College of Liberal Arts

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Susan and Sanford Thomas

Highlighting Research of Liberal Arts Professors

Thomas Couple Establishes Research Award Endowment February 14, 2019 By Mary Stanton Knight Sanford and Susan Thomas of Memphis, Tennessee, have made a gift of $50,000 to the University of Mississippi, establishing a faculty research award endowment in the College of Liberal Arts that reflects the value they place on academics. The Sanford and Susan Thomas […]


Ron and Jody Wilson (from left) have made a gift to the UM Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College in honor of Mary Lou and Harry Owens. Representing the Honors College is the dean, Douglass Sullivan-Gonzalez.

Estate Gift Honors Family and Friends

Wilsons’ planned contribution designed to benefit teaching in UM Honors College JANUARY 19, 2019 BY BILL DABNEY Ron and Jody Wilson, of Oxford, want their planned gift to help generate more University of Mississippi courses that will engage and challenge students for generations to come. The Wilsons recently included Ole Miss in their estate plans, […]


Embry scholar Nikyra Jenkins has known she wanted to attend Ole Miss since seventh grade.

Jenkins Receives Award Created in Football Player’s Memory

EMBRY LEGACY CONTINUES DECEMBER 5, 2018 BY ELLE SNODGRASS It has been 20 years since University of Mississippi student-athlete Joey Embry tragically died in a drowning accident, yet his legacy is continually expanded among students whose scholarships bear his name. “I think it’s a great idea to start a scholarship in the name of somebody […]


Duly Noted, the house band for the Living Music Resource, will perform Thursday evening as part of the cabaret competition at Nutt Auditorium. Photo by Thomas Graning

Cabaret Competition Set to Shake Up Nutt Auditorium

Thursday event will support Ignite campaign for Living Music Resource NOVEMBER 27, 2018 BY LYNN WILKINS The University of Mississippi’s Nutt Auditorium will dress herself appropriately to host a full-bore cabaret competition Thursday (Nov. 29) evening. “If you think you know what Nutt looks like, think again,” said event organizer Nancy Maria Balach, an Ole […]


Karan (left) and Eric Clark of Oxford, present a check to Sandra Guest, vice president of the UM Foundation. The gift adds a $10,000 contribution to the existing John S. and Mamie Craft Clark Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund at the University of Mississippi. Joining them is the 2018 Clark Scholar, Margaret Jordan, a freshman mathematics major from Pearl.

Donor Increases Amount of Endowment Honoring His Parents

Clark Makes Contribution NOVEMBER 20, 2018  |  STAFF REPORTS Eric and Karan Clark of Oxford, Mississippi, recently made a $10,000 contribution to the John S. and Mamie Craft Clark Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund at the University of Mississippi. Clark and his brothers, John B. Clark of Ridgeland, Mississippi, and the late Larry E. Clark of Brandon, […]


UM alumnus and former band member Sumner Spradling has made the lead gift that will help begin construction of a new director's tower that will bear his name. Pictured are (from left) Matt Louis of Corinth, Mississippi, Ole Miss band director David Willson, Matt Smith of Flowood, Mississippi, donors Risa and Sumner Spradling, Wil Stacy of Southaven, Mississippi, Francena Sekul of Biloxi, Mississippi, UM development officer Ron Wilson, Richard Springer of Biloxi, and Max Warren .

Former UM Band Member’s Gift to Help Construct New Tower

AN UPPER-LEVEL GIFT NOVEMBER 8, 2018 BY ELLE SNODGRASS A gift to the University of Mississippi is expected to help take the Ole Miss band program to a new level — literally. Sumner Spradling of Greensboro, North Carolina, recently gave the university $100,000 to establish the Band Director’s Tower Fund, an account designed to support […]


The UM Living Music Resource team includes (from left) Carley Wilemon, Jesse Gibens, Nancy Maria Balach, Ava Street, Caitlin Richardson and Haley Tyrrell. Photo by Kevin Bain

Ignite Campaign Aims to Take Living Music Resource to Next Level

Innovative music program gives students experience, career edge NOVEMBER 6, 2018 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS The goals of the Living Music Resource, a program of the University of Mississippi Department of Music, are not modest: to expand music education and training to include career preparation, community engagement, and technical and digital know-how, and to infuse […]


Former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is donating his papers to the University of Mississippi’s Modern Political Archives. Cochran, an alumnus and supporter of the university, is shown speaking at Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter’s investiture in 2016. Photo by Kevin Bain/Communications

Law School to Host Tribute to Senator Thad Cochran

NOVEMBER 2, 2018 BY CHRISTINA STEUBE Former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (BA psychology ’59 JD ’65)  has left a lasting legacy on the University of Mississippi, as well as the state and nation. To honor his many contributions to the state, the UM School of Law is hosting a Nov. 11 tribute to the longtime political leader and […]


The University of Mississippi will soon be home to the Haley Barbour Center for the Study of American Politics. From left, John Bruce, chair and associate professor of political science; Lee Cohen, dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Haley Barbour, former governor of Mississippi; Jeffrey S. Vitter, UM Chancellor; and Noel Wilkin, provost and executive vice chancellor. Photo by Kevin Bain

American Politics Focus of New Center Named for Haley Barbour

First classes of Center for the Study of American Politics to be taught in upcoming term OCTOBER 29, 2018 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM The University of Mississippi soon will be home to a bipartisan center named after alumnus Haley Barbour, a major architect of national politics who served two terms as governor of Mississippi. On Thursday […]


The late Gary Collins and the late Mary Ann Mobley, who passed away in 2012 and 2014 respectively, are pictured with UM Chancellor Emeritus Robert Khayat.

Studio Theatre, Scholarships Carry Names of Mobley and Collins

DAUGHTER’S GIFT TO UM HONORS BELOVED COUPLE OCTOBER 23, 2018 BY TINA HAHN The first Mississippian to wear the Miss America crown, the late actress Mary Ann Mobley, and her husband, the late actor Gary Collins, will have their legacies expanded at the University of Mississippi with the naming of a studio theatre in the […]