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Adam Estes (back, right center) hosts a holiday dinner in 2019 for students in his saxophone studio. Submitted photo

Music Professor Garners Honors for Performance and Service

Adam Estes passes benefits and experience on to students AUGUST 13, 2020 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS Music professor Adam Estes recently garnered two honors that he knows will do more than just add to his resume – they also will bring opportunities for his students. Estes, an associate professor of music in saxophone and bassoon […]

University Presents First Diversity Innovator Awards

Inaugural class recognized for commitment to equity in the community, classroom and research August 11, 2020 by JB Clark The inaugural class of University of Mississippi Diversity Innovator Award recipients are professors who have found ways to not only serve their communities, but also strive to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion principles into their teaching […]

Music instructor Austin Smith works on double-reed methods with Ole Miss music student Michael Ivy. Photo courtesy Adam Estes

Oboist Finds Additional Success as Sought-after Reed-Maker

Austin Smith passing on a variety of skills to Ole Miss music students JULY 9, 2020 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS When Austin Smith whittled wood as a child, little did he know that it would turn into a passion that would complement his journey as a professional musician. “When I was a kid, I was […]

Kiese Laymon, the inaugural holder of the Hubert H. McAlexander Chair of English at UM, has been selected as a 2020-21 fellow at the Radcliff Institute for Advanced Study. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

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 […]


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. […]