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College of Liberal Arts

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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 […]


Cathead Distillery founders Austin Evans (left) and Richard Patrick have made a donation to the UM Southern Foodways Alliance to fund a series of essays exploring the contemporary South and its future. Photo courtesy Cathead Distillery

Cathead Makes Major Gift to Southern Foodways Alliance

Gift honors SFA’s efforts on behalf of restaurant industry during pandemic and beyond APRIL 29, 2020 BY BILL DABNEY The Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi has received a major gift from the founders of Mississippi-based Cathead Distillery, whose efforts during the COVID-19 crisis are making statewide impact. The $75,000 gift from Cathead […]


Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill is among volunteers giving Cathead hand sanitizer to citizens during the community's first distribution.

Cathead Makes Major Gift to SFA

Gift Honors SFA’s Efforts During Pandemic and Beyond APRIL 23, 2020 BY BILL DABNEY The Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) at the University of Mississippi received a major gift from the founders of Mississippi-based Cathead Distillery, whose efforts during the COVID-19 crisis are making statewide impact. The $75,000 gift from Cathead owners Austin Evans and Richard […]


Millie Craig (left) and Barbara Beckmann enjoy a golf-cart tour of campus during the 2019 Texas A&M football weekend.

Support for STEM Students

Named Endowment Memorializes Couple, Benefits Freshmen APRIL 22, 2020  BY BILL DABNEY A gift to the University of Mississippi will provide scholarships for math and chemistry majors while memorializing the 55-year marriage of a couple who met over breakfast on the Oxford campus. Established with a gift of $250,000, the Millie Nichols and Orga V. […]


Spring breaks forth on the University of Mississippi’s Oxford campus in front of Ventress Hall, home of the College of Liberal Arts.

Supporting Research

College of Liberal Arts Receives Boost to Research APRIL 17, 2020 BY BILL DABNEY A recent major gift to the University of Mississippi will help the College of Liberal Arts continue to attract and retain top faculty. The stock-transfer gift of $250,000 from a donor who wished to remain anonymous supplements a faculty research grant […]