HATTIESBURG -- The
College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi
has organized a volunteer advisory board which comprises alumni
of the 14 departments and schools under its umbrella. The group's
first meeting was held Oct. 28-30 on campus.
Dr. Elliott Pood, dean of the college, formed the
board with the assistance of Kristy Gould, development officer for
the college, to reconnect with Southern Miss alumni.
"There is a tremendous amount of experience,
wisdom, accomplishment, and passion for Southern Miss among the
makeup of this board," said board member Les Potter. "Working
with Dean Pood and others, we are much stronger together than we
are individually. The board gives us clarity, focus, and direction
to help move things forward."
Gould said some of the objectives of the board will
be to function as ambassadors to promote the college's successes;
foster collaboration among the departments of the college; share
personal industry perspectives and experiences; assist in aligning
educational curriculum and opportunities (research, co-op, etc.);
provide feedback about college issues; and cultivate alumni and
friends to support the college.
Inaugural members include Potter of Vienna, Va. (B.A.,
1970, speech communication); Denise Berger of Atlanta, Ga. (B.F.A.,
1980, theatre); Ron Day (B.S., 1972, Army ROTC/computer science)
and Cynthia Day (B.A., 1974, foreign languages/literatures), both
of Marietta, Ga.; Jeff Ginther of Bristol, Va. (father of current
opera student); Gary Grubbs of Hattiesburg (B.S., 1972, actor/writer);
Margaret Loesch of Los Angeles, Calif. (B.A., 1968, political science);
and Mart Martin of Atlanta, Ga. (B.S., 1978, advertising/PR).
Other members are JoAnne Norton of Irvine, Calif.
(B.S, 1971, M.E., 1981, speech communication); Elizabeth Bachmann
of San Diego, Calif. (B.S., 1971, communication); Hank Price of
Winston Salem, N.C. (B.S., 1973, radio, television, and film); Clymer
Wright of Houston, Texas (B.S., 1953, mass communication/journalism);
and Charles Thomas Jr. of Orlando, Fla. (B.A., 1986, music).
During the October session, the board members were
briefed by Southern Miss President Shelby Thames, toured the campus,
and met with department and school chairs. The group plans to meet
again in April 2005.