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W. Jack Martin of St. Elmo, Ill., a retired Methodist minister and missionary, has written and published a book about his years of ministerial work in Alaska. Alaska Methodist Circuit Preacher details his experiences as a circuit preacher for three years in Homer, Douglas, Anchor Point, and Seldovia.


Billy D. Nichols of Birmingham, Ala., has been named manufacturers' representative for ABB Power T&D Co. in Alabama.


Donald S. Bell of Bruce, a consulting forester, has been elected a Fellow in the Society of American Foresters. Bell specializes in estate plans, forest and land management, marketing, appraisals, and surveys. He also is president of the North Mississippi Fire Prevention Association.

James Renan Richmond of McComb is administrative director for systems and audits for Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center. He is a physician recruiter and past president of the state chapter of Healthcare Financial Management Association.


Wayne H. Brown of Lucedale has been elected Southern District transportation commissioner. Brown, president of Batson & Brown engineering firm, will fill the uncompleted term of Ronnie Shows, now 4th District U.S. representative.


Earnest W. Deavenport Jr. of Kingsport, Tenn., chairman and CEO of Eastman Chemical Co., has received the prestigious International Palladium Medal Award for 1999 from the Société de Chimie Industrielle, American Section. The award, given in recognition of Deavenport's many contributions to the chemical industry, was presented in ceremonies at the Plaza Hotel in New York in May.


R. Gerald Moore of Petal has been elected a fellow of the Society of American Foresters. He also has been named Forest Conservationist of the Year by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation.


Dan Hossley of Dallas, Texas, principal and founder of Hossley Lighting Associates, has accepted the President's Award from parent company Columbia Lighting in recognition of outstanding sales and customer dedication.


James W. Darden of Birmingham, Ala., a major general in the U.S. Army Reserve, recently relinquished command of the 81st Reserve Support Command in Birmingham. He continues to command the Reserve's 87th Training Division. Darden is Mississippi State's highest ranking military graduate in active service.

John M. Dean Jr. of Leland, president and principal broker of LANDMART and Dean Land and Realty Co., has been named 1998 Land Realtor of America by the Realtors Land Institute.


William Mack Cameron (M.A. '69) of Jackson, an attorney, has been inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.

Ron L. Carroll of Alexandria, Va., is immediate past chair of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives. Carroll is Scout Executive (executive director) for the Boy Scouts of America, National Capital Area Council, in Washington, D.C.

Ronald L. Cox of Brandon was promoted to colonel and awarded the Meritorious Service Medal upon the occasion of his recent retirement from the Mississippi Army National Guard. Cox is a 31-year veteran and was a full-time National Guard employee.

George Murphy (Ph.D. '70) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., professor and chair of the Department of Biology at Middle Tennessee State University, has been inducted into the Austin Peay State University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi honor society's Academic Hall of Fame. Murphy received his bachelor's degree from Austin Peay in 1965.


Mabry Anderson of Southaven has been named SF Division general manager for Wilfarm, a wholesale distributor of agricultural chemicals. His area of responsibility covers Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas.

Ben Catalina of Universal City, Texas, recently was recognized as a "quality top producer" by Cruises Inc.

David Powe (M.S. '75) of Booneville, chief of the Education and University Affairs Office at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, has been appointed to the Federal Technology Advisory Council. The council reviews federal employee training policies and recommends technology training for all federal workers. Powe will chair the subcommittee on remote sensing.


Malcolm Wall of Edmond, Okla., has been named executive director of the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority. He previously was OETA's associate executive director. Wall also is chairman of the Oklahoma Cultural Coalition and is a member of the board of directors of the Central Oklahoma Citizens League.

James Farris Wheeler of Corinth has been promoted to vice president at Gateway Corp. in Corinth. He also is the owner of J.F. Wheeler Accounting Service.


Jack Kean of Starkville has published his first novel, Deadly Sacrifice, in May. His second book, What If The Winner Dies?, is scheduled for publication in 2000. Kean retired from a career in federal law enforcement in 1996 and currently divides his time between writing novels and crafting humorous articles for newspapers and magazines.


Pat Bell of Clinton has been named Alumnus of the Year of the Central Mississippi Chapter of the Mississippi State University Alumni Association.

Hector Guillermo Guillen of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, is general manager for a group of companies in Central America, including CIA Hulera Sula SA in Honduras and Hulera Sacatepequez SA and Fomtex in Guatemala. He served as mayor of San Pedro Sula 1990-94, and plans to seek the presidency of Honduras in 2006.

