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Kiese Laymon has been named the inaugural holder of the Hubert H. McAlexander Chair of English created by the late Lester Glenn “Ruff” Fant and his wife, Susan. A recipient of many literary awards including the Los Angeles Times Book Award, Laymon is recognized for being a powerful literary voice for social justice and education.

Laymon Named to McAlexander Chair

Donor Ruff Fant Remembered for Commitment to Lifelong Friendship and Education JULY 8, 2020 BY MARY STANTON KNIGHT Each moment in the classroom is an opportunity for professors to connect with students and to significantly impact their education as they encounter the world during and beyond college. University of Mississippi English professor Kiese Laymon did […]


English professor Beth Ann Fennelly has been honored as a poets laureate fellow by the Academy of American Poets. Photo by Mike Stanton

English Professor Awarded Fellowship by Academy of American Poets

Beth Ann Fennelly will use part of $50,000 grant to support 2021 Glitterary Festival JUNE 29, 2020 BY THARANGI FERNANDO Beth Ann Fennelly, professor of English at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi’s poet laureate, has been honored as a poets laureate fellow by the Academy of American Poets, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated […]


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Walmart Foundation Funding Fuels New Food Prescription Program

UM professors develop initiative to address food insecurity, food desert issues for Mississippians MAY 27, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART Three University of Mississippi professors are recipients of a nearly half-million-dollar grant from the Walmart Foundation that will create a food prescription program to improve access to fresh food for Mississippians. The $442,154 grant from the Walmart Foundation will […]


Gladden Named Vice President-Elect of Acoustical Society of America

International society promotes science, technology of sound MAY 20, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART Josh Gladden, who serves as the University of Mississippi‘s chief research officer, has been elected as vice president-elect of the Acoustical Society of America. Gladden’s role as ASA vice president-elect began Friday (May 15). He will automatically assume the office of vice president on […]


UM music professor Thomas Peattie presents at the 2019 Gustav Mahler Music Weeks, an annual festival in the town of Dobbiaco, Italy, that features a mixture of concerts and scholarly events. Photo courtesy Max Verdoes

Musicologist Named to Prestigious Mahler Research Center

Thomas Peattie is the only North American scholar appointed MAY 13, 2020 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS A longtime fascination with composer Gustav Mahler was rewarded recently when University of Mississippi music professor Thomas Peattie was among 10 scholars from seven countries invited to serve on the board of the new Gustav Mahler Research Center in […]


University Honors Three with Frist Awards

Carmen Riggan, Stefan Schulenberg and Sovent Taylor recognized for exceptional student service MAY 7, 2020 BY MITCHELL DIGGS Three University of Mississippi employees who have demonstrated dedication and passion for helping students succeed have been honored with a campuswide award for student service. Carmen Riggan, pre-law adviser and assistant to the dean in the College […]


Donald Trott is sharing a career’s worth of experience in his new book, ‘Conducting Men’s Choirs.’ Photo by Marlee Crawford/Ole Miss

Trott Puts Years of Experience into Book

Director of UM Choirs creates essential guide for choral conductors MAY 3, 2020 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS Donald Trott’s new book is full of information and resources, and his ability to curate and share it results from his long career directing choirs of all kinds. It’s wisdom he wishes he’d had in his early years. […]


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University Spotlights Service with Sullivan Awards

Five recipients honored for outstanding community involvement, support for others APRIL 30, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Several University of Mississippi faculty, staff and students were honored recently in celebration of their service within the LOU community and beyond. The annual Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards were presented by the university’s Division of Diversity and Community […]


English Professor Awarded Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

Aimee Nezhukumatathil, first seated faculty member of color to win Guggenheim Fellowship at UM APRIL 23, 2020 BY ABIGAIL MEISEL Aimee Nezhukumatathil, a University of Mississippi English professor, has been named a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Established in 1925, the fellowship is granted to people across artistic and academic […]


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Historian Wins Book Prize

Shennette Garrett-Scott recognized with prestigious Organization of American Historians Award APRIL 22, 2020 BY THE OAH Joanne Meyerowitz, Yale University, OAH President 2019–2020, and George J. Sanchez, University of Southern California, OAH President 2020–2021, announce that Shennette Garrett-Scott, associate professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi, receives the Organization of […]