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Robert and Margaret Khayat attended many events together, including the dedication of the Robert C. Khayat Law Center. Below: Margaret Khayat on her wedding day.

Honoring Former First Lady Margaret Khayat

Members of UM Family Recall Her ‘Pivotal Impact’ on Ole Miss March 10, 2021 by Jonathan Scott Margaret Mason Denton Khayat’s generous life and many years of support for the University of Mississippi are being celebrated by the Ole Miss family. Khayat, the former first lady of Ole Miss, passed away Feb. 22. Her husband, […]


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Alumni Spotlight: John Kelly

As a chemist working for UES Inc. at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, John Kelly (PhD chemistry and biochemistry 16) focuses on improving a warfighter’s ability to detect chemical warfare in the field by optimizing and engineering novel solutions for imminent chemical weapons and terrorism. He uses state-of-the-art chemical identification and characterization sensors (gas chromatography-mass […]


Cory T. Wilson, of Flora, is serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Submitted photo

Their Judicial Dreams Affirmed

Three alumni appointed as U.S. District Court judges share career lessons, talk UM’s role in success February 24, 2021 by Michael Newsom Though they’ve all taken very different routes to get there, three University of Mississippi alumni find themselves as new U.S. district court judges with the awesome responsibility of upholding the nation’s laws. Judge Cory T. Wilson, […]


Patrick Dean

Alumni Spotlight: Patrick Dean

Meet alumnus Patrick Dean (BA political science 81), whose book A Window to Heaven: The Daring First Ascent of Denali America’s Wildest Peak is being published by Simon & Schuster on March 2, 2021. He grew up in the Mississippi Delta towns of Cleveland and Leland and now lives in Monteagle, Tennessee. How did your interest […]


Betsy Nelson pins an Air Force retirement pin to her husband’s flight suit. Col. Paul ‘Voodoo’ Nelson held his retirement ceremony at the Walk of Champions, the same place he was commissioned more than three decades earlier. Photo by Logan Kirkland/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Ole Miss Alumnus Celebrates 31 Years of Military Service in the Grove

Col. Paul ‘Voodoo’ Nelson hopes to pass on legacy of service in return home January 13, 2021 by JB Clark On a sunny October afternoon, retiring Air Force flight surgeon Col. Dr. Paul Nelson (BA physics 89) and wife Betsy Moore Nelson (BS 89) welcomed friends and family to the University of Mississippi to mark […]


MLK Celebration to Feature Colorado College President

UM alumnus Mike Edmonds to discuss importance of building community in times of chaos during virtual event January 11, 2021 by JB Clark The University of Mississippi‘s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement is revisiting Martin Luther King’s 1967 book, “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?” as part of the Community-Wide MLK […]


An actor portraying the character Ulla in the Barter Theatre’s 2019 production of Mel Brooks’ ‘The Producers’ wears a costume created by Lee Martin, a 2009 UM alumnus and the theater’s costume designer. Submitted photo

Pandemic Provides Possibilities for Mentorship

Theatre and film alumni give students a glimpse into professional world of TV, stage work December 23, 2020 by Katherine Stewart Amid shifting plans resulting from the ongoing global pandemic, professors in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Mississippi found new opportunities for students this fall by bringing in a diverse […]


Gov. William Winter, a pillar of racial reconciliation and champion for Mississippi, died Friday (Dec. 18). Winter’s career in public service started while a University of Mississippi student. Photo by Nathan Latil/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

‘Distinguished Statesman’ William Winter Recalled as Tireless Advocate

Former governor, Ole Miss alumnus amassed remarkable 75 years of public service December 21, 2020 by Rod Guajardo A former governor and champion of education and racial reconciliation initiatives whose public service career started while a University of Mississippi student, William Winter died this weekend, leaving behind a lasting legacy throughout the Magnolia State and […]


Tucker Carrington and Sara Turner visit the Humboldt State University campus in Arcata, California. Below are Sara Turner as a senior at Ole Miss and scholarship recipient Terrence Hunter.

Ensuring Justice for All

UM Class of ’47 Alum Creates Fund to Assist Law Students So They Can Assist Others December 3, 2020 By Jonathan Scott From the vantage point of her 94 years, Sara Myers Turner, a member of the University of Mississippi Class of 1947, witnessed much of our state and nation’s history unfold, some of it […]


Kaleb Digby, a 2017 UM graduate, has been dedicated to serving his country since his freshman year at Ole Miss. He works for the U.S. Army and on Capitol Hill. Submitted photo

A Life of Service

UM graduate dedicated to serving in both military and government NOVEMBER 30, 2020 BY HANNAH NEWBOLD Kaleb Digby, a 2017 University of Mississippi graduate, has been dedicated to serving his country since he was a freshman in college. The alumnus, who works for the U.S. Army and on Capitol Hill, was a member of the […]