Month: September 2017

New York native helps manage local national forests

A New York native who has worked with the United States Forestry Service for 35 years with the philosophy of caring for the land and servicing the people is a park ranger in charge of the Holly Springs and Tombigbee National Forests.

Her father taught earth sciences. Her mother was a romantic, who appreciated the different colors of the sunset. And in fifth grade, Caren Briscoe was asked to write a paragraph about what she wanted to do. She wrote “forest ranger,” and never changed her mind.

Lafayette High School teacher devotes career to hometown

The deep South is a place where many feel at home. Lafayette High School librarian Ann Roberts, 47, has returned to Oxford at several key moments in her life. She made a career out of giving back to her community through education and hopes to inspire others to do the same.

Born and raised in Oxford, Roberts’ early memories are of riding bikes with her Oxford Elementary friends. Her most fond school memories were physical education classes and breezy spring days when students played outside under the parachute. She remembers how light filtered through the brightly colored fabric, as she and other children scrambled underneath the massive sheet.

UM triple finance major with busy schedule is a goal-achiever

Since beginning school here in the fall of 2014, Morrison has become involved with so much more than the Honors College and band that brought him here. He wears many hats on the Ole Miss campus. He was well prepared and enthusiastic to dive into all the university and its surroundings had to offer.

Outside of band, Morrison has completely embraced Oxford. He said his favorite place to eat is Funky’s on the Square. Whether it is in a professional or social setting, Morrison is a friend to others.

UM student dreams of a behind-the-scenes career in theatre

University of Mississippi student Katarina Beck was raised by a single mother. She discovered her future career nearly four years ago as a high school sophomore, and is now adjusting to the freedom of living away from home.

Before age 2, Beck lived in a two-bedroom apartment with her mother in her hometown of Hattiesburg after her parents divorced. They lived there several years before her mother remarried and moved the family to a house down the road.