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Suzan Foust
Susan Foust

Noted Oxford photographer Susan Foust grew up in the city and shows a keen appreciation for the history, values and classic architectural legacy of Oxford’s structures.
Currently a resident with her husband, Gary, she received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi, with concentrations in art, art history and English.
Susan utilizes her background in Southern and Greek art and design as she photographs distinct buildings, architectural details, and landscapes. She shares the unique history and images of her hometown on her Facebook page, Susan Foust Photography—Oxford and Ole Miss in Perspective. Contact Susan at https://www.facebook.com/SusanFoustPhotography or email foustportraits@bellsouth.net.
One of Foust’s great images of Oxford.

Nancy Opalko is the first Oxford 10 to be directly nominated by a co-worker.
Laura Beth Walker of the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library says this about Opalko:
“Nancy is definitely part of what makes the library and Oxford so special,” Walker said. “She works tirelessly to provide programming such as story times, puppet shows and book groups for the children of Lafayette County. She also is responsible for our fantastic annual Summer Library Program each year. Not only that, but she serves on the Lafayette Literacy Council and the Excel By 5 Committee.”
“I love working with children and watching them discover new worlds through books and other interactive activities,” Opalko said.
Nancy Opalco works with The 4 Puppeteers — a library puppetry group that grew out of a summer workshop we held at the library a couple of years ago. The group performs at the library and also does outreach programs like this one at More Than A Meal.
Opalko with teen volunteers says these "are a great group of kids."
Opalko with teen volunteers says they “are a great group of kids.”
Nancy Dupont, journalism professor in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media, just returned a few days ago from a trip to Togo with Ole Miss’ Engineers Without Boarders.
The engineers were building a school to help educate children in the poor region and Dupont and a student went along to pitch in and document the effort.

Dr. Nancy Dupont and freshman journalism major Sudu Upadhyay.

Dr. Dupont and freshman journalism major Sudu Upadhyay spent winter intersession with the engineers in a hot African environment that couldn’t be further from wintry Oxford in so many ways
togoEleven engineering students, led by Marni Kendricks, assistant dean of engineering, and Michael Costelli of Gulfport, professional mentor, are building the third room of a four-room school building in a village of Hedome in the Vogan region of Togo. Local villagers are assisting with what is know as “sweat” equity.
Dr. Dupont and Upadhyay tagged along with the engineers to produce various stories about the project, including print reports, a three-part television series and a documentary.
The ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the school took place on Saturday, Jan. 11. The engineering team and the journalists returned to Oxford on Jan 19.
Sudu, Dr. Dupont and students in Togo, Africa.
Dr. Dupont and the people from the village.

Despite 17 years of success in the publishing business, PMQ Pizza Magazine remains a mystery to many in Oxford.

“A pizza magazine? What, you write about pizza?” is the common refrain for those not familiar with the work of Steve and Linda Green.

SteveLindaGreen-300x200The Greens publish a total of three pizza industry magazines in the U.S., China and Australia. The original American version has a national circulation of more than 40,000 pizza restaurant owners and operators.
However, publishing was not new to the Greens when they launched PMQ in 1997. Longtime Oxonians may recall their TV Tempo weekly guide, published in the 1970s and 80s, and the Oxford Green Pack, which provided coupons in the mail from 1991 to 1997.
Steve, a marketing whiz and former Domino’s Pizza franchisee in New York, California and Picayune, Miss. In 1996, he left his family in Oxford for a six-month consultancy in Seattle, where he helped set up Cyber Slice, the first online ordering company for the pizza industry. He was in Seattle when Steve Jobs, creator of the software used for the program, ordered the first pizza via the Internet. “Steve Jobs predicted that ordering online would be a big deal,” Steve Green said.
Steve knew that the pizza industry presented a big opportunity for an entrepreneur with the right idea. At the same time, the Greens were happy in Oxford. Steve earned his MBA at Ole Miss and didn’t want to move away.

Scottish Pizza Artist Domenico Crolla, Steve Green and Brian Hernandez in Italy.

Steve and Linda began to think about taking Steve’s pizzeria marketing expertise to the next level. Pizzeria operators often came to Steve for sales and marketing ideas, so he decided to share his thoughts with a small group of people who signed up for a newsletter. Although other publications already served the pizza industry, none of them focused on marketing. The Greens knew that many operators were hungry for moneymaking ideas. Before they knew it, PMQ Pizza Magazine was born.
While the magazine will continue to evolve, the Greens said they plan to keep working at it for a long time and hope that PMQ will outlive them. For now, though, they remain active publishers working every day at the office along with about a dozen local employees.
Sam Kendricks accepts another award in his record-breaking career.

Ole Miss pole vaulter Sam Kendricks was named to a preseason list predicting who might qualify as the best collegiate track & field athlete in the nation.
Kendricks is also an honors student serving in ROTC at Ole Miss., and a volunteer for many charitable causes.
The reigning NCAA champion in the outdoor pole vault, Kendricks’ 10 points at the NCAA outdoor meet helped Ole Miss finish eighth in the final team standings, which was their best NCAA finish in program history. His school-record mark of 19-0.75 at the Texas Relays was the world leader for several weeks and one of the best vaults in NCAA history.
He also placed third at the NCAA indoor meet a year ago and was a gold medalist at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
Kendrick hopes to represent his country at the 2014 Olympics.

In high school, Kendricks cleared a state meet record of 16-3 to capture the Class 5A state championship meet, leading Oxford High School to a second-place finish as a team in 2011.
He also won the 2011 indoor state championship and the 2010 outdoor championship in the pole vault, while lettering in cross country and soccer.
Kendricks volunteered locally on behalf of youth soccer programs and participated in fundraisers for both breast cancer awareness and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. He was honored as Most Outstanding Cadet for Oxford High’s Marine Corps Junior ROTC.
Sam is the son of Scott and Marni Kendricks, who both attended Ole Miss. His mother is an assistant dean in the Ole Miss School of Engineering and his father ran cross country at Ole Miss and is currently a volunteer assistant overseeing the team’s pole vaulters.
Sam has a twin brother, Tom, who also attends Ole Miss.
– Andy Knef is editor of Hotty Toddy.com. andy.knef@hottytoddy.com

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