Alumni & Public Homecoming Events

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

6 p.m. -- Alumni Professional Development Summit Welcome/Opening Reception, Thad Cochran Center (map)
Must be pre-registered to attend this event. For more information please visit the website, or contact Vanessa Molden at vanessa.molden@usm.edu or 601.266.4198 or Andreas Palmer at andreas.palmer@usm.edu or 601.266.4747.

6:30 p.m. -- Dixie Darlings Alumnae social event, Hilton Garden Inn

Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

8:30 a.m. -- Shell Finish Line/Alumni Association Homecoming Golf Tournament, Hattiesburg Country Club
The 2014 Homecoming Golf Tournament will take place at the Hattiesburg Country Club. All proceeds from the tournament go toward the Pierce Legacy Scholarship Endowment to provide scholarships for children and grandchildren of alumni. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with the shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Following the tournament, lunch will be served. The cost is $150 per player and includes golf, tee prize, beverages, lunch, two mulligans, entry into the 5/5/5 and the putting contest. For more information, contact Dane Reiter at Kristopher.Reiter@usm.edu or 601.266.4856.

8:30 a.m. -- Half Day Professional Development Summit, Thad Cochran Center (mapSecondFloor
This half day summit will have sessions on social and digital media marketing, small business development, new technology and leadership and business development.

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. -- Full Day Professional Development Summit, Thad Cochran Center (map)Second Floor
This full day summit for insurance professionals will include the following presentations: An Examination of Ethics in the Restoration Industry; Workers Compensation: Experience Modifications: Understanding, Managing, and Helpful Tools; The High Cost of Non-Compliance in the Insurance Market; EPLI Coverage: Best Practices for Minimizing Risk.

10 a.m. -- Dixie Darling Alumnae Refresher Practice, Payne Center (map)
New Dixie Darling alumni will meet on basketball courts 3 and 4 to prepare for Homecoming weekend activities. 

11:30 a.m. --Dixie Darling Lunch (map)
The Dixie Darlings will meet at the Power House for lunch following the beginner’s practice session.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. -- Football Friday Luncheon, Trent Lott National Center (map)
Join Head Football Coach Todd Monken for a pre-game luncheon. For more information, contact the Athletic Department at 601.266.5017.

1-5 p.m. -- Dixie Darling Alumni Registration and Practice, Payne Center (map)
Registration for Dixie Darling Homecoming events will take place on basketball courts 3 and 4. Following registration, Dixie Darlings alumni will practice in the Payne Center. Following the alumni practice, Dixie Darlings will then practice with current DD’s on Pride Field, from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

6:30 p.m. -- Southern Miss Alumni Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony, Thad Cochran Center (map) Grand Ballroom
The Southern Miss Alumni Association will induct seven outstanding alumni into the Hall of Fame. For tickets or more information, contact Rene’ Trigg at 601.266.5013 or rene.trigg@usm.edu.

7-10 p.m. -- Dixie Darling Reunion Dinner, Southern Oaks House and Gardens
The Dixie Darling Alumni will hold a reunion dinner. Dress is cocktail/casual attire. 

7 p.m. -- Friday Night at the Fountain, Centennial Green  (map)
Friday Night at the Fountain kicks off with a pep rally at 7 p.m., which will feature the homecoming court, members of the Golden Eagle football team, Seymour, Cheerleaders and the Dixie Darlings. Following the pep rally, there will be a concert. The campus and community are invited to attend. For more information, contact Student Activities at 601.266.5048. or visit the SMAC Facebook page. 

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014

8 a.m. -- 19th Annual Homecoming Eagle 5K Run, Pride Field (map)
The USM Athletic Training Club proudly presents the 19th annual Homecoming 5K Eagle Run. Check-in is 7:30 a.m. at Pride Field, where the race will begin at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $20. Runners with a USM student ID card or members of the Pine Belt Pacers will receive $5 off the entry on race day.

