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8 News Around Campus

12 Calendar of Events

13 Association News

28 Foundation News

51 Athletic News

54 Snapshots

56 Class Notes

24 The Eagle Has Landed

Initiated by the Southern Miss Alumni Association more than two years ago, with the assistance of the USM Foundation and Student Government Association, the three groups contributed $70,000 to fund the construction of a habitat at the Hattiesburg Zoo for its newest tenant. The golden eagle, named “Nugget” by the zoo’s staff, was permitted to the zoo after a rigorous application process. This exhibit will provide alumni and students with an opportunity to learn about the golden eagle.

34 It’s Time: Ray Guy Awaits the Call from the Hall

For seven years, Ray Guy ’72 has been a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but this year he has what many are calling his best opportunity to be a Hall of Famer. The case for Guy’s enshrinement is solid, as he impacted football in a way that other punters had not prior to his playing days. It is memories created with teammates and coaches from both his days at Southern Miss and with the Raiders that stand out most of all for the greatest punter who ever lived.

39 Annual Report 2012-13

Although faced with unforeseen challenges, the Southern Miss Alumni Association accomplished much over the past year. From a $100,000 contribution to the University’s Campus Beautification Campaign following the Feb. 10 tornado, to continuing to locate and reach out to potential Southern Miss legacies and awarding a record number of Pierce Legacy Scholarships, the Association is making a difference for this great institution.

48 Gates Welcomed as 2014 Dale Distinguished Lecture Series Featured Speaker

In 2008, Dr. Beverly Dale, Southern Miss alumna and daughter of the late Lieutenant Colonel John H. Dale, honored her father by creating the Lt. Col. John H. Dale Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series in International Security and Global Policy. On Feb. 6, 2014, former Secretary of Defense and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Dr. Robert M. Gates will be the featured speaker for the third Dale Distinguished Lecture.

Front Cover: Ray Guy ‘72, the greatest punter in NFL history, and the man whose name is on the award annually

given to the top collegiate punter, has what many are calling his best opportunity to be a pro football Hall of Famer. Photo by the Oakland Raiders.

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ALUMNI STAFF Executive Director Jerry DEFATTA ’00, ‘10 Associate Director for external affairs Jennifer Payne ‘04 Associate Director for Internal Operations Dane Reiter ‘06, ‘07, ‘10 Assistant Director for Communications Jenny Boudreaux ‘08 Manager of Programs Dawn Smith ’95, ’12 Manager of Constituent Relations Laurie Benvenutti ‘10, ‘11 Director of the M-Club and Community Relations Ray Guy ‘72 Coordinator of Information Services Melissa McDaniel Administrative Assistant RENÉ TRIGG Data Entry Specialist Sharon Anderson Receptionist Shelly Jackson Mail Clerk Edward Wallace EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Matti Rae Seymour

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ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OFFICERS President Benny Waddle President-Elect Angie Collins Vice President Sean McGee Past President Dale Shearer Finance Committee Chair Tom Hickman Secretary/Treasurer Jerry DeFatta

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kristie Fairley, Wade Howk, Chris Inman, T.J. McSparrin, Don Roberts, David Saulters, Wanda Simpson, Chuck Benigno, Julie Breazeale, Mark Graham, Cheryl Johnson, Warren Miller, Pamela Munger, Traci Rouse, Cindy Duvall, Kevin Gilbert, Gene Gouaux, Wren Hood, Chris Leonard, Clay Peacock, Susan Slaughter Ex-Officio Board Members: Rodney D. Bennett, Rex Kelly, Bob Pierce, Shannon Fleming, Al Gordy, Bill McGillis, Torrel Bridges

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NOTES FROM HOME It is almost impossible to believe that 2013 has come and gone. Driving through the Hardy Street entrance to the Hattiesburg campus on a chilly December morning, I cannot help but reflect on the CLASS NOTES significant changes that have taken place on our campus over the past year. The landscape at the historic Hardy Street entrance has been transformed. This area of campus took the brunt of the February 10 tornado that inflicted significant damage on our University and our SNAPSHOTS community. Since the storm, there has been a remarkable rejuvenation in this important landscape area, which began with the installation of a beautiful new sculpture. This remarkable piece, named “Lofty Return,” by artist David Anderson was commissioned and donated to the University by ALUMNI AUTHORS alumnus Chuck Scianna and his wife Rita. The 30-foot golden eagle stands at the apex of the All-American Rose Garden keeping watch over the southernmost edge of the Hattiesburg campus. A smaller version of the sculpture was placed in Eagle Plaza, on the north side of newly restored Hardy Hall on the Gulf Park campus. These twoALUMNI ALMANAC impressive sculptures provide a tangible link between the two Southern Miss campuses. The pieces were dedicated on October 24, in honor of the work of two former presidents of the institution, Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas and Dr. Martha D. Saunders. The inscription on the plaque at the base of the Hattiesburg sculpture reads in part: “Lofty Return” stands to remind us that the institution has been an incubator, preparing students to leave the nest and become successful, productive citizens. Above all, “Lofty Return” symbolizes an invitation to all alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the University to return to their nest. These words by Scianna provide a constant reminder of the role of both the university and its alumni. Southern Miss has provided quality education for more than 100 years, and the future success of the institution will depend on the continued return of those who have been made better by their time at the University. The addition of this remarkable piece has had a profound impact on the beauty of the southern edge of the Hattiesburg campus, and as the restoration effort now focuses on Lake Byron and its surrounding area, I am excited to see the inviting landscape that will exist once the project is complete. Although the events of February 10 were unfortunate, the completed restoration will provide a landscape of which we can all be proud. In addition to the physical changes taking place on our campus, there have been significant changes in the leadership of our alma mater. Southern Miss has been fortunate to have strong leadership throughout its first century of service to our state and region. In April, Rodney D. Bennett became the 10th president of the institution, and there is no doubt that with his appointment, the history of strong leadership at this University will continue. In the nine months since his selection, I have been fortunate to participate in several events where Dr. Bennett has visited with alumni and friends of our University. In every instance he has taken the opportunity to share his thoughts on the challenges facing our University and the important role that we as alumni can play in helping to advance this great institution of higher learning. The future of Southern Miss is bright; however, it will only reach its fullest potential with the involvement and engagement of alumni across the country. Throughout the history of this institution, our predecessors have faced significant challenges; however, the one common thread found in every generation of Southern Miss students, faculty, staff and alumni has been a resilient spirit. The past year has most certainly been a challenging one at Southern Miss, but true to form, the University and its supporters have met every obstacle that has been presented. The determined spirit of The University of Southern Mississippi is alive and well. There is no doubt that our University is stronger today than it was a year ago and well-positioned for future success. I hope you will join me in working every day to do all we can together to take … Southern Miss to the Top!

Jerry B. DeFatta Jr. Executive Director

Winter 2013




Technology Learning Center, Challenged Athletes EAGLE CLUB Foundation Give Athlete More Competitive Edge ATHLETIC NEWS





ALUMNI ALMANAC With the help of his special wheelchair, Chadric Seaman plays competitive basketball.

Through his relationship with The University of Southern Mississippi’s Technology Learning Center (TLC) and a grant provided by the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Chadric Seaman has developed into the fully competitive athlete he never thought was possible. Since becoming a client with the TLC in 2012, Seaman has participated as an athlete in basketball, softball and tennis. Born with cerebral palsy, Seaman was never able to participate in sports. At 30 years old, he first learned about athletic programs available at the TLC, which is located on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. With the help of the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Seaman received a grant that awarded funding for a basketball wheelchair, which was custom fit to his specific needs and functionality. By purchasing a basketball wheelchair specially developed for him, Seaman says it has helped him to better pursue his goals, as well as allowing him to continue developing into an athletic competitor. Although he’s happy with the sports he is currently playing, one sport Seaman wants to pursue is wheelchair football. The TLC is part of the Institute for Disability Studies, Mississippi’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Research, Education and Service. The Center serves children and adults with disabilities through assistive technology, evaluation, consultation and recreation. In fall 2011, the TLC first developed the Southern Miss Golden Eagles wheelchair basketball team and has recently begun a softball team for its athletes. Since the team’s inception, Seaman has taken part in numerous events throughout the Gulf Coast to help spread awareness of wheelchair sports and all the amenities the TLC offers.

Soldiers Learn About Southern Miss Center’s Master’s Degree Program



and critical understanding of The recent monthly supply chain management, training assembly of the 184th economics, finances, and Sustainment Command saw the practice of contemporary Dr. Tulio Sulbaran, director of global air, maritime and land the Center for Logistics, Trade transportation systems. and Transportation (CLTT) Sulbaran said he was pleased at The University of Southern with the response from soldiers Mississippi, share information interested in the program at the about the on-line Master of information session and hopes Science degree program offered more will take advantage of the at the University. program’s opportunities that The information presented by allow them to advance their Sulbaran gave soldiers who attended Soldiers from the 184th Sustainment Command learned about the Master of Science program offered by the Center for Logistics, Trade education while carrying out insight into the career training and Transportation at The University of Southern Mississippi. their military duties. opportunities offered through The CLTT provides a competitive advantage to logistics Southern Miss’ Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation. and supply chain industry and government agencies The master’s program is an interdisciplinary online/ through its multidisciplinary activities in logistics, trade and executive program comprised of 10 courses that can transportation. The CLTT offers an online Master of Science be completed in one year. Its coursework, offered in a in Logistics, Trade and Transportation (MSLTT), applied flexible hybrid format that includes online and in-person research activities and networking events. learning experiences, provides its graduates with the tools



Army ROTC Receives Medals of Alum Who Died Serving in Vietnam War


Lt. Col. Joseph Worley, left, professor ATHLETIC NEWS of military science at The University of Southern Mississippi, accepts one of the medals of Earl D. “Butch” Aull, who graduatedNOTES from Southern in 1964 and FROMMiss HOME completed its Army ROTC program, from Bud Alley, center, and Tom Potter. Aull was killed in the Battle of Ia Drang in November CLASS of 1965, considered the firstNOTES major battle of the Vietnam War involving ground forces. Alley, his fellow platoon leader, brought Aull’s Bronze Star Medal of Valor and SNAPSHOTS Purple Heart medals to the Golden Eagle ROTC battalion during a special ceremony held Nov. 16, on the Hattiesburg campus. ALUMNI AUTHORS Potter, a Southern Miss alumnus, assisted in arranging the event.


Southern Miss’ Jameela Lares Named Humanities Council Teacher of the Year Department of English professor Jameela Lares was recently named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Teacher of the Year by the Mississippi Humanities Council. Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC) is a private, nonprofit corporation funded by Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities. MHC sponsors, Department of English supports and conducts a wide range professor Jameela Lares of programs designed to promote understanding of our cultural heritage, interpret our own experience, foster critical thinking, encourage reasonable public discourse, strengthen our sense of community, and thus empower Mississippi’s people with a vision for the future. Lares has been working on a lightly annotated LatinEnglish edition of John Milton’s Logic, or Artis Logicae Plenior Institutio (1672), first transcribing the 240-page text from its Latin original and then translating it into modern English. She is currently checking both other logic texts from Milton’s period and modern secondary criticism to ensure her work choice is accurate. The resulting edition of Milton’s Logic will

be included in the multi-volume Complete Works of Milton being published by Oxford University Press. Though the work on Milton’s Logic has spanned several years, Lares was only recently able to devote her full attention to working on the transcription, translation and annotation. In addition to her work on Milton’s Logic, teaching numerous classes, and preparing for her eighth teaching trip to London this summer with Southern Miss’ British Studies Program, Lares also hosts a reading of Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost every spring. Lares, along with interested students and community members, read aloud the 10,565 lines of epic at her home over a period of about 12 hours. Lares has published two books on Milton. Milton and the Preaching Arts was published in 2001, and just published in 2012 was Paradise Lost, Books XI and XII, part of the Variorum Commentary on the Poems of John Milton, both with Duquesne University Press. Lares began teaching at Southern Miss in 1995. She has taught Milton, 17th Century Prose and Poetry, Renaissance Literature, History of Rhetoric, Literary Study of the Bible, Children’s and Adolescent Literature, World Literature, and is teaching Freshman Honors Composition I and II this semester, just to name a few. Lares loves teaching and working with her students and believes in making each person feel valued. Winter 2013




Geography Team EAGLE CLUB Studies Emergency Communications in ATHLETIC NEWS Diverse Communities How can emergency officials communicate effectively with the most at-risk populations Mississippi’s NOTESon FROM HOME Gulf Coast? That is the question two University of Southern Mississippi professors are working to answer. NOTES AssistantCLASS Professor Bandana Kar and Associate Professor Joby Bass, faculty members in the Department of Geography and Geology, are directing SNAPSHOTS the project. Doctoral student Joslyn Zale of Sinking Spring, Pa., and master’s student James Dickens of West Monroe, ALUMNI AUTHORS La., are also supporting the project. Kar and Bass, working in the Southern Miss Geoinformatics and Hazards ALUMNI ALMANAC Research Lab, have turned their attention

Southern Miss Assistant Professor Bandana Kar, left, and Associate Professor Joby Bass

to this problem with support from the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate. The team is not just researching the subject, they are also going out into the community to get to the heart of the problem by talking to both citizens and emergency personnel. Kar says recent catastrophes such



C E L E B R AT E S O U T H E R N M I S S . The Southern Miss Alumni Association would like to welcome you back to the Hattiesburg campus for the 2014 Golden Grad Reunion celebrating the classes of 1963, 1964 and 1965. More information, including a complete list of activities, will be delivered to you via mail. You may also visit or call 601.266.5013 for updates as the event approaches.



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as Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil spill have proven we need a way to communicate to these populations. Kar and Bass hope by working with both the citizens and emergency responders, their work will aid in identifying a system that will allow these populations to have access to emergency information in times of emergency and crisis.



Southern Miss Gulf Coast Opens Think Center for Students

EAGLE real-world CLUB groups, interact with others, and experience team A new and creative learning space, known as the Student Think and learning environments. Center, opened this week for students and faculty at The University Dr. Michele Williams, who earned her doctorate in educational of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. psychology and research from the The Think Center, whose goal ATHLETIC NEWS University of Tennessee, has been named is to help students understand the instructional services specialist for their learning personality, offers the Think Center’s Gulf Park campus instructional support for faculty, active facility. In addition to HOME earning her and experimental environments for NOTES FROM master’s degree in English from Virginia collaborative or individual learning, Commonwealth University, Williams is and various student development an alumna of Southern Miss, where she activities. These activities include CLASS NOTES earned her bachelor’s degree in English exploring how one’s personal and psychology. preferences influence ways to best learn Undergraduate students are offered and identifying practical ways to be free membership to utilize the services more deliberate in learning processes. SNAPSHOTS Dr. Michele Williams, instructional services specialist for The within the Think Center. After becoming Modeled after the University’s University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Think Center, is photographed in the new facility located in the library room a member, students are able to use the Think Center on the Hattiesburg 101 on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Think Center as a learning space either campus, the center is centrally located ALUMNI AUTHORS individually or for their group. Members are also invited to attend on the Gulf Park campus in room 101 of the Gulf Coast workshops provided by the Think Center, as well as participate in Library. Equipped with flexible, collaborative furnishings, the events for the Think Center’s learning community. center provides opportunities for students to work in small ALUMNI ALMANAC

Southern Miss Executive Frances Lucas Named 2013 Woman of the Year

Southern Miss Gulf Coast Vice President and Campus Executive Officer Frances Lucas

Dr. Frances Lucas, vice president and campus executive officer for The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, was named the 2013 Woman of the Year by the Lighthouse Business and Professional Women during their Women of Achievement Awards Ceremony held in October at the Biloxi Civic Center. Lucas, who joined Southern Miss in 2010, was nominated as a finalist in the education category, a field where she has more than 30 years of executive experience. Prior to becoming vice president and CEO at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, Lucas served as the first female president at Millsaps College in Jackson, a position she held for 10 years. In addition to Millsaps, Lucas has worked at Emory University, Baldwin-Wallace College, Mississippi State University and the University of Alabama. During her academic career, Lucas received numerous awards. These include the Francis Asbury Award for Leaders in Education, the United Methodist Church Mississippi Conference Outstanding Leadership Award, Mississippi Women’s Network Leonard Goldman Citation for Outstanding Service to Students, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Most Outstanding College President and the Mississippi Business Journal Lifetime Achievement Award. Celebrating its 57th year, the Women of Achievement Awards recognized women in career fields in education, medical, corporate/entrepreneur, government/military, nonprofit and young careerist. Serving and representing women in the workplace on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Lighthouse Business and Professional Women is affiliated with the BPW Foundation, which partners with its affiliates to create successful workplaces by focusing on issues which impact women, their families and employers. Winter 2013



Upcoming Events Calendar


All events are subject to change and should be confirmed. Any questions regarding these events can be directed to the Southern Miss Alumni Association. For athletics schedules, visit

December 23–31 Campus Offices Closed for Holidays Offices on campus, including the Ogletree House, will be closed for the holiday break. Should you require immediate assistance from the Alumni Association, email

Here are a few questions to test your knowledge of Southern Miss history. Answer two or three accurately, and you can consider yourself a loyal alumnus or alumna. Answer zero or one correctly, and you may want to double check to make sure your diploma is not from a university in north Mississippi.



