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Robyn Tannehill 

UM Alumni Offer Wise Words to New Graduates

Ahead of Commencement exercises, 7 Ole Miss alumni share guidance and encouragement April 28, 2021 by Emily Howorth As the Classes of 2020 and 2021 celebrate Commencement in early May, they’ll complete an exciting journey, begin their next chapters and join the good company of distinguished alumni. The University of Mississippi is a place where […]


JThe late Jackie Certion, assistant director of the FASTrack Program, is this year’s staff winner of the Frist Student Service Award. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

University Honors Two Beloved Employees with Frist Awards

JoAnn Edwards and Jacqueline Certion recognized for passion for serving students April 26, 2021 by Mitchell Diggs Two University of Mississippi employees – the university’s head debater and a late administrator fondly remembered as “one of the brightest lights on our campus” – have been honored with a prestigious campuswide award for student service. JoAnn […]


UM Named Voter Friendly Campus

Efforts from voting programs aim to increase education, registration April 14, 2021 by JB Clark The University of Mississippi has been designated as a Voter Friendly Campus this semester, a recognition given to campuses nationwide that plan and implement practices to encourage students to register and vote. The designation comes as a result of the […]


This year’s Hall of Fame members are Shelby D’Amico, Harrison McKinnis and Robert Wasson, all of Madison; Victoria Green, of Canton; Asia Harden, of Greenville; Swetha Manivannan, of Collierville, Tennessee; Joshua Mannery, of Jackson; Gianna Schuetz, of Huntsville, Alabama; and Robert “Cade” Slaughter and Madison Thornton, both of Hattiesburg.

Ten Seniors Named 2021 UM Hall of Fame Inductees

Students honored for service, achievement and leadership April 9, 2021 by Edwin B. Smith Ten University of Mississippi seniors have been inducted into the university’s 2020-21 Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors afforded to students at UM. The inductees were selected by a committee in accordance with policy developed by the Associated Student […]


Endowment Honors Memories of Three Friends

Scholarship Recipients Carry On Fraternity Brothers’ Legacies April 7, 2021 By Bill Dabney A scholarship endowment paying tribute to the lives of three University of Mississippi students has grown to more than $468,000, and three new recipients of the scholarship say they feel honored to represent the men for whom the scholarship is named. Continuing […]


Archive Photo: High school students from across the state gather with Ryan Upshaw (back row, second from left), former assistant dean for student services in the UM School of Engineering, at the Trent Lott Leadership Institute in 2018. The Lott Institute is inviting rising high school juniors and seniors from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and southern regions of the state to apply for the UM Pathways to Leadership conference taking place July 16-18 at the Mississippi Aquarium in Gulfport. Submitted photo

Trent Lott Leadership Institute Works to Prepare Future Leaders

Application for rising juniors and seniors open for the 2021 Pathways to Leadership Workshop April 6, 2021 by Staff Report The University of Mississippi‘s Trent Lott Leadership Institute is accepting applications for a two-day workshop from rising 11th and 12th graders who attend high school in south Mississippi and want to enhance their leadership abilities […]


Pictured in 2019, Melissa Bass (right), associate professor of public policy leadership, instructs Lott Institute students (from left) Katherine Sistrunk, Tristin Young, Kynnedi Taylor-Henry and Yasmine Brown. Below: Members of the Green family are (from left) Mary Bea, John, Kate, Jack and Henry.

Investing in Students

Greens’ Gift Supports UM Public Policy Majors in Lott Leadership Institute FEBRUARY 22, 2021 BY BILL DABNEY University of Mississippi alumni Kate and John Green, who’ve worked in some of the nation’s highest political offices, hope a scholarship they established will give Mississippi students a similar experience. The Kate and John Green Scholarship Endowment will […]


First-Generation Students to be Lauded During Weeklong Celebration

Both in-person and virtual activities set for campus observance OCTOBER 26, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH The academic achievements of first-generation students at the University of Mississippi will be celebrated in a series of in-person and virtual activities planned for Nov. 2-6. First-Generation Student Celebration Week is co-sponsored by the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College’s […]


A Philosophical Approach to Politics

Visiting UM professor brings new insights to public policy leadership classes October 23, 2020 by Kathryn Albritton For Zachary Vereb, visiting assistant professor of public policy leadership at the University of Mississippi, the teaching of philosophy is rooted in the here and now. “I think all students benefit from studying philosophy,” he said. “I went […]


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Dialogues on Diversity Series to Focus on Pandemic, Policing, Politics

Dialogues on Diversity Series to Focus on Pandemic, Policing, Politics OCTOBER 20, 2020 BY JB CLARK The University of Mississippi‘s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement is kicking off its annual Dialogues on Diversity series next week under the theme, “Nationwide Now: Reckoning with Inequities in Pandemic, Policing and Politics.” “Over the past few months, […]