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Two International Studies Students Named Boren Scholars

Arabic and Chinese Flagship students selected for prestigious award APRIL 29, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Two students in the University of Mississippi‘s Croft Institute for International Studies are among the latest recipients of the prestigious David L. Boren Scholarship from the National Security Exchange Program. Gabe Menchaca, of Huntsville, Alabama, has been accepted into […]


UM sophomore Londyn Lorenz poses for a publicity photo with legendary host Alex Trebek on the set of ‘Jeopardy!’ during the Jeopardy! College Challenge. Photo courtesy Jeopardy Productions Inc.

Student Advances to Semis in ‘Jeopardy!’ Competition

Londyn Lorenz delivers strong performance in first round of college championship APRIL 13, 2020 BY JB CLARK University of Mississippi sophomore Londyn Lorenz skated through the first round of the Jeopardy! College Championship Thursday (April 9), securing her spot in the semifinals and $10,000 in prize money. Though her competitors got off to a fast start, […]


UM sophomore Londyn Lorenz poses for a publicity photo with legendary host Alex Trebek on the set of ‘Jeopardy!’ during the Jeopardy! College Challenge. Photo courtesy Jeopardy Productions Inc.

Lifetime Passion for Quizzes Lands UM Sophomore on ‘Jeopardy!’

Londyn Lorenz crosses one off the bucket list with quiz show appearance MARCH 30, 2020 BY JB CLARK Londyn Lorenz will be the first University of Mississippi student to participate in the yearly Jeopardy! College Championship when her episode airs April 8. For Lorenz, this moment on the silver screen was long in the making. Even as […]


University of Mississippi student Kennedy Frain visits Inverness Castle in Scotland, where the senior is studying this spring as a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar.

Gilman Scholarships Offer UM Students Chance to See the World

Applications for 2020 awards, open to students of limited financial means, accepted through March 3 FEBRUARY 12, 2020 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM A front row seat at the European Union, a visit to a Holocaust memorial in Germany and learning at one of the world’s most prestigious universities all were made possible for three University of […]


UM student Jess Cooley visits the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, in 2019 while studying at the Bolivia Field School. Winner of the 2020 Barksdale Award, Cooley plans to return to South America this summer to study and document damage from 2019 forest fires in the Chiquitanía.

Student to Make His Own ‘Motorcycle Diaries’ During Bolivia Trek

Jess Cooley, 2020 Barksdale Award Winner, plans to document forest fire devastation in Bolivia FEBRUARY 5, 2019 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM University of Mississippi student Jess Cooley sat in an Oxford coffee shop last August scrolling through Instagram when he saw posts of devastating wildfires in an arid forest that serves as Bolivia’s natural barrier against […]


UM junior Isabel Spafford rides a camel in Morocco, where she spent her summer on an immersive experience of language and culture studies through the university’s Arabic Language Flagship Program.

Student Gets Immersed in Arabic Culture, Language in Morocco

Isabel Spafford spends summer in North African country as part of flagship program DECEMBER 30, 2019 BY DANA ENGLEBERT Language and culture can be learned from books or in a classroom, but living them through daily experiences bring both to life. Visiting coffee shops with friends, riding a camel and paragliding all provided valuable insights […]


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UM Professors Collaborate with Counterparts Through SEC Grant

Faculty Travel Program encourages, supports conference partnerships DECEMBER 17, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART Thirteen University of Mississippi professors are taking part in this year’s SEC Faculty Travel Program, strengthening the university’s collaborations with fellow Southeastern Conference institutions and offering UM professors an opportunity to interact with their counterparts. Established in 2012 by the SEC presidents and chancellors, […]


Ten University of Mississippi students have been awarded scholarships through the Croft Institute for International Studies. The students are (front, from left) Reo Weaver, Alyssa Langlois, Edith-Marie Green, Israel Paredes and Brooke Williams, and (back) Samantha Rice, Caleb Colley, Amanda Pagoaga, Brandon Kriplean and Gillian Littleton.

Ten Croft Institute Students Earn Esteemed Scholarships

Awards fund the education of UM international studies majors NOVEMBER 14, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART Receiving a Croft Scholarship to pursue her work in the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi is an “incredible honor” for Edith-Marie Green. An Oxford native, Green knew she wanted to study abroad in college and focus on a foreign language, so […]


‘Americans and the Holocaust’ Traveling Exhibition Coming to UM

Touring library display to arrive in Oxford in 2021 OCTOBER 30, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH The J.D. Williams Library at the University of Mississippi is one of 50 U.S. libraries selected to host “Americans and the Holocaust,” a traveling exhibition from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum that examines the motives, pressures and fears that […]


UM freshman Leah Timmons shows off pictures of herself with her parents in front of Tad Smith Coliseum, the family’s favorite tailgating location during home football games. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss

Freshman Out to Leave a Legacy at UM

With majors in international studies and chemical engineering, Leah Timmons honors father’s memory OCTOBER 15, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH With every step of Leah Timmons’ journey at the University of Mississippi comes a reminder of the words of encouragement her father left her years ago. “Being an only child, I’ve always been extremely close […]