Honors College Receives Record Number of Early-Action Applications
The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College received a record 482 applications by its Early-Action deadline of November 1. Teachers and counselors have until November 16th to submit their letters of recommendation. Students may still apply by our regular deadline of January 5, 2016. Applicants can access the Special Programs and Scholarships application by clicking here. Learn more about the SMBHC and our opportunities here.
Those who applied by the Early-Action deadline will be notified of our admissions decision by December 18th. If you have any questions regarding the application process, you may e-mail email@example.com for assistance.
Open House Invitation
Join DSG and other staff members this Saturday, October 24, at the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College for our annual Open House from 12:00-1:30pm.
An Evening with Ken Burns
The SMBHC, along with the College of Liberal Arts and the Meek School of Journalism, will welcome award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns for the SMBHC Fall Convocation on October 27th at 7 pm at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.
Photo by Cable Risdon
Early-Action Deadline: November 1
The SMBHC Welcomes New Chancellor
Dr. Jeffrey S. Vitter has been named the 17th chancellor of the University of Mississippi. The SMBHC looks forward to working with Dr. Vitter and welcomes him to Ole Miss! Pictured below, students Shelby Strength, Sarah Brouckaert, Joey Malouf and Alex Miller of Dr. Rimoldi’s Hon 101 course stand with Dr. Vitter.
The Honors Senate and the MS State Flag
On October 19th, the Honors Senate passed a resolution appealing to the ASB Senate to take down the Mississippi state flag at the University of Mississippi.
Sterling Reviews for Bright Fields
Congratulations to SMBHC Artist in Residence and acclaimed pianist Bruce Levingston for his recently released book, Bright Fields: The Mastery of Marie Hull. Read two reviews from The Clarion-Ledger here and here as well as a review by HottyToddy.com.
New SMBHC Staff Members
Elizabeth Tolbert has been named Secretary for the SMBHC. Tolbert is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in Entertainment Industry. Scotty Polston joins the SMBHC team as Telecommunications Analyst II. He comes from the Computer & Information Science department, where he has been since 2008. Welcome, Ms. Tolbert and Mr. Polston!
SMBHC Welcome Week a Success
The SMBHC Class of 2019 recently enjoyed this year’s Welcome Week, which offered over 300 sessions in a variety of fields, including belly-dancing, ultimate frisbee, Harry Potter, and cooking, and provided evening engagements featuring Artist in Residence Bruce Levingston and Chancellor Emeritus Robert Khayat. Enjoy the pictures!
SMBHC Staff News
Tim Dolan has been named the first Director of the Office of National Scholarship Advisement. He previously mentored fellowship candidates and was director of the Westminster Scholars program and undergraduate research at Westminster College in Salt Lake City from 2007 until this past summer. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Utah. Mimi Rankin is the new Coordinator of Recruitment and Admissions. She graduated from the SMBHC this past May with a BA in Liberal Studies with emphases in History, Political Science, English and Theater. Elizabeth Tolbert has been named Secretary for the SMBHC. Tolbert is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in Entertainment Industry. Former SMBHC Academic Counselor Jennifer Parsons has been promoted to Assistant Dean. Congratulations, Ms. Parsons, and welcome, Mr. Dolan, Ms. Rankin, and Ms. Tolbert!
Honors College Welcome Week
We are very excited for all the honors freshmen to join us in August! Follow this link to learn more about Welcome Week 2015 and register for sessions led by Honors College students, faculty, or staff.
Parents! You are invited to our Weclome Week’s inaugural event: An Evening with Bruce Levingston. The program begins at 7 pm at the Ford Center with a reception to follow. All SMBHC members, friends and family are invited to attend!
Are You Ready?!
The HEARIN FOUNDATION Funds the Mississippi Water Security Institute
The SMBHC’s $258,000 proposal to the Hearin Foundation to create the Mississippi Water Security Institute (MS WSI) has been accepted and fully funded! Because of the Hearin Foundation’s generosity, a select group of honors college students from around the state will experience a “laboratory” in water security. Read all about it here!
