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UM alumni Kaleb and Tina Sade Mitchell star in ‘Partners,’ a new play by N. Emil Thomas that premieres online this week as a new production by Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square.

A Couple that Stays Together Plays Together

Ole Miss theater alumni premiere new play via livestream JUNE 8, 2020 BY KATHERINE STEWART At a time when the entertainment industry is crippled by a pandemic and theaters everywhere have been forced to shut their doors, two University of Mississippi graduates are set to debut a new play live via the internet. Kaleb and […]


Nancye Starnes of Charleston, South Carolina, an ardent supporter of the arts at her alma mater, has created a film production studio fund to support a new facility and professional training for Ole Miss students.

Gift Establishes Film Production Studio Fund

Support for the Arts MAY 4, 2020 BY MARY STANTON KNIGHT A love for the arts since childhood led Nancye Starnes of Charleston, South Carolina, to support a new film production program at the University of Mississippi that will offer high-quality professional training and a new production facility for students. The alumna’s gift of $200,000 […]


Many members of the Ole Miss community are sharing advice, well wishes and bits of wisdom to help others get through these times of isolation and stress.

17 Inspirational Messages from Ole Miss with Love

APRIL 3, 2020 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM Charles de Gaulle, quotable French statesman and army officer, once said, “Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.” Social media, always abuzz with inspirational quotes like the one from de […]


Pick and Jody Scruggs (above) established a scholarship endowment in memory of Jody’s mother, Ruby Simpson Shelton (below).

Scruggs Couple Establishes Ruby Simpson Shelton Scholarship

A Mother Memorialized MARCH 2, 2020 BY MARY STANTON KNIGHT Jody and Pick Scruggs’ gift to the University of Mississippi will help students seeking degrees within the College of Liberal Arts. The 1966 UM graduates’ $50,000 gift established the Ruby Simpson Shelton Scholarship Endowment in memory of Jody Scruggs’ mother, who passed away from breast […]


Keeton Landfair (left) plays Bernard, an American playboy in Paris who is juggling three fiancees, all airline stewardesses, played by Lydia Meyers, Elizabeth Burrow and Hannah Bosworth, in the Ole Miss Theatre production of ‘Boeing, Boeing.’ Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss

‘Boeing, Boeing’ Goes Supersonic for Laughs

Rollicking farce arrives on time for Ole Miss Theatre’s spring season FEBRUARY 12, 2020 BY KATHERINE STEWART “When one door closes, another opens.” This well-known aphorism, coined by Alexander Graham Bell and often trotted out in times of difficulty or missed opportunity, doesn’t typically refer to literal doors – unless you’re watching Ole Miss Theatre […]


UM journalism graduate Will Jacks kicks off the SouthTalks spring series Jan. 29 with a talk about his photographs of Po’ Monkey’s Lounge outside Merigold.

Spring SouthTalks Begin January 29

January 23, 2020 by Rebecca Lauck Cleary The SouthTalks series, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, is offering a wide variety of events this spring, including five lectures focused on movement and migration in the South. SouthTalks explore the interdisciplinary nature of Southern studies and includes […]


Ole Miss Theatre Offers Full Season of ASL-Interpreted Performances

Group becomes state’s first collegiate production company to schedule regular interpreted shows OCTOBER 24, 2019 BY K. STEWART At a recent Saturday matinee performance of “The Wolves,” the University of Mississippi Department of Theatre and Film’s first production of its 2019-20 season, audience members settling into Meek Auditorium probably noticed two people seated on a […]


Jo March (center), played by Lydia Meyers, spins a swashbuckling tale for sisters (from left) Amy, portrayed by Cali Mitchell; Meg, played by Ginnie Brown; and Beth, performed by Elizabeth Burrow, during rehearsals for the Ole Miss Theatre and Film production of ‘Little Women.’ Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss

Ole Miss Theatre Brings ‘Little Women’ to Big Stage

Classic novel, reimagined in winsome musical, comes to Ford Center OCTOBER 23, 2019 BY KATHERINE STEWART “Christmas will be gory!” is hardly a sentence most people would associate with the Christmas of their finest dreams. Nor do most people expect to hear those words belted by a petite young woman careening around in a corset […]


Members of a girls’ soccer team deliver insights into teen life as they chat during practices in the Ole Miss Theatre production of ‘The Wolves.’ The cast members and their understudies are (front row, from left) Elizabeth Adair, Emma Siler, Morgan Odom, Gabrielle Quintana and Madeline Colombo, and (back row) Olivia Crump, Hannah Bosworth, Erin Stanphill, Reagan-Mary Walsh, Robyn Medeiros, Claire Porter, Catherine Long and Lizzy Martin. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss

‘The Wolves’ Delivers Adolescent Reality Through Soccer

Opening production of Ole Miss Theatre season posed challenges for production team SEPTEMBER 18, 2019  BY KATHERINE STEWART n the opening scene of “The Wolves,” the chatter of a group of teen-aged girls ricochets around an otherwise empty gymnasium, conversations overlapping as the uniformed young women sit in a circle on the AstroTurf, performing a […]


UM students involved in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience program this summer are (from left) John Hendershot, Madison Dacus, Rachael Pace, Madison Morrow, Jacqueline Knirnschild and Joshua Smith. Photo by Bill Dabney

University Funds Undergraduate Projects for Summer Research

Projects explore topics from hearing loss to nutritional education JULY 16, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART Six University of Mississippi undergraduates are spending this summer immersed in further academic exploration through the UM Summer Undergraduate Research Experience program. Begun in 2018, the program’s goal is to expand and enhance undergraduate research and creative achievement. The program involves […]