Ten leaders in research, industry, private business, and education from Idaho to Florida are Mississippi State University's 1996 Alumni Fellows.
Coordinated by the Mississippi State University Alumni Association, the Alumni Fellows Program brings distinguished graduates back to campus to share their insights and experiences with current students and faculty members. Each is selected annually by their college or school and carries the title permanently.
"Through the Alumni Fellows program, Mississippi State gives special recognition to the top of its graduating classes," said John Correro, executive director of the alumni association. "We greatly appreciate this time they are spending at their alma mater. As in their professional and personal lives, the contributions they are making to our students and faculty are significant and lasting."
This year's honorees visit campus Oct. 3-5. They include:
Dr. Susan Brown-Skrobot of Jacksonville, Fla., manager of biological research for Vistakon, a division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Products, College of Arts and Sciences. She received three microbiology degrees from Mississippi State, a bachelor's in 1978, a master's in 1980 and a doctorate in 1983. [Home address: 8707 Rolling Brook Lane, 32256]
David E. Collins and Thomas H. Reisenbichler, partners in a Dallas, Texas, architectural firm, School of Architecture. Both received bachelor's degrees in 1982. [Business Address: 100 Premier Place, 5910 North Central Expressway, 75206]
Steven A. Corbitt of Jackson, executive vice president of the Mississippi Forestry Association, College of Forest Resources. He received a bachelor's degree in forestry in 1976. [Home address: 242 Rollingwood Dr., 39211]
John Denson of Idaho Falls, Idaho, president of Lockheed Idaho Technologies Co. and director of Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, College of Engineering. Denson received a bachelor's in electrical engineering in 1960.
Julius P. Gwin of Fayetteville, Ga., Delta Air Lines vice president for corporate planning, College of Business and Industry. He received a bachelor's in business administration, also in 1960.
Kenneth Hood of Gunnison, president of Hood Equipment and Hood Gin companies, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Hood received a bachelor's in agriculture in 1962.
Drs. Karen T. and Lowell N. Rogers of Hattiesburg, owners of Rogers Veterinary Hospital, College of Veterinary Medicine. Karen Rogers received a bachelor's degree in animal science in 1978 and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1983. Her husband received a bachelor's in animal science in 1975 and a DVM degree in 1981.
Everette L. Tessmer of Wausau, Wis., president, rehabilitation/vocational counselor, and consultant for Northwoods Employment and Rehabilitation Services Inc., College of Education. Tessmer received his doctorate in rehabilitation counseling/educational psychology in 1994. [Business address: 316 Washington St.]