- When Southern Miss freshmen and their
families start unloading their cars Thursday during Freshman Move-in
Day on the Hattiesburg campus, they're in for more than just another
hard day's work. Volunteers with The University of Southern Mississippi
will be on hand to furnish helping hands, cool refreshments, McCrae's
Clinique goodies and even a chance to win a dorm room makeover.
"Move-in Day will be full of all kinds of exciting
things for new students and families," said Mary Beth Bankson
Walker, assistant director of the Office of Student Activities.
She said there will be two primary areas of tents - one at Bond
Hall and the other in the Freshman Quad. Each of these locations
will have a live remote from local radio stations FM100 and 107.1,
and Aramark will be handing out Eagle Water.
"We have 250 confirmed volunteers from student
organizations and local churches, in addition to the Southern Miss
faculty and staff," Walker said. "This entire day is to
let students and families know that this is our welcome to them
to their new Southern Miss home. Move-in Day is always my favorite
time of year because it is filled with excitement and anticipations
of good things to come."
Southern Miss' Department of Marketing and Public
Relations and iTech will have tents on-site, as will Southern Miss
Athletics, which will distribute posters and T-shirts. Recreational
Sports will hand out refreshments and Residence Life will have drawings
for giveaways while student organization members help students move
in the dorms and faculty and staff also serve as "meeters and
"We'll be out there trying to keep things cool,"
said Recreational Sports' assistant director Stacey Reading, noting
that volunteers from her department will supply PowerAde for thirsty
workers. "We want parents and students to know that whatever
they need, we're there to help. When you become part of our family,
family's there to rally round."
Entries for the dorm room makeover will be available
from the Marketing and Public Relations tent. The makeover includes
the services of Southern Miss' Interior Design program, whose students
will design just the right atmosphere for the lucky students who
win the competition, said Assistant Professor Claire Hamilton. Anderson
Carpet One will provide a bound carpet and Southern Diversified
Products will donate American Pride paint. "We can match any
color the students want, and the use of our low-odor paint means
the occupants can move right in without having to smell paint for
the next few weeks," said Rocky Pryor, vice president and general
manager of Southern Diversified Products. "We want to help
out because Southern Miss just does so much for us and we want to
Anderson Carpet One's Allen Anderson said that when
he heard about the makeover, he remembered that so many students
going off to school always came by to shop the company's large remnant
department. "We actually put an edge binding on them, if the
students want," he said. "We do lots of that for students
every year. That's one thing we fit with real nice when it comes
to a makeover, so we are participating to help make the move for
students a little less painful.
"I've got a couple of college students in the
family myself and we're in the makeover business here at Anderson
- paint, floor, you name it - so we wanted to be a part of what's
going on over there."
McRae's will accentuate its stand that it is a hometown
store and supportive of Southern Miss by providing a $500 gift certificate
that can help the makeover winners find just the right touches for