Rave Reviews for Bruce Levingston
Prestigious Portz Scholarship Winner
Recent SMBHC and Croft Institute graduate Amir Aziz has won the prestigious Portz Scholarship, an award given by the National Collegiate Honors Council to only four honors students nationwide each year. Aziz will present his thesis, “Al-Arabiyyah, Le Français, and the Soul of Algeria: The Language Tango between Arabic and French in Algerian Education Policy and Defining Post-Colonial Algerian National Identity” at the 2015 Annual Conference of NCHC in Chicago this November. He will begin doctoral work in French this fall at the University of Texas at Austin and will concentrate in international law and human rights. Congratulations, Amir!
Amir Aziz stands with his Thesis Advisor, Dr. Vivian Ibrahim.
Dylan Ritter Awarded ASF Grant
The Autism Science Foundation awarded a grant to sophomore Dylan Ritter to conduct autism research alongside Dr. Scott Dindot at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Read about Dylan’s two-month research experience here.
SMBHC Students Part of Patented Technology
Two SMBHC students, Demba Komma of The Gambia and Forrest Gamble of Birmingham, Alabama, are working with UM research scientist James Sabatier on groundbreaking sonar technology, benefiting aging persons. Read about their work here.
Honors Faculty Win Teaching Awards
Congratulations to Bob Brown, Professor of Political Science, for receiving this year’s Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award. Dr. Brown has taught on the Honors Freshman Seminar team since Fall 2004, and now coordinates the faculty development for these foundational honors courses. To learn more about Dr. Brown, visit here.
Congratulations, also, to Kathryn McKee for receiving the College of Liberal Arts‘ Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award; and to Hilary Becker for receiving the College of Liberal Arts’ Cora Lee Graham Award for Outstanding Teaching of Freshmen. Dr. McKee, McMullan Associate Professor of Southern Studies and Associate Professor of English, has taught numerous honors courses in English and Southern Studies, including team-teaching The Literature and History of the Civil War in Spring 2015. Dr. Becker, assistant professor of Classics, taught Honors Ethics in Archaeology in Spring 2015.
Honors College Welcomes Freshman Class to Orientation
The Honors College welcomes 402 freshmen in its Class of 2019! We saw many of you at the Honors-Only Orientation May 19-20. Those attending one of the regular orientation sessions will have a noon lunch meeting at the Honors College on the first day of orientation; because of space, parents will have lunch with the other orientation participants at the Rebel Marketplace. To register for Orientation or to see the Orientation schedule, visit the Office of Orientation Programs.
Honors College Construction
The Honors College addition is starting to look more like the rendering above. Watch this short video to see the progress from March to May 2015.
The Honors College Welcomes Record Freshman Class!
The Honors College welcomes a record 402 freshmen in its Class of 2019! The students hail from 28 states and 2 foreign countries, with 51% being from the great state of Mississippi. This impressive body averages a 3.96 high school GPA and a 30.8 ACT. We look forward to meeting all of you at an Orientation session this summer.
Deadline to Accept Offer of Admission is May 1
We want to remind those students accepted into the Fall 2015 cohort that you must accept the offer by 11:59 pm CDT May 1. To do so, log into my.olemiss.edu, access the Special Programs and Scholarship application, and click on Check Application Status to enter your decision. Please note, if we have not heard from you by May 1, we will assume you are declining the offer and will give your spot to a student on our waitlist. If you have any problems or questions, please call us at 662-915-7294.
Honors Senior Wins Boren Scholarship
Congratulations to Steven Mockler, SMBHC senior, who has won a Boren Scholarship. Steven, also a student in the Croft Institute for International Studies and the Chinese Flagship program, was awarded the Boren to fund his Capstone year in China.
Honors College Professor Wins Elsie M. Hood Award!
Congratulations to Bob Brown, Professor of Political Science, for being this year’s Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award. Dr. Brown has taught on the Honors Freshman Seminar team since Fall 2004, and now coordinates the faculty development for these foundational honors courses. To learn more about Dr. Brown, visit here.
