College of Liberal Arts

– University of Mississippi

Accomplished Alumni

    • SouthDocs VIDEO: Lee McCarty, So Wonderfully Connected

      August 19, 2015 The Center for the Study of Southern Culture's Southern Documentary Project presents Ole Miss Alumni Association Hall of Fame inductee Lee McCarty (‪art, chemistry‬, physics) talking McCarty Pottery and the creative life. Lee McCarty is the cofounder of McCarty Pottery. Born in 1923, McCarty grew up in Merigold, and after graduating from the University of Mississippi, he and his wife left for Columbia University in New York where he received a master’s degree in education. The couple then returned to Oxford where McCarty taught science at University High School. While in Oxford, the couple took pottery classes in the university’s art department. The McCartys created their first studio in the garage of their small home on South 8th Street and set about developing their glazes and style that would later serve as the foundation for McCarty Pottery. The McCartys returned to Merigold in 1954 and opened their studio in an old mule barn. By the early 1960s, they had shown in several museums and exhibitions around the country and won first prize in 1961 in the National Show at the Delgado Museum in New Orleans. The McCartys developed their own glazes, which included jade, cobalt blue and their signature nutmeg. In 1996, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters awarded the McCartys their Lifetime Achievement Award and the University of Mississippi Museum of Art held a retrospective entitled Masters of Merigold: 40 Years of McCarty Pottery. In 2012, the Mississippi Arts Commission honored McCarty Pottery with the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts and the Smithsonian Institution inducted the gardens at the studio into their Archives of American Gardens. Although his wife, Pup, passed away in 2009, McCarty continues working each day in the studio with his godsons, Jamie and Stephen Smith. The Ole Miss Alumni Association will award seven distinguished alumni with its highest annual honors as part of Homecoming 2015. Created in 1974, the Hall of Fame honors select alumni who have made an outstanding contribution to their country, state or the University of Mississippi through good deeds, services or contributions that have perpetuated the good name of Ole Miss. Inductees into the Alumni Hall of Fame for 2015 are: Mary Ann Strong Connell (BA 59, MA 71, MLS 73, JD 77) of Oxford; Lee McCarty (BAEd 47) of Merigold; Dr. Alan Partin (BA 83) of Baltimore, Md.; Billy Van Devender (BSCvE 71) of Jackson; and Dr. Thomas D. Wallace Jr. (BAEd 78, MEd 80, PhD 02) of Bakersfield, Calif.

    • Alumnus Douglas Odom Using Talents at AmeriCorps VISTA

      His goals revolve around helping improve education, life in Mississippi AUGUST 15, 2015 | By GRACE SCHAPER Students are encouraged to engage in community service as part of the learning experience at the University of Mississippi. Douglas Odom, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and classics in 2013, took those lessons and made them a core part of his life. During his time as a student, Odom served the university and community in many ways. He was a part of the Columns Society and UM Judicial Council, and he worked as an Ole Miss Ambassador, orientation leader and committee member for the Big Event in 2012 and 2013. After graduation, Odom traveled with his father. They spent 15 months adventuring in the Western Hemisphere: dog sledding in Canada, hiking the Inca Trail in Peru, zip lining in Costa Rica, scuba diving in the Atlantic, Pacific, Caribbean and Cenotes Caverns of Mexico and visiting nearly half the Major League Baseball stadiums across the nation. His love of the university and the state of Mississippi drew Odom back to Oxford in fall 2014. Since then, he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the North Mississippi VISTA Project. He worked in the College of Liberal Arts with programs such as FASTrack and College Corps and with the nonprofits More Than a Meal, the Boys and Girls Club, and some schools, including Della Davidson Elementary and Bramlett Elementary. “Doug has successfully developed programs for college students, organized field trips for high school students and strengthened summer learning and after school programs for elementary students,” said Stephen Monroe, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “Doug cares about education. He is a fabulous colleague with a bright future.” Odom has also been working closely with Janice Carr, a university employee and Abbeville resident, and her project at the Gordon Community and Cultural Center. She and other board members at the center launched a seven-week summer enrichment for 40 elementary students in the county this summer. Odom worked with local businesses and organizations to provide food, school supplies and other general funding to help make the summer enrichment program a success. Odom is the 12th member of his family to graduate from UM, following his father, mother, three aunts, three cousins, two brothers and a sister-in-law. This fall, he is pursuing a master’s degree in higher education administration from the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. “I want to venture out and learn everything I can, but the ultimate goal is to bring what I learn back to Ole Miss,” Odom said. “So many Mississippi children grow up here and then, first chance they get, they leave. We need more Mississippians to stick around, or at least to come back after leaving. “That was always my mentality. I knew I wanted to give back to the state that has been so good to me as I’ve grown up. I may be leaving to pursue higher education, but my plan will always be to come home.”

