Tyner to Lead Higher Education Lawyer Group

UM general counsel to become head of the National Association of College and University Attorneys

UM General Counsel Lee Tyner (left) has been chosen to lead the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

UM General Counsel Lee Tyner (left) has been chosen to lead the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

OXFORD, Miss. – Lee Tyner, general counsel at the University of Mississippi, has been elected board chairman of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, a group of more than 4,000 higher education lawyers across the country. He begins his new role in June.

UM Chancellor Dan Jones said those who have the honor of working with Tyner on a daily basis aren’t surprised by his selection to head a national group of his peers.

“It’s gratifying that his peers have selected him for this large honor and responsibility,” Jones said. “This brings recognition to our friend, Lee, that he deserves and certainly puts our university in the national spotlight. We value leadership and service. We are grateful to Lee for his leadership and service to both Ole Miss and this important national organization.”

Tyner, a Columbus native, earned a bachelor’s degree from UM in 1987 and his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1990. He worked as a litigation attorney for Butler Snow in Jackson for six years before coming back to Ole Miss in 1998. At UM, he worked for Mary Ann Connell, who was the university’s chief legal officer. When she retired in 2003, then-Chancellor Robert Khayat hired Tyner to become her replacement.

Tyner said NACUA is the best professional organization with which he’s ever been involved.

“My primary goal in my year as board chair is to do no harm because it’s such a highly effective, highly functional and healthy professional association,” Tyner said.

He has been active with NACUA for years and said he’s looking forward to leading the impressive group of lawyers from all levels of higher education, representing many universities and community colleges. He’ll assume his duties at the NACUA annual conference in Washington, taking over from the current board chairman, Tom Cline, vice president and general counsel at Northwestern University.

“I was humbled that my colleagues around the country who do what I do would ask that I serve in this way, particularly when I think of the other lawyers who have played this role nationally, whether it’s my mentor, Mary Ann Connell, who served in this role several years ago, or other professionals that I respect so much who have gone before me,” Tyner said.

The group is full of many dedicated professionals with whom Tyner enjoys working, he said.

“The thing about higher education lawyers is they are lawyers who like their job. They’re happy lawyers, which is not always an easy thing to find. They’re typically very interesting people and highly competent people and they are passionate about higher education. It makes for a pretty good combination of colleagues.”

The job of a university lawyer has become more challenging in recent years as federal regulations have become more far-reaching. The vast network of lawyers is a good resource for members of the group because the members have encountered almost any issue that can arise on a college campus, Tyner said. They often talk by phone or through email.

The group doesn’t take positions on issues, but does help other higher education trade groups with issues they encounter, he said.

“We’re trying to be a resource for these other organizations,” Tyner said. “We don’t take positions, but we’re trying to figure out how to have a seat at the table and have healthy discussions of our regulatory climate and how our student experiences are enhanced and not inhibited by that regulatory climate.”

Tyner was chosen for many reasons, including his record of leadership and service to the group, his commitment to its mission and also his modeling of NACUA‘s values of civility and collegiality, said Kathleen Santora, NACUA president and chief executive officerHe’s also always willing to help his colleagues with any issues they encounter, she said.

“Lee is held in the highest regard by NACUA’s members, and election to board leadership is clear evidence of that esteem,” Santora said. “If you ask NACUA members what stands out most about Lee, though, I am virtually certain they would respond that it is the warmth, graciousness and generosity of spirit with which he treats everyone he meets. It is my honor to know and to work with Lee, and we all look forward to working with him when he becomes board chair at the annual conference in late June in Washington.”

Tyner’s former boss, Mary Ann Connell, served in the same role at NACUA in 1999. Connell works in private practice with the Mayo-Mallette firm in Oxford and is still active with the organization. She said she’s also not surprised by the choice.

“He is the most capable person I think I’ve ever known,” Connell said. “He’s an excellent choice to be board chair. He’s a great leader, he’s brilliant, kind, considerate and hardworking. He gets along with people beautifully. He has all the qualities you want in a leader for such a large organization like NACUA.”

