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“I’ve never thought about anything like ‘Tori Bowie Day.’ It is nothing I’ve ever dreamed of. It’s special.” – Tori Bowie
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38 GO GOLD
8 News Around Campus
14 Calendar of Events 20 Association News 34 Foundation News 50 The Arts 52 Athletic News 54 Snapshots
42 Kalalou: Never Made the Same Way Twice
56 Class Notes Tori Bowie, a two-time NCAA long jump champion and 2012 Southern Miss alumna, won three medals in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – a bronze in the 200-meter dash, a silver in the women’s 100-meter event and a gold in the 4 x 100-meter relay.
On Nov. 25, The University of Southern Mississippi and the City of Hattiesburg honored Bowie with ‘Tori Bowie Day.’ She is pictured above celebrating with fans during the traditional Eagle Walk prior to the USM vs. Louisiana Tech game.
This summer, Tori Bowie set the bar for going gold on one of the world’s biggest stages as she capped the most impressive performance by a United States track and field athlete at the 2016 Olympic Games by winning a gold medal in the 4 x 100-meter relay. Bowie anchored the American team to the second-best time in the event’s history, but her champion spirit has its roots in being a Southern Miss Golden Eagle.
Doug and Susan Williams launched Kalalou, a wholesale company that provides over 1,500 unique products from more than nine countries to retailers ranging from companies as large as Wayfair to gift shops and individual interior designers around the country. As graduates of The University of Southern Mississippi’s art program, the couple has taken their Southern Miss foundation worldwide through entrepreneurship and charitable giving.
46 Bringing Luxury to Southern Miss Residence Life
Brie Dyess, a Hattiesburg native and daughter of Southern Miss alumni, along with her roommate, Shaye Sullivan, transformed a resident room in Scott Hall into a luxurious living space.
ALUMNI STAFF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JERRY DEFATTA ’00, ‘10 ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR INTERNAL OPERATIONS DANE REITER ‘06, ‘07, ‘10 ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR EXTERNAL AFFAIRS JENNY BOUDREAUX ’08, ‘14 ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR COMMUNICATIONS NICOLE RUHNKE ‘08 MANAGER OF CONSTITUENT RELATIONS LAUREN RICHARDS ‘11 MANAGER OF PROGRAMS BAYLEE LONG COORDINATOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES MELISSA MCDANIEL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT RENÉ TRIGG DATA ENTRY SPECIALIST SHARON ANDERSON RECEPTIONIST RENÉ KENT MAIL CLERK EDWARD WALLACE EDITORIAL ASSISTANT KAISHA BROWN ‘16
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NOTES FROM HOME It is hard to believe 2016 is drawing to an end. It seems as if we were finalizing plans for the Heart of Dallas Bowl just yesterday, and yet here we are preparing to watch our beloved Golden Eagles play in the CLASS NOTES postseason once again. I have admired the persistence of this year’s team. The determination displayed at the final home game of the year against Louisiana Tech will be remembered by Southern Miss alumni for years to come, as this team certainly showed the spirit for which our University is known. Like many SNAPSHOTS of the significant events in our institution’s history, everything this team has received has been fought for, and I am excited to see them take the field one final time in New Orleans. Each year, the holidays offer a time of reflection. Southern Miss is an incredible place, and it is made special in large part by the people who have invested the best of themselves in advancing this ALUMNI AUTHORS institution. The Alumni Association has certainly benefitted from the service of countless individuals who have helped to build the organization to what it is today as we near 100 years of service to our alma mater. I am grateful for the three gentlemen who have held the role in which I currently ALUMNI ALMANAC serve: Powell Ogletree, Ron Phillips and Bob Pierce. Each one, in his own way, helped to mold this organization into what it has become. You can see the handprints of each of them on our Association. Although the director of this organization plays an important role in helping to advance the organization’s agenda, the success of the Association can be attributed to two very distinct groups. First, the Alumni Association’s volunteers are the heartbeat of the organization. Whether one is a local representative working to engage alumni in a geographic area, in the leadership of one of our constituent societies bringing alumni back to campus to celebrate a common profession, or serving on the board of directors, these individuals are a key component of the organization’s success. The volunteer leadership of the Association plays a critical role in setting the direction of the Association and working to ensure the goals and objectives of the organization are in line with and supportive of the direction of the institution as a whole. The Association is far and away the largest network of Southern Miss supporters, and it is imperative that its efforts are complementary to those of the institution. I am thankful that the volunteer leadership of our Association is mindful of this important role and works to ensure our efforts are contributing to the greater good of the University. The second group of individuals that moves the Association forward is the staff. From a single individual in the organization’s early years to the current team of a dozen, the staff of the organization has always been integral to the success of the Association. Although the faces and roles of these individuals have changed throughout the decades, several key attributes have woven their way through the fabric of the organization’s history. In looking at our history, it is easy to see that the employees who have worked on behalf of the Association shared the same spirit of determination so common in Southern Miss alumni. The current staff of the Association is certainly a great representation of this characteristic. I am often amazed, when interacting with my counterparts at other institutions, to learn our organization is accomplishing many of the same initiatives as organizations two and three times our size. Our staff works tirelessly to have a positive, meaningful impact on our Association and the University, and although I don’t say it often enough, I am incredibly proud of their hard work and dedication to our efforts. This holiday season, I am grateful for the opportunity I have each day to work with both of these talented and dedicated groups to advance our Association in support of this great institution of higher learning. I am also excited about the coming year, as we will have an opportunity to work together to celebrate “A Century of Service” to our alma mater. Finally, I want to express my deep appreciation to each of you for your membership. Without your support, it would be impossible for our organization to play a significant role in the life of the University. I hope you will continue to invest in the Association and the University as a whole, and encourage your friends and family to do the same. I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and hope 2017 is full of blessings. Southern Miss to the Top!
Jerry DeFatta ’00 ‘10 Executive Director Winter 2016
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The State Institutions of Higher Learning EAGLE CLUB Board of Trustees approved The University of Southern Mississippi’s request to offer a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and a Bachelor of Science ATHLETIC NEWS in Ocean Engineering.
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Southern Miss Receives IHL Approval for Two New STEM Degrees
In an effort to expand strong academic programs in high-demand Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, The University of Southern Mississippi will soon offer two new Bachelor of Science degrees through its College of Science and Technology. On Nov. 17, the State Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees approved the University’s request to offer a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering. Pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), both programs are on track to launch next fall. Amid national dialogue about the demand for more STEM graduates, industries in Mississippi have conveyed the need for more engineers, resulting in the University initiating these new degrees to meet critical business and educational needs in south Mississippi. In support of the state’s ongoing
economic development opportunities and Gov. Phil Bryant’s emphasis on the “Blue Economy,” Southern Miss has planned these academic programs with coastal students and business needs in mind. The implementation of these degree programs will prove significant to both Southern Miss and the state of Mississippi, especially with the Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering being the only ocean engineering degree in the state and one of only 10 programs in the nation. Research has shown that Computer Engineering is in high demand in most industrial sectors, including cyber security, chemical processing, wireless communication and healthcare. In south Mississippi, those sectors also include shipbuilding, manufacturing and farming industries, government and military labs. USM’s School of Computing will expand its Computer Engineering Technology curriculum to offer a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. Ocean Engineering is in high demand across Mississippi’s coastal counties,
with specific needs in shipbuilding, maritime industry, offshore exploration, environmental monitoring, port operations, as well as the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. With strong emphasis on the “Blue Economy,” USM’s School of Ocean Science and Technology will expand its curriculum to offer a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering. The Ocean Engineering program will be delivered at the Southern Miss Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, and the Computer Engineering program will be available both in Hattiesburg and at Gulf Park. The pre-engineering components of both programs will also be available at both campuses. For more information about the Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Engineering and Ocean Engineering at The University of Southern Mississippi, contact Dr. Douglas S. Masterson, associate dean for undergraduate affairs in the College of Science and Technology, at 601.266.4880 or email@example.com.
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Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security Signs Agreement with INTERPOL To strengthen law enforcement capacity in sport safety and security, the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) has signed a cooperation agreement with The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for 4 Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS ). The partnership will see the two organizations develop a variety of capacity-building initiatives, particularly in support of INTERPOL’s Project Stadia, which is working to implement a comprehensive curriculum to help member countries meet the demands of hosting major international sporting events. 4 The agreement between INTERPOL and NCS comes almost a year after the Stade de France in Paris was targeted by terrorists, reinforcing the need for police to be well-equipped and trained in their response to this type of serious incident. Established by INTERPOL and funded by Qatar, Project Stadia aims to create a center of excellence and good practice platform to help INTERPOL member countries plan and undertake security and cybersecurity preparations for major sporting events. 4 Created in 2006, NCS supports the advancement of sport safety and security through training, professional development,
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SNAPSHOTS USM President Rodney D. Bennett, left, and Tim Morris, executive director of Police Services for INTERPOL, signed a cooperation agreement during a special ceremony held in Lyon recently.
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academic programs and research. NCS collaborates with professional leagues, open access events, intercollegiate and interscholastic athletics, along with professional associations, ALUMNI ALMANAC private sector firms and government agencies. The center provides a critical resource for sport venue managers, event managers, first responders and other key stakeholders. For more 4 information about NCS at Southern Miss, visit NCS4.com.
Dixie Darlings Reunited during Homecoming 2016 The Dixie Darling Alumnae Association reunited once again during this year’s Homecoming festivities. With events ranging from the annual reunion dinner, the Homecoming parade and a scholarship presentation, former Dixie Darlings could be seen across campus during Homecoming weekend, and participated together with the current team members in gameday traditions such as Eagle Walk and the halftime show. On Saturday, Oct. 29, senior Taylor Robbins was named Dixie Darling of the Year and presented a scholarship by Alan Blakeney of Camellia Healthcare. Since 1996, the Dixie Darling Alumnae Association has awarded more than $220,000 in scholarships to members of the Dixie Darling team. Pictured: Dixie Darling alumnae and current team members perform at halftime during the USM Homecoming game against Marshall.
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Graduate Earns Prestigious Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship First-year dental student Vaniecia Wilson, a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship valued at $35,000 per year for her dental training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry. Created in 2013, the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program (MRDSP) is designed to provide more general and pediatric dentists in rural areas of Mississippi. During dental school, each MRDSP scholar receives $35,000 per year based on available funding. Wilson, a Roxie native received her undergraduate degree in biological sciences this past May. Wilson is the daughter of Shannon Hunt of Hattiesburg. Pictured: University of Southern Mississippi graduate Vaniecia Wilson, left, with Dr. David Felton, dean of the School of Dentistry at University of Mississippi Medical Center.
USM Wins Top Regional Public Relations Award
The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of University Communications has earned the Southern Public Relations Federation’s (SPRF) William A. Taylor Best of Show Award for its “My Southern Miss Story” campaign as part of a strategy to recruit new students utilizing advertising. The honor is the top award of SPRF, the leading professional organization of public relations practitioners in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and the Florida panhandle. In winning the award, USM bested hundreds of entries from universities, agencies, business and organizations across the four states. SPRF’s Best of Show marks the second major award for USM’s Office of University Communications in 2016; this past summer, the office won one of only two Judges’ Choice Awards, the top prize awarded by the Public Relations Association of Mississippi, for the office’s work on the “Choose Southern Miss” marketing campaign.
My Southern Miss Story
The office launched the “My Southern Miss Story” campaign in March 2016 to raise brand awareness, support student recruitment and enhance the reputation of the University. This campaign featured 11 USM students who shared their stories from
a first-person perspective. Among other positive results, “My Southern Miss Story” videos were viewed more than 730,000 times, and the campaign directly resulted in a 20 percent increase in traffic to the University’s Choose.USM.edu website.
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Port of Gulfport Celebrates Groundbreaking of Marine Research Center EAGLE CLUB On Nov. 14, state officials, in conjunction with the Mississippi State Port Authority (MSPA) and The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Ocean Science and Technology, celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Marine Research Center, which is set to be completed in early 2018. Commissioners of the Port Authority authorized advertisement for the $10 million structure, which will serve as the marine operations and research facility for USM’s School of Ocean Science and Technology, as well as enhance and beautify the industrial “front door” of the Port of Gulfport. The addition of a research center further solidifies the partnership between the two state institutions and allows for far-reaching benefits well beyond the waters of the Mississippi Sound. The new Marine Research Center will be an extension of USM’s 135-foot vessel, the R/V Point Sur, who makes
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Governor Phil Bryant, officials from the Port of Gulfport and The University of Southern Mississippi gathered at the Port of Gulfport for the Marine Research Center groundbreaking.
her home at the Port of Gulfport and is the only oceanographic research vessel home ported in the northern Gulf of Mexico, east of the Mississippi River. This unique two-story building will encompass nearly 18,000 square feet. Upon completion, it will be the principal marine operations and support facility
for USM’s oceanographic research ALUMNI AUTHORS efforts. The building will include administrative offices, classrooms, laboratories and storage areas. ALUMNI ALMANAC Eley Guild Hardy Architects of Biloxi is overseeing the design, and construction is set to begin in early 2017. Anticipated completion is the first quarter of 2018.
Veterans Center Receives Special Recognition from Military Times The University of Southern Mississippi has been recognized for its commitment to providing educational services for student-veterans and their families with a spot in Military Times’ prestigious 2017 “Best for Vets” college rankings. The eighth annual rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ comprehensive school-by-school survey of veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic achievement. The honor salutes the achievements of the Southern Miss Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families. The center’s mission is to offer sustainable conditions for a “military-friendly” education support program that provides veterans, service members (active duty, Reserve Component and National Guard), dependents (family members) and survivors (VSDS) the opportunity to pursue a degree at Southern Miss. As with all “Best for Vets” rankings, the 2017 list is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for
service members, military veterans and their families. More than 500 colleges took part in this year’s detailed survey, which asks colleges and universities to meticulously document a tremendous array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties, and to describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus. These institutions were evaluated in several categories, with university culture and academic outcomes bearing the most weight. Military Times also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three Education Department sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database. For the full “Best for Vets” Colleges 2017 rankings and survey methodology, visit MilitaryTimes.com/ bestforvets-colleges2017. For more information about the center, visit USM.edu/ military-veterans.
