Dept. of Health and Exercise Sciences Hosts Special Olympics Basketball Tournament

The Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management and the North Mississippi Regional Center teamed up to host a Special Olympics basketball event at the Turner Center. Ole Miss student volunteers helped make the tourney a success.

Meet Mary L. King, February’s Staff Member of the Month

Mary L. King

Mary L. King

Mary L. King, a custodian with University and Public Events, has been selected as Staff Council’s Staff Member of the Month for February. To help us get to know her better, King answered a few questions for Inside Ole Miss.

IOM: How long have you worked at Ole Miss?

King: Eight months.

IOM: What is your hometown?

King: Oxford.

IOM: What is your favorite Ole Miss memory?

King: The day I received a phone call from Christine Wallace (director of University and Public Events) offering this position to me.

IOM: What do you enjoy most about your position or the department in which you work?

King: Setting the tone of an event and just helping making sure the event is a memorable one for that group or person. Knowing that I help someone is the greatest feeling one can experience.

IOM: What do you like to do when you are not at work?

King: Watch Lifetime (Television)

IOM: What is one thing on your bucket list?

King: To enjoy life.

IOM: What is your favorite movie?

King: “Empire”

IOM: What is your favorite Ole Miss tradition?

King: Hotty Toddy

IOM: If I could be an animal for a day I would be ___

King: A bird

To nominate a colleague for the Staff Member of the Month, email with the name of the individual you’d like to nominate as well as why you feel he or she should be recognized.

Inside Ole Miss: Measles Information

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Be RebAware

On Friday, January 23, 2015, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Alert Network issued an advisory regarding the multi-state measles outbreak which began in California in December.

What is measles?

Measles is a highly contagious, acute viral illness which can cause severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis, and death. It starts with a fever. Soon after, it causes a cough, runny nose and red eyes. Then a rash of tiny, red spots breaks out. It starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body.

I thought the measles was wiped out in the United States. How come it’s back?

Measles was declared eliminated (i.e., interruption of year-round endemic transmission) in the U.S. in 2000, because of high population immunity achieved by high two-dose measles vaccine coverage and a highly effective measles vaccine. However, measles is still endemic in many parts of the world, and outbreaks can occur in the U.S. when unvaccinated groups are exposed to imported measles virus. This multi-state outbreak underscores the ongoing risk of importation of measles, and the need for high measles vaccine coverage.

How does the disease spread?

Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected. The measles virus can linger in the air and on surfaces up to two hours after an infected person has left the room.

How long is the incubation period?

In most cases it is 8-12 days from exposure to the onset of symptoms, with a range reported of 7-21 days to develop measles.

How long is someone infectious?

Persons with measles are considered to be contagious from the time period of 4 days PRIOR to the onset of the rash to 4 days AFTER the appearance of the rash. In immunocompromised patients, the period of contagiousness may last longer.

Who is considered immune to measles?

If you fall into one of the following categories you are considered immune to measles:

  1. You were born prior to 1957. Persons born prior to 1957 likely had measles or were exposed to the virus, yielding immunity.
  2. You received 2 prior measles containing vaccines (MMR) after the age of 12 months, with the second vaccine separated by at least 28 days from the first vaccine. Anyone with two or more doses of the vaccine is considered 99 percent immune.
  3. Laboratory evidence confirming immunity to measles.
  4. Measles infection at some point in your life.


What if I am unsure about my immunity to measles?

If you are unsure or are unable to document that you fall into one of the categories listed above, you may ask your physician to test your blood for presence of protective antibodies to measles. Another option would be to obtain another MMR vaccine.

Should I obtain a measles booster vaccine now?

People who received 2 doses of measles-containing vaccine as children after the age of 12 months, with a minimum of 28 days separated between vaccines are considered immune for life and there is no recommendation for further booster administration.

Proof of immunization with 2 doses of MMR vaccine is an admission requirement for all University of Mississippi students, so our student population is generally safe. Faculty and staff should check their immunization status.

Are any age groups or people with particular health risks more at risk?

