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The late Cora Mitchell (second from left) is surrounded by friends and family at an Ole Miss football game: (from left) son Lance Mitchell, the donor, sister-in-law Helen Thomasson, family friend Marion Brown and niece Pat Thomasson.

Planned Gift Benefits Pride of the South

MAJOR GIFT SUPPORTS BAND PRACTICE FIELD RENOVATION APRIL 23, 2019 By Caitlyn Clegg The late Cora Mitchell was part of student-led efforts to bring the Pride of the South Marching Band back to the University of Mississippi during World War II. Now, a planned gift she established pays tribute to her involvement in the band. […]


Navy ROTC Works to Support Local Veterans

Fundraiser sells shirts to benefit Mississippi State Veterans Home of Oxford MARCH 29, 2019 BY JUSTIN WHITMORE The University of Mississippi‘s Navy ROTC program is hoping to give back to Oxford’s military veteran community with a fundraiser that will raise money to support the Mississippi State Veterans Home of Oxford. “We in the Ole Miss ROTC programs receive […]


Steve Palmer leads a presentation.

An Appetite for Excellence

Restaurateur’s gift will help ensure longevity of UM Southern Foodways Alliance MARCH 26, 2019 BY BILL DABNEY When restaurateur Steve Palmer overheard one of his servers say she’d like to buy a home if only she had the down payment, he started a company-wide home loan program. “We loan our employees their down-payment interest-free,” said […]


These days, Will St. Amand can be found working as a volunteer in the genealogy room of the Lafayette County-Oxford Public Library.

Promoting Excellence in Lab Instruction

UM biology professor pays tribute to late wife through gift MARCH 13, 2019 BY KIRSTEN FAULKNER A recent major gift from University of Mississippi Professor Emeritus Will St. Amand establishes an award designed to identify and provide support for higher education instruction in introductory-level biology. Additionally, the Georgia St. Amand Laboratory Teaching Assistant Award in […]


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. Bill Longest enjoys a moment of reflection.

A Biology Faculty Member Gives Back

Longest Scholarship Will Help Transfer Students Complete Their Degrees February 20, 2019 By Bill Dabney Dr. William D. Longest, who taught biology at the University of Mississippi for over two decades, recently established a scholarship endowment to help offset tuition expenses for students who transfer to Ole Miss from a community college. UM Provost Noel Wilkin […]


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 […]