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Rust College Campus NewsBriefs (08/15/13)

Rust College Campus NewsBriefs (08/15/13)

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A Weekly Update of Activities at Rust College
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Vol. 43, No. 1 August 15, 2013
A Weekly Update of Activities at Rust College
Campus NewsBriefs
Where Tomorrow’s Leaders are Students Today
Rust College welcomed the graduating class of 2017 to campus Saturday, August 10 as New Student Orientation2013 kicked off. New students were able to begin the registration process and move into the residence halls, while parents spoke directly to faculty, staff and administrators.“We believe in you. We believe God gives each of us gifts and talents,” Dr. David L. Beckley told new students onSunday, August 11, during the first Rites of Passage ceremony of the year. “When you walk through our buildings,you will see the motto, ‘Through These Halls Walk the Future Leaders of the World: Our Students’. We work harddaily to achieve that goal. We welcome you to campus and the opportunity to work with us… keep your faith and allthe good things in this life will come to you.”“Today, although students may be leaving their families, know that they are not alone. They are now a part of theRust family,” said Mr. Carllos Lassiter, Dean of Students.As of Thursday, August 15, at least 325 new students were enrolled at Rust College, with more expected to register in the coming days. Rust College staff and faculty are working with these new students as they make the transition tocollege life.
 New student Barrius Smith (second from left) with his parents Pastor Thurman and Joyce Glasper of Nesbit, MS, participate inthe first Rites of Passage ceremony of the year. Also pictured: Dr. David L. Beckley, Rust College President and Noah Moore,SGA President.
 
“BY THEIR FRUITS…
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Meet Your Dean of Students—Mr. Carllos Lassiter
 By: Nicole LaRue
 New and returning students will not only begin the 2013-14 year meeting new students, but bymeeting the new Dean of Students Mr. Carllos Lassiter.Dean Lassiter, a native of Laurel, Mississippi, received his Bachelor of Arts from Vassar Col-lege and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missis-sippi. He has also studied at Northeastern University in Baltimore, Maryland. He began hishigher education career at Tougaloo College in Jackson.He says he learned of Rust College while growing up in Laurel. He says when he learned of theDean of Students position at Rust College, he was eager to apply.“I have always wanted to be an executive officer for a Historically Black College or University(HBCU),” Lassiter said. Dean Lassiter enters Rust College with goals he hopes to bring to frui-tion during the year.“I want to get an understanding of student culture, to meet with students so they can have a voice through this process by makingsure that staff members are fully trained on policies and procedures. I also want to make sure all extracurricular activities areactivities that not only staff members want students to do, but also activities the students want to do.”He says his goal for incoming freshmen is to help them build pride about being a Bearcat and to make sure they understand therich legacy and history of Rust College. He plans to meet with students and discuss what they want to bring to campus with thehelp of the SGA President, Noah Moore and Miss Rust College, Andrea D. Cooper.“I want upperclassmen to be mentors to the new freshmen class, such as a Big Brother or Big Sister.”“I challenge students to live up to the potential that God has given them, by using resources and staff in helping you to developinto the person God wants you to be,” Dean Lassiter said.
 Mr. Carllos Lassiter, Dean of Students
Rust Listed in Forbes Magazine; Ranks High in National Financial Rating
President Beckley announced to the full faculty and staff at the Annual Pre-Planning Conference on Friday, August 9, the resultsof the Forbes Magazine Annual Top Colleges 2013 Report. The magazine reviewed 925 of the nation’s private not-for-profitcolleges with an enrollment of 500 students or more.Rust College was rated number two in Mississippi receiving a grade of “B”. No Mississippi schools in the private, not-for-profitcategory received an “A”. Rust College was among two other Mississippi schools receiving a “B”. Four other Mississippi insti-tutions received a grade of “C”, with one school scoring “C-”. Among the ten United Methodist Colleges receiving supportfrom the Black College Fund, Rust received the highest rating based Forbes Magazine’s grading scale. Among the 38 collegessupported by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Rust College was rated #4. The magazine used data from the NationalCenter of Educational Statistics and the U.S. Department of Education Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDs)Data Center for fiscal years 2010 and 2011, with all schools graded on nine variables to determine financial stability and opera-tional soundness.President Beckley expressed thanks to the College’s fiscal office staff for their efforts in managing the College’s resources inorder to gain such recognition which follows the long-standing Rust policy of operating a sound program with limited long-termdebt, while growing our support structure and endowment funds. The Trustee Committee on Finance plays a major role in theCollege’s efforts, as well as supporters of Rust, the United Methodist Church, alumni and friends. This report will serve as an-other catalyst to enable the school to do more in adding further strength to financial operations.
 
