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Southern Miss Alumni Association Will Induct Seven into Hall of Fame

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The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association will induct seven of the university’s most dedicated and distinguished volunteers into its Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 19 as one of the highlights of the 2012 Homecoming celebration.

The banquet and ceremony will be held in the Grand Ballroom in the Thad Cochran Center. For tickets or more information, contact Rene Trigg at 601.266.5013 or rene.trigg@usm.edu.

The Southern Miss Alumni Hall of Fame was established in 1987 to recognize those whose contributions of time and financial means have helped move the university forward. The nominee must have graduated fifteen years previously.

To submit a Hall of Fame nomination for the 2013 induction, visit SouthernMissAlumni.com. 

The 2012 inductees include:

Reed Allison ‘83

Reed Allison is a 1983 graduate of the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi, where he majored in marketing and played on the baseball team. During his tenure at Southern Miss, Allison balanced the demands of both academics and athletics. Allison’s parents instilled in him that he was at Southern Miss first to get an education and second to play baseball.

While Allison attained the knowledge necessary to succeed in the finance industry in the classroom, he learned the value of teamwork on the field.

After graduating from Southern Miss, Allison earned his MBA from Loyola University while working for First NBC Bank. After 17 years in the banking industry, he entered the investment business, where he has been for the last 10 years. He currently serves as vice president/investments for Stifel Nicolaus & Company in Gulfport.

Allison is a member of the USM Foundation Honor Club and previously served on the USM Foundation Board of Directors as the Investment Committee chair. He is also a Life Member of the Southern Miss Alumni Association, where he has previously served as chair of the Alumni Association Finance Committee.

In 2011, Allison established the Reed Allison Business Scholarship. The scholarship housed in the USM Foundation will be awarded to a student in the College of Business who is a baseball player, based on the student’s academic performance at the University. 

Allison emphasizes the importance of private support for Southern Miss; this was Allison’s way of giving something back to a university that has given so much to him. His hope is that the scholarships will help the baseball team and eventually be able to give additional scholarships to athletes that need it.

Arthur Bernard Green ‘94

Arthur Bernard Green, a native of Kokomo, is the president and agency owner of Bernard Green Insurance Inc., an exclusive Allstate Insurance Agency located in Hattiesburg. He is committed to helping people accumulate wealth and protecting it along the way by using an array of insurance and financial services. Additionally, he is the president and chief executive officer of A.B. Green & Associates Inc., a real estate investment and development firm. As a citizen-soldier, Green is currently serving as a commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserve and holds the rank of Major. In 1994, Green earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance from The University of Southern Mississippi.

Green has been affiliated with Allstate Insurance Company for nearly 15 years. He has served on the Allstate National Advisory Board as the co-chair of the Financial Growth Committee. He has earned the Allstate Life Leader Award, Chairman’s Inner Circle, National Conference and the Allstate Honor Ring. In 2000, Green was named the Top Allstate Agency in the state of Mississippi. He also received the Allstate Good Hands in the Community Award from the Allstate Foundation for his involvement in the local community. He is an active member of the Hattiesburg Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the Southern Miss Alumni Association, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and the Area Development Partnership, serving on the Board of Directors. He also has served on the board of numerous organizations including the Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club, the American Red Cross, the United Way Funds Distribution Committee, the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation and the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport Board of Commissioners.

Green and his daughters, Ieesha, Raegan and Alexandria, and his grandson, Lenden, are active members of West Point Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. He is the son of the late Reverend Arthur L. Green and Debora P. Green of Kokomo.

Michael H. Magusiak ‘78

Mike Magusiak earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1978. He is a certified public accountant and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio. 

Magusiak is currently the president, chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors of CEC Entertainment Inc. CEC Entertainment Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and operates a system of approximately 560 Chuck E. Cheese’s, located in 48 states and eight foreign countries. Magusiak has been with Chuck E. Cheese’s for more than 25 years and was the chief financial officer and a member of the Board of Directors when the company went public in 1989. Magusiak was promoted to president in 1994 and chief executive officer in 2008. His vision is to significantly grow the concept both domestically and internationally, providing children throughout the world with the opportunity to hug Chuck E. Cheese and create lifelong family memories.

Magusiak and his wife, Wendy, who were instrumental in the establishment of Holy Trinity Catholic School, have been married for more than 30 years and are the proud parents of three sons, Jason, Matthew and Nicholas, who attended the Catholic school from kindergarten through eighth grade. Jason recently graduated from the University of Texas with a master’s degree in accounting, preceded by a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Louis University, and is working for KPMG, a public accounting firm. Matthew is a senior at the University of Mississippi and is earning a double major in accounting and marketing, and Nicholas is a junior at Nolan Catholic High School. The Magusiaks are active in Good Shepherd Catholic Community and have sponsored several couples married in the church.

As a family, the Magusiaks enjoy boating. Magusiak is an avid golfer, and he and Wendy enjoy watching Jason and Nicholas play ice hockey. 

Tom McDonnell ‘86

Tom McDonnell is co-chairman, co-CEO and director of Franchise Services of North America Inc. (FSNA), a publicly traded holding company on the Canadian stock exchange. FSNA is the holding company for several car rental brands operating more than 1,100 stores in many countries. Additionally, McDonnell is president of the LeFleur Transportation family of companies that provides non-emergency medical transportation services to government and corporate clients in various states throughout the country.

