Kickoff Time Set For Ole Miss-Boise State Season Opener

Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss’ 2014 season opener against Boise State on Thursday, Aug. 28 will kick off at 8 p.m. ET/7 CT and be televised by ESPN, the network announced Wednesday.

The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, which will start the 2014 college football season, will be played in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome.

Ole Miss’ first two games of the 2014 season will be played at NFL stadiums. The Georgia Dome is home to the Atlanta Falcons, while LP Field (site of the Sept. 6 SEC opener vs. Vanderbilt) is home to the Tennessee Titans.

Ole Miss and Boise State will meet in football for the first time. The Rebels will begin their season on a Thursday for the second straight year. They defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores 39-35 in a thrilling come-from-behind effort last year in Nashville.

For tickets, visit OleMissTix.com or call 888-REBS-TKTS.

Jorge Named SEC Freshman Of The Week

Portugal Native Helps Rebels Knock Off No. 10 Texas A&M

Ole Miss Men's Tennis vs Texas A&M on Friday, April 11th, 2014 at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center in Oxford, MS.

Ole Miss Men’s Tennis vs Texas A&M on Friday, April 11th, 2014 at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center in Oxford, MS.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – On the heels of a huge win by the Ole Miss men’s tennis team last Friday to close out the SEC home schedule, Ricardo Jorge was named the SEC Freshman of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday.

Jorge (Tavira, Portugal) went 5-1 in singles and doubles last week to help the Rebels to a perfect 6-0 week, including the win over No. 10 Texas A&M in Coach Chadwick’s last SEC home match of his career.  It also marked the Rebels’ first top-10 win of the season.

After a loss at No. 2 doubles against the Aggies, Jorge rebounded to win his singles match in straight sets at No. 5 singles to give the Rebels a 2-0 lead.  Against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Jorge played No. 1 singles for the first time ever.   He improved to 11-5 overall, 6-3 at No. 5 singles.

Ole Miss will be in Nashville, Tenn., this week for the SEC Tournament Championship.  The Rebels will face sixth-seeded Tennessee in the second round Thursday at 9 a.m.

Follow the Rebels on Twitter, @OleMissMTennis and on Facebook at OleMissMTennis.

8 Photos That Prove Ole Miss Has the Most ‘Instagrammable’ Campus

Way back when the venerable Olmsted family of architects conceived a master plan for the Ole Miss campus, they probably never knew their designs would one day align perfectly with the values of one of the fast-growing social networks today: Instagram.

Ole Miss is easily the most ‘Instagrammable’ campus in the country. Don’t believe me? Check out these eight photos.

WaterTower 1. Fall is one of the prettiest times to be on campus and there’s no feeling quite like experiencing the colors of the season during the week that the colors turn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trashcans2. Do you see a Grove full of plastic trash cans? Not me. I see the beginning of football season and the Grove being prepped for the revelry that is Ole Miss Football.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

33. Even on gloomy days, campus is gorgeous. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the university claims three champion trees (this Northern Catalpa sits next to the Student Union).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

44. UM Communications Specialist Dennis Irwin was in the right place (on top of Shoemaker Hall) at the right time (before 6 a.m.) prior to the Ole Miss vs. Arkansas football game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

55. There’s something special about snow in Mississippi. While it doesn’t happen too often, when my colleague Michael Newsom braved the cold earlier this year to capture these images of a snow-filled Circle and Grove, it was Instagram gold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

66. When you think of Spring at Ole Miss, the daffodils in front of Barnard Observatory are a sign that brighter days are ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

77. Not my view every day, but it’s a great one to have over in the Lyceum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

88. A view we all remember (or look forward to) all too well. The thousands of chairs prepared for Commencement create some of the most interesting angles on campus and trigger memories of past leaders to have occupied these same chairs in previous years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of these photos were taken by University Communications representatives (believe it or not!). For more awesome shots of campus and the Ole Miss community, check us out on Instagram!