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ALUMNI ALMANAC Dr. Susan Mayfield-Johnson
Dr. Susan Mayfield-Johnson of The University of Southern Mississippiâ€™s Department of Public Health has been honored as a 2016 Health Care Hero by the Mississippi Business Journal. Mayfield-Johnson, assistant professor of public health, has served as principal investigator on several externally funded programs working with community health workers, qualitative research designs, health disparities, as well as racially diverse and underserved populations. She is currently working on three newly funded projects. In addition to her teaching and advocacy work, Mayfield-Johnson serves as the Director for the Center for Sustainable Health Outreach (CSHO) and the Community Health Advisor Network (CHAN) at Southern Miss. For CSHO, she plans a national conference focused on community health outreach workers.
Southern Miss Named Most Affordable Online College in the United States Over the past year, The University of Southern Mississippi has dedicated time and effort to further developing its online degree programs. These efforts have paid off with Affordable Colleges Online (ACO) recognizing Southern Miss as the best in the United States for its ability to bring academic excellence to online students with a more manageable price tag. Online at Southern Miss offers academically rigorous, quality online degree programs that include support for students, even though they are not physically on campus. Fully online students can access numerous student success initiatives from online appointments with the Writing and Speaking Centers to 24/7 learning management system support. Since 2012, ACO has worked to make college more affordable by helping students and parents identify higher education opportunities, meeting both academic quality and financial needs.Â ACO is comprised of researchers and higher education experts who analyze data from every accredited postsecondary institution in the United States to identify the colleges with the lowest out-of-pocket costs that score high on academic rigor and support. According to ACO, the ranking includes student-to-faculty ratio, graduation rates, as well as the count and breadth of online programs available. The University of Southern Mississippi offers nine undergraduate degrees and twenty-one graduate programs fully online. To learn more about the online programs at Southern Miss, visit Online.USM.edu.
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University Earns International Distinction as Lessac Training Site EAGLE CLUB The University of Southern Mississippi is known actors, voiceover acting, dialects, oral interpretation, musical throughout the Southeast for its outstanding arts programs and theatre and more. is one of only 36 institutions in the country to be accredited in As a part of this training, students participate in the Lessac ATHLETIC NEWS all areas of the arts. Bringing further acclaim to the University Kinesensic Voice and Body training for two semesters and are is the announcement that Southern eligible to pass a practitioner exam Miss is now an official training site with a Master Lessac Teacher to be for Lessac Kinesenics. able to qualify for Practitioner status. NOTES FROM HOME Lessac is a holistic approach The groundbreaking program is to voice and body training that already yielding successful results at improves posture, breathing, Southern Miss. CLASS NOTES body conditioning, vocal variety Aronson designed and and contrast, and resonance and implemented a plan of study for projection. Theatre professor Robin graduate students to learn the Aronson is one of 54 specially Lessac voice and body work as SNAPSHOTS certified trainers in voice and body the foundation for their voice and in the world and was fortunate to speech work. In addition, the train with the late Arthur Lessac, the students are given the opportunity ALUMNI AUTHORS Southern Miss Lessac Practitioners: Michael Morrison, system’s namesake and one of the to reach Lessac Practitioner status, a Hillary Scales-Lewis, Devi Reisenfeld, Master Lessac most highly regarded and original prestigious level of achievement for Teacher Deborah Kinghorn, Rachael Swartz and teachers in the world of voice, speech, voice and speech specialists. This is Kendall Kiker. Not pictured: Drew Davidson. ALMANAC singing and movement. theALUMNI first program to engage in this The voice and speech curriculum, which is taught by type of program globally and places Southern Miss as a leader Aronson and offered as a part of the Master of Fine Arts in in the voice and speech discipline. performance program, provides three years of intense voice For more information about this new program at Southern and speech training for performers focusing on vocal health for Miss Theatre, visit USM.edu/theatre/lessac-kinesensic-training.
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January 3 Gulf Park and Hattiesburg Campuses Reopen from Holiday Break 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
February 15 Scholarship Deadline To explore available scholarship opportunities, visit USMFoundation.com/GO.
21 Armstrong Branch Lecture: Jasmine Guy Thad Cochran Center Ballrooms | 6:30 p.m. 27-28 Mardi Gras Holiday
While at Southern Miss, Tori Bowie was a track and field standout. Today, she’s an Olympic medalist. Read more about Bowie’s achievements on page 38. 48653USM.pdf
3 Asbury Hall Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Asbury Hall | 2 p.m. 11 Volunteer Leadership Summit Ogletree House | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 13-17 Spring Break Holiday 30 Founders’ Day Ceremony Bennett Auditorium
April 5-7 Children’s Book Festival Thad Cochran Center 14 Good Friday Holiday 15 Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival Gulf Park Campus South Lawn This event will feature an Easter egg hunt for children ages 12 and under, local artists and craftsmen, food vendors and activities for the entire family. For more information, visit USM.edu/Jazz-Blues.
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2015-16 ANNUAL REPORT
The 2015-16 year was another great year for the Southern Miss Alumni Association. Boasting higher active membership, improving alumni engagement programs and providing a record number of scholarships are among the organization’s many achievements over the last year. From the spring’s successful travel season, including this year’s To the Top Tour, to the rebranding of the Student Alumni Association, the volunteer leadership and staff of the Alumni Association have remained focused on growing the loyalty of Southern Miss alumni and fans. 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. We appreciate all of your support and ask that you continue to assist us in our efforts by encouraging others to become involved.
Becky Montague President
OUR MISSION: The mission of The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association is to build a feeling of pride and loyalty among the alumni of the institution, while strengthening participation in alumni and University programs; to coordinate the efforts of alumni on behalf of the University as a whole; and to provide a unified voice for all alumni in the affairs of the University.
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2015-16 ANNUAL REPORT
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION FINANCIAL POSITION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016 AND 2017 STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES FOR YEAR
ENDED JUNE 30, 2016 Event Revenue $187,516 (14.4%)
General and Administrative $235,894 (16.0%)
Membership Revenue $290,454 (22.3%)
Membership Development $329,438 (22.3%)
Auxiliary Revenue $91,523 (7.1%) Royalty Income $87,196 (6.7%) Contributed Support $644,782 (49.5%)
Program Services $912,225 (61.7%)
TOTAL REVENUE, GAINS AND OTHER SUPPORT Investment returns
$ 1,301,471 $ (86,671)
PROPOSED BUDGET FOR
Auxiliary Revenue $108,500 (7.4%)
Event Revenue $102,500 (7.0%)
General and Administrative $280,250 (19.2%)
Royalty Income $98,000 (6.7%)
Contributed Support $660,000 (45.1%)
Investment Income $271,000 (18.5%) Membership Revenue $223,000 (15.3%)
Membership Development $388,000 (26.5%) Program Services $777,250 (53.1%)
Contingency $17,500 (1.2%)
TOTAL INCOME AND OTHER SUPPORT
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, 2016, the conclusion of the 2015-16 Fiscal Year, the Alumni Association reported total assets of $3,062,273 and a total membership of 13,796. The 13,796 members represent 11.8 percent of the Universityâ€™s 116,944 alumni-of-record.
Current Assets $ 207,339 Investments $ 2,818,020 Total Property and Equipment $ 36,914 Total Assets $ 3,062,273
LIABILITIES Total Current Liabilities Noncurrent Liabilities (DEFERRED REVENUE)
$ 126,329 $ 50,645
Total Net Assets $ 2,885,299 Total Liabilities & Net Assets $ 3,062,273
ABOUT OUR MEMBERS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND ACROSS THE GLOBE NORTHWEST Idaho...................5 Kansas...............11 Montana..............2 Nebraska...........16 North Dakota........1 Oregon................5 South Dakota.........5 Washington........29 Wyoming.............3
MIDWEST Illinois................55 Indiana..............34 Iowa..................16 Michigan............17 Minnesota...........10 Missouri.............51 Ohio..................38 Wisconsin...........23
SOUTHEAST Alabama..........895 Arkansas.............77 Florida.............697 Georgia...........429 Kentucky.............34 Louisiana..........793
SOUTHWEST Arizona..............29 California.........134 Colorado............52 Nevada.............15 New Mexico.........6 Oklahoma..........36 Texas...............755 Utah..................13
NORTHEAST D.C...................11 Delaware..............8 Connecticut.........14 Maine..................3 Maryland...........58 Massachusetts......16 New Hampshire....5 New Jersey.........25 New York...........39 Pennsylvania.......49 Rhode Island.........3 Vermont................3 West Virginia........7
Mississippi......8438 North Carolina..169 South Carolina.....95 Tennessee.........298 Virginia............182
The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association is comprised of members from all 50 states and numerous countries outside of the United States. Its 13,796 members are residents of the states above.
ANNUAL REPORT NUMBERS Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2016 Alumni of Record Total Membership % Active
116,944 13,796 11.8%
ACTIVE YEARS OF MEMBERSHIP 0-4 2915 5-9 1241 10-14 845 15-19 679 20-24 499 25+ 2027 Life Members 5590 TOTAL 13796
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2015-16 ANNUAL REPORT
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MAKES AN IMPACT BY PROVIDING RECORD NUMBER OF SCHOLARSHIPS The Southern Miss Alumni Association continues to impact and invest in the future of students by providing financial assistance through the organization’s scholarship programs. This year, the Association gave more than $30,000 in scholarships as a result of the financial support raised through the annual Homecoming Golf Tournament, the Legacy brick campaign and events hosted by local Southern Miss alumni chapters and constituent societies. One of the many scholarships stewarded by the Association is the Mary Loraine Peets Buffett Scholarship, which is awarded to two full-time female freshmen pursuing a degree within the College of Arts and Letters. “I am so grateful to have received this scholarship,” said Tori Geiger, a recipient of the Mary Loraine Peets Buffet Scholarship. “It has provided so many opportunities for me. I have been able to travel the world, and it has really helped me become who I am today.” The Association also awards Pierce Legacy Fund Scholarships to incoming freshmen who are children or grandchildren of Southern Miss graduates.
2015-16 scholarship recipients were honored with a reception at the Ogletree House in August.
Pierce Legacy Scholar Garrett Newell expressed how he was honored to be one of 13 Legacy Scholars. Newell stated, “My first semester at The University of Southern Mississippi got off to a great start. I am extremely grateful for the Pierce Legacy Scholarship. I feel very blessed and want to provide a sincere thank you to everyone involved in funding and granting this important scholarship. Thanks for helping me and others further our education in college.”
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP FUND AWARD DISTRIBUTION BREAKDOWN 4% 7%
The PIERCE LEGACY FUND SCHOLARSHIP (awarded to 13)
The ELMO LANG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (awarded to one)
The MARY LORAINE PEETS BUFFETT SCHOLARSHIP (awarded to two)
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)
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ALUMNI HALL of FAME CLASS of 2016
The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association inducted seven of the Universityâ€™s most dedicated and distinguished alumni into its Hall of Fame on Oct. 28 as one of the highlights of the 2016 Homecoming celebration. Visit SouthernMissAlumni.com to view a video presentation of the 2016 inductees and to also submit a Hall of Fame nomination for the 2017 induction.
The Southern Miss Alumni Hall of Fame was established in 1987 to recognize those whose contributions have helped move the University forward.
The 2016 inductees include:
Russell “Rusty” Anderson ‘79, ‘81 Rusty Anderson has more than 35 years of experience in higher education with a focus on career planning, jobseeking strategies and professional development. He currently serves The University of Southern Mississippi as the director of Career Services, a position held since 1995. Anderson has taught numerous career management courses as an adjunct instructor in the departments of tourism management, psychology and undergraduate studies. Anderson received a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a bachelor’s degree in social and rehabilitation services from Southern Miss after graduating from Hattiesburg High School. Anderson has held numerous leadership positions, including national president of Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society; conference co-chair for Southeastern Association of Colleges and Employers; president of the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Employers; past president of the Southern Miss Staff Council; and is a graduate of Hattiesburg Leaders for a New Century, which is now known as Leadership Pinebelt. On campus, his
service includes the Student Success Committee, liaison to the campus ministers, Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) Development Committee and Implementation Team, Paralegal Advisory Committee, and the Tourism Advisory Board. Off campus, Anderson serves on numerous community advisory boards, including The Area Development Partnership Education Task Force, Hattiesburg High School Cooperative Education Advisory Committee, and the Petal High School Cooperative Education and Workforce Development Committee. Anderson has received several honors while at Southern Miss and is a Life Member of the Southern Miss Alumni Association, a member of the Eagle Club and an alumni member of numerous organizations. Anderson and his wife, Theresa, reside in the Hattiesburg area and have two sons, Rusty Jr. of Byram and Eric ’07 of Tampa, Fla. He has five grandchildren: Tristan, Taylor, Trace, Chase and Tucker. The Anderson family has a long history with Southern Miss, as his father, the late Dr. Bobby Anderson, served on the faculty from 1968-95; his mother, Joy Anderson, earned a M.Ed.; and his brothers, Tony and Robby, both earned bachelor’s degrees at Southern Miss.
Jane Boudreaux ‘71 ‘72 Jane Boudreaux Ph.D., a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and licensed dietitian (LD), is a native of Hattiesburg. In 1976, Boudreaux launched the first nutrition consulting company in the state of Mississippi and was also responsible for starting the first independent health care group purchasing organization in the state. Boudreaux holds a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition and a master’s degree in institution management, both from The University of Southern Mississippi. A member of Phi Kappa Phi, she graduated with highest honors when she received her bachelor’s degree. In 1988, she earned a doctorate in institution management from Texas Woman’s University. Presently, Boudreaux is a managing partner of The Purchasing Alliance, a group purchasing organization developed specifically for health care facilities, and is vice president of Nutrition Systems Inc., a nutrition and food service management consulting firm. Combined, both companies service more than 400 health care accounts across the Southeast.
