The Ogletree House Project (2008-09)
The Ogletree House Project
What is the Significance of the Ogletree House?
2008 - 2009
Who is Powell Ogletree?What is the Ogletree House Campaign?What will the New House Look Like?Honoring the legacy of one man, while serving 100,000 others, the Ogletree House is a landmark on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.
As it approaches nearly a century of use by the institution's presidents, graduates, friends and more, nearly 800 Southern Miss alumni have contributed to an effort to restore and expand this campus treasure. Construction on the new facility began in January 2008 and the 18-month construction project is slated to be complete by the beginning of the fall semester in 2009. The Albert & Associates Architects’ design, which will be constructed by DC General Contractors of Hattiesburg, will greatly expand the size of the nearly 100-year-old existing structure from 6,500 square feet to almost 12,800. In addition, the restoration effort will help to restore the facility, which is one of the Hattiesburg campus’ five original buildings, to its original glory.
"The Ogletree House is a historic building, and its restoration and expansion will prepare it for another century of useful and significant service,” said Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas, who served as the University’s president from 1975-1996, and again on an interim basis in 2001. “The Southern Miss Alumni Association, which it houses, plays a strategic role in promoting and protecting our University. This mission will be more effectively accomplished in this much-improved facility.”
"The restoration and expansion of the Ogletree House honors one of our university’s most faithful sons, Powell G. Ogletree, whose loyalty to his alma mater is a superb example for all alumni,” he added.
Ogletree is credited with building the Alumni Association into one of the top alumni associations in the country. During his tenure of leadership, the Alumni Association grew from 150 dues-paying alumni members to more than 17,500 active members. Additionally, Ogletree had a hand in many of the defining events in Southern Miss history, among them the institution’s transition to university status, the mascot name change to Golden Eagles and the establishment of the USM Foundation and the Alumni Hall of Fame. Upon his retirement in 1987, the University named the Ogletree House in his honor.
During construction the Alumni Association staff will operate from the second floor of the Copy Center on the Hattiesburg campus, located directly behind the Powerhouse Restaurant. All Alumni Association contact information, including staff phone numbers and e-mail addresses, will remain the same. Likewise, the Association’s mailing address, 118 College Drive #5013, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001, and fax number, 601.266.4214, will not change. The Association can be reached by phone at 601.266.5013 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Association launched the Ogletree House Campaign in July 2005, when it announced that alumni Lou Ann Poynter and her husband, Louis, had committed the campaign’s lead gift of $500,000, as well as a Special Level Gift commitment from alumnus Ralph Simmons.
Over the course of the campaign, which was led by co-chairs Lou Ann Poynter and Lucas, more than 780 alumni and friends of the University contributed. The gifts included commitments of $225,000 from alumnus Max Draughn and his wife, Susan, and a commitment of $225,000 from alumnus Bill Phalen of Scottsdale, Ariz.