Top 10 Ole Miss-related Twitter Accounts You Should be Following

The Top 10 Ole Miss-related Twitter accounts you should be following

The Top 10 Ole Miss-related Twitter accounts you should be following

If you haven’t already figured it out, I’m a big fan of social media and I would be remiss if I didn’t talk a little bit about Twitter. For those of you who may not yet have adopted it (shame on you for allowing MySpace to live this long), it’s a medium that essentially makes our world smaller. Wanna see something cool? Check out this interactive Twitter usage world map.

I won’t bore you as I wax poetically about how cool Twitter is, but I wanted to share with you my Top 10 Ole Miss-related accounts that keep me up-to-date on all the goings-on around campus.

You may ask, “Ryan, what makes a Twitter account great?” When I’m considering following someone, I look for quality, accurate information, good photos, and better content. I also love sports, so you’ll see a pattern. We’ll do this Late Show-style, but there’s no particular order.

10. @RedCupRebellion – This often sarcastic (but always relevant) account puts you in the shoes of die-hard Rebel fans who have a knack for content. They’re always tweeting links to their blog, http://www.redcuprebellion.com/, and talk a lot of truth.

9. @UMFordCenter – Good updates and show announcements from the Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts. Prior to the birth of Twitter, there would have been plenty of times I would have missed some epic acts on campus, but not anymore.

8. @RebVoice – A world-class announcer who has chronicled classic Ole Miss moments for more than 30 years, David Kellum even shares some great photos from field-level prior to and after big games. Check out his call from the Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt basketball game back in 2013.

7. @OleMissPres –  Should you ever need to know what’s affecting students on campus, this account for the acting Ole Miss Associated Student Body President should be your source.

6. @CoachHughFreeze – Each morning, I wake up and am greeted on Twitter with tweets of inspiration from Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze. Ever met a Twitter-savvy coach? They are few and far between, but Coach Freeze is certainly one of them. We’re lucky to have him in our social circle.

5. @OleMissRebels – I know, I know. How dare I include the official university Twitter account run by our department? I would respond by saying we try to share things that interest the entire Ole Miss community.

4. @OleMissPix – Love photography? Ole Miss Athletics photographer Josh McCoy attends nearly every home (and many away) sporting events and shares many of his photos via Twitter. He even catches some non-athletic activities during athletic events, which is definitely unique.

3. @potlikker – When photography, Twitter, southern food and beverages meet, it’s an amalgamation of amazing-ness which comes in the form of the official account of the Southern Foodways Alliance.

2. @thedm_news – Always willing to tackle the tough issues, the Ole Miss student-run newspaper (The Daily Mississippian) breaks news that campus constituents care about. A good feed to follow for a balance of sports, news, editorial and features content.

1. @OleMissAlumni – They give away free stuff, share Instagram photos from around campus and they overuse the hashtag #hottytoddy. What more could you ask for?

 

Manning Family Honored at Dedication

Ole Miss Cuts Ribbon to Officially Open Newly Renovated Manning Center

The Manning Center dedication on Friday, April 4th, 2014 in Oxford, MS.

The Manning Center dedication on Friday, April 4th, 2014 in Oxford, MS.

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss Football was built on a foundation of great leaders, great tradition and great performers. On Friday, the Rebels honored all three with the official dedication of the Olivia and Archie Manning Athletics Performance Center.

In honor of their extraordinary contributions to the University of Mississippi, Ole Miss Athletics named the newly renovated Indoor Practice Facility the Olivia and Archie Manning Athletics Performance Center, which was announced prior to the Rebels’ 2013 football home opener.

“It’s a perfect name,” Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork said. “The Manning name embodies the spirit and family atmosphere that is Ole Miss.

“Olivia and Archie. What better names to go on this building, not only from a football perspective, but from a leadership perspective.”

The renovation and expansion of the Manning Center was made possible by gifts to the Forward Together Campaign. In partnership with Ole Miss Athletics, the Manning family and the family of Billy Van Devender made significant contributions to the campaign in order to honor Olivia and Archie Manning in this special way.

