Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Centennial Exhibit: A Century of Pride, Excellence, Success, and Loyalty

The Centennial Exhibit: A Century of Pride, Excellence, Success, and Loyalty

The Centennial Exhibit was established in March 2010 marking the 100th year of the University of Southern Mississippi. The exhibit which pays tribute to the University that has produced millions of successful businessmen, doctors, lawyers, nurses, etc before our time. The Centennial Exhibit is located on the first floor of Cook Library in room 105A, and the Web site that gives more information on the exhibit is http://www.usm.edu/centennial/

This Exhibit features never before seen photos from the early years of Southern Miss, artifacts used by teachers and students, yearbooks, and newspapers. Some items have been taken from Southern Miss’ archives, and others have been donated by various alumni. The idea for the exhibit and the actual formation of it was done by the Centennial Steering Committee and University Libraries as a tribute to Southern Miss. While it was meant to be a tribute to Southern Miss, it has a deeper meaning to students who are currently attending USM.

As a student I have been not only proud but extremely enlightened by the collection of USM memorabilia that has been gathered and displayed in the exhibit. In walking through the exhibit, I was taken decade by decade through the rich history of Southern Miss. One of the features that stuck out to me was the use of actual artifacts that depicted what life was like for students many years ago. After visiting the exhibit, it became clear exactly why the alumni association and the student alumni association have such strong support. In looking at the pictures and uniforms of various sports it became clear to me why I fell in love with this school.

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