Navy Band to Perform Sunday on Campus

Ford Center will host the U.S. Navy Band Country Current

The United States Navy Band Country Current has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, for Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

The United States Navy Band Country Current has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, for Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

OXFORD, Miss. – America’s Navy is coming home to Oxford, one of 13 cities to host a performance by the United States Navy Band Country Current during its 2014 tour.

The show is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 14) at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. All Navy Band performances are free and open to the public.

The Navy’s premier country-bluegrass ensemble is nationally renowned for its versatility and “eye-popping” musicianship. This seven-member ensemble employs musicians from diverse backgrounds with extensive high-profile recording and touring experience in the music scenes of Nashville, Tennessee, New York, New Orleans and more. In the tradition of country music, each member is a skilled performer on multiple instruments. The band utilizes banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, fiddle and electric bass, among others.

One of the U.S. Navy Band’s primary responsibilities involves touring the country. All the band’s primary performing units embark each year on concert tours throughout specified regions of the country, allowing the band to reach audiences in areas of the country that do not have opportunities to see the Navy’s musical ensembles on a regular basis.

For more information about this concert, visit

Everybody’s Tent Invites All Ole Miss Students to Tailgate

Tent will be open four hours before kickoff for four home football games

Everybodys Tent

Everybody’s Tent, hosted by the Ole Miss Associated Student Body, will be set up at four Ole Miss football home games this fall.

Everybody’s Tent, hosted by the Ole Miss Associated Student Body, will be set up at four Ole Miss football home games this fall.

OXFORD, Miss. – Everybody’s Tent, hosted by the University of Mississippi Associated Student Body, is just that: a place where any Ole Miss student is a welcomed tent member.

Everybody’s Tent will be set up in the grass along the Student Union Plaza, tucked as close to the Walk of Champions arch as possible. Free food, nonalcoholic drinks and entertainment will be provided from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 13). The group started in 2013 as a student-led, student-organized tailgate and was born from a student’s desire to help make everyone feel welcome in the Grove.

“Everybody’s Tent serves our community by creating an inclusive, welcoming environment for people from all walks of life,” said William Fowler, a senior majoring in integrated marketing communications and one of the founding members of Everybody’s Tent. “Since last year, Everybody’s Tent has become a hub for fans navigating the Grove on game days.”

Alumni, faculty, staff and friends are also invited to stop by Everybody’s Tent to meet students and welcome newcomers to the Ole Miss family. Members of the ASB cabinet will be on hand to distribute the popular “I am a Rebel” stickers.

Everybody’s Tent will be in the Grove for the following games:

  • Louisiana-Lafayette, Sept. 13, 11a.m-2 p.m.
  • Memphis, Sept. 27, times TBA
  • Tennessee (Homecoming), Oct. 18, TBA
  • Auburn, Nov. 1, TBA

ASB also plans to have directors and presidents from various campus organizations stop by to talk with new students interested in getting involved in Ole Miss student groups.

The group appreciates donations to help Everybody’s Tent continue to grow. Four different levels of sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit or like them on Facebook.

For more information about Everybody’s Tent, contact Fowler at

Ole Miss (Enrollment) by the Numbers

Ole Miss By the Numbers.

Ole Miss by the Numbers.

Check out this outstanding infographic created by UM Communications’ own, Dennis Irwin. We’ve been looking forward to putting something like this together for quite some time and when the university’s enrollment data was released earlier today, we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to package information about the incoming Class of 2018 in a fun way. Personally, I thought the “Hotty Toddy” chant was a nice touch. Hope you like it!

Mississippi Business Journal: Ole Miss makes ranking of most beautiful campuses in U.S.

OXFORD, Miss. – Best College Reviews, a ranking service for American colleges and universities, has released a list of the 100 most beautiful college campuses in America, and the University of Mississippi made the cut.

The 100 campuses were selected based entirely on aesthetics. The author placed particular emphasis on natural features such as green spaces, bodies of water, and arboretums as well as man made features, primarily notable architecture and look and feel of campuses as a holistic, cohesive whole. Higher education become more competitive every year, which brings higher amounts of stress to college students, and one way of mitigating that stress is attending school in a beautiful setting, whether that means bucolic, relaxing grounds or a vibrant, architecturally interesting campus.

