Pride of the Pine belt: Michael Ibos

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - You can often find Michael Ibos busily working at Southern Miss's Thad Cochran Center setting up events, securing the building, making sure things are working properly or even saving someone's life.

Ibos described a scary incident that happened this spring. He said, "It was one night, there was an event on a Sunday night upstairs in the grand ball room where a gentleman was having a heart attack and I used my first aid training."

Ibos used the Thad Cochran Center's automated external defibrillator and revived the man.

"By the time the paramedics got here, he was breathing on his own, had a steady pulse," said Ibos.

Michael Ibos is a junior marketing and management major at Southern Miss, who has been working at the Thad Cochran Center since his freshman year. As part of his job there, he also manages fellow student employees. That has earned him lots of respect from staff members like Megan Wilkinson.

"I can count on him to train our student employees. I'll put any new staff and put them on his shift because I know he'll be able to take them on his side and really teach them all the necessary skills they need to know," said Wilkinson.

Ibos is from Kenner, Louisiana and plans to continue his work at the Thad Cochran Center through the summer and into his senior year at Southern Miss.

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