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M Partner volunteers serve at community day in Charleston. The University of Mississippi program that partners with local communities is working with the Pontotoc Chamber of Commerce to host Wednesday meeting to help small business owners get access to resources and funding through the CARES Act and other small business programs. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

McLean Institute Teams with Pontotoc Leaders to Help Small Businesses

M Partner event aims to connect business owners with resources and funds April 27, 2021 by JB Clark The University of Mississippi‘s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement is teaming up with the Pontotoc Chamber of Commerce and a bevy of state agencies to help local businesses get access to resources and funding […]

Committee members meet virtually to plan activities for the 2021 Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum. The sixth annual event is slated to be broadcast online April 13-14. Submitted photo

McLean Institute Partners with IHL for Virtual Event April 13-14

Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum to bring business leaders and developers together April 1, 2021 by Edwin B. Smith In an effort to showcase a variety of resources available to aspiring business owners across the state, the University of Mississippi‘s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement will co-host the 2021 Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum on April […]

UM social work graduate Armonti Johnson (left) helps children pick out books and read at the LOU mobile library. The New Albany native is a member of the Americorps VISTA program and has served organizations throughout north Mississippi. Submitted photo

VISTA Program Offers Opportunity for Hands-On Community Service

Application deadline for summer placements approaching March 31, 2021 by JB Clark Students, staff and university community members have the opportunity to turn their summer – or even the next year – into an opportunity to serve their community and gain public service experience along the way. The University of Mississippi‘s McLean Institute for Public […]

Grove Grocery has added a second, centralized location and kitchen in renovated George Street House, next to the J.D. Williams Library. Photo by Logan Kirkland/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Grove Grocery Adds Kitchen, Central Location

Ole Miss students can grab food and cook meals at George Street House on campus March 11, 2021 by JB Clark When Andrew Newby first saw the kitchen in the University of Mississippi‘s George Street House, he saw an opportunity to help connect his student veterans with the rest of campus while also meeting a […]

UM faculty members Anne Cafer (left) and John Green conduct a community health and health-related professions fair in Marks to help connect community residents, nonprofit organizations and university faculty, staff and students. Submitted photo

Researchers Cited in National Racial Progress Study

Community-driven research project ranks Mississippi in Top 5 for progress toward closing gaps February 1, 2021 by JB Clark Two University of Mississippi faculty members and researchers were among a group of seven scholars across the country who contributed findings to a national study detailing the states that have achieved the most racial progress over […]

Andrew Newby (center left), assistant director for the Office of Veteran and Military Services, and Natasha Jeter (center right), vice chancellor for student affairs, cut the ribbon to the newly renovated VMS offices in George Street House. They are joined by (from left) Perry Sansing, Jamie King, Will Mobley, Stelenna Lloyd, Kyle Ellis, Provost Noel Wilkin and Cathy Baker. Photo by Logan Kirkland/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Student Veterans Celebrate New One-Stop Shop for Resources

Office of Veteran and Military Services cuts ribbon on renovated space in George Street House January 29, 2021 by JB Clark University of Mississippi student veterans and military-connected students have better access to the specialized services they require than ever before with the opening of the new Veteran and Military Services office in the George […]

Chancellor Glenn Boyce (left) and Ecru Mayor Jeff Smith shake hands after signing M Partner agreements on Friday (Jan. 22). Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

UM Announces New Towns for M Partner Community Improvement Program

McLean Institute adds Ecru, Pontotoc for Phase 2 of community building January 22, 2021 by Edwin B. Smith Following the successful launch of a pilot program that assisted three Mississippi towns with community improvement projects, the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement at the University of Mississippi has launched Phase 2 of its […]

The final meeting of the 2020 Hunger Summit, a joint effort of the University of Mississippi’s Center for Population Studies, Delta Directions Consortium and the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, is set for Thursday (Dec. 3) via Zoom. The summit provides a way for food pantries and other community organizations to share information and support during the pandemic. Adobe Stock photo

Center for Population Studies and Partners Host Hunger Summit

Summit helps nonprofits respond to COVID-19 and food insecurity in Mississippi DECEMBER 1, 2020 BY ELIZABETH SWEENEY The University of Mississippi‘s Center for Population Studies has partnered with two regional community organizations to launch the 2020 Hunger Summit, which provides a venue for community organizations and their partners to share information and support during the pandemic. Partners […]

Archive Photo: UM students work to move a fire hydrant during an M Partner Community Day event in 2018. M Partner was launched as a community engagement effort seeking to improve life in Mississippi communities, specifically in Charleston, Lexington and New Albany for the pilot phase. Photo by Megan Wolfe/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

M Partner Celebrates Successful Pilot Phase

Community engagement initiative will continue to improve quality of life in partner communities OCTOBER 12, 2020 BY STAFF REPORT As COVID-19 has dramatically altered the landscape of higher education, one aspect remains constant at the University of Mississippi: a commitment to community partnership. While the M Partner pilot phase concluded as the pandemic intensified in […]

UM Students Accepted to Rural Physicians Program

Scholars agree to serve in small Mississippi communities after graduation OCTOBER 6, 2020 BY STAFF REPORT Several students at the University of Mississippi were recently selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program. The Ole Miss students are: Deshauntra Green, of Fayette Jada King, of Bay Springs Jazmin King, of […]