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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 […]


Daniel Roberts (BA public policy leadership 14) aims at top-notch, varied career opportunities and has already gained experience at the White House, Capitol Hill, Lyft, and now Facebook. Photo by Reese Bland

Aiming for the Moon: Daniel Roberts

Young Alumnus Finds Success in Pursuit of Big Dreams By Annie Rhoades for the Ole Miss Alumni Review, Winter 2021 Welcoming Queen Latifah to the White House, working on Capitol Hill as a legislative correspondent and interning in the social office of former first lady Michelle Obama are just a few of the highlights alumnus […]


Diversity Innovator Award Goes to First Class of Students

Award recognizes those working for a more equitable campus community July 12, 2021 By JB Clark The University of Mississippi‘s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement has honored four students with the Diversity Innovator Student Award in recognition of their efforts to create a more diverse and equitable campus. The awards went to Ainsley Ash, […]


UM Student Selected as National Lambda Sigma Representative

Margaret Walker served as president of campus chapter of national honorary society May 17, 2021 by Edwin B. Smith A University of Mississippi junior has been selected to serve as a national student representative for Lambda Sigma, a national honor society for sophomores. Margaret “Maggie” Walker, a dual public policy leadership and integrated marketing communications […]


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 […]