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UM hosts its fourth TEDxUniversityofMississippi conference March 6

Another Year of Exploring ‘New Horizons’

TEDxUniversityofMississippi to host fourth annual speaking event March 6 MARCH 5, 2019 BY JUSTIN WHITMORE The University of Mississippi is set to host its annual TEDxUniversityofMississippi conference that will bring together speakers from throughout the university community to the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts at 6 p.m. Wednesday (March 6). The fourth TEDxUniversityofMississippi will host eight speakers, […]


Dean Copeland (in dark blue shirt) is surrounded by family: (from left) son Braden; grandson Campbell Dickson (now 17); wife Linda; grandson Mac Dickson (now 22); son-in-law Tim Dickson; grandson Brody Dickson (now 19); and daughter Albie Dickson.

Gift Benefits Public Policy Leadership Students

Alumnus supports rising juniors with major gift MARCH 5, 2019 BY CAITLYN CLEGG Teaching a college course inspired University of Mississippi alumnus Dean Copeland of Atlanta, Georgia, to provide financial support to student leaders at his alma mater. Copeland, a UM graduate and former Rhodes Scholar, recently made a $100,000 gift to establish a scholarship […]


Student’s Photos Are Picture-Perfect

Yasmine Malone among 22 female photographers featured in The New York Times DECEMBER 6, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Yasmine Malone definitely has an eye for photography. The University of Mississippi student was among 22 young female photographers selected to participate in a recent New York Times feature project. The newspaper asked the women to […]


Brisack Makes History as UM’s First Female Rhodes Scholar

Senior from Oxford earns coveted award, becomes university’s 26th honoree NOVEMBER 20, 2018 BY STAFF REPORT Jaz Brisack is the University of Mississippi’s 26th Rhodes Scholar, and the first woman in the university’s history to be selected to the elite international academic program. Brisack, a general studies major with minors in English, journalism, and public policy leadership, […]


Two Honors College Students Named Marshall Scholar Finalists

One of two University of Mississippi students may be pursuing graduate studies in the United Kingdom next year, thanks to a prestigious international scholarship program. Jaz Brisack, of Oxford, and Marisa Kutchma, of St. Louis, have been selected as finalists for Marshall Scholarships. Established by an act of Parliament, the distinctive two-year program finances young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 scholars are selected each year for graduate study at a U.K. institution in any field. If chosen, Brisack or Kutchma would be UM’s third Marshall Scholar. Brent Bonds, of Iuka, and James Robert “JR” Rigby, of Madison, both 2003 alumni, were finalists in 2002. Rigby won the award.


The University of Mississippi’s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement welcomed a new group of outstanding students from around the globe this fall, representing majors from across the university. First row from left, Albert Nylander, Hannah Newbold, Navodit Paudel, Kristina Fields, J.R. Love, Laura Martin; second row from left, Michael Mott, Allison Borst, Zachary Pugh, Joshua Baker, Kendall Walker, Curtis Hill; third row from left, Bryce Williams, Elena Bauer, Adam Franco, Arielle Rogers, Virginia Parkinson, Anna Katherine Burress, Ashley Bowen.

McLean Institute Grant Award Funds Community Engagement

Hearin Foundation provides support for research and service efforts OCTOBER 5, 2018 BY STAFF REPORT A grant from the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation for the University of Mississippi’s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement will fund research and service aimed at increasing community and economic development in Mississippi communities. The McLean Institute […]


Abby Loden

Battling Brain Tumors, UM Alumna Embodies ‘Never Quit’ Spirit

Abby Loden joins LOU community for Great 38 Race later this month OCTOBER 1, 2018 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM Several brain surgeries have left Abby Loden deaf, and she still has tumors on her brain and spinal cord, but she finished her latest round of chemotherapy in August and is pushing ahead with plans to run […]


The 2018 cohort of Stamps Scholars at UM is: (front row, from left) Grace Dragna, Grace Marion and Valerie Quach, and (back row) Shahbaz Gul, Jeffrey Wang, Gregory Vance and Richard Springer. Photo by Bill Dabney

Seven UM Freshmen Named 2018 Stamps Scholars

Students exemplify best of scholarship, community service and leadership SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Seven members of the 2018 freshman class at the University of Mississippi have the distinction of being Stamps Foundation Scholars. The Stamps Scholarships at Ole Miss are the most comprehensive, full scholarship packages for in-state and out-of-state students. This […]


This year’s recipients of the Omicron Delta Kappa Freshman Leader Awards are (back row, from left) Kneeland Gammill, of Memphis; Nicholas Crasta, of Vicksburg; Abby Johnston and Harrison McKinnis, both of Madison; (front row, from left) Bridget McMillan, of Long Beach; Asia Harden, of Greenville; Margaret Baldwin, of Birmingham, Alabama; Swetha Manivannan, of Collierville, Tennessee; and Ariel Williams, of Waynesboro. Submitted photoThis year’s recipients of the Omicron Delta Kappa Freshman Leader Awards are (back row, from left) Kneeland Gammill, of Memphis; Nicholas Crasta, of Vicksburg; Abby Johnston and Harrison McKinnis, both of Madison; (front row, from left) Bridget McMillan, of Long Beach; Asia Harden, of Greenville; Margaret Baldwin, of Birmingham, Alabama; Swetha Manivannan, of Collierville, Tennessee; and Ariel Williams, of Waynesboro.

Ten UM Freshmen Receive Omicron Delta Kappa Awards

Honor society recognizes outstanding young leaders and community servants JULY 6, 2018 BY STAFF REPORT Ten University of Mississippi freshmen have been named recipients of Omicron Delta Kappa’s Freshman Leadership Awards. The annual ODK Freshman Leadership Awards, which identify outstanding freshman leaders and community servants, were presented at the organization’s annual induction ceremony in April. […]


UM Student Lands Internship at Congressional Black Caucus

Jarrius Adams of Hattiesburg on Capitol Hill MAY 21, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A University of Mississippi student has been accepted into the prestigious Congressional Black Caucus Foundation summer internship program in Washington, D.C. Jarrius Adams, a senior public policy leadership and political science major from Hattiesburg, will be in the CBCF Congressional Internship Program […]