Gold medal winner and olympic basketball coach Jennifer Gillom at Rust College on February 13, 2013.
Where Tomorrow’s Leaders are Students Today Campus NewsBriefs A Weekly Update of Activities at Rust College Vol. 42, No. 15 February 4, 2013 Gold Medalist to Share Experiences with Students Motivational Speaker Part of 2012-2013 Lyceum Series Gold medal winner and Olympic basketball coach Jennifer Gillom will visit Rust College Wednesday, February 13. Gillom was an assistant coach to the 2010 USA Women’s Basketball World Championship team and the Olympic basketball team from 2012 Summer Olympics in London. A native of Abbeville, Mississippi, Gillom attended the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in Oxford where she earned a career record of 103-23, and appeared in four NCAA tournaments—including two appearances in the Sweet 16 and two appearances in the Elite Eight. After leaving Ole Miss, Gillom went on to play with the 1988 Gold Medal Olympic Team. She played seven seasons with the WNBA (Phoenix Mercury), and she is also the former head coach of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx. She is currently an assistant coach for the Washington Mystics. Jennifer Gillom Awards for Jennifer Gillom include the 1985 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year Award, the 1986 SEC Female Athlete of the Year Award, and the 2002 WNBA Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award. She was inducted to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (Knoxville, Tennessee) in 2009. The sports complex at Ole Miss was named the Gillom Sports Center after Jennifer and her sister Peggy. She is also the sister of Coach Priscilla Gillom-Fisher, Director of Student Activities for Rust College. Ms. Gillom will speak at 3:00 p.m. in Heard Auditorium of the McCarty-Varnell B.C.S. Building. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Upcoming Lyceum Events: Wednesday, March 6—7:00 p.m.: The Innovators, an a’cappella music group from Zimbabwe. The group was formed in 2007 and have recorded three albums and two singles. Their amazing tour journey helps fund the needs of the youth, children and families in Zimbabwe. Tuesday, March 12—7:00 p.m.: Watoto DeAfrika, Memphis Watoto Performing Arts Ensemble. This program uses a variety of afrocentric literary styles including movement and black poetic composition and expressions. The Memphis Watoto group has performed for Rust College students and community residents twice, with one performance incorporating members of the Rust College student body.