Stephen Monroe, assistant dean of the college of liberal arts, said the past year was successful for the VISTA program. Now the school is in the process of receiving final certification on bringing VISTAs to the schools of engineering, education, college of liberal arts, the university museum and the provost's office.
Monroe said he hopes Ole Miss eventually can support 16 VISTAs.
Volunteers in Service to America is a branch of AmeriCorps that aims to combat poverty. Goals for the university are to increase educational resources for low-income people, address community needs and connect people to university expertise and resources.
Hildreth Davis, who came to the university from Winston Salem, N.C., was the test-pilot for the VISTA program at Ole Miss.
"It has been an awesome year-long ride," Davis said. "I loved every minute of it."
Davis said she had always wanted to do something like Peace Corps, but finishing school had gotten in the way, so when she had an opportunity to be a VISTA at Ole Miss after graduating, she jumped on it.
There, she has worked on developing service learning programs and community engagement through the college of liberal arts.
Davis said if you are considering joining VISTA, just do it.
"Without reservations, you will never regret it," Davis said. "Anytime you participate in a national service project, like AmeriCorps or the military, and put it on your resume, that says something about you.
"As far as me personally, I have been able to put the theories I learned at college to practice, and it has been wonderful."
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- To apply for one of the five VISTA positions opening up at Ole Miss, send a brief letter of interest, specifying what position interests you, and resume to Stephen Monroe at email@example.com by 5 p.m. June 26. Each of these full-time one year placements will receive a living allowance, health benefits and an education grant. For more information, call the college of liberal arts at (662) 915-7178.