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One of the Community Engaged Partnership Development Fund grants awarded this year aims to expand marketing efforts for farmers markets hosted at the university in partnership with the Oxford Community Market organization. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

University Supports Community Partnership Projects

Projects range from youth nutrition programs to sustainable farmers market activities FEBRUARY 3, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT The University of Mississippi has awarded funding to six projects aimed at increasing collaboration between the institution and the Lafayette County and Oxford communities. The Community Engaged Partnership Development Fund grants are awarded by the Division of Diversity […]

CEED Innovation Scholars Jhalen Wells (left) and Kyion White

Entrepreneurship Forum to Provide Practical Business Advice

April 12-13 event includes networking, student pitch competition JANUARY 12, 2023 BY STAFF REPORT Bringing together entrepreneurs, economic developers, innovators and future business owners, the eighth annual Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum is slated for April 12-13 in Hattiesburg. Coordinated by the University of Mississippi‘s Grisham-McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, the event is designed to educate […]

Daniel O’Sullivan (right), chair and professor of modern languages at the University of Mississippi, chats with a student in the program. The department’s doctoral program has become one of the fastest-growing on campus. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Critical Knowledge

UM’s Quality Enhancement Plan Hones Analytical Thinking JANUARY 23, 2023 Critical thinking is the basis of a college education and a skill that lasts a lifetime. “When you think critically, you actually strengthen and develop neural networks in your brain,” said Josh Eyler, clinical assistant professor of teacher education and director of the Center for […]

Dr. Dellinger

UM Professor Receives Sociologists for Women in Society Award

Kirsten Dellinger is the 2023 SWS Feminist Activism Award Winner JANUARY 19, 2023 BY NATASHA SANTANA The Sociologists for Women in Society Feminist Activism Award, established in 1995, is presented annually to an SWS member who has notably and consistently used sociology to improve conditions for women in society. The award honors outstanding feminist advocacy […]

Eva Payne (center), UM associate professor of history, speaks with Madeline Burdine (left), a first-year graduate sociology and anthropology student, and Angie Rankin, a second-year sociology graduate student, about their display for the Queer Mississippi Exhibit in the Department of Archives and Special Collections in the J.D. Williams Library. The exhibit uses archival materials and quotes from the Queer Mississippi Oral History project to show the history of LGBTQ+ people in the state. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Queer Mississippi on Display at J.D. Williams Library

Graduate students gather, curate LGBTQ+ materials for exhibition DECEMBER 7, 2022 BY CLARA TURNAGE Eleven University of Mississippi graduate students have curated an exhibition of LGBTQ+ Mississippi materials as a part of a multidisciplinary study on the history of the queer South. Amy McDowell, associate professor of sociology, and Eva Payne, assistant professor of history, […]

Annie Cafer, associate professor of sociology, director of the Center for Population Studies, and codirector of UM CREW. Photo by Thomas Graning

University Expanding Food Rx Program

USDA awards $500K to assist with providing food for Quitman County residents NOVEMBER 30, 2022 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Nutritionally-vulnerable Quitman County households soon will have access to valuable food supplies, thanks to a University of Mississippi program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA’s Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program has awarded a $500,000 grant […]

UM Community Remembers Sociology Professor Willa Johnson

Memorial service set for Nov. 28 at Paris-Yates Chapel NOVEMBER 22, 2022 BY ERIN GARRETT Willa Johnson was undeniably a hero in her own right, championing diversity at the University of Mississippi all while gaining national acclaim for her scholarship and expertise. The professor of sociology, who died Nov. 7, taught for 23 years. She […]

Annie Cafer, associate professor of sociology, director of the Center for Population Studies, and codirector of UM CREW. Photo by Thomas Graning

Center for Population Studies Co-Hosting Rural Partner Summit

More than 75 partners meeting Nov. 9 in Cleveland to address challenges across Mississippi NOVEMBER 8, 2022 BY EDWIN B. SMITH The Center for Population Studies at the University of Mississippi is co-hosting a statewide rural partner summit Wednesday (Nov. 9) in Cleveland. The event, to be held at the Lyric Hotel West End from […]


University Welcomes 13 Stamps Scholars for 2022

New cohort exemplifies academic excellence, leadership and exceptional character NOVEMBER 3, 2022 BY ERIN GARRETT With plans to travel the world, research health disparities and grow a nonprofit organization, incoming freshman Dymond Mitchell is thankful to be named one of 13 new Stamps scholars at the University of Mississippi. “This is so much more than […]

Laura Martin

University Partners with HUD Higher Education Network

Collaboration to focus on areas such as housing access, eviction prevention OCTOBER 27, 2022 BY ERIN GARRETT Laura Martin, associate director of the University of Mississippi‘s Grisham-McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement and director of M Partner, has been appointed to a national think tank devoted to building relationships between higher education and […]