- University of Southern Mississippi students returned to campuses
in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Coast Monday to begin classes for
the spring 2003 semester.
officials were on hand to help returning and new and transfer students
with information about classes, financial aid, and the plethora
of activities and organizations available to help them get involved
in campus life.
displays and booths in Southern Miss's R.C. Cook University Union
lobby and in the residence halls to provide students information
about organizations and activities in which they can get involved,"
said John Burks, assistant director of student activities, whose
office is planning more upcoming events . "This will provide
students who didn't get involved last semester an opportunity to
learn more about what's available for them on campus."
his office also serves as a clearinghouse for information about
all organizations at Southern Miss in addition to offering
workshops on leadership and event preparation, and other services.
"We're really a conduit between student organizations and the
students to help them get up and going," he said.
sponsoring booths in the union were the Southern Miss Office of
Recreational Sports, which provides information to students about
the variety of recreation, health and fitness services offered at
Southern Miss's Payne Center
excited about our 'No Payne, No Gain' program," said Stacey
Ready, assistant director of marketing and public relations for
named for Southern Miss's Payne Center recreation and fitness facility,
provides health and exercise assessment, a service Ready said students
should consider to shed extra pounds gained over the holidays. "A
lot of them (students) are looking forward to having a set program
to get started exercising," she said.
A pair of basketball
games also were on tap during the first week of classes with the
Southern Miss Golden Eagles facing Texas Christian University 7
p.m. Wednesday and the University of Memphis at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Both Conference USA men's basketball matchups will be held at Reed
Green Coliseum and admission is free to full-time students with
a student identification card.
can still enroll for the spring semester Jan. 6-10, even after classes
have started, by participating in late registration. Late registration
was scheduled in the University Union lobby Monday through Wednesday
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. in the registrar's office, which is located in Kennard-Washington
Hall. Students who enroll during late registration week will be
assessed a $50 late fee.
Dr. Buck Wesley,
associate vice president for admissions at Southern Miss, said he
expects enrollment to remain steady this semester following last
semester's record enrollment of 15,276 at all of Southern Miss's
For more information
about late registration, contact the Southern Miss Office of Admissions
at (601) 266-5000. For information about student activities at Southern
Miss, contact the Southern Miss Student Activities Office at (601)
For more information
or to register, call the Southern MissGC Division of Continuing
Education at (228) 867-8777.