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Alice Ann Hollingsworth, a senior English major from Jackson, signs her name in the turret of Ventress Hall as part of Giving Day 2024 at the University of Mississippi. Hollingsworth was among three Ole Miss students chosen to sign the historic turret from among those contributing to Giving Dav campaigns. Photo by Amy Howell/UM Development

Giving Day 2024 Breaks Records

Alumni, friends contribute more than $11.5 million to support programs, scholarships APRIL 16, 2024 When the last online donation came in Wednesday (April 10) for Giving Day 2024, the University of Mississippi’s donors had joined together to set an unprecedented fundraising record of more than $11.5 million. This year, there was more of everything: more […]

Jan Pilko (center) and her husband, George (left) attend the 25th anniversary gala of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, where they visited with Brady Bramlett, director of development for the Honors College. Jan Pilko has announced a $1.5 million planned gift to the Honors College as part of Giving Day 2024. Photo by Bill Dabney/UM Foundation

Alumna Commits Major Gift to Honors College

Pilko announces $1.5 million gift on Giving Day APRIL 16, 2024 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT Janet Jones Pilko, of Houston, Texas, and Park City, Utah, is investing a $1.5 million planned gift in the future of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi. Pilko, with her husband, George, announced their […]

Professor Raspet

Scholarship Celebrates Life of UM Professor Raspet

Garrison’s endowment honors late husband, challenges others to give APRIL 6, 2024 BY JONATHAN SCOTT/UM DEVELOPMENT Wendy Garrison is honoring her late husband, Richard “Rich” Raspet by establishing a scholarship that enables students to obtain a transformative higher education at the University of Mississippi. Each year, a student will be selected as a scholarship recipient […]

Double Decker Festival

Medal for the Arts

Oxford’s Mayor Tannehill to receive UM award at April 22 arts extravaganza MARCH 19, 2024 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill will be honored April 22 with the highest award the University of Mississippi gives to recognize excellence in the arts and arts advocacy. At the 7:30 p.m. ceremony and concert in […]


A ‘Game Changer’ for Incarcerated Students

Funds Help UM Expand Its Prison-to-College Pipeline’s Services, Staff and Courses FEBRUARY 15, 2024 BY JONATHAN SCOTT/UM DEVELOPMENT A $150,000 grant to the University of Mississippi’s Prison-to-College Pipeline Program (PTCPP) is helping expand course offerings and services to those looking to transform their lives during and after incarceration. The Laughing Gull Foundation, a Durham, North […]

Dean Douglas

Raising Awareness

Alumnus Establishes Fund in Support of UM’s Center for Practical Ethics FEBRUARY 12, 2024 BY BILL DABNEY/UM FOUNDATION A recent gift from University of Mississippi alumnus Dean Douglas will support a campus entity focused on developing practical solutions to pressing and contentious moral and political issues. The donor’s gift establishes the Dean J. Douglas Fund […]



Thirteen UM Students’ Projects Selected for Support FEBRUARY 9, 2024 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT The Stamps Impact Prize, a new competitive award program at the University of Mississippi to support undergraduate-initiated, faculty-mentored research and creative achievement projects, has announced its 13 inaugural recipients. The program is the first of its kind in the nation […]


Searights Make Major Gift to Enhance Student Support

IMPACT ON GRADUATE STUDENTS, NEW BUILDING FEBRUARY 7, 2024 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT A Dallas, Texas, couple is helping strengthen the University of Mississippi’s academic reputation with a $250,000 gift for graduate student stipends and a matching gift of $162,500 for the Patterson School of Accountancy Building Fund. “Working with university leadership, we learned […]

Daniel Roberts

Young Alumnus Invests in UM Students

JANUARY 26, 2024 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 to establish an Ole Miss First scholarship. Ole Miss First provides scholarships to […]

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Organization Provides Support for Oxford Book Conference

JANUARY 26, 2024 In honor of its upcoming 30th year, the Oxford Conference for the Book has received a surprise gift from Hawthornden Foundation. Jimmy Thomas, director of the conference, which is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, welcomed the news. “We are both thrilled and […]