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Physics Alumnus Wins International Award for Gravitational Wave Thesis
Physics Alumnus Wins International Award for Gravitational Wave Thesis
Hector Okada da Silva will receive the GWIC-Braccini Thesis Prize in Italy JUNE 25, 2019 BY EDWIN SMITH A University of Mississippi physics alumnus has been selected to receive an international honor for his doctoral dissertation on gravitational wave research. Hector Okada da Silva, of Belém, Brazil, will be presented ...
Reaping the University’s Richest Rewards
Reaping the University’s Richest Rewards
Journey to Commencement: Ryan Upshaw earns doctorate while recruiting and mentoring undergraduate students   APRIL 25, 2019 BY EDWIN SMITH Over the past 12 years, Ryan Upshaw has experienced several memorable moments at the University of Mississippi. The assistant dean of engineering has earned both his bachelor’s (BA psychology '06) ...
Following Precedent
Following Precedent
Journey to Commencement: Twins Katherine and Michael Farese become eighth and ninth family graduates of UM School of Law MAY 10, 2019 BY CHRISTINA STEUBE Twin siblings Katherine and Michael Farese have always been close, so it was no surprise that they wanted to continue their education together.Since both siblings ...
Medical School Dream No Longer Haunts Ground-Breaking Student
Medical School Dream No Longer Haunts Ground-Breaking Student
APRIL 8, 2019 BY GARY PETTUS On the day Christina Wallace said goodbye to her friends at the Choctaw Health Center, they brought out a cake glazed with stethoscope- and lab coat-frosting. They gave her a real stethoscope and a writing pen, both decorated with Native American hand-beaded designs. “They ...
Cochran Portrait Unveiled at University
Cochran Portrait Unveiled at University
Artist Jason Bouldin sought to capture former senator's graciousness APRIL 9, 2019 BY EMILY HOWORTH A portrait of former U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, the nation’s 10th-longest serving senator and a University of Mississippi alumnus, was installed Monday (April 8) in the university’s Thad Cochran Research Center. The portrait commemorates Cochran’s ...
Mrs. Leah Thomson
Mrs. Leah Thomson
Leah Thomson comes from a family where service was a priority. The daughter of Mitzie Lindsey and Dr. Kenneth Lindsey of Fulton, Mississippi, her mother was an inspiring special education teacher for 36 years. Leah earned her BA in English from the University of Mississippi in 1984 and went on ...
Dr. Alan W. Partin
Dr. Alan W. Partin
Dr. Alan W. Partin grew up playing football, basketball, and ran track at Grenada (MS) High School, and was valedictorian of the 1979 graduating class. At the University of Mississippi, he was an offensive lineman on the football team from 1979-82, earning two varsity letters. He achieved Academic All-SEC honors ...
Dr. Clarke Holmes
Dr. Clarke Holmes
Dr. Frank Clarke Holmes, IV is a board-certified sports medicine physician at Impact Sports Medicine & Orthopedics in Nashville. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, he obtained his undergraduate degree in biological science from the University of Mississippi in 1994, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the university’s highest ...
Dr. Wayne Alexander
Dr. Wayne Alexander
Dr. R. Wayne Alexander, a native of Memphis, graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1962 with a degree in chemistry and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Emory University in 1967 and 1968. During those years, he also attended the Saturday Morning Clinical Cardiology Conference given by ...
Alumni Profile: Oscar Pope
Alumni Profile: Oscar Pope
OCTOBER 9, 2018 BY BETHANY FITTS FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Oscar Pope (BA art '10) has always wanted to create meaningful content that both defines culture and connects people. “I don’t know where [that passion] comes from,” he said. “But I know I have a responsibility to create ...
Dr. Jesse Lamar White, Jr.
Dr. Jesse Lamar White, Jr.
Dr. Jesse Lamar White, Jr., a native of Jackson, Mississippi, was the only child of Marguerite and Jesse L. White. He entered the University of Mississippi as a freshman in 1962, a year of turmoil. He graduated summa cum laude in 1966 with a BA in history and political science. ...
UM Graduate Lands Dream Summer Internship with MSNBC
UM Graduate Lands Dream Summer Internship with MSNBC
Kailyn Mae Mahoney started as intern for 'Morning Joe' in New York in June JULY 13, 2018 BY CHRISTINA STEUBE Kailyn Mae Mahoney, who is set to graduate officially from the University of Mississippi in August, is spending her summer behind the bright production lights on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” talk show. ...
2018 Evers Research Scholar Chosen
2018 Evers Research Scholar Chosen
JUNE 1, 2018 Telisha Dionne Bailey (PhD history '15), a post-doctoral teaching fellow at the University of Virginia, has been named the 2018 Medgar and Myrlie Evers Research Scholar. Bailey’s research examines the complex and often overlooked history of the imprisonment of African American women in Mississippi between 1890 and ...
