Alumni Delegates serve MSU with distinction



Forty-three Mississippi State students are 2015-16 members of the university Alumni Association’s liaison organization.

Founded in 1980, Alumni Delegates serve as key links between the 137-year-old land-grant institution and its more than 132,000 living graduates. Helping improve the student body’s understanding of the alumni association’s role and purpose also is among their major goals.

Over the decades, the volunteer group has assisted with organizational programs and activities, including football tailgate gatherings, class reunions, free in-state tuition drawings, and numerous other on- and off-campus events.

Members are selected each year through a highly competitive interview process. Consisting of 21 returning and 22 new members, this year’s group was chosen from among nearly 300 applicants.

The 2015-16 Alumni Delegates include (by hometown):

ABERDEEN—Daron K. Chandler, a senior mechanical engineering and mathematics double-major.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Emily E. Dance, a senior electrical engineering major.

BRENTWOOD, Tennessee—Erica A. Sowell, a senior human sciences/human development and family studies major.

CANTON—Sanjaris D.M. Johnson, an educational psychology major; and Marshall G. Scruggs, a biological sciences major. Both are seniors.

CHELSEA, Ala.—Austin G. Grace, a senior computer science major.

CLINTON—Allyra C. Williams, a junior political science/pre-law major.

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn.—Skylar S. Workman, a senior kinesiology/clinical exercise physiology major.

COLUMBUS—Nicholas H. “Nick” Brewer, a junior biochemistry/pre-medicine major; Tyrus R. Hill, a senior finance major; and Hagan D. Walker, a senior electrical engineering major.

CORINTH—Annaleigh E. Coleman, a senior biological engineering major serving as the group’s vice president of education.

CUMMING, Ga.—Emma C. Sweat, a senior marketing major.

CYPRESS, Texas—Abrianna N. Thompson, a junior pre-accounting major.

FLORA—Zavian S. J. Burns, a senior kinesiology/clinical exercise physiology major.

GULFPORT—Katherine M. Gargiulo, a junior political science/pre-law major.

HATTIESBURG—Robert O. “Rob” Hairston, a senior communication/public relations major serving as the organization’s president.

HOOVER, Ala.—Alex K. Ezelle, a kinesiology/sports administration graduate student and a May 2014 cum laude accounting graduate.

HOUSTON—Nolen Hood, a senior mechanical engineering major.

JACKSON—Jonathan D. Lancaster, a business administration graduate student and May 2015 cum laude accounting graduate; and Bianca A. Tatum, a senior marketing major.

LAUREL—Leslie R. Howard, a senior psychology major.

MACON—Christian L. Good, a senior agribusiness/management major.

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Alison N. Jones, a junior political science major.

MERIDIAN—Jermario J. Gordon, a senior marketing major.

NEW ALBANY— Samuel J. “Josh” Creekmore, a senior history and business administration double-major serving as the group’s secretary; and Joseph D. “Joe” Male, a junior chemical engineering major.

PASCAGOULA—Katherine L. “Kaylie” Mitchell, a senior art/graphic design major serving as the organization’s vice president of public relations.

PELHAM, Ala.—Van K. Tong, a counselor education/student affairs graduate student. She is a May magna cum laude communication/journalism and pre-law graduate.

PETAL—Seth I. Rhodes, a senior biological engineering major.

PONTOTOC—Anna L. Chrestman, a senior secondary education major; and Edward M. “Eddie Mac” Huddleston, a May 2015 magna cum laude biochemistry/pre-medicine graduate now pursuing a second bachelor’s degree.

RICHTON—Taylor Thoms, a senior mechanical engineering major.

RIDGELAND—Elizabeth Shapley, a junior interior design major.

SLIDELL, La.—Edward T. “Eddie” White, a junior chemical engineering major.

SOUTHAVEN—Thomas L. “Tommy” Allmon, a senior agricultural engineering technology and business major.

STARKVILLE—Dipa P. Patel, a junior biochemistry/pre-medicine major; and Teddy P. “Trey” Wallace, a sophomore computer engineering major.

TERRY—Taylor N. Wilkinson, a junior biological sciences/pre-dental major.

TUPELO—Benjamin T. “Ben” Coggin, a junior mechanical engineering major; and Mary Holliman Lanphere, a senior elementary education major.

VANCLEAVE—Matthew T. “Matt” Moseley and Jessica E. Sanders. Both are senior biological engineering majors.