29 April, 2021 23:53

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Find events on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/STEPUPtoLeadership/. To participate in any Discord activities, contact for server link!

May 2021 Weekly Events

  • Crafting with Dawn (Lead: Parent Support Specialist Dawn Lewis), Tuesday’s from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.Join for both an in-person and online interactive crafting experiences. Zoom link: Contact for Zoom Link!
  • Virtual Spotlight Trivia (Lead: AmeriCorps Members.) Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Discord under #spotlight-trivia.Join us each week for trivia! First and third weeks will be “Pop Culture Trivia” and the other weeks will be “General Trivia”.
  • Current Event Catch-Ups (Lead: AmeriCorps Members), starting Wednesday’s from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.Join us to discuss current events and weekly news! Zoom link: Contact for Zoom Link!
  • P.I.E.C.E Gaming Time (Lead: Dan Lewis, Staff Liaison Scott Mullins), Monday and Wednesday every other week, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the IDS Game Room.Contact Scott in advance to come play! There will only be 2-3 players allowed per session.
  • Tennis Lessons with Robbie (Lead: Robbie Sullivan & Staff Laison Scott Mullins), starting Monday’s, from 2:30-4:00 p.m. at Tatum Park (101 Parkway Blvd) in Hattiesburg, MS.6-10 members (vaccinations depending) can ride in the van, but other members may meet us at the court. The van pulls out at 2:15 p.m.

May 2021 Monthly Events

  • 5/4: Guy’s Night: “May the 4th Be With You!” @ Scott’s Home (Leads: Scott Mullins), 4:00 – 6:00pm at Hub Lanes.Come join the guys as they become one with the force while playing STAR WARS games” Whether Jedi, Seth, Rebel, or the Empire all are welcome! Members are encouraged to wear their best STAR WARS clothes and bust out them light sabers and blasters. Transportation provided at 3:45 pm and will return to campus at 6:15 pm. Snacks will be provided.We only have room for the first 5 members to sign up.
  • 5/5-7: USM Spring Commencement Assistance. (Leads: STEP UP Liaisons Scott Mullins and Danielle Parks)– 10 members are needed to sign up to assist with USM commencement/graduation. AmeriCorps/STEP UP Member and placed on the Payne Center Floor to assist by directing graduating students on where to go. There will be three separate sign-up times listed below (members can sign up for multiple slots) Masks will be worn. Sign Up list for time slot found on STEP UP bulletin board.
    • 5/5: Wednesday, 11am-1pm – need 4 members
    • 5/6: Thursday, 5-7pm – need 4 members
    • 5/7: Friday, 1-3pm – need 2 members
  • 5/10: Officers Meeting (Leads: STEP UP Co-Presidents Amber Allday and Taylor Carley), 4:00 p.m., on Zoom.Officers . . . remember to attend and represent! Zoom Link: Contact for Zoom Link!
  • 5/21: ALL Members Meeting (Leads: STEP UP Co-Presidents Amber Allday, Taylor Carley, & IDS Liaison Scott Mullins), 4:00 p.m., on Zoom. We need all members to attend and represent if available. We will be discussing future summer plans and would like feedback from members.
    Zoom Link: Contact for Zoom Link!
  • 5/27: STEP UP Parent Meeting (Parents ONLY – Lead: Parent Support Specialist Dawn Lewis), 6:00 p.m. on Zoom.Join Ms. Dawn virtually to connect and brainstorm future events. Zoom link: Contact for Zoom Link!

29 April, 2021 23:34

STEP UP TO LEADERSHIP ADVISORY COUNCIL at Gulf Park

Hey all! Please mark your calendars with our upcoming in-person and virtual events! If you want to become a part of STEP UP or receive emails about future events, send requests by email at Bryant.johnson@usm.edu or by phone at 228-214-3327. To participate in any virtual activities on Discord, contact for server link!

