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Released July 15, 2005


HATTIESBURG – Five streets on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi have been renamed to honor the traditions of the university.

The new street names were selected from suggestions by students, faculty, staff and alumni as part of an effort initiated by the office of Marketing and Public Relations last fall.

“We wanted our street names to bring back memories and have significance to the university community,” said Bob Pierce, executive director of the Southern Miss Alumni Association. “I feel like this effort has done that by driving home the traditions and legacies of Southern Miss.”

The changes are as follows: Service Dr. has been changed to Championship Lane; University Blvd. to Black and Gold Blvd.; Sunset Dr. to Golden Eagle Ave.; Southern Dr. to Southern Miss Dr.; and Coliseum Dr. to Kay James Dr.

"I feel honored that one of the signs going directly into the Coliseum is in memory of the contributions I tried to make to the university and to the women's basketball program,” said former Southern Miss head women’s basketball coach Kay James, the only person included in the list of name changes. “It’s also in memory of all the women who came through the program who helped bring national recognition to Lady Eagle basketball.”

The new streets signs are being installed on campus this week.

For more information, contact the office of the Alumni Association at (601) 266-5013.



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