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University Reaches Three-year High in Fundraising

Faculty, staff and students benefit from $127.2 million in gifts August 19, 2020 by Tina H. Hahn Private support to the University of Mississippi during fiscal year 2020 soared to more than $127.2 million, up 26 percent from the previous fiscal year, despite challenges brought on by a global pandemic. More than 22,000 alumni and […]


Roger and Rebecca Emerick want their planned gift to support the Southern Foodways Alliance based at the University of Mississippi.

Thinking Ahead

Estate Gift will fund John T Edge Southern Foodways Alliance Endowment AUGUST 6, 2020 BY BILL DABNEY Roger and Rebecca Emerick of Hillsborough, California, want their planned gift to extend the mission of the University of Mississippi’s Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA), an organization they applaud for its compelling storytelling and inclusive takes on cultures and […]


The centerpiece of Dolly Parton’s philanthropy is her Imagination Library, which has provided over 140 million books to children around the world.

OMWC Set to Welcome Dolly Parton

Entertainment legend to receive Legacy Award on new date JULY 31, 2020 BY TINA H. HAHN Dolly Parton’s highly anticipated visit to the University of Mississippi to accept the prestigious Legacy Award from the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy (OMWC) will take place early next year due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Once again, […]


McIlhenny Company, maker of TABASCO®, is a longtime supporter of SFA work.

Hot Take

SFA Debuts Virtual Tour of Cajun Country with help from TABASCO® JULY 25, 2020 BY BILL DABNEY McIlhenny Company, maker of TABASCO® Brand sauces is a longtime partner of the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA). This year, the duo collaborated on a first-of-its kind virtual tour of Cajun Country, a destination the TABASCO folks know well […]


Traute and James Langmesser of Alexandria, Virginia, have committed an unrestricted $1 million gift to the UM College of Liberal Arts, strengthening such areas as graduate student support, faculty support and facility modernization. James Langmesser, a native of Chicago, Illinois, studied university catalogs to choose his college home, and his younger brother also graduated from UM.

Langmessers Make Major Commitment to College of Liberal Arts

A Gift for Future Academic Opportunities JUNE 30, 2020 James Langmesser – who, with his wife, Traute, has committed a $1 million planned gift to the University of Mississippi – becomes reflective and animated when talking about the course offerings he encountered as a student on the Oxford campus. “It was a veritable feast to […]


Louis Brandt, center, has become the inaugural emeritus board member of the University of Mississippi Foundation (UMF), an honor that reflects his longtime service to and support of his alma mater and the foundation. With him are, left, Wendell Weakley, UMF president and CEO, and Suzan Thames, UMF board chair.

Brandt’s Service to UM Expanded

Foundation Names Inaugural Emeritus Board Member JUNE 29, 2020 BY TINA H. HAHN Business leader and philanthropist Louis Brandt of Houston, Texas, has been named the inaugural emeritus board member of the University of Mississippi Foundation, reflecting his longtime contributions to the organization and his alma mater. Brandt was elected to the honorary position by […]


Randy Fertel presents the Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame award to Adrian Miller.

Fanning the Flame

Fertel’s $1M Planned Gift Will Support Southern Foodways Alliance MAY 29, 2020 BY BILL DABNEY A New Orleans-based writer’s $1 million planned gift to the University of Mississippi will fan the flames of one of the Southern Foodways Alliance’s (SFA) most prestigious awards. Each fall, the SFA honors an unsung hero or heroine with the […]


ony Chachere, pictured here on the set of his first cooking video, shared his passion for Creole cuisine with his family and friends throughout his life.

A Natural Fit

Tony Chachere’s Funds SFA Documentaries on Hero Home Cooks MAY 27, 2020 BY MARY STANTON KNIGHT Tony Chachere’s major gift to the University of Mississippi will fund the creation of three film documentaries over the next three years by the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA). Based out of Opelousas, Louisiana, the family-run corporation’s $90,000 gift will […]


Coming Full Circle

New Women’s Council scholarship benefits UM nursing students MAY 20, 2020 BY LEXIE HARPER In a way, Stephanie Barrett’s life has come full circle. Raised in Starkville by her widowed mother, with help from her maternal uncle and both grandmothers – strong and dedicated family members who became role models while supporting her financially – […]


Nancye Starnes of Charleston, South Carolina, an ardent supporter of the arts at her alma mater, has created a film production studio fund to support a new facility and professional training for Ole Miss students.

Gift Establishes Film Production Studio Fund

Support for the Arts MAY 4, 2020 BY MARY STANTON KNIGHT A love for the arts since childhood led Nancye Starnes of Charleston, South Carolina, to support a new film production program at the University of Mississippi that will offer high-quality professional training and a new production facility for students. The alumna’s gift of $200,000 […]