EVENTS May Virtual 2021 Events:

  • Virtual Spotlight Trivia, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm, on STEP UP’s Discord page under #spotlight-trivia. Join us each week for trivia! First and third weeks will be “Pop Culture Trivia” and the other weeks will be “General Trivia”.
  • Crafting with Dawn, Tuesday’s from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Join IDS’s Dawn Lewis for online interactive crafting experiences. A list of needed materials will be sent out by e-mail prior to meeting. • Zoom link: Contact for Zoom Link!
  • Weekly Eagle League Meetings, Wednesdays (virtual) from 4:00pm – 5:00pm. Join us each week to socialize and learn about some important social skills, such as how to make new friends or how to deal with teasing and even bullying. If you would like to participate or would like more information, please email Bryant.johnson@usm.edu
  • Current Event Catch-Ups, Wednesdays (virtual) from 2:00pm – 2:30pm. Join us each week to discuss current events, weekly news, and “this day in history” types of topics. • Zoom link: Contact for Zoom Link!
  • “Cooking Basics” Series – Join IDS’s Sara Sorrell as she teaches lessons on how to cook meals for yourself. “Cooking Basics with Sara” is transforming to become a YouTube series – so now you can learn to cook with Sara anytime! Stay tuned for the first episode coming later this summer.

May Monthly Events 2021 Events:

  • 5/4: “May the 4th Be with You” Movie Night from 5:00pm to 8:00pm Not-so-long from now, in a house not so far away… Come join us at the Brooks’ house as we celebrate “Star Wars Day”. We will come together for an outdoor screening (weather permitting) of “Star Wars Episode 9: Rise of Skywalker.” There will be food available during the event, but you are welcome to bring any snacks of your own! • At this time, we are only able to host the first 8 individuals who sign-up due to COVID-19 restrictions. Masks must be worn during the event. If you plan to participate, please email Bryant.johnson@usm.edu or call at 228-214-3327 so we can give you address and get a head count!
  • 5/8: “It’s Terracotta Time” (Part 2: Planting Boogaloo) from 10am to 1pm at IDS Gulf Park. Join us for this (rescheduled) two-part activity! Members will get a chance to decorate and paint their own terracotta flowerpots. Members can then learn how to plant their choice of seed(s) into their pot. Seeds available include different kinds of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. • At this time, we are only able to host the first 9 individuals who sign-up due to COVID-19 restrictions. Masks must be worn during the event. If you would like to participate, please email Bryant.johnson@usm.edu or call at 228-214-3327 so that we can get a head count!
  • 5/21: PIECE Gaming Night from 4:00 to 6:00pm at IDS Gulf Park. Come join us for this in-person gaming event. We will have multiple gaming stations set up to play – including Switch, Xbox One, and PS4. We will also have a place for any tabletop/card games. If you would like to participate, please email Bryant.johnson@usm.edu or call at 228-214-3327 so that we can get a head count!
  • 5/25: STEP UP Parent Meeting (Parents ONLY – Lead: Parent Support Specialist Dawn Lewis), 6:00 pm. Join Ms. Dawn virtually to connect and brainstorm future plans/events. • Zoom link: Contact for Zoom Link!

29 April, 2021 23:24

SIGN UP for the HATTIESBURG monthly bulletin by emailing your request to stepup.

Find events on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/STEPUPtoLeadership/

To participate in any Discord activities, contact us for link

May 2021 Weekly Events

Crafting with Dawn (Lead: Parent Support Specialist Dawn Lewis), Tuesday’s

from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.Join for both an in-person and online interactive crafting experiences.

  • Zoom link: Contact for Zoom Link!
    • A list of needed materials will be sent out by e-mail prior to meeting.

Virtual Spotlight Trivia (Lead: AmeriCorps Members.) Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Discord under #spotlight-trivia.Join us each week for trivia!

  • Pop Culture Trivia one week and General Trivia the next

Current Event Catch-Ups (Lead: AmeriCorps Members), starting Wednesday’s from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.Join us to discuss current events and weekly news!

  • Zoom link: Contact for Zoom Link!

P.I.E.C.E Gaming Time (Lead: Dan Lewis, Staff Liaison Scott Mullins), Monday and Wednesday every other week, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the IDS Game Room.Contact Scott in advance in order to come play! There will only be 2-3 players allowed per session.

Tennis Lessons with Robbie (Lead: Robbie Sullivan & Staff Liason Scott Mullins), starting Monday’s, from 2:30-4:00 p.m. at Tatum Park (101 Parkway Blvd) in Hattiesburg, MS.6-10 members (vaccinations depending) can ride in the van, but other members may meet us at the court. The van pulls out at 2:15 p.m.

