The Department of Residence Life at The University of Southern Mississippi is collaborating with various Student Affairs departments on a program to provide freshmen with the tools needed to successfully complete and survive their first year of college.
Freshmen: Learning, Achieving, Growing and Succeeding (F.L.A.G.S) will address the academic and transitional issues that students typically face during the beginning of their first semester. The six-week, interactive program will be held every Monday in Wilber Hall and Tuesday in Scott Hall at 7 p.m. beginning Aug. 24.
The sessions will be facilitated by various Southern Miss faculty and staff, and are designed to address specific topics each week that correlate to issues freshmen face at that point in the semester. Topics include Navigating Campus; Safety and Personal Wellness; Campus Involvement; and The Path to Graduation and Success.
Shawnboda Mead, assistant director for Residence Life and First Year Experience, is confident the program will inspire and aid interested freshmen. “This exciting program will provide freshmen a head start to college life by helping connect them to the campus community, faculty, staff and other freshmen students,” said Mead.
Residence Life Director Dr. Chris Crenshaw also sees the benefits of the program. “Providing students the opportunity to achieve their goals is what Southern Miss is all about,” he said. “I believe the implementation of this new program will positively impact the transition to college for our first-year residents, and ultimately their academic success.”
Multiple incentives will be offered to freshmen residents who participate in all six sessions, including the chance to win free housing for the spring 2010 semester, Eagle Dining bonus bucks and Barnes & Noble gift cards. Only freshmen residents are eligible for prizes, but all students are welcome to participate.
For more information, contact the Residence Life office at 601.266.4783 or
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