From 1999 to 2003, Boudreaux served as the dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Miss and was a professor at the University for more than 28 years. Professor Emeritus at Southern Miss, Boudreaux is a member of the Honor Club, Eagle Club and is a Life Member of the Alumni Association. Upon retiring from the University, Boudreaux’s colleagues, former students, family and friends established a dietetics and nutrition scholarship in her name. A member of numerous organizations in the dietetics and nutrition arena, Boudreaux has also held many leadership roles in the Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A Golden Eagle since birth, Boudreaux’s grandmother attended Mississippi Normal College and her mother worked for many years in the Registrar’s Office at the University. Boudreaux and her husband, Fred ’68, ’72, are the parents of Craig ’98 and daughter-in-law Trista ’00, ’08 and Brad ’04 and daughter-in-law Jenny ’08, ’12. The Boudreauxs are active members of Oak Grove United Methodist Church, enjoy traveling and being outdoors, and are the proud grandparents of Audrey, Isaac and April, all three of whom are Growing up Gold.
Kim Bradley ‘86 Kim Bradley launched his business career in 1984 when he purchased Floyd’s Formals on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg. In 1990, he and his brother, Todd, opened a dry cleaning store. Together, they operated the dry cleaners, three retail tuxedo stores and a wholesale tuxedo business. In 1996, they purchased Taylor Rental, and in 2008, Bradley relocated Taylor Rental to the current location on Lincoln Road in Hattiesburg. Bradley is a native of Hattiesburg and began playing golf as a teenager. Following his graduation from Hattiesburg High School in 1980, Bradley walked on to the Southern Miss Golf Team in the fall of 1980 and played for two years. He pledged Kappa Alpha in 1980, and served as president in 1983. Bradley graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. Bradley will complete his third term on the Hattiesburg City Council in the summer of 2017. He served as council president for 10 years and is a member and former president of the board of directors of the Hattiesburg Country Club. Bradley resides in Hattiesburg with his wife, Erin Pittman Bradley, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in special education in 1985 and a master’s degree in education in 1988, both from Southern Miss. They have two daughters, Alex and Abby. Alex is a 2013 graduate of College of Nursing at Southern Miss and is currently enrolled in the University’s Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) program. Abby attended Mississippi State University for three years before beginning pharmacy school at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. Lifelong supporters of Southern Miss, the Bradleys are members of the Circle of Champions, Golden Tee and the Dugout Club. They attend Venture Church in Hattiesburg.
Joe S. Bryant ‘75 Joe Bryant, a native of Norfolk, Va., arrived in Hattiesburg in the fall of 1971 to begin his college career and play football with the Golden Eagles. He quickly fell in love with The University of Southern Mississippi and never left. In the fall of 1972, Bryant was initiated into Sigma Nu Fraternity along with Vice President Emeritus Joe Paul. In the summer of 1973, he fell in love again – this time with a blonde coed named Jo Russ. The two graduated together in 1975 and married in November of that year. After a brief stint as a teacher and coach at Hattiesburg Public School District, Bryant began his insurance career. In 1979, he partnered with Shelter Insurance to open his agency across the street from campus, where his office remains today. By 1998, with his Golden Eagle Spirit and wife, Jo Jo, by his side, Bryant successfully built the largest Shelter Insurance agency in Mississippi. Through the years, the Bryants have garnered numerous company and industry awards as a 25-time recipient of the Shelter Conference Champion Award, eight-time recipient of the Shelter Millionaires Award, Presidents Council member for 10 years and seven-time recipient of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors National Multiline Sales Award. Bryant is a past president and Man of the Year of the Hattiesburg Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. In 1988, the Bryants were inducted into the Shelter Insurance Hall of Fame. Bryant is still actively involved in many aspects of Southern Miss Athletics to which his wife refers as his “free job.” In 1998, he was awarded the Doc Roberts Distinguished Service Award by the Southern Miss Athletics Department and has served as president of the M-Club and is past president of the Hattiesburg Metro Chapter of the Southern Miss Alumni Association. He has also served on the advisory board for the Hattiesburg Salvation Army and was granted Life Member status in 2014, alongside Dr. Aubrey Lucas. Bryant and his wife have two children, Russ and Hayley. Russ, an attorney, resides in Memphis with his wife, Morgan, and their two children, Hattley and Mills. Hayley, a thirdgeneration Southern Miss graduate, and her husband, Austin, are expecting their first child in January.
Gwendolyn Armstrong Chamberlain Gwendolyn Elaine Armstrong Chamberlain’s first job after leaving The University of Southern Mississippi was with the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C., as supervisor of memberships and subscriptions. After years in this role, she accepted a position at the American Council on Education with the GED Testing Service as manager of military testing, which included federal testing, Michigan
prisons testing, and Canadian military and international testing, where she traveled and trained in test site security measures and procedures. After leaving the education field, Chamberlain became executive assistant to the president of the Melwood Horticultural Training Center in Upper Marlboro, Md., where she helped to create Melwood’s Alumni Association and worked with staff responsible for training and implementation of transportation and housing.
Vicki Helms Carter ‘71
Duane Lock ‘83
Although her formal training was focused on classical piano, Vicki Carter has enjoyed a successful career in musical theatre as a musician. She made her Broadway debut conducting EUBIE!, based on the music of Eubie Blake, one of America’s foremost ragtime composers, and her keyboard skills have been heard in Broadway orchestras, including A Chorus Line, La Cage aux Folles, Me and My Girl and The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. At the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, Carter’s musical direction and conducting credits include Guys and Dolls, Grease, My Fair Lady, Carousel, Anything Goes, Big River, Man of La Mancha and No, No Nanette. She was the musical director and conductor for the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s production of Carousel. In 1986, an invitation was extended and Carter returned home to Mississippi to direct a production of Show Boat for the Tupelo Community Theatre made possible by a grant received from the Mississippi State Council of the Arts. In 2000, Carter was named one of 56 charter nominees for induction into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame and was profiled in Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame: Legendary Musicians Whose Art Has Changed the World. As a way of staying connected to her roots, Carter conceived, chaired, planned and implemented the first Mississippi Picnic held in 1980 in Central Park with the help of four other Mississippians. Presently, Carter is serving as director of the Chautauqua Scholarship Program at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. The program began in 1920 and welcomes young adults from around the world to a month of intensive, intellectual, artistic and spiritual development. Carter graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts in piano performance. After nearly 40 years of a career focused on musical theatre, Carter desired to revisit her classical roots. She was awarded an artistic residence under the support of the Dr. Robert und Lina Thyll-Dürr Foundation out of Switzerland, and used that time to develop solo piano programs. She continues to present musical programs as a solo pianist. Carter and her husband, Ron, reside in East Orange, N.J. They have one daughter, Logan, who resides in New York City.
Chamberlain is a native of Hattiesburg, where she attended Rowan Senior High School and was active in chorus and other school activities. Being an honor roll student prepared her for admission to The University of Southern Mississippi as one of the institution’s first AfricanAmerican students. At Southern Miss, she was a member of the yearbook staff, and in 1965, she participated in the Pan Hellenic talent contest and won first place. In the audience was Alberta Caruth and her husband, Paul, who offered her an audition with King Records (a James Brown Production Company) in Cleveland, Ohio where she “cut” a demo and
Duane Lock is president of River Oaks Energy, an electricity brokering and consulting company. He founded the company in 2004 and built it into a national enterprise. In addition to brokering and trading energy commodities, Lock is a member of the Council of Advisors for Energy based in New York. As a member of the council, he consults regularly with investment banking firms, such as Capital Advisors, Goldman Sachs and others on matters related to energy policy, market structure and regulatory activities. Upon graduating from The University of Southern Mississippi, Lock began his career at Xerox Corporation from 1984 to 1994, which took him across the United States. After a decade at Xerox, his first assignment in the energy business involved leading the retail business for Kansas City Power and Light as well as Missouri Gas Energy, both billion dollar mid-west utilities. In addition to heading up the retail marketing business, he also served as the company lobbyist at the state capital. As a registered lobbyist, Lock built relationships with elected and appointed officials, including governors, mayors, state legislators and public utility commissioners. He is a member on the board of trustees for Rockhurst University executive committee, and serves on the USM Foundation Board. Lock earned his BSBA from Southern Miss in 1983 and an MBA from Rockhurst University in Kansas City. He proudly served four years in the United States Marine Corps active reserve from 1979-1983. He and his family reside in the Dallas Metro Area.
was to become a protégé after singer Marva Whitney. She was offered a position in Las Vegas singing between shows for Frank Sinatra Jr., as well as a back-up singing position with Ike and Tina Turner, but she declined both offers. She and her husband, Curtis Chamberlain Sr., have three children: Curtis II, a professional barber; Erica, an accountant; and Dajuan, a senior at McDaniel College and three grandchildren: Deonte, Hope and Cree. Chamberlain and her family reside in Clinton, Md. Her latest venture has been forming Happy Hearts, a 501(c)(3). As CEO, she hopes to create a safe environment for abused and abandoned children.
WINNERS Each year during Homecoming, the Alumni Association honors distinguished alumni and the University’s most faithful servants at the Annual Awards Lunch and Business Meeting. Nominations for these awards are accepted year-round and must be received by May 30 of each year for the approaching Homecoming ceremonies in the fall. The Alumni Association presents the following six awards annually:
OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD Given to up to seven alumni based on their service to the University.
CONTINUOUS SERVICE AWARD Given to up to five alumni for their longterm efforts and dedication to Southern Miss.
SPECIAL SERVICE AWARD Given to individuals, not necessarily alumni, who have made a significant, unique contribution to the University, community or his or her profession.
OUTSTANDING YOUNG ALUMNUS/ALUMNA AWARD Given to one alum, 36 years of age or younger, who has made contributions of time and effort to the University, community and his or her profession.
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.
MORAN POPE MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD Given to one alum annually who has continued to give of his or her time and talents throughout the years to recognize outstanding alumni support, professional achievement, loyalty and service to the University.
SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATIONS FOR 2017 AWARDS AT SouthernMissAlumni.com/Awards
Aaron Boucher ’99, ’00 OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD
Aaron Boucher graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1999 and a Master of Science in 2000. While at Southern Miss, Boucher served as president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and was a graduate assistant in the Office of Athletic Compliance. Boucher is a Life Member of the Southern Miss Alumni Association and an active member of the South Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter, Eagle Club and Hardwood Club. Boucher is an active member of Main Street United Methodist Church and volunteers with the Hattiesburg Youth Soccer Association. He has been employed in the pharmaceutical industry for 15 years and has been involved in the healthcare marketing program at Southern Miss. Boucher and his wife, Jennifer McQueen ’99, live in Hattiesburg and are parents to Maggie and Elizabeth.
Deborah Gambrell Chambers ’72 OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD
A Stone County native, Deborah Gambrell Chambers graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. She went on to receive her Juris Doctorate with cum laude distinction in 1978 from the Mississippi College School of Law. She returned to the Pinebelt where she served as Justice Court Judge in Forrest County for 30 years, while serving as managing partner of the Gambrell Law Firm PLLC. She now serves as Chancery Court Judge, Place 1, for the 10th Chancery District. A Life Member of the Alumni Association, Judge Gambrell has served on the boards of numerous organizations,
including the YMCA, United Way, DuBard School Advisory Board, R3SM, the Mississippi Bar Foundation and is currently serving her third term on the Access to Justice Committee. She was inducted into the Southern Miss Alumni Hall of Fame in 2014, selected as a Girl Scouts “Woman of Distinction” in 2013, accepted the Forrest General “Spirit of Women” Award in 2011 and received the Lawyer Citizenship Award from the Mississippi Bar in 2011. Judge Gambrell is a member of the Pineview Presbyterian Church and has traveled extensively with the church while serving on various women’s advocacy committees. She is married to Vincent Chambers, and they are the parents of six daughters and six grandchildren.
Gene Gouaux ’07 OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD
Gene Gouaux is from Thibodaux, La., and graduated with a degree in accounting from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2007. He’s a Life Member of the Southern Miss Alumni Association, where he has served as a board member, and is currently serving on the USM Foundation Board of Directors. Gouaux is practicing law and has recently served as president of the Lafourche Parish Bar Association. He is also a professor of business law at Nicholls State University, where he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013. Recently, Gouaux has instructed students from around the world about the legal environment of business in the United States and international business law as a member of the faculty of the University of New Orleans’ International Summer School in Innsbruck, Austria. In addition to his service to Southern Miss, Gouaux is heavily involved in his hometown by serving on the boards of Thibodaux Main Street, the Bayou Lafourche Folklife and Heritage Museum, and the Leadership Lafourche Program.
Craig Kliebert ’04, ’05 OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD
Craig earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and his MBA from The University of Southern Mississippi. He is a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner and a Registered Representative with Raymond James Financial Services, serving clients in 11 states. He also has his brokerage and life and health insurance licenses. Craig has been with The Shobe Financial Group in Baton Rouge, La., since 2005 and is currently serving as the group’s vice president and manager of the financial planning department. Craig is a former board member and president of the Baton Rouge chapter of the Financial Planning Association (FPA). Craig served as president of the Southern Miss Alumni Association’s Baton Rouge chapter from 2012 until 2016, during which time the chapter endowed a scholarship through the USM Foundation with the goal of providing financial assistance to incoming Southern Miss freshmen from the Baton Rouge area. Craig has been married to fellow Southern Miss alumna, Laura Miller Kliebert ’05, since 2006 and is the proud father of six-year-old triplets Ellie, Alex and Drew.
Eric Waldron ’93, ’94 OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD
A resident of Hattiesburg, Eric Waldron graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and in 1994 with a Master of Professional Accountancy. Waldron is an executive vice president and the northern region president for The First, A National Banking Association. He is a member of the Alumni Association, the USM Foundation Honor
Club, past president of the Association’s Wayne County chapter and served on the Alumni Association finance committee. Waldron is a member of Heritage United Methodist Church and has been married to Tracey Waldron, real estate agent with REMAX Real Estate Partners, for 28 years. They have one son, Bing, and two daughters, Anna Beth and Mary Kate. Mary Kate is a senior at Southern Miss studying accounting.