McDonnell holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of Southern Mississippi. He remains an avid and committed supporter of the University.  McDonnell is a member of the USM Honor Club Gallery of Benefactors, a current member and past president of the Southern Miss Business Advisory Council for the College of Business, a past member of the USM Foundation Board and Investment Committee, and in 2009 was honored as the Southern Miss College of Business Boardman Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

As past chairman of deacons at Broadmoor Baptist Church, McDonnell currently serves on various church committees. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Mississippi Kidney Foundation, was awarded the Top 40 Under 40, Mississippi Business Journal’s Leading Business and Community Leadership Award, and is a generous supporter of many local and civic organizations.

McDonnell is married to Jana Files McDonnell ’83, and both are founders of PIC International, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the support of Christian ministries and churches around the world. The couple has two daughters, Kate Lee and Anna Margaret. 

James F. McKenzie ‘53

Jimmy McKenzie, a native of Hattiesburg, attended The University of Southern Mississippi from 1949 to 1953. While at Southern Miss, McKenzie was a member of Kappa Alpha Order, serving as president during his junior and senior year and was a member of the Interfraternity Council and the Student Council.

During the summers of 1951 and 1952, McKenzie attended the U.S. Naval Reserve Officer Candidate Program, and upon graduating from Southern Miss, he was commissioned into the U.S. Naval Reserve for two years of active duty.

When released from active duty, McKenzie was accepted into and attended the University of Mississippi School of Law. While in law school, he served as editor of the Mississippi Law Journal, among other campus involvement.

Upon graduation, McKenzie joined a law firm in Hattiesburg, where he engaged in the active practice of law until his retirement on Dec. 31, 2000. While an active practicing attorney, McKenzie served as president of the South Central Bar Association, a commissioner of the Mississippi Board of Bar Commissioners, president of the Hattiesburg Kiwanis Club, director of the Hattiesburg Arts Council, board member of the Hattiesburg/Forrest County Public Library, and the Court of Honor for the Emmett Lee Irwin Province Kappa Alpha Order.

McKenzie remained active in the U.S. Naval Reserve until his retirement on July 1, 1970, at which time he had attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

McKenzie currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for BancorpSouth, a member of the Board of Directors of Forrest General Healthcare Foundation, commissioner of Forrest County Industrial Park Commission and member of the USM Foundation Honor Club at the Patron of 1910 level. McKenzie is a past member of the Advisory Board for the Southern Miss Partner for the Arts and served as chair for the organization in 2003-04.

McKenzie and his wife, Mary Virginia, have two daughters, Catherine M. Campbell and Mary Ellen McKenzie. They are the proud grandparents of Matt Anthony, who is currently serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Rebecca Smart Montague ‘94

Becky Montague, a native of Vicksburg, is an honor graduate of the National Center for Paralegal Training in Atlanta, Ga., graduated summa cum laude from The University of Southern Mississippi and earned a master’s degree in fiction writing from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. As an undergraduate at Southern Miss, she received the Howard Bahr Award, given annually to the most outstanding student in the English department, where she concentrated her studies in the Center for Writers.

Montague served on the faculty of Jones County Junior College until 2006, when she left teaching to devote more time to writing and community service. She is the author of Bringing the World to Mississippi: The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, published in 2010 by The University Press of Mississippi, and is currently working on a novel.

An active volunteer, Montague has served her community on the boards of the Hattiesburg Concert Association, Hattiesburg Arts Council and Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association. She was a co-founder of the Hattiesburg Public Art and Design Initiative, served on the Hattiesburg American editorial board, and serves on the vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church.  She is a Forrest County Master Gardener.

This Life Member of the Alumni Association has served her alma mater on the boards of both the USM Foundation and Alumni Association. She is a long-time Advisory Board member, former chair of Partners for the Arts, and was arts chair of the Southern Miss Centennial Committee. In addition, Montague has also served on the Advisory Board for the College of Arts and Letters, co-chaired the college’s annual arts gala and has been a member of numerous search committees across campus.

Montague and her husband, Doug, are the parents of three Southern Miss graduates. They have endowed a scholarship in support of the University’s symphony orchestra and are members of the Honor Club and Eagle Club.

Raymond VanNorman ’87, ‘89

As the anticipation of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Centennial celebration continued to build, generous alumni such as Raymond VanNorman led the way in the Centennial Scholarship Endowment fundraising campaign. VanNorman and his wife, Michelle Williams VanNorman ’89, made a significant gift to ensure that the University continued to provide top-flight education and scholarship opportunities to its students. VanNorman saw the Centennial Scholarship Endowment as an imperative component to continuing the excellence of education and has expressed that he and his wife attended Southern Miss because of the scholarships that were once offered to them. It is his hope that their gift will help other future Golden Eagles decide to attend Southern Miss.

While at Southern Miss, among other student organizations, VanNorman was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.

Since his time at the University, VanNorman has been heavily involved with his alma mater. From 2010-11, he was the University’s Foundation Board president and was a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors from 2004-07 and 2007-10.

This Life Member of the Southern Miss Alumni Association is a member of the Eagle Club, the Foundation’s President’s Circle and the Business Advisory Council, which among other duties, presents nominations for the Southern Miss Boardman Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

VanNorman’s career has been spent in the financial industry in banking and investment. He is currently self-employed as an investor and the regional president of BankFirst Financial Services in Madison.

VanNorman and his wife, Michelle, a pediatrician at Rankin Children’s Group in Brandon, who has previously served a three-year term on the Alumni Association’s board and was a member of the Alumni Director Search Committee, are the proud parents of three children, Zachary, Katie and Natalie.