5 Days of Giveaways: Ole Miss Alumni Sweatshirt

Stay warm while you cheer on the Rebels in Atlanta with the official sweatshirt of the Ole Miss Alumni Association

OleMissAlumniSweatshirtWinter is coming. Check that, winter has arrived and it’s cold outside! What better way to brag about your Ole Miss allegiance than with this cozy sweatshirt courtesy of the Ole Miss Alumni Association. While we’re on the topic, are you a member? If not, it’s easy to sign up. In fact, if you know a big Rebel fan who would like to become an Alumni Association member, you can even gift them a membership this holiday season.

As an active member, you’re eligible for a number of cool perks, including a subscription to the Ole Miss Alumni Review, the annual Ole Miss Alumni wall calendar, access to the members-only area of the Triplett Alumni Center on home football game days, special travel opportunities with other alumni and many, many more items.

Sweatshirts not your style? The Alumni Association has plenty of other official alumni gear that’s perfect for bowl season and cheering on the Rebels in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Enter below for your chance to take home this sweatshirt.

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Win Big During ‘5 Days of Giveaways’

University Communications to give away Ole Miss-themed prizes each day this week

5_DAYS_OF_GIVEAWAYSThis has been a great year for our university: Our enrollment topped 23,000 students for the first time ever, our researchers made big headlines with cutting-edge research and our campus has never been more beautiful. As a token of thanks and appreciation for our students, faculty, staff and supporters, we’re giving away one Ole Miss-themed item every day this week. Here’s a rundown of the prizes we’re awarding, as well as some ways you can enter to win.


Each day, posts will be made to the Ole Miss Facebook pageTwitter account and the official Ole Miss Pinterest page with links to the daily contest entry form. To enter, simply fill out a form each day to be entered to win that day’s prize. There is no limit to the number of times you can enter to win each day. Already entered for one prize? Come back tomorrow and enter for the next one!


Monday: 3 framed Ole Miss holiday printables

Tuesday: A William Faulkner holiday package from the University Museum that includes a newly-released Rowan Oak scarf as well as the 2014 collectible keepsake.

Wednesday: A copy of  “Ole Miss: A Photographic Essay” by UM photographers Robert Jordan, Kevin Bain and Nathan Latil.

Thursday: Ole Miss Alumni sweatshirt.

Friday: 2014 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Ole Miss short-sleeve T-shirt and Ole Miss WindowFanz helmet courtesy of Rebel Rags in Oxford.


Entries will be accepted via forms submitted on Ole Miss News. Entries for daily prizes must be submitted before 11:59 p.m. each day.


Daily winners will be randomly chosen by 9 a.m. the following day. Winners will be contacted via email and will have until Jan. 5, 2015 to claim their prizes. If a winner does not claim their prize by that date, another winner will be selected at random.


Email questions to getsocial@olemiss.edu with subject line “5 Days of Giveaways.”


The University of Mississippi reserves the right to screen or delete comments made on official UM social media accounts that use profane, hateful or abusive language as well as content that defames, harasses, stalks or threatens others.

Snappy Hour to Return Jan. 5

University Communications to cover Supreme Court justices on Monday

Snappy Hour will return on Monday, January 5 for all faculty and staff members.

Snappy Hour will return Jan. 5 for all faculty and staff members.

University Communications will suspend Snappy Hour on Monday (Dec. 15) to cover the U.S. Supreme Court justices speaking event at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Snappy Hour, where Ole Miss faculty and staff members may have their portraits made free of charge, will be available every Monday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the University Communications photography studio in Sam-Gerard Hall beginning Jan. 5.

Long-term Closure of Hill Drive Begins Dec. 15

A portion of road will be closed to through traffic until mid-August 2015

Parking garage and Ole Miss basketball arena tabbed for completion in 2015.

The new parking garage and basketball arena are tabbed for completion in 2015.

A portion of Hill Drive, from the north side of the parking garage to the intersection with All-American Drive, will be closed beginning Monday (Dec. 15) and running through mid-August 2015 as construction on the basketball arena continues. We apologize for any inconvenience during this time of extreme growth on our campus.

Clarion-Ledger: We all lost a great one in Flowers

JACKSON, Miss. – Years ago, Charlie Flowers was showing me a photo of the 1959 Ole Miss football team. He was pointing to each player, face by face, row by row.

