Students, alumni enjoying USM Homecoming 2011

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Students, faculty and alumni of Southern Miss have begun taking part in activities to celebrate Homecoming 2011. Friday morning, more than 100 golfers gathered at the Hattiesburg Country Club to participate in the 13th annual Shell Finish Line/Southern Miss Alumni Association Homecoming Scholarship Golf Tournament.

The event raised about $10,000.

And on the campus, members of various sororities spent much of their day working on colorful floats which will be displayed throughout the weekend.

"The tournament benefits the Robert D. Pierce Legacy Scholars Program, which provides scholarships to children and grandchildren of Southern Miss alumni," said Jerry DeFatta, executive director of the Southern Miss Alumni Association. "And with the scholarship funds raised today added to our total endowment, our endowment will reach more than $200,000," DeFatta said.

"It's just one of those weeks of the year when everyone comes together and really puts forth a lot of effort and gets really involved in the university and that's my favorite part, because you kind of get to see the students and how much input they really do have on how spirited this week is for homecoming," said Lauren Roberts, a member of Chi Omega Sorority.

Events continue Saturday with the annual homecoming parade in downtown Hattiesburg beginning at 10 a.m.

Saturday night, the Golden Eagles football team will face Southern Methodist University at "The Rock" at 7 p.m.

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