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  • About the ASB

    The Associated Student Body (ASB) is the student government association for UMMC. It serves as a mechanism to voice student concerns, ideas, and questions to the administration and community. We also serve to unite different health care career fields present on our campus, as we strongly believe that all of the professionals on our campus are important and necessary for the future of healthcare in our state.

    Some of the means by which we try to link the future health care professionals from each school is to offer one united student government, the ASB. We try to undertake and encourage any projects that directly affect students or would serve to better the campus and/or community from a student's perspective, such as converting the ASB office in the Nelson Student Union into an study area for all students and placing the aesthetically-pleasing picnic tables around campus in locations accessible to students.

    The ASB executive officers include four (4) elected officers (president, vice president, secretary and treasurer) elected by the entire student body at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

    The president is elected the preceding fall into a position of president-elect and other officers are elected in the spring. The president-elect serves as a non-voting member of the ASB and is involved with meetings, etc., in an attempt to better prepare him/her for the position of president in the upcoming year.  

    There are also appointees who serve on the ASB. This number can change from year to year, but is generally between four to six. The ASB president appoints UMMC students to these positions at his/her discretion. Currently, there are six people serving in this capacity, including intramural chair, Murmur Editor, Medic Editor, philanthropy chair, Multicultural Affairs representative, web chair, global outreach chair, interprofessional chair, and mentoring chair. These positions can be filled by UMMC students at-large (i.e. no current association with the ASB) or by current ASB members. 

    What we do

    As far as social events go, we usually have sponsor six big parties per year: Back to School party, Halloween party, Claus Ball, Anatomy Ball, Ambulance Chase party, and the Crawfish party. We also promote many smaller weekly functions, such as Family Game Night and Dinner and a Movie Night. Throughout the year, we will also provide tickets to the Mississippi Braves games, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the New Stage Theater, and other events that occur around Jackson.  Most of this planning is done by our Vice President, Kevin Randolph (krandolph@umc.edu).

    If you are interested in community service, please contact Elizabeth Barrett (ebarrett@umc.edu), our Philanthropy Chair.  Generally there is someone needing help every weekend. Usually community service activities are advertised by e-mail from the community service representative from your class or from the school community service representative.  Each individual school has many service projects, but our goal is to bring these together and create "interprofessional" service opportunities in and around the Jackson area.

    Our Intramural Chair (Grant Saxton - gsaxton@umc.edu) will be organizing numerous sporting events and leagues throughout the year, and we hope you will take part in them.  The platform that we use is IM Leagues, so feel free to follow this link and check out what sports we currently have going on.

    Our Mentoring Chair (John Clemmer - jclemmer@umc.edu) will be heading up the Mississippi Health Sciences Mentoring Program, which is now in its second year of existence.  We need plenty of UMMC student mentors to provide mentorship to Mississippi undergraduate students interested in careers in the health sciences.  

    If you are interested in global health outreach, please contact our Global Outreach Chair, Erin Peeden (ehpeeden@umc.edu).  She will be keeping up with all of the international outreach opportunities available to students from various schools.

    Representation

    There are ASB representatives from the various schools on campus: School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Health Related Professions, Graduate School, School of Dentistry, Radiology Technician Program and the 5th/6th year School of Pharmacy.

    The number of representatives is based upon the total number of students enrolled on campus in these respective schools. These representatives are elected from within each school in an election process selected by the respective school. In other words, these representatives are elected by their school only, not a campus-wide vote like the four executive officer positions.

    There are eight representatives from the School of Medicine, comprised of the president and vice president for each class within SOM.

    There are five representatives from the School of Health Related Professions, representing the SHRP president and vice president and three other representatives.

    There are four representatives from the School of Nursing, representing the SON senior president, vice president and secretary, and the SON junior president.

    The Graduate School has five representatives - the president, vice president, treasurer, philanthropy chair, and secretary of the Graduate School.

    The Dental School has two representatives -  the school president and vice president.

    The radiology technician program has one representative, and the School of Pharmacy has three representatives: the P6 president and the P5 president and vice president.

    How to get involved

    As a student, there's many ways to get involved. A simple way is to become an officer in your class. Every school defines which students go to ASB meetings, so make sure you ask. For example, in the medical school, the president and vice president of each class are ASB voting members.

    You can also be appointed to an ASB position. Appointed positions include intramural chair and co-chair, philanthropy chair and co-chair, The Murmer editor, The Medic editor, and the website chair to name a few. E-mail ASB President, Peter Mittwede (pmittwede@umc.edu), if you are interested in becoming involved in ASB for next year.