Babies under one year old because they are not yet vaccinated. Also pregnant women; people with compromised immune systems, including those being treated for cancer or HIV. Even people who have arthritis and are taking medications that suppress immune systems may be at risk.

What should I do to protect myself and my family?

Check your vaccination records and make sure everyone is up to date. If you are unable to locate immunization records, you can document your immune status by a blood test. Alternatively, you can elect to get two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by 4 weeks.

Where can I get a measles vaccine?

UM students and employees can get the vaccine at the Student Health Pharmacy and at Employee Health. The Lafayette County Health Department offers the vaccine, as well as some of our local health clinics.

UM FASTrack Peer Mentoring Program a Success

Upperclassmen help first-year students get a head start on academic achievement

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FASTrack academic adviser Jackie Certion (left) mentors a student in the program.

OXFORD, Miss. – Many University of Mississippi freshmen are receiving valuable help from their older peers, thanks to a unique mentoring program in the College of Liberal Arts.

Foundations for Academic Success Track is designed to help first-year students transition from high school to college in a supportive environment. Approximately 400 FASTrack students per year benefit from the smaller and enhanced classes, individualized advising/mentoring and a community of supportive peers. FASTrack students earn higher GPAs, go on academic probation less often and return for their sophomore year at higher rates that their peers.

“The program is an amazing way to use your experience to help younger students adapt to and love a whole new environment,” said Emily Richmond, a junior accounting major from Jonesboro, Arkansas. “It is awesome to be able to not only connect with these students, but to see them connecting with each other, providing them with a support group of peers that are experiencing the same growth and change.”

FASTrack peer mentors serve as role models and co-instructors in the EDHE 105 Freshman Experience courses in the fall semester. Mentors guide their protégés through the challenges they face in the first year while helping them become familiar with the campus, student services and academic resources. Many mentors were once FASTrack students themselves.

“Serving as a peer mentor for the students of FASTrack has opened my eyes to what I truly enjoy most in life, and that is affecting the lives of those around me in a positive way,” said Ryan Williams, a sophomore math major from Clinton. “Being a peer mentor has allowed me to come out of my shell and gain the qualities of a true leader.”

Students helping students is a best practice, enhancing student success and leadership, said Sarah Smitherman, FASTrack peer mentoring director.

“‘I’m a big believer in the power of mentorship at any level and have personally and professionally benefited from it over the years,” Smitherman said. “There is comfort in knowing that there is someone looking out for you who knows exactly what you are experiencing because they have just gone through it as well.”

Upperclassmen also help coordinate various social activities throughout the semester, helping further build the FASTrack community.

“In FASTrack, our students support each other, and our peer mentors are the best example of this principle,” said Stephen Monroe, assistant dean in the College of Liberal Arts and FASTrack director. “FASTrack peer mentors are savvy student leaders who make our university a better, more welcoming place.”

Doug Odom, EDHE 105 instructor and AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, said having peer mentors in class connects him to the students.

“As a recent graduate of the University of Mississippi and as a 24-year-old, I leaned heavily on our peer mentors,” Odom said. “As young as I am, students were willing to open up to me a bit more than I would have expected, but there were still subjects they did not want to discuss with me. That’s where our mentors shined.”

Odom said he gave mentors the last 15 minutes of every class to guide, advise and listen to the first-year students.

“I guarantee our class would not have been as tight-knit had we not had such great peer mentors,” he said. “The peer mentors are invaluable to the FASTrack program.”

For more information about the FASTrack Peer Mentor Program, go to the link here. For more about UM’s College of Liberal Arts, visit their website here.

UM Promotes Cycling for Faculty, Staff and Students

University has fleet of 25 bikes and 15 trikes for staff use, 50 for student use

Dr. Brandi Hephner LaBanc rides a tricycle in a relay race as part of the RebelWell program.

Brandi Hephner LaBanc, UM vice chancellor for student affairs, rides a tricycle in a relay race as part of the RebelWell program.

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi has a new fleet of 90 bicycles and tricycles available for faculty, staff and students to use in an effort to encourage both physical activity and the use of alternative modes of transportation on campus.

