We’re talking SMAC – and more
If you can’t find anything to do on campus, maybe you just need a good SMAC – that’s the Southern Miss Activities Council.
SMAC brings entertainment and educational programs to campus throughout the year. It also sponsors special programs such as a benefit concert that raised money and brought clothing donations for victims of the Haiti earthquake in early 2010.
Annual programs include:
- Crawfish Fest
- Friday Night at the Fountain – a pep rally the night before every home football game
- Musical events such as Battle of the Bands and EagleFest
- Southern Miss Has Got Talent – with a high-def Flip video camera and iPod Shuffle as prizes
Government and Greeks
Elected by their peers, the members of the Student Government Association are campus leaders and advocates. In addition to working with students and university leadership, SGA produces the fall Eaglepalooza concert, which drew a record 5,000 to downtown Hattiesburg in fall 2009.
More than 1,000 young women and men make up Greek Life – 11 sororities and 15 fraternities. The Greek community owns 20 chapter houses in The Village (sororities) and on Fraternity Row (fraternities).
Other organizations and activities
Student organizations at Southern Miss represent the diversity of campus life –academics, leadership, religion, service, social activities and more. There are more than 280 student groups on campus and an average of 500 events each month. More than 80 percent of students participate in some type of activity.
Being a member of The Southerner staff, the university’s official yearbook, is a great way to learn and get involved on campus. Students drive every creative aspect of the book including photography, reporting, design and layout. Working for The Southerner is a great, hands-on experience for students studying in the fields of graphic design, art, photojournalism, journalism and English, among others.
Students interested in the performing arts gain experience in organizations like the Stage Monkeys improv comedy group. Performing every other Thursday night from 7 to 9 p.m., the Stage Monkeys take guidance from the audience to ensure a night full of laughs!
The Student Printz, the campus newspaper, keeps the university community up to date on university and community-related events. Becoming a part of the Student Printz team affords students valuable learning experiences in a variety of different fields—from political science to creative writing!
Whether giving blood at the Union, checking out the Student Activities Hub or volunteering in the Office of Community Service Learning, there are lots of ways for you to get involved on campus!