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Meet the Vice President of Student Affairs

Dr. Dee Dee Anderson

Dr. Dee Dee Anderson

Welcome to the University of Southern Mississippi and the Division of Student Affairs. Here at Southern Miss you will find a campus full of southern hospitality and charm, a campus dedicated to student success, and a campus rich in academic and research endeavors. The programs, services, and experiences we provide in Student Affairs help our students to stay healthy; help them to get connected to faculty, staff, and their peers; and helps students to learn both inside and outside of the classroom. The Division of Student Affairs is here to help you to discover your path to the top!

 

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(Pictured L to R: Dr. Anderson and her daughter, Katelin; The Anderson Family (center); Dr. Anderson and Katelin with the Fearless Girl statue in NYC (The Fearless Girl statue in NYC represents women empowerment)) 


Messages from the VPSA

Dear Students,

Welcome back! As we begin a new school year, I am excited to see all of you engaging in Southern Miss traditions and attending classes in person. Throughout the pandemic, you have demonstrated your commitment to keeping healthy and connected, while continuing to learn. To help us continue to be successful and be in person both inside and outside of the classroom, we are requiring everyone in our community to wear masks while indoors including all academic settings. We ask that you physically distance when possible, by spreading out in classrooms and at events and to continue to practice good hygiene by washing your hands often. 

Some lecture classes with difficulty maintaining three feet of distance between students may choose to hold classes in person on alternating days from August 23 through September 3. This A/B pattern of classes means that ½ of the class will attend a lecture in person on one day and the other ½ of the class will attend the same lecture on a second day. If your class will be in the A/B format your professor will email you and will post an announcement in Canvas. Make sure you read both daily to keep up with what’s happening in your classes and on campus.  

As a community, we are currently dealing with surge in COVID-19 caused by the Delta variant. This variant is highly contagious and spreading quickly. Along with wearing face coverings, distancing when possible and practicing good hygiene, the best tool we have to fight this surge is to get vaccinated. I urge you get vaccinated for COVID-19 now, if you haven’t already done so.

As a reminder, fully vaccinated students are now eligible for incentives through a new vaccine incentive program! The program began on Friday, July 30, and will continue through Friday, October 15, with weekly drawings being held for the following incentives. Five names will be drawn EACH WEEK, one name for each of the following items.

Fall 2021 Semester Tuition (value of $4,602 each)
Dining Dollars (value of $1,000 each)
Barnes & Noble Bookstore Book Voucher (value of $300 each)
Housing and Residence Life Room Credit (value of $2,000 each)
Parking Decal (value of $414 each)

To be eligible, you must be enrolled in classes for the Fall 2021 semester, and you must submit your completed, official COVID-19 vaccination record online at usm.edu/gotmycovidvax. You only need to submit your name one time to continue to be in the drawing each week. Students who are selected through the weekly drawings will be notified of details by the Dean of Students office.

USM students can schedule a vaccination appointment online or call Moffitt Health Center at 601-266-5390 today.  To find a vaccine location in your current area, visit vaccines.gov.

Please join me in helping to provide a safe on-campus environment where we can all head To The Top – Together!  

Dee Dee Anderson

Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear Golden Eagles,                         

We are so excited to have you back on campus this fall in classes, at athletic events, and at student activities. We have a full schedule of activities planned for you, including Golden Eagle Welcome Week, Homecoming Week, and a return to our campus traditions. The best way for you to stay healthy, stay connected, and stay in class this fall is by getting your COVID-19 vaccine. I urge you to do your part and get vaccinated for COVID-19 now, if you haven’t already done so.                  

Fully vaccinated students are now eligible for incentives through a new vaccine incentive program! Beginning Friday, July 30, through Friday, October 15, weekly drawings will be held for the following incentives. Five names will be drawn EACH WEEK, one name for each of the following items.

Fall 2021 Semester Tuition (value of $4,602 each)
Dining Dollars (value of $1,000 each)
Barnes & Noble Bookstore Book Voucher (value of $300 each)
Housing and Residence Life Room Credit (value of $2,000 each)
Parking Decal (value of $414 each)               

To be eligible, you must be enrolled in classes for the Fall 2021 semester, and you must submit your completed, official COVID-19 vaccination record online at usm.edu/gotmycovidvax.       

Students who are selected through the weekly drawings will be notified of details by the Dean of Students office.             

USM students can schedule a vaccine appointment at Moffitt Health Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Schedule a vaccination appointment online or call Moffitt Health Center at 601-266-5390 today. To find a vaccine location in your current area, visit vaccines.gov.         

Please join me in helping to provide a safe on-campus environment where we can all head To The Top – Together!            

SMTTT,     

Dee Dee Anderson

Vice President for Student Affairs


Biography

Dr. Dee Dee Anderson serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs overseeing a variety of student life departments. Previously, Dr. Anderson worked at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Louisiana Tech University serving in a variety of positions including Interim Vice Chancellor, Associate Vice Chancellor, and Dean of Students. Her broad experiences and over 20-year career are complemented by leadership positions in various professional associations and community service.  Dr. Anderson holds a doctorate degree in Education Leadership, a Masters of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education all from Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Anderson provides vision and strategic oversight leading her team in fulfilling the mission of the division of developing healthy, connected, learning -focused students and communities. Through co-curricular programs and services, the Division of Student Affairs partners with Academic Affairs in helping students discover their Path to the Top.  

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