There were 43 players in the photo. Forty-two, Charlie said, graduated.

“Bank president, CEO of his company, successful lawyer,” Charlie said.

“Athletic director, mayor, Chancellor,” he continued.

“Head football coach, Major League baseball player, insurance executive, another mayor,” he kept going and going.

Finally, he finished. “There will never be another team like it,” Flowers said.

All too many people love to talk about themselves. Charlie Flowers loved to talk about his team.

Read the full story by Rick Cleveland here.

Mary Ann Mobley Collins, First Mississippian Crowned Miss America, Passes Away at 75

Mary Ann Mobley Collins, pictured here with husband Gary Collins, was amongst a number of celebrities who co-hosted Mississippi Rising in 2005.

Mary Ann Mobley Collins, pictured here with husband Gary Collins, was amongst a number of celebrities who co-hosted Mississippi Rising in 2005.

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi family is saddened by the passing of Mary Ann Mobley Collins, the first Mississippian to be crowned Miss America, an acclaimed actress and filmmaker, and a 1958 graduate of Ole Miss. A native of Brandon, she was the university’s first Carrier Scholar and later became the first woman voted into the Alumni Hall of Fame. While at Ole Miss, she was a majorette and a member of Chi Omega Sorority.

After her reign ended, she went on become one of the most successful Miss Americas on Broadway, film and television. She co-starred in two Elvis Presley movies, “Girl Happy” and “Harum Scarum,” and appeared on dozens of popular television series from the 1960s to the ’90s, including “Perry Mason,” “The Love Boat,” “Love, American Style,” “Diff’rent Strokes” and “Designing Women.” She also built a respected career as a documentary filmmaker, visiting Cambodia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Somalia, Kenya, Zimbabwe and the Sudan to produce films on the plight of homeless and starving children. She was actively involved in raising money and awareness for both the March of Dimes and the United Cerebral Palsy Association.

She was married to the late Gary Collins, whom she met on the set of “Three on a Couch,” the 1966 comedy she made with Jerry Lewis. Collins died in 2012 after they moved from Hollywood to Biloxi.

Ole Miss’ Shackelford Wins 2014 Wuerffel Trophy

Graduate Linebacker Honored for Exceptional Community Service

Ole Miss Football vs Boise State during the 2014 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA.

Ole Miss Football vs Boise State during the 2014 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA.

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel announced Tuesday that the winner of the 2014 Wuerffel Trophy is Ole Miss linebacker Deterrian Shackelford.

The All Sports Association presents the Wuerffel Trophy to the Football Bowl Subdivision football player who best exhibits exemplary community service.

“It’s hard for me to express how excited I am to announce Deterrian Shackelford as the 2014 Wuerffel Trophy winner,” said Wuerffel. “This young man truly exemplifies not only all that is good about football, but the important and positive aspects of life.”

Shackelford has two degrees from the University of Mississippi, a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in higher education, and has continued taking graduate classes this fall. The Decatur, Alabama, native has helped lead two mission trips to Haiti and Panama while also mentoring local youth. He has been actively involved in the Oxford community, helping lead efforts to fight hunger and raise funds for cancer research. He is also a highly sought-after speaker for school, community and church groups. The Rebels’ starting middle linebacker is a five-time selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll, a two-time semifinalist for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award, a two-time member of the SEC Community Service Team, and all while currently helping Ole Miss to lead the nation in scoring defense, as the Rebels allow just 13.8 points per game to opposing teams.

This is the 10th anniversary of the Wuerffel Trophy, an award named after Wuerffel, the 1996 Heisman Trophy winner who led the Florida Gators to the 1996 national championship, played six years in the National Football League and has received national recognition for his humanitarian and community service efforts with Desire Street Ministries, in New Orleans and around the country.

The 2014 Wuerffel Trophy will be presented to the winner at the All Sports Association’s 46th Annual Awards Banquet on February 13, 2015, in Fort Walton Beach. For more information on the Wuerffel Trophy, visit www.wuerffeltrophy.org.

