Free Family Law Clinic Set for UM

March 26 event provides assistance to north Mississippi residents on variety of legal matters

OXFORD, Miss. – A free family law clinic is set for March 26 at the University of Mississippi School of Law to assist self-represented plaintiffs in completing pleadings and presenting family law matters.

The Family Law Legal Clinic, scheduled for noon to 4 p.m., is conducted in partnership with the Pro Bono Initiative and the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project. UM holds the clinic twice a year.

Students participating in the clinic work with local attorneys to assist area residents. Types of cases handled at the clinics are divorce, child custody, child support, guardianship, adoption, name change and emancipation.

Clients who attend the clinic must be residents of Lafayette County or reside in counties within a one-hour radius of Oxford. Clients must also have incomes at or below 200 percent of the poverty level.

Potential clients must call MVLP at 601-960-9577 to determine if they are eligible for the free service. Walk-in appointments are not available.

For more information on the free family law clinic, contact Tommie Jean Brock at

Frizzell Named to SEC Community Service Team

Second consecutive honor for Ole Miss junior

Ole Miss Women's Basketball vs Alabama on January 11th, 2015 in Oxford, MS.

Ole Miss Women’s Basketball vs Alabama on January 11th, 2015 in Oxford, MS.

BIRMINGHAM— Ole Miss junior Gracie Frizzell (Little Rock, Arkansas) was named to the SEC Community Service Team it was announced on Thursday by the Southeastern Conference office. It is the second consecutive year the Little Rock, Arkansas native has represented Ole Miss on the team.

Frizzell and her teammates have taken the idea of service to new heights this season and spent lots of time in the fall volunteering throughout the greater Oxford and Lafayette county communities.

Along with her teammates Frizzell has done Reading With the Rebels, an annual program that takes place in conjunction with Ole Miss’ student-athlete development area, going into elementary schools in Oxford-Lafayette County and reading to elementary school classes to promote education and literacy. Frizzell has also teamed her teammates to play bingo and other games with residents at Oxford’s Graceland Care Center while also spending an afternoon in the fall helping to build walls on a house under construction with the Oxford – Lafayette County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Frizzell and her teammates, in conjunction with the Ole Miss athletic department, helped with tornado relief efforts for Columbus, Miss, which was hit with deadly tornadoes over the holiday. Frizzell’s dedication to service also extends to the summer months as she helped with basketball clinics with the Horizons Learning Program on the Ole Miss campus, to promote summer learning and retention for local Oxford youth.

This marks the 17th year for the SEC Community Service Team for women’s basketball as well as for men’s basketball. All league-sponsored sports have had a Community Service Team since 2004, with at-large teams for men’s and women’s sports being chosen from 1999-2003. The SEC began this concept with a football Community Service Team in 1994.

Honorees from other institutions include: Nikki Hegstetter, Alabama; Joey Bailey, Arkansas; Tra’Cee Tanner, Auburn; Brooke Copeland, Florida; Erika Ford, Georgia; Bria Goss, Kentucky; Ann Jones, LSU; Savannah Carter, Mississippi State; Morgan Eye, Missouri; Elem Ibiam, South Carolina; Cierra Burdick, Tennessee; Tori Scott, Texas A&M; Kendall Shaw, Vanderbilt.

Ole Miss closes out the regular-season home schedule tonight against LSU at 6 p.m. The team will honor seniors Tia Faleru, Danielle McCray and Amber Singletary. The Rebels close out the regular season on Sunday with a trip to Starkville to take on the No. 11/13 Mississippi State Bulldogs. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m., and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net.

For women’s basketball ticket information, go to or call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at 1-888-REB-TKTS (732-8587).

For all Ole Miss women’s basketball news and information, go to, 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.

Sartoris Literary Group Announces Release of UM Professor’s Novel

JACKSON, Mississippi – Sartoris Literary Group announces the release of Casey’s Last Chance by Joseph B. Atkins, available wherever fine books are sold. It will also be available in an eBook edition ($8.95).

