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UM alumnus Joshua Tucker is the inaugural assistant dean of diversity, equity and inclusion at the School of Law. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Law School Names Inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

UM graduate aims to create more inclusive environment for all students and employees FEBRUARY 2, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE Joshua Quinn Tucker, a four-time graduate of the University of Mississippi, returns to campus this month as the School of Law‘s inaugural assistant dean of diversity, equity and inclusion. Following a strategic plan for increasing DEI efforts in […]


Former civil rights activist, educator and politician Leslie-Burl McLemore speaks to students

Veteran Journalist Leads Exploration of University and State

Honors College class focuses on issues and progress 60 years after Meredith enrollment DECEMBER 4, 2022 BY LAREECA RUCKER University of Mississippi students are being challenged to delve deeper into complex issues about the university and state, thanks to a special honors class designed to explore important topics 60 years after James Meredith’s enrollment as […]


alumna Karrye Tynes, MOST Conference coordinator,

High School Seniors Return for MOST Conference Reunion

Students reflect on summer event, anticipate future enrollment NOVEMBER 17, 2022 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Before Dre Patton earned two degrees from the University of Mississippi and was named to the Ole Miss Hall of Fame, he was an attendee at the 2015 Mississippi Outreach to Scholastic Talent, or MOST, conference and a 2019 MOST […]


Savannah Whittemore

Student Learns Law, Language During Summer Internship

Savannah Whittemore is first UM student to participate in German American Exchange program NOVEMBER 11, 2022 BY SYDNEY PENDER Savannah Whittemore spent her summer like many other law school students across the country: interning for a law firm. But Whittemore’s internship was different, perhaps even life-changing, because of its location. The third-year law student at […]


Pilkos

Creating Leaders at UM

Pilkos provide scholarship gift, service to Honors College NOVEMBER 11, 2022 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT Inspired by opportunities she received as a college student, Janet Jones Pilko of Houston, Texas, and Park City, Utah, takes her role seriously as a University of Mississippi alumni leader and donor. Pilko, with her husband, George, established the […]


Brittney Reese

Reese Honored as Emerging Young Philanthropist

Ole Miss Women’s Council Celebrates ‘Giving Nature’ of UM Alum, Olympian NOVEMBER 9, 2022 BY JONATHAN SCOTT/UNIVERSITY DEVELOPMENT As one of the greatest long jumpers in history, University of Mississippi alumna Brittney Reese (BA English 11) is already recognized as Ole Miss’ most celebrated Olympian. However, her quiet efforts to help and serve others are […]


Supporting Reading Experiences for Children

Scotts Provide Gifts to Book Festival to Pay Tribute to Mother OCTOBER 31, 2022 BY TINA H. HAHN Elementary school students will be encouraged to love reading thanks to a University of Mississippi endowment paying tribute to the late Elaine Hoffman Scott of Little Rock, Arkansas, remembered for her great passion for education and the […]


Speaker Series Spotlights Leadership

Lott Institute, Army ROTC organize lecture series OCTOBER 28, 2022 BY CLARA TURNAGE Experts in the field of leadership in civilian and military life will speak next month at the University of Mississippi as the first of a collaborative speaker series created by the Trent Lott Leadership Institute and the Army ROTC program. Maj. Gen. […]


James Meredith

Letter-writing Campaign Honors James Meredith

Second book in the works; committee still accepting submissions OCTOBER 24, 2022 BY CLARA TURNAGE During the signature event of the University of Mississippi‘s celebration of the 60th anniversary of integration, campus representatives presented the university’s first African American student with a book of nearly 100 letters from people whose lives he touched.  The “Dear […]


Towery Scholarship

Final Mile Scholarship

Col. Bobby Towery Memorialized with Fund for Army ROTC Cadets OCTOBER 25, 2022 BY TINA H. HAHN, UM DEVELOPMENT The late Col. (Ret.) Bobby Towery, 59, ran his final mile Oct. 26, 2019, like he lived his life: supporting and encouraging others. Towery of Oxford, Mississippi, died of a heart attack hours after finishing the […]