Who was the first men’s basketball coach at Southern Miss?



In what year was the All-American Rose Garden planted?


The Annual Lighting the Way for the Holidays celebration is the University’s youngest tradition. The University’s Christmas tree that adorns the lawn of the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration building features how many lights?

Campus Offices Re-open

February 1

Volunteer Leadership Summit Trent Lott National Center Room 104 | 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Dale Distinguished Lecture Series Hattiesburg’s Historic Saenger Theatre | 7 p.m. Featuring Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and former Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert Gates


Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris Tatum Theatre, Main Street Project | February 20 – 22, 26 – 28 and March 1, 7:30 p.m. | February 23, 2 p.m. Reserved Seats $14 public | Visit for more information.

4. Can you name any part of the Golden Eagle Code of Honor?

SEE THE ANSWERS ON PAGE 63 39913 The Talon.pdf



4:20 PM


South Central MS Alumni Chapter Boys and Girls Club Night Reed Green Coliseum | 6 p.m. | The alumni chapter will host a group of Boys and Girls Club children at the Southern Miss vs. FIU basketball game.

March 27

On-campus Celebration of Founders’ Day Observations of the University’s Founders’ Day.

April 25–26 Golden Grad Reunion


East Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter Golf Tournament Meridian



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The Legacy Hosts and Participates in Service Saturday


One of the many purposes of The Legacy, the student chapter of the Southern Miss Alumni Association, is to teach students the importance of giving back to others through community service. Each spring, The Legacy participates in The Big Event, a campus-wide day of community service, and in the fall, The Legacy hosts Service Saturday. This year’s Service Saturday took place on Nov. 16, and a group of Legacy students volunteered with Recover, Rebuild, Restore Southeast Mississippi (R3SM), an organization that coordinates recovery services designed to alleviate suffering and stress for people of Forrest, Lamar and Perry Counties who have unmet needs due to the occurrence of a disaster. Students traveled to the Oak Grove area to assist a family still recovering from the Feb. 10, tornado by cleaning debris from the family’s yard. “I am proud of our students that spent their Saturday helping total strangers in their time of need,” said Laurie Benvenutti, Legacy advisor. “They understand the importance of giving back to the community in which they live, and they will carry that spirit with them once they graduate and move on to the next chapter of their lives.”






Sophie Saizan, junior elementary and special education double major from Mandeville, La., and Torrel Bridges, senior nursing major from New Orleans, La., pause for a quick picture while cleaning tornado debris during TheNOTES Legacy’s Service FROMSaturday. HOME



ALUMNI AUTHORS Southern Miss alumni from across the state and Louisiana returned to the Hattiesburg campus for the inaugural Professional Development Summit.

ALUMNI ALMANAC Office of Professional Development and Alumni Association Partner to Host Inaugural Professional Development Summit On Oct. 24, Southern Miss alumni from across the state and Louisiana returned to the Hattiesburg campus for the inaugural Professional Development Summit. “The social media sessions provided great information,” said alumnus Haley Spain. “I look forward to sharing with my peers and co-workers what I learned.” Topics included social media, starting and maintaining your own business, new technology, and creating productive work environments across generations. “I really enjoyed coming back to campus for the Professional Development Summit,” said alumnus Bradley Charlesworth. “I’ve always loved attending football games

and networking events with fellow alumni, but having the opportunity to connect and share advice with other Golden Eagles was a truly worthwhile experience.” The summit also featured updates, highlights and exhibits from the University’s colleges and departments. “The presence of the colleges’ administrators was great,” said alumnus Robert Johnson. “The networking opportunity was spectacular, and the quality of education and presentation of presenters was refreshing.” The Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach, The University of Southern Mississippi Graduate School, the Southern Miss Alumni Association and Mississippi Power Company sponsored the summit. Winter 2013


Alumni Hall of Fame

class of 2013

The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association inducted seven of the University’s most dedicated and distinguished volunteers into its Hall of Fame on Oct. 25 as one of the highlights of the 2013 Homecoming celebration.

The 2013 inductees into the Alumni Hall of Fame include, from left, Sam Jones, Chuck Scianna, Lou Marciani, Susan Riley, Billy Hewes, Jim Gallaspy and Robert St. John.

The Southern Miss Alumni Hall of Fame was established in 1987 to recognize those whose contributions of time and financial means have helped move the University forward. The 2013 inductees include:

James B. Gallaspy Jr. ’70, ’72 James “Jim” B. Gallaspy Jr., a native of Jackson, returned to his alma mater in 1974, working for Southern Miss for 26 years. He was awarded associate professor, emeritus status in 2001. During his time as program director for the Athletic Training Education Program, more than 200 students received national certification as certified athletic trainers. This member of the Golden Key National Honor Society was selected as the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by the College of Health in 2007, among numerous other awards. Jim has authored the textbook Signs and Symptoms of Athletic Injuries and has published more than 20 articles. He is a past president of the Mississippi Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association. He was a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ board of directors from 1994-97, serving as the NATA vice president in

1997. He received the NATA Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Athletic Trainer Educator Award in 1992, the SEATA District Award in 1994 and the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 1995. SEATA again recognized him in 1997 with the Award of Merit. Jim has served as a volunteer leader for the Forrest County Association for the Rights of Citizens with Disabilities for many years and currently serves on the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities. This member of the M-Club Alumni Hall of Fame received the All American Football Foundation Outstanding Athletic Trainer Award in March 2000. He was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 2000, the Mississippi Athletic Trainers’ Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Hall of Fame in 2007. This Life Member of the Alumni Association and M-Club treasurer is a member of the Eagle Club, Dugout Club, Hardwood Club and Golden Tee Club. Jim is married to the former Sue Barnett and they have two children, Kim and Jay.

Billy Hewes ‘84 Most recently named mayor of Gulfport, Mississippi’s second largest city, Billy Hewes is putting his experience to good use in building relationships and putting together a team of city leaders to maximize the opportunities ahead for his community. A tradition of public service runs deep in the Hewes family. He is a direct descendent of the first mayor of Gulfport. In addition, Billy’s grandfather served as a chancery judge for many years, and his father served on the Gulfport City Council. Following a generation example of leadership, his family has enjoyed a long history of community support and civic involvement. Elected to public service in 1992, Billy represented the interests of South Mississippi in the Mississippi Senate for 20 years, serving as president pro tempore in his last term. Among other roles, he has served as national chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council and as chairman of the Gulf States Marine

Fisheries Commission. In addition, Billy has served as chairman of the Senate Ports and Marine Resources Committee and Highways and Transportation Committee; was the founding chairman of the Mississippi National Guard Legislative Caucus; and was named Mississippi Association of Realtors Legislator of the Year. He is the owner of Billy Hewes Insurance Agency and is a broker-associate with Billy Hewes Real Estate. He has been the recipient of the Nationwide Insurance Company’s District Community Service Award five times and is a member of the Gulf Coast Board of Realtors and Gulf Coast Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. A graduate of Leadership Mississippi and Leadership Gulf Coast, Billy is a member of the Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Gulfport Rotary Club and is a past president of the Gulfport Jaycees. A devoted family man, he and his wife, Paula, have been married for 28 years and are the proud parents of four children.

Samuel Jones ’97, ‘02 Dr. Samuel Jones is a native of Gunnison and graduate of Rosedale/ West Bolivar High School. He is currently the dean of Student Affairs at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville. He is also the dean (facilitator/trainer) for the Mississippi Economic Council’s Leadership Mississippi program. In his past positions at the college, he served as the assistant basketball coach, student recruiter and the assistant dean of Student Affairs. Sam received a bachelor’s degree in advertising in 1997 and a master’s degree in public relations in 2002, both from The University of Southern Mississippi. He also received a Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in educational leadership in 2006. Following a stellar basketball career at Southern Miss, he continued his professional basketball career in Finland. Sam has been fortunate to be able to combine his athletic background along with his educational and professional

background to make an impact in his community. He has served his community in several volunteer capacities. Sam is also the owner of the consulting company Dr. Samuel Jones Consulting LLC, which is designed for keynote presentations on various topics and professional/leadership development seminars. He works with K-12 school districts, colleges and universities, and business organizations in areas such as customer service, crisis management, diversity training, feasibility studies and other important issues. Sam is the author of The Man I Never Knew: How Leadership Can be Developed by Faith, Family and Friends. His personal and professional motto is “Changing Lives with Every Word.” Sam is married to the former Sarah Clark of Richton. He is a licensed minister of the gospel and serves as the superintendent for Sunday School at Peace and Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church in Richton.

Lou Marciani ‘84 Dr. Lou Marciani’s distinguished record of service to The University of Southern Mississippi spans more than three decades and continues today. Lou joined the University in 1974 as the first full-time director of Intramural Sports. Under his leadership, the program was enhanced and the department was expanded to Intramural-Recreational Sports. Lou was instrumental in creating the student referendum that passed in 1984 for the purpose of constructing a campus recreation facility, later known as the Payne Center. Through his leadership, the Department of Intramural-Recreational Sports increased its services. During his tenure, the department grew the intramural-recreation facilities with the addition of lighted intramural fields, Lake Sehoy and the Equestrian Center. After serving as athletic director at Salisbury University and East Stroudsburg

University, Lou rejoined Southern Miss in 1989 as associate athletic director for External Affairs. In 1991, he was given the opportunity to serve as athletic director at Western Kentucky University, and Drexel University and as executive director of two governing committees for the United States Olympic Committee. He returned to Southern Miss in 2004 to serve as director of the School of Human Performance and Recreation. It was during this period that his research endeavors were the impetus for the formation of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security. The Center supports the advancement of sports safety and security through research, training, professional development and academic programs. Lou was a past president of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association as well as the 1983 recipient of NIRSA’s Honor Award, the highest recognition for a Campus Recreation professional. In 2013, Lou was cited as a NIRSA Legacy. Locally, he spearheaded the formation of the Hattiesburg Youth Soccer Association. Lou has been married to the former Sandra Sorger for 44 years, and they are parents of four children, all Southern Miss graduates, and have five grand children.

Susan Archer Riley ’78, ‘83 Susan Archer Riley is a certified public accountant and is a partner with Nicholson & Company PLLC. With more than 30 years of public accounting experience, she began her career with a “Big 8” firm. Susan has a mixture of experience in audit work and tax services, and her primary practice is centered on governmental, nonprofit and small business audits and the tax services related to those entities. Susan has a Bachelor of Science and master’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi. She currently serves on the USM Foundation board of directors, the Accounting Advisory Board for Southern Miss, and as a board member

and past president of the Southern Miss Accounting Constituent Society for the Alumni Association. In addition, Susan has been a board member and past president for the South Central Mississippi Chapter of the Alumni Association. In 1995, Susan was selected as one of the Top 40 Under 40 in the State of Mississippi, and in 2002, she was selected as one of the Top 10 Business Women in Mississippi. Susan also serves on the Hattiesburg Community Bank Board of BancorpSouth. She has been very active in the local American Heart Association. Susan is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) and serves on the Firm Administration and Development Committee with the State Society. She has also served on the Peer Review Oversight Committee for the Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy and as an officer of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Charles “Chuck” Scianna ‘75 Southern Miss alumnus Charles “Chuck” Scianna made an investment in the future of education by providing the largest one-time gift to the USM Foundation by a Southern Miss alumnus, naming the College of Business building Scianna Hall. A native of Bay St. Louis, Chuck credits his education at Southern Miss for much of his success, which allows him and his family to support the many philanthropies for which they have a passion. During his time at the University, Chuck focused on his education and full-time position as co-manager of A & P Food Store in Bay St. Louis. In addition, Chuck served in the United States Marine Corps. After graduating, he moved to Texas to take advantage of the many opportunities the oil industry provided.

After working for a number of different large energy companies and starting a company of his own, Chuck seized an opportunity to build the multimilliondollar Oil Country Tubular Goods business Sim-Tex. He secured an exclusive distributor relationship for the Hyundai Hysco OCTG products, a relationship that has been going strong for 30 years. In addition, he has secured exclusive distribution for Benteler Steel OCTG products for the United States market. Chuck is an active community volunteer. He has served as president of the Waller Economic Development Corporation, a member of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation American Patriots Campaign, the Knights of Columbus Council and The Commandants Circle of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Chuck sits on the board of directors of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Boys and Girls Country, and is involved with numerous other charities both on a local and national level. His daughters, Ashley and Stephanie, reside in Houston and work for Sim-Tex. Chuck and his wife, Rita, enjoy working on their ranch, fishing and spending time with their family, including their granddaughter, Claire.

Robert St. John ‘00 Robert St. John has spent more than three decades in the restaurant business. Twenty-five of those years have been as the owner of the Purple Parrot Café, Crescent City Grill, Mahogany Bar, Tabella and Branch in Hattiesburg. Robert is a restaurateur, chef, columnist and author. His restaurant, The Purple Parrot Café, has been named the best fine dining restaurant in Mississippi and just received its fourth Four-Diamond rating from the AAA Travel Guide. Additionally, in 2011, AAA named Purple Parrot Café the secondbest fine-dining restaurant in the South (just behind Commander’s Palace). He

has been named the state’s top chef for three consecutive years and was honored as Mississippi Restaurateur of the Year. Robert has served on numerous boards, both on the local and national level, and has been awarded countless awards, including being named the Pine Belt’s Small Business Leader of the Year in 2005 and being appointed by Governor Haley Barbour to serve on the Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal in the immediate days after Hurricane Katrina. Robert is a charter member of the University’s Eagle Club Circle of Champions and is the founder of The Purple Parrot Café Scholarship for Hospitality Management students at Southern Miss, which, for over two decades, has helped students with tuition and expenses while working in the hospitality field. He has been featured in USA TODAY and has appeared on The Food Network, The Travel Channel, National Public Radio, Martha Stewart Living and the Turner South network. He is the author of nine books, including three collaborations with renowned watercolorist Wyatt Waters. Robert’s newest book project was written in Europe while he, his wife and his two children traveled through 17 countries on two continents for six months. The book, An Italian Palate, another collaboration with Waters, was released on Oct. 23, 2013. In 2009, he founded Extra Table, a nonprofit organization that purchases healthy foods and ships them to soup kitchens and mission pantries. His greatest achievement, however, has been convincing his wife to put up with him for 25 years while they raise their two amazing children.

