College of Liberal Arts

University of Mississippi

2007 From the Dean: Beyond the Classroom

The College of Liberal Arts seeks to help students develop their abilities and talents, understand their values, develop as citizens, prepare to meet professional demands and live a life that is meaningful. The kind of undergraduate education necessary to meet these goals happens in a variety of settings, both inside and outside the traditional classroom.

This special section of The View from Ventress, Beyond the Classroom, highlights the learning outside the classroom of some of our recent and current students. Some of these out-of-class experiences take the form of internships. Other students are working closely with faculty on unique research opportunities or studying abroad. In all these formats, students learn to solve problems, communicate effectively, behave responsibly and ethically, and work with different kinds of people.  In short, they engage with the world.

The support of College alumni and friends is vital for increasing the quantity and variety of these kinds of opportunities. Perhaps your business organization has or can create internship and mentorship opportunities for our students. Your financial support can offset expenses for students on unpaid or low-paying internships or who seek to study abroad. And your donations for faculty research can help support undergraduate participation in research and creative endeavors.

The stories of extraordinary students and their experiences presented here will give you an idea of the rewards of learning outside the classroom. We would like to make such opportunities available to as many students as possible. If you can help in any way, please call me at 662-915-7178 or contact me by e-mail at ghopkins@olemiss.edu.

As always, thank you for making possible a strong liberal arts education for all of our students.

Glenn Hopkins