The University of Southern Mississippi's 2003 Homecoming will have
something for everyone - from a parade down Hardy Street to college
football action when the Golden Eagles take on the Ragin' Cajuns
of Louisiana-Lafayette in the two school's 50th meeting on the gridiron.
Eagle quarterback Reggie Collier will serve as grand marshal of
the parade. The homecoming parade was revived five years ago following
a 27-year absence from the university's homecoming activities. Students
begin working on floats and campus decorations beginning Monday
of homecoming week.
looking forward to a fun week of activities, and welcoming our alumni
and friends of the university to campus for this special week,"
said Mike Mitchell, assistant dean of students.
those alumni and friends of Southern Miss will also be honored for
their contributions to the university during the week, including
inductions into the university's Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2003.
into the Hall of Fame include:
- Stone Barefield,
'52, Hattiesburg, attorney and former state legislator
- Maj. Gen.
Buford Blount III, '71, Washington, D.C., commander of the 3rd
- Gene Carlisle,
'64, Memphis, president and owner of Carlisle Corporation.
Cruise, '63, Laurel, retired elementary school teacher.
- Brig. Gen.
Jeff Hammond, '78, '83, currently living in Rheindahlen, Germany,
Corps Operations Officer with the British Army.
- Jeff Johnson,
'86, executive director of the Iowa State University Alumni Association.
- Dr. Tom
Rhea Phillips Jr., '50, Hattiesburg dentist and owner of Dr. Tom
Rhea Phillips, DDS dental practice.
Award winners include:
Service Award: Bob Dieckman, Jackson; Billy Hewes Jr., Gulfport;
Linda Lang Ishee, Gulfport; Tom King, Petal; Kristen Phillips
Kern, Jackson; Mike Phillips, Hattiesburg and Dick Simmons, Meridian.
Service Award: Stacy Busby, Madison, Ala.; David Ham, Hattiesburg;
Travis Norman, Ocean Springs; Sellers Norris, Purvis; Marvin Shemper,
Young Alumnus Award: Tom Anderson, Hattiesburg.
of Southern Miss Award: Bill Oliver, Hattiesburg.
Service Award: Ron Howard, Pelham, Ala.
Service Award: Billy Walker, Ocean Springs. Highlights of homecoming
week events include:
University Ring Unveiling, 3:30 p.m., Aubrey K. Lucas Administration
Concert, 7:30 p.m. Marsh Auditorium, Faculty Artist Chamber Music
- Shell Finish
Line/Southern Miss Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament, Canebrake
Country Club. For more information, contact the Southern Miss
Alumni Association at (601) 266-5013.
- Dixie Darling
Alumnae welcome brunch, Shoney's, 11 a.m. Contact Dee Ervine at
UsmKDeeDD@cableone.net or (228) 452-3345.
Carnival, University Union lobby, 5 p.m., sponsored by University
Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and banquet, Southern Oaks, 6:30
Night at the Fountain, 7 p.m. outside of Administration Building,
pep rally and concert
Float Judging, 8 a.m. campuswide
Association Awards breakfast, 9 a.m., University Commons.
$15. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at (601)
266-5013 or visit http://www.SouthernMissAlumni.com.
parade, 10 a.m., Hardy Street; features The Pride of Mississippi
Marching Band, Dixie Darlings, and floats.
- Eagle Walk,
Southern Miss vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 2 p.m.
- Fifth quarter
concert, The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, M.M. Roberts
Stadium, following the game
hosted by Sammy Winder for former athletes, one hour following
the game, Hampton Inn, For more information, contact Dick Vogel,
executive director of Eagle Club, at (601) 266-5299.
- Roots Reunion,
Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, Walthall School
Auditorium, 7 p.m. There will be a live radio show featuring the
music of South Mississippi.