“Archie and I want to thank Chancellor Dan Jones and the entire Ole Miss administration,” Olivia said. “We want to express our appreciation to Ross Bjork and everyone in the athletic department. Archie and Billy Van Devender have been best friends for 47 years. We are so grateful to the Van Devender family and our children for their role in making this possible.

“Archie and I feel that having our name on this beautiful facility is the greatest honor we have ever had. We are excited that it will be instrumental in recruiting top student-athletes to Ole Miss and will play a major role in their development while on campus. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Located beside the South End Zone of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, the Rebels moved into the spectacular $18 million multi-purpose structure in fall 2004. As part of the Forward Together campaign, a $12.5 million renovation and expansion of the Manning Center commenced in early 2013 and was completed this spring.

“One of my favorite quotes to use in a time like this is, ‘a university’s greatest treasure is its names.’ Today, on this campus, we recognize the association of the university with great Ole Miss names,” Jones said. “These families who are represented here today are being recognized because they demonstrated and committed their love for the University of Mississippi, and we extend appreciation by offering an opportunity for their names to be associated with the university in perpetuity.”

Among the upgrades was the construction of a full kitchen and dining hall that is part of the Ole Miss dining program and open to every student, faculty and staff member. The facility provides a nutrition center for all Ole Miss student-athletes. The Roland and Cheryl Burns Team Meeting Room was constructed on the north end of the facility lawn between the building and the south end zone of Vaught Hemingway Stadium. It seats approximately 200, doubling the capacity of the previous team room, and the meeting area was outfitted with state-of-the-art audio/video equipment and coaching software. Adjacent to the team room is a new head coach’s office, putting all of the staff on the same level in the renovated coaching suite.

With the construction of the team room, a new front door and recruiting room was erected on the site of the old team room and pays tribute to the contributions of Ben Williams and James Reed, Ole Miss’ first two African-American football student-athletes. The Williams-Reed Football Foyer celebrates the rich tradition of Rebel football with recruits, alumni and fans with interactive exhibits and memorable images from the program’s history.

The existing weight room was expanded on the east side of the Manning Center, widening the area by 2,000 square feet. On the west side, the locker room was overhauled and enhanced to include new player lounges and renamed the Van Devender Family Foundation Locker Room. Also, the Mattingly Family Equipment Room has been renamed to honor the memory of the late Thomas J. Mattingly and his family. AECOM, CDFL and Tipton & Associates were the architects of the renovations and expansions to the Manning Center.

The Best Advice You Could Ever Get About Reaching College Students

And no, it's not from us

Addie McGowan, a team member at Bigfish Creative in Memphis, Tenn. since 2010, talks social giving and how to monetize social media with the Oxford/Ole Miss chapter of PRAM on Wednesday, March 26.

Addie McGowan, a team member at Bigfish Creative in Memphis, Tenn. since 2010, talks social giving and how to monetize social media with the Oxford/Ole Miss chapter of PRAM on Wednesday, March 26.

My colleagues and I are always trying to develop professionally. Thankfully, we’re allowed the opportunity to participate in the Oxford/Ole Miss chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi.

Each month, we meet to hear from guest speakers from a variety of different backgrounds throughout the public relations field. Recently, we heard from someone with an outstanding knowledge of social giving.

Addie McGowan oversees all the social goings-on at Bigfish Creative, a marketing/web development firm located in the swanky digs of Minglewood Hall in Memphis. More importantly, Addie and the folks at Bigfish have an incredible knack at developing online giving sites that actually elicit a response from their clients’ patrons – an act that is incredibly difficult to achieve in the non-profit world. 

Not only did Addie discuss some of Bigfish’s work with their clients (check it out, pretty cool), but she also talked about how we, as an institution, can better relate to our audiences. My big takeaway from her presentation came in the form of this quote:

“Treat your alumni like students and your students like alumni.”

That’s a pretty earth-shattering quote (for me, at least). At its core, it means that as institution, we should be constantly reminding ourselves that our alumni loved their time on campus and love to be reminded. Meanwhile, our students today will be the alumni of tomorrow and audience upon which we will rely.

So thanks to Addie for being such a great presenter and here’s to more cool PRAM speakers this spring.