Scott Hemeter ’91 CONTINUOUS SERVICE AWARD
A native of Waynesboro, Scott Hemeter graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in construction technology. Upon graduation, Hemeter was employed with W.S. Newell Contractors in Montgomery, Ala. In 1995, Hemeter decided to return to Waynesboro, and for the past 21 years, he has owned and operated his current business, Ace Cleaners. Hemeter is an active member of the Alumni Association, Eagle Club, has served two past terms as president of the Southeast Central Mississippi Alumni Association and is presently serving as a board member of this chapter. Hemeter is a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Waynesboro and is married to Dana Joy Hemeter of Jackson, Ala. They have one son, Braxton, who attends Wayne Academy in Waynesboro.
Dick Jordan ’55 CONTINUOUS SERVICE AWARD
A native of Columbia, Jordan was a cadet in the first freshman class of the inaugural Army ROTC program and a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. In 1955, Jordan graduated with a Bachelor of Science
in Business Administration from The FOUNDATION NEWS with University of Southern Mississippi commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He remained in the army for 22 years. During his tours of duty, FROM THE ARCHIVES Jordan taught ROTC at the University of Texas, graduated from the Command and General Staff College, received ARTSfrom a master’s degree inTHE education The University of Southern California, spent four tours in Vietnam and one tour NEWS in the Dominican AROUND Republic. CAMPUS Among his decorations are the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with EAGLE CLUB two Oak Leaf Clusters and V Device, eight Air Medals, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Oak Leaf Cluster and ParachutistATHLETIC Badges fromNEWS the United States, Vietnam and Thailand. Although he was continually hundreds and thousands of miles away from USM, Jordan remained active in NOTES FROM HOME the Southern Miss Alumni Association. He was an early participant of the Association’s Life Member program, CLASSnumber NOTES192. receiving membership Since moving back to Columbia from Japan in 1996, Jordan has been active in the Eagle Club,SNAPSHOTS Touchdown Club, Partners for the Arts and the USM Foundation Honor Club.
AUTHORS Susan RALUMNI iley ’78, ’83 CONTINUOUS SERVICE AWARD
Susan A. Riley,
ALUMNI CPA, ALMANAC is a partner with Topp McWhorter Harvey with over 30 years of public accounting experience. Riley has a Bachelor of Science and a master’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi. She currently serves on the finance committee for the USM Foundation Board of Directors and the Accounting Advisory Board for The University of Southern Mississippi. Riley has also served as past president of the University of Southern Mississippi Winter 2016
ASSOCIATION NEWS Accounting Constituent Society for the FOUNDATION NEWS Alumni Association, a former board member of the USM Foundation Board, and board member and past president for the South Central chapter of the FROM THE ARCHIVES University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association. Riley currently serves on the THE ARTS Bank Board Hattiesburg Community of BancorpSouth and on the board for the Area Development Partnership. She has alsoNEWS been very active inCAMPUS the local AROUND American Heart Association. In 1995, Riley was selected as one of the Top 40 Under 40 in the State of Mississippi, and EAGLE CLUB as one of the in 2002, she was selected top 10 business women in Mississippi. She was also inducted into the Southern Miss Alumni Hall of fame in 2013. ATHLETIC NEWS Susan is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), as well as the Mississippi Society of NOTES CertifiedFROM Public HOME Accountants (MSCPA), and serves on the Firm Administration and Development Committee with the State Society. She CLASS has also served on NOTES the Peer Review Oversight Committee for the Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy and as past secretary for the Mississippi SNAPSHOTS Society of CPA’s Board of Directors. Susan is married to Robert Riley ’78, and they are Life Members of the Southern ALUMNI AUTHORS Miss Alumni Association. Their son, Blake, is also a graduate of USM. They are members of Rocky Branch Baptist Church ALMANAC in Sumrall,ALUMNI where Susan teaches Sunday School and is a member of the choir.
Rusty Keyes ’09 SPECIAL SERVICE AWARD
A native of Petal, Rusty Keyes has more than 26 years of experience in law enforcement. He attended The University of Southern Mississippi on a sports medicine scholarship from 1986 to 1989 before joining the Hattiesburg Police Department,
where he served for more than 16 years. In 2006, Keyes returned to Southern Miss to work with the Southern Miss Police Department, and in 2009, he completed his degree and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in administration of justice. Keyes is a member of the Southern Miss Alumni Association and Providence Baptist Church. He is married to Maria Byrd Keyes, and they have two daughters, Maisen, a freshman at Jones County Junior College, and Rhain, a sophomore at South Jones High School.
Maureen Ryan SPECIAL SERVICE AWARD
Maureen Ryan is dean of the College of Arts and Letters and professor of English at The University of Southern Mississippi. She has served as a faculty member and administrator at Southern Miss since 1983. Ryan teaches modern and contemporary American literature and has scholarly publications on American narratives of the Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. Maureen holds degrees from Penn State University and Temple University.
Toby Barker ’04, ’06 OUTSTANDING YOUNG ALUMNUS AWARD
Toby Barker serves as State Representative for House District 102, which includes central Hattiesburg. Elected in 2007 at the age of 25, he was the first millennial elected to serve in the Mississippi Legislature. Now at 34, Barker serves as chairman of the House Performance-Based Budgeting Committee. In this role, he has guided Mississippi’s transition to evidence-based policy, performance outcomes and strategic planning. These efforts have
helped the state become a national leader in data-driven decision-making. He also serves on the Appropriations, Education, Medicaid, Public Health, Technology, and Apportionment and Elections Committees. Aside from legislative work, Barker works as an account executive at his family-owned business, Barker Advertising. Originally from Meridian, he moved to Hattiesburg to attend The University of Southern Mississippi, earning his BA in communication in 2004 and an MS in economic development in 2006. He went on to earn a master’s degree in healthcare leadership from Brown University in 2015. As a Southern Miss student, he was active in the Student Government Association, Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, the Baptist Student Union and Men of Excellence. Barker is married to the former Kate Northrop of Quitman. They live in the Historic Parkhaven Neighborhood in Hattiesburg and welcomed their first child – a daughter, Audra – in October.
Larry and Linda Smith FRIEND OF SOUTHERN MISS AWARD
Larry and Linda Smith have faithfully support The University of Southern Mississippi for more than 40 years. Linda Smith was born in Brookhaven and graduated from Louisiana State University in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science in education and received her Master of Science in education from Cornell University in 1957. She taught at Dominican High School in New Orleans before she was swept off her feet by Larry. They were married on June 4, 1960. Besides raising three children, Linda has been active in book clubs, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Southern Miss, and Main Street United Methodist Church. Larry was born in Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1965 and Tulane Medical School
ASSOCIATION NEWS in 1960. In 1967, after his internship, residency and two years of service in the U. S. Public Health Service, Larry and his beautiful bride, Linda, settled in Hattiesburg. Larry became partner in Puckett Laboratory, later named Pathology Associates of Hattiesburg, where he remained until his retirement in 1995. Linda and Larry have two sons, both of whom attended Southern Miss, a daughter and two grandchildren. Together, they enjoy high-level bird watching, known as birding.
Charles Thomas ’55 MORAN POPE MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
A native of Laurel, Charles Thomas graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After a 35-year career at Sunbeam Corporation, Charles retired as vice
president of operations in 1995. FOUNDATION Since his retirement, heNEWS has been active in the University community, especially in the arts. He is a Life Member of the Alumni Association FROM THE ARCHIVES and was inducted into the Alumni all of Fame in 2008. Charles and his wife, Diane, are THE ARTS members of Parkway Heights United Methodist Church, where Charles has served as organist since 1979. Their threeNEWS sons, Charles Jr., Robert and AROUND CAMPUS David, are all Southern Miss graduates.
Southern Miss Seniors Participate in Ring Ceremony
The Class of 2016 Southern Miss ring recipients hold their hands in the air to showcase their newly received rings.
The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association hosted its 13th ATHLETIC NEWS annual Ring Ceremony on November 15. The long-standing tradition consisted of more than 70 students receiving a Southern Miss class ring. Chris Johnson ’01, State Representative House District 87, served as the keynote speaker for the ceremony. Drawing from his life experience, Johnson spoke toNOTES studentsFROM about representing HOME USM with pride and how the ring serves as a reminder that everywhere they go, Southern Miss will go with them. “Be a good representative and steward wherever you are,” said Johnson. “You represent not only our state, but the University. It’s up to you CLASS to show what kind of good products can come out of Mississippi. I haveNOTES found from the legislature and in business that a lot of graduates from The University of Southern Mississippi have a great humility about them. They lead well, and these rings are a great way to display that. When your actions show what a good SNAPSHOTS person you are and your ring shows where you went to school, that is a great benefit to everyone involved at The University of Southern Mississippi.” During the ceremony, official ring recipients signed the University’s ring ledger ALUMNI AUTHORS and were then presented their handcrafted rings by University President Rodney D. Bennett. The ceremony concluded with a display of recipients showcasing their rings and a special appearance by everyone’s favorite mascot, Seymour.
Siblings James, Rebecca and Robert Corey celebrated their upcoming graduations together with the receiving of their Southern Miss Rings.
Wilson Williams, along with both of his parents, Cindy ’90 and David ’12 (not pictured), received their Southern Miss Rings during the 2016 ceremony.
Alumni Association Hosts Homecoming Events FOUNDATION NEWS The Southern Miss Alumni Association hosted its annual Homecoming events in October with large crowds and increased engagement from the Association’s members. The FROM THE ARCHIVES 18th Annual Alumni Homecoming Golf Tournament was held on Friday, Oct. 28, at Hattiesburg Country Club as a fundraising event for the Robert D. Pierce II Legacy Fund, ARTS to children and grandchildren of to provideTHE scholarships Southern Miss alumni. More than 100 players participated in the event, which was sponsored by Coca-Cola. Also on Oct. 28,NEWS seven distinguished alumni were inducted into The AROUND CAMPUS University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame during a banquet presented by Butler Snow and BancorpSouth. On Saturday, the Association hosted its annual awards lunch EAGLE CLUB and business meeting, recognizing outstanding volunteers within the organization and presenting the newest members of the
Alumni Association Board of Directors. Scholarship recipients and their families were also invited and honored during this event. Homecoming 2016 concluded with the African-American Alumni Brunch on Sunday, Oct. 30. Presented by First Bank, the event featured remarks by University President Rodney D. Bennett, Southern Miss student and scholarship recipient Kayla Hubbard, Hall of Fame Inductee Gwendolyn Armstrong Chamberlain and special entertainment by Natasha M. Cole ’04. “This year’s Homecoming celebrated the excitement surrounding the University’s many successes,” said Jerry DeFatta, executive director of the Southern Miss Alumni Association. “Our volunteers and event sponsors helped make this year’s events enjoyable, successful and memorable, and we were pleased to connect with alumni in ways that will hopefully encourage a renewed commitment to Southern Miss.”
NOTES FROM HOME
WELCOME SNAPSHOTS NEW LIFE MEMBERS
Emmanuel and Athanasia Lionikis
Benjamin and Reina Coats
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The Southern Miss Alumni Association extends its gratitude and appreciation to the sponsors and participants of the 2016 Homecoming Golf Tournament. The tournament marked the 18th consecutive year with major corporate sponsorship and was played at Hattiesburg Country Club.
The tournament featured 108 golfers and 35 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.
2016 GROSS TOURNAMENT WINNERS: 1ST: Nathan Cameron, Adam Speights, Mike Lott, Chris Nicholas 2ND: Russell Boltz, Forrest Roberts, James Coward, D.J. Pulley 3RD: Will Taylor, Jon Smith, West Hester, Brent Hobbs
2016 NET TOURNAMENT WINNERS: 1ST: Grant Hartfield, Dave Herrin, Les Robinson, Dwayne Strickland 2ND: Chris Hester, Daniel Stewart, Brad Whittaker, Beck Troutman 3RD: Chris Leonard, Murray Brinson, Sam Sackler, Alan Blakeney
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Alumni Association and Eagle Club FOUNDATION NEWS Host Record Crowds at 2016 Eagle Landings The Southern Miss Alumni Association, along with the Eagle FROM THE ARCHIVES Club, hosted four Eagle Landing tailgates throughout the 2016 football season, with record crowds at each event. Nearly 2,000 alumni and friends came together to celebrate the Golden Eagles ARTS Ky.; San Antonio, Texas; Baton Rouge, at tailgatesTHE in Lexington, La.; and Denton, Texas. Kicking off this year’s season was the Golden Eagles’ exciting victory over the University of Kentucky. NEWS AROUND CAMPUSHeld over Labor Day weekend, the Association hosted the Bottles and Barrels Bourbon Tour to provide Southern Miss alumni a special opportunity to explore Kentucky’s Bourbon Country with a three-day travel package. EAGLE “The Bottles andCLUB Barrels Bourbon Tour was a great success for our alumni and fans,” said BayLee Long, manager of programs for the Alumni Association. “More than 100 alumni and fans traveled throughout Kentucky’s ATHLETIC NEWS Bourbon Country, enjoying tours and tastings at four distilleries, as well as a tour of Keeneland Race
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Course and Darby Dan Farm. We enjoyed hosting such a unique trip for our alumni, while also being a part of one of our team’s greatest football victories in recent years!” A benefit of membership in both the Alumni Association and Eagle Club, Eagle Landings are hosted at select road games throughout each football season and boast free admission for all active members. This year’s tailgates were made possible through the generous support of our sponsors: Triton Stone Group, Hederman Brothers, ServiceMaster Restore by Charley Wallace, First Bank and Jason Wesley – State Farm. “This year, we have seen an increase in Association memberships as a result of these Eagle Landings,” said Associate Director for External Affairs Jenny Boudreaux. “With exciting game locations, such as Baton Rouge and Lexington, we saw a great turnout in alumni choosing to join the Alumni Association and play an active role in the increased excitement surrounding the University.”