    • Dr. Alan Partin To Be Inducted in UM Hall of Fame

      He is professor of urology, oncology and pathology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

    • Mary Ann Connell To Be Inducted in UM Hall of Fame

      She served as university attorney for the University of Mississippi from 1982 to 2003.

    • Alumnus Achieves Success on Capitol Hill

      Stephen Worley is deputy communications director for the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee.

    • UM Honors First Doctoral Recipient in English

      Kenneth Holditch presents lecture at annual Faulkner conference

    • William Winter Documentary Wins Emmy

      Film examines political life, achievements of former governor.

    • Alumnus Is First Mississippian to Land German Chancellor Fellowship

      Deeneaus Polk plans to to study workforce and vocational educational systems.

    • Top New Business: Cotton’s Café Takes $10K Prize

      Alumna Janet McCarty (BA art '14) won the AdvoCare Entrepreneur Challenge.

    • Alumni Profile: Susan Carter Hall

      The art history major parlayed her passion into a successful career.

    • Moon Landing Scientist Speaks to Students

      Josephine Howard offers problem-solving advice.

    • Opera Theatre Presents World Premiere of ‘Hamlet, Prince of Denmark’

      Adaptation is latest work by acclaimed alumna Nancy Van de Vate.

    • The Clarion Ledger: Elise Winter: A Lifetime of Giving

      The alumna (BA history, political science) received the 2015 Governor's Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Lifetime Achievement Award.

    • Alumnus Leads Journal to Prestigious Nominations

      W. Ralph Eubanks credits UM English faculty for his solid career foundation.

    • D.T. Shackelford Wins 2014 Wuerffel Trophy

      Linebacker Honored for Exceptional Community Service.

    • Alumnus Honored by Navy for Science and Technology Achievements

      Kerry Commander receives National Defense Industrial Association Bronze Medal.

    • W. Ralph Eubanks Donates His Papers to UM Library

      Author, editor, publisher adds to resources available in Archives and Special Collections.

    • Alumni Greg Iles and ‘Natchez Burning’ at Off Square Books

      The New York Times bestselling author signs his new book, “Natchez Burning,” on April 30 at 5:30PM.

    • Greg Iles

      Author of 13 New York Times Best Sellers, his novels have been made into films, translated into 20 languages, and published in 35 countries.

    • Maj. Gen. James E. Donald

      Recipient of the Bronze Star for his bold leadership as a task force commander with the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles during Gulf War I and the UM Alumni Association Hall of Fame award, the highest annual alumni honor for outstanding contributions through good deeds, services, or contributions.

    • W. Ralph Eubanks

      Professor and author are just two of the many hats worn by the editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review and former Library of Congress director of publishing.

    • Paul Sabbatini

      The Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Clinical Research and medical oncologist leads a program seeking to improve treatments for ovarian cancer.

    • Brittney Reese

      Winner of the 2012 Olympic gold medal for the long jump, Reese became the first woman to win three straight World Championships in 2013.

    • Thomas K. McCraw: Pulitizer Prize Winning Alumnus

      The late Isidor Straus Professor of Business History at Harvard University won a Pulitzer Prize for his book Prophets of Regulation: Charles Francis Adams, Louis D. Brandeis, James M. Landis, and Alfred E. Kahn.

    • Dr. Hannah Gay

      B.A. biology and chemistry, ’76, University of Mississippi Medical Center associate professor of pediatrics and HIV specialist, named to TIME magazine's 100 most influential people for orchestrating a breakthrough in HIV treatment by treating a newborn with anti-HIV drugs hours after birth.

    • Glen Ballard

      The six-time Grammy® Award winner---one of popular music’s most accomplished producers/songwriters and arrangers---has sold more than 150 million records.

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