February 20, 2018  

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Jackson Area Students Selected as Southern Style Leaders at Southern Miss

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Ten University of Southern Mississippi students from the Jackson area have been selected as members of Southern Style for 2011.

The students are as follows:


  • Lora Claire Jones, a junior speech-pathology major, is the daughter of Michael and Shelley Jones. She serves as vice president of chapter development for Delta Delta Delta sorority and a member of Eagle Ambassadors and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. 
  • Paige Leblanc, a junior communication studies major, is the daughter of David and Cindy Leblanc. She serves as chapter president for Delta Gamma sorority, a member of the recruiting team for Eagle Connection, and a member of Honors College and the Student Government Association Cabinet. 


  • Laney Phillips, a sophomore nursing major, is the daughter of Scott and Sandi Phillips. She serves as vice president of finance for Delta Delta Delta sorority.


  • Austin Jackson, a sophomore English major, is the son of Alfred and Vivian Jackson. He serves as a leadership ambassador and is a member of the Student Government Association.


  • Geneva Torrence, a junior entertainment management major, is the daughter of Henry Torrence and Jackie Gibson. She serves as executive director of community relations for the Student Government Association and is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. 
  • Zachary Gatlin, a junior public relations major, is the son of James and Shannon Gatlin.


  • Taylor Welborn, a sophomore biological sciences major, is the son of Ray Welborn of Madison and Donna Welborn of Ridgeland.


  • Cullen Leist, a sophomore accounting major, is the son of Jack Leist and the late Rebecca Shaw.
  • Jazmyne Butler, a sophomore broadcast journalism major, is the daughter of Elizabeth Grissom. She serves as public relations chair for Southern Miss Activities Council and is a member of the Student Government Association, Lambda Sigma Honor Society, Eagle Connection and the Honors College.


  • Whitney Sasser, a junior elementary education major, is the daughter of Ronnie and Tracie Sasser. She is a member of Kappa Delta sorority and the Southern Misses dance team.

Southern Style is a highly selective group of student leaders who serve as official hosts and hostesses for Southern Miss. Students are chosen each year through a three-phase selection process. One of the main responsibilities of Southern Style members is to serve as orientation leaders during the summer.


Southern Style members have the opportunity to meet all new students and their parents through numerous orientation sessions. Other Southern Style responsibilities include assisting during Founders Day, Golden Eagle Welcome Week and all commencement ceremonies. Additionally, they attend recruitment functions and serve as support staff for the First Year Experience office.