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University of Mississippi Museum Exhibition Advisory

UM Museum presents "Our Faith Affirmed - Works from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection"

Purvis Young, Angels Playing Music (detail), Gordon W. Bailey Collection

Purvis Young, Angels Playing Music (detail), Gordon W. Bailey Collection

The University of Mississippi Museum presents “Our Faith Affirmed – Works from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection” (Sept. 10, 2014-Aug. 8, 2015), which celebrates, in our 75th anniversary year, a major gift by Gordon W. Bailey of inspired artworks created by African-American self-taught artists from the South. This exhibit features works by 27 artists, all born between 1900 and 1959. Many of the artists are widely known and several, most notably, Thornton Dial Sr., Roy Ferdinand, Bessie Harvey, Lonnie Holley, Charlie Lucas, Jimmy Lee Sudduth and Purvis Young, are internationally exhibited.

“As a leading scholar, collector and curator, Mr. Bailey is uniquely positioned to make an impact in the life of this university,” said Robert Saarnio, museum director. “His generosity of spirit and vision are extraordinary and its meaningfulness to our museum and to the communities we serve, both academic and public, will surely be felt for generations to come. His astute assessment that an academic campus-based museum with educational programs for schoolchildren, the general public and university students stands uniquely positioned to leverage its collections for broad educational impact will prove prescient.”

Bailey states: “I considered the history of the region and the nature of the race-based incidents that still, on occasion, shake the university and became convinced that this was the right place to make this commitment. I believe that the arts are the cultural mortar that connects diverse communities. There are many good people here – of all races and socio-economic levels – pulling, or in some cases pushing, in the same direction. The University Museum is a terrific place to pay tribute to African-American, Southern self-taught artists who persevered and, against the odds, created works of genius.”


“Our Faith Affirmed – Works from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection,” curated by Gordon W. Bailey and David Houston, underscores the significance of Southern vernacular artists whose influence extend far beyond the realm of aesthetics. Confident, singular and insistent, the artworks created by the African-Americans honored in this exhibition exude an authority of experience and directness of expression that bear witness to the considerable weight of Southern history, the saga of American politics and, most clearly, to their faith and clarity of vision.

David Houston comments: “With this gift, my friend and co-curator, Gordon W. Bailey, a respected scholar and collector, has considerably broadened the scope of the museum’s impressive collections. As he intuited, the university’s geographic location sets the framework for the further exploration of Southern self-taught artists whose works are emblematic of the region’s culture. Some of the artists have daunting personal histories and were dually stressed by the adversities of poverty and oppression while dealing with the daily tribulations of living in a legally segregated society. All, though unique individuals with decidedly different iconographies and points of view, share context. Whatever their motivation – inner necessity, visionary impulse, political activism, faith in God, nature or nurture – it is clear that they did not need the mechanisms of the art world to either inspire their works or validate the importance of their efforts. For them, the raging authenticity and soulful expressiveness that is chiefly responsible for their newfound popular and critical acceptance is solid evidence that they never bowed to limitations or expectations. In fact, they seldom altered their content of purpose, whether cut off from the larger culture by geography or by law.”


Leroy Almon, Hawkins Bolden, Richard Burnside, Charles Butler, Archie Byron, Arthur Dial, Thornton Dial Jr., Thornton Dial Sr., Roy Ferdinand, Charles Gillam, Ralph Griffin, Bessie Harvey, Lonnie Holley, Robert Howell, Edwin Jeffery Jr., Joe Light, Charlie Lucas, Sulton Rogers, O.L. Samuels, Welmon Sharlhorne, Henry Speller, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, James “Son” Thomas, Felix “Harry” Virgous, Willie White, Luster Willis and Purvis Young.


The exhibition is complemented by an illustrated catalog, edited by Gordon W. Bailey, featuring insightful essays by David Houston, director of the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University’s College of the Arts in Columbus, Georgia; W. Ralph Eubanks, editor of the venerable Virginia Quarterly Review and a UM alumnus; and Jason “PyInfamous” Thompson, UM alumnus and Sally McDonnell-Barksdale Honors College Scholar, an acclaimed hip-hop emcee and songwriter. The essays contribute substantially to understanding the challenges faced by African-American self-taught artists in the South.

The University Museum, at the corner of University Avenue and Fifth Street, is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call 662-915-7073.

High resolution images are available upon request.

One Documentary Every Ole Miss Fan Should Watch Tonight

90-minute film on Chucky Mullins to air on SEC Network at 7 p.m.

Roy Lee "Chucky" Mullins' jersey hangs in the Starnes Athletic Training Center.

Roy Lee “Chucky” Mullins’ jersey hangs in the Starnes Athletic Training Center.

