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Tracy Case Koslowski, associate director of the UM Intensive English Program, has been selected by the U.S. Department of State for a six-week English language specialist virtual project. She plans to work with a team to design webinars to help English educators in the vicinity of Chengdu, China, incorporate critical thinking skill instruction into their courses. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Program Director, Education Professor Honored for Student Support

Tracy Case Koslowski, Andy Cheng named as recipients of 2024 Frist Award APRIL 30, 2024 Two University of Mississippi employees are being honored for caring service to students that goes well beyond their campus responsibilities. Qiang “Andy” Cheng, associate professor of elementary education, and Tracy Case Koslowski, associate director of the Intensive English Program, are […]

Dean Lee M. Cohen (left), BAR attendees, Kirsten Dellinger, and Val Ross.

Celebrating Excellence and Achievement

Building connections at the second College Black Alumni Reunion event BY STAFF REPORT Dean Lee M. Cohen welcomed the 2024 Black Alumni Reunion attendees from the University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts at a reception in Ventress Hall with faculty and staff. “This was the second time the College of Liberal Arts has hosted […]

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2024 Medal for the Arts

Showcasing creativity and future of the arts APRIL 16, 2024 BY ANDREA DRUMMOND The University of Mississippi Institute for the Arts spotlights faculty and student talent in this incredible showcase of the arts encompassing music, film, art, theater, and creative writing during the 2024 Medal for the Arts. On Monday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. […]

Greta Koshenina combines a lifelong interest in science with her University of Mississippi studies in classics and Southern studies to help the University Museum broaden its archive and programs for visitors. Photo by Peter Muvunyi

Past Meets Present for Museum Project Manager

Greta Koshenina combines passions for ancient Rome and the modern South APRIL 16, 2024 Like most 18-year-olds, Greta Koshenina came to the University of Mississippi unclear of what she wanted to do with her life. But through her studies in the College of Liberal Arts and at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, […]

Jan Pilko (center) and her husband, George (left) attend the 25th anniversary gala of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, where they visited with Brady Bramlett, director of development for the Honors College. Jan Pilko has announced a $1.5 million planned gift to the Honors College as part of Giving Day 2024. Photo by Bill Dabney/UM Foundation

Alumna Commits Major Gift to Honors College

Pilko announces $1.5 million gift on Giving Day APRIL 16, 2024 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT Janet Jones Pilko, of Houston, Texas, and Park City, Utah, is investing a $1.5 million planned gift in the future of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi. Pilko, with her husband, George, announced their […]

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Medal for the Arts

Oxford’s Mayor Tannehill to receive UM award at April 22 arts extravaganza MARCH 19, 2024 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill will be honored April 22 with the highest award the University of Mississippi gives to recognize excellence in the arts and arts advocacy. At the 7:30 p.m. ceremony and concert in […]

Greg Johnson (left), Albie Chatfield, Katherine Tutor and Erica Howard work on an audiovisual digitization project in the Department of Archives and Special Collections. The team is working to digitize nearly 12,000 recordings that document life and culture in Mississippi and across the region in the 20th century. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Archives to Digitize Audiovisual Holdings for Worldwide Accessibility

Many recordings will be available on university’s eGrove repository MARCH 15, 2024 BY BENITA WHITEHORN Audiovisual holdings in the University of Mississippi’s Department of Archives and Special Collections will be modernized and gain audiences worldwide through a new digitization project. “Here in Archives and Special Collections, we have so many rich resources related to Mississippi […]

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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 […]