July 31, 2003
DR. H.P. JONES TO SPEAK AT ULM SUMMER 2003 COMMENCEMENT
To: News Directors and News Editors
From: Veronika Avery, Coordinator of Media Relations, 342-5444
The University of Louisiana at Monroe will hold its 2003 Summer
Commencement on August 9, 2003 in Fant-Ewing Coliseum at 2 p.m.
Dr. Horace Perry Jones, a history professor at ULM, will deliver
the commencement address.
Jones has been teaching at ULM since 1965. In his
38 years with the school, he was awarded "Outstanding Teacher
of the Year" in 1972. Jones served in the United States
Marine Corps after high school. While in the Marines, he made
the Inchon Landing in the Korean War and took part in what he
calls the "Coldest Campaign" in U.S. military history,
pulling back from the North Korean/Chinese border, and was awarded
two purple hearts. Upon returning from military service, Jones
attended Mississippi College. He became co-captain of the football
team and was voted "Most Outstanding Male Athlete"
his senior year. Jones then received a masters degree from Appalachian
State University and went on to teach and coach in various schools
throughout the United States and Europe. In 1960, Jones became
the head coach and Athletic Director at the American School in
London, England. He left London in 1961 with a pack on his back
and hitchhiked around the world for over two and a half years.
Jones earned his doctorate degree in history from the University
of Mississippi and came to ULM in 1965.