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NEWS 2013FOUNDATION Award Winners Each year at Homecoming, the Alumni FROM THE ARCHIVES Association honors distinguished alumni and the University’s most faithful servants at the Annual Awards Lunch and Business Meeting. While are accepted THE nominations ARTS year round, submissions must be received by May 30 each year for the approaching Homecoming ceremonies in the fall. NEWS AROUND CAMPUS The Alumni Association presents six awards each year, a list that includes:

Outstanding Service Award Given to upEAGLE to sevenCLUB alumni based on their service to the University.

Continuous Outstanding Service Award ATHLETIC NEWS

Given to up to five alumni for their long-term efforts and dedication to Southern Miss.

Special Service Award NOTES FROM HOME

Given to individuals, not necessarily alumni, who have made a significant, unique contribution to the University, community, or his or her profession.

CLASS NOTES Outstanding Young Alumnus/ Alumna Award

Given to one alum thirty-six years of age or youngerSNAPSHOTS who has made contributions of time and effort to the University, community, and his or her profession.

ALUMNI AUTHORS Moran Pope Meritorious Service Award Given to one alum annually who has continued to give of hisALMANAC or her time ALUMNI and talents throughout the years to recognize outstanding alumni support, professional achievement, loyalty, and service to the University.

Friend of Southern Miss Award



Given to one individual annually who is not an alum, but has contributed greatly to the progress of Southern Miss throughout the years.

Deborah Cleveland Outstanding Service Award This active member of the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Metro Alumni Chapter is a native of Ferriday, La. Deborah Cleveland, chapter treasurer, has called Biloxi her home since 1986 and works each year with the chapter’s board and volunteers to host its Annual Beach Bash. Deborah graduated from Southern Miss in 1976. She has worked at Biloxi Regional Medical Center for 24 years and has been in the Accounting Department since 1989, where she currently holds the position of lead accountant. At her place of employment, Deborah serves on several committees and also regularly volunteers at local events to represent Biloxi Regional, such as the American Heart Association Heart Walk. Deborah is a member of the Lighthouse BPW, a professional women’s organization on the Gulf Coast. She enjoys participating in league bowling, is a member of the Gulf Coast Mardi Gras Krewe, Krewe of Fools, enjoys tailgating at Southern Miss ballgames, and spending time with friends and family. Deborah loves Southern Miss!

Jonathan Palmer Outstanding Service Award Jonathan Palmer is a district sales representative for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and graduated from Southern Miss with a Bachelor of Arts in speech

communication in 2006 and earned a master’s degree in communications in 2007. Jonathan was a four-year letter winner for the Golden Eagle football team from 2003-06. During that time, he was part of the 2003 Conference USA Championship team, served as team captain his senior year, and was voted Male Student-Athlete of the Year in 2006. Jonathan joined Pfizer in 2007 and moved to Tupelo where he served as an alumni ambassador for Northeast Mississippi. After a few years, he and his wife Kristen, a 2006 Southern Miss graduate, transitioned to Madison where he serves in his current role with Pfizer. Jonathan is an active member of the Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter and currently serves as the chapter’s vice president. Both Jonathan and Kristen are third-generation Golden Eagles and are happy to continue the Southern Miss tradition with their own family. On March 28, 2013, they were blessed with their first child, Ann Frances.

Mark Waller Outstanding Service Award Mark Waller graduated from Southern Miss in 1991 with a B.S. in Business Administration. This 22-year member of the Alumni Association currently serves as the president for the Association’s Southeast Central chapter, which consists of Wayne and Greene Counties. Mark has worked at First State Bank of Waynesboro for 16 years and is currently senior vice



president/lending. He is a graduate of the Commercial Lending School at Southern Methodist University and from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. Mark has served over the years on various boards and committees. Currently he serves on the Executive Board for United Way of the Pine Belt and as vice president for the Wayne County Forestry Association. He is an active member of First Baptist Church of Waynesboro. In his spare time he enjoys working and operating his cattle farm at home in the Waller Ridge community of Wayne County, hunting, fishing, playing golf and spending time with his family. Mark has one daughter, Camille, who is 11 years old and hopefully a future Golden Eagle!

Shelia White Outstanding Service Award Shelia White began working at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1977 and has served in a variety of staff positions over the past 36 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1982 and a master’s degree in adult education 1987, both from the Southern Miss Gulf Park Campus. This Life Member of the Alumni Association is a member of the Honor Club and Eagle Club. Since 1990 Shelia has served on the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Executive Council and served on the Centennial Celebration Steering Committee from 2007-10, among numerous other committees.

Shelia and her husband Greg have two children. Lauren, a 2007 Southern Miss graduate, is a Neonatal Intensive Care Registered Nurse, and Tyler is a senior majoring in forensic science at Southern Miss. Shelia has received numerous awards and honors, including Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women in 2000, and was a member of the Mississippi Business Journal Leadership Gulf Coast Class of 1999.

Troy Johnston Continuous Outstanding Service Award Troy Johnston graduated from Southern Miss in 1995 with a degree in polymer science and remained at the University to receive a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in finance in 1997. Subsequently, Troy received his law degree, was admitted to practice law in Mississippi in 2003, and currently practices law at Butler Snow LLP, located in Ridgeland. Troy has served on the Central Mississippi Alumni Board, has been president of the Central Mississippi Chapter, and served on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. Additionally, he has served on the Southern Miss Traditions Committee and the Publications Committee. In 2006, Troy was awarded the Scott Caldwell Award for being the outstanding alumni chapter president and received an Outstanding Service Award in 2007. Troy is married to Erin Aultman Johnston, who graduated from Southern Miss in 1997. Troy’s father, Frank


Johnston, played football at Southern Miss from 1968 to 1972, and both of Erin’s parents, Rosemary and Les Aultman, graduatedTHE fromARTS Southern Miss in the mid 1970s. Troy and Erin live in Jackson and have two daughters, Caroline andAROUND Margaret Ann. NEWS CAMPUS

Rickey Jones Continuous Outstanding Service Award EAGLE As CLUB a basketball forward, Rickey Jones was part of some of the most ATHLETIC NEWS impressive Golden Eagle teams to ever run up and down theHOME hardwood. NOTES FROM He was part of one of the greatest basketball teams in school history in 1991. The squad won the Metro CLASS NOTES Conference, earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament, and finished the season with a 21-8 record. As an alumnus, he has played SNAPSHOTS an important role on many of the teams that helped contribute to the University’s success. The staff ALUMNI AUTHORS leadership of the Alumni Association, the USM Foundation and the Eagle Club can always count on Rickey for ALUMNI volunteer support. ALMANAC Rickey has been a member of the Association’s Board of Directors, as well as its Publications Board. He has served on the Foundation’s Board of Directors and has continued his involvement in Southern Miss athletics through longtime memberships in the Eagle Club, Hardwood Club and as a member of the M-Club Board of Directors. Rickey works in economic development as a small business advisor.

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Lance LeFan Continuous Outstanding Service Award Lance LeFan FROM THE ARCHIVES graduated in 1993 from The University THE ARTSof Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. NEWS AROUND CAMPUS While a student at Southern Miss, Lance was a member of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, where he served as president EAGLE CLUB and was also a Kappa Delta big brother. After graduation Lance acquired a job with the Mississippi Department of Health ATHLETIC for two yearsNEWS as a health inspector. Lance has been employed with Mississippi Farm Bureau Insurance Co. as a fraud investigator for the last 17NOTES years.  FROM HOME Lance and his wife Karla, a former member of the Lady Eagles basketball team, live in Hattiesburg with their CLASS NOTES five-year old twins, Jacob and Kerrigan. The LeFan’s are members of Temple Baptist Church, the Southern Miss Alumni Association, Eagle Club and SNAPSHOTS Dugout Club.

Bob Hopkins


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Chief Bob Hopkins’ law ALUMNI ALMANAC enforcement career began in 1978 when he was hired as a patrolman with the Purvis Mississippi Police Department. He was recruited by the Mississippi Police Department in 1980, which led to the start of his 20-plus year career in law enforcement. In 2000, after a short-lived retirement, Chief Hopkins joined The University of Southern Mississippi Police Department as lieutenant/investigator. In 2001, he achieved his ultimate career

path goal when he was appointed chief of police of the University Police Department. Since his appointment, Chief Hopkins successfully led the efforts of the University Police Department in gaining both national and state law enforcement accreditation in 2009. He received recognition from the Gold Leaf Society in 2007 and induction into the Student Activities Hall of Fame in 2012, among other awards and recognitions. Chief Hopkins obtained his higher education from Southern Miss, where he majored in criminal justice.

Barbara Ross Special Service Award Before retiring in July 2011, Barbara Ross held a variety of administrative positions during her 39year career in Student Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi. Barbara was instrumental in creating the Student Activities Office, as well as the Office of Community Service Learning, now the Center for Civic and Community Engagement, and in the planning and building of the Thad Cochran Center. Barbara has served on many boards and has received numerous awards, two of which include being inducted into the Greek Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Student Activities Hall of Fame in 2006. She is a member of Heritage United Methodist Church, where she serves on the Finance Committee and is a greeter. This past November was the 38th year that she has led the Southern Miss Theatre Tour to New York City. Lastly, one of her fondest memories at Southern Miss includes being recognized by the Gold Leaf Society

and her continued association with their activities, although she does not know who they are!

Jared Loftus Outstanding Young Alumnus Award Jared Loftus’ main focus is running College District, a collegiate merchandise business that focuses on T-shirt designs submitted by fans. Forbes recently dubbed him College Football’s Biggest Entrepreneur. Two things that Jared is most excited about at the moment are an iPhone app targeted to college fans and a recent partnership with Drew Brees to manage the ecommerce for his apparel line, Nine Brand. Jared is also the co-founder of Baton Rouge’s first food trucks, Taco de Paco and Ninja Snowballs. In addition, Jared is very much involved in the Baton Rouge community and was recognized as Baton Rouge’s Top 40 Under 40 by the Business Report. Most notably, he served on the Board of Public Transportation for four years, one of which as the chairman. Jared and his wife, Laura, who he met at Southern Miss, have one son.

Jim Smith Friend of Southern Miss Award Jim Smith, president of Grand Bank in Petal, is a lifetime resident of Petal and is married to the former Wanda Manning. In 2005, Jim was named the Petal High School Alumnus of the Year. Jim is a 1971 graduate of William Carey College and


FOUNDATION NEWS attended the University of Mississippi School of Banking and Vanderbilt University School of Consumer and Commercial Lending. Jim was a member of the William Carey men’s basketball and baseball teams from 1967-71 and was inducted into the William Carey University Sports Hall of Fame inaugural class. Among numerous awards, Jim has been presented the William Carey College Outstanding Alumni Award and the Hattiesburg Sales and Marketing Award. Jim has an abundant list of community involvement, but to name a few, he is a member of the Southern Miss Eagle Club Advisory Committee, the Attack Club, and a past president of the Hardwood Club. In addition, Jim is a past member of the Board of Directors for the United Way, the Heart Fund and the Salvation Army.

Rex Kelly

committees, including the Presidential Transition Team for both President Martha Saunders and President Rodney Bennett FROM THE ARCHIVES and the Centennial Celebration Committee. Rex was inducted into the Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 2005 and THE ARTSand into the Mass Communication Journalism Hall of Fame in 2009. Rex and his wife Becky are long-time members of the USM Foundation NEWS AROUND CAMPUSHonor Club and Eagle Club. They are members of First Presbyterian Church of Gulfport where Rex serves as elder and Bible class EAGLE CLUB leader. Rex and Becky have two children and four grandchildren.

Moran Pope Meritorious Service Award Rex Kelly holds a B.S. in American Studies from The University of Southern Mississippi. As a consultant in the area of public and corporate relations, Rex is well-respected within his profession, having served as a past president of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi and a past recipient of its Professional Achievement Award, among numerous other awards. Rex has used his expertise and experience in service to Southern Miss, serving as president of the Alumni Association and currently serving as president of the USM Foundation. Rex has served on numerous University

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NEWS AROUND CAMPUS The 10th Annual Official Ring Ceremony, hosted by the Southern Miss Alumni Association, was held on Nov. 7, 2013.


Official Ring Ceremony Marks 10-year Anniversary On November 7, 2013, more ATHLETIC NEWS than 40 students were honored with the presentation of their official rings at the 10th Annual Official Ring Ceremony. The Official Ring NOTES FROM HOME Ceremony is marked with tradition, and each student becomes part of the University’s history upon the receipt of NOTES his or her CLASS official ring that is earned by maintaining a good academic record and completing enough credit hours. The ring is a symbol of honor, achievement SNAPSHOTS and commitment to Southern Miss for those who wear it. The ring encompasses everything that a student ALUMNI AUTHORS experiences while on campus, and after

graduation becomes a representation of the hard work and determination that our alumni are known for. When asked to reflect on the official ring during the ceremony, Jim Coll, chief communication officer for the University, emphasized that the official ring is as much a celebration of achievement as it is a sign of one’s commitment to his or her alma mater. “For some of you, commitment will mean coming back years later as an employee and dedicating your time and talents to your alma mater on a daily basis,” shared Coll. “For most, though, it will mean volunteering to assist with a local alumni or Eagle

Club chapter. It will mean contributing financially to scholarship funds and one or more of the many University support organizations, such as Partners for the Arts. It will mean coming back to campus for Homecoming, and it will mean encouraging high school students to pursue the same path you once walked here on the Hattiesburg campus.” Students wear their rings with the University seal facing them. Upon graduation, wearers of the official ring turn their rings around so that the University seal faces outward, signifying that the wearer is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi.


Welcome New Life Members Amanda Brown Daniel and Jenna Barton Larry and Linda Buffington Donald Busby George Bush Julia Cavalier David and Stacey Creighton



Gene Davis

Alicia Drennan

Charlotte Johnson

Maria Elisa Pascual Montes

Elizabeth Folsom

Donald Johnston

Mary Lou Peterson

Shanna Gilbert

LaVon Jones

Donald Preiss

John and Kathleen Hayman

Steven Kelley

Sue Ramsay

Jason and Jennifer Hensley

Justin and Brittany King

Ryan and Cassie Reid

Michael Hoover

Lucille Martin

Cliff and Julie Russum

George D. Hoppe

Michael and Susan McQueen

Roderick Slater Jr

Nancy Horton

Stephanie Miller

Michael Stalnaker

Mary Hutto

E Darnell and Allison Moffett

Matthew Trahan


Each year during the holiday season clinicians, teachers, students and family visit the Ogletree House.










