Freshmen are taking “FASTrack” to success FASTrack is a one-year academic program for freshmen students designed to help them adjust to classes and feel a part of the campus. “I preach getting involved,” said Sovent Taylor, a FASTrack advisor. “We require community service in the FASTrack EDHE class. The program, in itself, is involvement. You […]
Sarah Smitherman, Ben Piñon and Susan Nicholas, FASTrack academic mentors, along with Kathy Trabue, AmeriCorps VISTA, volunteered at the Oxford Recycling Center the Monday after the Mizzou game sorting through recycled materials from the Grove. Building community. Making a difference.
The FASTrack Halloween Study Break gave our students the chance to wind down after the midterm rush and continue building social connections with their friends and mentors. Our peer mentors organized the event with a variety of activities, including a costume area for those who did not come prepared with a costume, a pumpkin marshmallow eating contest, a […]
On Monday, September 30, 2013 we held a FASTrack Game Night for our students, peer mentors and academic mentors to engage with each other and continue building relationships with their FASTrack family. Our event coordinator and peer mentors were active participants in planning the event and activities played. With games like Uno, Apples to Apples, Mad Gab and Jenga, along with our […]
FASTrack student Sarkis Lewis used his skills learned in his graphic design class to design our FASTrack Class of 2016 t-shirts, and they turned out great!
Mrs. Karen Forgette’s Writing 102 class did a service-learning project this semester in which they compiled a small classroom library for a Teach for America middle school teacher in the MS Delta. They each chose a book that was influential for them in middle school, secured a donor to buy copies of the book, and […]
Charles McCrory, a freshman FASTrack English major, was named a 2012 finalist in creative writing by the National YoungArts Foundation, an organization which recognizes and supports talented young people in nine artistic disciplines. He was selected as part of the top 3% of applicants nationwide. Charles won a YoungArts Silver Award for his short fiction […]
Designing Thoughtful Writing Assignments During my travels this semester, I came across engaging assignments at the University of Mississippi. . . . These assignments provide opportunities for students to enter public conversations as fellow participants, with something to gain and much to give. In the University of Mississippi’s Foundations for Academic Success Track (FASTrack) program, […]
Operating a lemonade stand in the Grove on a football Saturday may not seem like a likely result of a writing exercise, but for University of Mississippi sophomore Kimmi Herring, it is. Herring, who will sell lemonade in September to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, is among nearly 80 students in the […]