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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 […]


UM Ethics Bowl team member Madison Bandler (second from left), discusses the question, ‘Should the standard of sexual consent be an affirmative verbal yes?’ during the Great Debate of 2018. Photo by Marlee Crawford/UM Communications

UM Delves into Ethics to Prepare Students to Debate Society’s Issues

New courses and competitions equip participants to engage in civil discussion MAY 16, 2018 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM The University of Mississippi Department of Philosophy and Religion has created new classes, and conducts an annual Ethics Bowl and a Great Debate with the goal of equipping students to respectfully grapple with some of life’s most pressing […]


Neil A. Manson, University of Mississippi professor of philosophy, has establish a reading group on the works of Alvin Plantinga, one of the world’s most influential philosophers of religion. Photo courtesy of Neil A. Manson

Philosophy Professor Establishes Plantinga Reading Group at UM

APRIL 6, 2018 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM Neil A. Manson, University of Mississippi professor of philosophy, has used a grant from the Society of Christian Philosophers to establish a reading group on the works of one of the world’s most influential philosophers of religion. In 2017, Alvin Plantinga, professor emeritus at Calvin College, won the prestigious Templeton Prize, […]


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UM Departments Collaborate to Host ‘Radical South’ Series

Events include lectures, discussions, film screening and more APRIL 3, 2018 BY CHRISTINA STEUBE The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi is hosting “The Radical South,” a conversation series this month that explores the complexity of Southern history and identity. The Isom Center, the Center for the Study […]


UM Students, Staff, Alumni Join Community for MLK Day of Service Activities

Volunteers gathering to honor King’s legacy through community engagement JANUARY 8, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH University of Mississippi students, staff and community partners are spearheading efforts to promote community engagement and encourage a spirit of service in Lafayette County and Oxford during 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances. The Lafayette-Oxford-University MLK Day of Service […]


The UM Museum’s 2017 keepsake ornament featuring Barlow’s Planetarium is available for purchase. Submitted photo

UM Museum Unveils 2017 Keepsake Ornament

This year’s design features popular 19th century scientific instrument NOVEMBER 16, 2017 BY STAFF REPORT The University of Mississippi Museum has unveiled its 17th annual keepsake ornament, a design featuring the Barlow’s Planetarium, part of the collection of antique scientific instruments on display at the museum. The planetarium, also known as an orrery, has a storied […]


UM geological engineering faculty members Bob Holt, Dennis Powers and Doug Granger visit the Clinton P. Anderson overlook outside Santa Fe, New Mexico, with students during the ‘Geological Engineering Design Field Camp’ course offered through UM’s Study USA program in August. During Wintersession 2018, students will again have opportunities to travel with UM faculty members as they study biology, education, English, gender studies, hospitality management, philosophy, political science and more. Submitted photo

UM Students, Faculty Take Learning on the Road

Study USA program gearing up for hands-on Wintersession courses in four exciting locales OCTOBER 18, 2017 BY PAM STARLING Whether students are capturing biological field samples in nature or capturing the essence of a culture, the eye-opening experience of experiential learning will be on full display through the University of Mississippi’s Study USA Wintersession 2018 […]


Student Spotlight

A look at a few of the 5,327 scholars in the College of Liberal Arts   Rachel Anderson, BA Spanish and BAJ Journalism ’17  The most defining of the rigorous challenges and invaluable opportunities of Rachel’s college experience — producing the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s first bilingual hurricane guide as a public affairs intern, blogging about her […]


Professor Mary Thurlkill will open her religion class to community members this fall. Photo by Robert Jordan Ole Miss Communications

Religion Course Open to LOU Community

Free sessions focus on comparing Christianity and Islam AUGUST 25, 2017 BY CHRISTINA STEUBE A University of Mississippi professor is opening her fall religion course to people in the Lafayette-Oxford-University community, inviting them to come learn what both the Bible and the Quran teach on several topics. The class, REL 300: Comparative World Religions: Bible and […]


The 2017 Hall of Fame inductees are front row ( L to R) Acacia Santos, Leah Gibson, Yujing Zhang, Alex Martin. Back Row (L to R) Austin Dean, Chase Moore, Austin Powell, Miller Richmond, John Brahan, James Roland Markos. Photo by Robert Jordan Ole Miss Communications

UM Seniors Inducted into Hall of Fame

Recipients honored for achievement, service and potential for success APRIL 7, 2017 BY CHRISTINA STEUBE Ten University of Mississippi seniors have been inducted into the university’s 2016-17 Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors afforded students at UM. The inductees were honored Friday (April 7) in a ceremony at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. A […]