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Spring Student Team Member Kickoff

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Friday, February 3, 2023  |  1 - 4:30 pm  |  Thad Cochran Center

Attention all Student Employees & Student Organization Leaders!
You are invited to attend the Spring Kickoff — a conference-style event hosted on the Hattiesburg campus, produced by the Division of Student Affairs. Special thanks to the Enterprise Holdings Foundation for being a sponsor to help fund the Student Team Member Kickoff at The University of Southern Mississippi, making registration for the event free. 


SPACE IS LIMITED, but if you register in time, you will attend high-quality breakout sessions, meet new friends, and become eligible for a chance to win door prizes! You also have the chance to learn more about yourself, your skills, your strengths, and how these all contribute to your role at Southern Miss and overall success. 

Customize your Kickoff!  All attendees will convene for the opening keynote, followed by your choice of three options. Each option provides Southern Miss’ best facilitators ready to arm you with the tools and resources needed to discover your path To The Top! 

Session Details

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Jeff Taylor, Union Director
Lauren Bridges, Associate Director for Transition Programs for Center for Student Success

Cliftonstrengths* is an exploration into your strongest individual talents as determined by one of Gallup’s most popular assessments, which has been completed over 29 million times! Through this engaging 2-hour session, you will not only familiarize yourself with the talents that make you unique, but you will learn how to invest in and enhance those talents within today’s world. 

*Required materials: Completed CliftonStrengths assessment and strength report.

emioyDr. Emily Holmes, Director of Leadership and Student Involvement 

True Colors is a training that helps you create the opportunity for true self-discovery. By completing the True Colors training, you develop into more effective teammates, collaborators, leaders, thinkers, and innovators because the outcomes learned in this training is as unique as each participant.

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Joshua Brunson, Intramural and Club Sports Coordinator
Stephen Ainsworth, Fitness and Wellness Coordinator

How Do You Rec is an interactive session about the Payne Center and what it has to offer. Listen to seasoned Campus Recreation professionals as they share all the benefits of leading an active lifestyle and being involved in multiple intramural opportunities!  

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Elyssa Klipsch, Program Director of Center for Pathway Experiences

Join the Center for Pathway Experiences to learn about how you as a student, right now, in this moment in time, can begin to make lasting connections that will benefit you as a student and future professional. Learn how to navigate the robust platform of LinkedIn and hear about other resources to utilize as a networking Golden Eagle. Remember, sometimes it's not what you know, but who you know!  

rusty and enterpriseRusty Anderson, Director of Career Services
Kisha Vassar, Group Talent Acquisition Manager for Enterprise Holdings, LLC 

Do you want to know how to land that professional job and survive first year challenges? Learn tips and best practices from a seasoned employment recruiter and career consultant. 

jaboriusJaborius Ball, Director of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement

The IME & Me session encourages you to identify and reflect on social identities and the many ways those identities become visible. This session also details the interaction of those identities with others,’ and the impact of perception.

jasmine and hectorJasmine Coleman-Miller, Assistant Director of Operations and Development for Undergraduate Scholarships
Hector Talavera, Coordinator for Undergraduate Scholarships 

Money Basics is a brief overview of financial life after graduation- scholarships, loans, credit, budgets, and other key financial pieces for new graduates are discussed in this session. These topics are pivotal for understanding post-graduation budgeting and planning success.  

ashleyDr. Ashley Burnside, Director of Center for Student Success

Rewire Your Brain for Success focuses on practical strategies based in neurobiology that can be used to create new habits, strengthen pre-existing positive habits, and help you reach your goals, whether they are short term or long term.

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Dr. Samuel Jones, Certified Speaking Professional
Transform Now

In this session, students will learn and implement a new practice for focused and increased productivity in the areas where they may be STUCK. 


Dr. Samuel Jones

Dr. Samuel Jones, CSP is a professional speaker, success coach, author, and award-winning entrepreneur from Mississippi. With more than two decades of experience, he helps others reconnect to their true identity, adapt to uncertainty within their environment, and maximize their influence for better results and a better life. He has a gift for imagining the possible and cultivating the positive in the face of challenges and change. 

Dr. Jones holds a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and a Master’s degree in Public Relations from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Mississippi State University. He’s been recognized as one of the TOP Entrepreneurs by the Mississippi Business Journal, he has the Certified Speaking Professional® (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association, and he is a certified success coach with Jack Canfield’s Success Principles™️. 

SHIFT: Creating UPDRAFT MOMENTS to Build Relationships, Align Resources and Elevate Results

Imagine working in an environment where employees short- and long-term goals are constantly modified due to forces (such as burnout, stress, labor shortages, customer satisfaction, etc.); they have unstructured deadlines from their supervisor; and they have strict guidance that adhere to company policy that seems to be outdated and obsolete. You don’t have to imagine this kind of workplace, because it already exists thanks to transactional leadership. In this program, Dr. Jones will help participants to identify and implement a strategy of transformational leadership to help develop team member support for group efforts within their organizations for—MORE creativity, MORE resistance to stress, MORE flexible and open to change, and MORE likely to become a transformational leader.

Participants will learn:

  • Three components affecting the relationship between transformational leadership and exceptional performance in the workplace
  • The difference between the behaviors that causes stress and the behaviors that conquer stress
  • Three action steps to ensure effective execution to START LEADING in your current roll



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