May 2021 Monthly Events

5/4: Guy’s Night: “May the 4th Be With You!” @ Scott’s Home (Leads: Scott Mullins), 4:00 – 6:00pm at Hub Lanes.Come join the guys as they become one with the force while playing STAR WARS games” Whether Jedi, Seth, Rebel, or the Empire all are welcome! Members are encouraged to wear their best STAR WARS clothes and bust out them light sabers and blasters. Transportation provided at 3:45 pm and will return to campus at 6:15 pm. Snacks will be provided.

We only have room for the first 5 members to sign up.

5/5-7: USM Spring Commencement Assistance. (Leads: STEP UP Liaisons Scott Mullins and Danielle Parks)– 10 members are needed to sign up to assist with USM commencement/graduation. AmeriCorps/STEP UP Member and placed on the Payne Center Floor to assist by directing graduating students on where to go. There will be three separate sign up times listed below (members can sign up for multiple slots) Masks will be worn at all times. Sign Up list for time slot found on STEP UP bulletin board.

  • 5/5: Wednesday, 11am-1pm – need 4 members
  • 5/6: Thursday, 5-7pm – need 4 members
  • 5/7: Friday, 1-3pm – need 2 members

5/10: Officers Meeting (Leads: STEP UP Co-Presidents Amber Allday and Taylor Carley), 4:00 p.m., on Zoom.Officers . . . remember to attend and represent!

  • Zoom Link: Contact for Zoom Link!

5/21: ALL Members Meeting (Leads: STEP UP Co-Presidents Amber Allday, Taylor Carley, & IDS Liaison Scott Mullins), 4:00 p.m., on Zoom.We need all members to attend and represent if available. We will be discussing future summer plans and would like feedback from members.

  • Zoom Link: Contact for Zoom Link!

5/27: STEP UP Parent Meeting (Parents ONLY – Lead: Parent Support Specialist Dawn Lewis), 6:00 p.m. on Zoom.Join Ms. Dawn virtually to connect and brainstorm future plans/events.

  • Zoom link: Contact for Zoom Link!

2 March, 2021 00:31

STEP UP TO LEADERSHIP ADVISORY COUNCIL at Gulf Park

Hey all! Please mark your calendars with our upcoming in-person and virtual events!
If you want to become a part of STEP UP or receive emails about future events, send
requests by email at Bryant.johnson@usm.edu or by phone at 228-214-3327.
To participate in any virtual activities on Discord, visit http://discord.gg/NP3wxDE

**REMEMBER TO FOLLOW ALL COVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR IN-PERSON EVENTS

March In-Person & Virtual 2020 Events:
Spotlight Virtual Trivia, Tuesdays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm, on STEP UP’s Discord page under
#spotlight-trivia. Join us each week for trivia! First and third weeks will be “Pop Culture Trivia” and the
other weeks will be “General Trivia”.

Weekly Eagle League Meetings, Wednesdays (virtual) from 4:00pm – 5:00pm. Join us each week to
socialize and learn about some important social skills, such as how to make new friends or how to deal
with teasing and even bullying. If you would like to participate or would like more information, please
call or email me at Bryant.johnson@usm.edu

Current Event Catch-Ups, Wednesdays (virtual) from 2:00pm – 2:30pm. Join us each week to discuss
current events, weekly news, and “this day in history” types of topics.
• Zoom link: Contact to request.

3/17: St. Patrick’s Day Soda Float Social (In-Person) from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. Join us this week for a fun
get-together on St. Patty’s Day! We will only be able to host the first 10 people who sign-up as part of
following COVID-19 guidelines. If you are interested, please email Bryant.johnson@usm.edu to sign up
to attend.

3/27: Cooking Basics with Sara; 3:00pm to 4:00pm. You can join Sara from the Hattiesburg IDS office
virtually as she teaches how to cook meals for yourself. For more information or if interested in
participating, please email Bryant.johnson@usm.edu. Look for an upcoming email survey to choose the
next dish!

2 March, 2021 00:27

SIGN UP for the HATTIESBURG monthly bulletin by emailing your request to stepup.

Find events on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/STEPUPtoLeadership/

To participate in any Discord activities, visit http://discord.gg/NP3wxDE.

REMEMBER TO FOLLOW ALL COVID-19 GUIDELINES for IN-PERSON EVENTS

Hattiesburg March 2021 Weekly Events

Socialization Group (Lead: Behavioral Analyst Melanie Dale), Monday’s virtually from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.Join us each week to socialize and learn new social skills.

