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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 […]

Matthew Becker visits Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 2022.

UM Research Associate Attends Workshop on Russia, Eastern Europe

Develops projects focused on Chinese ‘Belt and Road Initiative,’ Serb nationalism NOVEMBER 14, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT A University of Mississippi research associate was selected to attend a workshop that brought together experts interested in engaging the public with their knowledge of Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe. Matthew Becker, research associate for outcomes assessment and […]

Dustin Todd

Alumnus Helps Improve Facilities for Ole Miss Student-Athletes

Dustin Todd cites myriad of experiences, importance of athletics for regional economy as motivators NOVEMBER 4, 2023 BY BILL DABNEY A young University of Mississippi graduate’s desire to give back to his alma mater was borne from a myriad of experiences, including memorable football games he attended, involvement in campus politics and family ties to […]

Robert Pickenpaugh works in his studio at Pickenpaugh Pottery & Gallery

Callings: Master of Clay

UM alumnus celebrates five decades of creating one-of-a-kind pottery OCTOBER 31, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT Driving down Main Street in Madison, one might overlook the little tan building that houses Pickenpaugh Pottery & Gallery. To step inside, however, is to be greeted by a colorful array of clay birds, flowers, pots, mugs, mushrooms and more. The […]

Mary Haskell

Ole Miss Alumni Association Names Distinguished Alumni for 2023

Eight honored at Homecoming for achievement, service OCTOBER 30, 2023 BY JIM URBANEK The Ole Miss Alumni Association recognized eight distinguished alumni with its highest annual awards as part of Homecoming 2023. University of Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame inductees for 2023 are: Charles C. Clark (BBA 72), of Birmingham, Alabama; Carlyle “Smitty” Harris (JD […]