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Ole Miss student Maddie Marine of Newport Beach, California, made a gift of $25,000 and a commitment of time to support the new William Magee Center for Wellness Education. The senior, pictured here in the demonstration kitchen, is dedicated to the overall mission of the Magee Center.

Student Follows Gift with Volunteer Work at Magee Center

Service in Action OCTOBER 9, 2019 BY MARY STANTON KNIGHT With a gift of $25,000 and lots of volunteer effort for the new William Magee Center for Wellness Education, a senior embodies the citizen-scholar model of service encouraged across the campuses of the University of Mississippi. “I became interested in donating to the Magee Center […]


The Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy has named Dr. Jane-Claire Williams (far left) as the 2019 Emerging Young Philanthropist. On hand to congratulate her were Judy Trott (center), former dean of students at the University of Mississippi, and Candie Simmons, an OMWC member.

Williams Honored as Emerging Philanthropist

Ole Miss Women’s Council Celebrates UM Alumna’s ‘Spirit of Giving’ OCTOBER 4, 2019 BY JONATHAN SCOTT One Christmas Eve afternoon when Dr. Jane-Claire Williams was 9 years old, her family piled into their car and drove from their home in Jackson to a neighborhood in another part of town where homes were smaller and the […]


Biology professor Beckie Symula

UM Endowment Builds to Record $736 Million

Eighth straight year alumni, friends provide more than $100 million in gifts SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 BY TINA HAHN The University of Mississippi’s alumni and friends contributed approximately $103 million in private support during FY19, a year that saw the university’s endowment grow to $736 million – the largest in the state at a public university. […]


Renvy Pittman (center) enjoys spending time with the Grove Scholars whenever she visits campus. Here, she’s pictured with alumni of the program — the 2018 seniors (from left) Jontae Warren, Devante Yates, Jessica Cole, Rashad Collier, Deshauntra Green, Bre O’Neal and Myrical Taylor. In back are Maura Scully Murry, director of the FASTrack Learning Community, and E. Gray Flora IV, director of Grove Scholars and senior academic mentor for FASTrack.

Pittman Gift Sparks George Hall Renovation

A Place to Thrive SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 BY BILL DABNEY Every time Renvy Pittman travels to the University of Mississippi she makes a point to visit her favorite students – the entering freshmen selected to participate in the Grove Scholars program. In 2014, support from Pittman – a Los Angeles, California, resident and UM alumna […]


Donald Cole (left), pictured here with state Institutions of Higher Learning Trustee Shane Hooper at a UM Commencement, is being honored with a named scholarship for his devoted work as a faculty member, administrator, mentor and advocate. The Cole scholarship will assist African American Studies majors and encourage them to get involved in the university and pursue progressive change across Mississippi.

Fundraising Campaign Honors Cole

Endowment Recognizes UM Leader’s Positive Impact AUGUST 28, 2019  BY ANGELA ATKINS For 50 years, Donald Cole has made an impact at every stage of the University of Mississippi experience – as an undergraduate and graduate student, faculty member, administrator, mentor and advocate. To honor his lifetime commitment, UM faculty, friends and alumni are working […]


Jim Barksdale (left) chats with Douglass Sullivan-Gonzalez, director of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, and former Honors College student Sierra Mannie.

FedEx Honors UM Alumnus with Gift to UM Science Building Fund

Supporting STEM JULY 19, 2019 BY BILL DABNEY With a $250,000 gift to the University of Mississippi Science Building Fund, the FedEx Corp. honored Ole Miss alumnus Jim Barksdale upon his retirement as a longtime member of the global shipping company’s leadership team. “Jim was an innovative leader during his tenure at FedEx and went […]


Sandy Black sits in the office of William Faulkner’s home.

Private Gift Preserves Ambiance of Faulkner’s Famed Rowan Oak

Historic Preservation JULY 8, 2019 BY BILL DABNEY William Faulkner’s desk, typewriter and resting bed are fixtures in the office of the late Nobel Prize-winning author’s Oxford, Mississippi, home. Peering in, it’s easy to imagine the writer, pipe in hand, contemplating his next sentence. Now, one of his biggest fans is preserving that ambiance. “I […]


Artist Lina Puerta’s From Field to Table: Seven Tapestries Honoring Latino Farm Laborers from the American South was underwritten by 21c for the SFA Fall Symposium in 2017. Puerta’s exhibit focused on overlooked and under-recognized Latino women and men who labor on farms.

21c Museum Hotel Gift Helps Feature Works at SFA Symposiums

Thought-Provoking Art JULY 1, 2019 BY MARY STANTON KNIGHT When giving a dinner party, the host often installs a centerpiece that ties together the theme of the evening. Thanks to a major gift from the 21c Museum Hotels, the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) will continue to showcase Contemporary artists as the centerpiece of its annual […]


Supporting STEM

Estate Gift to Support Active Learning Facility JUNE 4, 2019 BY BILL DABNEY A recent unrestricted gift to the University of Mississippi from the estate of Maurice Lucas Kellum of Tupelo, Mississippi, is being directed to support construction of a leading student-centered science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) building on the Oxford campus. University leaders […]


Members of the late Lori Sneed's family -- (from left) brother Johnny, mother Patti, and father Shorty Sneed -- are joined by honoree Colby Kullman (right) at a recent Ole Miss Women's Council Rose Garden.

New Scholarship Honors Late Alumna’s Favorite Professor

Remembering Lori OCTOBER 15, 2018  BY BILL DABNEY As a University of Mississippi student, the late Lori Sneed almost instantly formed a special bond with English professor Colby Kullman, and soon the feeling was mutual. Now, the two “great friends” will be linked in perpetuity by a new Ole Miss Women’s Council (OMWC) scholarship endowment […]