Written by University of Mississippi journalism professor Joseph B. Atkins, Casey’s Last Chance has garnered high praise, including:

“Move over Greg Iles and make room for another novelist who traffics in treachery, wild rides, unreconstructed Nazis and rogue agents. In Casey’s Last Chance, Joseph B. Atkins establishes for himself a place in the top ranks of Southern gothic storytellers, with a cast of evil characters and a few good men and women to fight them.”—Curtis Wilkie, author of The Fall of the House of Zeus

“Joe Atkins’s Casey’s Last Chance is such pitch-perfect vintage noir, you can almost smell the cigarette burning in the ashtray, a woman’s perfume drifting past. With a twisty plot, vibrant characters, and hardboiled grit to burn, it’s everything you want in a crime novel.”—Megan Abbott, Edgar-award-winning author of Dare Me and The Fever

“Joe Atkins has crafted an original, provocative take on the 1960s South. This story has it all — mobsters, assassinations, romance, gothic landscapes, and a cast of characters you’ll remember long after you’ve read the final sentence.”—Neil White, author of In the Sanctuary of Outcasts

“The sense of place in Casey’s Last Chance is palpable. The author knows the long dark stretches of blacktop between dim lights on Mississippi secondary roads, the dangerous sections abruptly encountered in our few cities, the little towns with photographs in filling station windows of mere boys and handwritten signs that say STOP THE KILLING. You can follow Casey’s route with this novel as a richly annotated road map.  But take my advice.  Drive a clean reliable car in daylight under the speed limit, but not too much.  Speak politely if stopped. At night, I wouldn’t drive Casey’s route except with puncture proof tires, a bright flashlight, and a .38 caliber detective special in my glove box.”—Jere Hoar, author of Body Parts and The Hit

Written in a hardboiled, noir style, Casey’s Last Chance takes you back to the days of Raymond Chandler, when characters knew only one direction—straight ahead, their fedoras tilted into the wind. Author Atkins writes fiction the way Jimi Hendrix played guitar, with delicate fingering that explodes into soaring, lyrical riffs when least expected.

Casey Eubanks, is a small-time North Carolina hustler on the run after angrily firing a shot over the head of his girlfriend Orella during an argument and accidentally killing his cousin. He seeks refuge with a crony, Clyde Point, who steers him to a big operator in Memphis, Max Duren, a shadowy former Nazi with a wide financial network across the South. The story takes place in the U.S. South in July 1960 and is reflective of underworld opposition to organized labor.

Duren hires Casey to kill Ala Gadomska, a labor organizer who is stirring up trouble at one of Duren’s mills in northern Mississippi. Casey sets up for a sniper shot during a rally, but can’t go through with it. She’s beautiful, makes sense, and maybe he’s developing a conscience.

Now he’s on the run again, this time from Duren’s goons as well as the cops. Enter Martin Wolfe, a freelance reporter investigating Duren’s operation. He tries to talk Casey into joining forces with him and FBI agent Hardy Beecher to bring Duren down.

Casey dumps Wolfe, steals his car, and returns home to Orella. A Duren goon awaits him there, however. A bloody shootout leaves Orella dead and convinces Casey to partner with Wolfe and Beecher.

It’s Casey’s last chance. The three take off across the South to execute a plan—with the help of Ala Gadomska—to destroy Duren. Everything works according to plan until the explosive end, at which point no one is able to escape unscathed.


Joseph B. Atkins is a veteran journalist and writer who teaches journalism at the University of Mississippi. A North Carolina native and former congressional correspondent, Atkins is author of Covering for the Bosses: Labor and the Southern Press (University Press of Mississippi). His fiction has appeared in Hardboiled and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and his novella Crossed Roads was a finalist in the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Awards in New Orleans. He has homes in Oxford and Memphis.