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Membership Tailgate On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Alumni Association hosted a complimentary tailgate for active members prior to the USM vs. Troy football game. Hundreds of alumni attended the event held in the historic Ogletree House with great food, live music and complimentary beverages courtesy of Chandeleur Island Brewing Company. Sponsored by The Real Estate Center and The Claiborne, this event highlighted the dedication and support of the Association’s active members, and provided an opportunity for alumni to fellowship together on campus. “This year’s membership tailgate was designed with our members and sponsors in mind,” said Jenny Boudreaux, associate director for external affairs. “Without our active members, we are unable to provide programs and host events for the alumni and fans of Southern Miss, who we all know are the heartbeat of this University. We appreciate our members and sponsors, and their continued support and desire to remain connected to Southern Miss. Planning has already begun for next year’s event!”
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Allgood’s Legacy of Serving Others Continues Through Planned Gift to Southern Miss THE ARTS
Jean Allgood’s life-long service to educating students in Mississippi and around the world is remembered NEWS AROUND CAMPUS and celebrated through a scholarship endowment at The University of Southern Mississippi. Established with an initial gift of EAGLE CLUB $15,000, the endowment has already provided scholarships to two Golden Eagles studying music education. With the addition of ATHLETIC a planned gift,NEWS the net proceeds of which total over $98,000, the annual scholarship allocation will increase six-fold to support deserving students. NOTES FROM HOME As the daughter of a 12th grade English teacher, Allgood inherited a passion for teaching and pursued her bachelor’s degree in education at CLASS Mississippi Southern NOTES College, now The University of Southern Mississippi. With great excitement about beginning her career, Allgood was one of SNAPSHOTS the youngest students to graduate from Southern Miss at the age of 20 and began teaching in Ellisville. For the nextALUMNI 30 years, “Miz Allgood,” AUTHORS as she was called by her students, had a fiery focus on teaching, entertaining and evangelizing whomever was fortunate ALUMNI ALMANAC enough to be in her classroom, her audience or her presence. Beloved by many who entered her classroom, students still note that Mrs. Allgood taught about good morals, good habits and good behavior with extremely high expectations and outcomes for her scholars. “Mother spent her life giving people a reason to learn,” said Allgood’s daughter, Derrith Bondurant. “She was determined to make everyone interested in learning and instilled motivation that could be used in all areas of life.” After her retirement from Gulfport City Schools, she still held a desire to teach and participate in mission work. This desire led Allgood to Seattle, upstate New York and several Caribbean Islands
Allgood surrounded by her students at Guangxi University in Nanning, China.
to teach with the The Southern Baptist Convention. Later, she ventured to Baptist posts in Switzerland, Venezuela and Puerto Rico, where she did administrative work, led Bible schools and entertained by playing piano and singing. A longing for international missions eventually led Allgood to China with a group of English teachers. When the Mission Board would no longer send her abroad because of age restrictions, she made her own arrangements directly with Guangxi University in Nanning, China, to continue the good work she had begun. Her Chinese students, both children and adult professionals, became her life, and in 2004 Allgood was made an honorary citizen. After 21 years of teaching on four continents and in 11 countries spanning the globe, a disheartening discovery of breast cancer brought Allgood’s trips abroad to a halt. Although a desire to return to China deeply dwelled in her heart, she found new mission fields at home in Mississippi and began volunteering as a tutor in local schools and entertaining residents of nursing
homes, veterans homes and churches. Allgood was designated a Regional Mississippi Ageless Hero in 2000 and recognized by Governor Haley Barbour as a “role model for people of all ages everywhere” for her “inspirational achievements and exceptional humanitarian contributions to educating children.” Although Allgood will be greatly missed by her family, friends, students and community, her good work will continue through the Agnes and Joseph “Bud” Hillman Scholarship Endowment, established in 2013 to honor her parents. In addition to celebrating her parents’ memory, the endowment will also honor Allgood’s inspirational dedication to educating children by providing the gift of education to students in perpetuity at Southern Miss. “I can remember my mother saying, ‘If you still have money in your pockets, you can still give,’” Bondurant said. “She understood that even when some students are doing the best they can, they still need help from all of us. If she were alive today, she’d be telling us to give to education, too.”
Connecting Donors and Students Through Three-Minute Thesis Competition Three-Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a communication skills development competition that challenges graduate students to explain the significance of their research projects to a general audience in three minutes. All active master’s, specialist’s and doctoral students are encouraged to compete in a variety of categories from physical sciences and math to arts and humanities. The competition provides a unique opportunity for graduate students to sharpen their communication skills and showcase their research, opening the doors to new collaborations and networks University-wide, while competing for cash awards. “3MT® is among the most significant professional development opportunities the Graduate School provides,” said Dr. Karen Coats, dean of the Graduate School. “Preparing for and competing in this event is a lot harder than it may seem, but the experience trains students to share their message with a real-world audience that might include potential employers, policy makers, friends and family.” Following the 3MT® competition on Nov. 4, 2016, donors and students had the opportunity to meet at a reception held by the USM Foundation to celebrate these graduate students and
Scholarship recipient and senior broadcast journalism major, Julius Kizzee, snaps a photo to include with his thank you card.
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EAGLE CLUB Mass communication doctoral student and winner of the 3MT® competition, Kate Stepaniuc, visiting with Honor Club donors Bob and Kathy Morrow.
ATHLETIC their exciting discoveries. The reception allowedNEWS students to share the implications of their innovative and diverse research projects as well as their Southern Miss stories with donors. “It was wonderful to have some of our Southern Miss NOTES FROM HOME donors present for the competition and reception this year because they are a critical part of our students’ education, and truly make a difference in our students’ success in graduate school and beyond,” Dr. Coats said. “Thanks the USM CLASStoNOTES Foundation, our finalists were able to network with and learn from donors at the reception, including understanding the skills they need to be successful in an increasingly competitive job market and how to gain those skills.”SNAPSHOTS
AUTHORS Golden Eagles Take Time toALUMNI Thank Donors During the first week of November, Golden Eagles from both the Gulf Park and Hattiesburg campuses gathered to thank their scholarship donors through ALUMNI ALMANAC handwritten cards at Thank-A-Donor Day. This annual event brings scholarship recipients together, providing them an outlet to personally thank donors and express their gratitude for the impact the scholarships have had on their lives and collegiate experiences. “When I opened the email notifying me of the scholarship I was awarded, tears flowed from my eyes. To think that someone who doesn’t even know me would care enough to want to help really inspires me and gives me hope that one day I can do that for someone else,” senior speech pathology major Christian Ratcliff said. “Being able to personally thank the people who made my scholarship possible was such a wonderful experience. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!” Thank-A-Donor is one of many ways the USM Foundation strives to connect scholarship recipients with their donors. “Many times our students desire to say ‘thank you,’ but aren’t sure how. This is one way we help them make that connection,” said Stace Mercier, executive director of the USM Foundation. “I was thrilled to learn of this great opportunity to thank my scholarship donor,” senior art major Shane Hochstetler said. “I hope our letters show how truly appreciative we are.”
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Combined Academic and Athletic Giving to Southern Miss to Be Celebrated in Honor Club THE ARTS
The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation Honor Club celebrates the philanthropy of the University’s most generous benefactors. This distinguished group of alumni NEWS CAMPUS and friends has madeAROUND a profound impact at Southern Miss through significant financial gifts to the areas of the University most meaningful to them. Established in 1985, the Honor Club is a EAGLE CLUB diverse group of alumni, friends, corporate partners, foundations and others with a common bond of leading by example and NEWS Miss. inspiring othersATHLETIC to support Southern The Foundation is pleased to announce that beginning January 1, 2017, membership in the Honor Club will recognize gifts to both the USM Foundation and the Southern Miss NOTES FROM HOME Athletic Foundation.
Honor Club membership is achieved when a donor reaches $25,000 or more in cumulative giving. Corporate or organizational membership is achieved at a minimum giving level of $125,000. The Foundation eagerly anticipates welcoming many new members to the Honor Club and the ascension of many members to new levels within the Honor Club when athletic giving is combined with academic giving at the close of 2016. Contributions made through December 31, 2016, will be counted in the new membership structure. Members will be recognized at the annual Honor Club Black Tie Gala in spring 2017. For more information on Honor Club giving levels and the benefits of membership, please visit usmfoundation.com/honorclub.
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ESTATE OF LORA J. ALLGOOD • $98,088 JACK AND LIZ ‘58 JOACHIM • $25,000
ALUMNI ALMANAC LETTIE PATE WHITEHEAD FOUNDATION, INC. • $68,000 ESTATE OF MARY B. MATTHEWS • STRING INSTRUMENTS
S U PP ORT I NG V I TA L PRO GR A M M I NG MICHAEL ‘92 AND MELANIE BLANTON • $30,000 DR. JOHN “SPUD” ‘55 AND MRS. BEVERLY BRADLEY • $27,244 DR. JAMES ‘78 AND MRS. VICKIE ‘08 LOCK • $75,000 DR. AUBREY ‘55 AND MRS. ELLA ‘54 LUCAS • $25,000 THE BERNARD OSHER FOUNDATION • $25,000 EZRA JACK KEATS FOUNDATION • $32,000 THE LUCKYDAY FOUNDATION • $40,681
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n the early 2000s, Southern Miss Athletics unveiled a marketing campaign encouraging Golden Eagle fans to create, what Head Football Coach Jeff Bower called, a sea of gold in the bleachers in support of the football team on Saturdays at The Rock. Dressed in gold shirts and waving gold towels, the Golden Eagle nation cheered its team on to victories over ranked opponents and to Conference USA Championships.
“I KNOW THAT EVERYTHING IS A GIFT. IT CAN BE TAKEN AWAY AT ANY TIME. I TRY TO KEEP IN PERSPECTIVE… IT IS GOING TO TAKE MORE HARD WORK, MORE DEDICATION, FOR THE NEXT ROUND.”
— TORI BOWIE —
BUT GOING GOLD DID NOT STOP THERE. For the past decade, the slogan has also been used to encourage supporters across the country to don their best gold attire each Go Gold Friday. And in 2014, legendary punter Ray Guy gave going gold a new meaning, as he became the first former Golden Eagle to earn his gold jacket as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame – an accomplishment Brett Favre would also earn in 2016. This summer, though, another Golden Eagle set the bar for going gold on one of the world’s biggest stages. Tori Bowie, a two-time NCAA long jump champion and 2012 Southern Miss alumna, capped the most impressive performance by a United States track and field athlete at the 2016 Olympic Games by winning a gold medal in the 4 x 100-meter relay. In doing so, Bowie anchored the American team to the second-best time in the event’s history, holding off the Jamaican team and six-time Olympic medalist Sherry Ann Price-Frazier for the win. In all, Bowie won three medals in the Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, earning a silver in the women’s 100-meter dash, as well as a bronze in the 200-meter event. She became only the fifth U.S. woman to earn medals in the 100, 200, and 4 x 100 in one Olympics and is the first Southern Miss alum to medal in Olympic competition. “Tori is a true champion and a testament to what I call my ‘four H’s,’” said Sonya Varnell, senior associate athletics director for Olympic sports. “Heart, hard work, humility, and she brings happiness to those who know her. Tori is a beautiful person inside and out.” Since the Games, her fame has exponentially increased. Among other events, Bowie has taken part in New York Fashion Week, and she has begun a collaboration with singer and superstar Pharrell Williams on his Adidas Human Race shoe line. On Nov. 25, the University and the City of Hattiesburg welcomed Tori back to Hattiesburg for “Tori Bowie Day,” held in conjunction with the Golden Eagles football game versus Louisiana Tech. The University marked her NCAA and Olympic accomplishments with signage at the Marshall Bell Track and Field Complex and recognized her with numerous gifts at halftime of the game. Bowie is keenly aware, but nevertheless partially shocked, at her newfound popularity. “My life is basically the same,” she said. “It has been more structured than anything. I know I have more responsibilities outside of running, but I plan accordingly.” “I’ve never thought about anything like ‘Tori Bowie Day.’ It is nothing I’ve ever dreamed of,” Bowie added. “It’s special. The University took a day to honor me. It is humbling.” Bowie said the recognition “reminds me of where I come from and what I’ve gone through. It reminds me of who I am.”
Bowie’s years as a Southern Miss student-athlete were marked by personal records and championships.
“I know that everything is a gift,” she added. “It can be taken away at any time. I try to keep in perspective…It is going to take more hard work, more dedication, for the next round.” While Bowie has an eye on 2020, the honors and accolades continuing to pour in also give her cause to reflect on her past. Bowie is not only a Southern Miss legend, she is also the pride of Sandhill where she attended Pisgah High School. There, she was an all-state athlete in two sports, track and basketball. She was a two-time state champion in the 100, 200 and long jump, and a three-time state champion in the 4 x 100-meter relay. In 2009, she came to Southern Miss as a freshman, and finished fifth in the 200 meters and third in the long jump in the C-USA indoor meet. During the outdoor season the following spring, she was sixth in the 200 meters and 4 x 100-meter relay at the C-USA meet. As a sophomore, her talent in the long jump became especially evident, as she won the NCAA East Preliminary meet and placed eighth in the USA Track and Field Championships. Kevin Stephen, head track and field coach at Southern Miss from 2008 to 2014, describes Bowie as an athlete with not only a supreme talent but a steady focus that was evident upon her arrival on the Hattiesburg campus. She had “ a determined look in her eye that let me know she was ready to work and would settle for nothing less than excellence,” Stephen said. “Physically, I knew (she had ‘it’) during a long speed endurance workout her freshman year. This was a very high speed technical workout, and she made it look easy.” During her junior year, Bowie’s story as a Southern Miss legend began becoming clear. She set a school record and won the NCAA indoor long jump title, and then she followed that performance with a championship at the NCAA outdoor meet.
Bowie with her Southern Miss track and field coach, Kevin Stephen, at the unveiling of her sign at the Marshall Bell Track and Field Complex.
