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The Ogletree House

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The Ogletree House Named for Powell G. Ogletree, the first full-time Alumni Director for The University of Southern Mississippi, and home to the Southern Miss Alumni Association Originally Constructed in 1912 First Occupied by the Alumni Association in 1976 Named for Powell Ogletree in 1987 Fully Restored and Expanded in 2009 Booklet published in 2009 in conjunction with the September 11 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the restored and expanded Ogletree House

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Powell G. Ogletree 1922 - 2005

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ery few individuals are as woven into the fabric of the University as is Powell G. Ogletree. A former editor of The Student Printz and a double graduate of

Mississippi Southern College with a bachelor’s degree in 1948 and a master’s degree in 1951, Powell literally dedicated his life to the betterment and progress of The University of Southern Mississippi. Powell accepted Dr. R.C. Cook’s invitation to become the first full-time Alumni Secretary for the institution and started work on June 22, 1953. He moved into a 10' x 16' office in College Hall with one secretary. There were records on 3,200 former students, 150 paid alumni members, no organized chapters, and financial assets of $55.86. When he retired on October 31, 1987, there were records on 59,000 alumni, more than 17,500 active members of the Association, 60 organized chapters, and assets exceeding $600,000. Powell’s thumbprint can be seen on most of the watershed events that affected the future of the institution during his tenure. Can you imagine Southern Miss without its university status? What if we had not changed our mascot to the Golden Eagles? What if the University President still resided at the corner of one of the busiest traffic intersections in the state? What if Southern Miss had no Foundation to accept and administer its charitable gifts? What if an Alumni Hall of Fame had not been established to recognize our most notable alumni? While Powell shared credit for all of these accomplishments with many others, any Southern Miss historian will quickly tell you that none of the questions posed above could have been answered in the affirmative without Powell’s involvement and leadership. There is no doubt that Powell’s 34 years of service to the University, coupled with his continued involvement and dedication as Director Emeritus of the Association from the time of his retirement until his passing on June 11, 2005, warrant that his commitment be recognized with a facility worthy of his name.

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History of the Ogletree House

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he Ogletree House, designed by R.H. Hunt of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and originally built in 1912 as the President’s Home for Mississippi Normal College, is

a Mississippi Historic State Landmark Building and one of The University of Southern Mississippi’s five remaining original buildings on the Hattiesburg Campus. The building served as the home for the first five presidents of the institution until 1975 when it was repurposed for the use of the Southern Miss Alumni Association. The facility was named for the organization’s longtime director Powell G. Ogletree in 1987. In 1976, the Alumni Association moved from its offices in the Student Union (now McLemore Hall) into the Alumni House. Given that the Association, utilizing a campaign chaired by Hattiesburg physician Lamar Gillespie and with the faithful service of then Alumni Director Powell Ogletree, had launched an effort to raise $200,000 to build a new University President’s Home, the University allocated the existing President’s Home for the Association’s use. On August 20, 1987, the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, commonly known as the College Board, approved a request from then Southern Miss President Aubrey K. Lucas to have the facility named the Ogletree House in honor of Powell G. Ogletree, who had announced his retirement from the University effective October 31, 1987. The Ogletree House was dedicated on November 7, 1987, honoring Powell’s 34 years of service to Southern Miss as Director of Alumni Relations. Following a multi-million dollar fund-raising effort, initiated in 2005 and completed in late 2007 with more than 850 alumni and friends of the University having made contributions, and a 20-month construction project to completely restore and greatly expand the facility, the Association’s staff returned to the Ogletree House for its reopening in 2009. The functionality of the new facility was greatly increased by the addition of spacious offices, restrooms, a work room, and a small conference room on the second floor along with the addition of a new kitchen, atrium, courtyard, enlarged restrooms, and a 1,300 square foot multipurpose room on the first floor. Today, the Ogletree House, which was increased in size from 6,500 to 12,800 square feet, both properly honors the legacy of one man and effectively serves more than 100,000 others as the home for Southern Miss alumni. The Ogletree House 3


The Ogletree House Campaign and the Restoration and Expansion Project could not have been possible without the leadership and dedication of the following individuals.

