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Scholarship Celebrates Life of UM Professor Raspet

Garrison’s endowment honors late husband, challenges others to give APRIL 6, 2024 BY JONATHAN SCOTT/UM DEVELOPMENT Wendy Garrison is honoring her late husband, Richard “Rich” Raspet by establishing a scholarship that enables students to obtain a transformative higher education at the University of Mississippi. Each year, a student will be selected as a scholarship recipient […]

Timothy Nordstrom

Elsie Hood Winner Recognized for Student Encouragement, Enthusiasm

Timothy Nordstrom named 2024 Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher of the Year APRIL 5, 2024 After 24 years and teaching 25 political science courses at the University of Mississippi, Timothy Nordstrom is still passionate about inspiring young minds. This is one of the many reasons he has been awarded the 2024 Elsie M. Hood Outstanding […]

The Oxford Conference for the Book celebrates its 30th anniversary of fostering discussion about writing, reading and authors this spring.

Oxford Conference for the Book Turns 30

Annual event partners with Southern Literary Festival to celebrate three decades of literary arts MARCH 19, 2024 The storied Oxford Conference for the Book returns to the University of Mississippi and downtown Oxford venues April 3-5 for its 30th anniversary edition. A group of authors, including Willie Morris, Barry Hannah and Kaye Gibbons, convened April […]

The LOU Symphony Orchestra

LOU Symphony Presents Concerto and Aria Concert

UM opera director, award-winning student highlighted as soloists The LOU Symphony Orchestra will present a Spanish- and French-themed concerto and aria concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (March 19) at the University of Mississippi’s Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The performance will feature soloist Bonita Bunt, UM director of opera theatre and assistant […]

Rebecca Symula recognized for work on HHMI inclusive excellence grant

Professor Acknowledged for ‘Positive Advancement’ of Diversity

Rebecca Symula recognized for work on HHMI inclusive excellence grant Rebecca Symula, instructional associate professor of biology, has been recognized by the Mississippi Institutions for Higher Learning for her contributions to the positive advancement of diversity at the University of Mississippi. The Diversity Award for Excellence is given annually to nominees from each of the […]

Jason Ritchie

Jason Ritchie Named Stefani-Miller Chair for Teaching Excellence

Position recognizes professor’s commitment to exceptional instruction in the field of chemistry Lauded by students and peers as an inspiring teacher, University of Mississippi chemistry professor Jason Ritchie has been named the second faculty member to hold the Doctors Andrew Stefani and Eldon Miller Memorial Chair for STEM Teaching and Research. Established in 2019 by […]

Beth Ann Fennelly (right), University of Mississippi English professor and former Mississippi poet laureate, appears on the 'Our New South' podcast.

Beth Ann Fennelly to Guest on ‘Our New South’ Podcast

UM English professor discusses evolution of the New South Beth Ann Fennelly, a University of Mississippi English professor and former Mississippi poet laureate, will discuss the evolution of Southern cities today (March 5) as a guest on the “Our New South” podcast. The syndicated podcast is hosted by Kevin Blackstone and Robert Greene II and […]

Tom Franklin

Pulling Stories Out of the Air

Tom Franklin is the University of Mississippi Humanities Teacher of 2024 Celebrated Associate Professor of Fiction Writing Tom Franklin will present “Dead Towns of Alabama: Looking for Stories” at his University of Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year lecture. Sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council and UM’s College of Liberal Arts, the free public event […]

Dr. Charles R. Wilson


Charles Reagan Wilson accepts Lifetime Achievement Award The Mississippi Historical Society presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Charles Reagan Wilson, retired University of Mississippi professor and former director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, on Feb. 23 at the society’s annual meeting. Wilson, who retired in 2014 after more than 33 years at […]

Vignesh Sundaresan

Research Aims to Improve Clean Energy Production

UM chemistry professor, student study ways to make clean energy available to all FEBRUARY 22, 2024 To create clean energy sources that are affordable and easy to replicate, researchers must first figure out how to efficiently create hydrogen. That is the process University of Mississippi professor Vignesh Sundaresan hopes to improve in his upcoming research. […]