Ole Miss Women’s Basketball Seniors To Participate at Final Four Combine

Jenkins, McFarland Moore to Play at Combine in Nashville

Ole Miss Women's Basketball vs Mississippi State on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 at the C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford, MS.

Ole Miss Women’s Basketball vs Mississippi State on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 at the C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford, MS.

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss seniors Kenyotta Jenkins, Valencia McFarland and Diara Moore have been invited to participate at the Pro Hoops Combine in Nashville on Saturday (April 5) in conjunction with the 2014 Women’s NCAA Final Four.

The Pro Hoops combine is an invitation only event that provides some of the top collegiate seniors to be seen by WNBA coaches and staff members in advance of the WNBA Draft held on April 14 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. Additionally, international coaches will be on hand during the event.

Jenkins and Moore both provided some memorable moments during the 2013-14 campaign. Jenkins will be remembered for her tip-in to send the Rebels to an 87-85 win over Mississippi State, giving Ole Miss its first SEC victory. Jenkins also sealed Ole Miss’ win over Arkansas in the SEC Tournament with another tip-in. Moore posted 10.2 points per game and tied her career high with 25 points against Tulane and closed her collegiate career with a career-high eight assists against Auburn in the SEC Tournament.

McFarland closed her collegiate career as one of the best to play at Ole Miss. She closed her career with 1,655 points and graduates as the No. 6 scorer in program history.  The Edwards, Miss., native scored 20 or more points on 15 occasions this season and closed the season with double figures in each of Ole Miss’ last nine games.  McFarland joins former Ole Miss great Armintie Price as the only Rebels to lead their team in steals in four consecutive years and is one of five players with 1,000 points and 500 assists. McFarland is also a two-time finalist for the C Spire/Gillom Trophy, awarded to the top women’s basketball player in Mississippi.
For all Ole Miss women’s basketball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com, and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissWBB, Facebook at Ole Miss WBB and on Instagram at Ole Miss_WBB.   Fans can also follow Ole Miss women’s basketball head coach Matt Insell on Twitter at @minsell.

Rebels Set For Final Homestand

Matches Part Of Regions Bank Grove Bowl Festivities

Ole Miss Women's Tennis vs Memphis on Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Oxford, MS.

Ole Miss Women’s Tennis vs Memphis on Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Oxford, MS.

OXFORD, Miss. – The No. 24 nationally ranked Ole Miss women’s tennis team gets ready for a three-match homestand against No. 44 South Carolina, No. 7 Florida, and University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, as part of the Regions Bank Grove Bowl festivities this weekend. It will also be the final home matches for senior Caroline Rohde-Moe.

“It’s always exciting when you have a lot of people on campus for a big weekend,” head coach Mark Beyers said.  “Hopefully some of them will find their way over to the tennis center either Friday afternoon or Sunday after church and hopefully we can get a couple wins this weekend.”

The Rebels are coming off their 25th consecutive win against Mississippi State last weekend, downing the Bulldogs 4-2. This marked the Rebels fourth straight SEC win bringing them to 5-4 in league play.

Fans coming to Friday’s match at 3 p.m. against South Carolina will enjoy free chicken tenders between doubles and singles.  One lucky fan will win a free tennis racquet as well.

South Carolina comes into the match 12-8 overall, 3-6 in SEC play. The Gamecocks are led by Elixane Lechemia, who comes in ranked 117th.

“We have two really good teams coming in here,” Beyers said. “South Carolina struggled for awhile this season, but they’ve really picked it up lately. They beat LSU and Arkansas this past weekend, which is no easy feat.  They’re going to come in like us, pretty confident.  It will be interesting to see which team can carry on the winning streak.”

Sunday’s doubleheader begins at 11 a.m. when the Rebel’s take on Florida. Fans will receive Ole Miss tennis glasses and another chance to win a free tennis racquet.

Florida comes into the weekend with an overall record of 14-4 and 7-2 in the SEC. They are coming off two home wins this past weekend against Arkansas and LSU. They are led by senior Sofie Oyen, who won her 100th career singles match last weekend as well.