Thomas H. Walker has been named assistant regional administrator for public buildings for the U.S. General Services Administration Southeast Sunbelt Region in Atlanta, Ga. Through a staff of more than 600, Walker is responsible for more than 1,200 federally owned or leased facilities in eight states.


Stephen P. Cohen (M.S. '78, M.B.A. '92) of Conway, Ark., has transferred to Acxiom Data Network's logistics group from the company's development group.


William P. Phillips Jr. of Augusta, Ga., has been promoted to director of staff and information services with ThermalCeramics.

Lynn T. Shaw of Memphis is managing director of Morgan Keegan & Co.'s East Memphis office. With 20 years of financial services experience, he directs individual, retirement plan, and endowment assets for the firm.

Randy W. Turner of Washington, D.C., has begun a two-year fellowship in the U.S. Senate, working for the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. A 25-year employee of the National Park Service, he was chief of visitor services at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for the past nine years.


Donna Jamerson Jones of Haleyville, Ala., has taught at Haleyville Elementart School for 13 years. Last year, she was included in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma national honorary teacher's society.


Tom Childress of Newton has joined Engineers & Surveyors as an engineer. He previously worked for the city of Meridian for 20 years, retiring as city engineer.

Johnnie E. Hickman (M.S. '94) of Toomsuba has retired as a teacher at Southeast Middle School in Lauderdale County, following a 31-year career.

Betty McDonald Wilson of Starkville, graphic designer/illustrator for the Office of Agricultural Communications at Mississippi State, has won a Gold Award in the national Agricultural Communicators in Education competition for her design and layout of the cookbook, A Taste of Class. Designed for the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station at Mississippi State, the cookbook also won an ADDY Award in the recent American Advertising Federation competition and a first-place award in the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi competition. [See story in this issue.]


Terence J. Collins (M.B.A. '85) of Biloxi, a financial adviser with Thompson, Diaz, Baxter & Associates, has been recognized by SunAmerica Securities Inc. for achieving the status of 1999 President's Performance Club member for outstanding service and leadership in 1998.

Robert M. Crosland III of Starkville has opened a branch office of A.G. Edwards & Sons Investments in Starkville. He previously was with Deposit Guaranty's Investment Services Group.

Kent Fortenberry of Falls Church, Va., has been promoted to deputy technical director with the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board in Washington, D.C. He has been with the board since 1992.


Donna A. Sims of Madison has been promoted to senior vice president of the Madison branch of BankPlus.


R. Edward Johnson of Kingsport, Tenn., has been named superintendent, Polymers Maintenance Department, at Eastman Chemical Co. He is an 18-year Eastman employee and most recently served as maintenance manager.

Doug Lackey of Nashville, Tenn., has become a partner in Advanced Resource Management Inc., a marketing firm. He is CEO of the firm's Nashville office.

Cris Wait of Etta has been named president of the New Albany offices of Union Planters Bank. With 18 years of banking experience, Wait most previously was vice president and manager of the Oxford location of Mechanics Bank.

Alexander Zalesky of Kingsport, Tenn., will represent Eastman Chemical Co. as a Sloan Fellow in the 1999-2000 Alfred P. Sloan Program in Executive Development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is assistant to the executive vice president at Eastman.


Charles Farrior of Gautier has been named 1998 Navy Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Employee of the Year. He is a contracts manager and corporate administrative contracting officer for the division. Farrior also is a member of the national board of directors for the Mississippi State Alumni Association.

Tina J. Lorentzen of Arnold, Md., natural resources manager for the U.S. Naval Academy, has won the Service to the Naval Academy Award. The award recognizes her outstanding service and professionalism in managing natural resources at the Annapolis campus.

Scott Swedenburg of Birmingham, Ala., president of Advanced Resource Management Inc., has been named Birmingham's Small Business Person of the Year.

Jim R. Williams of New Orleans, La., has been named vice president of Texaco Exploration and Production Inc. In his new duties, he will manage Texaco's exploration and production interests in the Gulf Coast area extending from south Texas to Alabama and including all onshore operations in Louisiana. He previously was manager of Offshore Operations for Texaco International.


Manuel Agosto Jr. of Miami, Fla., is a real estate appraiser and analyst for the Latin America and Caribbean division of CB Richard Ellis, based in Miami. Agosto is in charge of property valuations and investment assignments throughout South and Central America and the entire Caribbean.

James W. Butler III of Atlanta, Ga., a partner in the law firm of Arnall Golden & Gregory, will teach a first-ever Internet Law class at the Georgia Institute of Technology this fall. He recently was named to the President's Export Council Subcommittee on Encrypton.

