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Golden Eagle Memorial Service set for Thursday, Dec. 3 at Cochran Center PDF Print E-mail
Monday, November 30, 2009
Contact David Tisdale - 601.266.4499   

A memorial service for deceased University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty and staff will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 at the university’s Thad Cochran Center, room 216.

The memorial service tradition began in the 2003 fall semester as an initiative of the Southern Miss Student Government Association to honor the memory of deceased members of the university community. It is also sponsored by the Southern Miss Dean of Students Office.

Students, faculty and staff to be memorialized include:

Students, 2008 fall semester: Kelly L. Courtney of Petal, Miss., a senior marketing major; Kemiaya K. Jackson, a senior speech-language pathology and audiology major from Mount Olive, Miss.

Students, 2009 spring semester: Wendy A. Dearman, a graduate curriculum, instruction and special education major from Petal, Miss.; Dedrick D. Dunagin, a junior human performance and recreation major from Brookhaven, Miss.; John A. Edwards II, a mathematics major from Hattiesburg; Bobby D. Goodin, Jr., a sophomore in general studies from Philadelphia, Miss.; and Robert P. Mitcham, a junior mass communication and journalism major from Hattiesburg.

Students, 2009 summer semester: Kristin N. Purvis, a freshman nursing major from Flora, Miss.; and James M. Riles, a senior criminal justice major from Madison, Miss.

Students, 2009 fall semester: McKenzie C. Bielmann, a construction major from Sumrall, Miss.; Steven C. McGehee, a freshman psychology major from Horn Lake, Miss.; Jeremy D. Paschal, a junior construction major from Hattiesburg; Savannah A. Smith, a freshman mass communication and journalism major from Hattiesburg; Fredrick Taylor, a sophomore English major from Florence, Miss. ; LeJulia D. White, a freshman psychology major from Camden, Miss.; and Peter H. Wilkes, a freshman nursing major from Union City, Tenn.

Faculty and staff: Dr. Charles E. Hoyle, professor of polymer science; Dr. Keith Johnson, assistant professor of mass communication and journalism; Daniel Paul Jones, security officer, Southern Miss Gulf Coast; Allen E. Leybourne, research associate; Dr. Susan Mallon Ross, assistant professor of speech communication and director of the Speaking Center, Southern Miss Gulf Coast; Lurline S. Russell, business services specialist; Terry Townes, custodial services; and Larry Underwood, grounds maintenance superintendent.

For more information about the Golden Eagle Memorial Service, call the Southern Miss Dean of Students Office at 601.266.6028 or the Student Government Association at 601.266.4407.

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