Classes began Wednesday, and the best part of the school year is watching the freshmen settle into their new roles as college students. We’re spending much of our time helping folks make last-minute adjustments. Students have another week to go through add-drop to get just the courses they want, and many folks — including Honors College students — are making last-minute adjustments.
Katie Bowman of Memphis (above left), a marketing major, and Alex O’Barr of Trussville, Ala., a nursing major, were two of our drop-ins this afternoon. I’m predicting great success for these and the other freshmen settling in on campus.
We’ve expanded our use of Twitter in the Honors College over the last few weeks. I’ve learned from visiting with students that many of them closely follow Twitter, so the service seems to be a good way to get the word out about HoCo events and activities.
Our twitter handle is @HonorsAtUSM. So far we’ve tweeted about our students’ research presentations, student awards, and College activities. Student reaction seems good. I’ll keep you posted. On Twitter, of course! (But also here.)
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke to Honors College students today as part of University Forum, the Honors College’s universitywide speaker series.
The justice had dinner with students before the speech, and he took 40 minutes or more of questions afterward. We held a reception for him in the Lucas Administration Building. Many of us were impressed that he stayed to greet every student who wanted to say hello or ask a question.
That’s Justice Scalia on the left above with Stacey Calloway Ready (Honors College staff), HoCo students Patrick Hollingsworth and Ryan Parker, and HoCo graduate assistant Johnell Anderson-Goins.
Jazmyne Butler and Allie Solomon
Great news! Two Honors College students have snagged the top two positions in the Southern Miss Student Government Association.
Jazmyne Butler, a junior broadcast journalism major from Vicksburg, is the newly elected president of SGA. And Allie Solomon, a junior Spanish major from Pittsburgh, Pa., is the vice-president. We’re proud of both of them and look for them to do great things in their respective posts.
Both are very excited. I’ll let them express their excitement and enthusiasm in their own words:
- Jazmyne: “As the newly-elected SGA President, I am so excited to serve the university and the student body at this capacity. I have a wonderful team beside me, whose goal is to truly represent the student body and allow them to be more involved in what SGA is doing. The students are the purpose of SGA, and I will hold those words dear to me throughout my year of service. I am proud to continue the legacy of those who came before me. I plan to attend graduate school for mass communications/journalism. “
- Allie: “Hello to everyone! My name is Allie Solomon and I have been newly elected as the 2012-2013 Vice President for the Student Government Association at USM. I ran alongside fellow Honors College student Jazmyne Butler as the 2012-2013 SGA President under our campaign creed ‘Bridging the Gap: Service, Accountability, Progress.’ This motto is what we would like to be held accountable in upholding for the next term as representatives for all Golden Eagles. Though the campaign was grueling, it was nothing short of an equally demanding and rewarding experience. The student body elected exceptional representatives for all the remaining respective executive offices. … I feel incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to serve as the new Vice President for SGA, and I am anxious to work with all the new Senators!”
Congratulations, Jazmyne and Allie!
With the semester several weeks in progress, we’re in the middle of a flurry of activity in the Honors College.
Most importantly, our deadline for fall admissions was on Feb. 1, and we’re gearing up to review applications for the freshman class of Fall 2012. All indications are that we’ll have a bumper crop of applications, and we couldn’t be more pleased. The number of applications has been trending upward in recent years, so it’s no surprise to us that this will be a strong year. Still, it’s a good sign that word is continuing to spread among area and regional high school students about the quality of our programs.
Students who’ve applied to the Honors College should expect to get word back from us regarding admissions in about a month.