Using a portion of a $250,000 grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, the university purchased a fleet of 25 bikes and 15 trikes for faculty and staff use. Some 50 more bikes for student use were purchased by UM Parking and Transportation. Another 100 bikes are available for rent.

“We want to encourage people to incorporate physical activity when they can because we’re all short on time,” said Andrea Jekabsons, UM assistant director of employment and training. “That means using a bike to run an errand, or walking, as opposed to jumping in their car or in a departmental golf cart. It’s also just a good way to take a break and reenergize.”

The employee bikes will be designated to university departments. Those departments that have a designated RebelWell wellness champion are given priority. Wellness champions go through three hours of training on general health, proper nutrition and physical activity.

Students can rent bikes for $25 per semester, which includes the cost of repairs. There’s also a bike repair shop next to Kennon Observatory to serve students, faculty and staff who own their own bikes. Those who own bicycles are also asked to register them by printing out a form from the UM Department of Parking and Transportation website.

BIKE_INFOGRAPHICBesides promoting healthy habits such as cycling, the UM bike program’s organizers also want to promote alternative forms of transportation. During the semesters, when the traffic is at peak, giving students and employees another way to get around could help alleviate congestion.

“The campus can sometimes be crowded and congested with vehicles, so the bikes offer a timesaving element if you need to travel across campus,” said Wendy Carmean, program coordinator for RebelWell. “If you’re out and about for 15 to 20 minutes, ride a bike and get a little exercise while you workno need for a car or even a golf cart.”

The weather here is conducive to cycling almost year-round, said Mike Harris, director of parking and transportation services. Bikes are a major part of the university’s overall transportation strategy, he said.

“The Transportation Demand Management strategy is made up of four categories: pedestrians, bicycles, buses and vehicles,” Harris said. “Our goal is to try and reduce certain sections of this as we increase others. If we can increase bicycle use and bus usage, it can help reduce our vehicle traffic. This will help the overall parking situation, along with reducing road congestion.”

The campus bike effort also promotes better environmental stewardship, said Anne McCauley, assistant director of the UM Office of Sustainability.

“The campus bike program promotes active transportation, a key component of a more sustainable and healthy campus,” she said. “By providing departments access to new bikes, we are encouraging the campus community to decrease our dependency on fuel.”

UM Management Professor Selected as SIOP Fellow

Mark Bing is only such honoree in Mississippi

Dr. Mark Bing

Mark Bing

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi management professor is the latest addition to a distinguished academy of fellow scholars in the field of industrial and organizational psychology.

Mark Bing, associate professor of management, has been selected as a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, which is the 14th Division of the American Psychological Association. The prestigious honor recognizes outstanding accomplishments in the field and awarded to only a few select recipients. Bing is the only SIOP fellow in Mississippi, society officers confirm.

“I was both relieved and elated,” Bing said. “This was a long-standing career goal of mine, and associate professors rarely achieve fellow at SIOP. So I was unsure as to what the outcome of the nomination would be.”

Nominees for SIOP fellow must have a full decade of professional experience since the attainment of either a master’s or doctoral degree. Selection is based upon research, practitioner accomplishments and other criteria.

Receiving the notification was also a bittersweet moment for Bing.

“I also regretted the fact that my mentor, Dr. Lawrence R. James, the former Pilot Oil Chair of Excellence at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, was no longer with us to witness the event,” Bing said. “In one of our last conversations that we had before he passed from complications arising during heart surgery, Larry indicated that he wanted to see me make fellow at SIOP. After Larry died late summer of 2014, Dr. Phil Roth volunteered to lead the nomination, which was very generous on his part.”

Bing joined the UM faculty with summer funding for research in 2005 and began teaching that fall. Before UM, he was a faculty member at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Bing later became the SUBSCREEN principal investigator and director of psychological screening for the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Force at the Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut.

He earned his doctorate from the University of Tennessee, his master’s degree from Villanova University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado.

