The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association, in conjunction
with the University Bookstore, will unveil the new official ring
for the university community Oct. 30 during a special ceremony on
the Southern Miss campus.
images and icons from the university, the official ring captures
the traditions of Southern Miss and the link between the Hattiesburg
and Gulf Park campuses.
of the Southern Miss official ring program is an exciting initiative,"
said Bob Pierce, Southern Miss Alumni Association executive director.
"We have partnered with the University Bookstore to create
a program that offers a single identifiable ring for all of our
students and alumni. We expect the ring will become a virtual 'walking
diploma' for all Golden Eagles so that everyone who sees the ring
will quickly realize the wearer is from Southern Miss."
is part of a larger initiative to promote the history and traditions
of the university and is the result of almost two years of work
and joint efforts by the Alumni Association and University Bookstore.
A committee composed of students, faculty, staff and alumni collaborated
on the design of the official ring, which will replace the more
than 30 different versions of class rings currently available on
the two Southern Miss campuses.
a member of the official ring committee and the current president
of The Legacy, the student alumni organization, said. "The
official ring captures the spirit of Southern Miss. The images on
the ring define our experiences on campus."
The ring design
will be unveiled at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30 at the Aubrey
K. Lucas Administration Building as part of the Homecoming Week
festivities. Southern Miss students and alumni who meet the ordering
requirements will have an opportunity to order a ring directly after
the unveiling ceremony. Any student who has completed 60 credit
hours, including a minimum of 30 from Southern Miss, and is in good
academic standing, may purchase a ring.
will also be on campus to take orders for the official ring Nov.
17-20 and Jan. 26-28, 2004, during ring order events. The first
group of official rings will be presented in a ceremony on March
30, 2004, as part of the university's ninety-fourth Founders' Day
celebration. Southern Miss President Dr. Shelby Thames will be the
first recipient of the official ring at the inaugural ring presentation
ceremony in March.
ring presentation ceremonies will be held annually as part of the
Founders' Day festivities. Marcus Nause, manager of programs for
the Southern Miss Alumni Association, believes the ring presentations
will enhance the observance of the anniversary of the institution.
"I had the opportunity to visit the ring presentation ceremony
at University of Texas at Austin several months ago, and it certainly
plays a role in building a bond between the students and their alma
mater," Nause said. "We plan on creating a ring ceremony
that will further enhance our Founders' Day events and will have
deep meaning to those who decide to purchase the official ring."
For the first
year of the program, students and alumni may trade in their current
Southern Miss rings, regardless of manufacturer, and have them recast
into the new official ring at no charge. For more information on
the official ring program, contact Marcus Nause at 266-5357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.