Inside Ole Miss: Measles Information

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On Friday, January 23, 2015, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Alert Network issued an advisory regarding the multi-state measles outbreak which began in California in December.

What is measles?

Measles is a highly contagious, acute viral illness which can cause severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis, and death. It starts with a fever. Soon after, it causes a cough, runny nose and red eyes. Then a rash of tiny, red spots breaks out. It starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body.

I thought the measles was wiped out in the United States. How come it’s back?

Measles was declared eliminated (i.e., interruption of year-round endemic transmission) in the U.S. in 2000, because of high population immunity achieved by high two-dose measles vaccine coverage and a highly effective measles vaccine. However, measles is still endemic in many parts of the world, and outbreaks can occur in the U.S. when unvaccinated groups are exposed to imported measles virus. This multi-state outbreak underscores the ongoing risk of importation of measles, and the need for high measles vaccine coverage.

How does the disease spread?

Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected. The measles virus can linger in the air and on surfaces up to two hours after an infected person has left the room.

How long is the incubation period?

In most cases it is 8-12 days from exposure to the onset of symptoms, with a range reported of 7-21 days to develop measles.

How long is someone infectious?

Persons with measles are considered to be contagious from the time period of 4 days PRIOR to the onset of the rash to 4 days AFTER the appearance of the rash. In immunocompromised patients, the period of contagiousness may last longer.

Who is considered immune to measles?

If you fall into one of the following categories you are considered immune to measles:

  1. You were born prior to 1957. Persons born prior to 1957 likely had measles or were exposed to the virus, yielding immunity.
  2. You received 2 prior measles containing vaccines (MMR) after the age of 12 months, with the second vaccine separated by at least 28 days from the first vaccine. Anyone with two or more doses of the vaccine is considered 99 percent immune.
  3. Laboratory evidence confirming immunity to measles.
  4. Measles infection at some point in your life.


What if I am unsure about my immunity to measles?

If you are unsure or are unable to document that you fall into one of the categories listed above, you may ask your physician to test your blood for presence of protective antibodies to measles. Another option would be to obtain another MMR vaccine.

Should I obtain a measles booster vaccine now?

People who received 2 doses of measles-containing vaccine as children after the age of 12 months, with a minimum of 28 days separated between vaccines are considered immune for life and there is no recommendation for further booster administration.

Proof of immunization with 2 doses of MMR vaccine is an admission requirement for all University of Mississippi students, so our student population is generally safe. Faculty and staff should check their immunization status.

Are any age groups or people with particular health risks more at risk?

Babies under one year old because they are not yet vaccinated. Also pregnant women; people with compromised immune systems, including those being treated for cancer or HIV. Even people who have arthritis and are taking medications that suppress immune systems may be at risk.

What should I do to protect myself and my family?

Check your vaccination records and make sure everyone is up to date. If you are unable to locate immunization records, you can document your immune status by a blood test. Alternatively, you can elect to get two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by 4 weeks.

Where can I get a measles vaccine?

UM students and employees can get the vaccine at the Student Health Pharmacy and at Employee Health. The Lafayette County Health Department offers the vaccine, as well as some of our local health clinics.

Why Not Consider Opening Your Own Business?

Look no further than the university's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for help

Startup Weekend Oxford begins Friday, Feb. 20 at the UM School of Business

Startup Weekend Oxford begins Friday, Feb. 20 at the UM School of Business Administration.

For many of us, the real world is here or approaching quickly. As you consider future careers, I’m sure becoming a business owner has crossed your mind. If so, the university’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship serves students and alumni who need help with entrepreneurial ventures.

CIE can assist every step of the way while providing a wide range of services. The innovation boot camp teaches budding entrepreneurs how to formulate ideas, and the LandShark Tank pitch competitions throughout the year offer guidance on how to put ideas into action. The center works with other campus departments, such as the Center for Manufacturing, to provide clients with prototypes and the law school to provides free legal advice. CIE can even help secure funding and provide office space.