Holiday Season Welcomes The Children Center and Guests to the Ogletree House The Children’s Center for Communication and Development, a clinical division of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Southern Miss, has made visiting the Ogletree House and the Alumni Association staff an annual holiday season tradition. With the help of clinicians and teachers, children hand-make Christmas tree ornaments with each child’s photograph. Association staff then hang the decorations on the tree in anticipation of the visit. The Alumni Association welcomed Children’s Center staff, children and families on Dec. 3, as the children located their handmade ornaments, which currently adorn the Association’s tree. The tree will be on display in the Ogletree House’s USM Foundation Atrium throughout the month of December. “Our trip to the Ogletree House marks the beginning of the



holiday season for The Children’s Center and for our families,” shared Sarah Case-Price, director of The Children’s Center for Communication and Development. “The Alumni Association has made this possible for many years for our children and families to participate in an extraordinary holiday experience. Our tradition speaks to our goal of inclusion for all of our children.” The Children’s Center, a United Way agency, opened its doors in 1974 and currently serves more than 100 children from the south-central Mississippi area. The Center provides a transdisciplinary team approach to the assessment and treatment of communicatively and developmentally delayed children, ages birth to five years. For more information about The Children’s Center, call 601.266.5222 or visit Winter 2013




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By David Tisdale ‘90, ‘01


he Hattiesburg Zoo’s newest tenant is the featured attraction in its new golden eagle exhibit, the result of a partnership formed with University of Southern Mississippi alumni, students and friends. An effort to bring a golden eagle to Hattiesburg was initiated by the Southern Miss Alumni Association more than two years ago and supported by the Student Government Association and USM Foundation. Together, the groups contributed $70,000 to fund the construction of a habitat at the Zoo for the golden eagle. “The partnership between the Hattiesburg Zoo and the Alumni Association to bring a golden eagle to Hattiesburg is a winning combination,” said Rick Taylor, executive director of the Hattiesburg Convention Commission, which oversees the management of the Zoo. “These powerful raptors exemplify the spirit of Southern Miss and Hattiesburg as we each seek to attain great heights in building a better quality of life for students and residents.” Jerry DeFatta, executive director of the Southern Miss Alumni Association, concurred with Taylor. “Golden eagles are truly impressive. I’m excited that this exhibit at the Hattiesburg Zoo will provide Southern Miss alumni, students and legacies with an opportunity to learn about the golden eagle.” The bird, named “Nugget” by the zoo’s staff, was permitted to the zoo after a rigorous application process through the U.S. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. This process included zoo staff undergoing approximately 300 hours of intensive

training at the Southeastern Raptor Rehabilitation Center at Auburn University. Katie Barry, animal curator at the Hattiesburg Zoo, said the training at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center was a unique opportunity to “see the full spectrum of every aspect of training and care needed for a golden eagle.” Golden eagles are protected through the U.S. Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Only injured golden or bald eagles that cannot be released back into the wild and have limited ability to fly are kept in captivity in the U.S. “We take a lot of pride in having a golden eagle at the zoo,” said Hattiesburg Ward 1 City Councilman and Southern Miss Alumnus Kim Bradley. “It’s a really neat exhibit for the city and the University communities to enjoy.” “It’s extremely exciting,” said Student Government Association President Ann Marie Chilcutt about the opening of the exhibit. “It’s something our students have really wanted, something tangible that stands for who we are. Nugget’s not just a pretty bird, but a fierce, majestic and powerful bird, qualities that we should strive for every day.” “Nugget is a laid-back fellow and is taking everything in great stride,” said Krissy Hamilton, education curator for the zoo, in describing her new friend. “He’s a gorgeous bird and is in good health.” The golden eagle was chosen as the Southern Miss mascot in 1972 and is the official nickname for the University’s athletics teams. “This is obviously very special for the city and the

University,” said Jeremy McLain, deputy athletics director at Southern Miss. “A lot of hard work and the generous support of friends and supporters of the zoo and the University made this happen.” Members of the Southern Miss Alumni Association, Eagle Club and Southern Miss students got a sneak peek of Nugget prior to the Golden Eagles’ football game with Middle Tennessee State University Nov. 23. “I believe this exhibit is wonderful for our community in so many ways,” said Southern Miss President Rodney Bennett. “Not only is it a great educational opportunity for children and adults to learn more about golden eagles, but it also provides a boost to the local economy as it will entice more visitors from outside of Hattiesburg to the city and the zoo.” At the football game, trading cards with Nugget depicted on the front and facts about the bird were distributed by the Alumni Association and Hattiesburg Zoo to Southern Miss fans. “We hope that a visit to Nugget’s aviary will become part of the pre-game ritual for Southern Miss fans,” Taylor said. For more information on Nugget or to plan your next visit to the Hattiesburg Zoo, visit

Golden Eagle Facts • The grip of the golden eagle’s talons is 10 times greater than a human’s grip. • Golden eagles tend to mate for life. • Although jackrabbits and other small mammals and birds are common prey, golden eagles have been known to attack large prey, such as deer. • The lifespan of a golden eagle is approximately 30 years. • The wingspan of a golden eagle ranges between six and seven feet.  • Golden eagles can see color. • A golden eagle can dive at its prey at speeds of between 150 and 200 miles per hour. • A golden eagle’s native range is Mexico, Western North America, Alaska, Northern Africa, Europe and Asia. • Golden eagles are a protected species in the United States.  • Special permits are needed to exhibit and care for golden eagles.

About Nugget • Nugget is an older, male eagle and weighs approximately nine pounds. • Nugget was a victim of power line shock. Because of this, he can no longer fly for long distances. • Nugget was found in Ojai, California. • Nugget is at Hattiesburg Zoo on loan from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.

The Southern Miss Alumni Association extends its gratitude and appreciation to the sponsors and participants of the 2013 Shell Finish Line / Southern Miss Alumni Homecoming Golf Tournament. The tournament marked the 15th consecutive year with major corporate sponsorship and was played at Hattiesburg Country Club.

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The tournament featured 124 golfers and 48 sponsors, with proceeds from the event helping to support the Association’s Pierce Legacy Scholarship Fund, from which the organization awards scholarships to select children and grandchildren of Southern Miss alumni.

THANK YOU! Anderson Paint & Decorating Benny Waddle, Alumni Association President Bob Palmer’s Chancellor Motor Buffalo Wild Wings Camelia Healthcare Campus Book Mart Cheddar’s Coca-Cola Cotton Blues

Craft Auto Sales Dickey’s BBQ Pit Economy Supply Fairway Financial Management Firehouse Subs Gander Mountain Grand Bank GranthamPoole Hattiesburg Cycles Hederman Brothers

Joe Bryant Shelter Insurance Keg and Barrel Leaf River Sports Lee Jarrell and Judy Davis Liberty Mutual Insurance Longhorn Steakhouse Lowe’s Magnolia State Bank Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Mugshots Grill & Bar Newk’s Oak Grove Plaza Package Store Oscar’s Mexican Grill Owen’s Business Machines Parris Jewelers Petrey Distribution Seller’s Chevrolet Inc. Shell Finish Line Shipley Do-Nuts

Smith Petroleum/ Dandy Dan’s Texaco Southern Beverage Stokes Distributing Stricks B-B-Q Sumrall Recycling Tabella The End Zone Trustmark Bank Turner & Gladden Furniture World Westside Studio

Sumrall Recycling Campus Book Mart

2013 1st Gross Tournament Winners Wren Hood Josh Jussely Joel Myrick Craig Stevenson Benny Waddle, president of the Southern Miss Alumni Association, along with Jerry DeFatta, executive director, accepts the contribution to the Alumni Association’s Pierce Legacy Scholarship Fund from center, Hattiesburg Coca Cola’s Russ Hendley.








NOTES FROM HOME Representatives of the Sertoma Club of Hattiesburg presented a check for $20,000 to the DuBard School for Language Disorders on November 21, 2013.

CLASS NOTES Gift Commitments from Sertoma Club of Hattiesburg Exceed $220,000



SNAPSHOTS Since 1991, the Sertoma Club of Hattiesburg has contributed more than $220,000 to programs and scholarship endowments at The University of Southern Mississippi. ALUMNI AUTHORS Most recently, the organization made a gift of $20,000 to the DuBard School for Language Disorders ALUMNI to support ALMANAC its mission of sharing the gift of language with individuals with communication disorders, including the written language disorder of dyslexia. The DuBard School’s enrollment program is available to children at no charge; however, funding from the state only covers a portion of the costs, the rest of which must come from private donations. “We’re delighted that Sertoma Club stands behind our mission,” said DuBard School director Maureen Martin. “For many years they’ve provided tremendous support like this for our organization; words cannot express our gratitude.” Sertoma is an international organization that has served communities for more than 100 years, with a focus on providing assistance for individuals with hearing loss and language disorders. The Sertoma Club of Hattiesburg is a nationally affiliated civic organization that advocates for awareness of speech and hearing issues. The Sertoma Club began supporting Southern Miss more than 20 years ago by establishing an endowment to benefit

the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences through its support of programs that serve persons with speech and hearing impairments. Since then, the Hattiesburg Sertoma Speech and Hearing Endowment has grown to more than $66,000. “Sertoma’s primary focus is to assist people with hearing issues and to educate the public about communication disorders,” said Dr. Steven Cloud, chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. “The local chapter has done a great deal to support the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, the DuBard School for Language Disorders and The Children’s Center for Communication and Development.” According to David Bounds, president of the Sertoma Club of Hattiesburg, once the Hattiesburg Sertoma Speech and Hearing Endowment was fully funded, the members of the club wanted to expand their reach. “We were already supporting future speech-language pathologists who will one day change the lives of students,” Bounds said. “We wanted to do more and wanted to directly support an organization serving children with language disorders – there was no question the DuBard School was the place to do that.” The DuBard School for Language Disorders at Southern Miss brings the gift of oral and written language to individuals



with severe communication disorders through the use of the DuBard Association Method® in direct clinical services and professional training. In celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2012, the DuBard School, in conjunction with the USM Foundation, is engaged in a fundraising campaign to galvanize the future and longevity of the school. The DuBard School 50th Anniversary Campaign will support operations and capital improvements, scholarships, professional development and research development. The money generated from the campaign will ensure that students at the DuBard School receive speech, language and academic therapy and see that those pursuing training in the areas of speech-language pathology, audiology, education of the deaf and specialized reading instruction have a place to learn and excel. “The Sertoma Club of Hattiesburg exemplifies what it means to be dedicated to a cause. The support they have provided to The University of Southern Mississippi and the DuBard School

FROMcollege THE students ARCHIVES has transformed lives of dedicated and those who receive services through DuBard,” said Shannon Fleming, executive director of the USM Foundation. “Their generous gifts have impacted the lives of many individualsTHE sinceARTS 1991 and the impact will continue for decades to come.” The Sertoma Club of Hattiesburg has committed more than $172,000 to the DuBard School. NEWS CAMPUS “When Sertoma Club first touredAROUND the school, we sat in an observation room and watched a young child work with a speech language pathologist on sounds and phrases,” Bounds recalled. “Now that student is working toward her master’s EAGLE CLUB degree in speech language pathology. That’s inspiring. Actually being able to see the effects of our money and lives being changed at the DuBard School is truly motivating and ATHLETIC NEWS uplifting,” Bounds said. For more information on the DuBard School 50th Anniversary Campaign, visit NOTES FROM HOME







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ALUMNI ALMANAC Those involved in the ribbon-cutting for renovated College Hall at The University of Southern Mississippi included the following, from left to right: Dr. Chris Campbell, director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism; Dr. Steven Moser, dean of the College of Arts and Letters; President Rodney D. Bennett; senior broadcast journalism major Emily DeVoe; and alumnus Rebecca Baldwin.

Campaign for Mass Comm Highlighted at College Hall Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony



The School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi was officially welcomed into its new home during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Friday, October 25, at renovated College Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. The ceremony took place nearly nine months after The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation announced the Campaign

for Mass Comm to further enhance the school and assist with equipping the 100-year-old facility. The campus radio station WUSMFM and The Student Printz student newspaper will also call College Hall home after being housed in Southern Hall for several decades. “Today marks a new era in the history of this special building,” said

Dr. Chris Campbell, director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. “And the College Hall you see today is almost identical to the building that first opened in 1912. We believe that this impressive restoration will help us reach our goal of becoming one of the finest mass communication and journalism programs in the country.”



FROM THE ARCHIVES Over the last 100 years, College Hall has hosted classes, department offices and even the University’s first library and auditorium. Renovation of the building blends modern technology, such as LED lighting and other energyefficient infrastructure, with a revival of the building’s 20th-century architectural style, said project manager Joel Lucero. The south entrance, previously blocked by a mechanical room, is now accessible, and several windows bricked in decades ago are back, along with arch-shaped windows above the entrances on the east and west sides of the building. A staircase on the west end, part of the original structure, has

been restored, and landscaping of the building’s grounds was included. Campbell, along with the USM Foundation and Southern Miss Vice President for Advancement Bob Pierce, have been reaching out to Southern Miss supporters, including alumni of the school, to back fundraising efforts for new furniture and equipment for the building, as well as scholarships for the school’s students. “It was an honor to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for this facility that has been an integral part of the history of the University since its very beginning,” said Pierce. “Even though College Hall is now reopened,

we are continuing to pursue private support to further enhance Mass Comm and Journalism. WeTHE mustARTS secure these contributions if the school is to reach its true potential.” W.G. Yates & Sons Construction NEWS AROUND Company served as the CAMPUS contractor for the $6 million project, with architectural services provided by Dale Partners Architects P.A. EAGLE CLUB Almost $250,000 has been raised for the Campaign for Mass Comm, and fundraising for the initiative will ATHLETIC continue well into 2014.NEWS Visit masscomm to learn more about the Campaign for Mass Comm.






The renovation of College Hall blends modern technology with a revival of the building’s 20th-century architecture.

Campaign for M ass Comm Naming Level Donors Margaret Loesch

Charles** and Cynthia Kershner

Greg Pierce

Donna Ritchey

Kurt Brautigam

Ron and Angel Barnes

Mississippi Press Association Education Foundation

Rex and Becky Kelly

Robert and Lynda Lesley

Nancy New

Public Relations Association of Mississippi - Pine Belt Chapter

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A gift of $10,000 to The Children’s NEWS AROUND CAMPUS Center for Communication and Development Fund from the Favre 4 Hope Foundation of Hattiesburg, Miss., will support the EAGLE CLUB center’s operations. A gift of stock from Larry and Linda Smith of Hattiesburg, Miss., ATHLETIC NEWS will support the John B. Smith and Charles M. Smith Theater and Dance Endowment and the J. Larry and Linda B. Smith Music Scholarship Endowment. NOTES FROM HOME SOUTH Central Regional Medical Center will name an inpatient room in the new home for CLASS NOTES Asbury Hall. the College of Nursing,

A gift to the College of Nursing Building Campaign from Richard and Kim McCarthy of Hattiesburg, Miss. made a gift commitment to support the Richard F. McCarthy Lecture Series in the Study of War and Society Endowment. A $25,000 gift commitment from Mike and Denice Robbins of Sunrise, Fla., established the Robbins College of Business Veterans Scholarship Endowment to award a scholarship to a junior majoring in the College of Business with preference to honorably discharged veterans and active duty service members. A gift commitment of $10,000 to the College of Nursing Building Campaign from Wanda Jones of Meridian, Miss., will name a faculty office in Asbury Hall.


Warm wishes for a ALUMNI AUTHORS golden holiday ALUMNI ALMANAC season from the USM Foundation The USM Foundation office, located on the third floor of the Trent Lott Center, will have the following hours during the holidays: December 23 - 25, 2013 : Closed December 26 - 27, 2013 : 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. December 30 - 31, 2013 : 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. January 1, 2014 : Closed



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The Southern Miss Alumni Association provided $10,000 to the Robert D. Pierce II Legacy Scholarship Endowment to award scholarships to students with preference given to children and grandchildren of members of the Southern Miss Alumni Association. Donna Ritchey of Jackson, Miss., made a gift commitment to the Campaign for Mass Comm to name the Public Relations and Advertising Suite in the newly renovated College Hall. A gift of $10,000 to the Student Affairs Golf Classic Fund from Comcast Cable of Hattiesburg, Miss. will support student and staff development at Southern Miss.