Colleagues said Bing is most deserving of the honor.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Bing has been chosen as a SIOP fellow,” said Ken Cyree, dean of the UM School of Business Administration. “With Dr. Bing being the only person in Mississippi in this prestigious group, it adds to the importance of the award and highlights the exclusivity of this select group. The School of Business congratulates him on this achievement.”

Bing’s research interests include human resource selection, personality measurement, personality test faking, test development and validation, counterproductive workplace behavior, research methods and statistics.

“There were probably two primary sets of achievements that contributed most to my induction as fellow at SIOP,” he said. “The first would in all likelihood be the advances in personality theory and measurement, along with detecting faking and correcting for it within the area of personality testing and personnel selection.

“The second set would likely be my development of a statistical regression equation in 2001, and implemented in 2002, that was used to predict success and failure in the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Force among Basic Enlisted Submarine School students.”

Bing’s equation was used for more than a decade to pick out those BESS students who were highly likely to fail in the submarine service for negative causes, such as suicidal ideation, suicidal gesture and attempt, substance abuse, performance problems and misconduct.

“For over 10 years, the equation was used to improve the accuracy of select-out separation decisions made on those submariners in training who were at-risk for failure within the force,” Bing said. “Moreover, this use of the prediction equation improved the base rate of submarine mission accomplishment along with submarine operations in general.”

For more information about the SIOP, visit For more about the School of Business Administration, visit


UM Archives Celebrates Arts and Entertainment

Exhibition features items from major collection donated by journalist and author Ellis Nassour

UM Archives and Special Collections

UM Archives and Special Collections

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s Archives and Special Collections presents a major exhibition of entertainment memorabilia spanning several decades and featuring items from three Mississippians who achieved fame as entertainment writers and critics.

Titled “Entertainment Collectors, Authors and Critics: Selections from the Mamie and Ellis Nassour Arts & Entertainment, Stark Young, and Herschel Brickell Collections,” the exhibition celebrates a major gift by journalist and author Ellis Nassour. The exhibit will be unveiled Jan. 22 in the William Faulkner Room on the third floor of J.D. Williams Library and will run through December.

“To be recognized in this exhibit with these men, both extraordinary Mississippians, is a great honor,” said Nassour, a Vicksburg native and 1964 UM graduate who resides in New York City.

Nassour began his generous donation of art and entertainment memorabilia to the university in 2000. In 2004, there was an official dedication with the donation named The Mamie and Ellis Nassour Arts & Entertainment Collection, in memory of his parents.

“The Nassour Collection gives the university a new breadth of research material, stretching from Hollywood to the New York stage and back to the South,” said Charles Reagan Wilson, former director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. “The primary sources on Patsy Cline from Ellis’ two biographies, in particular, help support the center’s new emphasis on the study of Southern music.”

As a journalism student, Nassour was a contributor to the Daily Mississippian and chaired the Associated Student Body social affairs committee for two years. Working hand in hand with Dean of Students Tom Hines, he changed the caliber of on-campus entertainment with concerts by Peter, Paul and Mary, Johnny Cash and June Carter, Julie London and Bobby Troupe, Peter Nero, and Al Hirt.

Nassour worked as a “campus runner” for a New York Times reporter during the UM integration crisis, which ultimately landed him a job at the newspaper, fulfilling a longtime ambition. He later became the director of artist relations for MCA Music/Universal Pictures, where he worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Brenda Lee and The Who.

“The relationships I developed led to some incredible experiences,” Nassour said. “Part of my reeducation at the Times was working with reporters who covered World War II and the Korean War. Working with Loretta Lynn at MCA led to hilarious and poignant tales of her friendship with Patsy and, eventually, to my two biographies.”

The books are “Patsy Cline, An Intimate Portrait,” in 1981, and the 1993 hardcover “Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline” (MacMillian), still in print in a 2008 updated edition. He has adapted the latter into a forthcoming stage musical. The entire spoken part of the hit revue “Always, Patsy Cline” is taken from four pages of Nassour’s biography.