Arianne Hartono Aces Academics and Athletics
Arianne Hartono Aces Academics and Athletics
After winning the NCAA singles tennis championship, the UM graduate is going pro JUNE 29, 2018 BY BENITA WHITEHORN University of Mississippi student-athlete Arianne Hartono has faced such challenges as recuperating from a broken wrist her freshman year and missing as many as three out of five days of classes ...
University Honors Thad Cochran with Mississippi Humanitarian Award
University Honors Thad Cochran with Mississippi Humanitarian Award
Former senator known as 'The Quiet Persuader' helped shape state as well as his alma mater MAY 14, 2018 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM During its 165th Commencement on Saturday, the University of Mississippi honored former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran with its Mississippi Humanitarian Award, which is presented only rarely to exceptional figures who ...
Go Forth and Prosper: Croft Alumni Take on the World
Go Forth and Prosper: Croft Alumni Take on the World
Six graduates reflect on their experience MAY 8, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART On a Saturday afternoon in May 2001, the first five graduates of the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi received their diplomas. The group included the program’s very first graduate, Lauren Michelle Gent, a Gulfport native who had ...
Award Recipients to be Recognized During Black Alumni Reunion Gala
Award Recipients to be Recognized During Black Alumni Reunion Gala
Alumni Association to present slate of honors at sold-out event FEBRUARY 24, 2018 BY MDIGGS The Ole Miss Alumni Association is recognizing 13 distinguished alumni as part the University of Mississippi’s 2018 Black Alumni Reunion. The awards include the Dr. Jeanette Jennings “Trailblazer” Award, The Rev. Wayne Johnson Community and ...
Croft Alumni Panel
Croft Alumni Panel
Last autumn, the Croft Institute for International Studies welcomed back three former students to interact with current students. Jessica Bryant (2007), Anthony Yuen (2008), and Erin Callahan (2010) spoke about their careers and shared insights about realizing their professional goals. They all earned similar graduate degrees, but now use ...
Alumni Host HGTV Hit
Alumni Host HGTV Hit
When Erin and Ben Napier aren’t restoring historic homes on HGTV’s hit series Home Town, the couple keeps busy operating a shop that sells heirloom wares and durable goods made in the USA. On the program, the couple helps new residents find and renovate homes in Laurel while showing ...
VIDEO: Governor
VIDEO: Governor’s Freedom Award
William F. Winter, alumnus (BA history and political science ’43, JD law ’49) and editor of the Mississippi Law Journal; army infantry officer; former representative, treasurer, lieutenant governor, and governor of Mississippi; and lifelong champion of all Mississippians, received the prestigious Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum ...
Warnick Named Asst. VP for Student Success
Warnick Named Asst. VP for Student Success
JUNE 2, 2017  |  Courtesy of Arkansas Tech University  Dr. Jason Warnick, associate professor of psychology and a member of the Arkansas Tech University faculty since 2006, has been selected to serve in the role of assistant vice president for student success at ATU effective July 1, 2017. “Dr. Warnick possesses ...
Doctoral Alumna Uses Math for Public Good
Doctoral Alumna Uses Math for Public Good
In 2014, Carla Cotwright-Williams (PhD mathematics '06) worked as the technical lead on a million-dollar federal contract to assess data quality in a Department of Homeland Security data system, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. At present, she serves as the Hardy-Apfel IT Fellow for the Social Security Administration. She ...
Former Governor’s Honorarium Sparks Crowdfunding Campaign
Former Governor’s Honorarium Sparks Crowdfunding Campaign
Donations will be matched to reach $20,000 goal to support UM Winter Institute OCTOBER 19, 2016 BY STAFF REPORT In connection with the annual Freedom Award ceremonies, the University of Mississippi is launching #WinterLegacy, a $20,000 crowdfunding campaign to cement the legacy of former Gov. William F. Winter (BA history and political science '43 ...
Alumni Association Honors Distinguished Alumni at Homecoming
Alumni Association Honors Distinguished Alumni at Homecoming
Group lauded at reception and on the field during Memphis game October 4, 2016  |  BY JIM URBANEK The University of Mississippi Alumni Association awarded seven distinguished alumni with its highest annual honors as part of Homecoming activities. Inductees into the Alumni Hall of Fame for 2016 are: David E. Brevard (BA ...
UM Graduate Wins Elizabeth George Foundation Fellowship
UM Graduate Wins Elizabeth George Foundation Fellowship
Rachel Smith plans to use time to complete book of stories about interconnected characters JUNE 16, 2016 | BY MICHAEL NEWSOM Rachel Smith, a 2012 graduate of the University of Mississippi Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, has received an Elizabeth George Foundation fellowship, which will allow her ...
