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GEWW 2020
Golden Eagle Welcome Week (GEWW) is the second part of the three-part Orientation process for incoming students. GEWW takes place directly before the start of the fall semester and is meant to help new students transition to campus before classes begin. 
During GEWW, students will be divided into small groups with their assigned GEWW Crew Leader. You will learn more about Southern Miss spirit and traditions, campus life, and student resources. We'll also host an involvement fair so you can connect with the student organizations that interest you, and session rotations to learn more about opportunities to connect on and off campus.

GEWW Crew 2023

2023 GEWW Schedule Highlights

This nationally-recognized keynote will inspire you while you begin your journey at Southern Miss. His message centers around an empowering metaphor: Your life is a show, and you are the star. You are challenged to Be The Director, Write Your Script, Define Your Character, Cast Your Show Wisely, and Be the Star of Your Life.

Curtis Zimmerman

Playfair is a nationally recognized and popular campus program for new student orientations. It is more than just a “performance”— it’s an “experience” where everyone participates! This will be a great opportunity to get to know your classmates, especially those who do not live in your residence hall or are in your GEWW group.

There are so many ways to get involved on campus. Decide to engage in the community around you and go do it! A great first step is to get connected to organizations on campus! The Office of Leadership and Student Involvement oversees around 200 student organizations. Our involvement fair will give you an opportunity to hear from these groups, while also meeting some students who are involved in a variety of organizations. This will be a great opportunity to find your home here at Southern Miss!

Peter first became fascinated with magic at the age of eleven when he stumbled across a magic book at his local library. He now travels around the country performing his award winning magic that will defy your reality. Peter's show is about two things, astonishing magic, and having a good time; and he doesn't skimp on either. The title Magician for Non-Believers is about being honest with his audience. Magic isn’t real... but Peter will make you believe it is for the length of his show. Combining original mind blowing magic, and a heavy dose of humor is his secret to success and why it’s made him one of the top booked college acts around the country.

Peter Boie

Students will have the opportunity to choose sessions to attend, which will include the following topics and more!

  • Study Abroad 101
  • Healthy Living at Southern Miss
  • Show Me The Money: Financial Literacy 101
  • GPS to Success
  • ENGAGING Your Community with IME
GEWW’s Got Talent is one of our favorite GEWW traditions! Watch members from your incoming class perform their talents, or audition to perform yourself!  

iSouthernMS App

The official GEWW schedule is highlighted on the iSouthernMS App, which will be published during the summer of 2023. You will want to download the app from your respective app store. Once you enter the app, there will be a GEWW icon, which will give you access to the information available regarding GEWW. Once you have access to the GEWW resources, you can view the GEWW schedule, bookmark events that you are interested in, and learn about special deals around Hattiesburg for our newest Golden Eagles! Until then, the iSouthernMS App is home to plenty of resources for current students.