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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, 2019 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 […]


Remembering Mike Overstreet

Major Gift Strengthens Eight Areas of Ole Miss Important to Family DECEMBER 17, 2018 BY TINA HAHN Helen Graeber Overstreet knew how her late husband, Mike Overstreet, felt about the University of Mississippi. When she was ready to expand his legacy, she turned to their alma mater to establish six endowments that will impact the […]


Elizabeth and Will Galtney have adorned the walls of their home with Mississippi-created art, such as the oil painting behind them by Randy Hayes of Holly Springs.

Galtneys’ Major Gift to UM Museum Will Reveal ‘Hidden Treasure’

Historic Support MAY 14, 2019  BY BILL DABNEY Elizabeth Galtney fits right in among the painters, photographers, woodworkers, sculptors and other artists who live in the eclectic town of Taylor, Mississippi — an increasingly bohemian community just 10 miles south of Oxford. She is both a creator of oil paintings and a longtime collector. Her […]


One Call Led to Fulfilling a College Dream

Journey to Commencement: Madison Varner lauds impact of Ole Miss First Scholarship This story is part of the “Journey to Commencement” series that highlights University of Mississippi students and their academic and personal journeys from college student to college graduate. APRIL 29, 2019 BY TINA HAHN & LISA STONE Growing up, Madison Varner knew the […]