Alumni Association Executive Committee Membership 2005 – 2009 Rosemary Aultman Curt Hébert Mark Jackson Bob Jefcoat Rex Kelly Morgan McCarty Ira Middleberg

Danny Mitchell Eugene Owens Jim Payne Bob Pierce Lou Ann Poynter Ron Russell Larry Watson

Ogletree House Campaign Committee 2005 – 2007 Aubrey Lucas – Co-Chair Mark Cumbest Lamar Gillespie Curt Hébert Rex Kelly Bob Mixon Jeffrey O’Keefe

Lou Ann Poynter – Co-Chair Eugene Owens Liz Payne Susan Riley Ken Shearer Ralph Simmons Bonnie Warren

Ogletree House Building Committee 2006 – 2009 Randy Pope – Chair Diane Berry Kelli Brent Walt Denton Lester Haddox Rita Hailey-Burks Doug Hancock Bob Jefcoat

Tom King Steven Linton Aubrey Lucas Glanice Roberts Martha Thornton Benny Waddle Larry Watson

University Leadership Martha Saunders, President

Joe Morgan, Chief Financial Officer

Architect Albert & Associates Architects, PA

General Contractor DC General Contractors, Inc. 4 Campaign & Construction


Overview of the Campaign & Construction Project

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n 2004, the leadership of The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association embarked on a project to totally restore the Ogletree House and to expand the facility to almost twice its original size. This ambitious construction project cost more than $4 million, and through the efforts of the Ogletree House Campaign Committee and generous donors to the cause, funds were raised in excess of the original $3 million goal to support this important initiative. The project was formally adopted by the Board of Directors of the Southern Miss Alumni Association on April 23, 2005. Upon learning of the effort to raise $3 million for the restoration and expansion of the more than 90-year-old facility, Alumni Hall of Fame members Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas and Lou Ann Poynter enthusiastically accepted invitations to co-chair the Campaign. The Ogletree House Campaign Committee began its work on June 16 and a formal campaign announcement took place on July 28. The goal was to have the entire $3 million committed by the end of the 2006 calendar year so that construction could begin in January 2007. More than $750,000 had been committed at the time of the announcement, including the lead gift from Lou Ann and Louis Poynter. One month later, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf South. The Campaign was suspended for six months while those impacted recovered. The fund-raising initiative reached its midpoint on June 15, 2006, and met its $3 million goal in December 2007 with a formal groundbreaking ceremony held on January 18, 2008. At its conclusion, more than 850 alumni and friends of the University had participated in the Campaign, donating in excess of $3.26 million, representing 109 percent of the original $3 million goal. The construction project, officially completed with the ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 11, 2009, transformed the structure from a stately old President’s Home that had been modified to only adequately support the staff of the Southern Miss Alumni Association into an impressive, modern facility that maintained its historic charm while serving as a fully functional alumni center. The restored and expanded Ogletree House, designed by Larry Albert’s firm of Albert & Associates, and built by DC General Contractors, returned the facility to its original glory while improving the size, use, and beauty of the building. With this significant initiative, the Alumni Association prepared the Ogletree House to serve as the home for Southern Miss alumni for the institution’s next 100 years. The Ogletree House 5


Major Contributors

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The Poynter Room

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he Poynter Room is named in recognition of Lou Ann and

Louis Poynter, longstanding supporters of The University of Southern Mississippi and the Alumni Association, who were instrumental in the success of the Ogletree House Campaign. The Poynters, along with their daughter Melissa Poynter-Powell, provided the lead gift for the project. Lou Ann and Louis are Life Members of the Association and are members of the USM Foundation’s Honor Club. Lou Ann served as President of both the Alumni Association and the Foundation and is a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame. The Poynter Room serves as the primary gathering space in the Ogletree House and accommodates such functions as board meetings, lectures, banquets,

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The Phalen Courtyard

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he Phalen Courtyard is named in recognition of Bill Phalen who is a successful

entrepreneur in the areas of radio broadcasting and publishing. Phalen, who served as University Commencement Speaker at the spring 2009 ceremonies, continues to be a major supporter of The University of Southern Mississippi. Originally from Chicago, Bill served as business manager of The Student Printz during his days on the

Hattiesburg Campus. An Association Life Member, Bill is a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame and the Hall of Fame for the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. The Phalen Courtyard includes the Waites Fountain, the Ingram Viking Grill, and capacity for two 20' x 20' tents, and is an ideal outdoor gathering place for the Golden Eagle faithful. The bronze eagle sculpture in the Waites Fountain was crafted by

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Ben Watts of Columbia.