From an early age, Nassour had an interest in the performing arts and collecting materials related to the entertainment industry. His career gave him firsthand access to many of the collection’s valuable pieces. It contains hundreds of visual and audio materials, vintage and contemporary film and theater posters, signed Playbills, bound plays, biographies and autobiographies, many other books, art and other significant items.

“One of the most important elements of the collection is that a huge portion of it is in use by faculty and students,” Nassour said.

An opening reception is set for 5 p.m. Jan. 22 in Archives and Special Collections.

“The libraries are thrilled to be able to offer a major exhibition highlighting the works and collections of three outstanding Mississippi entertainment writers and critics, the late Stark Young and Herschel Brickell and Ellis Nassour,” said Julia Rholes, UM dean of university libraries. “We want to invite the public to join us for this extraordinary exhibit.”

Spring’s Not-to-be-Missed Events

Slate of activities offers something for all tastes

The 2012 Double Decker Arts Festival

The 2012 Double Decker Arts Festival

It’s cold out, almost too cold to go outside, but Oxford and Ole Miss have plenty of events to heat things up this semester. Don’t miss out – there is a little something for everyone’s taste and budget.

Here are a few things you won’t want to miss:


Grammy-winning banjo player Bela Fleck, is arguably one of the world’s most innovative musicians. His musical repertoire runs the gamut from bluegrass to jazz. In 2010, he wrote his first classical concerto for banjo. He will be playing at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, joined by an orchestral collective known as the Knights. Tickets start at $28. The Ford Center’s season is filled with an array of musical acts, Broadway shows and performing arts. Go to for a complete schedule of events and ticket information.


Comedian, writer and actor Patton Oswalt is bringing his standup genius to Oxford. Known for his role as Spence Olchin on “The King of Queens,” Oswalt became a household name through his standup specials and TV appearances. He was named Entertainment Weekly’s “It” comedian in 2002. Oswalt will read from his upcoming memoir, “Silver Screen Fiend,” at 5 p.m. Feb. 11 at Off Square Books. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Square Books website. Later that evening, he will perform at the Lyric Theater. Doors open at 7 p.m., tickets start at $30.


In its 12th year, the Oxford Film Festival continues its tradition of bringing quality independent film to Oxford. Named one of the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker magazine, the festival attracts filmmakers from across the globe to showcase their films. Set for Feb. 26-March 1 at the Malco Oxford Commons, the festival is open to the public with tickets starting at just $8. Go to for more information.

Oxford Arts Crawl

The Oxford Arts Crawl takes place on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. The free art tour takes you through the heart of Oxford’s creative community, featuring exhibits and receptions at the Powerhouse, Southside Gallery, University Museum, Meek Hall and other locations. For more information on this and other Yoconapatawpha Arts Council events, go to

Thacker Mountain Radio

Broadcast live from Off Square Books, the “Thacker Mountain Radio Hour” features weekly author readings and a variety of musical guests. Hosted by Oxford’s own Jim Dees and accompanied by the show’s house band, the Yalobushwackers, “Thacker Mountain Radio” is an authentic Oxford experience. Be a part of the shows live audience at 6 p.m. Thursdays at Off Square Books. Can’t be there? Tune in live on Rebel Radio 92.1 or catch the show’s rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Saturdays on Mississippi Public Radio. Go to for the most up-to-date information.

Double Decker Arts Festival

Happy 20th to Oxford’s Double Decker Arts Festival! The festival that started with the bed of an old pickup truck as its stage has evolved into a two-day celebration of food, music and the arts. One of the most anticipated events of the year, Double Decker kicks off on Friday evenings with a special broadcast of “Thacker Mountain Radio” and continues on Saturday with an eclectic mix of musical acts, art and food vendors. This year’s festival is set for April 24-25. The event is free and open to the public. Check for festival information and the upcoming musical lineup.

Find a listing of these events and much more at

Meet Walter Flaschka, January’s Staff Member of the Month


Walter Flaschka

Walter Flaschka, a network administrator in the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies who will be an instructor this spring, has been chosen as January’s Staff Member of the Month. To help us get to know him better, he answered a few questions for Inside Ole Miss.