The center’s mission is to create a supportive and nurturing environment while providing all the tools for success. CIE recognizes the odds are stacked against new business owners but works to change those odds for Ole Miss graduates. Even after graduation, CIE will continue to assist by giving you access to its business consultants and help with advertising.

Coming Feb. 20-22, CIE is co-hosting Startup Weekend Oxford in the School of Business Administration. Over the course of 54 hours, you can create a viable business. It is a three-day frenzy of business creation, coding, designing and market validation.

The cost is $25 for students and $50 for nonstudents. All seven meals are included as well as prizes from Google, Amazon and more. To find out more about the competition, go to To learn more about CIE, go to

Academic Efforts Score with Bowl Appearance

Chick-fil-A provides generous gift for UM scholarship fund

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UM Provost Morris Stocks (right) accepts a donation of $100,000 from Steve Riddell, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl chairman, and Steve Robinson, Chick-fil-A Inc., executive vice president and CMO, to the university’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Scholarship Endowment at the University of Mississippi.

OXFORD, Miss. – The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl has made a $100,000 gift to the University of Mississippi for scholarships, continuing an eight-year tradition of charitable and scholarship contributions by the organization.

One of college football’s most charitable bowl game, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl topped the $1 million mark in contributions this year.

“We are driven to do what we can to help and elevate those who have supported us,” said Gary Stokan, the bowl’s president and CEO.

Established at UM in 2011, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Scholarship Endowment assists Georgia students seeking an education at UM. To date, the bowl has given $270,000 to the endowment.

First priority for the scholarship goes to graduates of the Play It Smart program.

Play It Smart began in 2007 when the bowl partnered with the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame to create an educational program targeted at high school football players from economically disadvantaged environments. Play It Smart provides “academic coaches” in all 11 Atlanta public high schools. The coaches strive to keep the students in school, help improve their grades and study habits, encourage them to take college entrance exams and help them transition to college.

Students from Atlanta-area high schools are eligible for the scholarship if no Play It Smart graduates are identified in a given semester or year. In the event no eligible students are found from the Atlanta area, all UM applicants with Georgia residency become eligible.

“Giving back in the communities who have supported us is part of who we are,” Stokan said. “It is a priority for us and a significant part of our mission as an organization. The Atlanta community, our expanding partner conferences and schools, student-athletes in Georgia – they are all part of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl family.”

FOX8: Local ‘Idol’ contestant hopes dance with Jennifer Lopez is first of many moments


Michael Simeon on American Idol

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) – A University of Mississippi engineering major hopes to be the next American Idol, and Michael Simeon knows it’s not just about the song.

“Each performance has to have a moment,” Simeon said. “You have to have a moment that is going to be remembered by the people watching, and if you don’t have that, you’re just another OK singer.”

Simeon hopes his dance with Jennifer Lopez will be the first of many moments on his journey to becoming the next American Idol. The 21-year old from Lumberton, Mississippi, has traveled this road before, making it to the top 48 last season.

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Ole Miss Scores in the Classroom This Fall

Soccer Led the Way with a 3.70 GPA

Ole Miss student-athletes excelled on the playing field and in the classroom in 2014.

Ole Miss student-athletes excelled on the playing field and in the classroom in 2014.

OXFORD, Miss. — Success wasn’t limited to the fields and courts this fall, as Ole Miss student-athletes achieved the highest cumulative grade point average (2.96) in recorded history, with over 50 percent of all student-athletes earning a 3.0 GPA or higher and 10 receiving their degrees.

In addition to those who made a 3.0, 113 posted a 3.50 or better, 68 finished with a 3.75 or better and 19 achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA.

“The Ole Miss student-athletes continue to improve each and every year, choosing challenging majors and excelling in the classroom as well as on the field, as evidenced by the continued upward trend in baseball, football and track and field; and the consistent improvement by all sports in general,” said senior associate athletics director Derek Cowherd. “We can all sense that there is something special brewing here. But more important than any GPA goal, we take great delight in witnessing the growth and professional development of the young men and women. They are building great habits and exhibiting a positive attitude, which makes it a joy to come to work each day at the University of Mississippi.”

