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Alumni Association Announces Distinguished Alumni For 2024

JULY 10, 2024 The Ole Miss Alumni Association will recognize seven distinguished alumni with its highest annual awards as part of Homecoming 2024. University of Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame inductees for 2024 are: Robert R. “Bobby” Bailess (BBA 73, JD 76), of Vicksburg; David Ward Kellum (BA 80), of Water Valley; John Maxwell (BA […]

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50 Years of Faulkner: Conference Celebrates Half-Century of Study

Festival toasts multiple milestones at annual gathering themed ‘Anniversaries’ JULY 2, 2024 In 1974, a group of William Faulkner enthusiasts decided that the perfect place for a conference celebrating the work of the lauded author was his hometown. Fifty years later, the Oxford-based event is bigger and broader than ever. The 2024 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha […]

John Covert

The Power of Higher Ed

Covert wants $3M gift to help students fulfill legacies JUNE 10, 2024 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT John Covert has lofty goals for the $3 million planned gift he committed to the University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts and schools of Applied Sciences and Education. “I’m hoping my gift helps Ole Miss remain in […]

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Record 20 UM Researchers Earn Isom Center Fellowship

Isom Center fellowship supports cross-disciplinary gender, sexuality research JUNE 10, 2024 The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi has announced its largest class yet of Isom Center fellows, with 20 awardees. The two-year fellowship was created in 2017 and provides $4,500 per year to support recipients’ research. This […]

Sheila Sundar


Book critics hail Sheila Sundar’s debut as ‘genius’ and ‘inspiring’ JUNE 5, 2024 A University of Mississippi English professor’s debut novel is earning universal praise from critics. “Habitations” (Simon & Schuster), by Sheila Sundar, tells the story of a Vega Gopalan, a young sociologist who leaves south India in the 1990s to pursue a graduate degree […]

Via Bleidner


Via Bleidner’s collection of humorous essays in development for TV series MAY 13, 2024 Via Bleidner kept detailed journals after transferring from a Catholic school to a Los Angeles County high school full of wealthy, fame-seeking teenagers. Her coming-of-age accounts shared in “If You Lived Here You’d Be Famous By Now” (Macmillan, 2021) have scored […]

Dean Lee M. Cohen (left), BAR attendees, Kirsten Dellinger, and Val Ross.

Celebrating Excellence and Achievement

Building connections at the second College Black Alumni Reunion event BY STAFF REPORT Dean Lee M. Cohen welcomed the 2024 Black Alumni Reunion attendees from the University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts at a reception in Ventress Hall with faculty and staff. “This was the second time the College of Liberal Arts has hosted […]

Izzy Arthurs

2024 Medal for the Arts

Showcasing creativity and future of the arts APRIL 16, 2024 BY ANDREA DRUMMOND The University of Mississippi Institute for the Arts spotlights faculty and student talent in this incredible showcase of the arts encompassing music, film, art, theater, and creative writing during the 2024 Medal for the Arts. On Monday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. […]

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 […]

For the first time since 2014, the University of Mississippi will host the Southern Literary Festival April 4-6.

Southern Literary Festival Celebrates 85 Years

Held in Oxford for first time in a decade, event coincides with Oxford Conference for the Book APRIL 3, 2024 For the first time since 2014, the University of Mississippi will host the Southern Literary Festival April 4-6. The event, which is celebrating its 85th anniversary, annually brings some 150 Southern writers together for community […]