About the Wuerffel Trophy:

The Wuerffel Trophy is college football’s premier award for community service. The All Sports Association presents the Wuerffel Trophy to the Football Bowl Subdivision football player who best exhibits exemplary community service, along with qualifying academic and athletic achievement. As the trophy namesake, Danny Wuerffel embodies the three categories of the award: Community Service, Academics and Athletics. Past winners of the Wuerffel Trophy are: 2013 Gabe Ikard, University of Oklahoma; 2012 Matt Barkley, University of Southern California; 2011 Barrett Jones, University of Alabama; 2010 Sam Acho, University of Texas; 2009 Tim Hiller, Western Michigan University; 2008 Tim Tebow, University of Florida; 2007 Paul Smith, University of Tulsa; 2006 Joel Penton, Ohio State University; and 2005 Rudy Niswanger, Louisiana State University.

Megabus to Discontinue Service to Oxford, Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. – Due to low ridership and profitability, all Megabus routes from Oxford will be discontinued after Dec. 16. Launched in January 2014, MegaBus offered three daily arrivals and departures from the university’s Kudzu Lot on Old Taylor Road.

“We are always looking for ways to enhance transportation options and will continue to do so for the university and surrounding community,” said Mike Harris, Director of Parking and Transportation. “Some will be successful, while others may prove not to be. The key is to continue to work together as a community to provide as many options as possible.”

A statement provided by Megabus did not rule out a return of the routes to the Oxford and Ole Miss community in the future.

“Unfortunately due to insufficient ridership, the New Orleans-Jackson-Oxford-Memphis route will be discontinued on December 16. There is always the possibility of resuming service on this route or adding additional service options in the future if there is a customer demand,” said Sean Hughes, Associate Director of Corporate Affairs at Coach USA North America.

For a list of other transportation options available, please visit http://www.olemiss.edu/parking/.

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Elena Kagan to Visit UM

Session is free and open to the public, but tickets are required

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Law will host two U.S. Supreme Court justices in December for a session open to the general public.

The meeting, titled “A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Elena Kagan,” will take place at 10 a.m. Dec. 15 at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

The session will be moderated by Jack Nowlin, associate dean for faculty development and professor of law at the UM School of Law. Nowlin is a constitutional law expert.

“It would be a great day for the law school and university community if we had just one U.S. Supreme Court justice coming,” said Richard Gershon, UM law dean. “It is truly special to have both Justice Kagan and Justice Scalia at Ole Miss. It is an honor for us to have these outstanding jurists here.”

Everyone must have a ticket to attend. There will be no entry after 10 a.m. Parking will be available at the Ford Center.

The event is being made possible by the James McClure Memorial Lectures Endowment. The endowment was established in 1979 by the Hon. James McClure and Mrs. Tupper McClure Lampton to honor their father, James McClure.

Supreme Court Justice, Elena Kagan. Photo by, The Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. Photo by the Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

Elena Kagan, Associate Justice, was born in New York, New York, on April 28, 1960. She received an A.B. from Princeton in 1981, an M. Phil. from Oxford in 1983, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986. She clerked for Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1986-1987 and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court during the 1987 Term. After briefly practicing law at a Washington, D.C. law firm, she became a law professor, first at the University of Chicago Law School and later at Harvard Law School. She also served for four years in the Clinton administration, as associate counsel to the president and then as deputy assistant to the president for domestic policy. Between 2003 and 2009, she served as the dean of Harvard Law School. In 2009, President Obama nominated her as the Solicitor General of the United States. After serving in that role for a year, the president nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 10, 2010. She took her seat on August 7, 2010.

Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice, was born in Trenton, New Jersey, March 11, 1936. He married Maureen McCarthy and has nine children: Ann Forrest, Eugene, John Francis, Catherine Elisabeth, Mary Clare, Paul David, Matthew, Christopher James and Margaret Jane. He received his A.B. from Georgetown University and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School, and was a Sheldon Fellow of Harvard University from 1960–1961. He was in private practice in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1961 to 1967, a professor of law at the University of Virginia from 1967 to 1971, and a professor of law at the University of Chicago from 1977 to 1982 and a visiting professor of law at Georgetown University and Stanford University. He was chairman of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law, 1981-1982, and its Conference of Section Chairmen, 1982-1983. He served the federal government as general counsel of the Office of Telecommunications Policy from 1971 to 1972, chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States from 1972 to 1974, and assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel from 1974 to 1977. He was appointed Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1982. President Reagan nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat September 26, 1986.

