Dear Alumni and Friends,
During the past several years, the School of Engineering has initiated
improvements and perceptibly raised the level of its services. To adjust to
the increased activities and upgraded functions, the school has made a few
First of all, I would like to announce that two capable staff members,
Marni Kendricks and Scott Kilpatrick, formerly assistants to the dean, have
been promoted. Marni was named assistant dean for undergraduate academics,
and Scott was named assistant dean for student services.
Scott has a master's degree in management and will be responsible for
undergraduate student recruitment, scholarship management, student
ambassadors, and the co-op, SUCCESS, tutoring and cohort programs. In
addition, he will be a liaison to the Engineering Student Body and the
Career Center, and will manage Engineering Career Day and other
Marni has a master's degree in civil engineering and will serve as
secretary of the school's Curriculum and Policy Committee, working on such
issues as curricula, degree audit and certification. Her responsibilities
include new student orientation, being liaison to Engineers Without
Borders, program coordinator for the Bachelor of Engineering degree
program, and supervisor of student appeals, the students' Honor Council,
student records, and the engineering school's website and publications. In
addition, she will provide administrative support to the Engineering
Advisory Board and help with SACS assessment.
To serve the school's internal and external needs at a higher level, the
school has also upgraded the administrative secretary position in the
Dean's Office to Office Coordinator II. A new office coordinator, who
previously had worked at the Croft Institute for International Studies and UM
Department of Political Science, will start Aug. 1.
The school will also host an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer for a year, which
will help the school develop a service program. The volunteer, a University
of California-Berkeley graduate, will start in late August. We look forward
to these changes and hope to serve the students, the school and our alumni
Dean of the School of Engineering
Remote Learning, Remote Sensing
The School of Engineering has launched a new online graduate certificate
program on Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIST). The
program features a set of courses developed by the nation's leading
authority on the subject. All students who enroll in the program will
receive the benefit of in-state tuition wherever they are! Course work can
be used for a potential master's degree in related areas. View program brochure.
Alumni and Friends, please help us distribute the news!
Twins continue family legacy in engineering, athletics
Scott and Marni Kendricks always hoped that their twin sons, Sam and Tom,
would one day attend the University of Mississippi, as they did decades
earlier. What the couple didn't anticipate is that each of the brothers
would enter his parents' alma mater with stellar achievements in academics
Tom and Sam Kendricks
The 18-year-old brothers graduated from Oxford High School
in May. Sam set school and state records in pole-vaulting, earning honors
as the Gatorade Mississippi Boys Athlete of the Year and Mr. Track and
Field in Mississippi. Tom won the Robert Youngblood Award for having the
most varsity letters of any graduating senior in track, cross-country and
soccer during his high school tenure.
"We are thrilled that our boys will be continuing the family legacy in
engineering and in athletics," said Marni Kendricks, assistant dean in
the School of Engineering. She is the daughter of Jim Reeves, who was
assistant director of UM's National Food Service Management Institute and
business manager for the Barksdale Reading Institute before his retirement.
"I think that this is exactly the right fit for each of them to earn
their degrees and launch successful career paths," she said.
A champion high school runner and founding member of the Ole Miss track
program under coach Joe Walker, Scott Kendricks has been coaching OHS teams
"I am particularly pleased that Sam will now be coached by Joe Walker,
who also coached me so many years ago," he said.
Both brothers said they are eager to begin their engineering studies.
"I've visited several other universities, but for me, Ole Miss is
still the best," said Sam, a general engineering major, Army ROTC
student and athletics scholar. "Ole Miss is whatever you make it to
be. I'm going to spend a lot of my time here between ROTC and the track
"I feel like engineering is the major I've been guided to my whole
life," said Tom, a mechanical engineering major, European Aeronautic
Defense and Space North America scholar and co-op intern in the
university's National Center for Physical Acoustics. "I love Oxford,
and Ole Miss is a great school from which to earn a degree."
Both Sam and Tom will take a required engineering graphics course taught by
their mother, who is known to be rigorous in the classroom.
"We had Dad for our coach for six years, so we should be able to take
instruction from Mom for a semester," Sam said with a laugh.
Coaching his own sons to athletics success was a challenge, Scott Kendricks
"It was pretty normal the first four years, but the last two years,
Sam got really good at what he does," he said. "I had to upgrade
my own coaching techniques just to match his abilities. I never imagined
that he would become this great in the sport."
Already envisioning their post-university careers, Sam hopes to become a
civil engineer in the U.S. Army, and Tom's goal is to work as a mechanical
engineer for EADS.
Such divergent choices are par for the course for the twins, their father
"They've always been very different from [each other]," Scott
Kendricks said. "They shared a bedroom, a bathroom and a birthday, and
that's about it."
Job openings to be posted prior to engineering career fair
The School of Engineering is expanding the format of its career fair, which
is scheduled for Oct. 12 at 1-4 p.m. in Brevard Hall with a reception to
Last year's event featured more than 30 participating companies. As part of
the new format, employers can contact the Career Center in the weeks
leading up to the career fair to post position openings for full-time,
co-op and internship opportunities. Qualified students can submit resumes
in hopes of securing an interview with these companies. The employers will
be able to review applications and select which candidates they want to
interview while on campus.
"We are looking forward to this new format and hope that it will be
more productive for the students and the employers," said Scott
Kilpatrick, assistant dean for student services at the School of
Company representatives who choose to schedule interviews will be able to
conduct them the day following the fair, Oct. 13, in the Career Center.
"Engineering Career Day is an excellent opportunity to discuss career
information, summer jobs, internships, co-ops and full-time
employment," said Casey Cockrell, student placement specialist and
instructor with the Career Center.
The Career Center empowers students to make a successful transition into
the work world by providing state-of-the-art career tools and access to
qualified professionals. For more information, contact Cockrell at
662-915-7174 or firstname.lastname@example.org.