Brad Calloway of Metairie, La., has joined First Bank & Trust as senior vice president and market manager for the Uptown New Orleans Market. He previously was employed by Bank One, Louisiana.

Arthur Killebrew of Birmingham, Ala., has rejoined the Garrison Barrett Group architectural and interior design firm. He had been in private practice for two years in North Carolina.


Tammy S. Clark has joined the design studio of Action Lane Co. in Atlanta, Ga. She formerly was a project manager with Geiger Brickel in Atlanta.

Rick Munsell of Millington, Tenn., has retired as a captain in the U.S. Naval Reserves after 27 years of service, having held three commands during his career. Munsell is a practicing veterinarian in Millington.


William A. Mickelson of Tampa, Fla., has joined Apple Computer Inc. as senior systems engineer in the company's K12 Education Marketing Division, covering the state of Florida.

Joseph Orr of Jackson has been named principal in the architectural firm of Johnson Bailey Henderson McNeel.

L. Daniel Tanksley of Dallas, Texas, has been appointed to the board of directors of Halff Associates Inc., an engineering design and planning firm.

Amy Tuck of Maben, a former state senator, has received the 1998 Mississippi Senate Distinguished Service Award for Public Service. Tuck currently is secretary of the Mississippi State Senate.

Daniel F. Whalen of Cleveland has been promoted to senior vice president and senior credit officer at Cleveland State Bank.


Norman G. Ford of Vicksburg has been named operations manager for the Vicksburg Convention Center. He serves as director of the center in the absence of the executive director.

Henry N. Mayfield of Severn, Md., has worked for the Department of Defense since graduation, and has held field assignments in Seoul, Korea, and in the Balkans. He left in June for a new assignment in Harrogate, England.

Karin Schimpf of Madison has joined the Health Insurance Exchange as controller. She previously was chief financial officer with Alliance General Agency in Ridgeland.

David Paul Stewart of Peachtree City, Ga., will develop and lead worship for 10,000 Methodist youths this summer in Knoxville, Tenn.


Dee Anna Willis Mills (M.A. '88) of San Antonio, Texas, teaches English at San Antonio College.

Hunter H. Mills of San Antonio, Texas, a U.S. Air Force pilot, has been promoted to the rank of major. He is stationed at Randolph AFBase at San Antonio.

Scot A. Thigpen of Jackson has joined EFP, an investment advisory firm, as a financial planner and investment manager. He previously was with Merrill Lynch.


John D. Davis IV of Jackson completed neurosurgery residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., in June and has entered private practice in Jackson.

Lewis Griffin of Columbus has been named principal in the architectural firm of Johnson Bailey Henderson McNeel.

Kenneth R. Hester of Mantee has received a doctor of ministry degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.

John David Massey of Benrook, Texas, is a doctoral candidate and teaching fellow at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He also serves as chaplain in the Air Force Reserve at Dyess AFB in Abilene.

Thomas F. Massey of Palm Harbor, Fla., is an application technical specialist with Nielsen Media Research.

Leigh Downing Matheson of Collierville, Tenn., has been promoted to vice president and regional controller for the Tennessee Division of Trammell Crow. Co.

Stan P. Purvis of Birmingham, Ala., an associate adviser with the Welch Group, passed the certified financial planner exam in December 1998.

Douglas Thornton of Southaven has been named principal in the architectural firm of Johnson Bailey Henderson McNeel.

Irene Dumas Tyson of Columbia, S.C., is a 1999 graduate of the Leadership South Carolina program. She is director of the South Carolina Design Arts Partnership.


Melanie Sanders Betzold of Jacksonville, Fla., is an administive supervisor in commercial banking with NationsBank.

Jeanne C. Butler of Brandon is a property and casualty underwriter for Mississippi Farm Bureau in Jackson.

Lucy Speakes Capocaccia of Cleveland has been awarded the MAI designation by the Appraisal Institute, recognizing expertise in property valuation. She is the first female in Mississippi ever to receive the designation. She is employed with Leland Speakes & Associates.

John A. Conway III of Jackson has joined Millsaps College as associate director of annual giving. He previously was advertising and public relations copywriter for Peavey Electronics Corp.

Lesley Andress Davis has become a partner in the law firm of Mason, Ketterman & Morgan of Baltimore, Md.

Danny W. Sample Jr. of Winfield, Ala., has joined First Sources Furniture Group as human resources manager in its Leeds, Ala., facility. He also is a captain in the Mississippi Army National Guard.


Gina Ledbetter Grondin of Mesquite, Texas, has received a master's of business administration degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.