  • Zoom link: Contact to request link

Crafting with Dawn (Lead: Parent Support Specialist Dawn Lewis), Tuesday’s

from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.Join for both an in-person and online interactive crafting experiences.

  • Zoom link: Contact to request link

Virtual Spotlight Trivia (Lead: IDS Intern, Daryn P.) Tuesday’s from 3:15 – 4:00 p.m. on Discord under #spotlight-trivia. Join us each week for trivia!

  • Pop Culture Trivia one week and General Trivia the next

Current Event Catch-Ups (Lead: AmeriCorps Members), starting Wednesday’s from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.Join us to discuss current events and weekly news!

  • Zoom link: Contact to request link

Cooking Basics (Lead: IDS LEND Sara Sorrell), the last Saturday of each month (March 27th) 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Join Sara virtually as she teaches how to cook meals for yourself. For more information or interested in participating then please contact alyssa.parks. Look out for up-coming email survey for your next dish!

Hattiesburg March 2021 Monthly Events

3/4: Rent a Theater: Raya and the Last Dragon. (Leads: STEP UP Liaison Scott Mullins), 6:00 p.m. at Southwest Theater in Turtle Creek Mall.Join us for our first big in-person movie event since the start of the pandemic. First 20 members to sign up get in for free, so please contact Scott Mullins or Dawn Lewis to sign you up. Members wanting refreshments will need to pay for those. After arriving please check in with Scott out front in the lobby before going into the theater.

Seymour’s CAREER CLOSET Clothing Drive. STILL ACCEPTING DONATIONS!New program coming to USM, they need students and organizations to donate clothing items such as suits, dresses, ties, blazers, blouses, skirts, dress shoes, belts, and other items normally worn for job interviews, internships, and other business/professional events. Donation box found on first floor of Bond Hall next to the glass doors.

3/12: Virtual Officers Meeting (Leads: STEP UP Co-Presidents Amber Allday and Taylor Carley), 12:00 p.m., on Zoom. Officers . . . remember to attend and represent!

  • Zoom Link: Contact to request link

3/22: Christian Services Soup Kitchen. (Leads: STEP UP Liaison Scott Mullins), 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m., at Christian Services. Van transportation will be provided for up to 7 individuals. Please sign up on the STEP UP bulletin board or let Scott know. Those who come will continue to follow all CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines.

3/25: STEP UP Parent Meeting (Parents ONLY – Lead: Parent Support Specialist Dawn Lewis), 6:00 p.m. Join Ms. Dawn virtually to connect and brainstorm future/events.

  • Zoom link: Contact to request link

3/27: Guy’s Day: Monster Movie Madness! (Leads: STEP UP Liaison Scott Mullins), 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Mrs. Dawn’s. Come join the guys as we enjoy some monster mayhem with a Godzilla and Kong Movie Marathon. We will watch the first 3 movies before going to Southwest Theater to see the newest Godzilla vs Kong movie. We will have pizza and King of Tokyo Board Game available as well. Movie time and ticket information TBA. We will only be able to host the first 8 individuals who sign-up due to COVID-19 restrictions. Email Scott at scott.mullins or Taylor at Robert.carley@usm.edu for more information.

2 March, 2021 00:22

SIGN UP for the HATTIESBURG monthly bulletin by emailing your request to stepup.

Find events on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/STEPUPtoLeadership/

To participate in any Discord activities, visit http://discord.gg/NP3wxDE.

REMEMBER TO FOLLOW ALL COVID-19 GUIDELINES for IN-PERSON EVENTS

Hattiesburg March 2021 Weekly Events

Socialization Group (Lead: Behavioral Analyst Melanie Dale), Monday’s virtually from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.Join us each week to socialize and learn new social skills.

Crafting with Dawn (Lead: Parent Support Specialist Dawn Lewis), Tuesday’s

from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.Join for both an in-person and online interactive crafting experiences.

  • Zoom link:

https://usm-edu.zoom.us/j/92317070844?pwd=MFowY3dxVG14WXRUcjBqMHJuVitwdz09

  • Meeting ID: 923 1707 0844, Password: 111222333
  • A list of needed materials will be sent out by e-mail prior to meeting.

Virtual Spotlight Trivia (Lead: IDS Intern, Daryn P.) Tuesday’s from 3:15 – 4:00 p.m. on Discord under #spotlight-trivia. Join us each week for trivia!

