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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 […]


The Triplett siblings, from left, are Lou Ann Woidtke, Liz Walker, Suzy Fuller, Diane Holloway and Chip Triplett.

Improving Student Wellness

Gift establishes Institute for Student Well-Being August 10, 2021 By Bill Dabney The Triplett family is making a big dream to help others come true. The family’s $500,000 gift, from the Dr. and Mrs. R. Faser Triplett Foundation, provides the seed money needed to establish the William Magee Institute for Student Wellbeing at the University […]


University of Mississippi students in the Chinese Language Flagship Program learn about the local culture, business community and language while studying in Taiwan. Thanks to a recent gift from American First National Bank, future study abroad trips to Taiwan will be more affordable for UM students.

Creating Opportunities in Taiwan

Fund eases study abroad costs for UM students July 22, 2021 By Jonathan Scott The University of Mississippi and Taiwan are located on opposite sides of the globe, but a recent gift from American First National Bank is bringing the two closer together. As a result of the Houston, Texas-headquartered bank’s $60,000 gift, UM students […]


Ole Miss student Jodie Bartlett (left), of Bay St. Louis, teaches reading to rising first-grader Jackson Knight, of Oxford. Photo by Mary Stanton Knight/University Development

Helping Students Who Learn Differently

Donors’ $1 million gift funds program to equip kids to overcome illiteracy June 30, 2021 By Bill Dabney The University of Mississippi, the Shelton School of Dallas, two Mississippi school districts, a former UM professor and an Ole Miss alumnus have joined forces in a fight against illiteracy. For the next three years, the Shelton […]


A voracious reader, Bill Morrison’s lifetime of learning would not have been complete without a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, England, the birthplace of one his favorite writers, William Shakespeare.

Cultivating Knowledge

University Libraries to Receive Multimillion-Dollar Gift June 21, 2021 By Bill Dabney Ralph Vance tries to talk about the late Bill Morrison’s generosity to the University of Mississippi, but the words catch in his throat. “We’ve all been meeting and putting our heads together about how to do the right thing with this gift,  but […]


The new Linda Spargo Art and Rowan Oak Fund will contribute financially to academic research within the College of Liberal Arts – such as the work examining the history of author William Faulkner’s former home, known as Rowan Oak – and to the work of the Department of Art and Art History.

Support Fund Named for Spargo Supports Arts, Rowan Oak

Honoring Linda Spargo June 11, 2021 By Mary Stanton Knight Navigating a four-year university can be daunting for some, but University of Mississippi students had a mentor in Linda Spargo, who devoted her career to guiding them and their families. Recently retired, Spargo’s impact is being honored through a support fund. Numerous donors, including former […]


Building A Strong Foundation

Smiths’ Love for the Humanities Inspires Gift to Liberal Arts June 8, 2021 By Mary Stanton Knight A lifetime of love for the humanities inspired a Natchez, Mississippi, couple to provide academic support to the University of Mississippi’s College of Liberal Arts. When Carolyn and Marion Smith were briefed on the crucial call for funding […]


Dr. Ralf Zapata and his wife, Rhonda, established a new endowment at the University of Mississippi as a way to "give back" for the scholarships that had a transformative impact on their lives.

Providing Academic Opportunities

Zapatas Create Scholarships for Future Generations of UM Students May 14, 2021 By Jonathan Scott Scholarships awarded to Dr. Ralf Zapata allowed him to earn a chemistry degree in 1983 from the University of Mississippi, enabling him to launch his future without the financial burden of student loans. As Zapata begins to ease into retirement […]


Several members of the Ole Miss First Scholarship program visit the Emmett Till Interpretive Center in Sumner, Mississippi. Among those participating in the field trip are (from left) Daniel Reed, OMF graduate assistant, Benjamin Saulsberry, museum director of the Interpretive Center, six OMF scholars – Edward Puckett, Haley Morgan, John Michael Walker, Katie Davis, Sarah Amitin and Francesca Patawaran – and Patrick Weems, executive director of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center.

Ole Miss First—It’s a Family Matter

Program Aims to Provide Scholarships for Deserving Students May 12, 2021 By Jonathan Scott Family. It’s the one word that best describes the Ole Miss First Scholarship (OMF) program. That was also the word that kept returning to the mind of Chancellor Emeritus Robert Khayat 20 years ago when he proposed establishing a new scholarship […]


Susan and Joe Sentef

Generous Donations Smash Record During Ole Miss Giving Day 2021

University family gives $2.485 million to soar past fundraising goals April 15, 2021 by Tina H. Hahn When the last online donation was made this week for Giving Day 2021, University of Mississippi faithful had shattered the fundraising record for the annual event. This year, Ole Miss alumni, students, parents, alumni, friends, faculty and staff […]