- The administration of The University of Southern Mississippi's
College of Health (COH) is leaving no doubt as to its commitment
to students, faculty, the university and its educational mission.
of Health has adopted a new motto, RESOLVED, INC. The motto is an
acronym for eight key areas of focus interim dean Dr. Joan Exline
and her staff believe will help define the college as it moves into
up with the motto) is a great opportunity," Exline said. "We're
moving into a new location, we're a new college. So it made a lot
of sense to sit down and figure out what we are going to do, and
how it is we are going to go about doing it."
assistant to the dean for the COH, said that coming up with the
new motto was a staff-wide affair.
very collaborative," Malone said. "The meeting began with
us trying to describe what we wanted the dean's office of the College
of Health to represent, and then we just started brain-storming
different things we wanted to provide to our students, staff and
up with words that are important to us, to describe who we wanted
to be. It was a real team effort."
Each of the
letters in RESOLVED, INC hold a specific meaning for COH students,
faculty and staff: R-Resourceful; E-Efficient; S-Student friendly;
O-optimistic; L-Loyal; V-Visionary; E-Energetic; D-Dedicated; I-Innovative;
which stands for student friendly, is of particular note because
it speaks to another new approach being taken by the COH, that of
extending office hours to run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and keeping
the college's office open during lunch.
that we have a lot of nontraditional students who need to reach
us during the noon hour and after work," Exline said, "and
some of the graduate classes don't begin until 6:30 p.m.
going to test this, and see if it makes us more accessible, especially
with those groups."
"Ideally what we wanted to do was provide students with more
The new hours
will go into effect Aug. 14.
"V," for visionary, can be directly applied to an upcoming
improvement in how the college serves students.
looking at some new things," Exline said. "One of those
new things will be the Student Resource Center. We're creating a
setting where students can visit and learn about careers and degree
programs in the COH. Because often they know they want to do something
in health care, but they don't have a clue what.
hasn't been a central place for them to get information before,
so they had to go to each of the different departments."
Resource Center is scheduled to open Oct. 1, Exline said.