UM Archives Celebrates Arts and Entertainment

Exhibition features items from major collection donated by journalist and author Ellis Nassour

UM Archives and Special Collections

UM Archives and Special Collections

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s Archives and Special Collections presents a major exhibition of entertainment memorabilia spanning several decades and featuring items from three Mississippians who achieved fame as entertainment writers and critics.

Titled “Entertainment Collectors, Authors and Critics: Selections from the Mamie and Ellis Nassour Arts & Entertainment, Stark Young, and Herschel Brickell Collections,” the exhibition celebrates a major gift by journalist and author Ellis Nassour. The exhibit will be unveiled Jan. 22 in the William Faulkner Room on the third floor of J.D. Williams Library and will run through December.

“To be recognized in this exhibit with these men, both extraordinary Mississippians, is a great honor,” said Nassour, a Vicksburg native and 1964 UM graduate who resides in New York City.

Nassour began his generous donation of art and entertainment memorabilia to the university in 2000. In 2004, there was an official dedication with the donation named The Mamie and Ellis Nassour Arts & Entertainment Collection, in memory of his parents.

“The Nassour Collection gives the university a new breadth of research material, stretching from Hollywood to the New York stage and back to the South,” said Charles Reagan Wilson, former director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. “The primary sources on Patsy Cline from Ellis’ two biographies, in particular, help support the center’s new emphasis on the study of Southern music.”

As a journalism student, Nassour was a contributor to the Daily Mississippian and chaired the Associated Student Body social affairs committee for two years. Working hand in hand with Dean of Students Tom Hines, he changed the caliber of on-campus entertainment with concerts by Peter, Paul and Mary, Johnny Cash and June Carter, Julie London and Bobby Troupe, Peter Nero, and Al Hirt.

Nassour worked as a “campus runner” for a New York Times reporter during the UM integration crisis, which ultimately landed him a job at the newspaper, fulfilling a longtime ambition. He later became the director of artist relations for MCA Music/Universal Pictures, where he worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Brenda Lee and The Who.

“The relationships I developed led to some incredible experiences,” Nassour said. “Part of my reeducation at the Times was working with reporters who covered World War II and the Korean War. Working with Loretta Lynn at MCA led to hilarious and poignant tales of her friendship with Patsy and, eventually, to my two biographies.”

The books are “Patsy Cline, An Intimate Portrait,” in 1981, and the 1993 hardcover “Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline” (MacMillian), still in print in a 2008 updated edition. He has adapted the latter into a forthcoming stage musical. The entire spoken part of the hit revue “Always, Patsy Cline” is taken from four pages of Nassour’s biography.

From an early age, Nassour had an interest in the performing arts and collecting materials related to the entertainment industry. His career gave him firsthand access to many of the collection’s valuable pieces. It contains hundreds of visual and audio materials, vintage and contemporary film and theater posters, signed Playbills, bound plays, biographies and autobiographies, many other books, art and other significant items.

“One of the most important elements of the collection is that a huge portion of it is in use by faculty and students,” Nassour said.

An opening reception is set for 5 p.m. Jan. 22 in Archives and Special Collections.

“The libraries are thrilled to be able to offer a major exhibition highlighting the works and collections of three outstanding Mississippi entertainment writers and critics, the late Stark Young and Herschel Brickell and Ellis Nassour,” said Julia Rholes, UM dean of university libraries. “We want to invite the public to join us for this extraordinary exhibit.”

Spring’s Not-to-be-Missed Events

Slate of activities offers something for all tastes

The 2012 Double Decker Arts Festival

The 2012 Double Decker Arts Festival

It’s cold out, almost too cold to go outside, but Oxford and Ole Miss have plenty of events to heat things up this semester. Don’t miss out – there is a little something for everyone’s taste and budget.

Here are a few things you won’t want to miss:

Music

Grammy-winning banjo player Bela Fleck, is arguably one of the world’s most innovative musicians. His musical repertoire runs the gamut from bluegrass to jazz. In 2010, he wrote his first classical concerto for banjo. He will be playing at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, joined by an orchestral collective known as the Knights. Tickets start at $28. The Ford Center’s season is filled with an array of musical acts, Broadway shows and performing arts. Go to http://www.fordcenter.org for a complete schedule of events and ticket information.