The Draughn Parlor

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he Draughn Parlor is named in recognition of Max and Susan

Draughn, who have been significant supporters of The University of Southern Mississippi over the years. The Draughns dedicated the Draughn Parlor to Doris Draughn, Max’s mother who was a 1961 Southern Miss alumna. Max has served the University in numerous capacities including as a member of the Board of Directors for both the Alumni Association and the USM Foundation. Max, who is a member of the Southern Miss 100, was also a member of the Business Advisory Council and was honored as the Entrepreneur of the Year by the College of Business in 2004. The Draughn Parlor provides the primary entrance to the Ogletree House and features the official portrait of

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the building’s namesake, Powell G. Ogletree.

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The Carlisle Conference Room

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he Carlisle Conference Room is named in recognition of Gene and Karen Carlisle. With numerous gifts to the Athletic Department and the College of Business, the Carlisles have been two of the University’s most loyal supporters. Gene, a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame, as well as the M-Club Hall of Fame, had the field at M.M. Roberts Stadium renamed in his honor in 2004. Gene also has served as Chairman of the Business Advisory Council and was named the College of Business Distinguished Alumnus in 2002.

The Simmons Kitchen

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he Simmons Kitchen is named in recognition of Linnie Cockrell Simmons and Ralph T. Simmons. Ralph named the Ogletree House kitchen in honor of his mother, Linnie, to memorialize their special relationship, one that was highlighted by time spent together in the kitchen of his childhood home. Ralph served as President of the Alumni Association and is a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame in addition to being selected as the MVP (Most Valuable Participant) of the Ogletree House Campaign Committee. Additionally, all of the appliances in the Simmons Kitchen were made possible thanks to the involvement of the Viking Range Corporation of Greenwood, Mississippi.


The Bonnie Purvis Warren Library

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he Bonnie Purvis Warren Library is named in recognition of Bonnie and Lawrence Warren. The Warrens are Life Members of the Alumni Association as well as members of the Athletic Foundation’s Circle of Champions and the USM Foundation’s Honor Club. As a student, Bonnie was Homecoming Queen, Miss USM, and a Dixie Darling. Bonnie is a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame and has served as National President of Kappa Delta Sorority. Lawrence was recognized by the Alumni Association with the Friend of Southern Miss Award in 1992. ➢

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he Thornton Reception Room is named in recognition of Drs. Jon and Christy Thornton and their children, Micah, Noah, and Claire. Jon and Christy have remained loyal supporters and fans of Southern Miss, where they met as students. In addition to their contributions to the Ogletree House Campaign, the Thorntons are Life Members of the Alumni Association and are members of the Athletic Foundation’s Circle of Champions and the USM Foundation’s Honor Club. Jon has been a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, while both Jon and Christy have served on the Athletic Foundation Board.

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The USM Foundation Atrium

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he USM Foundation Atrium is named in recognition of The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation. The USM Foundation was chartered in 1959 by Moran M. Pope, Jr. and then Alumni Association Executive Secretary Powell G. Ogletree, and its office was once housed on the second floor of the Ogletree House. The USM Foundation, which serves as the fundraising arm of the University, has been a longtime partner of the Alumni Association in advancing the University and its mission.

The Waites Executive Director’s Suite

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he Waites Executive Director’s Suite is named in recognition of James and Josephine Waites, who have been caring and loyal supporters of The University of Southern Mississippi. Jimmy and Jo have supported Southern Miss for decades with their time, energy, and financial resources. The Waites are Life Members of the Alumni Association, Eagle Club contributors, and members of the USM Foundation’s Honor Club. Jimmy served as President of both the Alumni Association and the Foundation and is a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame.


The Busby Staff Support Services Room

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he Busby Staff Support Services Room is named in recognition of Leonard and Lynn Busby. Residents of Laurel, the Busbys have assisted The University of Southern Mississippi in numerous ways. The Busbys are Life Members of the Alumni Association and are members of the Athletic Foundation’s Circle of Champions and the USM Foundation’s Honor Club. Leonard was a four-year letterman for the Golden Eagle football team, playing defensive back from 1976 to 1979.