Thank you for helping us reBuilD, resTore anD reCoVer. In the wake of the February tornado, generous support from more than 3,000 donors helped raise $2 million to aid University relief efforts. These contributions enabled us to provide $34,000 to assist University faculty and staff members impacted by the tornado; support academic units by replacing equipment destroyed in the tornado; assist with damage sustained by academic facilities by awarding two $25,000 grants to the School of Music and the Department of Art and Design; fund the restoration of the original portraits of Powell G. Ogletree, the first Executive Director of the Southern Miss Alumni Association, and Nugget, the first live Golden Eagle mascot, which were hanging in the Ogletree House during the storm; and provide $1.6 million to help restore the Hattiesburg campus landscape.

“They say once a Raider, always a Raider,” shared Ray Guy ‘72, the greatest punter who ever lived.

It’s Time: Ray Guy Awaits the Call from the Hall By Jim Coll ‘99, ‘06


he greatest punter who ever lived is certain his phone will not stop ringing on Feb. 1, 2014. The text messages and emails will pour into Ray Guy’s cell the moment the next class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class is announced. That is as sure as anything. He knows this because he’s been there before. Seven years he’s been a finalist for the hall, and seven times he’s been disappointed at the last stage of the selection process. The tone of those calls, though, is more difficult to predict in 2014. It is no certainty that they will be the same consolatory—“Better luck next year,” “You deserve it,” or “The voters don’t understand football.” Of course, he’s heard those before, and he appreciates the support. This year, though, Guy has what many are calling his best opportunity to receive the call he really wants, the one that says, “Congratulations, you are a Hall of Famer!” From the perspective of many, it should not be that difficult a decision. Some would even say that to consider it for any longer than the time it took for one of Ray Guy’s punts to land in the hands of an opposing returner is too long. Ray Guy, the greatest punter in NFL history; the man who invented “hang time;” the man whose name is on the award annually given the top collegiate punter, should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As of yet, though, he has not garnered the 80 percent of positive votes from the approximately 40 voters who select the inductions—nor has any other punter to ever play the game. “Sure I’d like to be the first one,” Guy said. “But what I really want now is to see a (punter) in there. It is the only position on a football team not represented in the Hall of Fame. That needs to change.” “I pity Canton, Ohio, if I do get in,” he joked. “I’m not sure Canton is big enough for all the friends and fans from Mississippi, Georgia and California who want to be a part of that celebration.” And if his name is not called again on the day prior to the Super Bowl… “Yes, I will be disappointed, but you take it in stride,” he said. “You go on and live your life. There also are thousands and thousands of friends and fans that will be disappointed. I feel bad for them as well.” Today, Guy serves The University of Southern Mississippi, his alma mater, as director of the M-Club, the organization tasked with maintaining the University’s relationships with former athletes. More than 40 years after he first stepped foot on the Hattiesburg campus, he is pleased with the progress. “Walking around campus, I’m proud of the growth of not only athletics but the whole university,” said Guy. “When I was here (as a student), the enrollment was something like 7,000. When I look around, I feel like we were at the start of something special. We’ve come a long way. That’s one of the reasons I’m back here. I want to be a part of the second part of this, the new growth.” A Peculiar Snub That Ray Guy is not in the Hall of Fame is a surprise to many, who have simply assumed that his stellar 14-year career had earned him enshrinement. But each year for two decades now, his name has been mentioned among a group of significant Pro Football Hall of Fame snubs. That could change this upcoming February, when voters will select the next Hall of Fame class. Guy is one of two senior committee nominees on the ballot, an honor that has once again highlighted both his candidacy and the controversy surrounding it. Seven of the last eight senior committee nominees have gained election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the arguments for Guy’s inclusion are many.

legitimate rationale in the Guy debate would be dismissed as “There has been a group of people who have said, ‘We don’t ridiculous, crazy or ludicrous in other similar cases. think a punter belongs in the Hall of Fame, and even if we did, Close observers say Guy changed punting, using strategy there are reasons we don’t like Ray Guy,” said Yahoo Sports’ to limit return yardage. In addition to booming kicks higher, Les Carpenter, who has written on Guy’s candidacy in recent he angled them for the sidelines when appropriate, trading years. “I think the senior committee is very focused on getting yards on his average in order to gain field position. While such Ray Guy a shot at the Hall of Fame. Usually the senior players practice is commonplace now, it was not in the 1970s, when have a good shot at getting in, and I would say his chances are Guy turned punting into a weapon. greatly improved just by the fact that he is a senior nominee.” Guy also suffers because of the company he keeps— The case for Ray Guy’s enshrinement is solid. Among other punters, not normally deemed to be the most athletic position points in his favor are that he was on the field. That shouldn’t be the case. As a Golden Eagle, • the first and only punter to be selected in the first round he was also a placekicker, defensive back and outstanding of the NFL Draft; pitcher on the baseball team. He still holds a share of the • a seven-time Pro Bowler; single season interception record with eight in 1972, and his • the punter on the National Football League’s 75th 18 career interceptions rank second on the school’s all-time Anniversary Team; list. By the way, the man who is third on that list, Patrick • a three-time Super Bowl Champion; Surtain, was a multiple All-Pro defensive back for the Miami • the league leader in punting average three times; and Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs. • had a record 111 postseason punts. “I loved playing safety,” Guy said. As great as the statistics are, the “What’s the old saying—that it’s better stories of Ray Guy speak to his legend. to give than to receive. I gave my best. In college, he once booted a ball 93 “I pity Canton, Ohio, if I do To be honest, I just wanted to play. It yards against Ole Miss! His 61-yard get in. I’m not sure Canton took me two years to get used to (only) field goal in the snow against Utah punting with the Raiders. I’d kick it State was then an NCAA record. is big enough for all the and was supposed to stay back as a While such tales have no bearing on friends and fans from safety in the case the returner broke the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the free, but I’d try to run down and legend was only just beginning. On Mississippi, Georgia and make the tackle myself.” one famous occasion, Guy hit the California who want to be Perhaps the best evidence of Ray Louisiana Superdome video screen Guy’s athleticism was displayed with a punt during the 1976 Pro Bowl, a part of that celebration.” during a big play that did not causing facility officials to raise the happen. With the Raiders leading screen for future games. That story SMTTT 7-0 in the 1984 Super Bowl against continues that the opposing NFC Washington, Guy leaped to snag team had the ball tested for helium. an errant snap, grabbing it with one hand before cleanly Perhaps most important, though, is that Guy impacted executing a 42-yard boot. Dallas Morning News columnist games in a way that other punters had not prior to his playing Rick Gosselin ranked it among the most important catches days. Joe Horrigan, the historian of the Pro Football Hall of in football history. “The greatest catch in Super Bowl history Fame said Guy was the first punter you could look at and say, may not have come on a pass. It may have been punter Ray “He won games.” Guy’s leaping, one-handed grab.” The Raiders won the game The case against his enshrinement, some would say is at 38-9, with Guy making a play only the best athletes could best debatable. have made. It is true, today punters on average punt the ball greater Guy said instinct took over on the play. distances. Guy’s career average of 42.7 yards is not among the “It was a natural reaction; I didn’t realize what I had done top 70 of all-time. The math is accurate, but when comparing until after the game. When I saw the ball come out of Todd athletes across generations, all records related to speed, (Christensen’s) hands, I knew it was going to be high. I did not distance, leaping ability and strength improve over time. realize how high I had jumped until after the game, nor what Imagine contending that Jessie Owens was not a Hall of Fame could have happened.” sprinter because Usian Bolt runs a faster 100 meters. Imagine Of course, it helped that “I’m 6-4 with long arms and big arguing that Randy Johnson is a superior pitcher than Bob hands,” he added. Gibson because Johnson threw harder. What is accepted as

Guy recalled an October conversation with Super Bowl-winning head coach Tom Flores in which Flores recalled the play, “You know, Ray, if you missed that ball it would have been back by the end zone,” Flores told Guy. “It could have been a turning point in the game.” While that’s one recollection from his days as an NFL standout, it is memories created with teammates and coaches from both his days at Southern Miss and with the Raiders that stand out most of all. “They say once a Raider, always a Raider,” Guy said. “There is a great deal of meaning in that saying. There is a bond there that will never be broken. We still watch each other’s backs and take care of each other.” At Southern Miss, Guy played for Coach P.W. Underwood and was part of the 1970 victory over No. 4-ranked Ole Miss and Archie Manning that has been voted as the second-best game in Southern Miss football history by fans. “P.W. was a super individual and had been a heck of an athlete,” Guy said. “(Former head baseball coach and athletic director) Pete Taylor was a great mentor as well. I learned a lot from them. Of course, you don’t get to see your old teammates as often as you would like, but they are still like family. They were just like me. A lot of them came from the country, from small schools, and lived on farms. They were hard-core—all they’ve known was physical, hard work. All they knew was how to be tough.” He says he sees the same in some of today’s athletes. “Southern’s always known for hard-hitting, aggressive teams,” he said. “We didn’t win a lot of games when I played, but when you finished the game you knew you had been in a fight because you were beat up and bruised. And that’s always been the tradition.” While he is proud of that tradition, his playing career and his alma mater, there is one trend he hopes will change in 2014—that of the exclusion of punters from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “I’ll probably get a little emotional,” he said. “I don’t know where I’ll be, but if it happens you’ll probably hear me. You’ll say, ‘Well, I guess Ray finally made it.’”

It is memories created with teammates and coaches from both Guy’s days at Southern Miss and with the Raiders that stand out most of all.


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Annual Report 2012-13 Tradition | Pride | Loyalty | Excellence

Annual Report 2012-13 Letter from the president The 2012-13 fiscal year was certainly positive and exciting for The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association. While there are always challenges to be faced, I feel strongly that the volunteer leadership and staff of the Alumni Association have continued to work in the best interests of our alumni and our University as a whole. Although faced with unforeseen challenges, the Association’s staff has accomplished much over the past year, and as the current president of this organization, I can assure you the Association has even more planned for 2013-14. As many of you know, on Feb. 10, an EF-4 tornado hit the southern edge of the Hattiesburg campus, significantly damaging the Ogletree Alumni House. The Alumni Association staff was immediately relocated to The Accelerator in the University’s technology park and operated from that location for approximately six months. In early September, the staff was able to reoccupy the north annex of the Ogletree House. If you have had the opportunity to visit the Hattiesburg campus recently, you would have seen first-hand that reconstruction has begun on the historic structure. Repairs are expected to be completed prior to the start of the 2014 football season. Following the tornado and the extensive destruction it caused, the USM Foundation launched the Campus Beautification Campaign to raise funds to rebuild the damaged landscape on the front of the campus. The Alumni Association provided the lead gift for this project with a $100,000 contribution. The leadership of the Association felt strongly that we should play a major role in the restoration of the main entrance to the campus. We are proud of this donation and excited about the work done to restore the beauty of the campus’ front porch. An additional major focus of the Alumni Association over the 2012-13 fiscal year has been to continue to identify children and grandchildren of alumni. Once identified, it’s necessary they be educated on the importance of their involvement with the University and heavily recruited to attend Southern Miss. This focus, the Legacy Recruitment Initiative, has done just that. Since its inception, more than 6,500 children have been identified. While there is still work to be done, this is a positive start for this important program. Once recruited and enrolled in the University, legacies and first-time Golden Eagles are encouraged to join The Legacy, the student chapter of the Southern Miss Alumni Association and the keepers of the many Southern Miss traditions. Membership in this organization ensures that students maintain a strong bond with our University’s rich history and time-honored traditions, ultimately leading to Association membership and involvement following graduation. With a membership total of more than 1,000, this group has been recognized countless times University-wide and has accomplished a great deal over the past year. Lastly, the Southern Miss Alumni Association has been working to identify new opportunities to generate funding for the Robert D. Pierce II Legacy Scholars Program, an endowment that provides funding for one-time scholarships for incoming freshmen that are children and grandchildren of Southern Miss alumni. Last year the Association’s board of directors authorized the creation of the Buy a Brick, Leave a Legacy brick program. I am proud to report that in its first year of existence, the program has generated more than $10,000 in additional support for the Pierce Legacy Scholarship. My wife, Pam Gillespie Waddle ’83, ’96, and I purchased a brick in memory of her father, Lamar Gillespie ’52, and I encourage all alumni to consider the purchase of a brick to support this worthwhile initiative while leaving a permanent legacy on campus. As you can see, the Association is truly making a difference for our beloved alma mater. Southern Miss is enjoying an exciting and promising time in its history, and the Alumni Association is contributing to that success. Because of you and your membership in the Association, The University of Southern Mississippi has a treasured past of which we can all be proud, and with your continued support, we are sure to enjoy the University’s golden future. Southern Miss to the Top!

Benny Waddle President

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OGLETREE HOUSE RESTORATION EFFORtS CONTINUE As February of this year brought about feelings of helplessness due to the effects of the tornado that struck the Hattiesburg campus and surrounding areas, the month also brought feelings of gratefulness that no lives were lost as a result, as well as resilience and determination. Immediately following the storm, contractors, structural engineers, state archivists and the architect who oversaw the 2009 restoration inspected the Ogletree House, and gratefully, the damage did not necessitate the demolition of the historic structure. The Association staff immediately relocated to The Accelerator, where day-to-day operations continued as planned. BW Sullivan Building Contractor Inc. of Hattiesburg was chosen to manage the restoration of the Ogletree House and local preservation architect Larry Albert was selected to oversee the project. In April, the University announced a comprehensive landscape restoration plan. The USM Foundation also

Restoration of the Ogletree House is expected to be completed prior to the start of the 2014 football season.

launched the Southern Miss Campus Beautification Campaign to generate private gifts to help fund the plan. It was then that the Alumni Association stepped in and contributed $100,000 to the campaign. Association leadership

believed this campaign would provide the organization with an excellent opportunity to financially support the University’s efforts to restore the main entrance of the Hattiesburg campus to its original beauty.

Association Collects More than 6,500 Names of Children and Grandchildren of Alumni This year more than 2,500 gifts were mailed to children and grandchildren of alumni as part of the Alumni Association’s Growing Up Gold Program, a legacy engagement program designed for the purpose of creating a black and gold bond with children and grandchildren of alumni. Growing up Gold will provide opportunities for Southern Miss engagement from birth until age 16, and includes a biennial gift schedule that can be found at The Association has already collected more than 6,500

The Clearman family holds nearly three generations of Southern Miss graduates. Clearman grandparents and nine Clearman grandchildren pictured below.

names of children and grandchildren of alumni! The organization will continue to foster a love for all things black and gold among the newest generation of future Golden Eagles but needs your help in doing so. If you know of a potential Golden Eagle, be sure to send their information to the Alumni Association at today!

Annual Report 2012-13

Members of The Legacy Board attended the 2013 Homecoming Hall of Fame where they were recognized for all they have accomplished over the past year.

