-educational books, and just relax. One of my goals in life is to collect all the Disney classics by the time I am 30. And let me tell you, I have quite the collection going.

I hope you enjoy my blog about my life as a college student.


(All images are my own)