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Analysis: Census Figures Reveal Key Findings for Mississippi, Nation

April 27, 2021 by Staff Report This week’s release of the national and state population totals, as well as state apportionments, marks the culmination of a year’s dedicated work by local civic and social organizations in partnership with the United Census Bureau in Mississippi and across the nation. The 2020 Census occurred during tumultuous events: […]


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 […]


James Ford historical marker in Water Valley, Mississippi

Marking the Life of Archaeologist James Ford

APRIL 8, 2021 Maureen S. Meyers, associate professor of anthropology and president of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, nominated James Ford, a Southeastern archaeologist and one of the SEAC’s earliest presidents, from Water Valley, Mississippi for a historical marker in his hometown. She worked with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History for the nomination, and […]


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 […]


Faculty and Staff Honored with Lift Every Voice Awards

Award given to those who go above and beyond in areas of diversity, equity March 12, 2021 by JB Clark The Black Faculty and Staff Organization at the University of Mississippi, in partnership with the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement, honored three faculty and staff members with the Lift Every Voice Award during […]


Robert and Margaret Khayat attended many events together, including the dedication of the Robert C. Khayat Law Center. Below: Margaret Khayat on her wedding day.

Honoring Former First Lady Margaret Khayat

Members of UM Family Recall Her ‘Pivotal Impact’ on Ole Miss March 10, 2021 by Jonathan Scott Margaret Mason Denton Khayat’s generous life and many years of support for the University of Mississippi are being celebrated by the Ole Miss family. Khayat, the former first lady of Ole Miss, passed away Feb. 22. Her husband, […]


Brian Foster, UM assistant professor of sociology and Southern studies delivers the keynote speech at the 2019 spring convocation for the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. Foster, the university’s honoree for Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year, is slated to give the program’s annual lecture virtually on March 8. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Brian Foster to Give UM Humanities Lecture March 8

Sociology and Southern studies professor named university’s Humanities Teacher of the Year February 25, 2021 by Rebecca Lauck Cleary Brian Foster, who was named Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year for the University of Mississippi, will give a lecture next month. Foster, assistant professor of sociology and Southern studies, is planning his Humanities Council lecture […]


2020 Oxford Conference for the Book logo

Oxford Conference for the Book Goes Online

Sessions go live for 27th event beginning March 8 February 22, 2021 by Rebecca Lauck Cleary Much like everything else in 2020, the Oxford Conference for the Book, the longest-running event produced by the University of Mississippi‘s Center for the Study of Southern Culture, had to be canceled because of COVID-19 a mere two weeks […]


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 […]