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Speakers Edge 2023

Speaker’s Edge Competition Helps Develop Career-Relevant Skills

Seventy-five UM students show off public speaking skills in 19th annual contest JANUARY 24, 2023 BY STELLA CONNELL Costco as a mini-market, remote work technology, virtual passports and artificial intelligence in the food industry were among the topics addressed at the 19th annual Speaker’s Edge competition at the University of Mississippi. Students in business, accountancy […]


Spencer Heitman (left) and Katherine Broten

UM Team Wins Debate Tournament

Warren Debate Union wins at event hosted by Lewis & Clark College OCTOBER 30, 2022 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Just months after the Ole Miss Rebels won the 2022 College World Series in baseball, another team representing the University of Mississippi has won a national tournament. The university’s Warren Debate Union took first place in […]


Carey Dowling

Campus Educators Selected as Inaugural WOW! Faculty Fellows

New workshops and learning communities to create vibrant online courses offered this fall AUGUST 26, 2022 BY PAM STARLING Teaching online can be a process of continually exploring and adapting to evolving digital options, as well as understanding the needs of students. Three University of Mississippi faculty members plan to address these areas this academic […]


UM Team Places in Top 4 at National Debate Championship

Warren Debate Union among finalists at event hosted by University of Alaska at Anchorage April 28, 2022 By Edwin B. Smith Debaters representing the University of Mississippi recently were finalists at a national championship tournament hosted by the University of Alaska at Anchorage. Members of the Warren Debate Union earned a Top 4 finalist finish at the league’s inaugural […]


Nathan Harris

Willie Morris Awards Announces Fiction and Poetry Winners

Nathan Harris and Monica Weatherly will be honored at Oxford Conference for the Book February 15, 2022 By Susan Nicholas A debut fiction writer penning a tale of redemption, loss and social change amid intersecting relationships in the Reconstruction-era South and a poet rediscovering Southern roots are the winners of this year’s Willie Morris Awards […]


Elizabeth Moore, director of the UM Speaking Center, gives feedback on a presentation by student Leah Hughes, who is practicing a virtual presentation in front of a green screen. Photo by Logan Kirkland/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Speaking Center Opening for Personal Consultations

New center helped faculty, staff and students adjust to online speaking August 20, 2021 by JB Clark The University of Mississippi‘s new Speaking Center helped students, faculty and staff sharpen their virtual speaking and presenting skills last year as most people were adjusting to online learning. The center, on the fourth floor of Lamar Hall, […]


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Isom Center Names 2021-23 Fellows

Fellowship emphasizes interdepartmental collaboration in gender and sexuality research May 6, 2021 by JB Clark The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies has awarded grants to six University of Mississippi faculty members for their ongoing research and academic efforts in the areas of gender and sexuality.The recipients – Yvette Butler, Jaye Davidson, Tyler […]


Willie Morris Awards Announces Fiction and Poetry Winners

De’Shawn Charles Winslow and Christian Garduno honored this year March 8, 2021 by Rebecca Lauck Cleary A debut fiction writer and a poet are the winners of this year’s Willie Morris Awards, which recently moved to the University of Mississippi. Winning the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction is De’Shawn Charles Winslow for “In West […]


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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 […]


Chanelle Benz. Photo by Kim Newmoney

Willie Morris Awards for Southern Writing Announces Fiction Shortlist

Partnership with Oxford Conference for the Book aids mission to celebrate authors, books and reading SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 The judges for the Willie Morris Awards for Southern Writing have announced their 2019 fiction shortlist. The three finalists for this year’s prize are Chanelle Benz, for “The Gone Dead”; Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, for “The Revisioners”; and De’Shawn Charles Winslow, for “In West […]