J. David Hoover of Charlotte, N.C., will finish his final year of surgical residency at Carolina's Medical Center next spring and will enter a clinical research fellowship in pediatric surgery at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Lent Rice Keeler of Frisco, Texas, is a training coordinator in the education and development department of State Farm Insurance Co.'s North Texas Regional Office in Dallas.


Michelle Cade Cooper of Brandon is a teacher with the Rankin County School District.

Jennifer Muha Drake of Collierville, Tenn., has been named district manager for Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceuticals, a division of American Home Products. She has been with the company since 1993.

John Carter Meeks of Houston, Texas, has become a diplomate ACVIM, specialty in neurology, and has joined Gulf Coast Veterinary Surgery in Houston.

Lesley Shannon Vance of San Diego, Calif., is pursuing a master's degree in theology at the University of San Diego.


Mary Beth Boyer Black (M.S. '94) of Amory, a science teacher at Amory High School, has been named 1999 Teacher of the Year by the state Department of Education. Black has served as coordinator and instructor for three federally funded summer workshops. She received a Gilmore Foundation Teacher Grant in 1998.

Chris Bradley of Cordova, Tenn., is a senior staff consultant with Tactics Inc.

Michael Robert Cooper of Brandon is an attorney with Rimmer, Rawlings, MacInnis & Hedglin.

Scott Huffman of Carrollton, Ga., has been named associate vice president for development and alumni services at the State University of West Georgia. He previously was director of institutional advancement at the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science in Mobile.

John Newton of Atlanta, Ga., has been named finance manager for BellSouth Telecommunications' Network and Carrier Services Division.

James D. Owen of Arlington, Mass., has received a Ph.D. in cell biology from Vanderbilt University. He is a research fellow at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Suzanne C. Teel of Jackson, Tenn., has been promoted to assistant director of enrollment services at Union University in Jackson.

Joe Milton Turner of Tucker, Ga., has been named vice president of associate development at Bank of America. He previously was with Andersen Consulting. Turner recently played the Scarecrow in the County Seat Players' production of The Wizard of Oz.

Glen Vinet of New Orleans, La., has been promoted to senior claims administrator in the Southeast and Midwest for Hilton Hotels Corp.


James Todd Arnold of Davenport, Fla., a landscape architect, has worked on such projects as Disney's Coronado Springs, Disney's Board Walk, Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Olympic cross country skiing venue for the Salt Lake City Olympics of 2002, and the Light Rail System for central Florida.

Denise McDonald Cosper of Starkville is publications editor for the Southern Rural Development Center at Mississippi State, one of four USDA-sponsored regional centers in the nation that supports individual state efforts in rural areas. She formerly was institutional advancement writer in the University Relations Office at Mississippi State and editor of Mississippi State University Connection.

Charles T. Dew Jr. has joined Carlile/Coatsworth/Shankweiler Architects of Irvine, Calif., as a project architect.

Lea Hall Speed (M.B.A. '95) of Memphis, Tenn., an attorney, has joined the firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell. She will specialize in tort litigation.


Miriam M. Balzli of Starkville is business development coordinator for BancorpSouth.

Kimberly Lisette Campbell of Jackson, marketing coordinator for the Metro Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau, will attend the University of Mississippi School of Law this fall. She received a master's degree in communication at Auburn University in 1998.

Phillip Daniel Cox of Cordova, Tenn., has joined PhytoGen Seed Co. as transgenic cotton field trial manager for the Midsouth and Southeastern U.S.

Chris Allen Kassner of Boulogne-Billancourt, France, has joined Coflexip Stena Offshore as a lead design engineer.

Timothy W. Muse of Newton has completed requirements for licensing as a professional engineer. He is employed by Engineers & Surveyors of Newton.

Cathy Ritter Scholl (M.A. '96) of Birmingham, Ala., has been promoted to assistant copy editor at Oxmoor House, the book division of Southern Progress Corp. She joined the company in 1996.

Alex Waterson of Fort Collins, Colo., has completed a doctorate in organic chemistry at Emory University and is a postdoctoral research assistant at Colorado State University.

Angel Whatley of Jackson has joined TAP Pharmaceuticals as a professional sales representative.

Shinil Yoon has been elected president of Kangnam University, South Korea. He previously was a member of the faculty at Kentucky State University and most recently was executive director off international coordination at Kangnam.


Lanny James Acosta Jr. of Sierra Vista, Ariz., received a law degree in 1998 from the University of Mississippi and passed the Mississippi Bar exam. He has been commissioned as a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps and is stationed at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

Jonathan Amacker of Richmond, Va., is deputy director of communications for Attorney General Mark Earley of Virginia. He previously was a speechwriter for Virginia Gov. George Allen.