In doing so, she became the first Southern Miss athlete to win an individual national championship. Following an outstanding senior season, Bowie earned her degree in interdisciplinary studies, and then turned pro in 2013. In 2015, she made her first splash on the international stage, winning a bronze medal in the 100-meter dash at the World Championships. “I like to say that her love for the 100 started because of a disagreement we had,” Stephen recalled. “Every year I coached her in the long jump, we had a predominant theme. Freshman year it was takeoff mechanics. Sophomore year was in-flight mechanics. Senior year it was runway speed. “Halfway through the outdoor season, despite my testing showing otherwise, she told me she felt like she hadn’t gotten any faster,” he added. “We argued back and forth, but there was no convincing her.” Stephen said he decided to enter Bowie in a 100-meter competition at Ole Miss to prove his point. “In that meet, she not only beat the best the SEC had to offer but she also ran 11.30 seconds, which was a half second faster than she had run previously,” Stephen said. “With this newfound confidence, she wanted to run the 100m in every meet. I couldn’t allow that big a deviation from our plan but I did allow her to run again at LSU where she again beat the nation’s best and shaved her time down to 11.20. That year, she went on to earn all-conference USA honors in the 100m and earned a spot in the NCAA finals in the 100m, as well as the long jump. As a professional, Bowie has excelled in the sprints, but has indicated in recent interviews that she may have a desire to also return to the long jump runway and pit. In addition, Bowie is exploring modeling and acting, as her success has enabled her to showcase not only her athletic ability, but her
“TORI IS A TRUE CHAMPION AND A TESTAMENT TO WHAT I CALL MY FOUR H’S: HEART, HARD WORK, HUMILITY, AND SHE BRINGS HAPPINESS TO THOSE WHO KNOW HER. TORI IS A BEAUTIFUL PERSON INSIDE AND OUT.”
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An emotional Bowie faces the crowd at M.M. Roberts Stadium during Tori Bowie Day on Nov. 25.
Bowie became the first Southern Miss athlete to win an individual national championship.
personality and character as well. She’ll have plenty of opportunities to do so now, as the world has taken notice. Among other recognition, USA Today called her a breakout athlete of the Games. “When it comes to the USA’s runners, this wasn’t supposed to be her Olympics,” Paul Myerberg wrote. “This was supposed to be the Allyson Felix farewell tour, or the Justin Gatlin farewell tour, or the Ashton Eaton coronation, or the here-comes-the-USA medal romp. “But this happens. At every Summer Games, an unknown becomes known.” Now known around the world, and her life forever changed, Tori Bowie continues to look forward to perhaps going gold again, but always with her USM and Mississippi roots on her mind. “My Southern Miss family has been an inspiration for me,” she said. “I’m extremely thankful for all their support.” Stephen added, “Tori’s faith in God, work ethic and strong family ties all make it possible for her to be calm under pressure and humble.” “I feel like I’m telling my story to the world,” Bowie added. “I’m just trying to be an example to everyone from Mississippi and especially from my hometown of Sandhill. I just want to let everyone know we are all capable of doing whatever it is we want to do in life.”
Doug and Susan Williams are the founders and owners of Kalalou in Jackson.
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Twice By Nicole Ruhnke ’08
$500 Jamaican vacation with their friends in 1984 shifted the trajectory for Doug and Susan Williams’ young married life. Living in Clinton, the couple were enjoying life by working flea markets and selling their personal artwork painted on old barn wood. As recent graduates from The University of Southern Mississippi’s art program, the two were simply making ends meet and having fun. While souvenir shopping on their Jamaican vacation with friends Andy and Debbie, Susan held up a basket and yelled back to Doug, “I paid $40 for a basket just like this back home.” When Susan revealed the price of that Jamaican basket was only $2, Doug couldn’t shake the 2,000% markup and the potential that little basket could have in their flea market endeavors. Now, more than 30 years later, Doug and Susan are the adventurous owners of Kalalou, a wholesale company that provides over 1,500 unique products from more than nine countries to retailers ranging from companies as large as Wayfair to “mom and pop” gift shops and individual interior designers around the country. Formerly known as Country Originals, Kalalou began with those simple Jamaican baskets. Following their vacation, Doug returned to Jamaica and convinced the Jamaican Trade Council to ship a container load of baskets to Jackson with no money down and 30 days to pay. The couple unloaded the entire container into their garage and sold every basket in only three flea market weekends. The bill was paid, and another container was ordered, thrusting Doug and Susan into a future they never would have dreamed for themselves. The couple spent the next four years hand-dying Jamaican baskets bright, vibrant colors in their garage with Rit dye in garbage cans, creating a lifetime of laughs and unforgettable memories. After selling out at their local flea markets, the couple set their sights on the Dallas Wholesale Show. In 1986, after having the most popular booth in the building, Doug and Susan caught a vision and never looked back. “We had been used to pulling a truck up to the flea markets, selling all our baskets and driving home with an empty trailer,” Doug laughed. “After that first show in Dallas, we walked out of there with a stack of wholesale orders. We got home and thought, ‘How are we going to ship all of this?!’” Those brightly colored baskets were such a hit, it became impossible to dye all of the baskets themselves, so they purchased kegs of dye from Rit and shipped them directly to the basket weavers in Jamaica. In fact, before the Williams’ basket phenomenon, Jamaican artisans had no way to produce colored products. Their introduction of dyes to the Jamaican artisans paved the way for not only a successful wholesale company, but an entire country of creative basket weavers. And then the watermelon basket was birthed, and the rest is, truly, history. “I was sitting in my office and looking at the shape of our basket,” Susan said. “The bottom was rounded, and I visualized a watermelon. So, I sent a design to Jamaica asking the artisans to weave the bottom of the basket green, leave a natural stripe for the rind and weave the rest red. Once they arrived to us, we hand painted black seeds on every single basket – on both sides! That first original drawing of the watermelon basket, back in 1987, turned the page for us.”
That same year, Gardeners Eden catalog, owned by WilliamsSonoma Inc., ordered a sample of the watermelon basket. A few weeks later, they called and ordered $20,000 worth of baskets and needed them delivered within 30 days. The basket was featured on the cover of Gardeners Eden catalog and quickly became the hottest-selling item the catalog had ever featured. The trouble was, however, the size of the order and the deadline were not a feasible combination for the artisans in Jamaica. Susan had noticed similar baskets coming out of Haiti, so she took matters into her own hands and called President Ronald Reagan’s office to inquire about the Caribbean Basin Initiative – a program of economic assistance to nations in the Caribbean – which she had heard him discuss on television. Following several conversations with different departments in Washington, Susan was given a list of artisans in Haiti who might be able to produce baskets. With that list of companies in hand, Susan called them all individually. The only business owner to answer the phone promised that he could do anything she needed, so she hopped on a plane and landed in Haiti the very day the Haitian government was overthrown. Nonetheless, that tiny Haitian company held true to its promise and still does business with Kalalou to this day. And Gardeners Eden received their order in full…and on time! With more than 30 years’ worth of memories filled with laughter and even some close calls in foreign countries, Doug and Susan happily share their Kalalou stories through their wholesale catalogs, their website and through the work of the Doug & Susan’s Kids Foundation, a charitable organization that works to support children, families and communities in four of the countries in which Kalalou does business. Following a rebranding from the company’s first name, Country Originals, to its current name of Kalalou – which is actually the name of a Caribbean stew created with family and friends, and never made the same way twice – along with the addition of their own telesales force in 2008-09, the already booming business took an even greater launch forward with the surge in online shopping. Today, Kalalou’s largest single customer is Magnolia Market, owned by HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines.
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“The biggest challenge we have faced from the very beginning is forecasting inventory needs,” Doug said. It’s always hard to forecast trends, especially when your business is constantly growing at a rapid pace. Over the last five years, our business has more than doubled in size. We had no idea what we were doing when we started this whole thing, so it’s been incredible to learn all of this along the way.” Now, in 2016, Kalalou sells 1,500 unique products to over 10,000 customers. Every six months, one-third of the products are removed from their selection and replaced with 500-600 new products designed by Doug, Susan and their design staff. The remarkable growth of Kalalou has forced the Williamses to continue looking ahead while adding 50,000 square feet to their existing 100,000-square-foot distribution center located in Jackson. When reflecting back on their days at Southern Miss, Doug and Susan light up with fond memories of art classes, Greek life, and their time as USM cheerleaders under the direction of then-advisor, Joe Paul. Their friendship with Dr. Paul has continued over the years and led to their recent commitment of $100,000 toward the Joe Paul Theater Student Leaders Scholarship Endowment. In recognition for their gift, the theater’s stage will be named the “Doug and Susan Fasano Williams Stage.” Doug said, “It is truly an honor and a privilege to help out with a project that carries his name.” Susan added, “We love Joe Paul. And, over the years it has become clear to us that he is one of the greatest singular assets to USM.” “Students at Southern Miss are probably much like we were, in that you don’t always realize immediately the benefits of the experience,” said Susan. “Maturing, growing up, and getting a strong education is everything. It helps you become a better person in the long run.” The Williamses’ art degrees were incredibly beneficial to the start of their business, as Susan personally laid out the first catalogs and is the visionary behind many of the company’s most successful products. Today, their creative staff still executes all of the photography and graphic design for their wholesale catalogs, as well as the mail-order catalog, At West End, which is mailed to over 4,000,000 consumers nationwide. The Williamses have no intentions of slowing down any time soon. In fact, they keep dreaming, stretching and expanding. “If we could offer any advice to young entrepreneurs, we want them to know it’s ok to dream and take risks. But, most importantly, don’t quit your day job. You’ll feel a lot better about going after your dream while still being able to pay the light bill.” For the first several years of thenCountry Originals success, Susan and Doug worked at their regular eight to five jobs while dying baskets at night until there simply wasn’t enough time in the day for both commitments. Through its more than 30-year history, Kalalou has garnered numerous awards. In its early days, the company was included in Inc. magazine’s 500 fastest-growing privately held companies two years in a row – listed as number 221 in 1991, and then flew up the list by 100 places the following year. The company was listed in Entrepreneur magazine’s 51 American Success Stories and received the coveted Business and Industry Super Achievers Award by the Jackson Chamber of Commerce. The list of accolades is as long as the list of stories, and the Williamses continue traveling the world seeking new products, new inspiration, new relationships and new business partnerships. But at the end of the day, Doug and Susan’s favorite place on earth is their back porch in their hometown of Clinton, where they share memories and meals with their longtime friends, Andy and Debbie.
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SIGHTING SOUTHERN STARS
Bringing Luxury TO SOUTHERN MISS RESIDENCE LIFE
By Audrey Kelly
rie Dyess is a Hattiesburg native and has grown up a proud Golden Eagle. Between her father’s service on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Athletics board and her close friendship with Colby Bennett, daughter of USM President Rodney D. Bennett, Dyess has had a strong familiarity with Southern Miss. Despite these close ties, her decision to join the Southern Miss Class of 2020 was not an easy one to make. Dyess struggled with the idea of attending college in her “own backyard,” however, with her first semester under her belt, Dyess is confident in her decision to stay close to home and attend the university that has so strongly impacted her family for generations. Dyess graduated from Presbyterian Christian School in Hattiesburg and has attended Southern Miss athletic and recruiting events her entire life. She spent game days tailgating with friends and family and enjoyed countless Saturday nights cheering on the Golden Eagles at The Rock, which is still, to this day, her favorite USM tradition. On campus, Dyess is involved in Greek Life as a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and is preparing for nursing school. Shaye Sullivan, a USM freshman and member of Chi Omega Sorority, also attended Presbyterian High School with Dyess. Their decision to room together at USM was an easy one, and once they received a room assignment in Scott Hall – a residence hall in USM’s newest housing complex, Century Park South – the two began working on a design for their new living space. Decorating is one of the most exciting aspects for a girl entering college, and as a result, resident hall living has become more glamorous as many freshman girls design luxury living spaces for their first year. Dyess and Sullivan caught the vision and created a living space above and beyond the current trends. The girls each had separate ideas for what they imagined their room to look and feel like, but with creativity and compromise, they were able to merge these ideas, split the work and create a beautifully designed room. Because the decorating and planning began later in the summer, the girls decided to divide responsibilities, with each buying and choosing different items. Each girl chose a color, one grey and the other gold, and they began decorating from that point. Dyess recalls their mothers were a great help in preparing for move-in and that her own mother, Christi Dyess, a USM alumna and interior designer, assisted in making some final decisions.
Southern Miss Freshman Brie Dyess
Brie Dyess and her roommate, Shaye Sullivan, share a luxury room in Scott Hall.
Sullivan and Dyess, both Luckyday Scholars and members of Greek Life organizations, have enjoyed their first semester as Golden Eagles.
Once the girls decided on a color scheme and bought enough picture frames and throw pillows for their satisfaction, they were ready to move in. Together with their families, the girls spent three full days completing their luxury dorm room, living at their individual homes during the process. On the first day, each family brought everything to the suite and built all necessary furniture. On the second day, they made their individuals beds and added personal touches to their own sides. The final day of the process consisted of adding pictures and the finishing details to make the girls new “home away from home” truly livable. “My favorite part of our room is the hutches we have above our desks,” said Dyess. “It’s my own little way to show who I am. It shows my personality.” Because the popular trend is to have contemporary dorm rooms uniform on either side, the girls use decorations and photos on their own provided desk to highlight their individual personalities and styles. As the two prepare for a second semester living together in Scott Hall, the girls enjoy reminiscing on memories they have made over the last few months. “Each Tuesday night, Shaye and I take to Facebook Live to give recaps of life on campus,” Dyess laughs. “From taking out the garbage to cleaning our room and even talking with people outside our building, we have a blast. I’m so glad we decided to live on campus. My favorite part of living here is being able to see a friend whenever I need to. I enjoy never feeling like I’m alone because everyone is on campus and doing the same things I am. It’s been a great experience!”
