Dear Alumni and Friends,
I hope you are having a good summer!
On campus, we are busy with new student orientation. Every week we schedule
two-three orientation sessions, some of them scheduled during the weekend
for the convenience of parents and students.
On each of the orientation days, students first attend a campus-wide
orientation. Students and parents are then treated to lunch at Johnson
Commons. After lunch, students visit the schools in which they are
enrolled. At the School of Engineering, we give students and parents a nice
presentation, conducted by our capable assistant deans Marni Kendricks and
Scott Kilpatrick, student ambassadors, as well as Engineering Student Body
officers. The presentation includes testimonials from current students
about their university experiences and advice on do's and don'ts. New
students then receive individual faculty advisement on their course
schedules. Most of these events are conducted in the Brevard Hall student
lounge areas. It is enjoyable to see a group of new students and parents
(and sometimes younger siblings, too) strolling around, excited about what
is to come!
At this moment I cannot report to you the final new student statistics as
the orientation period is not yet over. However, I am confident to say that
last fall we broke the all-time record and enrolled more than 300 freshmen,
and this fall we will break that record.
Although orientation is not yet over, let me nevertheless mention some
interesting observations based on the number of students at this moment.
The engineering freshman class is approximately 50 percent in-state and 50
percent out-of-state. Out-of-state students are coming from Alabama,
Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma,
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
This is a diverse group. As most out-of-state students tend to come for the
last orientation session, close to when school begins, we will see an even
wider representation. At the moment, 17 percent of freshmen are female, and
23 percent are from a minority group.
So we look forward to another great academic year with the new as well as
returning students. I will keep you updated!
Dean of the School of Engineering
Job board, online store expand school's presence
A new "job board" continues to help increase the University of
Mississippi School of Engineering's online presence.
Since its launch last December, the site has attracted more
than 1,000 hits. Almost 100 jobs have been submitted and approved.
Thirty-eight employment opportunities presently are available on the site.
"I pitched the idea for a job board to students in the computer and
information science senior design class last fall," said Marni
Kendricks, assistant dean for undergraduate academics in the School of
Engineering. "Only one student accepted the challenge. We kept
refining the idea for weeks until it became fully functional."
The Web page was developed, starting from Kendricks' sketches on paper.
"The board was created to serve as a place for employers to submit job
opportunities to students as potential employees, specifically students in
the School of Engineering," said Robert DeCurtins of Olive Branch, the
senior computer science student who designed the project. "The old job
awareness and offerings system consisted of long emails due to multiple
forward[ing of] job listings. It was pretty bad. I believe that engineering
students work hard enough just earning a degree, so we should have an easy
and clean way of viewing job opportunities and listings."
The site functionality is straightforward. Employers can submit a job that
contains contact and job-specific information and even attach a document.
After submission, the job opportunity must be approved by an administrator
before it can be viewed on the main page.
The main page lists all approved jobs as separate "tiles." When a
guest clicks on one, all the information about the job appears. Guests can
export the jobs information as a PDF for later viewing or printing.
Attachments also can be downloaded if included in the posting.
Jobs can be filtered by multiple categories including "Co-op and
Internships," "Recent Graduate" and "Teaching/Research
Professional" on the main page.
"Robert devoted significant time and effort to this senior design
project, and I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome," Kendricks
"Hopefully, it will continue to grow," DeCurtins said. "I
believe that this site offers a tremendous service to the School of
Engineering. This service will allow students and alumni to start careers
quicker and with more ease than ever before. The ease and hopeful success
of the website should attract new employers, giving more opportunity."
A Web store and Facebook page are two other engineering school online sites
"The Web store went online last October," said Scott Kilpatrick,
also an assistant dean for student services in the engineering school.
"It's used by students and alumni to purchase School of Engineering
merchandise directly from the manufacturer, which is much more convenient
than having to order it from us by mail or coming by in person."
A portion of the sales proceeds go to the Engineering Student Body,
"I started our Facebook page a couple of years ago to allow those who
use social media to have more contact with the School of Engineering,"
he said. "Beginning this fall, an engineering student will maintain
the page, keeping it more up to date. Hopefully, that will generate even
more hits than we've seen to date."
To visit the Job Board, go to http://www.engineering.olemiss.edu/jobs/main/. To see
the Web store, visit http://www.promoplace.com/nationalawards/stores/olemiss.
For the School of Engineering Facebook page, go to http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/group.php?gid=154799667866646.