“Obviously Florida is one of the top programs in the country,” Beyers said. “I feel like we can compete with anybody, we’ve shown that against Georgia and Vanderbilt. Even though we came up a little short in those matches, the girls have shown that they can compete with those teams.”

Following the Florida match, Ole Miss will play Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a non-conference match starting not before 3pm.

The Rebels are looking to improve their SEC record and pick up three more wins as they close out the regular season home schedule.

Rohde-Moe has played every match in the top half of the lineup during her career and has helped lead the Rebels to the NCAA Championships each of her years as well as earned All-SEC honors twice.  Off the court, she is an outstanding student.  A member of the Honors College, Rohde-Moe has been named an ITA Scholar-Athlete twice, is a finalist for the Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year and will receive a Taylor Medal, the highest academic honor at the University of Mississippi.

Beyers talked about what Rohde-Moe has meant to the program on and off the court.

“Caroline has had a great career; she’s meant so much to this program. It’s hard to replace somebody like her with that kind of energy and everything she does for our program. Hopefully we can have a good last few weeks of the regular season and a great NCAA Tournament, so we can extend her career as long as possible.  The awards she’s won academically are unbelievable.  She’s the total package as far as the student-athlete goes.”

Admission to all home matches is free.

Henderson To Compete In State Farm 3-Point Championship

Ole Miss Men's Basketball vs Mississippi State on January 25th, 2014 at the C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford, MS.

Ole Miss Men’s Basketball vs Mississippi State on January 25th, 2014 at the C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford, MS.

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss senior Marshall Henderson has been selected to compete in the State Farm College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships Thursday at Moody Coliseum on the SMU campus in Dallas.

Henderson, the SEC single-season 3 point record holder, is among eight men’s and eight women’s 3-point shooters selected to compete in the event, which is held in conjunction with the men’s NCAA Final Four. The slam dunk championship portion of the competition will also feature eight of the top dunkers in the nation.

The State Farm College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships will be televised nationally on ESPN on Thursday night, April 3, from 8 pm-10 pm leading into Final Four weekend, and will air several additional times throughout the weekend. Past participants and champions who went on to play in the NBA include Steve Nash, Gary Payton, Kyle Korver, Steve Novak, Dahntay Jones, Jason Maxiell, and Isaiah Canaan among others.

Spring Concert Change

Nelly to headline Grove concert on Friday, April 4

Grammy Award-winning artist Nelly will headline the Spring Concert in the Grove on Friday, April 4 at 8:30 p.m.

Grammy Award-winning artist Nelly will headline the Spring Concert in the Grove on Friday, April 4 at 8:30 p.m.

OXFORD, Miss. – The Student Activities Association welcomes Grammy Award-winning artist Nelly to the Grove on Friday, April 4, at 8:30 p.m. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Nelly’s latest album “M.O.” was released in 2013. His chart-topping hits have included “Country Grammar,” “Hot in Herre,” and “#1.” His recent hits include “Hey Porsche” and “Cruise” with the country group Florida Georgia Line. He has also been featured on-screen in The Longest Yard and C.S.I.: NY. He is currently ranked as the fourth best-selling rap artist in American music history by RIAA and has sold more than 21 million albums.

Due to a death in the family, Jason Derulo, who was originally scheduled to appear, will not perform.

Joining Nelly are special guests Travis Porter and Fly Panda. The concert is free and open to the University community and guests.

For more information or assistance related to a disability, please contact the Ole Miss Student Union at (662)915-1044 or union@olemiss.edu.

Each performer’s publicity information is listed below:

Nelly

Twitter: @Nelly_MO

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Nelly

Instagram: @Derrtymo

Website: www.nelly.net

Travis Porter

Twitter: @TravisPorter

Facebook: facebook.com/WhoIsTravisPorter

Website: www.wearetravisporter.com/

Fly Panda

Twitter: @FlyPandaFly

Facebook: facebook.com/FlyPandaMusic

Website: www.flypandamusic.com