The Payne Family Staircase

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he Payne Family Staircase is named in recognition of Jim Payne and Larry and Liz Payne, whose family has been synonymous with advancing the University for years. Benefactors of the Payne Center, the University’s recreational facility, Jim, Larry, and Liz are all members of the Alumni Hall of Fame. Jim and Larry have both served as President of the Alumni Association, with Jim also having served as USM Foundation President, while Liz and Larry served as Co-Chairs of the Founders’ Society. The stained-glass windows in the Payne Family Staircase were created by Pearl River Glass Studio in Jackson. The Ogletree House 13


The Waites Fountain

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he Waites Fountain is named in recognition of Thad and Gerry Waites. Generous supporters of the University, the Waites are members of the Eagle Club, the Athletic Foundation’s Circle of Champions, the Alumni Association, and the USM Foundation’s Honor Club, providing scholarships in the areas of Science and Technology and Music. Both have served on the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and the couple was recognized with the 2008 Friend of Southern Miss Award by the Alumni Association.

The Haddox Flag Staff

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he Haddox Flag Staff is named in recognition of Lester and Jan Haddox, who have been Southern Miss supporters for decades. The couple established the University’s first endowed scholarship in 1964, and they are Life Members of the Alumni Association. In addition, the pair holds membership in the Athletic Foundation’s Circle of Champions and the USM Foundation’s Honor Club. Lester served as President of both the Alumni Association and Foundation and is a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame.


The Ivey Columns

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he Ivey Columns are named in recognition of Marlin and Nelma Ivey. Loyal and dedicated to The University of Southern Mississippi, the Iveys have donated their time and resources to benefit the University. The Iveys are Life Members of the Alumni Association and support the Eagle Club and the USM Foundation’s Honor Club. Marlin is a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame and served a twelve-year term on the Board of Trustees for the State Institutions of Higher Learning.

The Ward Columns

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he Ward Columns are named in recognition of Billy Tom Ward, a loyal Southern Miss alumnus who earned his bachelor’s degree in 1958 and master’s degree in 1965. He is a Life Member of the Alumni Association, a member of the Athletic Foundation’s Eagle Club and Circle of Champions, and involved with the USM Foundation’s Honor Club. He can often be found at Southern Miss athletic events and alumni gatherings supporting his Alma Mater and cheering the Golden Eagle athletic teams.

The Rotary Garden

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he Rotary Garden was funded by a gift from the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg. In addition to Powell Ogletree’s love of Southern Miss, he was also highly involved in the Rotary Club, including serving as a District Governor and being selected as a Paul Harris Fellow. While most known for his motivational line, “It’s great to be a Golden Eagle!,” Powell also used the sentiment with his favorite civic organization, as “It’s great to be a Rotarian!” could often be heard at Rotary events.

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Office & Column Donors

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The Allison Room

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he Allison Room is named in recognition of Bill and Lucille Allison, parents of loyal alumnus and former Southern Miss baseball letterman, Reed Allison. Reed is a member of the Alumni Association, Eagle Club, and the USM Foundation’s Honor Club and has served on the Board of Directors for both the Alumni Association and the USM Foundation. He was recognized by the Alumni Association with the Outstanding Service Award in 1996.

The Chain Room

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he Chain Room is named in recognition of Bobby and Betty Chain. Important fixtures in the history of the University and the City of Hattiesburg, Bobby and Betty have made a difference in the lives of those around them. They are members of the Alumni Association, the Athletic Foundation’s Circle of Champions, and the USM Foundation’s Honor Club. Bobby, an Alumni Hall of Fame member, is a former Mayor of Hattiesburg and served twelve years on the Board of Trustees for the State Institutions of Higher Learning.

The Chancellor/Palmer Room

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he Chancellor/Palmer Room is named in recognition of business partners Mike Chancellor and Bob Palmer. Proud supporters of The University of Southern Mississippi and particularly of the Golden Eagle athletic teams, Mike and Bob have made a difference at Southern Miss. In addition to their membership in the Southern Miss Eagle Club, Mike is a Life Member of the Alumni Association, and Bob can often be found in his black and gold encouraging others to support the Golden Eagles. Chain Room

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The Finnegan Room

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he Finnegan Room is named in recognition of Charles Finnegan. A stalwart businessman, respected general contractor, and strong supporter of The University of Southern Mississippi, Charlie is a member of the Alumni Association and the Athletic Foundation’s Circle of Champions, as well as the USM Foundation’s Honor Club. He served as a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and has been recognized in the Hattiesburg community with the prestigious Hub Award.

