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Perseverance: Turning Trials into Triumphs

Economics and public policy leadership major refuses to accept status quo SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 BY ERIN GARRETT As part of the 60th anniversary of integration at the University of Mississippi, this is the first of a four-part series based on the themes that are inscribed on the Civil Rights Monument on campus: perseverance, courage, knowledge […]


Students prepare to show off their steps during filming for the university’s new national commercial, which debuts Sept. 17 during the Ole Miss-Georgia Tech football game. The spot features several Ole Miss students, faculty and alumni, who share their perspectives on how the university has inspired them to build their legacies. Submitted photo

Ole Miss Asks ‘Where Are You Going?’ in Latest TV Commercial

New national spot debuts during halftime of Georgia Tech game SEPTEMBER 17, 2022 BY STAFF REPORT The University of Mississippi debuts its new television commercial Saturday (Sept. 17) during the football game between Ole Miss and Georgia Tech on ABC. The 30-second commercial, titled “Where are You Going,” features Ole Miss students describing their personal […]


Joseph Holland visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem this summer. Submitted photo

Professor Uses Israel Fellowship to Sharpen Insights for Students

Joseph ‘Jody’ Holland participated in summer Faculty Fellowship Program SEPTEMBER 9, 2022 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A University of Mississippi professor spent part of his summer getting to know the ins and outs of Israeli politics and culture. Joseph “Jody” Holland, associate professor of public policy leadership, was among 33 U.S. professors and researchers who […]


Six UM Students Awarded Fulbright Scholarships

Competitive awards allow students to study and conduct research around the world MAY 23, 2022 BY STAFF REPORT In a first for the University of Mississippi, six current or former students have been awarded prestigious Fulbright scholarships for the 2022-23 academic year, which will take them to new challenges and opportunities in countries around the world. Established […]


Two Mississippi Students Awarded Truman Scholarships

Jilkiah Bryant and Andy Flores, both UM juniors, chosen for prestigious national honor April 14, 2022 By Whitney Woods University of Mississippi juniors Jilkiah Bryant and Andy Flores recently got life-changing news: both students in the university’s Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College have been awarded prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarships. This is the first time […]


Ten Seniors Named 2021-22 Hall of Fame Inductees

Ole Miss students honored for service, achievement and potential for success April 8, 2022 By Edwin B. Smith Ten University of Mississippi seniors have been inducted into the university’s 2021-22 Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors given to Ole Miss students. The inductees were selected by a committee in accordance with policy developed by the Associated […]


Three UM Students Named Truman Finalists

Students who raise awareness about mental health issues and educational access among national finalists February 18, 2022 By Michael Newsom Three University of Mississippi juniors who have worked to improve access to education and to raise awareness about mental health issues have been named finalists for the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship. National finalists for the honor were […]


Senior Named to Time Magazine’s “30 for 2030”

Bobby Hudson III, a public policy major from Gulfport, makes list of ‘a generation creating change’ For his advocacy work in the north Gulfport community where he grew up, a standout University of Mississippi senior has made Time magazine’s list of “A Generation Creating Change.” Bobby Hudson III, a public policy leadership major, is featured in Time […]


A photo of PPL student Bobby Hudson III in a TIME video featuring him as one three young changemakers during the COVID-19 crisis.

TIME Changemaker: Bobby Hudson III

NOVEMBER 2, 2021 University of Mississippi public policy leadership major Bobby Hudson III is featured as One of 30 in 2030: A Generation Creating Change. Eloise Berry wrote for TIME: It’s no secret that mental health was the collateral damage of the pandemic, with illness, loss and financial hardship weighing heavily on billions around the […]


Ainsley Ash

Alumni Spotlight: Ainsley Ash

Ainsley Ash (BA public policy leadership 21) is the founder of the Mississippi College Access Project, an organization that helps high school seniors navigate the college application process, and previously worked for National College Attainment Network (NCAN) as a communications intern. She is originally from Meridian, Mississippi. How did your interest in studying public policy […]