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Millie Craig (left) and Barbara Beckmann enjoy a golf-cart tour of campus during the 2019 Texas A&M football weekend.

Support for STEM Students

Named Endowment Memorializes Couple, Benefits Freshmen APRIL 22, 2020  BY BILL DABNEY A gift to the University of Mississippi will provide scholarships for math and chemistry majors while memorializing the 55-year marriage of a couple who met over breakfast on the Oxford campus. Established with a gift of $250,000, the Millie Nichols and Orga V. […]


Elle Oser

Dream Life

NOVEMBER 19, 2019 BY ELAINE ABADIE Alumna Elle Oser (BA graphic design ’15) is living her dream working as a digital designer in New York. She shares the details. What led you to study graphic design as an undergrad at UM and as a graduate student at the Portfolio Center School in your hometown of […]


Dr. Damon Moore

Voices and Ideas

Dr. C. Damon Moore on Mentorship, Education, and Service MARCH 25, 2020 BY JACQUELINE KNIRNSCHILD for The Key Reporter, Phi Beta Kappa’s Publication for News and Alumni Relations Dr. C. Damon Moore, who is a Virginia-based pediatrician and the first African American Rhodes Scholar from Mississippi, will be inducted into the University of Mississippi chapter […]


Ronnie Frith

Quality Control Chief

English-major alum Ronny Frith makes legislative language unimpeachable MARCH 16, 2020 BY ABIGAIL MEISEL Write clearly. Write concisely. Write for your audience. For Ronny Frith ’74, these are words to live by.  As a lawyer for the Legislative Services Office of the Mississippi House of Representatives, Frith drafts the bills and amendments that will be […]


Annual Awards Program Honors Faculty and Students

HEADWAE recognizes academic achievement, contributions to higher learning MARCH 10, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH University of Mississippi students and faculty were among the honorees at the 33rd annual Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence, or HEADWAE, awards program this month in Jackson. Barron Charles Mayfield, a senior from Lubbock, Texas, majoring in public […]


Kenneth Mayfield (left), Dr. Theron Evans Jr., Henrieese Roberts, Linnie Liggins, and Donald Cole remember their time as UM students in the very spot where they were arrested for protesting 50 years ago. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Then and Now: ‘Black Power at Ole Miss’ Spotlights Historic Events

University leaders reflect on 50th anniversary of arrests, recognize more must be done to heal wounds FEBRUARY 27, 2020 BY JB CLARK In a series of events intended to remember, reckon and repair, the University of Mississippi welcomed back many of the black students who were arrested on campus 50 years ago during one of […]


Fifth Annual TEDx Event Set for Feb. 29

Experts on politics, heart disease prevention, music and more to speak at Ford Center February 24, 2020 by Meredith Foster The fifth annual TEDxUniversityofMississippi conference is slated for Saturday (Feb. 29) at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, bringing together a diverse group of speakers on topics such as politics, race in […]


Nancy Wicker, UM professor of art history, is working to shed light on the artwork Vikings made, including pieces like the replica jewelry she is wearing. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Art History Professor Receives First Hensley Award

Awarding Excellence JANUARY 17, 2019 BY Bill Dabney and Kirsten Faulkner A University of Mississippi art history professor is the first recipient of a new research award that is already garnering global recognition for the College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Nancy Wicker, the award’s inaugural recipient, used the gift in September to offset expenses associated […]


Anna Lauren Heavener, transfer admissions counselor at the University of Mississippi, is a Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholar for the organization’s 2020 Honors Institute. Photo by Kevin Bain

Admissions Counselor Named Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholar

Anna Lauren Heavener recognized for excellent service to transfer students JANUARY 9, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A transfer admissions counselor at the University of Mississippi has been selected by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society to serve as a faculty scholar for the organization’s 2020 summer conference. Anna Lauren Heavener is among 30 PTK […]


Anne Twitty (left), associate professor of history, greets students during the Department of History’s undergraduate open house outside of Bishop Hall on the Oxford campus.

UM History Department Receives Major Gift

Preserving History DECEMBER 9, 2019 BY BILL DABNEY A $150,000 gift to the University of Mississippi’s Arch Dalrymple III Department of History has better positioned the department to embrace long-range opportunities, such as supporting faculty with their research and teaching goals. The unrestricted gift, for example, may be used to offset expenses associated with faculty […]