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Organization Provides Support for Oxford Book Conference

JANUARY 26, 2024 In honor of its upcoming 30th year, the Oxford Conference for the Book has received a surprise gift from Hawthornden Foundation. Jimmy Thomas, director of the conference, which is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, welcomed–
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Alumna Mary Louise Rosenbush made a $125,000 gift to the University of Mississippi in support of the Grove Scholars program

A Cheerful Giver

UM Alumna Establishes Endowment to Support Grove Scholars JANUARY 11, 2024 BY BILL DABNEY/UM FOUNDATION Mary Louise Rosenbush is a cheerful giver, especially knowing that her major gift to the University of Mississippi will support students who share her values: humble beginnings, hard work and–
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A gift from the Kelly Gene Cook Charitable Foundation will help provide laboratory facilities in the Jim and Thomas Duff Center for Science and Technology Innovation at the University of Mississippi. One of the laboratories will be named for Kelly Gene Cook Sr.

Supporting STEM

Dallas Couple’s Gift Recognized with Chemistry Lab in Their Honor JANUARY 9, 2023 BY BILL DABNEY/UM FOUNDATION A major gift to the University of Mississippi from alumnus Waddell Mashburn and his wife, Sally, will support the teaching of chemistry in lab courses housed in the Jim and Thomas Duff–
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Grove Scholars Promotes Equity

Investments Sought to Expand Proven UM Program JANUARY 8, 2024 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT The University of Mississippi Grove Scholars program — which helps Mississippians from underrepresented demographic groups earn degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) or health–
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Mia McKey, left, and Ross Cohen

A Greener Community

UM Student Turns Classroom Project into Real-World Impact DECEMBER 8, 2023 BY REAGAN COLLINS/UM DEVELOPMENT What began as a University of Mississippi class project has evolved into a campus-wide initiative to keep discarded clothing out of landfills and into the hands of people who need it. Through–
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Ken Lackey of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and his wife, Carol

Encouraging Advanced Education

Couple’s Gift Establishes Fund to Support Doctoral Students in Mathematics NOVEMBER 27, 2023 BY BILL DABNEY/UM FOUNDATION With a $100,000 gift, University of Mississippi alumnus Ken Lackey of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and his wife, Carol, hope to enhance UM’s R1 mission by supporting doctoral stipends for–
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50 Years of Significant Support

University of Mississippi Foundation Bolsters Ole Miss with $1 Billion NOVEMBER 16, 2023 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT As the University of Mississippi Foundation (UMF) commemorates its 50th anniversary, it celebrates the $1 billion investment it has made on behalf of Ole Miss from unrestricted and–
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Dustin Todd

Alumnus Helps Improve Facilities for Ole Miss Student-Athletes

Dustin Todd cites myriad of experiences, importance of athletics for regional economy as motivators NOVEMBER 4, 2023 BY BILL DABNEY A young University of Mississippi graduate’s desire to give back to his alma mater was borne from a myriad of experiences, including memorable football games he–
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SPRUGEONS

In Support of Singing

Former Music Professors Hope Gift Will Attract Top Vocal Performers and Future Choral Music Educators to Ole Miss OCTOBER 30, 2023 BY BILL DABNEY/UM FOUNDATION Debra and Alan Spurgeon of Oxford, Mississippi, met in their college choir, and ever since choral music has been the focus of their life–
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Bruce Levingston (left), the Chancellor’s Honors College Artist-in-Residence and holder of the Lester Glenn Fant Chair at the University of Mississippi, was recently honored with a generous gift by Harriet (center) and Warren Stephens (right) of Little Rock, Arkansas. The gift will support the arts and humanities at Ole Miss.

Supporting the Arts and Humanities at UM

Harriet and Warren Stephens Honor UM Artist-in-Residence Bruce Levingston with Gift SEPTEMBER 12, 2023 BY JONATHAN SCOTT/UM DEVELOPMENT A generous gift from Warren and Harriet Stephens through the Warren A. Stephens Trust of Little Rock, Arkansas, honors Bruce Levingston, the Chancellor’s Honors–
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