Comedy

Comedian, writer and actor Patton Oswalt is bringing his standup genius to Oxford. Known for his role as Spence Olchin on “The King of Queens,” Oswalt became a household name through his standup specials and TV appearances. He was named Entertainment Weekly’s “It” comedian in 2002. Oswalt will read from his upcoming memoir, “Silver Screen Fiend,” at 5 p.m. Feb. 11 at Off Square Books. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Square Books website. Later that evening, he will perform at the Lyric Theater. Doors open at 7 p.m., tickets start at $30. http://www.thelyricoxford.com

Film

In its 12th year, the Oxford Film Festival continues its tradition of bringing quality independent film to Oxford. Named one of the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker magazine, the festival attracts filmmakers from across the globe to showcase their films. Set for Feb. 26-March 1 at the Malco Oxford Commons, the festival is open to the public with tickets starting at just $8. Go to http://www.oxfordfilmfest.com for more information.

Oxford Arts Crawl

The Oxford Arts Crawl takes place on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. The free art tour takes you through the heart of Oxford’s creative community, featuring exhibits and receptions at the Powerhouse, Southside Gallery, University Museum, Meek Hall and other locations. For more information on this and other Yoconapatawpha Arts Council events, go to http://www.oxfordarts.com.

Thacker Mountain Radio

Broadcast live from Off Square Books, the “Thacker Mountain Radio Hour” features weekly author readings and a variety of musical guests. Hosted by Oxford’s own Jim Dees and accompanied by the show’s house band, the Yalobushwackers, “Thacker Mountain Radio” is an authentic Oxford experience. Be a part of the shows live audience at 6 p.m. Thursdays at Off Square Books. Can’t be there? Tune in live on Rebel Radio 92.1 or catch the show’s rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Saturdays on Mississippi Public Radio. Go to http://www.thackermountain.com for the most up-to-date information.

Double Decker Arts Festival

Happy 20th to Oxford’s Double Decker Arts Festival! The festival that started with the bed of an old pickup truck as its stage has evolved into a two-day celebration of food, music and the arts. One of the most anticipated events of the year, Double Decker kicks off on Friday evenings with a special broadcast of “Thacker Mountain Radio” and continues on Saturday with an eclectic mix of musical acts, art and food vendors. This year’s festival is set for April 24-25. The event is free and open to the public. Check http://www.doubledeckerfestival.com for festival information and the upcoming musical lineup.

Find a listing of these events and much more at http://www.visitoxford.com.

Meet Walter Flaschka, January’s Staff Member of the Month

Walter

Walter Flaschka

Walter Flaschka, a network administrator in the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies who will be an instructor this spring, has been chosen as January’s Staff Member of the Month. To help us get to know him better, he answered a few questions for Inside Ole Miss.

IOM: How long have you worked at Ole Miss?

Flaschka: Since January 2009

IOM: What is your hometown?

Flaschka: Tucson, Arizona

IOM: What is your favorite Ole Miss memory?

Flaschka: Shortly after joining the university, when I was still wondering how I’d fit into the Ole Miss culture, the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies had its ribbon-cutting ceremony. Luminaries like Chancellor Robert Khayat and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker were about to arrive and give speeches in front of the building. During preparations, I looked up and saw a confused, terrified squirrel hanging off the building’s portico, right above the podium. I don’t know how he got there, but I have pictures. I could just imagine that squirrel landing on our distinguished guests right in the middle of a speech. The ribbon-cutting is still, in my mind, a blend of pomp, circumstance and absurdity. By the time the squirrel fell off the building and landed on my sports coat (which I held out for him), I realized I’d probably fit into the Ole Miss culture rather well.

IOM: What do you enjoy most about your position or the department in which you work?

Flaschka: Our students! They aim themselves at some of the most challenging and important public-service careers possible. I wish I’d had their drive when I was in college. These students would have lapped me like I was standing still. It’s depressing and inspiring at the same time.

IOM: What do you like to do when you are not at work?

Flaschka: When not at work, I’m a competitive coach at the Oxford Fencers Club. Lately I’ve had great fun playing “Minecraft” with my three children.

IOM: What is one thing on your bucket list?

