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Honors College Acceptance Deadline May 1

We want to remind those applicants accepted to join the entering freshman class of citizen scholars at the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College that you must accept or decline the offer by 11:59 pm CDT May 1.  As soon as you know your decision, 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.

Clinical Shadowing Program Participants Announced

Congratulations to the honors students selected to participate in the Clinical Shadowing Program this summer at UMMC: Morgan Davis, Roya Gordji, Sara Kiparizoska, Shelby Claire Liddell, Savannah Mitchell, Ryan Sessums, and Joella Vaughnn. The students will participate with rising M2s in one or two 2-week shadowing rotations in Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Radiology, Radiation Oncology, or Surgery. They will also have the opportunity to help at the Jackson Free Clinic.

Honors College Groundbreaking

Chancellor Dan Jones, Jim Barksdale, Dean Douglass Sullivan-Gonzalez and Honors College students and faculty broke ground for the expansion and renovation of the SMBHC Friday, March 7.  To see video from this occasion, visit here.

For photos of the event, visit here.

Honors College Groundbreaking Friday, March 7

The University of Mississippi invites you to join us Friday, March 7, as we break ground for the new addition to the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.  Festivities will begin behind the deck at 10:00 am (rain location: inside the Honors College), with a reception following in the lounge.  All are welcome.

Honors College Construction Web Cam

Click this link to watch progress on the expansion of the Honors College.

Dickason Named Truman Finalist

Junior Christine Dickason (B.A. Public Policy Leadership) has been invited to interview for the Truman Scholarship. Good luck to Christine in Nashville, March 24th!

Welcome, Ruth Ashoo!

Congratulations to Andrus and Christina Ashoo on the birth of their daughter, Ruth Ann Ashoo, on February 12th.  Great start to the SMBHC Class of 2035!

2014 Barksdale Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to Jillian Cowart and Megan Smith, the winners of this year’s Barksdale Awards. These $5,000 awards, announced at the Spring Honors Convocation, support independent projects of the students’ own design. Jillian (junior, B.A. International Studies, Public Policy Leadership) will be exploring connections between local farming and local economies, comparing efforts in Senegal and the Mississippi Delta. Megan (junior, B.S. biology, B.A. English) will be talking with landowners all around the country to explore the efficacy of incentive-based conservation efforts. Good luck to these citizen scholars!

 

Jillian Cowart and Megan Smith

SMBHC Hosts Dr. Hannah Gay

On February 5th, the SMBHC welcomed Dr. Hannah Gay as its Spring 2014 Honors College Convocation speaker.  Dr. Gay, an associate professor and HIV specialist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, is credited with “functionally curing” an infant of HIV.  For pictures of the event, visit here.

Application Deadline January 15th!

The deadline for Fall 2014 freshmen to apply for admission to the SMBHC is 11:59 pm CST January 15, 2014.  The Special Programs and Scholarship Application is available here.  Remember that you must first apply to the University of Mississippi before accessing the Special Programs application.  Qualified applicants who apply after January 15th will be placed on a waitlist and will be admitted only if space becomes available.  For questions about the application, contact honors@olemiss.edu or call Jordan Troisi at 662-915-7294.

Freshman Ventures Retreat February 1

Freshmen Ventures concludes with our February 1st presentation at the Jackson Center beginning at 8:30 am. We are excited to see what the Ventures groups learned from their travels across the United States.  Participation on 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.

Spring Convocation February 5

We welcome Dr. Hannah Gay as our 2014 Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College Spring Convocation speaker, February 5, at 7 pm, at the Gertrude Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Dr. Gay is known for her team’s remarkable “cure” of an infant born with HIV in Mississippi. Dr. Gay is a graduate of the University of Mississippi where she participated as a member of the Honors Program, the institutional predecessor of the SMBHC. She also graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and currently works as Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases, Pediatrics, at UM’s Medical Center. She will speak to us of her experience as student, mother and doctor in a world fraught with public health challenges. The event is free and open to the public.

Clinical Shadowing Program at UMMC

The SMBHC and UMMC have partnered to allow a limited number of honors students to observe physicians in a clinical environment.  Each honors student selected will be able to participate in up to two 2-week rotations in Summer 2014.  To be considered for this experience, you must be a rising junior or senior in the SMBHC, have at least a 3.50 GPA, and be in good standing with the SMBHC for your year (honors hours; CAC; sophomore petition or research project, whichever is applicable).  For more information and to learn how to apply, visit here .  The application deadline is 5:00 pm Monday, March 3, 2014.

