Fri/Sat, Aug. 19-20 • Move-In

Check in to Golden Eagle Welcome Week at one of the following locations. You should check into GEWW after you have checked into your residence hall and placed your belongings in your room. Need assistance? Call 601.266.6405

Friday, Aug. 19

  • Century Park South-Entire complex (map)
  • Hattiesburg Hall (map)
  • Mississippi Hall (map)
  • Wilber Hall (map)
  • 8-10 a.m., Floors 4 & higher; 10 a.m.-noon, Floors 1-3

GEWW CHECK-IN (Required) 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Century Park South-Pavilion (map)
  • Wilber Hall-Lobby (map)
  • McLemore Hall-Room 214, for commuters and off-campus students (map)

Saturday, Aug. 20

  • Century Park North-Entire complex (map)
  • Hillcrest Hall (map)
  • McCarty Hall (map)
  • All floors at 8 a.m.

GEWW CHECK-IN (Required) 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Century Park North-Courtyard (map)
  • McLemore Hall-Room 214, for commuters and off-campus students (map)

FLOOR MEETING WITH Resident Assistant (Required)

5 p.m. - Your individual residence hall

DINNER WITH GEWW CREW

6 - 7 p.m. - Fresh Food Company, Thad Cochran Center (map)

Moving Preparation

  • Label belongings with name, residence hall and room number to help Move-In Day volunteers get your belongings to the right place.
  • Contact your roommate to avoid duplicate items.
  • Consider purchasing items in Hattiesburg at nearby retail stores.
  • Remember you can pick up items on your next trip home, or have family/friends send packages to you.
  • Bring a dolly and be sure it's labeled with your name.
  • Dress comfortably for hot weather, and check the forecast.
  • Review residence hall floor plans and video tours.

Decorating Policy

The following are NOT permitted to be used on walls: tape, nails, staples, glue, permanent adhesives (double-sided masking tape, contact paper) and wall borders

Pushpins, thumbtacks and 3M poster/picture hanging strips (NO GENERIC) should be used to attach posters and pictures to the walls. Additional guidelines:

  • You may bring carpet and rug pads. Do NOT tape rug to floor.
  • All items must be removed from building at checkout.
  • Upholstered furniture must meet commercial fire codes.
  • Residence hall furniture must remain in the room.

Recommended Items to Bring

  • Bedding, including extra-long twin mattress sheets
  • Snack and breakfast foods, drinks, Keurig-style coffee makers
  • School supplies, personal organizer/calendar, computer, printer
  • Posters, photographs, area rug, lamp and bulbs
  • Bath towels and washcloths, hangers, clothes hamper/laundry bag, mirror, shower curtain (suite-style halls)
  • Shower caddy, shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, shower shoes/flip-flops, bathrobe, toilet paper (suite-style halls)
  • Trash can and bags, paper towels, cleaning/laundry supplies
  • TV and coaxial cable, mp3 players, power strip and surge protector, three-prong outlet adapters, batteries
  • Flashlight, sewing kit, first-aid kit, storage bins, dry-erase board and markers

Prohibited Items to Leave at Home

  • Open-coiled cooking appliances (toaster, hot plate) or cooking grills (George Foreman)
  • Coffee pots (Keurig-style single brewers are allowed.)
  • Refrigerator and microwave, which are provided in each room. Century Park South rooms have refrigerators/freezers. Microwaves are available in the kitchen lounges.
  • Space heaters, halogen lamps, candles/incense
  • Decorative alcohol containers
  • Extension cords of any kind (single or multi-plug)
  • Concrete/cinder blocks
  • All pets (except small fish and approved service animals)

When You Arrive

Volunteers will assist new families during Move-In. Be sure belongings are labeled with name, residence hall, and room number. These steps will guide you through the rest:

  • DROP-OFF: Be prepared to move quickly through the vehicle line. You will be directed to a traffic line and then instructed on when and where to unload your belongings, and where to park afterward.
  • CHECK-IN: Next you will check into your residence hall and receive room key/card access. Residence Life staff will greet you on the first floor of your hall.
  • GEWW: Then you will check in with First Year Initiative to register for Golden Eagle Welcome Week (GEWW). GEWW is a required event for freshmen; transfers are invited to participate but not required.
  • FLOOR MEETING: Each floor in every residence hall is assigned a resident assistant (RA). Your RA will have a mandatory floor meeting. The time and location will be posted on your floor.
  • PARKING: Before you go to bed, make sure your vehicle is parked in a residential zone. Remember, you can be ticketed or towed if you park in the wrong zone.

Questions

  • Early arrivals may be approved on a case-by-case basis. Contact Justin Long.
  • The Residence Life office is located on the first floor of Hickman Hall (map). Call 601.266.4783.
  • Information tents will be set up in the Century Park North (map) courtyard and in the Freshman Quad (map) during Move-In Days.
  • If you are dissatisfied with your room assignment or roommate, you may request a change. Requests cannot be guaranteed unless space availability permits, though Residence Life staff will do their best to accommodate your request.

Participate in the GEWW Social Media Challenge on Instagram using the hashtags #GEWWFORTHEGOLD and #(YourGroupNumber).