The Gillespie Room

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he Gillespie Room is named in recognition of Lamar and Joy Gillespie. Proud alumni of The University of Southern Mississippi, Lamar and Joy have supported Southern Miss in areas ranging from the arts to athletics. The Gillespies, who are good friends with the Powell Ogletree family, sent all four of their children to Southern Miss. Lamar served as President of both the Alumni Association and Foundation and is a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame.

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he Hébert Room is named in recognition of the parents of Curt and Virginia Hébert. The Héberts, including Curt and Virginia’s children Lane, Ashley, and Trey, dedicated this room to Curt and Virginia’s parents, Curtis and Ann Hébert and Jerry and Lucie Lane, with gratitude for their never-ending love, affection, and parental support throughout their years. “Thanks for teaching us the values that led us to The University of Southern Mississippi.” Curt, the 2009-2010 Alumni Association President, is an Alumni Hall of Fame member. Gillespie Room

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The Langton Room

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he Langton Room is named in recognition of Ed and Lynda Langton. Faithful supporters of The University of Southern Mississippi and the Southern Miss Alumni Association, Ed and Lynda are Life Members of the Alumni Association and are members of the USM Foundation’s Honor Club. Ed, a strong advocate for the DuBard School, also served as President of both the Alumni Association and the USM Foundation and is a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame.

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organ & Angela McCarty named the McCarty Room in honor of Morgan’s parents, Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth McCarty. Dr. McCarty, a Southern Miss graduate and Alumni Hall of Fame member, served as a history professor at the University for 40 years, and Mrs. McCarty taught in the University’s English Language Institute. All three of Dr. and Mrs. McCarty’s children, Melinda, Morgan, and Jeanne, and their spouses are proud Southern Miss alumni.

The Mixon Room

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he Mixon Room is named in recognition of Bob and Judy Mixon. Very few couples have proven their loyalty and dedication to The University of Southern Mississippi as strongly as Bob and Judy. The Mixons are members of the Southern Miss Alumni Association, the Athletic Foundation’s Eagle Club and Circle of Champions, and the USM Foundation’s Honor Club. Among his numerous roles of service to the University, Bob, an Alumni Hall of Fame member, served as President of the Alumni Association, the Foundation, and the Athletic Foundation. McCarty Room

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The Myrick Room

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he Myrick Room is named in honor of Lewis and Margie Myrick, who are involved supporters of Southern Miss and the Hattiesburg community. They are members of the Southern Miss Alumni Association, Eagle Club, and the USM Foundation’s Honor Club. Lewis, a strong proponent for higher education and member of the Alumni Hall of Fame, served on the William Carey University Board of Trustees and the USM Foundation Board of Directors.

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illiam “Son” Rhodes memorialized his niece, Pamela Rhodes Shields, with his gift to the Ogletree House Campaign as a reminder of her wonderful but short life. A Moss Point resident, Pam was killed in an automobile accident while a sophomore at Southern Miss in 1973. As a student, she was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority, a successful scholar, a cheerleader, and a top fifteen campus beauty. Son, a 1957 graduate, is a former member of the Mississippi state legislature.

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he Robinson Room is named in honor of Robin Robinson, who served as a member of the Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees. She is a Life Member of the Alumni Association, served on the Board of Directors, and is a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame. Robin also served on the Mississippi Gaming Commission, was named one of Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women, and served as National President of Business and Professional Women. Myrick Room

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Column Recognition Tommy & Karen Baylis Mark & Pam Cumbest The First, A National Banking Association Inez Hood Heidelberg Herman & Sharon Herrin Mickey & Linda Hudson Karen & Stuart Irby Bud & Virginia Kirkpatrick John Lazenby & Stacey Lazenby Malaret Mississippi Power Foundation Roy & Elizabeth Newman Jeffrey & Lynn O’Keefe Warren Parker & Ina Claire Parker Jan & John Polk Paul & Pat Rimes Jason & Mary Sanderson Martha Saunders & Joe Bailey Ken & Carolyn Shearer Marvin & Susan Shemper Chevis & Marcia Swetman Charles & Diane Thomas The Joe Winstead Family The Ogletree House 21


Special Recognition Martha’s Magnolia

The magnolia tree located on the west side of the Ogletree House was named in honor of the University’s ninth President, Dr. Martha Saunders, as a sign of gratitude for her efforts to make the Ogletree House Restoration and Expansion Project a reality. In addition to committing significant funding to the effort, Dr. Saunders intervened to save the magnolia tree when it was scheduled to be removed for the placement of a sidewalk.