2014 Bioethics Fellowships

The University of Mississippi Medical Center, the Department of Philosophy and Religion, and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College are collaborating to offer a five-week immersion experience (6/30/14 – 8/1/14) at the Medical Center in Jackson, MS for three qualified students.  After receiving preliminary training in ethics, students will be assigned to ward teams and interact with patients as they experience their illnesses, the environment in which their care is given, and observe the physicians, nurses and other staff as they provide that care.

Selected students will receive three hours of Phil 329 course credit tuition free and receive financial aid to help cover living expenses while in Jackson.  Full details and application materials can be found here.  The application deadline is March 3rd.

Direct all questions to Dr. Steven Skultety, Bryant Hall #100, skultety@olemiss.edu.

Honors College Welcomes Rachel Coleman

The Honors College welcomes back Rachel Coleman as our SMBHC Secretary! Ms. Coleman worked for us from 2007 to 2011. Introduce yourself to Rachel and enjoy her radiant smile.

Special Programs and Scholarship Is Available

The Special Programs and Scholarship Application for prospective Fall 2014 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 15, 2014.  Regular applicants will be notified by the beginning of March.  Students accepted under either deadline have until May 1, 2014 to accept or decline the offer.

The Honors College Congratulates Its Early-Action Acceptances

We congratulate the 170 students accepted to join the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College’s 2014 freshman class  who applied through our Early-Action option!  You promise to be part of an exciting class of citizen-scholars at the University of Mississippi.  The SMBHC received 295 applications by our Early-Action deadline, a 17% increase over last year.  We accepted 170 students from 22 states.  They average a 31 on the ACT and have an average high school GPA of 3.93.   Remember, January 15, 2014 is the deadline for those who want to compete through our regular decision option.  The Special Programs and Scholarship Application for prospective Fall 2014 freshmen is available here.

New Spring Honors Courses Available

The SMBHC has been able to create some new spring honors courses.  Joshua First, is offering His 102, section 16 MWF 10:00-10:50; and Magali Armillas-Tiseyra is offering Engl 222, section 20 TTh, 2:30-3:45.  We have also recently opened Math 262, section 12, TTh 9:30-10:45.

We also want to give a plug for two great courses in the social sciences:  Hon 420, section 1 with Carrie Smith will partner with the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs to survey UM students (and learn research methodology along the way).  And Public Policy Leadership is offering PPL 211 with Dean Copeland to explore the issues we will grapple with in the 21st century.  For more information on these courses and all the spring honors offerings, visit here.

(Note: at one point we were going to offer an honors Engl 226 section, but we have had to cancel that.)

Special Programs and Scholarship Application Unavailable Dec 20-30

The Special Programs and Scholarship application is unavailable between December 20 and December 30, as the University undergoes a major system upgrade.  Students wishing to apply for admission to the Honors College should wait until the new year. If you want to work on the essays during that down time, visit here to see our essay prompts and the other required elements.  Remember that you have through January 15 at 11:59 pm CST to submit your application.

Early-Action Deadline November 1

The Early-Action application deadline is this Friday, November 1 at 11:59 pm CDT (recommenders have until November 15 to submit their letters).  Prospective Fall 2014 freshmen can access the the Special Programs and Scholarship application by visiting here.  You must first apply to the University of Mississippi before accessing the Special Programs application.  Students applying by the Early-Action deadline will be notified of our decision by December 20.  Our regular deadline is 11:59 pm CST January 15, 2014.  Regular applicants will be notified by the beginning of March.  Students accepted under either deadline have until May 1, 2014 to accept or decline the offer.  If you have any questions or problems with the application, contact us at 662-915-7294 or honors@olemiss.edu.

Honors Students in the News

Three honors students have recently made the news.  Read about junior Eleanor Anthony being the only undergraduate to present at the Digipal Symposium in London.  Also, the University Foundation profiled the two Everett-Williams Scholarship recipients, Logan Wilson and Davelin Woodard, both sophomores.  We’re proud of these three students and all the students in the SMBHC.

