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Alumnus Oscar Pope

Late Alumnus Awarded 2021 UM Outstanding Internship Experience Partner

Oscar Pope honored for his mentorship of Ole Miss students October 3, 2021 by Pam Starling Being a part of the Ole Miss family can mean many things, but many people say it’s about the network of people who understand how special the University of Mississippi is to those who have experienced it. Countless alumni report traveling […]


Daniela Griffin

Alumni Spotlight: Daniela Griffin

Daniela Griffin (MA sociology 16) is director of the North Mississippi Get2College (G2C) Center in Southaven, Mississippi. How did your interest in studying sociology develop? My interest in sociology came about while in undergrad at the University of Florida. I remember sitting in my Introduction to Sociology class saying, “this makes sense!” My professor was […]


Ainsley Ash

Alumni Spotlight: Ainsley Ash

Ainsley Ash (BA public policy leadership 21) is the founder of the Mississippi College Access Project, an organization that helps high school seniors navigate the college application process, and previously worked for National College Attainment Network (NCAN) as a communications intern. She is originally from Meridian, Mississippi. How did your interest in studying public policy […]


Pegues to Lead UM Student Affairs

Experienced, respected leader appointed as permanent vice chancellor August 31, 2021 by Emily Howorth After nearly two years of leadership and service in an interim role, Charlotte Fant Pegues has been named the University of Mississippi‘s vice chancellor for student affairs. The board of trustees of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning approved the appointment […]


Luther Knight (left) and son Scott spend time together at home. Submitted photo

University Community Remembers Luther August Knight Jr.

Beloved biology professor helped establish UM Field Station, conducted groundbreaking research August 30, 2021 by Edwin B. Smith Family and members of the University of Mississippi community are fondly recalling memories of the late Luther Augustus Knight Jr., a beloved retired biology professor whose noteworthy achievements included helping establish the university’s renowned Field Station. Knight, […]


Aryana Gaines, a senior from Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, who is pursuing a major in design and theatre production, examines the costumes she worked to design for Ole Miss Theatre’s upcoming production of “Legally Blonde.”

Gift Creates Space for Ole Miss Costume Design Shop

Setting the Stage August 25, 2021 By Mary Stanton Knight In the hands of a costume designer, reams of fabric can be used to transport a theater patron to another time or even another world. A $650,000 gift establishing the Nancye Starnes Theatre and Film Fund at the University of Mississippi celebrates those transformations and […]


UM Graduates’ DaisNotes App Offers New Connection Tool

Platform connects students to help build lifelong friendships, academic support networks August 24, 2021 by Michael Newsom Three University of Mississippi alumni have developed an app that boldly aims to solve a very common problem: the feeling of being disconnected. DaisNotes LLC – co-founded by Kyle Herbert, of Metairie, Louisiana, and Nicholas Neilson-Slabach, of Fort […]


UM alumnus Ben Napier helps install a bar top he created at McCormick’s, the new full-service restaurant and bar at The Inn at Ole Miss. Photo by Bill Dabney/UM Foundation

McCormick’s Complete with Installation of Bar Top

Alumnus Ben Napier delivers handcrafted piece to Inn at Ole Miss restaurant August 11, 2021 By Jim Urbanek McCormick’s bar and grill in The Inn at Ole Miss received the finishing touch recently with the installation of a bar top handcrafted by Ben Napier, University of Mississippi alumnus and star of HGTV’s “Home Town.” Napier, […]


David Sheffield (right), former head comedy writer for ‘Saturday Night Live,’ leads a comedy workshop at the School of Journalism and New Media. Sheffield is in Oxford directing his play ‘The Heartbreak Henry,’ which he based on his experiences managing the Oxford hotel as a 19-year-old Ole Miss freshman in 1967. The play runs Aug. 11-15 at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Submitted photo

Former ‘SNL’ Writer Brings ‘The Heartbreak Henry’ to Oxford

UM alumnus David Sheffield’s comic recollection comes to the Ford Center August 6, 2021 By Lareeca Rucker David Sheffield, a University of Mississippi alumnus who went on to write for “Saturday Night Live” and several Eddie Murphy movies, has taken to the stage with “The Heartbreak Henry,” a comedy based on his experiences as manager […]


Dr. Riley

Alumni Spotlight—Meet Dr. Emmitt Riley III

UM Doctoral Alumni Are Leaders August 10, 2021 Courtesy of the University of Mississippi Graduate School Newsletter Dr. Emmitt Riley III is a down-to-earth Mississippi Delta man who shares insightful information on American Politics today. Riley hails from Itta Bena, Mississippi, and he attended college at Mississippi Valley State University—earning a bachelor’s degree in both […]