The Warren Paving Parking Lot

The parking lot on the west side of the Ogletree House was named in honor of local asphalt company Warren Paving and its owner Lawrence Warren for their involvement in the construction of the parking area. Lawrence agreed to pave the parking lot at no charge when costs had to be reduced to proceed with construction. Lawrence is a great friend to Southern Miss, and his extensive participation is greatly appreciated.

Ogletree House Painting

Janet Shearer, a 1990 master’s graduate of the University, painted the original of the Ogletree House that hangs in the Carlisle Conference Room. She created the beautiful painting and donated it to the Ogletree House Campaign so that its naming rights could be auctioned off to support the fund-raising initiative. John Lazenby and his daughter Stacey Lazenby Malaret, both Southern Miss alumni, purchased the painting’s naming rights to recognize Polly Odom and Jewel Tucker of the University President’s Office for their years of service to Southern Miss.

The Ingram Grill

Alumni Association Past President and Alumni Hall Fame member Robert Ingram and his wife Barbara contributed funds to provide for the Viking Range gas grill located in the Phalen Courtyard. A loyal and active supporter of the University, Robert’s involvement led to the relationship with Viking Range Corporation in Greenwood, Mississippi, that resulted in Viking appliances being installed throughout the Ogletree House.

The Graham Oak

In addition to a financial commitment made to the Ogletree House Campaign, Mark and Wendi Graham, along with their sons Jackson and Eli, made a unique contribution to the project. The Graham Oak, which lives on the northern grounds of the Ogletree House, was grown from an acorn produced by the beloved Friendship Oak on the University’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, Mississippi. The Grahams grew the acorn into a sapling that was donated to the site.

The Gold Leaf Tablet

On July 7, 2008, the stone tablet displayed in the south wall of the Phalen Courtyard appeared at the Ogletree House construction site with a note requesting that the tablet “be permanently displayed in the Ogletree House in Powell’s honor.” The Ogletree House Building Committee obliged, and The Gold Leaf tablet became a permanent fixture in the design of the Ogletree House. 22 Special Recognition


Donors of $1,000 – $15,000 platinum & Supporting level gifts Gail & Larry Albert Rosemary & Les Aultman Dick & Diane Berry DC General Contractors, Inc. Glen & Judy Davis Dwight & Virginia Harrigan Mark & Olga Jackson Rex & Becky Kelly Susan & Richard Long

gold level gifts Fred Adams, Jr. Atherton Consulting Engineers BancorpSouth Don & Patricia Benefield Phil & Deborah Bryant Henry Conn Janis Campbell Cooper Sarah Joe Dabbs Beverly Dale Lucy, Jack & Walt Denton Chad & Katherine Driskell Don & Marilyn Driskell Tom & Leslye Gibbens Mark & Wendi Graham Hancock Bank Don Hemeter

silver level gifts Spencer & B.J. Adams Linda Allbritton Ted & Barbara Alexander Wynn & Carolyn Alexander Randy & Cheryl Alford Anderson Retail / Allen Anderson Dorrance & Carolyn Aultman B & S Appliance Distributors Alton & Kay Bankston Brandon Belote A.C. & Malva Bilbo Joe & Betty Boardman Annelle Bonner Chris & Katherine Boone Judith Bostwick Wesley & Lillian Breland Jayne Perkins Brown Phillip Buckner Chris Callac Claude Campbell Bill & Susan Carter Brett & Heather Cassell Robert & Joyce Coghlan Milam & Betty Cotten Cheryl Cranford Arty & Heather Creel Pat & Grover Cruise William Daly Jerry & Bethanie DeFatta Jefferson & Catherine Devine Richard Donnell East Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter

