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Luckyday Retreat

The Luckyday Retreat is held a week prior to the beginning of classes at the university.  All Luckyday freshmen scholars are required to attend the annual retreat.  While at the retreat, Luckyday Scholars learn about their responsibilities as Luckyday Scholars, participate in team building activities, listen to speakers on important topics related to their adjustment to college and build a network of friends prior to stepping foot in the classroom.

Are we really going to camp?

On Wednesday, Luckyday Scholars and Luckyday Staff will travel to Camp Lake Stephens, about ten minutes east of Oxford.  During the day we will have several outstanding speakers as well as team building activities.  Scholars will stay overnight at Camp Lake Stephens on Wednesday night. Travel to and from Camp Lake Stephens will be by charter bus. For more information about the facilities, please visit

Goals of the Retreat

  • Group Identity
  • Team Building
  • Improving Academic and Personal Success of Luckyday Scholars
  • Learn about and sign Luckday Honor Code


Educational-Resource Programming: Educational-resource programming is focused on achieving academic excellence. The goal of this programming is to reinforce available campus resource information to aid in the enhancement of learning. This information will be reiterated to ensure that the Luckyday Scholars clearly understand the campus resources, technologies and services that will aid their academic progress and success.

Life and Career-Assessment Programming: Life and career-planning programs help Luckyday Scholars consider how to gain personal satisfaction and find enrichment in their lives after their Luckyday experience. Luckyday Scholars are encouraged to assess their interests and abilities, as well as their strengths and weaknesses, and to make choices based on these assessments.

Service-Learning Programming: The focus of the service-learning programs is to help Luckyday Scholars understand their place in the larger community. This community can be their residence hall, campus, the Oxford area or the global community. Social-consciousness programs, meanwhile, focus on major issues or trends in society. Luckyday Scholars can choose either to focus on one area or to combine community service with social consciousness.

Social Programming: Social programs provide the opportunity for Luckyday Scholars to interact with one another in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. As a result, Luckyday Scholars will feel a part of a larger group/community, have a better college/first-year experience and take pride in the program. Social programs particularly are important during the first few weeks of each semester and should continue regularly throughout the rest of the semester.

2017 Retreat Speakers

Ms. Shawnboda Mead, Director of the Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement

Mr. Tracy Murry, Director for the Office of Student Conduct

Dr. Melinda Sutton, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students

Ms. Stacey Reycraft, Director of Student Disability Services

Dr. Bud Edwards, Jr., Director of the Counseling Center

Dr. Donald Cole, Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Assistant Provost, and Assistant to the Chancellor for Multicultural Affairs & Associate Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Jeffrey S. Vitter, Chancellor of the University of Mississippi

Mr. Holmes Adams, Chairman of the Luckyday Foundation Board of Managers

Mr. Camp Best, Academic Mentor in the School of Liberal Arts

Mr. Jeff McManus, Director of Landscape Services and Airport and Golf Course Operations

Dr. Ethel Young-Scurlock, Associate Professor of English and African American Studies and Senior Faculty Fellow, Luckyday Residential College

Ms. Blair McElroy, Director of Study Abroad

Mr. EJ Presley, Assistant Director of the Career Center

Ms. Kristina Phillips, Assistant Director of College Programs for Outreach