...YE SHALL KNOW THEM”
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First Semester 2013
Faculty Report to Work...........................................August 8Pre-Planning Conference (Faculty/Staff)................August 8Pre-Planning Conference (Academic Affairs).........August 9Dormitories open for New Students.....................August 10New Student Orientation ………………….…….August 10-20Parents Day..........................................................August 11Testing and Assessment.................................August 12-13Registration for New Students.........................August 15-16Residence Halls open for Returning Students.....August 18Registration for Returning Students................August 19-20
FIRST MODULE..........................August 21 – October 16
Classes Begin......................................................August 21Late Registration with fines begin........................August 21Last day to add classes........................................August 26Labor Day.........................................................September 2Last Day to drop course (1
st
Module).............September 13Opening Convocation.....................................September 10Dead Week – no activities...............................October 9-15Final Exams (1
st
Module)...............................October 16-17Module Break......................................................October 18
SECOND MODULE................October 21 – December 18
Registration, 2
nd
Module .....................................October 18Classes Begin.....................................................October 21Last day to add classes.......................................October 25Last day to Remove “I” Grade of previous semester...........................................November 1Last day to drop course (2
nd
Module)................November 8Board of Trustees Meeting.............................November 7-8Founders’ Weekend.....................................November 8-10Academic Counseling andSecond Semester RegistrationNovember 11-November 29Thanksgiving Break (After Last Class)...........November 27Residence Halls closing (10:00 pm) …… November 27Residence Halls reopen at 12:00 noon.............December 1Classes resume after Thanksgiving..................December 2Last day to apply for Spring Graduation............December 3Christmas Dinner (all campus)........................December 11Dead Week – no activities..........................December 12-16Final Exams (2
nd
Module)...........................December 17-18Christmas Vacation begins for studentsafter finals................................................December 18Residence Halls close at 5:00 p.m. December 19Christmas Vacation Beginsfor faculty after Grades reported……… December 20
Academic Calendar 2013 - 2014
Second Semester 2014
Residence Halls reopen at 12:00 noon.................January 2
 THIRD MODULE...........................January 3-February 28
Registration...........................................................January 3Classes Begin.......................................................January 6Late Registration with Fines..................................January 6Last day to add classes........................................January 9Martin Luther King Holiday..................................January 20Mid-Year Opening Convocation..........................January 14Last Day to Drop Course (3
rd
Module)................January 31Dead Week no activities...........................February 24-28Final Exams (3
rd
Module).............................February 27-28Module Break begins after Last class February 28 – March 3Module Break....................................................February 28
FOURTH MODULE...............................March 3 – April 25
Registration..............................................................March 3Classes Begin..........................................................March 4Last Day to add Classes..........................................March 7Last Day to submit Senior Materials......................March 10Last Day to Remove “I” Grade of Previous Semester.........................................March 21Religious Emphasis Week................................March 10-14Last Day to Drop Course.......................................March 28Academic Counseling and FallRegistration...............................................March 17-31SGA Scholarship Banquet .........................................April 4Academic Honors & Awards Day ...............................April 8(Alpha Kappa Mu Induction Ceremony)Athletics Award Day ...................................................April 9Honors and Awards (2:40 p.m.)................................April 10President’s Recognition Dinner.................................April 10Senior Exams .....................................................April 14-15Easter Holiday after last class ..................................April 17Board of Trustees Meeting..................................April 24-25Alumni Day................................................................April 26Senior Consecration (6:45pm)..................................April 26Commencement, 2:00 p.m........................................April 27Dead Week – no activities (except seniors)........April 21-25Final Exams (4
th
Module)....................................April 24-25Residence Halls close at 6:00 p.m............................April 26Final Grades are Due................................................April 30
FIFTH MODULE.........................................May 1 – May 30
Registration.................................................................May 1
 
Classes Begin.............................................................May 2Last day to add classes..............................................May 5Last day to drop course (Summer School).................May 8Final Exams..............................................................May 30Residence Halls close at 12:00 p.m..........................May 31
SIXTH MODULE……………………………………....June 3-July 28

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