Flaschka: I’m about to start doing it: I’ve always wanted to teach at a university! This spring, I’m teaching a criminal justice course on intelligence analysis software for law enforcement, and it will be much more exciting than it probably sounds.

IOM: What is your favorite movie?

Flaschka: “The Blind Side,” of course! Or anything that deals with the Ole Miss tradition of Sandra Bullock – I mean, football.

 IOM: What is your favorite Ole Miss tradition?

Flaschka: I love the Grove on game days, and my favorite annual tradition is the staff appreciation luncheon.

IOM: What is a fun fact about you?

Flaschka: I write obscure science fiction novels, and I have a title coming out this year on the world’s smallest indie imprint. Don’t even look for it.

To nominate a colleague for the Staff Member of the Month, email staffcouncil@olemiss.edu with the name of the individual you’d like to nominate as well as why you feel he or she should be recognized.

Charleston Rotary Club Donates Papers to UM Archives

Rachel McLemore and Head of Special Collections Jennifer Ford view the recent donation of meeting minutes from the Charleston chapter of the Rotary Club.

Rachel McLemore and Head of Special Collections Jennifer Ford view the recent donation of meeting minutes from the Charleston chapter of the Rotary Club.

OXFORD, Miss. – The Charleston chapter of Rotary International has made a historic donation to the Department of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Mississippi’s J.D. Williams Library.

The donation includes documents that detail the chapter’s history, program minutes and correspondence that capture the efforts of this civic-minded organization in Charleston and Tallahatchie County.

The Charleston chapter was founded in 1923, and the collection of minutes dates to the point of its charter until the early 1980s. These written records include that time period, covering other programming, statements of considered issues, charities and financial records referencing specific members.

Tallahatchie County is the location of a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement.  The men accused of killing Emmett Till were acquitted in a 1955 trial in Sumner.   

Five years after the first Rotary Club was organized in Chicago in 1905, branches were created in other cities, including New Orleans and Jackson and the Mississippi towns of Greenwood, Cleveland and then Charleston. Working to help disabled children and adults as well as local Boy Scouts, the Charleston chapter’s affairs and meetings were recorded every week.

Bobby Dailey, one of the chapter’s board members, made it his “personal project” to organize the gift. The preserving and archiving of this significant Charleston treasure was made possible through the generosity of Rotary Club members, who voted to donate the minutes to the library to “provide a slice of history unavailable anywhere else,” Dailey said.

Rotary International is an organization of professional and business leaders that provides humanitarian service around the world since 1905. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,500 Rotary clubs in 168 countries. Some notable Rotary members include Dr. Charles H. Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, and Manny Pacquaio, Filipino world-champion boxer and congressman.

Meet Counseling Center Director Bud Edwards

Bud Edwards

Bud Edwards

Quinton “Bud” Edwards became director of the University Counseling Center in October. He answered a few questions for Inside Ole Miss to help us get to know him better.

IOM: Tell us a little about your background in counseling.

Edwards: I have a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri (at) Columbia and completed my internship at the University of Iowa’s Counseling Services. I have worked mostly in university counseling centers but have spent some time (working) in a hospital, in mental health centers and in private practice.

IOM: What do you like most about your job?

Edwards: Working directly with students to help them overcome obstacles to their personal and academic success and working with other university staff members to design and implement effective programs and policies to affect positive change in our campus environment.

IOM: Tell us about your vision for the counseling center. What are some of the services you’d like to offer that aren’t currently available?

Edwards: We are working toward becoming an accredited counseling center and are in the process of becoming a more efficient unit, including full implementation of an electronic records system. We hope to provide a high quality of clinical services to the campus within the scope of an outpatient practice model. As our efficiency improves and we are able to add staff, we will expand our psycho-educational outreach program and add a formalized, graduated training program that will include practica, an American Psychological Association accredited pre-doctoral internship and a post-doctoral program. We will work to balance these programs with our EAP work. We have added the Violence Prevention Office to our unit as one step in expanding our educational programming and providing services to our students.

IOM: What are some of the most valuable services you think the counseling center offers?

