Aug. 22, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss Athletics Department got into the move-in spirit Friday when it teamed up with the university to help move incoming and returning Ole Miss students into their dorms. The department helped students and parents unload and move things into rooms at Kincannon dormitory for several hours in the morning.
Newly hired Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development Jennifer Saxon spearheaded the event and was energized seeing the Ole Miss community come together to help get incoming students settled.
“Being here just shy of two weeks, it was a great opportunity for me to see the campus come alive as we welcome the new group of Ole Miss freshmen,” said Saxon. “I’m just excited that the athletic department was able to come and help welcome these students and their families to Ole Miss and Oxford. I think the students appreciated it and I know that we’ll see many of them supporting our department at our various events.”
The athletics department has made Groovin’ at Move-In an annual event and it is one that athletic director Ross Bjork and the department staff look forward to each year.
“One of our core values is university integration and there is no better way for us to get out and serve our university than during move in,” said Bjork. “It’s a stressful day in their lives with the moving and unpacking, but also the transition and we can help ease some of that stress by helping out. It’s a neat way for the athletic department to ingrain ourselves into campus life and serve in a leadership role.”
Joining the Ole Miss athletics department staff were also members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Senior women’s golfer Taelor Rubin is a member of SAAC and volunteered her time during move in.
“It was great welcoming all of the new freshmen,” said Rubin. “It also gave us a chance to promote athletics and our soccer game tonight on the SEC Network. It was neat to see how excited they were when we told them we were with athletics. It was a great opportunity to give back, especially since I’m a senior now.”
Ole Miss Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing, Jason List, also thought the move-in event was a great way to say thank you to the students and parents who support the athletic department throughout the year.
“It was a lot of fun to be doing this with our colleagues,” said List. “It’s great to be giving back to new students and students who are coming back, who we know will support us by coming to our events. It’s our way of saying thank you.”
Executive Associate Athletic Director Lynnette Johnson echoed List’s sentiments.
“The excitement and energy that a new class of freshmen bring to our campus is very energizing,” said Johnson. “The fact that we can get out and talk about Ole Miss athletics and our student-athletes, as well as remind them to be an integral part of our campus is fantastic. It was a great day and was a lot of fun.”
Ole Miss Student-Athlete Development Mission
The mission of Ole Miss’ Student-Athlete Development program is to challenge student-athletes to be lifelong learners while pursuing continuous improvement academically, relationally, socially, personally, and professionally during and beyond their careers as student-athletes.
Student-Athlete Development is the hub for a wide range of Ole Miss athletics sponsored programs designed to meet the needs of student-athletes and their families. It is divided into six areas: Student-Athlete Assistance Services, Career Development, Continuing Education, Community Outreach, Financial Education and Career Transition.
Visit Student-Athlete Development for more information on Ole Miss’ Student-Athlete Development program.