Honors College Mourns the Loss of Esther Sparks
The Honors College and the University lost one of our outstanding Honors professors, Dr. Esther Sparks, Friday evening. Dr. Sparks received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago in 1951, and her MA and PhD from Northwestern. She was a former curator at Art Institute of Chicago and taught at various universities. Dr. Sparks has taught our Honors Art History 101 for over a decade.
We will provide further details later as we prepare to memorialize the life of Dr. Sparks, and the Department of Art will locate a substitute teacher for Dr. Sparks’ current students. We will all miss Dr. Sparks’ elegant presence in our midst.
SMBHC Senior and Alum Win NSF Fellowships
Congratulations to senior Megan Smith (B.S. biology, B.A. English) on winning an NSF Graduate Fellowship. Megan, who has done research under Dr. Brice Noonan and Dr. Rich Buchholz, plans to use the Fellowship to fund her graduate studies at the Ohio State University. Congratulations also to another NSF GRF winner, Nikki Reinemann, SMBHC alum (2012; B.S. chemistry, B.S. Chemical Engineering). Nikki is currently studying at Vanderbilt University; while an undergrad, she conducted research under Dr. Nathan Hammer.
MyOleMiss Unavailable Easter Weekend
The myOleMiss portal will be unavailable beginning at 5 p.m., on Thursday, April 2 until Tuesday, April 7, at 8 a.m. due to a major upgrade. While the upgrade is taking place, the UM community will not have access to the myOleMiss portal. All applications within myOleMiss will be unavailable during this time. Those prospects who want to accept the offer of admission to the SMBHC will need to wait until Tuesday, April 7th. Remember that the deadline to accept the offer of admission is May 1 at 11:59 pm CDT.
Congratulations to Two Fulbright Scholars
Jordan Troisi Colby Woods
The Honors College is happy to announce that Jordan Troisi, our Coordinator of Recruitment and Admissions, and Colby Woods (2014, B.A. International Studies, German) have been award Fulbright U.S. Student Awards. Jordan will be going to Turkey and Colby to Germany, as English Teaching Assistants. Great news to celebrate!
SMBHC Alum Wins Gates Cambridge
Chiedozie Ibekwe (2012, B.S.in Electrical Engineering) has won the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Dozie, who has been working for General Electric since he graduated, plans to earn his MPhil in Public Policy at Cambridge. With that degree, he hopes to become involved in international development consulting and policy advisory, with particular attention to developing policies to boost manufacturing and diversify African economies. Congratulations, Dozie!
Bruce Levingston and Friends, Friday Night
Come enjoy Bruce Levingston and a cast of all-stars Friday night, March 27 at 7:30 pm at the Ford Center. Mr. Levingston’s concert will include a number of his good friends in the area including the brilliant poet Beth Ann Fennelly and novelist Tom Franklin, legendary writer and journalist Curtis Wilkie as well as …are you ready?! ..UM Athletic Director Ross Bjork and Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze! The whole concert will be about music inspired by words with a spooky “noir” twist ! There are some wonderful singers coming on the show and some other surprises.
Student tickets are available for $10 at the Ford Center. For more information about the concert, visit here.
Fall 2015 Courses Now Available
Fall 2015 course lists are now available as hard copies in the SMBHC lounge and on the web.
Barksdale Award Winners Announced!
Congratulations to our 2015 Barksdale Award Winners: Joe Bell and Kate Lindsay! Joe will be spending time with cowboys (California or Colorado) and gauchos (Uruguay), learning what happens to men and to myths when modernization infringes on the frontier. Kate will travel to Washington, New York, and Los Angeles to explore ways that Deaf theatre (of/by/for the Deaf) pushes the notion of theatre itself, for both Deaf and hearing audiences, actors, crew, and playwrights. Joe is a sophomore working toward a B.A. in international studies, Public Policy Leadership, and Spanish, with a minor in environmental studies. Kate, a junior, is earning both a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts and a B.Accy. Click here for more information about these two students’ plans. Good luck to both as they pursue some dreams, courtesy of the Barksdale Award!
Honors College Construction Time-Lapse Video
My, how time flies. Our ground-breaking ceremony was March 7, 2014. Watch this short video to see the progress this past year.
