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The UM Summer College for High School Students will offer a variety of online learning and networking opportunities to allow rising 11th and 12th graders to earn college credit and discover more about potential career paths. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss

Summer Programs for High School Students Move Online

Academic, leadership and networking opportunities available through revamped offerings APRIL 22, 2020 BY PAM STARLING Summer vacation and activities will look different this year for high school students around the country. Despite the postponement of traditional summer camps and programs, the University of Mississippi is providing opportunities and scholarships for rising 11th and 12th graders […]


Shennette Garrett-Scott

Historian Wins Book Prize

Shennette Garrett-Scott recognized with prestigious Organization of American Historians Award APRIL 22, 2020 BY THE OAH Joanne Meyerowitz, Yale University, OAH President 2019–2020, and George J. Sanchez, University of Southern California, OAH President 2020–2021, announce that Shennette Garrett-Scott, associate professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi, receives the Organization of […]


Patrick Alexander (left), UM associate professor of English and African American studies, and Nichelle Robinson, associate professor of teacher education and School of Education diversity officer, share a moment after being presented their ‘Lift Every Voice” awards in the Ole Miss Student Union Ballroom. Photo by Christian Johnson/Ole Miss

Faculty Honored for Service at ‘Lift Every Voice’ Celebration

Two professors recognized for work in diversity and inclusion February 7, 2020 by Edwin B. Smith With melodious sounds from a gospel choir and inspiring words from a keynote speaker, two University of Mississippifaculty members were honored Monday (Feb. 3) for their exceptional achievements in diversity, inclusion and community engagement. Hundreds of faculty, staff and […]


Scholars, Advocates Convene at UM to ‘Unmake Mass Incarceration’

Conference focuses on prison reforms, reducing recidivism, restorative justice and other initiatives DECEMBER 10, 2019 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM Against the backdrop of a nation with 2.2 million people behind bars, the University of Mississippi hosted a three-day conference focused on drastically lowering U.S. incarceration rates, improving higher education programs for inmates and envisioning a world […]


Both Dr. Donald Cole and his wife Marcia earned multiple degrees, held leadership roles, and taught at the University of Mississippi. Their children Donald II, William, and Mariah all attended UM.

Successful Campaign Establishes Cole Scholarship

Over 260 Donors Help Surpass Goal NOVEMBER 1, 2019 BY ANGELA ATKINS The Donald Cole Catalyst for Change Scholarship Endowment exceeded its goal by almost $10,000 through an online University of Mississippi fundraising campaign attracting gifts of all sizes. The Ignite Ole Miss campaign, spearheaded by Ethel Young-Scurlock, director of the African American Studies program, […]


Albert Woodfox, known as one of the ‘Angola Three’ who was the nation’s longest-held prisoner in solitary confinement after being wrongly convicted and serving more than four decades at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, is set to deliver the opening keynote for the Making and Unmaking Mass Incarceration conference at the University of Mississippi.

Conference to Examine History of Mass Incarceration

Albert Woodfox, one of the ‘Angola Three,’ to deliver opening keynote for interdisciplinary symposium SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 BY CHRISTINA STEUBE More than 2.2 million people are imprisoned in the United States, a higher rate of incarceration than anywhere else in the industrialized world. On a state level, Mississippi is surpassed only by Oklahoma and Louisiana […]


UM Faculty Travel Across Southeast for Collaborations

Ten faculty members participate in SEC Faculty Travel Program DECEMBER 13, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART Ten University of Mississippi faculty members are taking part in the SEC Faculty Travel Program this academic year, joining more than 100 fellow faculty members from other Southeastern Conference institutions. Established in 2012 by the SEC provosts, the program provides financial assistance from […]


‘Evicted’ Selected for 2019 Common Reading Experience

Incoming students to read Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller FEBRUARY 20, 2019 BY JONATHAN SCOTT The critically acclaimed New York Times best-seller “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” has been selected for the University of Mississippi‘s Common Reading Experience for 2019. Written by Matthew Desmond, a Princeton sociologist and recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, “Evicted” […]


Nobel Prize-winning author and UM alumnus William Faulkner’s short stories will be the focus of UM’s 2018 Common Reading Experience. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Nominations Sought for 2019 Common Reading Experience

Community encouraged to recommend books for upcoming freshman class SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 BY KENDALL PATTERSON The University of Mississippi is asking community members to help select the book that will be read by the class of 2023 for the Common Reading Experience. Anyone in the Oxford-Ole Miss community – students, faculty, staff, alumni or residents – can […]


Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture Series to Focus on ‘Sports in the South’

First talk, examining protests in pro football, kicks off Sept. 5 SEPTEMBER 2, 2018 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY The Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture Series sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi continues this fall with a focus on “Sports in the South.” All lectures take place […]