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William F. Winter, 1949

UM Educator and Student Honored as William Winter Scholars

Theatre & Film, Southern Studies representatives chosen for 35th Natchez conference FEBRUARY 20, 2024 BY STAFF REPORT Teresa Simone and Sela Ricketts will represent the University of Mississippi as William Winter Scholars at the 35th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration from February 22 to 24 in Natchez, Mississippi. Simone, an instructional assistant professor in […]

Dean Douglas

Raising Awareness

Alumnus Establishes Fund in Support of UM’s Center for Practical Ethics FEBRUARY 12, 2024 BY BILL DABNEY/UM FOUNDATION A recent gift from University of Mississippi alumnus Dean Douglas will support a campus entity focused on developing practical solutions to pressing and contentious moral and political issues. The donor’s gift establishes the Dean J. Douglas Fund […]


Searights Make Major Gift to Enhance Student Support

IMPACT ON GRADUATE STUDENTS, NEW BUILDING FEBRUARY 7, 2024 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT A Dallas, Texas, couple is helping strengthen the University of Mississippi’s academic reputation with a $250,000 gift for graduate student stipends and a matching gift of $162,500 for the Patterson School of Accountancy Building Fund. “Working with university leadership, we learned […]

Saxophonist Kirk Whalum

Grammy Winner Kirk Whalum Coming to UM

Memphian jazz saxophonist among artists, speakers scheduled for Black History Month events FEBRUARY 5, 2024 Grammy-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum is coming to the University of Mississippi as part of Black History Month events scheduled during February. The Memphis jazz and gospel performer is the guest artist for the annual BHM concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. […]

Daniel Roberts

Young Alumnus Invests in UM Students

JANUARY 26, 2024 Daniel Roberts, a 2014 University of Mississippi graduate, has established an Ole Miss First scholarship in hopes of planting seeds that will thrive and help students enjoy an exceptional college experience. He becomes one of the youngest alumni ever to establish an Ole Miss First scholarship. Ole Miss First provides scholarships to […]

Alumna Mary Louise Rosenbush made a $125,000 gift to the University of Mississippi in support of the Grove Scholars program

A Cheerful Giver

UM Alumna Establishes Endowment to Support Grove Scholars JANUARY 11, 2024 BY BILL DABNEY/UM FOUNDATION Mary Louise Rosenbush is a cheerful giver, especially knowing that her major gift to the University of Mississippi will support students who share her values: humble beginnings, hard work and higher education. “I’ve been very blessed in my life, very […]

A gift from the Kelly Gene Cook Charitable Foundation will help provide laboratory facilities in the Jim and Thomas Duff Center for Science and Technology Innovation at the University of Mississippi. One of the laboratories will be named for Kelly Gene Cook Sr.

Supporting STEM

Dallas Couple’s Gift Recognized with Chemistry Lab in Their Honor JANUARY 9, 2023 BY BILL DABNEY/UM FOUNDATION A major gift to the University of Mississippi from alumnus Waddell Mashburn and his wife, Sally, will support the teaching of chemistry in lab courses housed in the Jim and Thomas Duff Center for Science and Technology Innovation. […]

University of Mississippi Grove Scholars

Grove Scholars Promotes Equity

Investments Sought to Expand Proven UM Program JANUARY 8, 2024 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT The University of Mississippi Grove Scholars program — which helps Mississippians from underrepresented demographic groups earn degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) or health care — is growing in numbers as it enriches lives and makes the state’s […]

Ole Miss 8 scholarship

University Honors Ole Miss 8 With Scholarships, Mentoring Program

53 years after expulsion, Ole Miss 8 commit to helping students achieve their dreams NOVEMBER 22, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE Eight Mississippi residents are the inaugural recipients of the University of Mississippi’s Ole Miss 8 Scholarship, an award commemorating the eight students expelled from campus after a peaceful protest in 1970. University police arrested 89 […]


UM Libraries Hires Archivist to Focus on University History

Speck-Thompson to document university’s history, serve as liaison to departments NOVEMBER 22, 2023 BY BENITA WHITEHORN Jeannie Speck-Thompson, a native of Ecru, has been named university archivist, the first faculty member devoted to this position in two decades at the University of Mississippi. An assistant professor, Speck-Thompson will process multiple formats of archival materials that […]