SMBHC Artist in Residence Receives Rave Review in NY Times
Bruce Levingston, pianist
(Sono Luminus DSL-92183)
Death and rebirth are the themes of this deeply personal, exquisite album. The pianist Bruce Levingston brings heart-wrenching vulnerability and tenderness to a series of preludes, fugues and fantasies by Bach that form the spiritual nucleus of the CD. Read more.
(New York Times, ArtsBeat March 4, 2015)
Honors College Congratulates Students Accepted for Fall 2015 Freshman Class!
The Honors College congratulates those applicants accepted for our Fall 2015 freshman class. This group has a record average ACT of 30.8 and an average high school GPA of 3.96. Students hail from 34 states and two foreign countries. Those accepted to join the entering freshman class of citizen scholars at the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College must accept or decline the offer by 11:59 pm CDT May 1. To do so, log into my.olemiss.edu, access the Special Programs and Scholarship application, and click on Check Application Status to enter your decision. Please note, if we have not heard from you by May 1, we will assume you are declining the offer and will give your spot to a student on our waitlist. If you have any problems or questions, please call us at 662-915-7294.
Admission Decisions Coming Soon!
The end of February is an exciting time, as those high school seniors who applied by our regular deadline will be notified soon of our admissions decisions. Decision e-mails will go out by Friday, February 27, with letters to follow. Please know that as we process the decisions this week, it will be difficult for us to return phone calls or e-mails. Early action applicants (those who applied by November 1 and had a complete application by November 15) were notified of our admission decision by December 20. All successful applicants—including early action applicants—will have until May 1, 2015 to accept or decline our offer of admission. If you have any questions regarding the application process, you may e-mail Jordan Troisi at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
SMBHC Spring Convocation, February 10
The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College welcomes Bruce Levingston, our own Chancellor’s Honors College Artist in Residence, at our Spring Convocation Tuesday, February 10 at 7:00 pm at the Ford Center. Mr. Levingston will be bringing some well-known figures from the world of cinema to discuss and perform scores for films from the past and present. All honors students are required to attend.
Freshman Ventures Retreat Saturday, February 7
Freshmen Ventures concludes with presentations by the ventures teams Saturday, February 7th at the Jackson Avenue Center beginning at 8:30 am. We are excited to see what the Ventures groups learned from their travels across the United States. For a story on one of the Freshman Ventures teams, click here.
Participation in this Saturday event is required of all 1st year students who traveled on FV. Those who do not attend must arrange an individual meeting with DSG at your earliest convenience. Also, the teams should meet with Costa Osadov by noon Friday, the 6th, to upload their presentations.
Honors College Deadline Extended to January 15th
Due to technological difficulties, we are extending the deadline to apply to the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College to January 15th. We are already reviewing those applications received by the 5th. The application for the Honors College is part of the Special Programs and Scholarship Application. Remember that you must first apply to the University of Mississippi before accessing the Special Programs application. We look forward to reading hundreds of awesome applications!
Honors College Application Deadline January 5th!
We want to remind prospective Fall 2015 freshmen that the deadline to apply to the SMBHC is January 5th at 11:59 pm CST. The application for the Honors College is part of the Special Programs and Scholarship Application. Remember that you must first apply to the University of Mississippi before accessing the Special Programs application. Students who apply by January 5th will be notified of our admission decision by the beginning of March. We look forward to reading hundreds of awesome applications!
Honors College Building Closed Thanksgiving Week
The construction of our addition is moving forward, including relocating some power lines. To do that, the power to the SMBHC has to be off early in the week of Thanksgiving. Power should be restored by Wednesday afternoon, the 26th, but until then the building will be closed.
Scholars’ Day–Saturday, November 15th
The Honors College welcomes prospective students and their families to attend Scholars Day on Saturday, November 15th. The Honors College building will be open in the morning from 9:00 a.m–10:50 a.m.for tours and for prospective students to meet current students. We will also host a session featuring current honors students and the SMBHC staff at 3:15 at the Inn at Ole Miss Ballroom. Questions regarding registration and the event schedule should be directed to Amanda Barr, the event coordinator, in the Office of Admissions (662-915-7226; 662-915-7564).
