Faculty and staff across campus share what they’re thankful for this holiday season.
Contest to feature 11 UM students at the Ford Center
OXFORD, Miss. – Eleven University of Mississippi students are set to vie for the title of Miss University 2014 next week at the annual Miss University pageant.
Set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 20) at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts, the pageant is hosted by the Student Activities Association and the Ole Miss Student Union. Tickets, available at the UM Box Office, are $10 for Ole Miss students (must show ID) and $15 for the general public.
The winner advances to the Miss Mississippi Scholarship Pageant, set for July in Vicksburg.
The pageant will be emceed by Caroline Conerly, reigning Miss University, and Chelsea Rick, Miss Mississippi 2013. Entertainment for the pageant will feature students from Oxford Ballet School as well as both Conerly and Rick. In addition to performing her talent from Miss America, Rick will speak about her reign as Miss Mississippi and her experience preparing for Miss America.Read the story …
REUTERS – Cardiologists are taking aim at treating and preventing heart disease, the world’s No. 1 killer, with a more personalized approach under a new research collaboration that will marry data with the evolving understanding of genetics.
The effort, being billed as Heart Studies v2.0 and which was announced on Sunday, will be a collaboration of the American Heart Association (AHA) along with Boston University and the University of Mississippi, which oversee ongoing landmark population studies, the Framingham Heart Study and the Jackson Heart Study, respectively.
Project builds upon NIH-funded Framingham and Jackson heart studies, targets "personalized medicine’
JACKSON, Miss. – A new collaborative research relationship between the American Heart Association, the University of Mississippi and Boston University, representing a bold vision for cardiovascular population science, was announced yesterday at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in Dallas.
The collaboration has a vision of greatly expanding important population studies by adding more research subjects, more diverse subjects, more genetic analysis and deeper new approaches to gathering information in an effort to find more “personalized” treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease. This project would help to build a “biobank” that researchers could easily access through a larger national network of population studies, including the landmark Framingham and Jackson heart studies.
“We will be transferring that success into 21st century genomics developments and network medicine,” said Joseph Loscalzo, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the American Heart Association’s Science Oversight Group for this collaboration.
While scientists seeking answers to heart disease, stroke and other major problems would have access to this information, protecting the confidentiality of study participants is a top priority. Successful large studies have over the years developed procedures to ensure people cannot be identified through their medical data, and those practices will continue in this new project.
Framingham is the longest-running U.S. heart study and has led to many important discoveries. The Jackson Heart Study is the largest study ever focused on risk factors among African-Americans – who face disproportionate risk for heart disease and stroke. The collaborative group, convened by the American Heart Association, has the temporary working name of “Heart Studies v2.0.”Read the story …
OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss and Kroger, in conjunction with the Mid-South Food Bank and the Mississippi Food Network, will be on hand during Saturday’s football game versus Arkansas to collect non-perishable food items or monetary donations to fight hunger in the area as part of the Million Meals Challenge.
Fans are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or a cash donation to the game. Every dollar raised supplies enough resources to feed eight people. Volunteers will be collecting donations at each main entry point of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Ole Miss and Kroger, in a collaborative effort with Memphis and Mississippi State, aims to provide one million meals for people in Mississippi and Western Tennessee fueled by significant involvement on and off campus, as well as through on-site collections at Kroger stores in Oxford, Starkville, and select locations in Memphis.
Mid-South Food Bank collects and distributes food to a network of more than 300 charitable feeding programs in west Tennessee, north Mississippi and east Arkansas. In 2011, Mid-South Food Bank distributed 10.3 million pounds of wholesome food and other grocery items to food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, youth programs, senior programs, rehabilitation and residential centers, daycares and schools. For more information, visit www.midsouthfoodbank.org.
Jackson-based Mississippi Food Network is the only food bank located in the state and serves more than 415 member agencies. More than 175,000 people are served and more than 1.5 million pounds of food distributed each month. For more information, visit www.msfoodnet.org.
For more information on this important initiative, please visit www.theMillionMealChallenge.com.
OXFORD, Miss. – Pride & Joy, the SFA’s feature documentary by Joe York, is coming to a small screen near you. So near you, in fact, that it’s probably in your living room. (For those of you who haven’t finished your coffee yet, we’re talking about your television.) Here are your chances to catch Pride & Joy on public television in November. Set your DVR and break out the popcorn—or potlikker! Watch the promo film from the University of Mississippi Media and Documentary Projects Center.
