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Golden Eagle Welcome Week

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. This year, GEWW will take place in a virtual format, which will allow participants to join in from wherever they are! Normally, participation in GEWW would be required.  However, given the current extenuating public health circumstances, participation will not be required but is strongly encouraged.
During GEWW, students will be divided into small groups and meet over Zoom. You will learn more about Southern Miss spirit and traditions, campus life, and student resources. We'll also host a virtual involvement fair so that you can start connecting with the student organizations that interest you. The entire GEWW schedule will be available soon on the iSouthernMS app!
Click any link below to watch a recorded GEWW session you may have missed! 

Tips for a Successful First Year

Internships and Job Opportunities

Diversity, Inclusion and YOU!

Healthy Living at Southern Miss

SOAR & Canvas Tutorial

Office for Disability Accommodations

Student Counseling Services

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. This video will be available prior to your first small group meeting, to ensure that you are prepared to discuss it together as a group.

 Curtis Zimmerman

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 is also a great time to hear how these organizations plan to engage with their members during the fall semester.

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

Jump into one of our Zoom Webinar spaces where we will have staff from across campus discussing topics of interest. Our topics will include

  • Diversity, Inclusion and YOU!
  • Healthy Living at Southern Miss
  • Tips for a Successful First Year
  • The Next Step: Internship and Job Opportunities
  • Study Abroad
  • Man to Man: A Conversation on Masculinity, Accountability, and Mental Health.

Join us as each academic college welcomes you to campus! During these sessions, academic colleges will introduce their administrators who will help you progress to graduation, share ways that you can get involved with your college, and highlight classroom expectations. If you are undecided about your major, this is a great time to explore your options!

GEWW’s Got Talent is one of our favorite GEWW traditions! Tune in to watch members from your incoming class perform their talents, then you get to vote for your favorite to help us select a winner!  If you are interested in auditioning, submit a video of you performing your talent by Tuesday, August 11 at 11:59 PM. This submission form will include all of the details you need to know to prepare your video!

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GEWW Exec 2020

CodyCody Elsensohn
Slidell, LA
MasonMason Lyon
Petal, MS
CalebCaleb Mack
Ridgeland, MS
Public Health
SamanthaSamantha Manaway
Hattiesburg, MS
Child and Family Studies
HannahHannah Smith
Slidell, LA
Public Relations



Just like you used iSouthernMS for your summer orientation, it’s time to use it for GEWW! This app will house the GEWW Schedule, as well as other valuable resources to help make your transition to campus and Hattiesburg a success.


While we want you to use GroupMe to stay connected with your orientation group, this app will be the way that you connect with your GEWW small group. Your GEWW Crew Leader will contact you via GroupMe to share your small group Zoom Link, as well as important reminders throughout GEWW. 


Zoom will be used for small group meetings and virtual session rotations.