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The inaugural Policy Talks is set for 5:30 p.m. April 25 in Bryant Hall, Room 209. Three UM faculty members and three select alumni will discuss religious freedom laws. A reception will follow the free event in the Bryant Hall Gallery. Photo by Robert Jordan

Forum to Examine Religious Freedom Laws in State

Policy Talks event draws on expertise of faculty, alumni from Department of Philosophy and Religion APRIL 12, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A panel discussion examining religious freedom laws is scheduled for April 25 at the University of Mississippi. The inaugural “Policy Talks” begins at 5:30 p.m. in Bryant Hall, Room 209. Three UM faculty […]


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Retired Maj. Gen. Augustus Collins to Give UM Commencement Address

Alumnus, former National Guard commander speaks to graduates May 11 in Grove MARCH 25, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART Retired Maj. Gen. Augustus Leon Collins, former commanding general of the Mississippi National Guard and president of the University of Mississippi Alumni Association, will deliver the university’s 166th Commencement address May 11 in the Grove. A native of Booneville, Collins earned […]


Dr. Steven Cunningham (left), chair of the IHL Diversity Committee, and UM Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks (right) congratualte Sandra Cox-McCarty on winning one of hte board’s Excellence in Diversity Awards.

Law School Associate Dean Honored by IHL

Sandra Cox-McCarty is this year’s recipient of the Excellence in Diversity Award MARCH 12, 2019 BY CHRISTINA STEUBE Sandra Cox-McCarty, associate dean for administration and diversity initiatives at the University of Mississippi School of Law, is dedicated to diversity and inclusion. For more than 27 years, she has worked diligently to create an atmosphere of […]


Emily Wagster Pettus to be Honored with 2019 Silver Em

Longtime legislative reporter to receive university’s highest award in journalism MARCH 12, 2019 BY LAREECA RUCKER Between 2003 and 2014, U.S. newspapers lost 35 percent of their statehouse reporters, a percentage slightly higher than newspaper staffing nationwide, the Pew Research Center reports. As news staffs shrink across the country, state government reporters have become an […]


Born in Daejeon, South Korea, University of Mississippi student Jiwon Lee spent part of her childhood and teenage years in Oxford, so Ole Miss is a second home to her. Photo by Thomas Graning

Music Major Blends Experiences of International and Hometown Student

South Korean native Jiwon Lee grew up on Ole Miss campus MARCH 12, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART Jiwon Lee is not your typical international student at the University of Mississippi. Born in Daejeon, South Korea, Lee arrived in Oxford as an infant. Her father, Jongbok Lee, and mother, Aeran Moon Lee, were attending UM in the late […]


UM alumna Tiffany Gammell (left) welcomes Ole Miss music students Maddi Jolley and Carley Wilemon, along with music professor Nancy Maria Balach (right) to Charleston, South Carolina, this weekend for performances, classes and a broadcast of ‘LMR Live’ from the College of Charleston. Photo by Thomas Graning

Music Faculty and Students Head to the College of Charleston

Trip to include performances, a master class and professional networking opportunities MARCH 7, 2019 BY LYNN WILKINS When Nancy Maria Balach, associate professor of music at the University of Mississippi and artistic director of Living Music Resource, gets to South Carolina this weekend, she’s going to hit the ground running. Balach and two Ole Miss […]


UM hosts its fourth TEDxUniversityofMississippi conference March 6

Another Year of Exploring ‘New Horizons’

TEDxUniversityofMississippi to host fourth annual speaking event March 6 MARCH 5, 2019 BY JUSTIN WHITMORE The University of Mississippi is set to host its annual TEDxUniversityofMississippi conference that will bring together speakers from throughout the university community to the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts at 6 p.m. Wednesday (March 6). The fourth TEDxUniversityofMississippi will host eight speakers, […]


Dean Copeland (in dark blue shirt) is surrounded by family: (from left) son Braden; grandson Campbell Dickson (now 17); wife Linda; grandson Mac Dickson (now 22); son-in-law Tim Dickson; grandson Brody Dickson (now 19); and daughter Albie Dickson.

Gift Benefits Public Policy Leadership Students

Alumnus supports rising juniors with major gift MARCH 5, 2019 BY CAITLYN CLEGG Teaching a college course inspired University of Mississippi alumnus Dean Copeland of Atlanta, Georgia, to provide financial support to student leaders at his alma mater. Copeland, a UM graduate and former Rhodes Scholar, recently made a $100,000 gift to establish a scholarship […]


Dr. Steven Cunningham (left), chair of the IHL Diversity Committee, congratulates retired educator Peggy Sisson on being honored with the board’s Karen Cummins Community Service Award.

Board of Trustees Presents Annual Diversity Awards

Medical Center administrator and former UM educator honored for service, statewide impact FEBRUARY 28, 2019 BY STAFF REPORT The Mississippi board of trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning celebrated Black History Month with its annual Diversity Awards ceremony in Jackson. Campus and community leaders were recognized for their efforts in advancing diversity and encouraging […]


Col. Kelvin Nichols greets fellow Mississippi Army National Guardsmen after a ceremony to promote him to colonel. Nichols has been employed by the University of Mississippi for 25 years. Photo by Thomas Graning

Celebrating a Distinguished Military Career Shaped by Ole Miss

Col. Kelvin Nichols marks promotion where he was first commissioned FEBRUARY 26, 2019 BY JUSTIN WHITMORE Col. Kelvin Nichols has accrued more than 29 years of military service in the Mississippi Army National Guard and seen action around the world, and he asked friends, family and his brothers and sisters in arms to join him […]