Honors College Alumni Open House

The SMBHC welcomes its alumni Saturday, October 12 from noon to 1:30.  Come by to visit with the staff and current students, and see plans for the new building and renovation.

Honors College Application Now Available

The Special Programs and Scholarship Application for prospective Fall 2014 freshmen is now available.  Visit here to access the application.  Remember that you must first apply to the University of Mississippi before accessing the Special Programs application.  The Honors College has an Early-Action deadline of November 1; students applying by 11:59 pm CST that day will be notified of our decision by December 20.  The regular deadline is 11:59 pm CST January 15, 2014.  Regular applicants will be notified by the beginning of March.  Students accepted under either deadline have until May 1, 2014 to accept or decline the offer.

Honors College Mourns Loss of Charles Gates

The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College mourns the loss of Dr. Charles Gates, who died at his home Monday, September 23rd at the age of 53. Dr. Gates was a long-time professor on the Honors Freshman Seminar team, and he was a former member of the Honors Council. In both regards he helped shape the SMBHC into the successful program it is today. For more information about visitation and his memorial service, visit here.

SMBHC Fall 2013 Convocation

On Thursday, September 12, the SMBHC hosted Michael J. Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, as our convocation speaker.  Professor Sandel has taught political philosophy at Harvard since 1980, and his recent book, What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, challenges us to examine the role of money and markets in our society. For photos of his visit with honors college students, click here.

SMBHC Fall Convocation September 12

Michael J. Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, will be our SMBHC Fall Convocation lecturer, September 12, 2013, 7 p.m.  Professor Sandel has taught political philosophy at Harvard since 1980, and his recent book, What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, challenges us to examine the role of money and markets in our society.  All Honors students are expected to attend and must pick up tickets to the event in the Honors College lobby from Tuesday, Sept 3rd thru Friday, Sept 6th. Get ready for a great evening!

The Adventure 2013

SMBHC 1st year Students:

Welcome to the SMB Honors College and to a great adventure.  We hope that you enjoy your four years as scholars committed to the relentless pursuit of truth and as citizens committed to the public good who are driven to find solutions to our community’s vexing problems.   Here is a link to the instructions and the tasks.

Honors College Students say “Thank You” to our Donors!

View our “Thank You” video here.

 

Honors College Welcomes the Class of 2017!

The Honors College is excited to welcome 356 incoming freshmen in the class of 2017! They will kick-off their honors experience with the Freshman Retreat from August 21-23.  The schedule for the retreat is as follows:

WEDNESDAY AUG. 21

8:00-3:00, 7:00-9:00      Student Check-in

4:00-6:00                      Parents’ Reception

THURSDAY AUG. 22

10:00-12:00                  Retreat Kick-off at Ole Miss Inn

FRIDAY AUG. 23

10:00-12:00                  Retreat cont. at Nutt Auditorium

12:00-2:00                    Lunch at the South End Zone

Honors College Welcomes Jordan Troisi

The Honors College welcomes Jordan Troisi as our new Coordinator of Recruitment and Admissions.  Jordan recently completed his Master's in Higher Education at the University of Mississippi, and he brings great skills to the job of recruiting high-performing students to the Honors College and the University.  Welcome, Jordan!

Honors College Announces Fellowship Recipients

Congratulations to the students who have received an Honors Fellowship for Fall 2013 or Spring 2014.  To see a list of these students click here.

SMBHC Alum Named ODK Scholar Leader

Recent alum Doug Odom (2013, B.A. English, Classics) was selected by Omicron Delta Kappa as the Scholar Leader of the Year for 2012-13. ODK, one of the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary organizations, gives leadership awards in the areas of Scholarship, Service, Athletics, Technical Skills, and Journalism/Mass Media. Congratulations to Doug!

Honors College Welcomes Freshman Class to Orientation

The Honors College welcomes 357 freshmen in its Class of 2017!  The students hail from 23 states and 1 foreign country, with 62% being from the great state of Mississippi.  This impressive body averages a 3.94 high school GPA and a 30.2 ACT.  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 JC.  To register for Orientation or to see the Orientation schedule, visit here.

Honors Students Win Top UM Awards

Congratulations to Joanna David (chemical engineering, 2013) for winning the School of Engineering’s Senior Leadership Award.  To read more about Joanna and this award, visit here.