Matt Bryan of Birmingham, Ala., has joined Mountain Brook Club as golf course superintendent.

Christopher Brian Griffin of Calhoun City is serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, stationed in Fort Pierce, Fla.

Kenneth H. McBride of Stringer has joined Flarestack Inc. in Laurel as engineering manager. He previously was technical manager for Sterling Pulp Chemicals in Valdosta, Ga.

Mark Richard Rauschkolb of Asbury, N.J., has had an article published in the January 1999 issue of Sys Admin magazine. "Writing a Web-Based Admin Tool" describes a set of programs Rauschkolb developed to monitor the health of a group of computers.

Adam C. Ryan (M.B.A. '96) of Memphis, Tenn., has been promoted to director of operations with Express Logistics Inc.

Benjamin Scott Sartor of Nashville, Tenn., is a commodity futures broker with Fimat USA.

James B. Young of Nashville, Tenn., is a financial planner with Prudential.


Jonathan B. Beedle has been named marketing director for the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson.

Sherre N. Benson of Starkville is an eighth-grade English teacher in the Starkville City School District. She previously taught in the Oktibbeha County School District.

William Johnson Brooks of Bells, Tenn., has joined Crockett Farmers Cooperative of Alamo, Tenn.

Steven T. Gray graduated from the Mississippi College School of Law in May and will practice in Mississippi.

Jason M. Harner of Denver, Colo., has been promoted to manager of financial and competitive analysis in the marketing department at Level 3 Communications.

Ashley R. Lewis of Rose Hill graduated from the Mississippi College School of Law in May and will practice in Mississippi.

James Jeffrey Markham (M.P.P.A. '97) of Starkville is a research analyst for the John C. Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State.

Jamie A. McBride of Stringer is taking a hiatus from teaching to care for her newborn son. She previously was color guard instructor for Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Ga.,

Christopher W. Perry of Mannsville, Ky., has received a master of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He has moved to Birmingham, Ala., to become pastor at Huffman United Methodist Church.

James E. Riddle of Chuckey, Tenn., has joined Sir Speedy printing company as a graphic designer.

Jennifer McWhorter Taylor is a program specialist with the Georgia Office of School Readiness.


David Kern Jr. of Denver, Colo., has joined Pascoe Associates advertising agency as manager of accounting. He previously worked in retail sales management for Wal-Mart, Service Merchandise, and T.J. Maxx.

Tony Lee Thompson of Ann Arbor, Mich., has joined Holderbank Management and Consultants in Switzerland as a consultant engineer.

Rhonda M. Williams of Kissimmee, Fla., is a program director for the West Orange Branch of the Central Florida YMCA.

Brenda Jean Yoder of Ruleville is a microbiologist with Baxter Healthcare Corp. in Cleveland.


Newton W. Carver IV of Tupelo has been certified as a medical technologist by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. He is employed at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

William Brian Darby of Tupelo has joined Mississippi Farm Bureau Insurance Co. as an adjuster trainee at the Tupelo district claims office.

Todd M. Gallagher of Vicksburg is a mechanical engineer with Entergy's Fossil Operations Unit in a regional plant support engineering group.

Mary H. Kramer of Ellisville has been awarded a Professional Development Award by the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators in recognition of undergraduate "excellence in academic achievement, service, and continued commitment to the education profession." Kramer is a teacher at Ellisville Upper Elementary School.

Gary Montoya has earned a master's degree at Wake Forest University and is an academic adviser in the athletic department at Arizona State University.

Wesley Ortiz of Greenwood Springs has won Best in Show at the Meridian Museum of Art's 26th Annual Bi-State Art Competition.

Dereck Rush of Odessa, Texas, is coaching and teaching football at Odessa High School.

Matthew Jake Skellett of Baton Rouge, La., is the weekend meteorologist at WBRZ-TV, the ABC affiliate in Baton Rouge.

John Christopher Sudduth is pursuing a master's degree in public policy and administration at Mississippi State. He is a graduate assistant in the Office of Vice President for Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine.

Christina Viner Tuck of Pascagoula teaches kindergarten at Arlington Elementary School.

Kristy Armstrong White, director of the Northeast Mississippi Museum in Corinth, has received the Glover Moore Prize for "Life in Civil War Tishomingo County, Mississippi," the best master's thesis on a topic in Mississippi history completed in 1998. The award was presented by the Mississippi Historical Society.

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