When someone mentions the name “Chucky Mullins,” I think of his legacy and feel a sense of pride to be associated with this university. Roy Lee “Chucky” Mullins was a cornerback for the Rebel football team in late October 1989 when he suffered a debilitating injury during a game against Vanderbilt. The injury left him paralyzed and Chucky died less than two years later due to a pulmonary embolism. While I can’t speak for every member of the Ole Miss community, I feel it’s safe to say that Chucky is revered as much as, if not more than, Archie and Eli Manning and Johnny Vaught. Each spring, Chucky’s retired jersey number 38 is presented to the recipient of the annual Chucky Mullins Courage Award. You can still find children running through the Grove on a game day sporting a red jersey with the name “Mullins” on the back. Twenty-five years after the injury, he’s still a hero.

Tonight, every member of the Ole Miss family should tune their televisions to the SEC Network and watch the premiere of “It’s Time,” the new documentary detailing the relationship between Chucky and Brad Gaines, the Vanderbilt player he tackled on that fateful afternoon in 1989. After watching the trailer, I can’t wait to see it. It’s actually the second documentary about the life and legacy that Chucky left, and the first one (directed by fellow Ole Miss staffer Micah Ginn) is also worth a watch.

Chucky and Brad’s story is one that transcends rivalries, wins and losses. I’ll be watching at 7 p.m. and I hope you will, too.

Ole Miss Volleyball Buffalo Classic Champions

Nakeyta Clair Named MVP

Ole Miss Volleyball vs South Carolina on October 20th, 2013 at the Gillom Sports Center

Ole Miss Volleyball vs South Carolina on October 20th, 2013 at the Gillom Sports Center

BUFFALO, N.Y. – A new era in Ole Miss Volleyball began this weekend, and the Rebels kicked it off right, winning the Buffalo Classic with a 3-0 win over Buffalo here Sunday afternoon at the Alumni Arena. The Rebels are 4-0 to start the year for the first time since 2007.

Ole Miss finished the tournament 4-0 without dropping a set in wins over Canisius, Siena, Lehigh and Buffalo.  Junior middle blocker Nakeyta Clair, sophomore setter Aubrey Edie and sophomore right side hitter Melanie Crow were named to the All-Tournament Team, while Clair was named Most Valuable Player.

“It’s a great start, we couldn’t ask for a better start,” first year head coach Steven McRoberts said.  “We were challenged quite a bit this weekend being down in sets, and came back a lot. In fact today, we were down early in the first se. These ladies did a great job of keeping their poise and executing in the 20s when we had the chance, and that’s the story of the day today.”

Clair finished the weekend with 42 kills, hit .381 and added 13 blocks. Crow posted 46 kills (3.80/s) for a .320 attack percentage. Edie did a solid job setting up the hitters and concluded the tournament with 149 assists.

With the first set tied 4-4 Buffalo went on a seven-point run to take an 11-4 lead. The Rebels cut it to one, 18-17, on an error by Buffalo.  They were able to tie it up at 20 on a kill from Crow, and then on the next play, Clair put it down to give Ole Miss its first lead of the set, 21-20.  The Rebels had match point at 24-23 on a block by Laporte and Bakima, but Buffalo won the next two points to grab their first match point at 25-24. The Rebels would have another match point at 26-25, but again Buffalo answered.  On their third match point, Crow knocked it down for the 28-26 win.

Neither team gained control of the second set, with both teams trading points until late. As they had done previously during their other three matches, the Rebels took control at the end with two huge kills from Crow to win it 25-22.

The third set was much like the second, in that neither team gained the early momentum. Midway through the set, it was tied 11-11, but the Rebels made a run to build a five point lead 20-15, forcing Buffalo to use its last timeout. The Bulls never threatened as the Rebels closed 25-18 for the win.

Ole Miss travels to Memphis, Tennessee next weekend for the Memphis Invitational Sept. 5-6.  The Rebels will face the University of Memphis Friday at 7 p.m.

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

Ole Miss (4-0)    28    25    25
Buffalo     (2-2)    26    22    18

Ole Miss’ Mark Robertson Named SEC Freshman of the Week

Freshman Honored After His First Event

Mark Robertson

Mark Robertson

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After his first event as a Rebel, Ole Miss freshman Mark Robertson was named Southeastern Conference Cross Country Men’s Freshman Runner of the Week by the league office on Tuesday.

Robertson’s second-place time of 20.07.74 in the four-mile event led Ole Miss to a first-place finish at the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic.

The Pensacola, Florida, native beat out 127 other runners in the season opener. The first-place team finish was against a field consisting of four other regionally ranked teams.

The Rebel cross country teams return to action Sept. 13 in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Commodore Classic.

For more information on Ole Miss Track & Field and Cross Country, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissTrack and on Facebook at Ole Miss Track.

