Mississippi Public Universities
2007 Student Services Winners
First Place: University of Southern Mississippi
"Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program"
The Division of Student Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi has been the state leader in the community service and civic education movement since the founding of the Office of Community Service Learning (OCSL) on its campus in 1992 as the Volunteer Resource Center. OCSL promotes community service and service-learning on the Southern Miss campus and the Hattiesburg community through partnerships with faculty, students and community agencies. Each year the office documents an average of 40,000 hours of community service by Southern Miss students. Nearly one quarter of those hours are logged by students enrolled in service-learning classes.
Second Place: University of Mississippi
"Media Convergence"
The convergence of mass media has been taking place in the profession since 2002. The rate of convergence since 2005 has dramatically increased. Four years ago, the S. Gale Denley Student Media Center was comprised of The Daily Mississippian, 92.1 FM Rebel Radio, NewsWatch (our daily, live, 30-minute TV newscast), the Ole Miss yearbook and a fledgling online medium. Each department was housed in a different and separate office with different policies, staffs, budgets, payroll structures, journalism guidelines and equipment. After three years of planning and one year of implementation, The S. Gale Denley Student Media Center is now under one roof. In fact, it is in one room. The Student Media Center (SMC) serves as a training ground for some 200 students on an annual basis through their work in all areas of SMC and, in addition, provides news and information to thousands of readers, listeners and viewers. Those students now work together in one converged media room. The benefits of convergence are numerous and growing and include:
  • Greater efficiency
  • More economical use of resources
  • Superior improvement in attaining goals of the department's and the division's missions
  • Improved job prospects for students
  • SMC serves as a national benchmark for academic and professional journalism organizations
  • Students are gaining greater skills as they are encouraged to work across the different media