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Former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott (right) greets Noel Wilkin (left), University of Mississippi provost, and Lee Cohen, dean on the university's College of Liberal Arts, at a celebration of the Trent Lott Leadership Institute's 25th anniversary in Washington, D.C. Photo by Demiko Aiken/Imagine Photography

Trent Lott Leadership Institute Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Institute celebrates milestones, success in developing future leaders JUNE 26, 2024 As the Trent Lott Leadership Institute at the University of Mississippi celebrates its 25th anniversary, it continues to break new ground in developing future leaders through its unique programs. “The Lott Leadership Institute has profoundly impacted many lives and embodies our university’s strengths by enhancing leadership skills […]

Jonathan Dabel is among the students who will receive their degrees at the University of Mississippi's 2024 Commencement ceremonies, set for May 8-12. Submitted photo

JTC 24: Lifting Others

First-generation student Jonathan Dabel shares his all for the greater good MAY 7, 2024 This story is part of the 2024 Journey to Commencement series, which celebrates the pinnacle of the academic year by highlighting University of Mississippi students and their outstanding academic and personal journeys from college student to college graduate. On an airy […]

Daniel Roberts

Young Alumnus Invests in UM Students

JANUARY 26, 2024 Daniel Roberts, a 2014 University of Mississippi graduate, has established an Ole Miss First scholarship in hopes of planting seeds that will thrive and help students enjoy an exceptional college experience. He becomes one of the youngest alumni ever to establish an Ole Miss First scholarship. Ole Miss First provides scholarships to […]

Mia McKey, left, and Ross Cohen

A Greener Community

UM Student Turns Classroom Project into Real-World Impact DECEMBER 8, 2023 BY REAGAN COLLINS/UM DEVELOPMENT What began as a University of Mississippi class project has evolved into a campus-wide initiative to keep discarded clothing out of landfills and into the hands of people who need it. Through an Ignite Ole Miss crowdfunding campaign, UM senior […]

public policy leadership major Aminata Ba

Public Policy Leadership Students Compete in ‘Battle for the Gavel’

Exercise provides real-world experience in navigating public policy challenges DECEMBER 1, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT After weeks of preparation, more than 80 University of Mississippi freshmen public policy leadership majors participated in a mock congressional hearing on campus Wednesday (Nov. 29) to discuss voting reform. The event simulated a hearing of the United States Senate […]

Daneel Konnar (right), a senior from Meridian

Welcome Home: UM Reunites Military Family for Unforgettable Weekend

Father, family reunited at football game as a part of Ole Miss Wish NOVEMBER 4, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE Four young boys ran into their father’s arms Saturday (Nov. 4) in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, kneeling and crying as they met him on the field. For a moment, it didn’t matter that 65,680 people were focused on […]

new practice field

The Pride of Their Parents

For first time in history, all UM band directors have children in the band NOVEMBER 7, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT As University of Mississippi band directors, Tim Oliver, Randy Dale and Mel Morse have a lot in common: their mastery of music, love of sports and, now, the title of “band dad.” For the first […]

David Rutherford, associate professor of public policy leadership, has been named this year's Distinguished Teaching in Higher Education by the National Council for Geographic Education. Rutherford, who joined the Ole Miss faculty in 2007, strives to give students geospatial perspectives to understand political and societal shifts around the world. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Professor Recognized for Geographic Teaching Excellence

David Rutherford named national council’s teacher of the year NOVEMBER 7, 2023 BY EDWIN B. SMITH The National Council for Geographic Education has honored David Rutherford, associate professor of public policy leadership at the University of Mississippi, with its Distinguished Teaching in Higher Education award. Since 2007, Rutherford has taught public policy leadership courses that […]

Master Sgt. Anthony Douglas & Haley Barbour

State, National Leaders Share Insights on Leading Through Disaster

Panel discusses leadership through tragedy, crisis at Ford Center event SEPTEMBER 15, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE Five state and national leaders shared lessons from their struggles and successes of leadership in crisis Thursday evening (Sept. 14) at the University of Mississippi‘s Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. With former Sen. Trent Lott moderating, former […]

Emmie Burgess (right) and a friend explore the ancient Italian city of Pompeii, much of which was buried under volcanic ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

‘Experience of a Lifetime’

Global Leadership Circle Funds Scholar’s Travel Abroad SEPTEMBER 5, 2023 BY JONATHAN SCOTT/UM DEVELOPMENT For about as long as she can remember, Emmie Burgess, an Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy (OMWC) scholar at the University of Mississippi, has dreamed of traveling to Italy, a nation rich in culture that historians have long considered one of the cradles […]