Q: Where will the seminar be held?
A: The seminar will be held at Millsaps College in Jackson, Friday morning, June 2, through Sunday afternoon, June 4, 2017. A map of the Millsaps campus can be printed from the link www.millsaps.edu. Click on About, then Campus Tour, then "Campus Map." Directions to registration: Take the South Security Gate entrance at Webster Street and follow the directions on the map to New South Hall.
Q: Where should I go when I arrive at Millsaps?
A: Come to the lobby of New South Hall. We ask that you leave your luggage in the car until after you have received your room key. There will be a separate information area available for your parents/guardian. Bring your children's books to donate to Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children with you to registration.
Q: What time do I need to get there?
A: Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will last until 10:00 a.m. Plan to arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. to get processed and to the sessions on time. All students must be on campus in time for registration.
Q: What if I have a conflict and cannot arrive until Friday night?
A: All students are expected to be on campus for registration on Friday morning. We understand there are other camps and programs at the same time as HOBY and difficult choices might have to be made. To participate in HOBY, you must be on campus Friday morning, June 2, and stay until the closing ceremonies on Sunday, June 4, 2017 ( The closing ceremony is usually over by 1:00 p.m.).
Q: What should I pack to wear?
A: Dress for the weekend is casual with the exception of Sunday. The majority of the time we will be inside, and it tends to get cool in the auditorium where we meet. On Friday night, if you choose to attend the dance, whatever you would wear to a school dance is fine (not dressy - we will be outside on the grass and in the heat). You may wear shorts for the Saturday volunteer projects but they must be at least knee length. No Nike Tempo shorts allowed. I can't promise that you won't get dirty, and you will more than likely sweat. You will receive an "official" white HOBY T-shirt, which everyone will wear on Saturday.
On Sunday, we ask that everyone "dress up." Girls, this means dresses, skirts or nice pants outfits - no shorts, please. Guys, you may wear slacks and shirts (no coat and tie required) - no shorts or jeans, though. Your group pictures will be taken on Sunday morning, too.
NOTE: According to HOBY National guidelines, the following attire is not permitted at any time: strapless/tube tops, tops with spaghetti straps, tank tops, bare midriffs, exposure of undergarments, short shorts, miniskirts, clothing with profane or offensive language or graphics, torn clothing, and clothing with holes. If you are inappropriately dressed, you will be asked to change before participating in any HOBY activities.
Q: What are the accommodations like?
A: Girls will be staying in New South Hall, and the guys will be in Ezelle Hall. The seminar will be chaperoned by adult staff members who will also be staying at the facility 24 hours a day.
You must bring your own linens (twin sheets), pillows, blanket-if desired, towels, and personal hygiene items. THE COLLEGE WILL NOT PROVIDE THESE. Don't forget your alarm clock!
Q: If necessary, how may I be contacted during the seminar?
A: In case of an emergency, your parent(s) or guardian may call 601-323-1468 during the seminar. There is no phone service available in the individual dorm rooms. There are no pay phones on the campus, and a limited number of public phones from which collect or calling card calls can be made. Cell phones and other electronic communications must be left in your dorm room, and will not be permitted in the meeting facilities. If cell phones are used by students during the sessions, they will be collected and returned at the end of the seminar.
Q: Will I have a roommate?
A: Yes. All rooms are double occupancy. You will be assigned a roommate by the HOBY staff. Changes are not allowed. This is a great way to make new friends!
Q: What if I need to take medication while I am at the seminar?
A: Provide information about your medication on the Medical History Records Form and bring the completed Physician Medication Verification Form with you to the seminar. Make sure to read and comply with HOBY's Policy for Use of Medication During a HOBY Event. Both documents are included in the registration materials.
According to guidelines from HOBY National, you must comply with instructions (medication in original container, completed Physician Medication Verification Form by each doctor prescribing medication, etc.) or you will be asked to leave the seminar.
Q: Will I be permitted to leave the seminar and return?
A: All students are required to stay on campus for the entire HOBY weekend - from registration Friday morning until the closing ceremonies on Sunday afternoon.
Q: You mentioned a choice between the dance and a "social." What is this all about?
A: In years past, we have found that some ambassadors may not be comfortable in a "dance" setting." If you choose to attend the social, there will be snacks available in the lobby of New South Hall. Bring board games, guitars, karaoke if you would like. You will be asked at registration to choose which you want to attend. You will not be able to attend both.
Q: I've never been to anything like HOBY before and I'm a little nervous. What will this seminar be like?
A: This seminar will be a TERRIFIC chance for you to meet and interact with other students much like yourself, from all over Mississippi. The best way to approach HOBY is with an open mind, and by being yourself. We have a great program planned, including dynamic speakers, a community service project, entertainment including a talent show, a choice of a dance or social, and a special closing ceremony to which your parents/guardian are invited. Come prepared to meet new people, share your views, ask questions, and put your leadership skills into action.
Q: Do I need to bring any money?
A: HOBY will provide all meals and snacks. However, there are vending machines on campus if you would like to bring some change for late night snacks/drinks.
Q: Will we have photos of the HOBY class?
A: A photographer will be at HOBY to take a picture of the entire class and a picture of your group. An order form is with your registration information. You may purchase a set of these photos for $27. This includes two 8" x 10" photos (one of the class and one of your group), tax, shipping and handling. Bring your form, along with cash or check payment, with you to registration on June 2. (Check should be made out to "Bill Ray Photography." Payment for photos cannot be combined wtih a check to HOBY.) Do not mail the form to HOBY.
Q: What if I am unable to attend the seminar?
A: If circumstances arise that prevent you from attending the seminar, we would like to give another student from your school the opportunity to attend. Please call Stevie Farrar at 601-323-1468 so we can adjust our records. We would appreciate it if you let us know as soon as possible. If there is the slightest chance that you might not come, please let Stevie know immediately.
Q: When will the program conclude?
A: The seminar will conclude following the closing ceremonies on Sunday, June 4, around 1:00 p.m. If your parents/guardian will not be attending the College Financial Aid Workshop or the closing ceremonies, they will need to pick you and your luggage up at the residence hall. Remember - you must attend the entire weekend to participate in HOBY.
Q: Whom should I contact if I have additional questions?
A: If you have any additional questions or concerns prior to the seminar weekend (no matter how big or small), email Stevie Farrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.O. Box 2717
Jackson, MS 39207
2017 Leadership Seminar Chair