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First Year Experience


Foundations is an exciting, interactive program that supports your integration into the Millsaps community with the support of upperclass leaders and an academic advisor. During your first semester at Millsaps, you will participate in weekly group meetings, participate in campus orientation events and get involved with lots of opportunities within the campus and Jackson community. While this program is a graduation requirement for all freshmen, it hardly feels that way, as you’ll establish strong bonds with the other students in your group and the entire freshmen class. Upon completion of this course you will receive credit towards graduation.

When you arrive in August, you will be divided into two randomly assigned groups which will meet through mid-November. During the first part of the semester, meetings will be conducted by your two group leaders and will cover topics such as campus involvement opportunities and transition to college life. These meetings will commence on August 21 and conclude September 17. During the next phase, October 1-29, you will be assigned randomly to one of two groups: Major Health or Dialogue for Engagement.

  • The Major Health program is designed to enhance student learning by discussing education, reflection, and goal-setting about the body and health to increase knowledge and awareness of overall health.
  • The Dialogue for Engagement program includes weekly discussion groups that will bring together students to discuss their thoughts and experiences with racial and ethnic diversity. The goal of the sessions is not to force a particular perspective, but to better equip students to engage in productive dialogue on campus and in the local community.

All freshmen will be required to complete six pre-assessments (or surveys) on the Major Health website (details will be emailed directly to students) prior to August 23, and six post-assessments (also called surveys) by November 29.  The first semester of Foundations will look like this:

  • Pre-assessments completed by August 23 (all freshmen)
  • Foundations conducted August 21 – September 17 (all freshmen)
  • Major Health program held October 1-29 (half of freshmen)
  • Dialogue for Engagement program held October 1-29 (half of freshmen)
  • Post-assessments conducted November 12-29 (all freshmen)

We are grateful for your participation in the Foundations program.  If questions or concerns arise, we invite you to contact the Foundations Student Directors Daniel Kees (keesdl@millsaps.edu), Brooks Marion (mariojb@millsaps.edu), or Austin Zamarripa (zamarca@millsaps.edu).  For specific questions about Major Health, please contact Lori Genous, Director of Health Promotion, (genoula@millsaps.edu).  For specific question regarding Dialogue for Engagement, contact Anita DeRouen (Anita.DeRouen@millsaps.edu).