CHANCELLOR’S 3 THINGS TO KNOW
- Twice as Nice: The coming weeks will bring twice the Commencement celebrations as we hold ceremonies honoring the classes of 2020 and 2021. We’re thrilled that Jonathan T.M. Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International, will address the Class of 2021 on May 1; and Patrick Willis, one of the most decorated players in Ole Miss football history, will speak to the Class of 2020 on May 8. Commencement is the apex of the student experience, and we’re excited to honor our graduates with these in-person ceremonies. And, I encourage you to check out some wonderful and inspiring Journey to Commencement stories about our Class of 2021 graduates.
- Passing the Torch: The 104th annual ASB Banquet marked the turnover of our student government leadership as we said thank you to the departing officers and ushered in a new leadership team. A robust, resilient and active student government is essential to the success of our campus community. Thank you to the outgoing executive officers – Josh Mannery, Abby Johnston, Gabby Hunter, Gianna Schuetz, Jake Fanning and Katelin Hayward – for their exceptional service and leadership. Congratulations to the incoming ASB officers – Morgan Atkins, Richard Springer, Autumn Fortenberry, Alex Mabry, Grace Dragna and Katelin Hayward. I’m excited for all of us to work together on behalf of the university and support you as you help to shape our future.
- Prioritizing Wellness: To embrace our ongoing commitment to building a healthy campus community, we launched the inaugural Chancellor’s Wellness Challenge in the month of April. The 19-day series of events offered prizes for self-care activities and participation in wellness events. I was pleased to see students respond enthusiastically to this effort and look forward to this being a regular initiative. We’re committed to supporting our students’ mental, physical and emotional health because we’re here to help them succeed academically and personally!
Until next month, take care!
Glenn F. Boyce
Jumpstart, a UM-based organization that trains college students to teach preschool children from resource-challenged families, is broadening its efforts to ensure the state’s children are well-prepared for kindergarten by expanding into Jackson and Meridian.
Thanks to a $600,000 gift, the UMMC School of Nursing will house a new space designed to promote self-care and resilience-building skills for both nurses and their patients.
Ole Miss Rifle’s Marsha Beasley and Jean-Pierre Lucas were named Coach of the Year and Assistant Coach of the Year by the College Rifle Coaches Association.