11 a.m. -- Homecoming Parade
The 2013 Homecoming Parade will take place in the city and on campus (map). The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Midtown Market. After making its way up Hardy Street and onto campus, the parade will end on Fourth Street.  For more information and the parade route, click here

11 a.m. -- Dixie Darlings Alumni in Homecoming Parade
The Dixie Darlings will ride or walk in the 2013 Homecoming Parade. 

Noon -- Annual Alumni Association Awards Lunch and Business Meeting
The Alumni Association will recognize alumni who have given service to their alma mater at this Homecoming day lunch. For more information, contact Rene’ Trigg at 601.266.5013 or rene.trigg@usm.edu.

1 p.m. -- Southwest Mississippi Alumni Chapter Tailgate, Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building (map)
For more information please contact Tim McCann at 601.807.3281 or Chip Sturdivant at 601.597.7625.

1 p.m. -- Dixie Darling Scholarship Presentation, Stout Hall (map)
The Dixie Darlings will present their 2013 scholarship recipient. 

2 p.m. -- Student Printz Reunion, College Hall (map)
Calling all Printzers and other alums who worked on the paper, at WUSM or  in broadcast/media services for a fun time of discussing changes in the industry and sharing memories of times cherished at Southern Miss. More details to come at the School of Mass Communication and Journalism website

2:30 p.m. -- Dixie Darling / Dixie Darling Alumni/Decade Group Photo, Stout Hall (map)
All current Dixie Darlings will take a group photo. Following the picture, the Dixie Darling alumni will join current members for a group photo. After the picture, the Dixie Darlings will line up at Bennett Auditorium (map) to participate in the Eagle Walk at 4 p.m. 

3 p.m. -- Tailgate Under the Oaks, Long Beach Campus, 730 E. Beach Blvd.
Presented by the Student Government Association and The Office of the Vice President, the community is invited to join in on the fun at the inaugural event celebrating the 2014 Homecoming! Alums, faculty, staff, students and friends are invited to bring their tailgate to the South Lawn of the Gulf Park Campus. In addition to a big screen broadcast of the Homecoming football game, there will be food vendors, live entertainment by DJ Ronnie Hammons, games, inflatables and activities for the entire family. In the event of inclement weather, activities will be held inside Hardy Hall Ballroom.

3:30 p.m. -- Student Printz Commemorative Photo, College Hall (map)
The School of Mass Communication and Journalism will be taking a commemorative photo of all who join us at the reunion.  

4 p.m. -- Eagle Walk (map)
Join The Pride, cheerleaders and Seymour as the football team heads to the locker room. The Eagle Walk begins on West Memorial Drive. For more information, contact the Athletic Department at 601.266.5017. 

4-5:30 p.m -- Greek Life Reception, Ogletree Alumni House (map
Whether you have been away for one year or 20 years, take the time to visit with other fraternity and sorority alumni on campus. It is a great time to reconnect with old friends/brothers/sisters while connecting with the undergraduate members and staff of the Greek community at USM.

4:15 p.m. -- WUSM Tailgate Series, Centennial Green (map)
Alumni and fans are invited to the concert prior to the game featuring Jarekus Singleton, former Southern Miss basketball player and 2008 graduate. The concert is free and will take place on Centennial Lawn at 4:15. The tailgate will begin at 3 p.m. The WUSM Tailgate Concert Series is in its third year, and features talent broadcasted on WUSM radio. For more information, visit the WUSM website or call Lesley Wood at 601. 266.5188. 

4:15 p.m. -- Student Printz Reunion Picnic Tailgate
Everyone who joined the school for the reunion (and any late-comers) should make plans to join for food and music with USM’s Tailgate Concert Series on Centennial Green. More details to come to the School of Mass Communication and Journalism website

6 p.m. -- Marshall at Southern Miss, M.M. Roberts Stadium (map)
Marshall visits The Rock. For tickets or more information, contact the ticket office at 800.844.TICK. Be sure to stick around for the 5th quarter concert by The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band. 

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014

10:30 a.m. -- African-American Alumni Homecoming Brunch, Thad Cochran Center (map)
You are invited to a reunion celebrating the accomplishments of African-American alumni. Join us for brunch, cocktails and conversation.