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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 […]


en Ono, Thomas Jefferson Professor of Mathematics at the University of Virginia.

Rediscovering Ramanujan

In his forthcoming Dalrymple Lecture, renowned mathematician Ken Ono finds inspiration for the future of math in the past SEPTEMBER 25, 2019 BY ABIGAIL MEISEL How do we save the Earth from the disastrous effects of climate change? There’s no app for that, but there is a theorem—of sorts. “The future of humankind depends on […]


Donald Cole (left), pictured here with state Institutions of Higher Learning Trustee Shane Hooper at a UM Commencement, is being honored with a named scholarship for his devoted work as a faculty member, administrator, mentor and advocate. The Cole scholarship will assist African American Studies majors and encourage them to get involved in the university and pursue progressive change across Mississippi.

Fundraising Campaign Honors Cole

Endowment Recognizes UM Leader’s Positive Impact AUGUST 28, 2019  BY ANGELA ATKINS For 50 years, Donald Cole has made an impact at every stage of the University of Mississippi experience – as an undergraduate and graduate student, faculty member, administrator, mentor and advocate. To honor his lifetime commitment, UM faculty, friends and alumni are working […]


Top Alumni of 2019

Alumni Association Names Top Alumni of 2019

Alumni Association to Honor Eight at Homecoming for Achievement, Service JULY 9, 2019 The Ole Miss Alumni Association is honoring eight recipients for its Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2019 in recognition of their service and accomplishments. Inductees into the Alumni Hall of Fame are: Kimsey O’Neal Bailey (BSPh 94) of Aberdeen; Donald R. Cole (PhD […]


Sandy Black sits in the office of William Faulkner’s home.

Private Gift Preserves Ambiance of Faulkner’s Famed Rowan Oak

Historic Preservation JULY 8, 2019 BY BILL DABNEY William Faulkner’s desk, typewriter and resting bed are fixtures in the office of the late Nobel Prize-winning author’s Oxford, Mississippi, home. Peering in, it’s easy to imagine the writer, pipe in hand, contemplating his next sentence. Now, one of his biggest fans is preserving that ambiance. “I […]


Supporting STEM

Estate Gift to Support Active Learning Facility JUNE 4, 2019 BY BILL DABNEY A recent unrestricted gift to the University of Mississippi from the estate of Maurice Lucas Kellum of Tupelo, Mississippi, is being directed to support construction of a leading student-centered science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) building on the Oxford campus. University leaders […]


James, Dottie and Bonnie Reid.

For Some in Regalia, This Isn’t Just Another Commencement

Several administrators and professors have children graduating from UM this year MAY 11, 2019  BY MICHAEL NEWSOM The Rocks David Rock, dean of the School of Education, will hand his daughter, Carly Rock, a bachelor’s degree in secondary chemistry education at graduation, and she’ll get another one in chemistry. A few days ahead of the event, he […]


UM Student Wins Coveted Goldwater Scholarship

Addison Roush is the university’s 14th Goldwater Scholar MAY 8, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A University of Mississippi chemistry major who is pursuing research treatment methods that he hopes will eventually combat Alzheimer’s disease has been awarded a prestigious and coveted Barry S. Goldwater Scholarship. Addison Roush, an Oxford native and junior in the […]


UM Faculty Travel Across Southeast for Collaborations

Ten faculty members participate in SEC Faculty Travel Program DECEMBER 13, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART Ten University of Mississippi faculty members are taking part in the SEC Faculty Travel Program this academic year, joining more than 100 fellow faculty members from other Southeastern Conference institutions. Established in 2012 by the SEC provosts, the program provides financial assistance from […]