Colonel Rebel Has Impact On and Off Ole Miss Campus

Graham Doty

Steven Nelson does a lot of things on campus and in the Oxford community that might not sound exciting, but they played a huge role in him getting one of the most prestigious honors at Ole Miss.  Nelson is a senior from Hattiesburg, Mississippi and he was recently elected this year’s Colonel Rebel.  Winning the election was a humbling experience for him.

“We have an awesome university and we have so much history and I can’t even explain it.  It means more to me than anything that ever has,” Nelson said.

Colonel Rebel is an elected position that dates back to the mid 1930s.  The position exemplifies academic excellence, school spirit and campus involvement.

Steven is involved in many different organizations at Ole Miss.  He is a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa honor society, Ole Miss Ambassadors, Ole Miss Columns Society, ASB Senate and so much more.  In addition to his school activities, he has been very involved in his church and the Oxford Community.  Steven was encouraged to run for Colonel Rebel by a strong support group.

“I have been a Phi Mu house boy for a few years and a lot of the girls talked to me about it and encouraged me to run and a bunch of my fraternity brothers in ATO and a bunch of friends in general.  If I didn’t already know that I was going to have all of their support and all of the encouragement there was no way I was going to run,” Nelson said.

Not only has Steven made an impression on his peers, but he has also had an impact on faculty and staff as well.  Steven has worked under Melinda Pullen at the Ole Miss Columns Society for a couple of years.  He has left a positive impression with Pullen on how he handles himself.

“He is more than just a likeable guy.  Steven is absolutely a likeable guy and I think he backs that up with his accomplishments and he backs that up with his ability to get good grades and balance all of his involvement,” Pullen said.

Steven plans on graduating in May 2010 with a degree in biology.  He has made a difference in his four years on campus.  His legacy will not be forgotten.

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~ by grahamdoty on October 14, 2009.

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