UM Graduate Nina Cole Garguilo Wins Grammy Award
UM Graduate Nina Cole Garguilo Wins Grammy Award
Performs as part of acclaimed choral ensemble APRIL 18, 2016 | BY MACKENZIE QUICK Nina Cole Garguilo, a 2011 University of Mississippi graduate with a bachelor of music, has added “Grammy winner” to her list of accomplishments. A member of the Phoenix Chorale of Arizona, Garguilo shared in the group’s 2015 ...
Humanitarians at Heart: Dr. Bob and Mary Ellen Warner
Humanitarians at Heart: Dr. Bob and Mary Ellen Warner
Warners designate gifts for undergraduate and medical scholarships and Alumni Association  December 11, 2015 Dr. Bob and Mary Ellen Warner always manage to find a way to serve others — even on vacation. “Herb, Dixie, Mary Ellen and I had a little routine,” Bob Warner said, referring to Herb Dewees, former Ole ...
Sen. Thad Cochran Receives Geographic Visionary Award
Sen. Thad Cochran Receives Geographic Visionary Award
Honor presented Oct. 15 at annual MGA luncheon in Jackson OCTOBER 13, 2015 | By WILLIAM M. HAMILTON U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (BA ‪psychology‬ '55) received the Mississippi Geographic Alliance Geographic Visionary Award at an Oct. 15 luncheon in Jackson. The Geographic Visionary Award was created to honor a Mississippi business ...
Alumna Armintie Price Herrington
Alumna Armintie Price Herrington
June 2, 2015 | By Ole Miss Sports Ole Miss Women's Basketball takes a look at their Ole Miss All-American former player and a current member of the WNBA's Washington Mystics Armintie Price Herrington (BA liberal studies '07). Click here to watch video interview. Most fans remember her as a scrappy ...
Alumni Association to Honor Distinguished Graduates
Alumni Association to Honor Distinguished Graduates
Group to be lauded at Friday reception and on the field at Saturday's Homecoming game OCTOBER 6, 2015 | By STAFF REPORT The University of Mississippi Alumni Association is awarding its highest annual honors to seven distinguished alumni as part of Homecoming 2015 activities. Inductees into the Alumni Hall of ...
Jimmy Thomas: Influencing Writing Through Southern Culture
Jimmy Thomas: Influencing Writing Through Southern Culture
By Ellen Whitaker | Courtesy of The Daily Mississippian Rebel Guide: Orientation 2015 Wander through the maze of Barnard Observatory, past multiple rows of dark wood bookcases, and begin at the base of the curved stairwell, not the main one, but the one off to the right. Climb two sets ...
SouthDocs VIDEO: Lee McCarty, So Wonderfully Connected
SouthDocs VIDEO: Lee McCarty, So Wonderfully Connected
August 19, 2015 The Center for the Study of Southern Culture's Southern Documentary Project presents Ole Miss Alumni Association Hall of Fame inductee Lee McCarty (‪art, chemistry‬, physics) talking McCarty Pottery and the creative life. Lee McCarty is the cofounder of McCarty Pottery. Born in 1923, McCarty grew up in Merigold, and ...
Alumnus Douglas Odom Using Talents at AmeriCorps VISTA
Alumnus Douglas Odom Using Talents at AmeriCorps VISTA
His goals revolve around helping improve education, life in Mississippi AUGUST 15, 2015 | By GRACE SCHAPER Students are encouraged to engage in community service as part of the learning experience at the University of Mississippi. Douglas Odom, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and classics in 2013, ...
Dr. Alan Partin To Be Inducted in UM Hall of Fame
Dr. Alan Partin To Be Inducted in UM Hall of Fame
Congratulations to Dr. Alan Partin, (BA ‪chemistry‬ '83) of Baltimore, Maryland, an inductee into the 2015 Ole Miss Alumni Association Hall of Fame! A professor of urology, oncology and pathology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Partin's areas of clinical expertise include prognosis prediction and surgical treatment ...
Mary Ann Connell To Be Inducted in UM Hall of Fame
Mary Ann Connell To Be Inducted in UM Hall of Fame
Congratulations to Mary Ann Strong Connell (BA English and history '59) of Oxford, an inductee into the 2015 Ole Miss Alumni Association Hall of Fame! She practices law with Mayo Mallette, PLLC. She served as university attorney for the University of Mississippi from 1982 to 2003 and as school board attorney ...
Alumnus Achieves Success on Capitol Hill
Alumnus Achieves Success on Capitol Hill
An education from the University of Mississippi can lead to success anywhere, and UM graduate Stephen Worley is a perfect example. Worley is deputy communications director for the Senate Appropriations Committee, a committee chaired by another UM alumnus, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, in Washington, D.C. The Jackson native works daily to provide ...