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School of Music Announces 2017 Production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera
Prior to the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company’s production of Showbiz Harmony in October, the Southern Miss School of Music announced plans for another production from the team that brought audiences the much-acclaimed Mary Poppins. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera will take to the stage of the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium in Fall 2017. Directed by Dr. Mike Lopinto with music direction by Dr. Jay Dean and Dr. Michael Miles, anticipation is already high within the school. “The ability to produce a musical of this caliber and scale is a testament to the incredible combination of a wonderful creative team in cooperation with a talented faculty and staff that is gifted with some of the most versatile and dynamic performers,” said Dr. Richard Kravchak, director of The School of Music. The production will feature student performers and the venerable Symphony Orchestra in an elaborate production that showcases both. Tickets, available in April 2017, will initially be part of the 2017-18 Symphony season, with individual tickets on sale shortly after. Auditions for the production will occur in April 2017. Licensing restrictions allow only Southern Miss students to be
a part of the show, however, the auditions are campus-wide and will be publicized at a later date. All production information, including audition details, ticket availability and behind-the-scenes glimpses in the project, will be available at USM.edu/music/phantom. “Phantom of the Opera is the most iconic and longest-running show on Broadway” said Miles. “I am thrilled to be working with an exceptional creative team in bringing this legendary musical to our community.” Produced through special arrangement with Rodger and Hammerstein Theatricals, The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command. Its sensational score includes “Think of Me,” “Angel of Music,” “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask of You,” “Masquerade” and the title song. For more information, visit USM.edu/music/phantom or call 601.266.5620.
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Top Row Left: Pam Bullock ‘81, Bo and Judi Jarrett, Hal Bullock ‘81, Bill Burge ‘71, Tyler Burge and Debbie Burge ‘72 at the Golden Triangle Chapter viewing party in Columbus. Top Row Right: Southern Miss fans in Huntsville, Ala., enjoyed a Southern Miss vs. Kentucky gameviewing party hosted by Stacy Busby ‘90. Second Row Left: Courtney Solomon Robertson ‘98 and her children cheered on the Golden Eagles during the Southern Miss vs. Kentucky game. Second Row Right: Jackey and Valerie Simmons ‘84, ‘05, and Mallory and Willis Covington ‘12 enjoyed the the Southern Miss vs. Kentucky game in Lexington. Third Row Left: Karon Warren ‘97 with husband, William, at the Southern Miss vs. Kentucky game. Third Row Right: Libby ‘07 and Gregory ‘03 Smith with their daughters on gameday ready to cheer on the Golden Eagles.
Bottom Row: Current and former USM Sigma Chi members held an event to honor and recognize Mike McMullan ‘87 and Bob Pierce ‘91, who were presented with prestigious awards by the Sigma Chi Fraternity Headquarters.
Top Row Left: Austin Barbour ’11, Cindy Sue Hahn Hall ’87, Mary Claire Burnett ’16 and Bob Marshall ’88 show their Southern Miss pride as teachers at Mary G. Montgomery High School in Semmes, Ala. Top Row Middle: Heather McKee Creel ‘92 and Arty Creel ‘86 proudly hold their Southern Miss flag while visiting the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru. Top Row Right: Susan DuBose ‘05 and Jessie Stringer Williams ‘13 at the Southern Miss vs. Kentucky game. Second Row Left: Amy Clark ‘05, Leighton Miller ‘70 and Jobina Khoo ‘04 enjoyed the Eagle Landing tailgate prior to the USM vs. LSU game. Second Row Right: David, son of Stacy Busby ‘90, with Seymour in Death Valley at the USM vs. LSU game. Third Row Left: John Nesser ‘06 and family at the USM vs. LSU game. Third Row Right: Jerry ‘98 and Stephanie Ross ‘98 at the Southern Miss vs. Kentucky game. Bottom Row Left: Stephen, son of Clay Purvis ‘00, at the Southern Miss vs. Kentucky game. Bottom Row Middle: Seymour and Ace, son of Matt and Kirk Thompson ‘97, ‘98, at the Southern Miss vs. Kentucky game. Bottom Row Right: Ace, Kirk ‘97, ‘98 and Matt Thompson at the Southern Miss vs. Kentucky game.
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ALUMNI MAX MUNN ‘69 of ALMANAC Tupelo was inducted into the Itawamba Community College Athletic Hall of Fame.
1970s Tenth District Chancellor M. RONALD DOLEAC ‘70 of Hattiesburg was elected Vice-Chair of Mississippi’s Conference of Chancery Judges at the Fall Trial and Appellate Judges Conference held in Jackson.
MARTHA TISDALE ‘71 was recognized by Jones County Junior College as a 2016 Honor Alumna. AARON HEIDELBERG JR. ‘73 was recognized by Jones County Junior College as a 2016 Honor Alumnus.
JIMMY HEIDELBERG ‘75 has been named to the 23rd edition of Best Lawyers in America and was recognized as the 2016 Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” for Pascagoula.
MICHAEL SKRMETTI ‘73, ‘84 retired from NASA on June 30, 2016, after 29 years of civil service.
CLINT HILL ‘75 was inducted into the East Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame.
ANNE STANFORD ‘74, ‘75 has opened a Brightway Insurance Agency in Jacksonville, Fla.
EVA JENKINS ‘77 was awarded a Kelly Gene Cook Foundation grant to fund the Madisonville Elementary School project entitled “Music in the Air!: African Inspired Rhythms.”
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ALBERT MCCOY ‘78 has joined Memphis Area Transit Authority as the assistant director of finance.
The REV. J. DAVID KNIGHT ‘81 has accepted the call to serve as rector of St. Simon’s on the Sound Episcopal Church in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. SALLY MILLER ‘81 of R.C. Lipscomb Elementary School has been named the 2016 Florida Art Education Association Elementary Teacher of the Year. VERNON POWELL ‘81 has been named athletic director for Bay High School in Bay St. Louis. LAURA LA SITA ‘82 has been promoted to coordinator of senior services at Riverhead Free Library in Riverhead, N.Y. DONNIE BROWN ’84 was recently selected as the director of Army Instruction for the Rankin County School District JROTC Program. SUSAN JACOBS ‘84 has been appointed vice president of human resources and administration for Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division. CHRIS BOWEN ‘84 has been elected vice president of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors. KENT ‘85 and SHARON STRICKLAND ‘85 celebrated their 32nd anniversary in August.
SNAPSHOTS GREG STRAHAN ‘75 has been named president and CEO of Owensboro Health in Owensboro, Ky. He joined Owensboro Health ALUMNI AUTHORS in 2005 and has since served in numerous roles, including vice president of business development, chief operative officer and interim ALUMNI ALMANAC chief executive officer. As chief operating officer, Strahan led the implementation of the Epic electronic medical record, a $57-million project, which helped Owensboro Health medical group grow from 19 providers to more than 100. Additionally, he guided the hospital to several national rankings in quality and patient safety and steered the construction of the 477-bed Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, which opened in 2013. Strahan graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and earned a Master of Science in healthcare administration from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Strahan and his wife, Susie, have four children and four grandchildren.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc. has announced ADELE LYONS ‘86 as the new Chief Executive Officer. AMY DAY CARR ‘88 has taken a position as visiting instructor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the School of Education and the Department of Human Studies. In addition to teaching community health education courses, she is also serving as internship coordinator for the community health and human services major. TOM KLAIMANEE ‘88 has been appointed corporate secretary for Firesteel Resources, Inc., in Canada.
1990s Adelei Jeannette Collins, granddaughter of ANGIE ’92, ’94 and THOMAS COLLINS ’15, was born June 5, 2016, to proud parents Christopher and Aurora Collins of Havre de Grace, Md. BRYAN SPENCER GRISSOM ‘92 of Fulton was inducted into the Itawamba Community College Athletic Hall of Fame. LANITA GAINESHARGETT ‘92 will lead human resources at three USA TODAY NETWORK news operations, including The Clarion-Ledger, the Hattiesburg American and the Montgomery Advertiser in Alabama.
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A Mississippi Man Giulia L. Saucier ‘79 Outskirts Press, 2016
Scoring Drive: A Journey in a Secret Privileged Society through the Eyes of Coaches Ron “Clump” Taylor ’80 and Keith McKelphin ‘92 TW Eagle, LLC, 2016
GARY WHEAT ‘92 has been named president and CEO of Macon Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Macon, Ga. JOY ALEXANDER ‘94 is the commander of the 223rd Engineer Battalion in West Point and is the first female Mississippi Army National Guard engineer officer to command the battalion.
MISSIE MEEKS ‘94 has been selected as the Jones County Junior College 2016 Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year.
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Fieldpost Letters: Lifeline in a Time of War (Volume 1) Richard Lester ‘82 Bookstand Publishing, 2016
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BRAD WHITAKER ‘95 has been named senior vice president and commercial lender of First Bank in McComb. LESLIE WHITE ‘95 has been named vice president and controller of Hibernia Bank in New Orleans, La. KEVIN ‘96 and TAMMY DENT ‘97 welcomed their first grandson, Ronan Jay Archie, born on August 17, 2016.
Four Feet to Fame, Co-authored with Bob Weatherwax Richard Lester ‘82 BearManor Media, 2016
TREENECIA WILLIAMS GARRAWAY ‘96 received the Pine Belt Counseling Association’s School Counselor of the Year and qualifies for the statewide award through the Mississippi Counseling Association. ERIC SUMMERS ‘96 has been named vice president for student affairs at Southeastern Louisiana University.
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RENAE MYLES ‘97 is the new senior associate athletic director for internal operations, chief operating officer and senior women administrator at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.
MISTY CAGLE ‘01 recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Immediate Care in Petal as a certified nurse practitioner.
MELANIE WALENT ‘98 is the director of sales at Intercontinental New Orleans, a luxury hotel in New Orleans, La.
DR. MOSES FOX III ‘01 earned his doctoral degree in leadership studies-ethics from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in May 2015.
JOE BERTHIAUME ‘99 accepted a position as director of housing and residence life at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. ALISHA LEWIS ‘99 has been appointed president of the Arkansas Community College Association. She currently serves as the University of Arkansas Cossatot’s director of the Office of Institutional Advancement. KIMBERLY NASTASI ‘99 has been named director of communications at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula. DENISE HRDLICA ROWELL ‘99 has earned an Award of Excellence at the Southern Public Relations Federation’s 2016 Lantern Awards. She was recognized for her video titled “Fish Tales: Field Notes from a Hutton Scholar.”
DANIELLE EMERY ‘00 has been named director of operations for the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Biloxi. NIGEL ALEXANDER ‘01 has retired from the military.
DANIEL STEWART ‘02 joins First Bank Hattiesburg as a commercial lender. SCHNIEKA ALLENSTOKES ‘01 is the founder and senior trainer of E2I Educator Training, which focuses on classroom management and new teacher training. GARY B. CROSBY ‘02 was named vice president for student affairs at Alabama A&M University.
SNAPSHOTS Tech. Sgt. Johnny and JILLIAN EVANS WOODLAND ‘02, ALUMNI AUTHORS ‘08 were married October 22, 2016.
ADAM NAPIER ‘04 won the Combat Wounded Division of the Veteran Golfers Association Championship in Saucier. SETH ‘04 and BREANNE SULLIVAN ‘02 announce the birth of their first child, Kelly Mackenzie, born Jan. 5, 2016. CHRISTEN HARTLEY DUHE’ ‘05, ‘11 has been named associate vice president of institutional advancement for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. DONNA THURMAN GREER ‘05 has been named museum curator and park guide at the Newton County Historical Museum.
Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and with a love for music, RAINEL JOUBERT ‘16 has joined the Houston Symphony’s Community-Embedded Musician Program as a violinist. As part of the program, Joubert will serve the diverse population in Houston, Texas by working to enhance the impact of the orchestra’s community engagement, concerts and educational activities. He will also perform in more than 40 concerts with the symphony throughout the 2016-17 season. While at Southern Miss, Joubert won first place in the concerto competition, an opportunity that allowed him to perform solo with the symphony orchestra. He was also a fourth-place finalist for the prestigious Sphinx Competition for young black and Latino string musicians. As a recital soloist and a member of Sphinx Virtuosi, Joubert has gained extensive touring experience. Additionally, Joubert has taught at the Manuel Saumell Conservatory in Havana, Cuba, the same institution where he began his musical study at the age of 7.
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SNAPSHOTS Baptist Health Care recently selected MARILYN SMITH ‘05 to serve as the public relations and marketing specialist. ALUMNI AUTHORS
ADAM STONE ‘05 is the new principal at Stone High School in Wiggins.
DR. JAVIER GOMEZ ’06 was awarded the Educator of Excellence award by the Mississippi Foreign Language Association. BETH EVERETT ‘07 is the first female artistic director for the Sons of Lafayette, an all-male community choir in LaGrange, Ga. TY MEADOR ‘07 was promoted to nursing home administrator by Hattiesburg Health and Rehab. Michael and GAIL SIMS DISNER ‘09 announce the birth of their son, Theodore Sanford, born Sept. 20, 2016.
ELIZA HUDSON-ZONN ‘84 has been recognized in Marquis Who’s Who for Excellence in Nursing. The Marquis Who’s Who is a publication that highlights today’s leaders and achievers from around the world, based on a rigorous selection process. Hudson-Zonn is currently the director of nursing at Medical Day Care Center and New Community Extended Care Center in Newark, N.J., and has over three decades of experience as a registered nurse. She has served as director of nursing for Better Care Nursing Health Services, supervising nurse for Interim Healthcare and charge nurse for the Community Psychiatric Center in Houston. Hudson-Zonn is affiliated with the National Association of Professional Women, the National Staffing Association for Skilled Home Care Nursing and the Suehn Academy Alumni Association, which she founded in 1995. In addition, Hudson- Zonn was named a scholar by the National Baptist Convention. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi, and in the same year, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
KYLE LINDSEY ‘10, ‘12 was inducted into the Pearl River Community College Sports Hall of Fame.
With more than 25 years of global sales and marketing experience, JOSEPH SAOUD ‘92 has been named president of commercial truck and bus tire business at Bridgestone Americas, Inc. In this role, he will be responsible for leading the sales activities for the U.S. and Canadian commercial truck and bus tire business, including Bandag retreads. In addition, Saoud will drive the business’ long-term growth strategy and ensure continued value for customers and fleets. Before joining Bridgestone Americas, Inc., Saoud served as president of global construction, agriculture and military for Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc., a supplier of a fullrange of cab-related products and systems for the global commercial vehicle market. Prior to Commercial Vehicle Group, he was president of filtration business unit at Cummins, the global leader in design, manufacture, distribution and service of diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies.
