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UM alumnus Reggie Willis lives in Juneau, Alaska. The 2018 graduate experienced homelessness twice during his time as an Ole Miss student after coming out to his parents. Submitted photo

Professor Launches LGBTQIA+ Emergency Fund

Sarah Isom Center director organized nonprofit to address concern DECEMBER 6, 2022 BY BENITA WHITEHORN Reggie Willis, who is transgender, will never forget when he lived in his truck on a diet of bagged cereal. He grew up in a middle-class family and lived a privileged life. He started at the University of Mississippi in […]

JL & Diane Triplett Holloway

An Education Beyond Campus

Gift helps students study abroad, supports national, international internships DECEMBER 3, 2022 BY BILL DABNEY The donor of a major gift to the University of Mississippi hopes to give students increased exposure to different cultures and people as they navigate opportunities to explore new places and professions, thus building a foundation for success and strengthening […]


Creating Leaders at UM

Pilkos provide scholarship gift, service to Honors College NOVEMBER 11, 2022 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT Inspired by opportunities she received as a college student, Janet Jones Pilko of Houston, Texas, and Park City, Utah, takes her role seriously as a University of Mississippi alumni leader and donor. Pilko, with her husband, George, established the […]

Brittney Reese

Reese Honored as Emerging Young Philanthropist

Ole Miss Women’s Council Celebrates ‘Giving Nature’ of UM Alum, Olympian NOVEMBER 9, 2022 BY JONATHAN SCOTT/UNIVERSITY DEVELOPMENT As one of the greatest long jumpers in history, University of Mississippi alumna Brittney Reese (BA English 11) is already recognized as Ole Miss’ most celebrated Olympian. However, her quiet efforts to help and serve others are […]

Donald Summers

Scholarship Endowments Honor Longtime Professor

Late Donald Summers helped build resources to support talented students in physics and astronomy NOVEMBER 5, 2022 BY TINA H. HAHN The late Donald Summers loved studying the universe and spent his career as a University of Mississippi professor teaching astronomy and conducting physics research. A new gift in his name will enable students to […]

Christene Chavez (standing, center, in gray sweatshirt) and other Luckyday Scholars put together Halloween treat bags.

A Family of Luckyday Scholars

Chavez Siblings Grateful for Common Scholarship, UM Experiences NOVEMBER 2, 2022 BY SARA MAHMOUD/UM DEVELOPMENT Leaving the comfort and familiarity of a small town to join thousands of other students at the University of Mississippi can be a daunting experience for many freshmen. That wasn’t the case for Christene Chavez. When she first stepped on […]

Supporting Reading Experiences for Children

Scotts Provide Gifts to Book Festival to Pay Tribute to Mother OCTOBER 31, 2022 BY TINA H. HAHN Elementary school students will be encouraged to love reading thanks to a University of Mississippi endowment paying tribute to the late Elaine Hoffman Scott of Little Rock, Arkansas, remembered for her great passion for education and the […]

Towery Scholarship

Final Mile Scholarship

Col. Bobby Towery Memorialized with Fund for Army ROTC Cadets OCTOBER 25, 2022 BY TINA H. HAHN, UM DEVELOPMENT The late Col. (Ret.) Bobby Towery, 59, ran his final mile Oct. 26, 2019, like he lived his life: supporting and encouraging others. Towery of Oxford, Mississippi, died of a heart attack hours after finishing the […]

Honors College medal

Honors College Scholarships Support High-achieving Students

More than $600,000 awarded to freshmen from Mississippi and across the globe OCTOBER 19, 2022 BY ERIN GARRETT The University of Mississippi’s Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College awarded more than 20 scholarships for the 2022-23 academic year, continuing a 25-year tradition of supporting top students with new and established scholarship endowments. “Our scholarships help us recruit top students […]


Transforming Lives

Gift to Support Mission of Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement OCTOBER 10, 2022 BY BILL DABNEY Vaughn Grisham, professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Mississippi, believes his life’s purpose is to raise the quality of life for others, so much so that he founded an institute focused on that. This year, […]