For more information about the event, please visit http://law.olemiss.edu/event/u-s-supreme-court-justices-antonin-scalia-and-elena-kagan/

For more information about Justice Scalia or Justice Kagan, please visit http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/biographies.aspx

For additional inquiries, contact Jenny Kate Luster at 662-915-3424 or jkluster@olemiss.edu.

Ole Miss Volleyball Adds Six New Faces

Talented Group to Join Rebels in Fall of 2015

Volleyball vs LSU on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 in Oxford, MS.

Volleyball vs LSU on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 in Oxford, MS.

OXFORD- Miss. – The Ole Miss Volleyball team has achieved a lot of success under first-year head coach Steven McRoberts, among them, posting the best start in school history and winning 20-matches for the first time since 2007. Looking to continue the upward trend, the Rebels have added six talented players to the program as part of the 2015 signing class that will join the Rebels in the fall of 2015.

Coming from five different states, Caroline Adams, Laina Carnes, Kathryn Cather, Audrey Fischer, Taylor Gill and Alexis Lee are expected to arrive on campus in the summer to begin preparation for the 2015 campaign.

Coach McRoberts on the 2015 Class:
“We’re really excited about our first signing class as we continue to build this program. All six of these players have experienced a lot of winning. They have competed for state championships, earned All-State honors in their respective states in high school and played for high level club teams. Not only are they great players, but they are excellent students.”

Caroline Adams
Caroline Adams is a 5-3 defensive specialist from Lafayette, Louisiana.  She attended St. Thomas More Catholic School and played club volleyball for six years for Cajun Elite and Louisiana Volleyball Club.  Adams was named first team All-District in 2013, second team All-Acadiana in 2013, state runner-up in 2011 and helped her team to the state titles in 2012 and 2013. She was also a part of the Academic All-State Composite Team.  A member of the National Honor Society in 2014, Adams maintained a 4.0 all four years of high school.

Laina Carnes
Laina Carnes is a 5-10 setter from Lexington, South Carolina and Lexington High School. She was an All-State recipient in 2013 and 2014, All-Region in 2013 and 2014, All-Region Player of the Year in 2014, Player of the Year in the Midlands Region in 2013, and Max Preps Player of the Year for Lexington High School in 2013. Carnes was selected for the North-South All-Star game in 2014. A member of the National Honor Society she boasts a cumulative GPA of 4.75.

Kathryn Cather
Kathryn Cather is a 6-2 right-side hitter from Hoover, Alabama and Hoover High School and played club volleyball for the Birmingham Volleyball Club. As team captain, Cather led Hoover to its first appearance in the state finals and finished Runner-up in 7A in 2014. She was named to the All State Tournament Team and the 2014 State AHSAA All-Star North Team. In addition, Cather was named to the All Hoover/South Team in 2012 and 2013 by The Birmingham News. She made the All-Metro Team in 2013 and the 6A State Honorable Mention Team in 2012 and was selected by AL.com for the 7A A-List in 2014.

Audrey Fischer
Audrey Fischer is a 6-1 middle blocker from Chesterfield, Missouri and Nerinx High School and plays club volleyball for the St. Louis High Volleyball Club. She was named first team All-District, first team All-Conference, second team All-Region and Honorable Mention All-State in 2014. Fischer was named to the Bellville East All-Tournament Team, in 2013 as well as first team All-Conference and second team All-District.

Taylor Gill
Taylor Gill is a 5-10 defensive specialist from Madison, Alabama and Madison Academy. She plays club volleyball for the North Alabama Spikers Association (NASA). A four year varsity starter, Gill earned Area MVP honors all four years, was a three-time Team MVP and three-year All-State honoree.  Gill was a part of four Area Championships, three Regional Championships, and two State Runner-Ups.

Alexis Lee
Alexis Lee is a 5-11 outside hitter from Normal, Illinois and University High School.  She plays club volleyball for Illini Elite. She achieved Unanimous First Team All-Conference honors in 2013 and was named 2013 Most Valuable Player at the Moline Invitational. Lee helped her team win the Regional and Sectional Championship in 2011.

For more information on Ole Miss Volleyball, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissVB, on Facebook at OleMissVolleyball and on Instagram at OleMissVB.