MIRANDA BLACK ’11, director of tickets and communications for the Mississippi Braves, received the Woman of Excellence Award from the Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs. TYLER HILL ‘11 is the new community relations director for the Weld County District Attorney’s Office in Greeley, Colo. JOSEPH HINTON ’12 of Petal recently passed the Texas Bar Exam and has begun practicing law with Burdett Morgan Williamson & Boykin in Amarillo, Texas. BRITTANY L. HOLLIMAN, CNP ‘12 recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Endocrinology.
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LESLIE RODRIGUEZ ‘12 has been named editor of the Texas Speech Communication Journal. JEAN MORRIS ‘13 was promoted to accountant II at Family Service Association, Inc., in San Antonio, Texas.
KRISTI SCOTT ‘13 has accepted the position of social media coordinator at The University of Southern Mississippi. Grant and TAYLOR DORNIER LACOUR ‘13 were married Nov. 11, 2016, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor in New Orleans, La.
SNAPSHOTS Chris and KARELIA PITTS ‘14 were married Oct. 22, 2016, at Mildred B. CooperALUMNI Chapel inAUTHORS Bella Vista, Ark. LORI WILCHER ‘14 ALMANAC is the new assistant ALUMNI principal at Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia.
RITA J. JEPSEN ‘40 of Simsbury, Conn., died December 1, 2015.
SYBLE LEE JONES ‘54 of Pineville, La., died August 30, 2016.
BEVERLY JANE LEGGETT ‘59 of Brookhaven died August 18, 2016.
MARY P. MELILLO ‘40 of Milford, Conn., died September 23, 2016.
HERBERT CARROLL MCKENZIE ‘54 of North Wilkesboro, N.C., died September 13, 2016.
SAMUEL J. MCDOWELL ‘59 of Longwood, Fla., died July 15, 2015.
ARCHIE WEATHERFORD ‘40 of Flowood died October 11, 2016. BILLIE ROSE HARRISON ‘46 of Richland died October 6, 2016. EMMETT HARVEY ‘47 of Collins died August 26, 2016. ROBERT EUGENE COGHLAN ‘48 of Aberdeen died August 19, 2016. HARRY E. JONES ’49 of Covington, La., died November 6, 2016. JOHN WALKER LITTLE ‘50 of Hattiesburg died August 14, 2016. ROBERT HENRY BERRY ‘51 of Magee died August 9, 2016. AMORITA GORDON ‘51 of Laurel died November 1, 2015. ROBERT WILLIAM KING ‘51 of Hattiesburg died August 13, 2016. ORA HOPE ULMER ‘51 of Bay Springs died September 18, 2016. MARIE WHITE BEACH ‘52 of Poplarville died September 14, 2016. CALVIN CARSON BROWN ‘52 of Florence died August 30, 2016. BANKS RAE TURNER ‘53 of Hattiesburg died August 21, 2016. SARAH ELIZABETH YARBROUGH ‘53 of Louisville died September 11, 2016. ROBERT BERNARD HICKS ‘54 of Gulfport died August 9, 2016.
GEORGE K. ATKINSON ‘56 of Laurel died September 24, 2016. ROBERT EUGENE “BOBBY” DAVIS ‘56, ‘58 of Stonewall died September 9, 2016. BETHNA DENNIS ‘56 of Vicksburg died October 20, 2016. PAUL BROOME ‘57 of Clinton died September 5, 2016. JEANELL GUNN MEEKS of Hernando died September 9, 2016. RONALD CHARLES TOIFEL ‘57 of Milton, Fla., died September 11, 2016. JAMES THOMAS WISE ‘57 of Gulfport died September 29, 2016. CARL D. BOLT ‘58 of Charlotte, N.C., died October 27, 2016. VALDA M. BROWN ‘58 of Shalimar, Fla., died August 21, 2016. JAMES GLEN DICKERSON ‘58 of Waynesboro died October 5, 2016. MINOR CAROL DUPUY ‘58 of Inverness died September 25, 2016. WILLIAM THOMAS HARRIS ‘58 of Belden died August 24, 2016. JOE BAUM PRICE ‘58 of Columbus, Ga., died August 17, 2016. THOMAS JACKSON RILEY ‘58 of Hattiesburg died September 21, 2016.
WILLIAM M. MORGAN ‘59 of Jackson died October 9, 2016. ALDINE MYRA GORDON ‘60 of Madison died August 13, 2016. JOHN CARLTON MCQUAGGE ‘60 of Wiggins died August 21, 2016. HERBERT SLAY of Hattiesburg died October 27, 2016. DANIEL EUGENE HUTTON ‘61 of Monroe, La., died August 21, 2016. ALICE PATTERSON ‘63 of Long Beach died September 25, 2016. SANDRA ANN WOODRUFF ‘63 of San Anselmo, Calif., died July 29, 2016. EVELYN DELORES BURNS ‘64 of Ocean Springs died August 6, 2016. ALBERT MILLARD PITTS ‘64 of Pearl died October 20, 2016. LARRY BRYANT ROSETTI ‘64 of Biloxi died August 22, 2016. EVERETT HAROLD BRUNSON ‘65 of Theodore, Ala., died September 26, 2016. JAMES H. EILAND ‘65 of Hattiesburg died October 1, 2016. CAROLYN RODDY SCARBROUGH ‘65 of Richton died April 21, 2016. WALTER STRAUSS LOYLE JR. ‘66 of Gulf Shores, Ala., died August 5, 2016. VENNA KAY BRITT ‘67 of Brookhaven died August 8, 2016. Winter 2016
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SNAPSHOTS DEE THORNTON ABBOTT ‘47, ‘55 of Hattiesburg died September ALUMNI AUTHORS 24, 2016. With more than 20 years of experience teaching business education in Mississippi and Florida, Abbott returned to ALUMNI ALMANAC Hattiesburg to teach at her alma mater, Hattiesburg High School, until she retired. During WWII, she joined the U.S. Navy as part of the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) program and advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. After 33 years of active and reserve duty, Abbott retired from the U.S. Navy. In 1998, Abbott made history in the city of Hattiesburg as the first women to be named Veteran of the Year. Abbott was a member of Court Street United Methodist Church since the age of eight. She held many offices during her lifetime and was honored by the Mississippi Methodist Conference for co-writing and publishing a history of Court Street Church. Among the numerous organizations in which Abbott was involved, she always remained an active member of Nathan Bedford Forrest Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy from which she was honored with the Cross of Military Service and the Winnie Davis award. In 1997, she was inducted into The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame. CECIL T. GUNTER ‘67 of Lake Spivey, Ga., died August 27, 2016. J. G. HAMBRIGHT ‘67, ‘71 of Flora died October 13, 2016.
WILLIAM A. BISS III of Houston, Texas, died September 24, 2016.
EMMA RUTH HENDERSON ‘67 of Richton died September 10, 2016.
METTA ANN SISSON ‘74 of Meridian died August 8, 2016.
SYLVIA ANN THORNTON ‘67 of Brandon died August 26, 2016.
JACKIE ARNOLD TURNAGE ‘74 of Columbia died September 17, 2016.
HAROLD V. KNIGHT ‘68 of Hattiesburg died July 13, 2016.
JOANN W. WAVRA ‘74 of Ocean Springs died August 21, 2016.
RONALD GENE NOLAND ‘68 of Mobile, Ala., died August 3, 2016.
DANIEL MCCAHILL WILLIAMS ‘74 of Biloxi died August 29, 2016.
ELEANOR ANN ROWELL ‘68 of Pascagoula died October 18, 2016.
KENNETH MARSHALL HAWKINS ‘75 of Pulaski died October 12, 2016.
RANDOLPH FOSTER CORE ‘69 of Franklin, Ind., died August 3, 2016.
SIDNEY J. MCKAY ‘75 of Cordova, Tenn., died August 29, 2016.
HARVEY CLINTON DELLINGER ‘69 of Greenville, S.C., died August 16, 2016.
ELLEN M. HANCOCK ‘76 of Hattiesburg died April 28, 2015.
RODNEY JOSEPH GULLO ‘69 of Spring, Texas, died September 21, 2016.
ESTHER ANN MARK ‘76 of Terry died August 16, 2016.
JOHNNIE E. MALONE ‘69 of Madison died August 15, 2016.
CHARLES RICHARD ROY ‘76 of Brandon died September 7, 2016.
BILLY R. THOMPSON ‘69 of Tyler, Texas, died November 1, 2016.
REEVE GEORGE JACOBUS ‘77 of Ellisville died August 22, 2016.
JAMES W. ULMER ‘69 of Hattiesburg died August 17, 2016.
EDNA MARIE BURTON ‘78 of Biloxi died September 30, 2016.
DAVID ELIAS KIHYET ‘70 of Gautier died September 22, 2016.
JOHNNY WINSTON MASSENGALE ‘78 of Hattiesburg died August 14, 2016.
LINDA EMILY MOORE ‘70 of Bogalusa, La., died June 4, 2015.
HARLON D. HOLLOWAY ‘79 of Richland died January 14, 2016.
LAURIE DUKES SYMMES ‘71 of Gulfport died September 11, 2016.
VALMENA SMITH BLACKMAN ‘80 of Hattiesburg died October 6, 2016.
PAUL P. BETHUNE ’72 of Minneola, Fla., died August 19, 2016.
WANDA ANN CRAVEN ‘80 of Ellisville died September 17, 2016.
ROSEMARY MASSEY GONZALEZ ‘72 of Columbia died September 28, 2016.
AARON D. PUCKETT ‘80 of Madison died August 18, 2016.
DAVID KLYCE HALL ‘72 of Biloxi died October 11, 2016.
MERLE PHILLIPS SPANN ‘80 of Flowood died October 3, 2016.
PAULA ANN WARD ‘72 of Hattiesburg died August 27, 2016.
CELIA IOLA STAFFORD ‘80 of Gautier died August 28, 2016.
HOWARD DONALD WHEAT ‘72 of Branchburg, N.J., died July 16, 2016.
WILLIAM MURRAY KILLEBREW ‘82 of Biloxi died August 24, 2016.
FREDERICK D. HORNE ‘73 of Cleveland died August 21, 2016.
ROSARY S. KING ‘82 of Ocean Springs died September 3, 2016.
ROYCE JULIAN LADNER ‘73 of Pass Christian died August 16, 2016.
TERRI K. BAILEY ‘83 of Mobile, Ala., died February 18, 2016.
EDWARD MARTIN BRENNAN ‘74 of Saucier died March 16, 2016.
CONNIE MARIE FLYNN ‘83 of Hattiesburg died June 9, 2015.
ANN TIMOTHY GEORGIAN ‘74 of Hattiesburg died September 3, 2016.
DONALD JOHNSON ‘83 of Hazlehurst died May 5, 2016.
HELEN MAURINE SHARP ‘74 of Hickory died August 13, 2016.
JAMES MALCOLM MARTIN ‘83 of Miami Gardens, Fla., died August 2, 2016.
NOTES FROM HOME
JAMES D. MOORE ‘84 of Ridgeland died July 24, 2015.
JOHN WILTON AVERA ‘90 of Diamondhead died January 15, 2016.
SNAPSHOTS JOHNNY RAY BALL ‘98 of Hattiesburg died October 20, 2016.
MARY KATHRYN SCHLEICHER ‘84 of Wyoming, Minn., died August 1, 2016.
FREDA M. HUTCHERSON ‘91 of Buckatunna died November 2, 2015.
HELEN KELLY GUNTHER ‘85 of Magnolia died July 28, 2016.
BETTE LEE ‘91 of Elkhorn, Neb., died February 5, 2015.
ANNE SCHIFF FAIVUS ‘98 of West Palm Beach, Fla., ALUMNI died August 7, 2016.AUTHORS
MARJORIE L. MARTIN ‘85 of Grand Bay, Ala., died September 14, 2016.
DARRELL KEVIN DUCK ‘92 of Liberty died January 18, 2016.
TIMOTHY P. TAKAS ‘85 of Wilmington, N.C., died October 27, 2016.
ROBERT THOMAS COLLOM ‘93 of Vancleave died October 16, 2016.
MARGARET SUMRALL DILLARD ‘87 of Laurel died December 28, 2015.
MARSHA A. CASE ‘94 of Jackson died August 6, 2016.
PATRICK MICHAEL MCCARRON ‘87 of Littleton, Colo., died July 14, 2016.
DONNA LYN WALLACE ‘94 of Morton died September 6, 2016.
PHILIP RAY NEWKIRK ‘87 of Gulfport died September 19, 2015.
MELISSA DENISE LEE ‘95 of Ocean Springs died September 23, 2016.
SAMUEL KENNETH HANCOCK ‘88 of Highlands Ranch, Colo., died July 10, 2015.
DORIS REBECCA LOUTER ‘96, ‘97 of Gray, Tenn., died September 16, 2016.
DAN ERVIN LEONARD ‘88 of McComb died November 6, 2015.
REBECCA A. BREWER ‘97 of Richton died June 27, 2016.
JOHN BYRON LOWE ‘98 of Tallahassee, Fla., died February 8, 2016.
ALUMNI ALMANAC VERNON O. MCINNIS ‘98 of Hattiesburg died September 9, 2015. GARRY E. RUFF ‘00 of Long Beach died October 3, 2016. JEAN PAULETTE COOLEY ‘01 of Waynesboro died June 13, 2015. FELTON TREMAINE MCGHEE II ‘02 of Detroit, Mich., died July 19, 2016. RONALD JOESPH DURASTANTI ‘04 of Madison died September 27, 2016. AMY LEIGH SEITER ‘05 of Conway, Ark., died August 27, 2016. XOCHITL MORALES MARTINEZ ‘16 of Havana, Cuba died May 17, 2016.
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