Ole Miss Family Association

University of Mississippi

Message from the Director

Autumn is definitely around the corner in Oxford! Fall Family Weekend is just days away, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome our Rebel families to Oxford. For those who have already registered, a detailed schedule is on its way to you this week! Read more in this issue about how to plan a successful visit to see your student, whether it be Fall Family Weekend or a quick trip to comfort a case of the homesick blues.


How to Help Your New Student Navigate Involvement

Extracurricular activities assist students in their exploration of interests and new ideas and development of leadership skills that last a lifetime. The University of Mississippi’s Office of Leadership & Advocacy seeks to connect every new student with meaningful opportunities outside the classroom. We do this by serving as the university’s leadership and involvement hub, with more than 350 student organizations that are registered and active through our office. These student organizations are categorized and easy to explore through MSync, our online involvement database. Here’s how you can help.


Letting Go: The First Semester

Your child is now a first-year student at Ole Miss. He or she has attended a class (hopefully several classes), seen the Grove in all its glory, read a college syllabus (hopefully), and maybe even run the length of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium recently. She/he has probably been a little homesick, missed home cooking, missed familiar sights and sounds or missed friends who are no longer nearby. Those are all typical events during the first few weeks of classes, and your child has had an emotional reaction to them. It may have been small or isolated or transient, but chances are it has been there. This is a normal part of any transitional phase that we as human beings go through multiple times in our lives. Here are some things to look out for and some reminders for you.


 Make the Most of a Campus Visit

Colleges and universities understand that families want to visit their students as soon as possible, so they provide the perfect opportunity: Fall Family Weekend. Two months into freshman year, your student has had time to acclimate to school, explore a new environment and get used to living away from home. He or she is ready for you to visit and excited to show you around campus. Take full advantage of this opportunity to reconnect with your student and to meet his or her new friends and their families. The activities are planned for you – all you have to do is have fun and start making memories that will last a lifetime.


Help Us Continue the Dialogue of Reducing Risky Substance Use

College is an exciting and enriching time for students, and the University of Mississippi has an opportunity to position young adults to reach their highest potential. Sometimes, the college culture and peer assimilation regarding the use of substances can get in the way of a student’s journey to success. Your student’s health and safety is the highest priority and drives our philosophy of education and prevention. But we cannot do this alone.


Ole Miss Dining FAQ

The start of the semester is a hectic time for students and parents alike with orientation, moving out, moving in and, of course, classes. Trying to learn the Ole Miss meal plan system on top of all that can be tough, so we’ve outlined some of the top questions people ask us. For a breakdown of each meal plan we offer, visit olemiss.campusdish.com/mealplans.


Construction Projects at UM Nearing Completion

Several construction projects at the University of Mississippi are expected to be completed during the 2018-19 academic year including the Ole Miss Student Union and the South Campus Recreation and Transportation Hub.


Croft Institute Marks Two Decades of Preparing State for the World

Since its first class graduated in 2001, the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi has sent hundreds of students into the world. The first cohort entered Croft in 1998, and as of May, 520 UM students have graduated from the institute, going on to work in global fields with international expertise, working alongside people from various backgrounds.