Edwards: I believe that all of these services are crucial to being better integrated into campus and to helping students, as well as faculty and staff, have a good experience at the university. Clinical services and crisis management are two areas that most people probably associate with our work and these are vital to the function of our unit. Both the psycho-educational programming and the training program will contribute to the university’s educational mission and provide valuable resources to our state population in the form of graduates who are better prepared to meet the demands of the work world in the state and better prepared to address the mental health needs of the state.

IOM: If someone is on the fence about whether they should seek counseling, what are some of the warning signs they should look for to know it’s time to get help?

Edwards: Changes in behavior, either gradual or sudden, can indicate potential difficulties, especially if these changes are connected to declines in overall functioning, mood changes, increase in anxiety or depression symptoms, and/or social withdrawal. Any sign of suicidal or homicidal ideation or psychotic-type symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, among others, need immediate professional intervention.

IOM: What would you say to someone who needs counseling, but is avoiding the issue at hand? Why should they seek help?

Edwards: We all need help at some point in our lives because life can sometimes be hard or complicated, and our normal coping skills may become inadequate. Knowing when, how and to whom to ask for help is an important life skill for anyone and I believe is one of the signs of maturity.

IOM: Tell us about the staff you have there. How many people work for you and what is your overall assessment of your team?

Edwards: We have a total of six full-time professional clinical staff and two full-time support staff. We have one part-time clinical staff person, five part-time graduate students and one part-time undergraduate office worker. The staff care about the students, faculty, staff and administrators here at the university. The professional staff are all licensed and credentialed in their respective fields and bring a variety of approaches to our clinical work. They work hard and tell me they are excited about our future growth.

IOM: Tell us about the counseling center’s hours, services and other information you think may be helpful for the university community to know about what’s available to them.

Edwards: The UCC operates normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 5p.m., Monday-Friday when the university is open. We offer an after-hours crisis emergency service and a consultation service to the campus community, in addition to the clinical services, outreach and training programs. There is generally no charge for the services that the students receive and all clinical services are confidential. We are happy to answer questions about any of our services, and our services can be accessed by calling or stopping by the UCC and one of the support staff will help that person get connected with one of our clinical staff. We are located at the corner of All-American Drive and Poole Drive and our number is 662-915-3784. More information is available on our website.

IOM: Tell us about your family.

Edwards: I have a long-time partner who will relocate here as soon as she can find a job. My daughter has graduated college and been married for about two-and-a-half years. My mom and sister live in Mississippi and my brother lives in North Carolina. My in-laws live in the upper Midwest.

IOM: What are your hobbies and interests?

Edwards: I like sports, reading, cooking and eating, animals, traveling with my partner and jigsaw puzzles in the winter.

IOM: Do you have a favorite Ole Miss memory you’d like to share? It doesn’t have to be related to your job.

Edwards: I attended the football game in Jackson when Ole Miss beat Notre Dame (in 1977). I still remember the last couple of minutes of the game and how exciting it was to win. Second to that is watching (Ole Miss Rebel quarterback Archie Manning) in the Alabama game the year it was televised at night for the first time (1969). I fully expected the Rebels to walk away with a win that night and was absolutely crushed when that didn’t happen. It is my second favorite because that may have been the best college football game I have ever seen.

IOM: Is there anything else you’d like to say to the faculty and staff of the university?

Edwards: I am from Mississippi and came back home to give back to the university, Oxford and the state. I hope that the campus community will join us as we continue to build a nationally recognized University Counseling Center that benefits the campus and the state. Please contact me if you have feedback that could make our services better. Please contact the University Foundation if you have money that you want to give to help us grow. I believe in the people of Mississippi, in the University of Mississippi and in our students and dedicated faculty, staff and administrators. I am proud to be a Rebel.

UM Professor Receives 2015 Humanities Scholar Award

Eric Weber to receive award from the Mississippi Humanities Council

Weber

Weber

OXFORD, Miss. – Eric Weber, associate professor of public policy leadership at the University of Mississippi, has been selected to receive the 2015 Humanities Scholar Award for his outstanding contributions to the study and understanding of the humanities.

The Humanities Scholar Award, presented by the Mississippi Humanities Council, will be conferred at the 2015 Public Humanities Awards ceremony, set for Feb. 13 at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson.

