Members of The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of Omicron
Delta Kappa, a leadership fraternity celebrating its 50th anniversary
at the university this year, added a Southern Miss alumnus to its
Mayor Johnny DuPree received honorary membership, known as Honoris
Causa, during the fraternity's annual spring ritual, held at the
Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building. Southern Miss President
Shelby Thames, along with the fraternity's officers and several
members, were on hand to congratulate DuPree on his induction.
is a great honor, one of the greatest honors I've ever received,"
DuPree said. "I love (Southern Miss), and that makes this even
more special to me."
a bachelor's and master's degree in political science from Southern
Miss. While a student at the university, he was a member of the
Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and the Southern Miss Honors Club.
Before his election as mayor in 2000, he served on the Forrest County
Board of Supervisors.
his dedication to public service, Mayor DuPree exemplifies the very
best of what ODK represents," said incoming fraternity president
Keith Wilson, a Southern Miss senior of Ocean Springs.
DuPree is only
the third person to be granted Honoris Causa in the history of the
Southern Miss chapter, which was founded May 26, 1954.
the ceremony, new officers for the organization were installed,
including Wilson, Shelley Rene'e Robinson of Gulfport and JaRhonda
Lynn Cameron of New Orleans as vice president and secretary, respectively.
Wilson was also recognized as ODK's Circle Leader of the Year and
ODK's Province XI Leader of the Year.
Freshmen for the 2003-2004 school year were also recognized at the
event, including William Crisler of Clinton, Justin Harvison of
Petal, Leslie Page Holder of Gulfport, Eugene Gouaux of Thibodaux,
La., Luci Elise Moore of Hattiesburg, Sara Frances Nicholson of
Brandon, Owen Nelson Parker of Hattiesburg and Margaret Wesley of
statement includes honoring, identifying and developing leaders
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