Los Angeles: Wed. 11/6, 8 pm, KLCS
Mississippi: Thurs. 11/7, 7 pm, MPB
Amarillo: Thurs. 11/7, 11 am and 4:30 pm, KENW
Charlotte: Thurs. 11/7, 10 pm, WTVI
St. Louis: Sun. 11/10, 4 pm, KETC
Alabama: Thurs. 11/14, 9 pm, AL Public Television
Norfolk: Thurs. 11/14, 10 pm, WHRO
Seattle: Fri. 11/15, noon, KCTS
San Antonio: Thurs. 11/21, 8 pm, KLRN
Las Vegas: Thurs. 11/21, 10 pm, Vegas PBS 2
Denver: Sun. 11/24, 2 pm, KRMA
San Francisco: Mon. 11/25, 10 pm, KQED Life
Tampa: Mon. 11/25, 11 pm, WEDU
Memphis: Mon. 11/25, 9 pm and midnight, WKNO
Baton Rouge: Mon. 11/25, 9 pm, LPB (this screening will reach most of Louisiana except for New Orleans)
Nashville: Tue. 11/26, 8 pm, WNPT
Tallahassee: Wed. 11/27, 8 pm, WFSU
Plattsburgh, NY/Burlington, VT: Wed. 11/27 at 10 pm and Thur. 11/28 at noon, Mountain Lake PBS
OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss Alumni Association announced its officers for 2013-14 during Homecoming festivities on campus.
Jimmy Brown (BBA 70) of Grenada was named president, a one-year term that changes each Homecoming. Brown oversees banking operations in North Mississippi for Regions Financial Corporation.
He has served 38 years with Regions, a top bank holding company headquartered in Birmingham. Prior to assuming his current duties in 1995, Brown was regional executive for North Mississippi. After joining Regions in 1975, he served as community bank president and commercial lender.
Brown serves on the Rust College Board of Trustees, the Boy Scouts of America Chickasaw Council Executive Committee and has previously served on the Mississippi Bankers Association Executive Committee.Read the story …
Women’s Basketball, Women’s Golf, Women’s Tennis, Soccer Post Perfect 100 GSR
OXFORD, Miss. — Seven of Ole Miss’ athletics teams scored above the national average in graduation success rate (GSR). Additionally, women’s basketball, women’s golf, soccer and women’s tennis registered a perfect 100 GSR.
“While all of the University of Mississippi’s Olympic sports and W. Basketball teams continue to graduate above the national average, we are most excited about the opportunity we have in the next years to become a national leader in our revenue sports,” said senior associate athletics director Derek Cowherd. “The student-athletes are working harder than ever before. They are concentrating on meeting the individual and team goals that we’ve set for them, and we have the support of the professors, the University, and athletics department to reach those goals in the coming years.”
Women’s tennis has achieved a perfect score in all nine years since the inception of the rating, while women’s golf received a perfect GSR for the fifth straight year.
Women’s basketball and soccer each earned a perfect GSR for the first time.
Including the four teams with a perfect GSR, men’s golf (86), men’s tennis (89) and volleyball (92) all posted scores above the national average of 81.
The GSR measures graduation rates at Division I institutions for student-athletes who entered college as freshmen in 2003-2006 and includes transfers into the institutions. The GSR also allows institutions to subtract student-athletes who leave their institutions prior to graduation as long as they would have been academically eligible to compete had they remained.
The NCAA GSR and the Academic Success Rate (ASR) were developed in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflected the mobility among college students today. Both rates improve on the federally mandated graduation rate by including students who were omitted from the federal calculation.
Long-term plan instituted by Astill will continue to guide parking on campus
In just over a year, the University of Mississippi’s first parking and transportation director Isaac Astill helped Ole Miss take steps to improve parking on campus, including significant increases in the use of public transit systems by the UM community and a plan for a new parking garage set to break ground in November.
On Nov. 15, Astill will step down to return to his home state as director of facilities for Tooele County in Utah, an opportunity to reunite with his extended family. Astill came to UM after serving as operations manager for commuter services at the University of Utah.
UM has opened a nationwide search to fill his position.