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History Makers: Three UM Students among Rhodes Scholarship Finalists

Jarvis Benson, Jaz Brisack, John Chappell set to compete for coveted award NOVEMBER 12, 2018 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM For the first time ever, the University of Mississippi boasts three 2019 finalists for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarships, which draw students from around the world to study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Jarvis […]


The 2018 UM Croft Scholars are (front, from left) David McDonald, Emma Lane, Akshaya Vijayasankar and Delaney Smith, and (back) Jess Cooley, Olivia Jaramillo, Reed Peets and Ava Cooper.

Eight UM Students Earn Prestigious Croft Scholarships

Exceptional scholars receive $4,000 per semester to further studies NOVEMBER 1, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART Eight students at the University of Mississippi‘s Croft Institute for International Studies are recipients of this year’s distinguished Croft Scholarships. The prestigious scholarships pay up to $32,000 over four years, and the funds can be combined with other scholarships. Croft Scholars retain the […]


Senior international studies and Spanish major Caroline Bass spent the spring of 2018 studying in the Dominican Republic as part of her Croft Institute studies.

Study Abroad Gives Croft Students Experience of a Lifetime

Semester, year overseas creates global citizens out of institute’s students SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART Since its beginning in 1998, the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi has supplied students with the tools to become global citizens. Chief among these tools are acquiring a high level of proficiency in a foreign language and studying […]


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UTSA English Professor to Deliver 58th Annual Longest Lecture

Talk will interpret scholar’s research on language and cultural identity SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 BY ALLY LANGSTON The 58th annual Christopher Longest Lecture at the University of Mississippi will tackle topics of language and identity through a presentation by Sonja L. Lanehart, English professor and Brackenridge Endowed Chair in Literature and the Humanities at the University […]


Ryan Mays (center), is taking classes at the University of Mississippi this fall as a 14-year-old freshman, one of the youngest in the university’s history. Photo by Thomas Graning

From 14 to 64, UM Freshman Class Spans the Ages

Gifted teen, veteran highlight wide range of educational opportunities SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM One grew up in the age of “flower power” and the Vietnam War, while the other was born after the launch of Apple iTunes, but both are part of the University of Mississippi’s 2018 freshman class. A 64-year-old grandfather and […]


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UM Sets Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Observances

Film series, panel discussions and book readings among events scheduled SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A five-film series, five panel discussions and a book reading are among the events scheduled as the University of Mississippi observes Hispanic Heritage Month. The four-week celebration began with a film Friday (Sept. 13) and ends Oct. 18 […]


Hispanic Heritage Series Films Offer ‘Peek into Far-Off Realities’

Movies from Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries slated over coming month SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM The University of Mississippi’s Department of Modern Languages will present five films from Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs until Oct. 15 at the university. The first of five Hispanic Heritage Series films, “Sealed Cargo” […]


Blair McElroy, UM senior international officer, signs a memorandum of agreement with the National University of Civil Engineering in Vietnam for student and faculty exchanges and research collaborations in May. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Blair McElroy Named Senior International Officer at UM

UM alumna brings global perspective, experiences to role SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART During the 2017-18 academic year at the University of Mississippi, Blair McElroy watched over 877 international students as interim senior international officer. In that position, she served as an advocate for those students, ensuring their education at UM went as smoothly as […]


A degree from the Croft Institute for International Studies serves as a passport into the world economy. Here, the 2018 class celebrates its graduation. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Croft Institute Marks Two Decades of Preparing State for the World

More than 500 graduates have launched successful global careers AUGUST 30, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART Since its first class graduated in 2001, the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi has sent hundreds of students into the world. A Croft Institute degree serves as a passport, a stamp of approval recognizable in the global marketplace of […]


The University of Mississippi has been awarded an Arabic Flagship Program, a program designed to graduate students with a commanding fluency level in a language critical to U.S. competitiveness and security. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

UM Granted Prestigious Arabic Flagship Program

University is home to two Language Flagship programs AUGUST 16, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART The University of Mississippi is one of two new recipients of an Arabic Flagship Program, an esteemed language program for undergraduate students available only at select higher education institutions. Launched in 2002, The Language Flagship programs are sponsored by the National Security Education Program, a […]