Special Programs and Scholarship Application Available
The Special Programs and Scholarship Application for prospective Fall 2015 freshmen is available here. Remember that you must first apply to the University of Mississippi before accessing the Special Programs application. Those who applied by our Early-Action deadline of November 1 will be notified of our decision by December 20. The regular deadline is 11:59 pm CST January 5, 2015. Regular applicants will be notified by the beginning of March. Students accepted under either deadline have until May 1, 2015 to accept or decline the offer. We look forward to reading hundreds of awesome applications.
Spring 2015 Course Highlights
We want to highlight a number of special course opportunities we have in the spring, from “The History and Literature of the Civil War” to “New York City in Film” to “Ethics in Archaeology” to “Cross-Cultural Communications.” For descriptions of these special topics and others, visit here. In addition to these courses, there are plenty of other honors opportunities available in the spring. Visit the Spring 2015 Course list to see all the honors courses and find course descriptions for many of them.
Early-Action Deadline November 1
The Special Programs and Scholarship Application for prospective Fall 2015 freshmen is available here. Remember that you must first apply to the University of Mississippi before accessing the Special Programs application. Those who apply by our Early-Action deadline of November 1 will be notified of our decision by December 20. The regular deadline is 11:59 pm CST January 5, 2015. Regular applicants will be notified by the beginning of March. Students accepted under either deadline have until May 1, 2015 to accept or decline the offer. We look forward to reading hundreds of awesome applications.
Honors Students Meet Filmmaker
Honors College students lunched with Dan Nuxoll, Program Director of Rooftop Films in New York City. Dan and his brother, Phil, recently visited Oxford and Ole Miss to work with the Honors College Artist-in-Residence, Bruce Levingston, on a new project. Rooftop Films, a nonprofit dedicated to independent films, holds a wildly popular film festival in NYC on rooftops from May through August of each year. For more info, visit here.
Honors College Welcomes Dr. Sue
Professor Chat Sue, University of Mississippi University Scholar (Class of 1965), returned to his alma mater to meet and to discuss with Honors students his experience as an Asian-American at Ole Miss from 1961-1965. His insightful comments about diversity at Ole Miss and other major universities stimulated deep conversation about UM’s challenges and opportunities. Welcome home, Dr. Sue!
Honors College Alumni Open House
The Honors College welcomes its alumni Saturday, October 4 from 10:00-11:30 at our Open House. Come by the SMBHC to visit with the staff, current students, and your fellow honors alumni; and enjoy some delicious refreshments. The SMBHC also will have our Grove tent on the corner of Sorority Row and Grove Loop until about 1:00 if you would like to visit in the afternoon. We look forward to seeing you this weekend!
SMBHC Fall Convocation Welcomes Camille Paglia
The Honors College welcomes Dr. Camille Paglia as our Fall Convocation speaker. Dr. Paglia is a well-known cultural critic who intends to challenge all political and social convictions, and we look forward to her visit. All Honor students must attend this great event, Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at 7 pm, at the Ford Center. You will swipe your IDs as you enter and leave.
Honors College Welcomes Bruce Levingston
The SMBHC, in conjunction with the Department of Music, welcomes Bruce Levingston as our first Chancellor’s Honors College Artist-in-Residence. Mr. Levingston is a world-renowned classical pianist; he will work with students to develop their interests and opportunities, both in the arts and in general. This new position is made possible through a generous endowment from Lester “Ruff” Fant through the Lester G. Fant III Charitable Lead Annuity Trust. For more information about Bruce Levingston, visit here.
SMBHC Welcomes Record Freshman Class
The Honors College welcomes 376 freshmen in its Class of 2018! The students hail from 27 states and 3 foreign countries, with 54% being from the great state of Mississippi. This impressive body of citizen scholars averages a 3.93 high school GPA and a 30.3 ACT.
Our time together begins with the Freshman Retreat August 20-22. Click here to see the schedule.
