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Ken Lackey of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and his wife, Carol

Encouraging Advanced Education

Couple’s Gift Establishes Fund to Support Doctoral Students in Mathematics NOVEMBER 27, 2023 BY BILL DABNEY/UM FOUNDATION With a $100,000 gift, University of Mississippi alumnus Ken Lackey of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and his wife, Carol, hope to enhance UM’s R1 mission by supporting doctoral stipends for students in the Department of Mathematics. The couple’s gift establishes […]


50 Years of Significant Support

University of Mississippi Foundation Bolsters Ole Miss with $1 Billion NOVEMBER 16, 2023 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT As the University of Mississippi Foundation (UMF) commemorates its 50th anniversary, it celebrates the $1 billion investment it has made on behalf of Ole Miss from unrestricted and restricted gifts and earnings from permanent endowment funds, ensuring […]

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 […]


In Support of Singing

Former Music Professors Hope Gift Will Attract Top Vocal Performers and Future Choral Music Educators to Ole Miss OCTOBER 30, 2023 BY BILL DABNEY/UM FOUNDATION Debra and Alan Spurgeon of Oxford, Mississippi, met in their college choir, and ever since choral music has been the focus of their life together. The retired University of Mississippi […]

Bruce Levingston (left), the Chancellor’s Honors College Artist-in-Residence and holder of the Lester Glenn Fant Chair at the University of Mississippi, was recently honored with a generous gift by Harriet (center) and Warren Stephens (right) of Little Rock, Arkansas. The gift will support the arts and humanities at Ole Miss.

Supporting the Arts and Humanities at UM

Harriet and Warren Stephens Honor UM Artist-in-Residence Bruce Levingston with Gift SEPTEMBER 12, 2023 BY JONATHAN SCOTT/UM DEVELOPMENT A generous gift from Warren and Harriet Stephens through the Warren A. Stephens Trust of Little Rock, Arkansas, honors Bruce Levingston, the Chancellor’s Honors College Artist-in-Residence and holder of the Lester Glenn Fant Chair at the University of Mississippi. […]

new practice field

Band Gets Its Field of Dreams

New practice facility promises to elevate performances AUGUST 31, 2023 BY TINA H. HAHN The University of Mississippi’s Pride of the South band is marching with renewed enthusiasm on its new $5.4 million practice field – a replica of Hollingsworth Field, the playing surface at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The practice field features drainage structures and lights, a […]

Daniel Roberts

Young Alum Makes Investment

Honors College Grad Establishes Ole Miss First Scholarship JULY 26, 2023 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT 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 […]

Donor Steven B. King of St. Louis, Missouri, left, visits with Lee Cohen, dean of the College

The New Climate Economy

King Invests in Environmental Studies at UM JULY 12, 2023 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT From a young age, Steven B. King of St. Louis, Missouri, has had an affinity for the natural world, and from the time he first set foot on campus, has had an affection for the University of Mississippi. Upon discovering […]

The Southern Foodways Alliance’s work with Lodge Cast Iron influenced the company to develop its new museum. A longtime supporter, Lodge Cast Iron has made a $150,000 gift to SFA to further its mission of documenting, studying and exploring the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.

Bolstering the Mission

Lodge Cast Iron Gift Supports SFA Work JULY 7, 2023 BY MARY STANTON KNIGHT/UM DEVELOPMENT Lodge Cast Iron, founded in 1877, is a fifth-generation family-owned cast iron cookware company based in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, that is strengthening the mission of the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) with an unrestricted gift of $150,000. Based at the University […]


Language Immersion

Metcalf Gift to Support International Studies Majors Studying Abroad JUNE 26, 2023 BY TINA HAHN Michael Metcalf – who devoted much of his more than 30-year career to promoting foreign language and culture studies – is ensuring University of Mississippi students have opportunities to achieve high levels of language proficiency by studying abroad. The former […]