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Rhondalyn Peairs

Where Integration Happened

Bus tour highlights desegregation sites across Oxford town SEPTEMBER 28, 2022 BY CLARA TURNAGE As the bus pulled away from the Lyceum on Tuesday (Sept. 27), Margaret Gipson, an African American resident and lifelong educator in Oxford, sat primly on the front row. Today, she would hear stories of integration across Oxford and at the […]


Ethel Scurlock

Ethel Scurlock Named Honors College Dean

First female African American dean brings administrative expertise, new vision to role JULY 25, 2022 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Ethel Scurlock has always been a trailblazer, and in her new role as dean of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi, she hopes to exceed everyone’s expectations – even her own. […]


Derrick Harriell and Patrick Alexander

Remembering a Mississippi Leader

Fannie Lou Hamer Scholarship Established in African American Studies January 26, 2022 By Mary Stanton Knight/ UM Development A generous gift from an anonymous donor will provide the University of Mississippi African American Studies Program with an endowed scholarship that honors a Mississippi civil rights leader. The $100,000 gift establishes the Fannie Lou Hamer Scholarship Endowment to help […]


Students Honored for Creating Positive Change

Majestic Gay and Frederick Williams are first recipients of scholarship honoring Donald Cole January 18, 2022 By Rhodes Walker A student activist, professor and leader, Don Cole has retired from the University of Mississippi but continues to influence the lives of Ole Miss students through a new scholarship endowment. Majestic Gay and Frederick Williams – the inaugural […]


UM Student Wins National Collegiate Honors Council Portz Scholarship

Brigitte Lewis’ research could stimulate awareness of erased histories January 6, 2022 By Edwin B. Smith A graduate of the University of Mississippi‘s Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from the National Collegiate Honors Council. Brigitte A. Lewis, who graduated summa cum laude in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in African American studies […]


Jared Barnes (right), a senior biology major from Grenada, talks about his biodegradable drug delivery system research during a poster presentation for the UM Summer Undergraduate Research Group Grant program. Photo by Shea Stewart/UM Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Immersed in Summer Research

Undergraduate program opens doors to new creative scholarship September 15, 2021 BY Shea Stewart Sydni Davis found herself in rewarding new territory this summer. The University of Mississippi sophomore from Tupelo spent the summer conducting interviews with Black women, gaining valuable experience in ethnographic methods as part of a summer research project. “I am proud of myself […]


Sullivan-González Passes Baton to Next Generation of Leaders

Ethel Scurlock named interim dean of Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College July 20, 2021 By JB Clark Douglass Sullivan-González is almost as excited to return to the classroom as he is to see the next generation of leaders at the University of Mississippi‘s Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College put their stamp on the prestigious program […]


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Isom Center Names 2021-23 Fellows

Fellowship emphasizes interdepartmental collaboration in gender and sexuality research May 6, 2021 by JB Clark The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies has awarded grants to six University of Mississippi faculty members for their ongoing research and academic efforts in the areas of gender and sexuality.The recipients – Yvette Butler, Jaye Davidson, Tyler […]


Patrick Alexander, associate professor of English and African American studies, has been named recipient of the 2021 Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award. Photo by Christian Johnson/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Elsie Hood Award Winner Lauded for Empathy and ‘Transformative Impact’

Patrick Alexander is university’s teacher of the year April 9, 2021 by Abigail Meisel Patrick Alexander, associate professor of English and African American Studies, is the recipient of the 2021 Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award at the University of Mississippi. The honor – the highest bestowed on UM faculty who make a positive difference […]


Two UM Students Selected for Fellowship Program

Jonathan Dabel, Je’Von D. Franklin to work with initiative aimed at solving education challenges March 24, 2021 by Edwin B. Smith Two University of Mississippi students have been chosen to participate in an inaugural national network program designed to use technology to innovate teaching and learning with the goal of improving outcomes for Black, Latino […]