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Meet the Student Affairs Staff

Welcome to the School of Nursing's Office of Student Affairs. If we can assist you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Director of Student Affairs

Farrah Banks 2016
Dr. Farrah Evans

You are embarking on an educational, social and cultural journey that will forever change your life. Our mission in the Office of Student Affairs is to address your needs from a holistic and non-academic point of view. We are here to ensure that you are in the best position to accomplish your academic goals. If you find that you need support, guidance, or just a simple answer to a question during your journey, the student affairs' team members are ready and anxious to help.

We also work with the Office of Financial Aid and Student Accounting to coordinate financial aid and scholarships. Through the publication of the Student Handbook, the Office of Student Affairs acts to inform you about your rights and responsibilities as a student. Our office is an information source regarding academic programs and referral services available to you as a student. Rest assured that we will be there with you during every step of this journey.

In the Office of Student Affairs, it is our privilege to serve you as you pursue your educational goals. Simply put, we are here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Farrah Evans, EdD, CSAEd, CSAEd-CA
Assistant Professor and Director of Student Affairs
School of Nursing
University of Mississippi Medical Center
T: (601) 984-6252 | F: (601) 815-3143

Project Manager

Tara Rushing 2021
Tara Rushing

Congratulations! You have taken the first step toward expanding your education and are looking into a field with limitless possibilities! As the project manager for admissions, I work hand-in-hand with our project manager for recruitment and marketing to provide our students and prospective students with information about the programs and specialty tracks offered at the School of Nursing. I assist students as they walk through the application process by educating them on admission criteria, prerequisite requirements, application deadlines and much more.

In an effort to expand our services, I set up personal meetings and perform transcript evaluations. These meetings are usually brief but give prospective students face-to-face access to one of our Student Affairs members, who can answer program-specific questions or direct them to the appropriate contact. Our unofficial transcript evaluations are an easy way for us to help students realize how close they are to becoming eligible applicants and reaching their goal of a becoming a bachelor's, master's, or doctorally prepared nurse. Links to my services can be found below.

Tara Rushing, MS, CLS
Project Manager, Admissions Counselor
Early Entry liaison
School of Nursing
University of Mississippi Medical Center
T: (601) 815-0124 | F: (601) 815-3143


Project Manager

Brittany Vice 2022
Brittany Vice

I am excited that you are interested in the School of Nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center! As the project manager for recruitment and marketing, I promote our top-notch programs in the School of Nursing and coordinate our recruitment activities and events.

I work alongside our project manager for admissions, and our dynamic team of student ambassadors to make sure both prospective and current students are aware of the wide variety of programs and specialties available through the School of Nursing. My goal is to make sure that students and current nurses across the state of Mississippi are aware of the opportunities and multiple entry points available through UMMC. I want to help you achieve your goals in nursing via the best route for you!

I am happy to assist both prospective and current students with any questions they may have about our programs, as well as coordinate new opportunities for the school to expand its presence. Please feel free to contact me if I can assist you.

To get more information on our programs and opportunities within the School of Nursing, please view the links below for our newsletter and Facebook page.

Brittany Vice, BS
Project Manager, Recruitment and Marketing
School of Nursing
University of Mississippi Medical Center
T: (601) 984-6262 | F: (601) 815-3143

Student Affairs Education Administrator

Samantha Reeves 2024
Samantha Reeves

I’m excited to welcome you to the UMMC School of Nursing. With a background in social work, I am eager to help you navigate this exciting adventure of nursing school. Whether it be providing you with resources, preparing you for one of your many ceremonies, or just providing you with a sweet treat; my door is always open, and I’m here to listen and help. As the education administrator for student affairs, I also answer your questions regarding service learning hours and the Give Pulse platform.

Samantha Reeves, MSW
Education Administrator,
Student Affairs
School of Nursing
University of Mississippi Medical Center
T: (601) 984-6213 | F: (601) 815-3143


Student Excellence and Resources Program

Student Success Coordinator

Jinny Bailey 2023
Jinny Bailey

Welcome to your journey of nursing school! Whether you are here to begin or continue your journey, as the Student Success Coordinator, I am here to nurture student excellence and guide you to resources you may need along the way. It is my pleasure to guide students through the maze of academic challenges and tailor support to help each individual reach their full potential.

I am committed to understanding the diverse needs of our students and will connect you to the array of resources available here at UMMC and the School of Nursing. From academic assistance to personal development, I want to ensure students have access to the resources necessary to excel both inside and outside the classroom.

Jinny Bailey, M.Ed
Student Success Coordinator
School of Nursing
University of Mississippi Medical Center
T:  601-984-4161 | F: (601) 815-3143


Student Success Coordinator

Shakelia McLaurin 2021
Shakelia McLaurin

Welcome to the next step on your academic journey at UMMC School of Nursing! As your student success coordinator, I am dedicated to supporting your journey as you navigate your college experience in nursing school. Our Student Excellence and Resources Program is tailored to providing our students with opportunities and resources across campus.

My passion lies in empowering students to cultivate their strengths and conquer obstacles, ultimately achieving success holistically. I aim to help students discover their full potential and make the most out of their educational journey.

Let's work together to create a meaningful and rewarding experience that will pave the way for a bright future!

Shakelia McLaurin, MS, PLPC, NCC
Student Success Coordinator
School of Nursing
University of Mississippi Medical Center
T:  601-984-6225 | F: (601) 815-3143