SMBHC Bids Farewell to Andrus Ashoo
Andrus Ashoo, national scholarship advisor, is assuming the position of Associate Director of the Center for Undergraduate Excellence at the University of Virginia starting this August. Andrus graduated from the SMBHC in 2008 (B.A. International Studies, French), and joined us in the fall of that year as an academic counselor. In 2010, he began his work with the Office of National Scholarship Advisement, working primarily with students applying for the Fulbright, Goldwater, Udall, and Boren scholarships. The SMBHC thanks Andrus for his many contributions to our mission and our students, and we wish him well as he takes his talents to Virginia.
Honors Students at the World Cup!
The SMBHC selected six students to attend the World Cup in Brazil: Madeleine Achgill, Maia Cotelo, Vera Gardner, Jessica Hiskey, Jennifer Miller, Stephanie Trippel, and Matt Williams. For more about the students, visit the World Cup 2014 link in the menu. For daily updates and photos, visit Maia’s blog posts. Also, keep up with all of Team Barksdale 2014 at our Facebook page.
SMBHC in NYC!
Honors College Welcomes Freshman Class to Orientation!
The Honors College welcomes 371 freshmen in its Class of 2018! The students hail from 26 states and 2 foreign countries, with 54% being from the great state of Mississippi. This impressive body averages a 3.92 high school GPA and a 30.5 ACT. We’ll see many of you at the Honors-Only Orientation May 20-21. Honors students attending one of the regular orientation sessions will have a noon lunch meeting with us on the first day of orientation at the Honors College; because of space, parents will have lunch with the other orientation participants at the Rebel Marketplace. To register for Orientation or to see the Orientation schedule, visit the Office of Orientation Programs.
Honors College Commissions Record Class
The SMBHC honored a record 177 seniors at our commissioning ceremony Friday, May 9. The ceremony began with a welcome by Bracey Harris (Journalism). Mary Ball Markow (English) gave the keynote speech, and Neal McMillin (Southern Studies, Economics) concluded the ceremony with a charge to his fellow classmates. During the ceremony, Chancellor Jones presented medallions and thesis advisors presented stoles to each graduate. We are proud of your accomplishments, SMBHC Class of 2014! Congratulations!
SMBHC Ceremony Friday May 9
The SMBHC will honor a record 177 seniors at our commissioning ceremony Friday, May 9, at 4:00 in the Ford Center. Graduating seniors should arrive by 3:30 to be seated in the front of the auditorium. Be sure you have your graduation gown (but not your cap or honor society cords). Thesis advisors should arrive no later than 3:45 and proceed backstage to be directed to your seat. Advisors should wear a suit or jacket and tie (or comparable for women). A reception will follow the ceremony. We look forward to this wonderful celebration.
Note: we have been told that parking regulations will be relaxed on Friday afternoon, so parking in the Ford Center lot should be available.
Honors College Welcomes Record Freshman Class
The Honors College welcomes 372 freshmen in its Class of 2018! The students hail from 26 states and 2 foreign countries, with 54% being from the state of Mississippi. This impressive body averages a 3.92 high school GPA and a 30.5 ACT. We encourage students to attend the Honors-only Orientation May 20-21. Honors students attending one of the regular orientation sessions will have a noon lunch meeting with us at the Honors College on the first day of orientation; because of space, parents will have lunch with the other orientation participants at the Rebel Marketplace. To register for Orientation or to see the Orientation schedule, visit here.
SMBHC Senior Wins Fulbright
Senior Katie Shuford has won a Fulbright US Student Award to further her studies of the Kodály philosophy of teaching music during the 2014/2015 academic year. Katie will enroll at the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary. As a part of refining her craft, she will investigate how Hungarian teachers meet the needs of the 21st century classroom, looking specifically at standards, assessment, and technology. Congratulations Katie!
SMBHC Junior Named Udall Honorable Mention
Junior Kendall McDonald, one of our campus leaders in sustainability, has been recognized by the Udall Foundation with the Honorable Mention distinction. That means that Kendall is among only 100 sophomores and juniors recognized for their leadership, service, and commitment to the environment, tribal policy, or Native healthcare. Congratulations Kendall!