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Louis Brandt, center, has become the inaugural emeritus board member of the University of Mississippi Foundation (UMF), an honor that reflects his longtime service to and support of his alma mater and the foundation. With him are, left, Wendell Weakley, UMF president and CEO, and Suzan Thames, UMF board chair.

Brandt’s Service to UM Expanded

Foundation Names Inaugural Emeritus Board Member JUNE 29, 2020 BY TINA H. HAHN Business leader and philanthropist Louis Brandt of Houston, Texas, has been named the inaugural emeritus board member of the University of Mississippi Foundation, reflecting his longtime contributions to the organization and his alma mater. Brandt was elected to the honorary position by […]


The UM Summer College for High School Students will offer a variety of online learning and networking opportunities to allow rising 11th and 12th graders to earn college credit and discover more about potential career paths. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss

Summer Programs for High School Students Move Online

Academic, leadership and networking opportunities available through revamped offerings APRIL 22, 2020 BY PAM STARLING Summer vacation and activities will look different this year for high school students around the country. Despite the postponement of traditional summer camps and programs, the University of Mississippi is providing opportunities and scholarships for rising 11th and 12th graders […]


Millie Craig (left) and Barbara Beckmann enjoy a golf-cart tour of campus during the 2019 Texas A&M football weekend.

Support for STEM Students

Named Endowment Memorializes Couple, Benefits Freshmen APRIL 22, 2020  BY BILL DABNEY A gift to the University of Mississippi will provide scholarships for math and chemistry majors while memorializing the 55-year marriage of a couple who met over breakfast on the Oxford campus. Established with a gift of $250,000, the Millie Nichols and Orga V. […]


UM Students Win Coveted Goldwater Scholarships

Jax Dallas and William Meador awarded one of nation’s most prestigious academic honors APRIL 1, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Two juniors in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi have been awarded coveted Barry S. Goldwater Scholarships. Jax Dallas, a physical chemistry and mathematics major from Caledonia, and William Meador, […]


Businessmen and brothers Jim Duff and Thomas Duff of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, visit with Ole Miss students about their gift of $26 million toward construction of a new STEM facility. The Jim and Thomas Duff Center for Science and Technology Innovation has a goal of increasing the number of STEM graduates and offering outreach to K-12 teachers in STEM disciplines. Pictured front row, left to right, Chelsea Carter, Morgan Whited, Johnny Yang; second row, Matthew Knerr, Valerie Quach, Chinwe Udemgba, Thomas Duff, and Bobbie Duff; third row, Sherry Duff, Jim Duff, and Chancellor Boyce.

Duffs Make $26 Million Gift to UM

Business leaders commit to STEM education in Mississippi FEBRUARY 5, 2020 BY TINA H. HAHN With eyes on increasing job opportunities and boosting the economy, business leaders and brothers Jim and Thomas Duff, of Hattiesburg, have committed $26 million to the construction of a state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering and mathematics facility at the University of […]


Two Faculty Members Awarded National Science Foundation Fellowships

Duo will use funding to develop their pioneering research in geology and mathematics JANUARY 6, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART For the second time in three years, a pair of University of Mississippi professors have been awarded National Science Foundation fellowships to advance their innovative research. Samuel Lisi, assistant professor of mathematics, and Brian Platt, assistant professor of […]


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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, […]


Both Dr. Donald Cole and his wife Marcia earned multiple degrees, held leadership roles, and taught at the University of Mississippi. Their children Donald II, William, and Mariah all attended UM.

Successful Campaign Establishes Cole Scholarship

Over 260 Donors Help Surpass Goal NOVEMBER 1, 2019 BY ANGELA ATKINS The Donald Cole Catalyst for Change Scholarship Endowment exceeded its goal by almost $10,000 through an online University of Mississippi fundraising campaign attracting gifts of all sizes. The Ignite Ole Miss campaign, spearheaded by Ethel Young-Scurlock, director of the African American Studies program, […]


Dr. Rhett Atkinson (in red) and his wife Elaine (center) established the Doctors Andrew Stefani and Eldon Miller Memorial Chair for STEM Teaching and Research Endowment. Pictured with the Atkinsons are members of the Stefani and Miller families and UM administrators. They are (from left) Roger and Mary Jane Thornton (JoAnn Stefani’s sister and brother-in-law); Denson Hollis, executive director of development; Anne Stefani (Dr. Stefani’s daughter); JoAnn Stefani (Dr. Stefani’s wife); Patrick Booth (Anne Stefani’s husband); UM Chancellor Glenn Boyce; the Atkinsons; Tonya Dalton (Dr. Miller’s daughter); Lee Cohen, dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Christine Reiner (JoAnn Stefani’s sister); and Charles Hussey, associate dean for research and graduate education/professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

From Higher Education, Success Stems

Major Gift Honors Faculty, Supports Excellence in STEM Instruction OCTOBER 18, 2019 A University of Mississippi graduate’s major gift will honor two of his favorite professors while also supporting instruction in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). With a gift of $1.5 million, Dr. Rhett Atkinson and his wife, Elaine, established the […]


Donald Cole (left), former UM mathematics professor and special assistant to the chancellor, attends a research conference with UM McNair Scholars Latriece Johnson and Skylyn Irby, and Sandra Spiroff, an associate professor of mathematics at Ole Miss.

Within Their Reach: McNair Scholarships Help Disadvantaged Students

For almost 25 years, UM program has supported, empowered minorities seeking doctoral degrees OCTOBER 16, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Before Victoria Robinson became a student at the University of Mississippi, no one in her family had ever furthered their education beyond a bachelor’s degree. The idea of going to graduate school and pursuing a […]