August 24, 2022
A note from the Dean
Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

It has been great to see students back on campus the last few days; their presence brings the new academic year to life. I had the pleasure of greeting many first-year students and their families as they moved in on Friday. I can’t wait to see what fresh ideas they bring to our classrooms and community, and how they work together with our second-years, who returned on Monday refreshed and ready for new adventures.

I’d like to thank all those involved in the preparation and execution of the many events we hosted throughout Orientation Week. I appreciate the dedication to creating both enriching experiences and a welcoming environment for our students. 

Later tonight, we will gather for our annual Convocation at 7:00 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium, followed by our traditional Candlelight Procession on the Quad, weather permitting. This is a great opportunity to connect with the Oxford community. I hope to see you tonight, but if you can't attend, you can livestream Convocation by clicking this link or watch a recording later on our website

Best regards,
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Oxford in the news
Michael Martin, Assistant Teaching Professor of Biology, was profiled in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for his YouTube show, Nature Time, which helps children begin to understand and connect with nature. If you have a subscription to the AJC, you can read the article here. Otherwise, you can access it courtesy of the Oxford Library here.
Lyn Pace, Oxford Chaplain, wrote in his August column for The Covington News about his travels to National Parks, as well as the Oxford Global Connections trip to the Georgia coast at the end of this academic year. Read more here.
Rick Thompson, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, and his wife, Aubrey Kelly, a psychology professor on the Atlanta campus, co-authored a study that was covered by Medical News Today. Read the piece, titled "Testosterone may promote 'cuddling', not just violence, animal study finds," here. Read more about their research and collaboration on EurekaAlert! here.
Fall Retreat 2022
Sponsored by the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life, the annual Fall Retreat is a fun and relaxing get-away from campus and will be held at the Georgia FFA camp near Covington on Saturday, September 17. Learn more about the retreat and register here. We hope to see you there!

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].
Volunteer at the Oxford Farm
Volunteer to help student workers and staff at the Oxford Farm harvest and care for their fall crops, including lettuce, carrots, kale, sweet potatoes, and more. You'll join in whatever work is happening the day you volunteer. No experience necessary!

Every Friday morning, 9:00–11:00 a.m. starting Sept 2.

Sign up here.
Oxford Olympics
Orientation Week continued with the Oxford Olympics on Monday. Enjoy these pictures from the festivities!
Williams Gym | 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Candlelight Procession
The Quad | 8:00–9:00 pm
Student Center Kickoff
Student Center | 9:00 p.m.
Take a Break Tuesday
Office of Religious & Spiritual Life
Oxford Student Center Front Plaza | 1:15–2:45 p.m.
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