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Released October 24, 2003


HATTIESBURG - 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.

Former Golden 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.

"We're 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.

Several of 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.

Inductees 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 Infantry Division
  • Gene Carlisle, '64, Memphis, president and owner of Carlisle Corporation.
  • Patricia 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.

Alumni Association Award winners include:

  • Outstanding 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.
  • Continuous Service Award: Stacy Busby, Madison, Ala.; David Ham, Hattiesburg; Travis Norman, Ocean Springs; Sellers Norris, Purvis; Marvin Shemper, Hattiesburg.
  • Outstanding Young Alumnus Award: Tom Anderson, Hattiesburg.
  • Friend of Southern Miss Award: Bill Oliver, Hattiesburg.
  • Special Service Award: Ron Howard, Pelham, Ala.
  • Meritorious Service Award: Billy Walker, Ocean Springs. Highlights of homecoming week events include:


  • Official University Ring Unveiling, 3:30 p.m., Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building.
  • Camerata Concert, 7:30 p.m. Marsh Auditorium, Faculty Artist Chamber Music Series


  • 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 or (228) 452-3345.
  • Halloween Carnival, University Union lobby, 5 p.m., sponsored by University Activities Council
  • Alumni Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and banquet, Southern Oaks, 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday Night at the Fountain, 7 p.m. outside of Administration Building, pep rally and concert


  • Homecoming Float Judging, 8 a.m. campuswide
  • Alumni Association Awards breakfast, 9 a.m., University Commons.
  • Tickets $15. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at (601) 266-5013 or visit
  • Homecoming parade, 10 a.m., Hardy Street; features The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, Dixie Darlings, and floats.
  • Eagle Walk, noon
  • Kickoff, Southern Miss vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 2 p.m.
  • Fifth quarter concert, The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, M.M. Roberts Stadium, following the game
  • Social 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.


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