THE LEGACY ACCOMPLISHES SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT IN 2012-13 As the keepers of tradition on campus, The Legacy, the student chapter of the Southern Miss Alumni Association, ensures that students maintain a strong bond with the University’s rich history and time-honored traditions. The organization has maintained a membership base of more than 1,000 students for the sixth consecutive year and has consistently seen an increase in event participation. In the spring, The Legacy was selected out of more than 225 student organizations on campus as the Student Organization of the Year for 2012-13. The Legacy was also recognized as one of the top five nominees in both the President of the Year and Advisor of the Year categories. Nominations for these prestigious awards were accepted from students, faculty and staff. Leading up to these campus-wide recognitions, The Legacy held “Spirit Week” in the spring, increasing University pride and demonstrating to the campus community that The Legacy appreciates them through random acts of school spirit. Random acts included surprising students with black and gold candy on their desks, department heads receiving black pens and gold highlighters to share with their employees, and

cleaning windshields of vehicles in staff parking lots. The Legacy increased its collaborative efforts with other student organizations to host a myriad of events throughout 2013, including Trivia Night at the Power House, co-hosted by the Southern Miss Activities Council (SMAC); the annual Legislative Day trip to the State Capitol in Jackson, co-hosted by the Student Government Association; and the sponsorship of, along with the Student Eagle Club and SMAC, a football gamewatching party for students in the Giannini Touchdown Terrace. Among other focuses, The Legacy strives to give back to the community. Legacy students participate in The Big Event, a campus-wide day of community service each spring, and hold Legacy Service Saturday in the fall. The Legacy Board hosts a T-shirt trade throughout the year, where students may exchange a T-shirt from another college or university for a Southern Miss T-shirt. This year, board members were able to donate more than 35 T-shirts to Christian Services of Hattiesburg. As you can see, The Legacy has accomplished a great deal in 2013, and that was merely naming a few. Legacy students are looking forward to making 2014 an even better year for the organization.

Did you know that The Legacy, the student chapter of the Southern Miss Alumni Association has maintained a membership base of more than 1,000 students for six consecutive years in a row?

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Alumni Association Awards More than $27,000 in Scholarships Each year the Southern Miss Alumni Association helps future and current students succeed through financial assistance by annually awarding a number of scholarships. In addition to numerous other scholarships, this year the Association awarded a record-number of Pierce Legacy Scholarships, nine to be exact. Freshmen students such as Matthew McMullan, whose parents and grandparents attended the University and meet the scholarships selection criteria, are recognized for their achievements, awarded one-time $1,000 scholarships, and are instrumental in continuing their family’s Southern Miss tradition. “I’ve always bled black and gold,” shared McMullan. “My grandparents and parents attended Southern Miss and my sister is here now. I’ve always loved this University.” The Association’s ultimate goal is to one day award every legacy who enrolls at Southern Miss a Pierce Legacy Scholarship. Funds are raised through the annual Shell Finish Line/Homecoming Golf Tournament and most recently, the Buy a Brick, Leave a Legacy brick campaign. Over the past year the Association has created and launched the Buy a Brick, Leave a Legacy campaign. On the


To view a video of the most recent group of Alumni Association scholarship recipients, visit

Hattiesburg campus, the plaza between Shoemaker Square and Cook Library has been paved with more than 75 bricks. The sale of these bricks has generated more than $10,000 for the Pierce Legacy Scholarship. With every brick sold, the Association is one step closer to achieving their ultimate legacy scholarship goal.





Alumni Association Scholarship Fund Award Distribution Breakdown


The Pierce Legacy Fund Scholarship (awarded to nine) The Elmo Lang Memorial Scholarship (awarded to one) The Mary Loraine Peets Buffett Scholarship (awarded to two)

$9,000 $603 $12,134

The Powell and Frances Ogletree Endowed Scholarship (awarded to one)


The Past Presidents Council Endowed Scholarship (awarded to two)


The Clyde Kennard Memorial Endowed Scholarship (awarded to five)

$2,500 Total $27,268

Annual Report 2012-13 Alumni Association Financial position FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013 AND 2014

Statement of Activities for Year ENDED JUNE 30, 2013 General and Administrative $145,517 (9.6%)

Membership Revenue $335,720 (24.6%)

Membership Development $99,052 (6.59%)

Event Revenue $168,283 (12.3%) Auxiliary Revenue $87,416 (6.4%) Royalty Income $116,626 (8.6%)

Contributed Support $656,853 (48.1%)

Program Services $1,269,170 (83.8%)

Total revenue, gains and other support Investment returns

$ 1,364,898 $ 270,501

$ 1,635,399

Total expenses


Proposed Budget for 2013-14 Auxiliary Revenue $84,500 (5.7%)

General and Administrative $162,500 (11.0%)

Event Revenue $80,000 (5.4%) Royalty Income $119,000 (8.1%)

Contributed Support $676,500 (45.8%)

Investment Income $271,000 (18.4%) Membership Revenue $245,500 (16.6%)

Membership Development $128,000 (8.7%) Contingency $17,500 (1.2%)

Program Services $1,168,500 (79.1%)

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About the Alumni Association The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) not-forprofit corporation chartered under the laws of the State of Mississippi in 1955 by then Executive Secretary Powell G. Ogletree. As of June 30, 2013, the conclusion of the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year, the Alumni Association reported total assets of $3,146,101 and a total membership of 14,543. The 14,543 members represent 12.8 percent of the University’s 113,806 alumni-of-record.

$1,476,500 Assets

Current Assets $ 484,914 Investments $ 2,612,240 Total Property and Equipment $ 48,947 Total Assets $ 3,146,101


Total Current Liabilities Noncurrent Liabilities (Deferred Revenue) Total Net Assets Total Liabilities & Net Assets

$ 143,326 $ 57,859 $ 2,944,916 $ 3,146,101

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About Our MEMBERS The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association is comprised of members from all 50 states and numerous countries outside of the United States. Its 14,543 members are residents of the states below. ME 6

VT 2 WA 22 ND 2

MT 5 OR 7

ID 3

MN 17 WI 18

SD 4 WY 4

IA 14

NE 11

NV 15

UT 12

CO 57

CA 157

IL 68 MO 53

KS 15

IN 36

NM 9

AK 12

OK 44

TX 736

LA 824

MS 8,954

AL 850

CT 14

PA 57 OH 38

WV 7

KY 41

AR 87

RI 5

NY 48

MI 21

NJ 32 DE 9 MD 58 DC 12

VA 207

NC 175

TN 306 AZ 46

NH 3 MA 28

GA 457

SC 110

FL 791

HI 11 Outside of the United States – 23

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Essential explorations. Transformative results. Research efforts at The University of Southern Mississippi have taken a unique approach by attempting to mimic the meticulous workings found in nature to create a more durable coating to be applied for preservation of stone materials.

Dr. Derek Patton, assistant professor in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, and his team of researchers have been examining the way the lotus leaf repels water and how fresh and saltwater mussels are able to attach themselves to different surfaces. By studying these two distinct properties, Dr. Patton and his team have developed a polymer coating that will protect grave markers and stone monuments, especially those found in a high-salt, high-humidity atmosphere like the Gulf Coast. These advanced conservation materials will preserve historical artifacts for future generations.


Southern Miss to Welcome

Robert Gates

as the 2014 Dale Distinguished Lecture Series Featured Speaker By Anna M. Alexander


r. Beverly Dale, Southern Miss alumna and daughter of the late Lieutenant Colonel John H. Dale, has a passion for her country, her community and her alma mater. Her dedication to leaving a legacy at Southern Miss and honoring her father led her to create the Lt. Col. John H. Dale Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series in International Security and Global Policy in 2008. It was then that a standard of excellence was firmly established, though considering the program’s benefactor and its namesake, anything less would be unacceptable. On February 6, 2014, at 7 p.m., former Secretary of Defense and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Dr. Robert Gates will be the featured speaker for the third Dale Distinguished Lecture. The event, presented by The University of Southern Mississippi Center for the Study of War and Society, will be held at Hattiesburg’s Historic Saenger Theatre and is open to the public. “Through the Dale Distinguished Lecture Series, Southern Miss, Hattiesburg and the Center for the Study of War and Society in the College of Arts and Letters have received local, regional and national recognition,” said Dr. Steven R. Moser, dean of the College of Arts and Letters. Dr. Dale’s generosity and love of family has opened the door for Hattiesburg to entertain speakers of international distinction and receive widespread recognition. Past speakers include­ former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Wyche Fowler, as well as Madeline Albright, secretary of state to President Bill Clinton. Department of History Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Center Dr. Susannah Ural credits Dr. Beverly Dale and her passion and dedication to honoring her father for the success of the series. “The faculty and students of the Center for the Study of War and Society are so grateful for Beverly

Dale’s generous support of our program and her determination to bring world leaders to Hattiesburg and, simultaneously, show the world all that Southern Miss has to offer,” said Ural. Dr. Dale graduated from Southern Miss in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and served as president of Delta Delta Delta sorority during her undergraduate career. She later joined the Southern Miss faculty, working in the Department of Microbiology from 1972 to 1974. The lecture series’ namesake, Lt. Col. John H. Dale Sr., served his country in World War II and the Korean Conflict and received the Bronze Star for his service. The Dale family has a long history with Southern Miss. Lt. Col. Dale earned a Master of Science from the University, served as professor of Military Studies for the U.S. Army’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program, and worked as a faculty member in the Science Education department from 1957-61 and 1964-66. Indeed, he began a legacy and Southern Miss tradition that is upheld by his daughter today. “My daddy was probably the most formative person in my life and in my success,” declared Dale. “He encouraged my brother and me to be anything we wanted to be, and he would be thrilled that we are engaging retired military, active military, ROTC and military historians in this lecture.” No doubt, Lt. Col. Dale would be thrilled to host such an accomplished American as Dr. Robert Gates. In addition to serving as secretary of defense and director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Gates honorably served as deputy national security advisor. He is the current chancellor of the College of William and Mary and future president of the Boy Scouts of America. His knowledge, experience and recognized ability to inform and inspire audiences to critically consider their place in an ever-changing world makes him an ideal selection for the 2014 lecture.

Former Secretary of Defense and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Dr. Robert M. Gates

Former Secretary of Defense and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Dr. Robert M. Gates spoke with Greta Van Susteren, host of the Fox News program “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” during an interview in Rome, Feb. 7, 2010.

Gates served as secretary of defense under both a Republican and a Democrat President, something no other secretary of defense has done. He is the only employee in CIA history to work his way up from the position of entry-level analyst to the directorship. Among many accomplishments and successes, Gates also has a background in history. A native of Wichita, Kan., Dr. Gates earned his undergraduate degree in history from the College of William and Mary. He continued his education at Indiana University, where he earned a master’s degree in history, and eventually Georgetown University, where he earned his Ph.D. and specialized in Russian and Soviet history. “We’re thrilled to have Dr. Gates as our 2014 Dale lecturer. He resonates with a broad community, inspiring students, faculty and audience members from throughout the Gulf South,” explained Ural. The Center for the Study of War and Society is one of the premiere programs for military history in the country. Besides offering a variety of classes and providing representation in national and international conferences, the Center recently hosted the Society for Military History Annual Meeting, an international conference with approximately 500 historians in attendance last spring. The Center also hosts the War and Society Roundtable Discussions every fall and spring semester, as well as the McCarthy Lecture Series during the fall semester. The Dale Distinguished Lecture Series, however, is one of the most prominent events hosted by the Center.

“This is not just academics talking to academics. This is an event that reaches out to many communities – our city, our state, the nation and the world,” said Ural. Dale strongly believes in the Dale Distinguished Lecture Series’ ability, and responsibility, to present relevant and applicable issues. “Regardless of one’s political or social views about war; we will always deal with it. We will always have civilian leaders who will, or perhaps not, measure the temperament of our country and act accordingly upon it, and we must continually study and measure issues and outcomes in as collaborative a fashion as possible.” The Dale Distinguished Lecture Series has provided Southern Miss with a unique opportunity to expand its reach to a variety of people and gain national attention for what’s going on in Hattiesburg and at Southern Miss, in particular. The lecture series is important in terms of public outreach and education, as well as fostering political discussion and promoting economic development in Hattiesburg. Such growth and opportunity is a direct result of Dale’s contributions and support to see her father’s legacy preserved. “She is so proud of what her father did for so many young students,” said Ural. “He changed lives and inspired cadets to achieve far more than they realized they could. Beverly wanted to create something that would honor that, and she achieved that brilliantly with the Dale Distinguished Lecture Series.”



Southern Miss Basketball Coaching Legend M.K. Turk Passes Away NOTES FROM HOME

M.K. Turk

M.K. Turk, the winningest men’s basketball coach in the history of Southern Miss, passed away Dec. 6. He was 71. Turk spent 20 seasons as the head basketball coach at The University of Southern Mississippi and finished his career as the all-time winningest coach in school history with 301 Golden Eagle victories, one NIT championship, two NCAA appearances and six NIT appearances. After a successful stint as athletics director and head basketball coach at Copiah-Lincoln Junior College in Wesson and a couple of seasons as

an assistant coach at the University of Memphis, Turk took over as coach of the Golden Eagles for the 1976-77 season and immediately began building the program into one of the most competitive in the nation. Turk accomplished what no other Southern Miss coach has ever been able to achieve – back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament and winning the National Invitation Tournament. Turk took the Golden Eagles to eight postseason appearances starting with the 1980-81 season when they made their first-ever appearance in the NIT, following a 20-7 season. After taking the team to the NIT again in 1985-86, Turk and the Golden Eagles captured the 50th championship of the event with an 84-80 win over LaSalle in New York’s Madison Square Garden in 1987. The championship was a first-ever national title for a Mississippi Division I school. His 1989-90 squad finished 20-12 and finished second in the regular season of the Metro Conference and then received the school’s first-ever NCAA bid. The 1990-91 squad followed with a 21-8 mark, won the Metro Conference regular season championship, and again earned a berth to the NCAA regionals. That team graced the Associated Press Top 25 pre-season poll and went to the NCAA Tournament ranked as one of the nation’s top 25. After Turk led the Golden Eagles to

the top of the independent ranks, he then guided their entry into the Metro Conference in 1982, lending further CLASS NOTES stature to the program. Then in 199596, Turk guided the Golden Eagles into Conference USA as a charter member. Many players SNAPSHOTS from Turk’s program have gone on to successful careers in both professional basketball and business. Former Golden Eagle Clarence ALUMNI AUTHORS Weatherspoon was the ninth pick in the 1992 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Teammate Joe Courtney had stints ALUMNI ALMANAC with several NBA clubs, and Randolph Keys was a former number one pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers. A number of other former players are currently playing in both the CBA and overseas. He has also turned out several assistant coaches and players who are currently continuing their careers coaching at both the high school and collegiate levels. Among the many honors Turk has received are being named the 1986-87 NIT Coach of the Year and the 1985-86 Metro Conference Coach of the Year. He also was a member of the Southern Miss Legends Club, the Southern Miss M-Club Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. Turk also served as an assistant athletics director under Athletic Director Bill McLellan during his final few years with the Golden Eagles. Turk was a graduate of CopiahLincoln Junior College and a 1964 graduate of Livingston University, now the University of West Alabama.

Did you know that for every home men’s basketball game this season, select social media users will be invited to serve as social media reporters for the game? These individuals will be seated in the Social Media Suite and will receive special behind-the-scenes access to Southern Miss Basketball. The social media reporters will post their thoughts, observations and photos throughout the game using a specially created hashtag. Throughout the game, several of these tweets will be retweeted via the Official Southern Miss Athletics Twitter account @USMGoldenEagles.

