STARKVILLE, Miss.--Twenty-two Mississippi State students have joined the university Alumni Association's student liaison group.
The Alumni Delegates serve as liaisons between the 135-year-old land-grant institution and its more than 125,000 living graduates. Founded in 1980, one of the group's main missions is helping improve the student body's understanding of the Alumni Association's role and purpose.
Over the years, this group of students has become invaluable in assisting with alumni-sponsored programs and activities, including football tailgate gatherings, class reunions and numerous other events, both on and off campus.
Delegate officers for 2013 include President Vijay Kannuthurai of Hazlehurst; Casey McGee of Starkville, vice president for public relations; Mary Lowry Nemeth of Starkville, secretary; and Samuel Bragg of Rienzi, vice president for education.
Members are selected through a highly competitive interview process. This year's group was chosen from among more than 300 applicants and joins 23 returning delegates.
The new members include (by hometown):
BRANDON--Junior Hannah Farris, a physical education/kinesiology major, the daughter of David and Susan Farris. She is a graduate of Brandon High School.
BROWNSVILLE, Tenn.--Junior Amanda Fones, a political science major and graduate of Crockett County High School. She is the daughter of Glenn and Donna Fones.
CALEDONIA--Sophomore Tyrus Hill, an accounting major, the son of Brenda Hill. He is a graduate of Caledonia High School.
CLEVELAND--Sophomore Mari Micci Bramuchi, a biological sciences major, the daughter of Larry Bramuchi and Lisa Bramuchi. She is a graduate of Cleveland High School.
CLINTON--Senior Neil Rosenbaum, a chemical engineering major and graduate of Clinton High School. He is the son of Cornelius and Deborah Rosenbaum.
CRYSTAL SPRINGS--Junior Russ Singleton, a biomedical engineering major and graduate of Copiah Academy. He is the son of Steve and Misty Singleton.
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo.--Junior Rachelle Thomason, a geosciences/broadcast meteorology/climatology major. She is a graduate of Excelsior Springs High School and the daughter of Robert Thomason.
FLORENCE--Senior KeAirra Williams, an architecture major and graduate of Florence High School. She is the daughter of Clinton and Ira Williams.
GAUTIER--Senior Khanh Nguyen, a computer engineering major and the daughter of Ken Ly and Janet Nguyen. She is a graduate of Gautier High School.
HATTIESBURG--Sophomore Rob Hairston, a communication major with an emphasis in public relations, and a graduate of Oak Grove High School. He is the son of Lath and Kathryn Hairston. Also, junior Anne Caroline Lovitt, a kinesiology major with a concentration in clinical exercise physiology. She is a graduate of Oak Grove High School and the daughter of Phillip and Janet Lovitt.
HOOVER, Ala.--Junior Alex Ezelle, an accounting major. He is a graduate of Hoover High School and the son of Ken and Stacey Ezelle.
HOUSTON--Junior Yance Falkner, a communication major with an emphasis in public relations, a graduate of Hebron Christian School, and the son of Martin and Valeria Falkner.
JACKSON--Junior Natalie Ethridge, a biological sciences/pre-med major. She is a graduate of Jackson Academy and the daughter of Rusty and Val Ethridge.
KINGSLAND, Ark.--Senior Hayden Nix, a geosciences/broadcast meteorology/climatology major. The son of Tommy and Rochelle Nix, he is a graduate of Rison High School.
LAUREL--Junior Leslie Howard, a biological sciences/pre-dental major. She is a graduate of West Jones High School and the daughter of Billy and Pam Howard.
MADISON--Junior Josh Hancock, a civil engineering major. He is the son of Dale and Rita Hancock and a graduate of Madison Central High School.
MEMPHIS, Tenn.--Junior Amari Jenkins, a kinesiology major and an international studies/Spanish minor, is a graduate of Arlington High School and the daughter of JoeDae and Willyn Jenkins.
MERIDIAN--Sophomore Victoria Poole, an elementary education major, is the daughter of Ed and Rhonda Poole. She is a graduate of Lamar High School.
RIDGELAND--Junior Donny Banerjee, a biochemistry major, is a graduate of Ridgeland High School and the son of Amit and Joyoti Banerjee.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind.--Junior Morgan Ford, a psychology major, is the daughter of Randy and Cynthia Ford and a graduate of Desoto Central High School.
TUPELO--Sophomore Emerson Holliman, a foreign languages/Spanish major. She is a graduate of Tupelo High School and the daughter of Skipper and Beth Holliman.
For more information about the Mississippi State University Alumni Association, visit www.alumni.msstate.edu.