“We are pleased to be able to recognize these outstanding teachers, scholars and organizations who have made significant contributions to the cultural life in our state,” said Stuart Rockoff, executive director of the council. “The outstanding work of each of our winners exemplifies how the humanities can help us understand where we Mississippians have been and what we can become. By reaching out and bringing the humanities to the larger public, they embody the council’s motto that ‘the humanities are for everyone.'”

Weber joined the UM faculty in 2007. He teaches courses in ethics and public policy, critical thinking and communication for public policy, and the philosophy of leadership, as well as courses in the Honors College. He served as the chair of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Public Philosophy from 2011 to 2014 and is executive director of the Society of Philosophers in America.

Weber’s recent work led him to organize events addressing specific challenges faced by Mississippians, he said. With support from the council, he and other scholars have brought in specialists to talk about topics of public importance, such as ethics at the end of life or disability and accessibility.

Weber says it is a great honor for the council to recognize his work.

“Winning this award means to me that people have noticed and want to encourage publicly engaged philosophy,” Weber said. “I love my field of philosophy in its own right, but even more so in its application to public issues and leadership. The humanities matter a great deal but need advocates and organizational support to keep in view for the public. The Mississippi Humanities Council champions that effort.”

Weixing Chen, chair of the Department of Public Policy Leadership, nominated Weber for the award.

“Dr. Weber has played and exemplary role in participating in MHC programs and serving as an interpreter of his discipline, philosophy, for public audiences,” Chen wrote.

Weber holds a doctorate in philosophy from Southern Illinois University, a master’s from Ohio University and a bachelor’s from Vanderbilt. Besides the Humanities Scholar Award, Weber has received the Cora Lee Graham Award for the Outstanding Teaching of Freshmen (2011) and the Thomas F. Frist Student Service Award (2012).

Weber is a contributor to The Clarion Ledger covering matters such as corporal punishment in schools, sex education and support for teachers. He is the author of 20 scholarly articles and four books. His latest, “Uniting Mississippi: Democracy and Leadership in the South,” is to be released in October 2015.

Meet Sarah Siebert, December’s Staff Member of the Month

The UM Staff Council has chosen Sarah Siebert, who teaches 4-year-olds at Willie Price Lab School, as December’s Staff Member of the Month. To help us get to know her better, Siebert answered a few questions for Inside Ole Miss.

IOM: How long have you worked at Ole Miss?  

Siebert: I started working at Ole Miss in August 2009.

IOM: What is your hometown?  

Siebert: Shorewood, Illinois

IOM: What is your favorite Ole Miss memory?

Siebert: There are so many to choose from. Professionally, helping prepare for the Education Reform Forum during the 2008 presidential debate as a grad assistant and then watching the debate in the Grove.  It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Sports-wise, Ole Miss vs. Texas in Oxford.  I had a family member coaching at Texas that year, so my entire family came to Oxford for the first time.  Beating them the next year was even better!

IOM: What do you enjoy most about your position or the department in which you work?  

Siebert: My students and my co-workers are incredible. My students are eager to learn, sweet and make me laugh all day long! My co-workers are the most positive and hardworking people I have ever met. Also, I love that we get to work with so many different groups of students who come to Willie Price for various reasons. You can’t help but be happy at Willie Price!

IOM: What do you like to do when you are not at work?  

Siebert: Eat!  I love to cook for my friends and family. I also love to travel, especially for Ole Miss sporting events. I only missed one football game this season (home or away); of course, it was the Alabama game.  

IOM: What is one thing on your bucket list?

Siebert: Go to a Taping of the Jimmy Fallon show.

IOM: What is your favorite movie?  

Siebert: “Heavyweights.” So many great quotes, and you can’t help but laugh the entire time.

IOM: What is your favorite Ole Miss tradition?  

Siebert: The Walk of Champions before football games.

IOM: What is a fun fact about you?  

Siebert: I sang and danced onstage with the Beach Boys and John Stamos (Uncle Jesse) to “Barbara Ann” this summer in Tupelo with a bunch of my friends. It was like living an episode of “Full House.” 

To nominate a colleague for the Staff Member of the Month, email staffcouncil@olemiss.edu with the name of the individual you’d like to nominate, as well as why you feel he or she should be recognized.

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.