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Volunteers, including University of Mississippi students, help with a mobile food distribution in Lexington organized by the Lexington Food Pantry. Through the university’s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, several students spent the summer engaged in communities across the state. Submitted photo

McLean Interns Empower Communities Through Challenging Times

Ole Miss students spend summer engaging in public service in north Mississippi communities September 2, 2020 by Laura Martin Though COVID-19 has reconstructed people’s lives and created many uncertainties, the community engagement work of the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement at the University of Mississippi remains constant. This summer, Ole Miss students, […]

A Decade of Poverty Alleviation in North Mississippi

North Mississippi VISTA Project intensifies efforts during COVID response and recovery SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 BY STAFF REPORT Entering its 10th year of operations, the North Mississippi VISTA Project has made significant strides toward poverty alleviation, capacity building, sustainable solutions and community empowerment in north Mississippi. The project’s 148 yearlong VISTA members and 145 VISTA summer […]

UM, National Guard Launch Tuition Program For Service Members

New partnership aims to reduce financial burden for serving students JUNE 25, 2020 BY JB CLARK The University of Mississippi and Mississippi National Guard are partnering to ensure National Guard service members will have their tuition needs met so they can focus on their service and education. “From being recognized as one of America’s Top […]


Walmart Foundation Funding Fuels New Food Prescription Program

UM professors develop initiative to address food insecurity, food desert issues for Mississippians MAY 27, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART Three University of Mississippi professors are recipients of a nearly half-million-dollar grant from the Walmart Foundation that will create a food prescription program to improve access to fresh food for Mississippians. The $442,154 grant from the Walmart Foundation will […]

University Honors Three with Frist Awards

Carmen Riggan, Stefan Schulenberg and Sovent Taylor recognized for exceptional student service MAY 7, 2020 BY MITCHELL DIGGS Three University of Mississippi employees who have demonstrated dedication and passion for helping students succeed have been honored with a campuswide award for student service. Carmen Riggan, pre-law adviser and assistant to the dean in the College […]

Students Recognized for Commitment to University

Columns Society members presented annual awards for dedication APRIL 28, 2020 BY STAFF REPORT University of Mississippi students have been honored as part of their affiliation with the Columns Society to recognize their commitment to serving the institution. Members of the Columns Society serve as the official hosts and hostesses for the university, and each […]

New Center to Engage Mississippi Communities as Research Partners

UM: CREW will partner with communities to advance community development, health, arts APRIL 27, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART The University of Mississippi is home to a new center that aims to empower local communities to take charge of their community development, policy change and resilience building by using data and the arts. The UM Community First […]

VISTA member and UM alumna Nyterica Edget (left) volunteers in Lexington on M Partner Community Day.

North Mississippi VISTA Project Seeks Applicants to Serve Communities

Summer and full-year national service opportunities available to fight poverty in state APRIL 26, 2020 BY STAFF REPORT As physical distancing to reduce transmission of COVID-19 has transformed the way that Mississippians go to school, do business and care for their neighbors, the North Mississippi VISTA Project is seeking applicants to join efforts to fight […]

Students Continuing to Aid Communities During Pandemic

McLean Institute students, VISTA members seeking new ways to serve Mississippi during crisis APRIL 20, 2020 BY JB CLARK While the rest of the country is adjusting to a new normal in isolation, many University of Mississippi students – including those involved in the university’s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement and the […]

UM Announces Spring ‘All In. All Year.’ Observances

Scheduled events to celebrate cultural heritages, diverse populations within campus community JANUARY 29, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Keynote addresses, film and lecture series, and awards programs are among the many “All In. All Year.” events scheduled for the spring semester at the University of Mississippi. “All In. All Year.” is a yearlong effort that […]