Khayat Named UM Law Alumnus of the Year

Former chancellor started Law Alumni Chapter while a student

Photo by Robert Jordan

Photo by Robert Jordan

OXFORD, Miss. – At the annual Mississippi Bar Convention in Sandestin, Florida, Robert C. Khayat received the 2014 Law Alumnus of the Year Award from the University of Mississippi Law Alumni Chapter. Since 1974, the chapter has selected one person annually to receive this distinction. The recipient must have made positive contributions to the legal profession, the law school and the university.

“Former Chancellor Khayat is an outstanding law professor, a respected associate dean and is a dedicated alumnus of the law school,” said Richard Gershon, law school dean. “He is also a great Mississippian, who has done much to help the people of our state. I am honored to work in a building named for him.”

Khayat is one of the law school’s most illustrious graduates. This is noted visibly by the name of the law school building, the Robert C. Khayat Law Center, which was dedicated in April 2011.

Khayat joined the law faculty in 1969, after a successful venture as a lawyer in Pascagoula. He served as a professor and associate dean, teaching local government law, family law, agency and partnership, federal trial practice, torts, civil procedure, and wills and estates. He helped shape generations of legal minds, including noteworthy graduates such as John Grisham.

Gov. William Winter reflected on Khayat’s influence in his address at the law school’s building dedication ceremony.

“Robert Khayat, with a vision of a more open and less insular society, played a major role in the enlightenment of an entire generation of young law students,” Winter said. “He helped develop in them an enhanced appreciation for the majesty of the law and their duty as lawyers to defend our legal and political system against the mindless critics who would profane and diminish it.”

Khayat received a Sterling Fellowship and obtained a master of laws from Yale University and returned to Oxford in 1981.

“The law school experience pulled together everything I had learned prior to 1963, helped me become able to read more retentively, to read more and to understand some of the complex characteristics of individuals and groups of people,” Khayat said. “I learned even more as a member of the faculty; the law school helped me receive a Sterling Fellowship from Yale which culminated in a graduate degree from one of the most respected universities in the world. I doubt that I would have been offered the chancellorship without that degree.”

As an Ole Miss law student, Khayat was articles editor of the Mississippi Law Journal and finished third in his class in 1966.

“From my first class in June of 1963, I felt that the opening of ‘my brain’ happened – I was intrigued, challenged and quickly adjusted to the extensive reading requirements,” Khayat said. “I liked the format of the classes and the interaction between the faculty and among the students. I realized that I was learning that the world is not black and white – that there were usually at least two sides to any issue.”

Khayat also started the Law Alumni Chapter, a group that continues to contribute to the school and alumni base in numerous ways. Coincidentally, his receiving the award at the convention in Sandestin marked exactly 50 years from the formation of the Law Alumni Chapter.

“We typed them on 3×5 index cards,” Khayat said of his gathering information on law graduates for the chapter. “I still remember the first, middle and last names of just about everyone who graduated from the Ole Miss law school.”

Khayat’s leadership extended beyond the walls of the law school. He was an academic All-American football player and was chosen as an All-SEC catcher for the 1959 and 1960 SEC champion baseball teams. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the NFL and the Distinguished American Award from the National Football Foundation.

Serving as chancellor of the university from 1995 until 2009, Khayat improved the university in many tangible ways. He increased enrollment by 43 percent and brought in research and development grants of more than $100 million. He also brought the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa chapter to Ole Miss, as well as the 2008 presidential debate.

Most recently, Khayat won a Silver IPPY for best memoir in the nation awarded for his 2013 book “The Education of a Lifetime.”

With this record, it’s easy to see why Khayat was selected, said Mike Randolph, presiding justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court.

“I can think of no alumnus more deserving of the award,” Randolph said at the ceremony in Destin. “For those of us who were privileged to study under his tutelage, it’s difficult to think of Ole Miss without reflecting on Dr. Khayat’s positive impact on the university, its law school and the alumni of both.”

“If love is the appropriate word for an institution, I love the law school and its people,” Khayat said.

Other notable alumni who have received this recognition previously include Winter, Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Lenore Prather, Professor Bill Champion and Justice Reuben Anderson.

UM School of Education ‘Rocks’ Hotty Toddy Video

The University of Mississippi School of Education produced this video in anticipation of the Rebels’ first football game in 2014 and they knocked it out of the park. In fact, we’d go so far to say they ‘Rocked’ it. Pardon the pun, but Dean David Rock, along with fellow faculty and staff members, certainly know how to get pumped up for the big game. Hotty Toddy, y’all!

Are You Ready? Beat Boise State! from Ole Miss School of Education on Vimeo.