UM Honors First Doctoral Recipient in English
UM Honors First Doctoral Recipient in English
Kenneth Holditch presents lecture at annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference JULY 20, 2015 | BY NATHAN WEBER The University of Mississippi honored its first doctoral recipient in English, Kenneth Holditch, during his presentation at the 2015 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference. Holditch, a professor emeritus of English at the University of New ...
Southern Living: 50 People Who Are Changing the South in 2015
Southern Living: 50 People Who Are Changing the South in 2015
Alumna Maude Schuyler Clay (art) is one of Southern Living magazine's 50 People Who Are Changing the South in 2015. "We surveyed the region to find the movers-and-shakers who are shaping the South with community-minded ideas and projects. "Since the 1980s, she has documented Mississippi through moving photographs represented ...
VIDEO: Emmy Winning Documentary
VIDEO: Emmy Winning Documentary
Film examines political life and achievements of former Governor William Winter JUNE 3, 2015  |  By STAFF REPORT https://vimeo.com/99571527 A University of Mississippi film that chronicles former Gov. William Winter’s role as a leader in education reform, economic development and racial reconciliation has won an Emmy for best historical documentary by ...
Alumnus Is First Mississippian to Land German Chancellor Fellowship
Alumnus Is First Mississippian to Land German Chancellor Fellowship
Deeneaus Polk plans to use yearlong opportunity to study workforce and vocational educational systems JUNE 2, 2015  |  By CHRISTINA STEUBE Deeneaus Polk, a 2011 University of Mississippi graduate, has been selected for an exclusive German Chancellor Fellowship that will take him to Germany for a year of study and ...
Top New Business: Cotton’s Café Takes $10K Prize
Top New Business: Cotton’s Café Takes $10K Prize
Alumna Janet McCarty (BA art '14) won first place in the AdvoCare Entrepreneur Challenge for her idea to sell homemade, healthy dog treats May 24, 2015 | BY ALYSSA SCHNUGG Courtesy of The Oxford Eagle  When Janet McCarty brought home the tiny abandoned dog that she later named Cotton, she ...
Alumni Profile: Susan Carter Hall
Alumni Profile: Susan Carter Hall
An excerpt of Annie Rhoades' profile for the Ole Miss Alumni Association:  While painting is a hobby for many, few are able to parlay their passion into a successful career as an artist. But for alumna Susan Carter Hall (BA art history '00), artist and oil painter, that’s how it all panned ...
Moon Landing Scientist Speaks to Students
Moon Landing Scientist Speaks to Students
Josephine Howard offers problem-solving advice APRIL 29, 2015 | BY DENNIS IRWIN A veteran scientist who helped the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) achieve one of the crowning achievements of the 20th century visited the University of Mississippi recently to challenge students to face life’s problems by first checking ...
VIDEO: Opera Theatre
VIDEO: Opera Theatre’s Hamlet World Premiere
https://vimeo.com/124869752 Adaptation is latest work by acclaimed UM alumna Nancy Van de Vate APRIL 16, 2015 | BY CHRISTINA STEUBE The University of Mississippi Opera Theatre Ensemble presented the world premiere of “Hamlet: Prince of Denmark” April 18, 2015 at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The opera, composed ...
The Clarion Ledger: Elise Winter: A Lifetime of Giving
The Clarion Ledger: Elise Winter: A Lifetime of Giving
April 11, 2015 | Excerpts from Billy Watkins' story in The Clarion-Ledger "...doing for others is what Elise Winter (BA history and political science), the wife of former Gov. William Winter, is all about. On Monday, she will receive the 2015 Governor's Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Lifetime Achievement Award at a ...
D.T. Shackelford Wins 2014 Wuerffel Trophy
D.T. Shackelford Wins 2014 Wuerffel Trophy
DECEMBER 9, 2014 | BY JOEY JONES, OLE MISS ATHLETICS MEDIA RELATIONS Former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel announced Tuesday that the winner of the 2014 Wuerffel Trophy is linebacker Deterrian Shackelford (BA history '12). The All Sports Association presents the Wuerffel Trophy to the Football Bowl Subdivision football ...
Alumnus Honored by Navy for Science and Technology Achievements
Alumnus Honored by Navy for Science and Technology Achievements
NOVEMBER 19, 2014   |   BY UM COMMUNICATIONS STAFF REPORT A University of Mississippi graduate has earned the National Defense Industrial Association Bronze Medal for Achievements in Science and Technology. Kerry Commander (BS physics and mathematics ’80, PhD physics ’85), a Clarksdale native who also earned a master’s ...
Alumnus Manages Pop Star
Alumnus Manages Pop Star’s Career
Meet Bradford Cobb (BA English ’96), partner with Direct Management Group and manager for one of the biggest names in music, Katy Perry. Cobb is quick to credit one professor in particular who served a key role in both his education and career path. “Dr. Colby Kullman had a ...