Congratulations, also, to Alexandria Thoman (international studies and Spanish, 2013) for receiving the John H. Napier III Intelligence Prize awarded by the UM Center for Intelligence and Security Studies.  For more information about Lexi, who will work at the U.S. State Department, visit here.

SMBHC Ceremony Friday, May 10

The SMBHC will honor a record 148 seniors at our commissioning ceremony Friday, May 10, 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 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.

SMBHC Senior Wins Fulbright US Student Award

Congratulations to Ryan Ezelle, a student in international studies and Spanish, who will be returning to the Dominican Republic for the 2013-2014 academic year to serve as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant.  Stay tuned for a full story about Ryan and how he has developed a passion for teaching.  Read more here.

Honors College Welcomes New Freshman Class!

The Honors College welcomes 357 freshmen in its Class of 2017!  The students hail from 23 states and 1 foreign country, with 62% being from the great state of Mississippi.  This impressive body averages a 3.94 high school GPA and a 30.2 ACT.  We look forward to meeting these students at the Honors Orientation May 22-23 or one of the regular orientation sessions.  To register for Orientation or to see the Orientation schedule, visit here.

World Cup Roster Announced

Congratulations to the seven students who will be representing the SMBHC at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil: Madeleine Achgill ’17, Maia Cotelo ’16, Vera Gardner ’17, Jessica Hiskey ’16, Jenn Miller ’16, Stephanie Trippel ’16, and Matt Williams ’14.  You can check out their video and website submissions here.

Faculty Summer Stipend Competition 2013 Winners

Congratulations to the UM faculty who won summer stipends to support development of new honors courses. Hilary Becker, Mercer Bullard, John Czarnetzky, Vivian Ibrahim, Clifford Ochs, Timothy Yenter, and Alan Arrivée are this year’s recipients.

Honors Program Graduate Named to TIME’s Top 100 List

Congratulations to Hannah Gay, UMMC pediatrician and Honors Program graduate (1976), who has been named to TIME’s Top 100 List for 2013.  Dr. Gay orchestrated a breakthrough in HIV treatment by treating a new-born with anti-HIV drugs hours after it was born.  The child has not exhibited any signs of HIV and is off any medications.  To read more, visit here.

The Lazarus Project Recovers Ancient Texts

The Lazarus Project makes news again!  Members of the Honors College’s Lazarus Project class traveled to Vercelli, Italy, over Spring Break to study ancient texts at the Capitolare Library, including the Vercelli manuscript (10th century) and a Globe Map (12th century). To read more about their experience, click here.  Also, check out this news story from TG-R TV in Italy (with English subtitles) to see some of their work.  Note: the audio is difficult to hear, but watching these ancient texts come to life is striking!

Honors College Application Decisions

The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College has extended our offers of admission, and notified by letter those we have waitlisted or declined. For those we have accepted, please notify us of your decision by May 1; refer to the acceptance e-mail you received for instructions on how to accept or decline the offer of admission. 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 College Application Decisions to Be Announced March 1

The end of February will be an exciting time, as those high school seniors who applied by the January 15 deadline will be notified of our admissions decision by March 1st. Please know that as we process the decisions later 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, 2013 to accept or decline the offer of admission. If you have any questions regarding the application process, you may e-mail rlupshaw@olemiss.edu for assistance.

SMBHC Junior Named Truman Finalist

Adam Blackwell, junior Public Policy Leadership major, has been named a Finalist for the Truman Scholarship.  Adam will be interviewing in Nashville on March 27th.  Congratulations, Adam, and good luck!

2014 World Cup – Who’s Going?

The competition to join Team Barksdale-World Cup 2014 is now open!  This will be a team of four SMBHC students who will travel to Brazil in June/July 2014 to be witness and participant when the world arrives for the FIFA World Cup.  The SMBHC will select those students who show they are ready – for the complexity, the challenge, the heady fun of World Cup.  An application and more details can be found here.  Deadline is April 1st.

Honors College Receives Record Number of Applications

The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College received a record 1,133 applications by its January 15 deadline. Teachers and counselors have until the end of January to submit their letters of recommendation. Students who did not apply by the deadline may still do so through May 1, although qualified late applicants will be placed on a waitlist.  Applicants can access the Special Programs and Scholarships application by clicking here.