  • Pop Culture Trivia one week and General Trivia the next

Current Event Catch-Ups (Lead: AmeriCorps Members), starting Wednesday’s from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.Join us to discuss current events and weekly news!

Cooking Basics (Lead: IDS LEND Sara Sorrell), the last Saturday of each month (March 27th) 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Join Sara virtually as she teaches how to cook meals for yourself. For more information or interested in participating then please contact alyssa.parks. Look out for up-coming email survey for your next dish!

Hattiesburg March 2021 Monthly Events

3/4: Rent a Theater: Raya and the Last Dragon. (Leads: STEP UP Liaison Scott Mullins), 6:00 p.m. at Southwest Theater in Turtle Creek Mall.Join us for our first big in-person movie event since the start of the pandemic. First 20 members to sign up get in for free, so please contact Scott Mullins or Dawn Lewis to sign you up. Members wanting refreshments will need to pay for those. After arriving please check in with Scott out front in the lobby before going into the theater.

Seymour’s CAREER CLOSET Clothing Drive. STILL ACCEPTING DONATIONS!New program coming to USM, they need students and organizations to donate clothing items such as suits, dresses, ties, blazers, blouses, skirts, dress shoes, belts, and other items normally worn for job interviews, internships, and other business/professional events. Donation box found on first floor of Bond Hall next to the glass doors.

3/12: Virtual Officers Meeting (Leads: STEP UP Co-Presidents Amber Allday and Taylor Carley), 12:00 p.m., on Zoom. Officers . . . remember to attend and represent!

3/22: Christian Services Soup Kitchen. (Leads: STEP UP Liaison Scott Mullins), 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m., at Christian Services. Van transportation will be provided for up to 7 individuals. Please sign up on the STEP UP bulletin board or let Scott know. Those who come will continue to follow all CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines.

3/25: STEP UP Parent Meeting (Parents ONLY – Lead: Parent Support Specialist Dawn Lewis), 6:00 p.m. Join Ms. Dawn virtually to connect and brainstorm future/events.

  • Zoom link: https://usm- edu.zoom.us/j/91508076555?pwd=OUxXb3pGMHBhU0dhblF4
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  • Meeting ID: 915 0807 6555; Password: 111222333

3/27: Guy’s Day: Monster Movie Madness! (Leads: STEP UP Liaison Scott Mullins), 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Mrs. Dawn’s. Come join the guys as we enjoy some monster mayhem with a Godzilla and Kong Movie Marathon. We will watch the first 3 movies before going to Southwest Theater to see the newest Godzilla vs Kong movie. We will have pizza and King of Tokyo Board Game available as well. Movie time and ticket information TBA. We will only be able to host the first 8 individuals who sign-up due to COVID-19 restrictions. Email Scott at scott.mullins or Taylor at Robert.carley@usm.edu for more information.

19 February, 2021 20:58

Hey all! On the COAST please mark your calendars with our upcoming in-person and virtual events! If you want to become a part of STEP UP or receive emails about future events, send requests by email at Bryant.johnson or by phone at 228-214-3327.

Spotlight Virtual Trivia, Tuesdays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm (starts January 12th) on STEP UP’s Discord page under #spotlight-trivia. Join us each week for trivia! First and third weeks will be “Pop Culture Trivia” and the other weeks will be “General Trivia”.

Weekly Eagle League Meetings, Wednesdays (virtual) from 4:00pm – 5:00pm. Join us each week to socialize and learn about some important social skills, such as how to make new friends or how to deal with teasing and even bullying. If you would like to participate or would like more information, please call or email me at Bryant.johnson

Current Event Catch-Ups, Wednesdays (virtual) from 2:00pm – 2:30pm. Join us each week to discuss current events, weekly news, and “this day in history” types of topics.

2/2 to 2/26: In-Person & Virtual Food Drive for Gulf Park Pantry. STEP UP will be accepting food item donations for the Gulf Park Pantry, which provides food assistance to the USM Gulf Coast community and surrounding areas. We will have a collection bin located inside near the front desk in the building.

2/27: Cooking Basics with Sara; 3:00pm to 4:00pm. You can join Sara from the Hattiesburg IDS office virtually as she teaches how to cook meals for yourself. For more information or if interested in participating, please email Bryant.johnson. Look for an upcoming email survey to choose the next dish!

"A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.” – B.F. Skinner

Thanks!!!

Check out IDS’ 2021 Transition to Adulthood campaign titled “What’s Your Purpose” at https://bit.ly/2MC9LXf.

