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UM, Community Partners Organize Bilingual Health Fair in Pontotoc

Spanish-speaking community members invited to receive free screenings, health services July 16, 2021 By JB Clark University of Mississippi faculty, staff and students are working with health care and public service providers to start meeting the health care needs of Pontotoc’s underserved Spanish-speaking community. The UM McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, as […]


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, […]


Ole Miss student Jodie Bartlett (left), of Bay St. Louis, teaches reading to rising first-grader Jackson Knight, of Oxford. Photo by Mary Stanton Knight/University Development

Helping Students Who Learn Differently

Donors’ $1 million gift funds program to equip kids to overcome illiteracy June 30, 2021 By Bill Dabney The University of Mississippi, the Shelton School of Dallas, two Mississippi school districts, a former UM professor and an Ole Miss alumnus have joined forces in a fight against illiteracy. For the next three years, the Shelton […]


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 […]