Those who applied by the deadline will be notified of our admissions decision by March 1st. Early action applicants (those who applied by November 1 and have 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, 2013 to accept or decline the offer of admission.  If you have any questions regarding the application process, you may e-mail rlupshaw@olemiss.edu for assistance.

Congratulations to Our Two Barksdale Award Winners

Congratulations to Thomas Neal McMillin (Southern Studies and Economics) and Hunter Nicholson (Accountancy and Public Policy Leadership and Spanish) for receiving the 2013 Barksdale Awards.  The Barksdale Awards provide $5,000 each for these two students to pursue independent projects outside the normal structure of a study abroad program or course credit.  To learn more about these students’ plans, visit here. To view a video detailing the students’ project ambitions, visit here.

SMBHC Hosts George Will

On Tuesday, February 5, the SMBHC welcomed George Will as its Spring Convocation speaker.  Mr. Will, a columnist for The Washington Post and a frequent analyst on ABC’s This Week, spoke on “The Political Argument Today.”  Prior to his talk Mr. Will dined with students from Steven Skultety’s History of Western Political Philosophy course.  Also, as part of the evening’s festivities, the two Barksdale Award winners were announced.  For photos of the evening, click here.

Honors College Welcomes George Will

The SMBHC welcomes George Will as its Spring Convocation speaker Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ford Center.  Mr. Will, a columnist for The Washington Post and a frequent analyst on ABC’s This Week, will speak on “The Political Argument Today.”  A book-signing will follow the talk.  The talk is free and open to the public.

Student Fellowships in Medical Ethics

The University of Mississippi Medical Center, the Department of Philosophy and Religion, and the SMBHC are collaborating to offer a five-week immersion experience at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson for three students.  The three selected students will receive six hours of course credit tuition free and receive financial aid to cover living expenses. The experience is July 1 through August 2, 2013.  To be eligible, a student should be a junior or senior in Fall 2013, major in the humanities, social sciences or the arts; and not be pursuing a career in health care.  For more information, visit here.

An Adventure Into Fantasy Literature By Way of Oxford, England

Who doesn’t wish they could travel with Bilbo Baggins? Who wouldn’t love to venture to Narnia? Why wouldn’t a person love to sit and chat with Tolkien or Lewis? Who wouldn’t love to do the next best thing, by exploring the places they talked, dreamed, and wrote the timeless adventures that continually captivate readers?

That is exactly the opportunity offered by the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College in the Study Abroad course “From Tolkien to Lewis: Literature and the Fantastic.” It is more than just studying Lord of the Rings and Narnia; it’s experiencing fantasy literature—experiencing Narnia and Middle Earth.

While living in Oxford, England, for a month, students study fantasy fiction and tour the locations important to the authors and their works. It is a hands-on learning opportunity that not only includes the study of fantasy texts, but also includes unique research opportunities.

For the final paper, students research a topic of their choice. The students conduct their research in the Bodleian Library, the library that houses historical manuscripts and a copy of every book copyrighted within the UK. The topic choices are endless, and, as one former student commented, “nerd-vana” is imminent. Prior research projects have ranged from Charlie Chaplin Film and Politics to Bird Ecological Niches in Europe and the Southeastern US. Obviously, the Bodleian offers a wealth of information, giving students a wide variety of topics to choose from.

The Study Abroad course is taught during the summer by the dynamic Barksdale Fellows from the SMBHC, Vince Evans and Abby Loebenberg. They create a unique learning environment by approaching the course from different disciplines and perspectives. Loebenberg examines the literary works using anthropology and sociology, while Evans discusses philosophy and literary theory. This combination allows students the exciting opportunity to explore the texts as more than just literature. The learning environment and thought process are multi-faceted and encourage examination of the texts from various angles.

Though the course is taught in a four-day week structure with two hour classes, field trips are common and there is plenty of time to do personal exploring. On the summer 2011 trip, students adventured as near by as Ireland and as far as Prague during the course of their three-day weekends.