Aubrey & Ella Lucas Tom & Jana McDonnell Danny & Patty Mitchell Judy Bookout Morgan Newman Lumber Company The Powell G. Ogletree Family Bob & Kristi Pierce Regions Bank Rexel USA/Steve Holifield

Susan & Robert Riley David Rimes W. Dayton Robinson Doug & Pam Rouse Susan Thomson Rutland Bill & Penne Ward Warren Paving

Billy Hewes Warren & Carolyn Hood Charles & Janie Houser Krandall & Winnie Howell Paige & Debbie Howell James & Allen Hutto Robert & Barbara Ingram Bob & Patricia Jefcoat Rick Lambert Ralph McDaniel Paul & Georgie McMullan Raymond & Lois McMullan Joe & Meg Paul W.A., Abb & Jennifer Payne Jack & Marsha Peters Randy & Kathy Pope

Tracy Powell & Deana Drewry Charles & Glaniece Roberts Harry & Jan Ruffin Luke Schissel Ray & Jo Anne Sims South Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter Sylvia & William Teasley Martha & Tommy Thornton James & Arlyn Trussell Trustmark National Bank Sharon Walker Larry & Carol Watson Bruce & Virginia Wilgus Ed & Gloria Williamson

Webb Farish Becky Sue Fitch Steve Frazier Hilton & Kimberly Gillespie Harry & Marcia Goff Al & Jacqueline Gordy William Grantham Hattiesburg Coca-Cola Hattiesburg Medical Supply Steve & Ann Holifield David Hosemann Mike Houpt Melanie Hunsberger Jeff & Peggy Johnson Troy & Erin Johnston Kim Jones Frances & Ray Karnes Tom & Susan King Laurel Metro Alumni Chapter Lawrence Lennon Earl & Bobbie Marshall Melissa McDaniel Bucky & Joy McElroy Mike & Missy McMullan Rose & George McNeese James & Pat McPhail Tanya & William Mearse Doug & Becky Montague Steve Moore Eugene Owens Alfred & Kim Pace Lyle Page Edna Perkins

Ron Phillips Greg Pierce Moran & Yvonne Pope Tom & Meg Puckett Mike Ratliff Andy & Shannon Reed Edwina Rees Vic & Kathy Roberts Kathleen Rush Ken Rushing Ron & Monica Russell Ben Samel Doug & Rhonda Seidenburg Dale & Janet Shearer William Sheppard Richard & Jerri Simmons Jason & Jennifer Skrmetti Donald Smith Roy Smith Southeast Mississippi Alumni Chapter Southern Miss Panhellenic Council Kenneth & Virginia Stevens Fred & Mary Margaret Tatum Shelby & Shirley Thames Jim Thomas Jack Triggs Tommy Vervaeke Benny & Pam Waddle Roy & Mary Evelyn Ward Deborah & William Watts Evelyn Wellons Clymer Wright

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Restoration & Expansion Team Albert & Associates Architects, PA The Alumni Association was fortunate to have the Ogletree House restoration and expansion to be conceptualized by the firm of Albert & Associates Architects, one of the leading preservation architectural firms in the state. Albert & Associates is a multidisciplinary firm offering services in architecture, landscaping design, interior design, and 3D services. Located in downtown Hattiesburg, the firm was established in 1995. Other projects on the University’s Hattiesburg Campus designed by Albert & Associates include the Thad Cochran Center, the Trent Lott Center, the Centennial Gateway, and the restoration of the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building.

DC General Contractors, Inc. Construction of the restored and expanded Ogletree House was performed by DC General Contractors of Hattiesburg. This construction services firm has a diverse construction background ranging from industrial facilities and multi-story office buildings to medical and educational institutions to historical restorations. DC General also constructed the suites at Pete Taylor Park and performed the restoration of the Historic Hattiesburg Train Depot.

Mississippi Department of Archives & History Because the Ogletree House is a registered Mississippi Historic State Landmark Building and one of the five remaining original buildings on the Hattiesburg Campus, the restoration and expansion project was performed with the permission, and under the supervision, of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. MDAH, headquartered in the state’s capital of Jackson, was founded in 1902 and is the secondoldest state department of archives and history in the country.

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The Ogletree House (History and Donors)  

Includes a history of the Southern Miss Alumni Association's Ogletree House, as well as notes on major donors to the 2005-07 Ogletree House...

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