With an impressive 3.70 cumulative GPA, and the highest ever in recorded history, women’s soccer led all teams. Six players scored a perfect 4.0, while 16 made the Chancellor’s Honor Roll, including Capital One Academic All-District honorees Maddie Friedman and Jessica Hiskey.

Men’s tennis topped the men’s teams with a 3.34, their best fall GPA in eight years. Seven players made the honor roll.

While enjoying the program’s best season in a long time, the Chick-fil-A Bowl bound football team posted the highest GPA in recorded history. Eight players earned their degrees, including two-time Chucky Mullins Award winner Deterrian Shackelford, who now has a Master’s Degree in Higher Education. A Capital One Academic All-District selection, Shackelford recently won the Wuerffel Trophy, which honors exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement and was named Captain of the AFCA Good Works Team. Other football graduates include offensive lineman Justin Bell, defensive tackle Lavon Hooks, tight ends Carlton Martin and Nick Parker, wide receivers John Ratliff and Vince Sanders and defensive end Walker Sturgeon.

Women’s tennis had another outstanding semester with a 3.65 GPA, including seven of nine players making a 3.50 or better and five on the Chancellor’s Honor Roll. Junior Mai El Kamash and freshman Arianne Hartono both finished with a 3.94 to lead the Rebels.

Men’s basketball earned the team’s best GPA in recorded history (2.97), and the entire starting lineup made the honor roll, with nine of 14 team members earning a 3.0 or better.

Volleyball posted the most wins since 2007 and Nakeyta Clair became the first All-American since 2011, but the success didn’t stop on the court. The Rebels earned a 3.06 GPA, marking their first 3.00 team GPA in eight semesters. Over 50 percent of the team earned a 3.0 or better, with sophomores Aubrey Edie and Melanie Crow earning Capital One Academic All-District honors.

Scoring the highest team GPA since fall 2009, softball, under first-year head coach Mike Smith, posted a 3.26.

Baseball finished with a team GPA of 3.03 with 26 players earning a 3.00 or better. Men’s golf posted a 3.25 and had seven of eight players on the honor roll. Women’s golf recorded a 3.30 and placed six on the honor roll and rifle had six of nine make the honor roll for a GPA of 3.33.

Women’s track posted their highest GPA since 2011 (3.01) and the men’s team had their best semester (2.90) in more than six years.

For academic accomplishments and news surrounding Ole Miss student-athletes, follow them on Twitter, @UMTrueRebel.

Update on Chancellor Dan Jones

Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Great news from Chancellor Dan Jones today. His PET scan results came back, and the results were very good. The treatment plan is working! He and Lydia send thanks and blessings to the Ole Miss family and to so many others who have offered prayers and support. It’s working.

5 Days of Giveaways: Rebel Rags Swag

BowlGameTShirtAre you Peach Bowl ready? Well you can be with this awesome Peach Bowl package from our friends at Rebel Rags.

Want the world (or at least everyone on the highway) to know the team you’ll be cheering for on New Year’s Eve? We’ve got you covered with a WindowFanz helmet to adorn your vehicle on the way to Atlanta. It securely attaches to any window and won’t blow off like flags can. After your Peach Bowl journey, keep the spirit alive by proudly displaying your helmet on a window, wall, shelf or desk of your home or office.

And if you’re wondering what to wear to the big game, look no further. We’ll throw in this 2014 Peach Bowl T-shirt to take the guessing out of dressing. All you need to do is sign up below. It could be your lucky day, and if not, you can find these items and “anything, everything Ole Miss” at Rebel Rags.

Help everyone have a Hotty Toddy holiday season by sharing the joy and the contest. Find it on Ole Miss Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Here’s the link to the contest rules.

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