- The Alumni and Student Government Associations at The University
of Southern Mississippi will co-host a celebration of the
university's 93rd anniversary March 27.
is invited to the Founders Day celebration, which starts at
2:30 p.m.on the Lucas Administration Building lawn. In case
of bad weather, the program will be moved to Bennett Auditorium.
the theme, "Celebrating our Heritage with a Vision for
the Future," the event will feature a historical presentation
by Southern Miss archives specialist Yvonne Arnold titled, "Pieces
of the Past." In it, she will highlight some of the key
milestones in the university's history. Following Arnold's
presentation, newly elected officers of the Student Government
Association (SGA) will be inaugurated and a reception will
native, Arnold graduated from Southern Miss in 1990. Since
1992, she has been employed in the William D. McCain Library
and Archives, where she works with materials that pertain
to the founding and traditions of Southern Miss. As a result,
Arnold has become a specialist on the school's history, and
each semester she speaks to several general studies classes
on that topic.
leaders to be inaugurated during the day are Jared Loftus,
a junior from Sumrall, president; Sarah Spigener, a sophomore
from Gulfport, vice president; Alicia Lane, sophomore, Pearl,
treasurer; Chad Cornett, a junior from Brandon, attorney general;
and Alex Thames, a senior from Florence, election commissioner.
SGA President Blake Hamm, a senior from Stringer, will introduce
the new officers, who will be sworn in by outgoing SGA Attorney
General Rob Peebles, a senior from Jackson.
on the afternoon program are Dr. Kim Davis, associate professor
in the School of Music, who will sing the Southern Miss Alma
Mater, accompanied by members of The Pride Tailgate Band.
by legislative act on March 30, 1910, The University of Southern
Mississippi was the state's first state-supported teacher-training
school. The school, named Mississippi Normal College (MNC),
opened for classes on Sept. 18, 1912, and enrolled a total
of 876 students during its first regular and summer terms.
Joseph Anderson Cook served as the first president.
underwent a series of name changes over the years. On March
7, 1924, MNC became State Teachers College. On Feb. 13, 1940,
the school's name was changed for the second time, becoming
Mississippi Southern College. The final change came in Feb.
27, 1962 when the name was changed to The University of Southern