“The Plain fact is that the planet does not need more ‘successful’ people. However, it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every shape and form. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage who are willing to join the fight to make the world more habitable and humane. And these needs have very little to do with success as our culture has defined it.” David Orr

Scott N. Mullins, LMSW

Transition Specialist

The Institute for Disability Studies

601.266.6129

Scott.mullins

8 February, 2021 18:23

SIGN UP for the monthly bulletin by emailing your request to stepup.

Find events on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/STEPUPtoLeadership/

To participate in any Discord activities, visit http://discord.gg/NP3wxDE.

REMEMBER TO FOLLOW ALL COVID-19 GUIDELINES for IN-PERSON EVENTS

February 2021 Weekly Events

Socialization Group (Lead: Behavioral Analyst Melanie Dale), Monday’s virtually from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.Join us each week to socialize and learn new social skills.

    • Zoom link and password: Contact to request link

Crafting with Dawn (Lead: Parent Support Specialist Dawn Lewis), Tuesday’s

from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.Join for both an in-person and online interactive crafting experiences.

    • Zoom link: Contact to request link
    • Friday, 16th – Valentine’s Craft Projects and Party!
    • A list of needed materials will be sent out by e-mail prior to meeting.

Virtual Spotlight Trivia (Lead: STEP UP Liaison Scott Mullins) Tuesday’s from 3:15 – 4:00 p.m. on Discord under #spotlight-trivia.Join us each week for trivia!

    • Pop Culture Trivia one week and General Trivia the next

Current Event Catch-Ups (Lead: AmeriCorps Members), starting Wednesday’s from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.Join us to discuss current events and weekly news!

    • Zoom link: Contact to request link

Cooking Basics (Lead: IDS LEND Sara Sorrell), the last Saturday of each month (Jan 27th) 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Join Sara virtually as she teaches how to cook meals for yourself. For more information or interested in participating then please contact alyssa.parks. Look out for up-coming email survey for your next dish!

February 2021 Monthly Events

2/1-28: Seymour’s CAREER CLOSET Clothing Drive.New program coming to USM, they need students and organizations to donate clothing items such as suits, dresses, ties, blazers, blouses, skirts, dress shoes, belts, and other items normally worn for job interviews, internships, and other business/professional events. Donation box found on first floor of Bond Hall next to the glass doors.

2/10: Campus Cleanup. (Leads: STEP UP Liaison Scott Mullins), 10:00 a.m., at the Fountain at the front of campus. Come join in this campus wide clean up. Grabbers, gloves, bags, and safety vests will be provided. Those who come will continue to following all CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines.

2/12: Virtual Officers Meeting (Leads: STEP UP Co-Presidents Amber Allday and Taylor Carley), 12:00 p.m., on Zoom.Officers . . . remember to attend and represent!

    • Zoom Link: Contact to request link

2/20: Lady’s Tea Time! (Leads: Parent Support Specialist Dawn Lewis and Transition Specialist Danielle Parks), 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Mrs. Dawn’s. Ladies are back . . . come join the ladies as they socialize with refreshments and snacks all while dressing up in their Sunday’s best. We will only be able to host the first 8 individuals who sign-up due to COVID-19 restrictions. Email Dawn at dawn.m.lewis or Danielle at alyssa.parks for more information.

2/25: STEP UP Parent Meeting (Parents ONLY – Lead: Parent Support Specialist Dawn Lewis), 6:00 p.m.Join Ms. Dawn virtually to connect and brainstorm future plans/events.

    • Zoom link: Contact to request link

Date TBA: STEP UP Rents a Theater (Lead: STEP UP Liaison Scott Mullins and STEP UP Co-President Taylor Carley), Time TBA, at Southwest Theater at the mall.STEP UP will rent out a movie theater from the budget for a private showing of movie from streaming service. Movie title options will be determined. COVID-19 guidelines will continue to be follow, but we can have a max of 20 at this event. Stay tuned as more details will be coming soon.

For more information concerning the STEP UP to Leadership Advisory Council, please contact:

Scott Mullins, IDS Staff Liaison, Scott.Mullins, 601.266.6129 or

Dawn Lewis, IDS Staff Liaison, Dawn.M.Lewis, 601.266.5163 or

Tyler Johnson, IDS Staff Liaison, Bryant.Johnson, 228.214.3327