IOM: How long have you worked at Ole Miss?

Flaschka: Since January 2009

IOM: What is your hometown?

Flaschka: Tucson, Arizona

IOM: What is your favorite Ole Miss memory?

Flaschka: Shortly after joining the university, when I was still wondering how I’d fit into the Ole Miss culture, the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies had its ribbon-cutting ceremony. Luminaries like Chancellor Robert Khayat and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker were about to arrive and give speeches in front of the building. During preparations, I looked up and saw a confused, terrified squirrel hanging off the building’s portico, right above the podium. I don’t know how he got there, but I have pictures. I could just imagine that squirrel landing on our distinguished guests right in the middle of a speech. The ribbon-cutting is still, in my mind, a blend of pomp, circumstance and absurdity. By the time the squirrel fell off the building and landed on my sports coat (which I held out for him), I realized I’d probably fit into the Ole Miss culture rather well.

IOM: What do you enjoy most about your position or the department in which you work?

Flaschka: Our students! They aim themselves at some of the most challenging and important public-service careers possible. I wish I’d had their drive when I was in college. These students would have lapped me like I was standing still. It’s depressing and inspiring at the same time.

IOM: What do you like to do when you are not at work?

Flaschka: When not at work, I’m a competitive coach at the Oxford Fencers Club. Lately I’ve had great fun playing “Minecraft” with my three children.

IOM: What is one thing on your bucket list?

Flaschka: I’m about to start doing it: I’ve always wanted to teach at a university! This spring, I’m teaching a criminal justice course on intelligence analysis software for law enforcement, and it will be much more exciting than it probably sounds.

IOM: What is your favorite movie?

Flaschka: “The Blind Side,” of course! Or anything that deals with the Ole Miss tradition of Sandra Bullock – I mean, football.

 IOM: What is your favorite Ole Miss tradition?

Flaschka: I love the Grove on game days, and my favorite annual tradition is the staff appreciation luncheon.

IOM: What is a fun fact about you?

Flaschka: I write obscure science fiction novels, and I have a title coming out this year on the world’s smallest indie imprint. Don’t even look for it.

To nominate a colleague for the Staff Member of the Month, email with the name of the individual you’d like to nominate as well as why you feel he or she should be recognized.

Charleston Rotary Club Donates Papers to UM Archives

Rachel McLemore and Head of Special Collections Jennifer Ford view the recent donation of meeting minutes from the Charleston chapter of the Rotary Club.

Rachel McLemore and Head of Special Collections Jennifer Ford view the recent donation of meeting minutes from the Charleston chapter of the Rotary Club.

OXFORD, Miss. – The Charleston chapter of Rotary International has made a historic donation to the Department of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Mississippi’s J.D. Williams Library.

The donation includes documents that detail the chapter’s history, program minutes and correspondence that capture the efforts of this civic-minded organization in Charleston and Tallahatchie County.

The Charleston chapter was founded in 1923, and the collection of minutes dates to the point of its charter until the early 1980s. These written records include that time period, covering other programming, statements of considered issues, charities and financial records referencing specific members.

Tallahatchie County is the location of a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement.  The men accused of killing Emmett Till were acquitted in a 1955 trial in Sumner.   

Five years after the first Rotary Club was organized in Chicago in 1905, branches were created in other cities, including New Orleans and Jackson and the Mississippi towns of Greenwood, Cleveland and then Charleston. Working to help disabled children and adults as well as local Boy Scouts, the Charleston chapter’s affairs and meetings were recorded every week.

Bobby Dailey, one of the chapter’s board members, made it his “personal project” to organize the gift. The preserving and archiving of this significant Charleston treasure was made possible through the generosity of Rotary Club members, who voted to donate the minutes to the library to “provide a slice of history unavailable anywhere else,” Dailey said.

Rotary International is an organization of professional and business leaders that provides humanitarian service around the world since 1905. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,500 Rotary clubs in 168 countries. Some notable Rotary members include Dr. Charles H. Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, and Manny Pacquaio, Filipino world-champion boxer and congressman.