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Men’s Remaining CLASS NOTES Home Basketball Schedule SNAPSHOTS ALUMNI AUTHORS


January 3 vs. Drexel 7 p.m. 16 vs. Rice* 7 p.m. 19 vs. Louisiana Tech* Noon

February 20 22 27

vs. UTSA* vs. UTEP* vs. Florida International*

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Nick Mullens Earns Pair of Awards On the strength of his best performance of the season, Southern Miss freshman quarterback Nick Mullens garnered two awards, being named Conference USA Co-Offensive Player of the Week as well as one of eight “Stars of the Week” as recognized by the Manning Award. In a return to his hometown of Birmingham, Ala., Mullens threw for a school-record-tying five touchdowns and added another rushing score in a 62-27 victory over UAB. Mullens’ numbers included a season-high 370 yards on 24-of-39 passing attempts. His passing yardage total is the seventh-most in a game for a Golden Eagle and was his second 300-yard passing game of the year. Nick Mullens Mullens threw four of his touchdown passes in the second half as the Golden Eagles rallied from an eight-point half-time deficit to score 49 second-half points. He finished the year by throwing eight TD passes over his last two games and passed for at least 200 yards in five of his six starts this season. In addition, he tossed at least one touchdown pass in five of his six starts and averaged 276.5 yards per game throwing as a starter. He led the Golden Eagles on their seven longest-scoring drives of this season and his season totals included 1,776 passing yards and 13 touchdown passes.

Berkley Promoted to Head Coach University of Southern Mississippi Director of Athletics Bill McGillis recently announced that the school has elevated Amanda Berkley to head volleyball coach, after spending the past season as the program’s interim coach. In her first season, Berkley’s team finished 17-14 overall, a plus-nine win over the 2012 season and 7-7 in league play. Her team advanced to the quarterfinals of the C-USA Tournament. She had a player who earned second team All-Conference USA. Several players also ranked among the league leaders in every statistical category. Amanda Berkley Prior to the interim position, Berkley served as an assistant coach for the past three seasons for Abbey Sutherland, with her duties including on-the-court coaching, recruiting, scouting, assistance in practice planning, fundraising, travel, camp coordinator and various administrative duties. Before coming to Southern Miss, Berkley spent two seasons as UW-Whitewater’s graduate assistant coach. She also coached the junior varsity team as well as planned practices and scheduled matches. Her duties also included being assistant strength and conditioning coach for the volleyball, football and track teams. Berkley graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in kinesiology/physical education and a minor in health in 2008. She competed on the University of Wisconsin’s volleyball team as a defensive specialist. During her career, the Badgers placed second in the Big Ten twice and made it to the Elite Eight twice, as well as finishing in the tournament Sweet 16 tournament once.



Golden Greetings from Your Eagle Club! From our 364 scholar-athletes and a tireless athletic staff, we send our warmest wishes to you and your family this wonderful holiday season. Reflecting over this past year, we are touched by the heartfelt way each of you continue to support Southern Miss. We could not be more excited about our athletics teams competing in the upcoming new year. Men and women’s basketball will begin conference play; baseball and softball, both conference champion hopefuls, will prepare to start their season; and our renowned track team begins its outdoor season. The tennis teams welcome new coaches, and the veteran golf coaches are ready for their teams to hit the links.






As we head into 2014, we invite you to help us cheer on these great programs. Relive fond memories and great experiences from your time on campus by visiting us this spring for any number of athletics contests. Bring family and friends with you to create new memories and extend the rich tradition of the Southern Miss family. Supporting our Golden Eagle student-athletes in competition can provide the momentum they need to finish strong and represent Southern Miss well. Supporting these same student-athletes in the classroom, though, will provide them the foundation for lasting success in life. As we pause to reflect on the year that has come and gone, it’s imperative to remember our ultimate goal – providing athletes with scholarships to continue their education. As we gear up for several exciting athletics seasons this new year, we hope that you will consider the impact you have on these young men and women who represent Southern Miss with pride. You can fuel their futures and propel them to the next level—in the classroom and in competition—by helping us provide necessary resources for their success. We encourage you to expand your current contribution if possible; to join the Eagle Club for the first time or come back to the Southern Miss family if you’ve left; or to recruit your friends, family and colleagues to join the movement toward academic and athletic excellence. Thank you for your continued dedication and passion for the Golden Eagles and our University. We appreciate all that you do each year in support of our programs, and our student-athletes give their heartfelt thanks for helping them succeed. Best wishes to you all! SMTTT! The Eagle Club Staff

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As the temperature be sure to wrap yourself in the warmest black and gold. And when you brave the conditions in your Southern ALUMNIfalls, AUTHORS Miss gear, let us know. Send photos* of yourself, your family and friends, and we will print as many as space allows in a future edition of Snapshots.


Above: A true Southern Miss story, the Taylor family has had generations of family members enter the great institution! Featured photo includes proud Southern Miss graduates and current USM students. Front row: Jordan Taylor Jr., current USM student; Gracyn Taylor, future USM student; Valerie Taylor ’84. Second row: Lakelyn Taylor, USM fresman; Gary Taylor, Jerry Taylor ’57 and Fredde Taylor ’58. Top Right: Rhonda ’83, Doug ’81, Erin ’12 and Mason ’15 Seidenburg took a recent vacation to Switzerland where they got the privilege to roam around mountains in the Bernese Alps. Behind them is Eiger Mountain.



Bottom Right: On Oct. 27, Chuck Scianna was honored at the M-Club when he was presented a football signed by Brett Favre. Scianna was honored for his generous contributions of football tickets for troops at Camp Shelby to attend Golden Eagle home football games. From left to right: Eddie Kauchick, Joe Bryant, Nick Kolinsky and Chuck Scianna.





Above: These recent USM grads are first-year med students at UMC. Back Row, left to right: Christina Daniel ‘11, Jason Wheat ‘11, Daniel Krebs ‘12, Meagan Ishee ‘12, Jessica Hill ‘12, Amanda Cooley ‘13, Walker Wiggins, John Caleb Grenn ‘13, Jakayla Harrell ‘13. Front Row, left to right: Lakeshia Gibson ‘09, Hannah Barrett ‘13, Lauren Schober ‘12, Danielle Williamson ‘13, Victor Maldonado ‘12, Emily Bustin ‘13, Ashley Villarreal ‘12. Bottom Left: CJ Scott Jr. is son of Cedric Scott ’00, ’09 and Dorian Scott ’02. When they went to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Jacksonville, Fla., they decided to take along their friend Seymour to see the Bald Eagles. Bottom Right: Jerry Nettles ’85 and his family attended the annual USM Women’s Soccer team designated home game in honor of his late uncle Blake Nettles ’79. His two sons Henry J. Nettles and Blake A. Nettles smile with Seymour as they enjoy Blake Nettles Day.

*For printing purposes, please save or scan your photos at a resolution of 300 dpi. If you have any questions, contact the Alumni Association at 601.266.5013. Winter 2013



CLASS NOTES Now is your chance to catch up on the news and accomplishments of your fellow Golden Eagles. SNAPSHOTS To submit your news to The Talon, please send your information to the Southern Miss Alumni Association, 118 College Drive #5013, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001, email or post it online at All cities are in Mississippi unless otherwise noted.



Carol Ann Crapps Drane 74’ has ALUMNI ALMANAC been elected by her peers as the Simpson County Technical Center 2013 Teacher of the Year. Carol currently serves as the Student Services coordinator at the center. Paul Hembree ’72 of Pascagoula announced his retirement after 41 years of service to Stuart C. Irby Company at the end of October 2013.

1980’s The Jackson-George Regional Library System Board of Trustees has named Lori Ward Smith ‘86 as director. Mack Rushing ‘88 has been promoted vice president/senior business banker of Merchants and Marine Bank. Tom Peresich ‘82 has been promoted to assistant vice president/bank secretary act officer of Merchants and Marine Bank. Lesa Kirkman ‘83 is thrilled to share the news that her two children are Southern Miss students. Nick is a junior transfer student and

Dr. Richard Summers ‘77, professor of emergency medicine, has been appointed associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Laura, pictured, is a freshman, and the new feature twirler with The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band. Ted Fortenberry ’87 has been elected as the next chairman for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors. The Mississippi Association of School Administrators recently named Dr. Chuck Benigno ‘85 Mississippi Superintendent of the Year. Melissa McDaniel ’87 is now retired from education and devoting full time to her film production company, Blue Heron International Pictures. Melissa has also published three books, including the popular Flight of the Blue Heron.

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Robert Goss ’88 spoke at the Southern Miss chapter of Beta Alpha Psi in late October 2013. The subject was “Excellent Practices for Negotiators,” including developing a Negotiation Plan and how Procurement can positively affect CVA. Robert was also published in the professional journal, Supply Management, January 2014 edition. The article was on “Commercial Acumen” and is Robert’s fifth time to be published in professional journals.

2000’s Winston Medical Center is pleased to announce that Nancy Jordan, RN, MSN, FNP-BC ‘06 has joined the medical staff of Winston Medical Center. Brittney Westbrook ‘08 and Nathan Westbrook proudly announce the birth of their son Gunner Wyatt Westbrook. Todd Gollott ‘09 and Jessica Pickard announce the news of their engagement. Wedding vows will be exchanged Jan. 25, 2014, in Ocean Springs. Samantha McCain ‘09, ‘10 is now the advertising and design manager at Hattiesburg Clinic. Ethan Michael Smith ‘06, ‘07 and Camille Elizabeth Covington exchanged their wedding vows in Fairhope, Ala., on November 9, 2013.

John StilesSNAPSHOTS ’05 is a Ph.D. graduate who has gone on to pursue a speaking career and is anticipating the release of a new ALUMNI AUTHORS book. He is formerly dean and professor of communications at Hannam Unibversity (HNU) in ALUMNI ALMANAC South Korea; he now serves as U.S. director for HNU International Relations. Dr. John Stiles is an expert in the field and has made an impact on audiences around the world with his presentation, Intercultural SuperHighway. To say John is accomplished is an understatement. He has traveled to more than 70 countries on all seven continents. With every visit and presentation, John brings a unique and relational approach to his company. John takes passion in having the opportunity to discuss, teach and train all persons, from students to corporate personnel, with the cultural tools and valuable relational skills necessary to excel in the rapidly changing multicultural landscape that surrounds our world today. Needless to say, Dr. John Stiles is driven by a passion to cultivate common bonds between people groups. He often uses the words of Will Rogers to summarize his unique approach to culture: “Strangers are only friends I haven’t met yet.” It is clear that it is this philosophy that imbues the person he is, naturally reaching out to those around him and encouraging others to exercise the same high privilege.

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Chris Boone ‘87 and Katherine Boone of Madison announce the birth of their baby girl Addison Noel Boone. Addison was born on Sept. 16, 2013, and weighed six pounds 15 ounces.

Brett ’00 and Erin Williamson Smith ’01 announce the birth of their daughter Ashlynn Dawn Smith, born on September 4, 2013. Ashlynn Dawn is welcomed by her big brothers, Bryce and Hampton, and Golden Eagle grandparents, Edward Williamson ’68 and Gloria Williamson and Steve and Judy McAlpin Grimes ’69. Lakeshia Gibson ’09 of Jackson was promoted from laboratory technician to laboratory supervisor at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Gibson is still continuing her medical school journey.

Brittain F. Heindl ’08 of Birmingham, Ala., is now working on his second year as a resident doctor in the internal medicine department at UAB hospital in Birmingham. Witt Ruffin ‘05 of Fairhope, Ala., a commercial relationship manager of Trustmark National Bank, has been named vice president for the Jacksonbased financial institution. Terilyn Smith ‘07 of McComb has been promoted to branch officer of Trustmark National Bank. Joey Kern ’06 of Hattiesburg has been promoted to assistant vice president of Trustmark National Bank.

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Phillips to Lead New Honors College at Purdue

Warren Elected Kappa Delta Foundation Chairman

Rhonda Phillips ’83, ’86 has been named the dean of Purdue’s Honor College. Rhonda Phillips, associate dean of Barrett, The Honors College of Arizona State University, will be the dean of Purdue University’s new Honors College. Phillips, who has been in her current position since 2011, also is a professor in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State. She holds appointments as senior sustainability scientist in Arizona State’s Global Institute of Sustainability/School of Sustainability, and affiliate faculty in the School of Geographical Sciences, Urban Planning and the School of Public Affairs. Prior to going to Arizona State in 2007, she was an assistant and associate professor in the Urban and Regional Planning Department at the University of Florida, where she also was the founding director of the Center for Building Better Communities. Before that, she served as an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Area Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. Phillips’ appointment as dean is the result of a national search. She will begin at Purdue before the fall semester. Her appointment is subject to ratification by Purdue’s Board of Trustees. The Honors College, approved by the trustees in 2011, will welcome its first class of more than 500 new students this fall. The college will recruit prospective honors students and provide them with residential learning experiences, exposure to cross-disciplinary problem-solving, and support in pursuit of postgraduate opportunities.

During its semiannual meeting on June 26, 2013, the Kappa Delta Foundation Board of Directors elected a new slate of officers. One of the very deserving honorees is Southern Miss alumna Bonnie Purvis Warren ‘63. Bonnie was elected as the Kappa Delta Foundation Chairman. Bonnie is a proud alumna member of Beta Sigma chapter at Southern Miss. She was national president from 2005-09 and also served Kappa Delta as National Panhellenic Conference delegate, chairman of regional chapter director and collegiate province president. Bonnie has also served as chairman of the chapter Advisory Board for Beta Sigma chapter and is past president of the Hattiesburg Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter. Bonnie is very active in the Hattiesburg community and has served on the board of directors for The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation and as state chairman for Mississippi’s Miss Hospitality Pageant. She also served on the Board of Directors for The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association and the United Way of Southeast Mississippi. She is past president of the Hattiesburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. Bonnie is a founding member of the Circle of Champions at The University of Southern Mississippi. She was an inaugural inductee to the Greek Hall of Fame at the University, an inductee in The University of Southern Mississippi Hall of Fame, and recipient of the Mississippi Continuous Service Award and the Hattiesburg Volunteer of the Year Award. In 1989, Bonnie was named a Kappa Delta Woman of Achievement, and she was honored with the Spirit of Women Award in 2011. She presently serves on the Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation and is married to Lawrence Warren, president and owner of Warren Paving Inc. They have four children and 10 grandchildren.




Cliff Russum ’06 and Julie DeFatta Russum ’04 welcomed their son Banks Rogers Russum on Oct. 11, 2013. Banks weighed 6lbs. 12oz. and was 20 inches long.

Brittney Dykes ‘10, ‘12 has been named the communications manager for Hattiesburg Clinic. Lauren Brooke O’Neal ‘13 and Shawn Brantley Garner exchanged their wedding vows on Oct. 5, 2013, in Petal. Brittany White ‘10 is now an associate attorney at the law office of Jenifer Branning.

Joyce Martinez ‘12 has joined the firm KPMG LLP as an audit associate. Sarah Elizabeth Stetelman ’12 and Jared Alan Carlson were married Sept. 7, 2013, at Midway First Baptist Church in Sumrall. James “Sebe” Seaborn Dale IV of Columbia and Chelsea Lamb Oliver exchanged their wedding vows in Camden, Ala., on August 3, 2013.



Babineaux Selected as Recipient of National Troops to Teacher Program Jody Babineaux ‘08 of Lake Charles, La., has been selected as a recipient of the National Troops to Teacher Program. He is one of the few U.S. Armed Force veterans to be selected for this program across the country. The Troops to Teacher Program is designed to help recruit quality teachers for schools that serve low-income families throughout America. Troops to Teacher help relieve teacher shortages, especially in high-need subject areas. The program assists military personnel in making a successful transition to second careers in teaching. Babineaux is a math/social studies teacher at Power Academy in the Laurel School District. He graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi/ROTC program and is a two-time combat action Operation Iraqi War veteran, currently serving as the 67th Transportation Company Executive Officer.

