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J. Steven Blake & James Meredith

Meredith Legacy Scholarship Established on 60th Anniversary of UM’s Integration

Blake creates award to honor civil rights leader, help new generations of students SEPTEMBER 23, 2022 BY TINA H. HAHN A new scholarship fund honors civil rights hero James Meredith just in time to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his 1962 integration of the University of Mississippi, a historic achievement that opened the door for […]


Chemistry professor Ryan Fortenberry is gaining new insights into how inorganic molecules help dust and small particles in space come together to eventually form planets. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

UM Research Focuses on Planet Formation

Astrochemist studies molecules that could create planet-building blocks AUGUST 31, 2022 BY ERIN GARRETT Carbon is the go-to element when studying molecules in space. It is necessary for life, easy to study and forms unusually strong bonds with other atoms. With more than 90 other naturally occurring elements in the periodic table, however, a University […]


A group of visiting students learn about James Meredith and his legacy at the university’s Civil Rights Monument. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

UM Awards Achieving Equity Grants

More than $56,000 awarded for seven proposals aimed at advancing diversity and inclusion AUGUST 23, 2022 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Following a rigorous and competitive application process, seven University of Mississippi investigator teams have been awarded internal funding for proposals aimed at advancing institutional diversity and inclusion. The Achieving Equity Grants Program was introduced in […]


The university will honor the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation and Chancellor Emeritus Robert C. Khayat with Concerto Awards in honor of their efforts to build the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in 2002. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

UM to Dedicate Student Union Name, Present Concerto Award

AUGUST 24, 2022 BY TINA H. HAHN The University of Mississippi will formally dedicate the new name of the Ole Miss Student Union on Friday (Aug. 26), paying tribute to late Gertrude C. Ford and her foundation that continues to have a transformative impact on the Oxford and Medical Center campuses. The public is invited […]


Co-chairs (from left) Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy and Debra and retired Maj. Gen. Leon Collins are leading the steering committee for Now & Ever: The Campaign for Ole Miss, which has attracted $1.2 billion toward its $1.5 billion goal. Now & Ever is the largest fundraising campaign in the history of Mississippi universities. Fiscal year 2022 fundraising saw $150.6 million secured in private support. Photo by Bill Dabney/UM Foundation

Campaign Secures $1.2 Billion

Historic Now & Ever Well on its way to success AUGUST 8, 2022 BY TINA H. HAHN The largest fundraising campaign in the history of Mississippi universities, Now & Ever: The Campaign for Ole Miss, just secured $1.2 billion toward its $1.5 billion goal. Elevating the total is more than $150.6 million in gifts – […]


Isom Center Names 2022-23 Fellows

Fellowship emphasizes interdisciplinary research in gender and sexuality June 29, 2022 By Benita Whitehorn The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies has awarded fellowships to six University of Mississippi faculty members for their academic research related to gender and sexuality. Susan Pedigo, Lauren Bone Noble, Ari Friedlander, LaToya Faulk, Alexandra Lindgren-Gibson and D’Andre Walker are this year’s […]


Tomayo Berida stands in front of his award-winning poster

University Hosts Regional Conference for Chemists, Chemical Engineers

More than 120 participate in two-day event designed to promote minority STEM careers June 17, 2022 By Edwin B. Smith Chemistry and chemical engineering students from across the Southeast and Southwest gathered recently at the University of Mississippi for a two-day conference designed to promote STEM careers for people of color. Some 120 students and researchers, including […]


CLA Award Winners

Liberal Arts Professors Honored for Excellence in Teaching, Research

Award recipients span the college’s disciplines June 24, 2022 By Edwin B. Smith Eight University of Mississippi professors have been honored by the College of Liberal Arts for their excellence in teaching and research. Three professors were recognized for their exceptional teaching. Timothy Paul Yenter, associate professor of philosophy, received the Howell Family Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. Named […]


International Physics Conference Opens Monday at UM

Sessions delve into strange world of elementary particles, help researchers plan new projects May 22, 2022 By Mitchell Diggs Quarks, leptons and dark matter are among the exotic-sounding topics up for discussion this week when dozens of the world’s top particle physicists gather at the University of Mississippi to discuss their research, exchange ideas and discuss future […]


Davita Watkins

UM Chemistry Professor Named 2022 Rising Star

Davita Watkins among nine honored by ACS Women Chemists Committee May 4th, 2022 By Lydia Lagarde Dr. Davita Watkins, an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Mississippi, has been awarded a 2022 Rising Star Award by the American Chemical Society’s Women Chemists Committee. This award “recognizes exceptional early to midcareer women […]