October 20, 2005


Shepard Smith on alumni-student interactive forum at Ole Miss

A panel of the University of Mississippi’s high-profile alumni return to their alma mater Friday (Oct. 21) for the Student Alumni Council’s third annual alumni-student interactive forum.

The free, public program, “Bridging the Gap: Ole Miss’ Past and Present Working Together for the Future,” is set for 3-5 p.m. in Johnson Commons Ballroom. A reception follows the discussion.

“We are delighted that so many of our successful Ole Miss alums have offered their time to help our students,” said Sheila Dossett, assistant director of Alumni Affairs. “This is a wonderful opportunity for students to hear alumni share their experiences along the pathway to success.”

Alumni participants are Henry Jones, director of research and development at SmartSynch Inc.; Edith Kelly-Green, retired vice president for FedEx; Cooper Manning, vice president at Howard Weil, Inc.; Markeeva Morgan, engineering project manager at Naval Sea Systems Command; Bill Parsons, director of NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center; Gail Pittman, president and CEO of Gail Pittman, Inc.; and Shepard Smith, anchor at Fox News Channel.

Focus of the forum is not on “job-seeking” but rather “answer-finding,” allowing students to set benchmarks for success, said David Finnegan, president of the Student Alumni Council and an organizer of the event.

“Bridging the Gap is an effort to create an opportunity for alumni and students to network,” said Finnegan. “Ole Miss alumni are some of the most generous people, and they love to help Ole Miss students.

“This is a perfect time for students to ask questions about their hopeful careers from professionals who relate to many of the same experiences that they themselves are going through.

I hope that alumni feel closer to Ole Miss after attending this event and students feel more prepared for life after college.”

For more information or for assistance related to a disability, contact Student Alumni Council adviser Sheila Dossett at 662-915-7375 or sdossett@olemiss.edu. To learn more about the SAC, visit www.olemissalumni.com/sac/.

Mary Reid first nine weeks honors

Beverly Farr K-C, Superintendent’s List: Trell Kimmons, Hailey Wilson, Joshua Crane, Hailey Brown, Kaylin Horgan; Principal’s List: Noah Hopkins, Morgan Shaw, Tyler Goode, Emily Franco, Jasmine Hudson, Wyatt Hall, Allie Mills, Bobby High, Savannah Henderson, Shakira Curry

Cana Minor K-A, Superintendent’s List: Nickeli Isbell, Shundre Martin, Briana Anthony, Danetria Hankins, Shaina Wiggins, Julia Nicholson, Kendrick Jeffries, Gail Camplin, Taneshia Marion

Mrs. Wilkerson K-B, Principal’s List: Roja Hernandez, Joshayla Jeffries, Brandon Turnage; Superintendent’s List: Zane Looney, Rhianna Austill, Marlicia Carr, Mallory Smothers, Jessica Russom, Jace Clayton, Dylan Minor, Chandra Hutchens, Bria Taylor, Austin Purvis, Ashley Anderson, Abby Cook

Mrs. Snow 1-B, Superintendent’s List: Justin Delbert; Principal’s List: Lyric Brock, BJ Sanders, Kimberly McClure, Dillon Day, Kyle Corbett, Katie Culver, Lashawn Gorman, Jordan Haney, Lindzy Bradford, Cade Watts, Bettia Hankins, Hailey McMinn, Ty King

Mrs. Moore 1-A, Superintendent’s List: Peyton Montoria, Joshua Owens; Principal’s List: La’Jala Scott, Alec Smith, Haze Walton, Brenna Martin, Dillon Burns, Conner Skelton, Taylor Harris, Kayla Brown, Ashleigh Johnson, Megan Cooper

Mrs. Boren 2-B, Principal’s List: Marlye Clarkson, Kelsey Evans, Abbie Gibson, Jocelyn Green, Kyla Jeffries, Shane Jones, Denise Taylor, Makyiyha Trammell, Reginald Turnage

Mrs. Hillmer 2-C, Superintendent’s List: Reagann Bing, Samantha Latham, Anthony Williams, Courtney Wilson; Principal’s List: Shantasia Duncan, Dylan Goode, LaVonte Howell, Austin Mannon, Kaylin Skelton, Shayna Walston

Mrs. Looney 2-A, Superintendent’s List: Ty Wilkerson, Angel Wilson; Principal’s List: Alexys Calhoun, Taylor Childress, Nicholas Cowan, Trent Culver, Liliana Franco

Mrs. Joyner 3-B, Superintendent’s List: Kaleb Reid; Principal’s List: Hayden Wilkerson, Hunter Snow, David Frazier, Hunter Farr, Monesha Pegues, Hunter Joyner

Mrs. Howell, 3-A, Superintendent’s List: Katlyn Allen, Brandon Crane; Principal’s List: Xavion Allen, Alea Gurley, Jakayla Johnson, Alexis Kolikas, Kamrie Potts, Allyiah Smith, Steven Swinford, Magen Wilbanks

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