Bowden New Dean of College of Engineering Royce Bowden ’84 will be the new dean of the College of Engineering of Wichita State University. Bowden won the position because of his success at generating resources and increasing enrollment at Mississippi State University. He reversed a trend of declining undergraduate enrollment in MSU engineering to a 55 percent increase over his six years as head of Mississippi State University’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Bowden will remain associate dean of engineering at Mississippi State University through the semester. Bowden worked at Texas Instruments early in his career. Texas Instruments is widely known as the company that invented the hand-held calculator. Bowden’s job there in the early 1980s involved developing missiles for the U.S. Navy.

Warren Elected Chair of Mississippi Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Jim Warren 84’ of Jackson was elected Chair of the Mississippi Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section at its 2013 Annual Meeting. Jim is active as a litigation attorney, mediator and arbitrator. He chaired and spoke at the ADR Section’s Advanced Mediation Seminar recently, and spoke in November at the American Bar Association’s Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Institute in Nashville, Tenn. Jim is the managing member of Carroll Warren & Parker, a 20-lawyer firm based in Jackson, with offices in Houston and Miami. He served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2013, teaching contract negotiation and drafting, and will return to teach in 2014. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation. The mission of the ADR Section is to promote the informed use of alternative dispute procedures to resolve conflicts in a fair, timely and cost-effective manner. Jim and his wife, Malinda, have five children and live in Jackson.

In Memoriam

Dr. Altra Howse Hamman ’42 of Hattiesburg died September 15, 2013. Mary Nell McDonnieal Powell ’42 of Baton Rouge, La., died October 15, 2013. Murriel Reed Scott ’42 of Jackson died October 5, 2013. Mary Catherine Hanson Ward ’47, ’54 of Pass Christian died August 29, 2013.

A.J. “Red” Mangum ’49 of Hattiesburg died August 28, 2013. Hermes Gautier Hague ’50 of Pascagoula died September 28, 2013. Myrtle Ruth Fikes Hutchinson ’51 of Littleton, Co., died October 5, 2013. Armand E. Prentiss ’51 of Baton Rouge, La., died September 17, 2013. William N. “Buddy” Oliver Jr. ’51 of Jackson died September 10, 2013. Erwin A. Baylot Sr. ’52 of Vicksburg died September 17, 2013.

Andrew Webster “Webb” Stribling ’53 of Madison died September 18, 2013. Lawrence Fielding Edwards ’53 of Memphis, Tenn., died September 29, 2013. Dr. Earnest L. “Doc” Harrington Sr. ’54, ’58, ’74 of Hattiesburg died October 5, 2013. Elise Day Cruthirds Hutto ’55 of Gretna, La., died October 13, 2013. Robert H. Milsted ’55 of Houston, Texas, died September 1, 2013. Winter 2013



ALUMNI AUTHORS CLASS NOTES To submit a book for inclusion in Alumni Authors, please email with ALUMNI ALMANAC SNAPSHOTS the title, author's name and year of graduation, cost, page count, publisher and year of publication, brief synopsis of the book, and an electronic copy of the cover in jpg, tif or pdf format at 300 dpi.

Anderson, a native of Natchez, is an assistant professor of history at Alcorn State University in Lorman. His work has appeared in the Companion to American Military History, Journal of Mississippi History, Journal of Economic History and the Tennessee Historical Quarterly.

Billy Ray Quave ’57 of Biloxi died September 14, 2013. Frederick Harold “Jack” Lander ’57 of Moss Point died September 6, 2013. Donald Price Joseph ’58 of Vidalia, La., died October 20, 2013. Harry Tulman O’Bryan Jr. ’58 of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., died August 27, 2013. Robert C. Smith ’58 of Sumrall died September 6, 2013. Joel E. Wakeland Sr. ’59 of McComb died September 27, 2013. Hilda Hull Batson ’59 of Lumberton died September 28, 2013. Charles Thomas Knight ’59 of Mineral Bluff, Ga., died September 1, 2013.

Ret. Col. Clayton T. White ’61 of Cottondale, Ala., died October 7, 2013. John William Nyman ’61 died August 21, 2013. Joan “JoNell” Alford Brumfield ’62, ’67 of Murfreesboro, Tenn., died October 20, 2013. Jack D. Triggs ’62 of Hattiesburg died September 25, 2013. Nancy C. Edmonson ’62 of Jackson died September 6, 2013. Patricia “Pat” Ann Moore ’63 of Roebuck, S.C., died September 2, 2013. Joe Henry Purviance Jr. ‘63 of Raleigh died June 18, 2013.



Builders of a New South - Merchants, ALUMNI AUTHORS Capital and the Remaking of Natchez, 1865 – 1914 Aaron D.ALUMNI AndersonALMANAC ’09 University Press of Mississippi Copies available directly from upress. Builders of a New South describes how, between 1865 and 1914, 10 Natchez mercantile families emerged as leading purveyors in the wholesale plantation supply and cottonhandling business and soon became a dominant force in the social and economic Reconstruction of the Natchez District. Author Aaron Anderson ‘09 digs deep in countless records—including census, tax, property and probate, as well more than 10,000 mortgage contracts with freed blacks—to explore how these traders functioned as entrepreneurs in the aftermath of the Civil War.

From Play to Practice: Connecting Teachers’ Play to Children’s Learning Walter F. Drew ‘69, Marcia L. Nell and Deborah E. Bush National Association for the Education of Young Children Copies available for sale from NAEYC’s online store From Play to Practice draws attention to the need for early childhood educators to have hands-on play experiences to help them better understand and promote the value of play in children’s learning. By participating in the type of hands-

on play workshops described in the book, teachers experience firsthand the power of play, and then can better understand and promote play-based learning in early childhood programs. Readers will also find a summary of play theory and a summary of the research on how and why play is important. Also included are case studies in a range of settings, including early childhood programs, undergraduate settings and a children’s museum. Individual chapters also discuss how to overcome common barriers to using play as a learning tool and information on play advocacy. Drew serves as a facilitator with the NAEYC Play, Policy and Practice Interest Forum and is the creator of Dr. Drew’s Discovery Blocks. Previously, he taught at an elementary school in Broward County, Fla., and later served as director of the African Primary Science Program at Njala University in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Together with his wife, Kitty, Walter founded the Institute for SelfActive Education in Boston.

Donna Katherine Hinkebein Dufour ’65, ’89 of Seminary died September 14, 2013. Paul Louis “Doc” Grube ‘67 of Satsuma, Ala., died August 27, 2013. William Gene “Bill” Hoffman ’68 of Findlay, Ohio, died October 21, 2013. James Marvin Kelly ’69 of Salisbury, N.C., died October 2, 2013. Dr. Jewel May Baldock Israel ’70 of Candler, N.C., died September 4, 2013. John Arthur “Jack” Schilling ’70 of Statesboro, Ga., died September 29, 2013. Frances Valerie Townsend Gilmore ’71, ’74 of Crossett, Ark., died October 2, 2013. Debbie Francis Walker ’72 of Petal died October 26, 2013.


ALUMNI AUTHORS How to Dominate Your Local Competitors Using Creative Internet Marketing and Automated Follow-up Systems Mark Mathis ‘96 Local Marketing Labs Available on Amazon Small and mediumsized business owners are currently facing the most competitive environment that has ever existed. Internet marketing and online lead generation has become the great “equalizer,” that allows small businesses to compete and even dominate against much larger competitors that may even have marketing budgets with are much larger than yours. In addition, the book provides access to proven marketing programs that will show the reader how to 1. Generate a huge list of your most “ideal” customers, from free sources, all on auto-pilot; 2. Build a deeper relationship and rapport with customers and prospects through the use of automated follow-up systems and “little-known” online tools; 3. Increase sales through

unique, memorable and easy-to-setup marketing campaigns. Mark is a business growth strategist and online marketing expert, who specializes in helping business owners to reach their full profitability potential. Mark is also a #1 Amazon Best Selling Author and publishes eCommerce Startup magazine, the #1 rated magazine on Niche eCommerce on the Apple Newstand.

William Curtis “Bill” Butler ’72 of Waynesboro died October 1, 2013. Louie “Mike” Mallory ’73 of Natchez died October 17, 2013. Dorothy E. Early ’73 of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., died October 13, 2013. Father John “Father Jack” Ambrose Rietti Jr. ’73 died August 28, 2013. Cynthia Garfield Hightower ’74 of Houston, Texas, died August 28, 2013. Dr. Ernest O “Slim” Howell ’74 of Natchitoches, La., died October 1, 2013. Dr. Donald Arthur Cabana ’75, ’96 of Hattiesburg died October 7, 2013. Dr. Harold W. Maphet ’78 of New Milford, Conn., died Ocotber 8, 2013.

Patricia S. Maddox ’79 of Clinton died October 21, 2013. Floyd Hughes ’79 of Madison, Ala., died October 6, 2013. John Fleming Pate Jr. ’80 of Hattiesburg died October 7, 2013. C. Gregory “Greg” Carney ’81 of Gulfport died November 13, 2013. Dr. Linda Hawkins Kay ’81, ’87 of Jackson died September 1, 2013. Sarah McCreary Pope ’84 of Springfield, Mo., died October 18, 2013. Pamela Gaye McNeil Martin ’84, ’92 of Ocean Springs died August 26, 2013. Patrick F. Dutton ’89 of St. John’s, Newfoundland died November 13, 2013.

Where God Hides Holiness: Thoughts on Grief, Joy and the Search for Fabulous Heels Rev. Laurie M. Brock ’91 and Rev. Mary Koppel Morehouse Available on Amazon from Church Publishing and bookstores Priests are supposed to be holy, aren’t they? After all, ministers pray, live faithfully, and look very put together. Life, however, is messy. Couples get divorced, friends die, pregnancies miscarry, and jobs are disappointing and even abusive. And God invites us into a deeper journey to strip

away the personas of perfection and ALUMNI ALMANAC expectation to rediscover what is sacred and genuine about ourselves. In Where God Hides Holiness, Laurie Brock, along with her clergy friend Mary Koppel, shares their journey of discovering their beautiful messes in life. With a genuine noholds-barred approach and a unique style, the authors focus on a three-year period of their lives and ministries with wit, revelation and self-discovery as they unpack the dirtiness of failure, the messiness of life, the frailty behind our personas we present to the world, and the joy of resurrection as new life with the lessons learned. Laurie graduated from Southern Miss where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in English and criminal justice. She later earned her law degree from the University of Alabama and her Master of Divinity from the General Theological Seminary in New York City. She currently serves as the priest of St. Michael the Archangel Episcopal Church in Lexington, Ky.

Candace Nelson Rogers ’91 of Diamondhead died August 24, 2013. Laurie Jean “Jeanie” Ross ’93 of Raymond died September 17, 2013. William Patrick Benton ‘94 of Brandon died July 31, 2013. Angelique Michele LeBlanc Baylor ’99 of Gulfport died September 23, 2013. Reginald Jay Rivers III. ‘01 of Houston, Texas, died July 10, 2013. Kathryn Lynn Kennedy Smith ’10 of Chicago, Ill., died August 14, 2013. Bill McLellan of Greenville, S.C., died September 30, 2013.

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Hope Herron ’01


Hope Herron ’01, an environmental scientist with Tetra Tech, a leading provider of consulting, engineering and technical services worldwide, graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi’s Honors College with an English degree. Along with many other activities while at Southern ALUMNI AUTHORS Miss, Hope was the goalie on the soccer team and spent two summers at the Abbey program in France. Several years after leaving the University, Hope still insists that her education at Southern Miss was second-to-none ALUMNI ALMANAC and continues to speak very highly of her professors. Following graduation, Hope took science courses and conducted research with Dr.’s Julia and Thomas Lytle at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. She then worked as a Student Conservation Association environmental educator at Lake Mead National Recreational Area in Temple Bar Marina, Arizona, where she also published an article and assisted with grant writing. The Rotary Club in Nevada awarded her a Rotary International Scholarship where she had the opportunity to travel to the University of Queensland and obtained a master’s degree in natural resource studies. While continuing to work on her master’s degree in international communications at American University, she worked at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. Her first job at Tetra Tech was in Baton Rouge. During the start of her career, Hope continued to take courses in New Orleans. Hope’s current position allows her to provide technical assistance for a project that is helping to bring water and sanitation to Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka. This is a U.S. government-funded project. She supports the project mainly from the Tetra Tech office in Washington, D.C. This year Hope spent more than three months in-country. In Zambia, Hope managed the field operations for the resettlement component of a project that works to provide water, sanitation and drainage to Lusaka. While in Zambia, her days in the field collecting survey and asset information from residents in the construction zone were long yet rewarding. Life in Lusaka was full of daily operational challenges, from lack of Internet access and office supplies to keeping vehicles up and running.



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Bank Of America® Special offer for Southern Miss alumni and friends! Announcing a special No-Annual-Fee MasterCard® credit card now conveniently available to Southern Miss alumni. Simply call 1.800.932.2775 for details about the costs and terms of this offer or to apply for the credit card.

Balfour Official Southern Miss Ring. For more information or to order, call 1.866.BALFOUR and ask for reference code 2315.

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Marsh Alumni Services Whether it is life, health, or long-term care insurance, you can obtain important financial protection for your family at an affordable rate through Marsh Alumni Services. For more information, call 1.888.560.ALUM (2586).

Specially Designed Southern Miss Degree Frames Order your custom Southern Miss diploma frame and preserve your achievement for a lifetime with Diploma Display. To order, visit

Liberty Mutual Liberty Mutual is the official home and auto insurer of the Southern Miss Alumni Association. For more information, call 1.800.981.2372.

Barnes and Noble Your school. Your bookstore. Located on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Mississippi. For more information, call 601.266.4381.


Answers below are to questions asked on Page 12. 1. Coach R.J. Slay led the men’s basketball team its first season. 2. The Hattiesburg Area Rose Society planted the All-American Rose Garden in 1973. Today, the Southern Miss Physical Plant maintains the Rose Garden. 3. The University’s 30-foot Christmas tree contains more than 17,000 lights. 4. The Golden Eagle Code of Honor is as follows: A Golden Eagle always does the right thing, is punctual and respectful (gets there on time and stays to the end), is always a lady or a gentleman, and is true to the Black and Gold.

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Southern S C E N E S “L o f t y R e t u r n”

On Oct. 24, Chuck Scianna and his wife, Rita, joined Southern Miss officials, alumni and friends for the dedications of two golden eagle sculptures – on the Hattiesburg campus and Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Named “Lofty Return,” the sculptures, designed by artist and sculptor David Anderson, symbolically tie the campuses together while welcoming graduates back to their alma mater. The Hattiesburg eagle is positioned at the apex of the Rose Garden that faces Hardy Street. The 6,000-pound sculpture measures approximately 22 feet tall by 20 feet wide by eight feet deep and rests atop an eightfoot-high pyramid-shaped base. Anderson, an internationally recognized artist and sculptor based in Idaho, spent more than a year meticulously designing the piece. The Hattiesburg sculpture is dedicated in honor of former University President Martha D. Saunders, while the Gulf Coast sculpture is dedicated in honor of former University President Aubrey K. Lucas. Both were on hand for the official dedications. The sculpture placement on the Hattiesburg campus has subsequently been incorporated into a Front Campus Landscape Restoration and Enhancement Plan the University began in mid-April. The landscape plan coincides with the USM Foundation’s Campus Beautification Campaign – a fundraising initiative to help defray costs of the tornado restoration efforts. Photo by Kelly Dunn

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