- 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."