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Released September 21, 2004

SOUTHERN MISS DORM STUDENTS CAN EXPECT A 'HOUSE CALL'

HATTIESBURG - Members of the The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Residence Life are looking for 36 faculty and 36 staff to spend a few hours making "house calls" to freshman students in their residence hall rooms. No experience is necessary, and those willing to visit freshmen will be treated to dinner and then escorted to freshman residence halls to serve as ambassadors of good will to the new students.

"This will be a fun evening giving faculty and staff an opportunity to meet students where they live and help answer any questions students may have during their first month of college," said Lorinda Krhut, Residence Life director.

Being a new freshman student at Southern Miss comes with the excitement and fears that typical first-year students experience, Krhut added. "There is no better way to show students that we are a caring community of scholars than to go where the students live and ask them how they're doing. We are also hoping to create bridges between what happens in the classroom and what happens in the students' residence hall rooms. By bringing faculty and staff in the residence halls, students see the connection in the most basic way. We anticipate that it will be an enlightening and fun experience for all."

The Tuesday, Sept. 21, event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. and start with a catered meal.

House Calls is a program that has received recognition at schools such as Oklahoma State University, Eastern Michigan University and the University of Tennessee as being a positive experience not only for faculty and staff, but students as well, Krhut said.

"It brings faculty, staff and students together in an informal setting and offers new students an official welcome by members of the professional university community," she added. "In addition, faculty and staff have the opportunity to communicate one-on-one with students right where students live."

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October 22, 2004 5:38 PM