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Released May5, 2004

SOUTHERN MISS CHAPTER OF OMICRON DELTA KAPPA HONORS
HATTIESBURG MAYOR JOHNNY DUPREE, STUDENTS
By David Tisdale

HATTIESBURG -- 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 ranks Tuesday.

Hattiesburg 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.

"This 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."

DuPree earned 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.

"Through 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.

Also during 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.

ODK's Outstanding 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 Columbus.

ODK's mission statement includes honoring, identifying and developing leaders in collegiate and community life, and promoting, publicizing and enhancing scholarship, service, integrity, character and fellowship.

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