 

Sunday, Aug. 21 • GEWW

BREAKFAST/LUNCH

8 - 11 a.m. - Eat on your own. Use your meal plan at the Fresh Food Company.

CAMPUS MINISTRY EXPERIENCE

10 - 11 a.m. - Thad Cochran Center (TCC) 3rd floor Ballrooms
Join our Campus Ministries for a full ministry event to help you find your fit.

OPENING CEREMONY (Required)

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Reed Green Coliseum (map)

In true Olympic fashion, you'll begin your journey as a Southern Miss Golden Eagle at the opening ceremony.

PASSING THE TORCH: BUILDING COMMUNITY AT SOUTHERN MISS AND BEYOND (REQUIRED)

2:15 - 4:30 p.m., various locations

If you are interested in painting the Eagle Walk, you must attend this session and obtain a wristband.

PAINTING OF THE EAGLE WALK

4:45 - 7 p.m. - All new Golden Eagles have the opportunity to paint the walk gold!

CLEANUP AND DINNER

7 - 7:45 p.m. - Dinner on your own. Use your meal plan at the Fresh Food Company.

PETER BOIE, MAGICIAN

8 - 9:30 p.m., Bennett Auditorium (map)

Boie, the self-proclaimed "Magician for Non-Believers," tours the country performing his unique form of magic.

EAGLES AFTER HOURS

9:45 p.m., Centennial Green (map)

Hosted by Housing and Residence Life, Greek Life, Student Government Association and Recreational Sports.

Join in on the fun with yard games and a dance party, or stop by Starbucks or the Power House for a bite to eat.

Monday, Aug. 22 • GEWW

AUDITIONS FOR GEWW'S GOT TALENT

8 - 11:30 a.m., Thad Cochran Center, 210 (map)

Auditions are on a first-come, first-served basis.

HONORS COLLEGE WELCOME

8 - 11 a.m., Trent Lott Center (map)

(Required for Honors College students)

This session will serve as your official welcome to the Honors College!  You’ll hear from the Dean, get to know your fellow Honors College students and HC Ambassadors, and connect with your HC Mentor group.  Continental breakfast will be served.

VIP SHOPPING EVENT

9 a.m. – Noon, Barnes & Noble on the first floor of the Thad Cochran Center (map)

Join Barnes & Noble at Southern Miss Bookstore for a morning of shopping and fun geared just for GEWW participants. There will be lots of games, food, special sales and fun along with give-a-ways and a chance to network with new friends.

FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT LUNCHEON

10:30 - 11:50 a.m., Thad Cochran Center 3rd floor ballrooms (map)

Enjoy lunch with other first-generation college students and gain a better understanding of what to expect during your first year at Southern Miss.

TRANSFER COLLEGE STUDENT LUNCHEON

10:30 - 11:50 a.m., Thad Cochran Center 3rd floor ballrooms (map)

Join fellow transfer students for lunch and gain a better understanding of what to expect during your transition into the Southern Miss family.

LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

11 a.m. Use your meal plan at the Fresh Food Company.

GEWW SMALL-GROUP MEETING LOCATIONS

11:50 a.m.

  • Groups 1-17: Meet on Centennial Green, next to Cook Library (map)
  • Groups 18-33: Meet on Weathersby Lawn, next to Walker Science Building (map)
  • Groups 34-52: Meet on Bennett Auditorium Lawn, next to the Administration Building (map)

GEWW GAMES (REQUIRED)

Noon - 3 p.m., various locations

Go on a relay around campus as you learn about resources and services
offered at Southern Miss.

FIND YOUR CLASSES

3 - 5 p.m., various locations

Make a game plan! Spend time walking around campus and locate your classes for the fall semester. Student leaders will be positioned around campus to help you find your way.

HATTIESBURG TOURS

3 - 5 p.m., Payne Center-Lobby (map)

Take a guided tour of the Hub City.

Dinner on your own

5 - 6 p.m. Use your meal plan at the Fresh Food Company.

GEWW'S GOT TALENT

6 - 8 p.m., Bennett Auditorium (map)

The Class of 2020 showcases its talent.

LATE NIGHT AT THE REC

8 -10 p.m., Payne Center (map).

A night of sports, exercise and fun! Remember your athletic attire.

TUESday, Aug. 23 • GEWW

GEWW BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS

8 - 10 a.m., Fresh Food Company, Thad Cochran Center (map)

Eat your Wheaties! Come have an Olympics-themed breakfast with your GEWW Crew leaders!

GLOBAL EXPEDITION: STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

10 - 11 a.m. Thad Cochran Center (map) and Union (map) 1st Floor

Explore the world of involvement at Southern Miss. Meet student leaders and learn how you can get connected to various student organizations. From academic organizations to religious groups to club sports, there is a place for you on the Southern Miss team.

lunch on your own

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Use your meal plan at the Fresh Food Company.

FINAL GEWW SMALL-GROUP MEETING (REQUIRED)

12:30 p.m., various campus locations

Closing Ceremony (REQUIRED)

1 p.m., Reed Green Coliseum (map)

As GEWW draws to a close, join your GEWW Crew leaders and faculty and staff from across campus as you officially begin your journey as a Southern Miss Golden Eagle.