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The University of Mississippi’s permanent endowment grew in its latest fiscal year to an all-time high, thanks to generous support from private donors. Photo by Robert Jordan

University Endowment Builds to All-time High of $715 Million

Strong investment returns, generosity of alumni and friends spurs growth AUGUST 29, 2018 BY TINA H. HAHN The University of Mississippi’s permanent endowment grew in its latest fiscal year to an all-time high of $715 million, thanks in part to the seventh consecutive year of new gifts of $100 million or more. Private support totaled […]


California couple Lynne Ann DeSpelder and Albert Lee Strickland are including in their estate plans support for two UM endowments.

Couple’s Planned Gift to Support Two UM Endowments

GIVING IN PERPETUITY JULY 20, 2018  By BILL DABNEY Lynne Ann DeSpelder and Albert Lee Strickland of Capitola, California, have partnered on many projects throughout their lives and someday, even in death, their collaboration will continue when their planned estate gift will support two programs at the University of Mississippi. The husband and wife will […]


Ava Lowrey’s film ‘Johnny’s Greek and Three,’ looks at Chef Tim Hontzas and the role of Greek-southern families in shaping Birmingham, Alabama dining.

Foodways Studies Come of Age as a Respected Discipline

Work at UM Center for the Study of Southern Culture includes conferences, books and films JUNE 25, 2018 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY In the conclusion of “The Larder: Food Studies Methods from the American South,” co-editor Ted Ownby writes that it seems likely it will be the last collection of food studies scholarship that must justify […]


Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Honors UM Center

Southern studies staff lauded for work on Mississippi Encyclopedia, foodways studies JUNE 15, 2018 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY The University of Mississippi Center for the Study of Southern Culture garnered two awards at this year’s Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters awards banquet, held June 2 at Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson. MIAL presented Ted […]


Professor Receives Fulbright Award

Catarina Passidomo to spend four months in 2019 in Peru MARCH 16, 2018 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY University of Mississippi professor Catarina Passidomo is looking forward to traveling to Lima, Peru, to teach and conduct research in 2019 as the recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award. While in Lima, the UM assistant professor of […]


John T. Edge (center) spends time with (from left) UM development officer Nikki Neely, Sharon Vitter, Nick Pihakis and UM Chancellor Jeff Vitter. The university has matched a $1 million pledge by Pihakis to support the work of the Southern Foodways Alliance and honor Edge’s leadership. Submitted photo

University Accepts Challenge of Alabama Restaurateur

Major gift supports future of Southern Foodways Alliance, honors longtime director FEBRUARY 10, 2018 BY BILL DABNEY The University of Mississippi has matched a recent $1 million pledge from Alabama restaurateur Nick Pihakis to the Southern Foodways Alliance as a way to demonstrate mutual appreciation of the alliance’s work and the leadership of longtime director […]


Private support for UM topped $100 million for the sixth consecutive year, providing needed funds for student scholarships, faculty support and facility upgrades. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Alumni and Friends Provide $153.6 Million in Support

University’s endowment enjoys double-digit growth over past year AUGUST 30, 2017 BY TINA HAHN AND STAFF REPORTS With generous private support and high-performing investments, fiscal year 2017 saw the University of Mississippi’s endowment climb to approximately $675 million – a notable increase of 12 percent, attributed to effective management and a strong market. The stellar […]


English Professor Wins Pushcart Prize for Best Essay

Chris Offutt also won Kentucky Literary Award for nonfiction this year JULY 7, 2017 BY EDWIN SMITH Even for someone who is already a respected, prize-winning author and screenwriter, winning the prestigious Pushcart Prize is a rewarding experience. “The Pushcart Prize is a personal milestone,” said Chris Offutt, associate professor of English and screenwriting at […]


Brook and Pam Smith recently pledged $1 million to support Gravy, a podcast produced by the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Good Gravy! Brook and Pam Smith Underwrite Southern Foodways Alliance’s Gravy With Major Gift

By BILL DABNEY | March 13, 2017 Knowing the unifying qualities of food, Brook and Pam Smith of Louisville, Kentucky, recently pledged $1 million to support Gravy, a podcast produced by the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi. “Folks in different places appreciate when someone from one cultural segment takes the time to dine […]


THE DM: Southern Foodways Symposium Gets Corny

October 13, 2016  |  BY ETHAN DAVIS for The Daily Mississippian Millions of acres of corn are planted in the United States each year, making it not only a major facet of the food we eat but also our culture at large. “Corn as Symbol, Sustenance and Problem,” the theme of the Southern Foodways Symposium this […]