The cost of $5500 includes living in a room in Hertford College, a constituent college of the University of Oxford with ties to Hert Hall founded in the 1280s. Of course, the price also includes the cost of tuition, health insurance, and two meals a day. Personal travel while in England and the cost of travel to/from England are the responsibility of the student; however, the adventure into the minds and places of Tolkien and Lewis is certainly included. (This is a good value, as the Honors College has already subsidized the cost to the tune of $1000 for each student—it’s a deal!)

“From Tolkien to Lewis” is a course that could be a defining moment in a student’s college experience and education, an opportunity to integrate everything college is meant to be: education, experience, exposure to new ideas, and adventure.

By RoseAnn Foster, SMBHC, Class of 2015

Study Abroad this summer in Oxford, UK with the Barksdale Fellows

After the success of last year’s study abroad program, the SMBHC honors college study abroad program at Hertford College, Oxford University is going to be offered again this summer from the 28th of June until the 27th of July.
Students will be able to study for a 3-hour Honors course “From Tolkein to Lewis: Literature and the Fantastic”, and will conduct an independent research project in Oxford and London’s museums and libraries in the fourth week. Interesting talks and visits will form a significant part of the experience of studying and living at one of the world’s oldest Universities. Applications for this exciting program will open early in spring semester. To register interest please email
vince.evans@olemiss.edu
or
loebnbrg@olemiss.edu
.

Click here to read a story about the program written by sophomore RoseAnn Foster.  Click here to see a video made by some of last years’ participants, Christine Dickason and Kaitlyn Barton.

U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. Delivers SMBHC Fall Convocation

The SMBHC celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the integration of the University of Mississippi with its Fall Convocation, Sept 27th. The Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, Jr., spoke to a packed house at the Ford Center and answered questions submitted from Honors students. For more information, see this article.

Welcome SMBHC Class of 2016!

We welcome the Freshmen Class of 2016. Our entering class of 356 freshmen engaged our community with more than 20 projects as part of their orientation. One group worked at Oxford’s public library and gathered on the balcony for a great “shout out!” Hoddy Toddy!

Fall 2012 Honors Course Updates & Highlights

Visit the Fall 2012 Honors Course Updates & Highlights page to see course updates and special course offerings for the upcoming semester. To view the full list of all Honors courses, and more course descriptions, see the Fall 2012 Schedule. Hard copies of the Fall 2012 Schedule may be picked up in the Honors College lounge.

The SMBHC is Getting Ready for the World Cup in 2014

Will you be joining us? Check out the
SMBHC Campus
to stay up-to-date with the latest in World Cup goings-on. There you will find information on related events, books, and films. We will even have World Cup-related coursework over the next two years, starting with Elementary Portuguese and Soccer Cultures this fall. Most importantly, we are inviting all of you students to get involved in the conversation. Make sure that you check out the
Locker Room
to see how you can contribute. The SMBHC will be sending some students to Brazil; those who have been the most engaged with the opportunities will have the best shot at being selected.

Honors College Hits the 1,000 Student Mark

In Fall 2012, the Honors College has 1,050 students, breaking the 1,000 student mark for the first time. Students hail from 34 states and 9 foreign countries, with 64% coming from Mississippi. Honors students can be found in every college and school that grants bachelor’s degrees, and currently students are spread over 71 different majors. Of the student body, 60% are female, and 12% are classified as other than white. The Fall 2012 freshman class—the largest ever—has 354 freshmen with an average ACT of 30.2 and an average high school GPA of 3.93.

Welcome SMBHC Class of 2016!

We welcome the Freshmen Class of 2016. Our entering class of 356 freshmen engaged our community with more than 20 projects as part of their orientation. One group worked at Oxford’s public library and gathered on the balcony for a great “shout out!” Hoddy Toddy!

New Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Research

SMBHC welcomes our new Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Research Studies, Dr. Jason Ritchie! As research is such a vital part of the Honors College, we are excited to have Dr. Ritchie join our team in this way. Read the full story.

SMBHC Freshman Retreat Schedule

Your arrival marks the beginning of the semester and we are super excited! We have divided your class into two Groups (A & B) depending upon your HON 101 professor. For a copy of your retreat schedule,
Group Aand Group B
PDFs are available as downloads. If you have misplaced your assignment, please contact Martina Cotelo (
mcotelo@go.olemiss.edu). See you soon!

Last Updated: 10/03/2012