USM alumni building restoration starts

Southern MississippiThe Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The University of Southern Mississippi has undertaken the restoration of the Ogletree House that was severely damaged by a tornado that struck the Hattiesburg campus on Feb. 10.

The building houses the University’s Alumni Association offices.

The work is expected to take a year.

The Alumni Association offices have been located off-campus since the storm.

Opening in 1912 as one of the USM’s five original buildings, the Ogletree House once served as the home of the USM president. It is named in honor of Powell Ogletree, who served as director of alumni relations for 34 years.

In addition to the Ogletree House, several other buildings suffered extensive damage from the powerful tornado. More than 75 trees, some estimated to be more than 90 years old, were lost in the storm.