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Heather McMahan

Alumni Give Guidance to the Class of 2023

Notable UM alumni encourage leadership, kindness and pursuing passions When the members of the class of 2023 graduate on May 13, they’ll complete one journey and commence the next. Building on the legacies they’ve established at the University of Mississippi, they are ready to go forth and apply the talents, education and verve they’ve developed […]


Ashley Wingo

Journey to Commencement—A Journey of Discovery

Ashley Wingo goes from stopping fights to staging them. MAY 9, 2023 BY KATHERINE STEWART When Ashley Wingo announced that she’d decided to pivot from a possible career in law enforcement to pursuing acting, friends and family were understandably surprised. “The looks I got were quite hilarious,” Wingo said. “But when I made the decision […]


Maxwell Glasser (left), as Seymour, and freshman Kayla Fifer

Theatre and Film Closes Season with Classic ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

You’ll never look at a Venus flytrap the same way again APRIL 13, 2023 BY KATHERIN STEWART “Feed me, Seymour” – three little words that to fans of musical theater are simultaneously hilarious and chilling. But if the phrase doesn’t ring a bell, all you need to know is that it’s sung by a plant. […]


from left) Marshall St. Amant, Anderson DeWitt, Margaret Walker, Eriona Banks and Casey McCarthy gather to sign the turret in Ventress Hall, home of the College of Liberal Arts, leaving their mark on the historic building as students have been doing for more than 100 years. The students were chosen after making gifts during Giving Day 2023.

Giving Day 2023 Sets University Record

Alumni, friends step up with $6.83 million in support APRIL 8, 2023 BY TINA HAHN When the last online donation came in Wednesday (April 5) for Giving Day 2023, the University of Mississippi‘s donors had united to set an unprecedented fundraising record. This year, Ole Miss students, parents, alumni, friends, faculty and staff members came […]


Ford Center

Star Power Set to Fill Ford Center for 20th Anniversary

Morgan Freeman set to host gala performance, Haskells to receive Concerto Award MARCH 12, 2023 BY TINA H. HAHN Stars will be shining brightly March 25 when the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Mississippi celebrates its 20-year anniversary with a gala hosted by Oscar winner Morgan Freeman. The […]


Tincher gift

Love for the Arts

Tincher supports UM institute to pay tribute to wife’s life FEBRUARY 27, 2023 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT Ami Moore Tincher’s interests in life were focused on film and theatre, music and art — the areas highlighted by the Institute for the Arts at the University of Mississippi. Mike Tincher committed an estate gift of […]


‘Polaroid Stories’ Tells Greek Myth Through Street Youth

Latest Theatre and Film production features first visiting artist hosted using equity funding FEBRUARY 12, 2023 BY KATHERINE STEWART The first production of the University of Mississippi Department of Theatre and Film‘s spring 2023 season also marks the first time the department has hosted a visiting artist on an Achieving Equity grant from the university’s […]


The French Italian movie set.

UM Film Professor Works with Industry Stars

Collaborating with big names for her next feature film project NOVEMBER 3, 2022 BY ABIGAIL MARTIN While on a research and maternity leave, Jaye Davidson, an assistant professor of film production at the University of Mississippi, is working on several interesting film projects. “At the moment, I am focusing on writing, producing, and directing. I’ve […]


Jay Jurden

Up-and-Coming Comedian to Perform at Ford Center

Alumnus Jay Jurden returns to campus for Artist Series event OCTOBER 20, 2022 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A University of Mississippi alumnus who is gaining a national audience as a comedian is returning to campus for a performance at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Jay Jurden, who received his bachelor’s degree in theatre and acting from […]


Into the Breeches

‘Into the Breeches!’ Is a Love Letter to the Theater

Wartime play-within-a-play brings laughs, love for Department of Theatre and Film’s season opener OCTOBER 2, 2022 BY KATHERINE STEWART The arts are a naturally reflective discipline, and among all the visual and performing arts, theater is perhaps the most self-reflective: plays about theater are as common as songs about love. “Into the Breeches!” the latest production by […]