Scholarship Helps Students Go Onward and Upward

First Everett-Williams recipients graduate, embrace opportunities

Logan Wilson

Logan Wilson

OXFORD, Miss. – The first-ever recipients of the four-year Everett-Williams Memorial Scholarship have graduated from the University of Mississippi, and their futures both appear bright.

Logan Wilson, of Hattiesburg, earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the university in May, and Davelin Woodard, of Oxford, received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the UM Medical Center in Jackson.

Wilson will begin medical school at UMMC this fall, while Woodard is a nurse in the Medical Center’s surgical intensive care unit. She cares for patients who are in critical condition before or after surgery, as well as those who have been involved in life-threatening traumas.

“I am excited to have found a career that I love and that allows me to help people on a daily basis,” Woodard said.

Both Wilson and Woodard say that the Everett-Williams Scholarship gave them the financial freedom they needed to pursue their dreams at Ole Miss, a university they each grew to love.

“The Everett-Williams Scholarship presented me with opportunities that I never thought I’d have in college,” Wilson said. “It allowed me to focus solely on my academics rather than constantly worrying with how I was going to afford college.

“It also motivated me to be successful. Being one of the first two recipients, I wanted to set the standard high for future students that received this honor.”

Likewise, Woodard said the scholarship enabled her to attend the university by eliminating the financial burden of tuition.

Davelin Woodard

Davelin Woodard

“In addition, I had the privilege of meeting my donor, Mr. William McMullen, twice, and we also communicated via mail and email,” she said. “It was clear that he genuinely cared about my academic endeavors and my overall well-being. My family and I could never thank Mr. McMullen enough for the impact he had on my life and the part he played in my success.”

McMullen, a 1969 UM law graduate from Charlotte, North Carolina, chairs the committee that selects scholarship recipients. His uncle, Thomas Marshall Everett, of Meridian, seeded the fund with an initial gift of $90,000 and requested that the endowment include his wife’s maiden name (Williams) to represent her side of the family.

The fund was originally to be managed by the Southern Baptist Foundation of Tennessee. But in 2008, McMullen coordinated its transfer to the UM Foundation, creating two four-year scholarships that total $13,000 annually: one for the Sally McDonnell-Barksdale Honors College, the other for Ole Miss First, a program that rewards scholastic achievement and leadership.

“Philanthropists often say that they get out of the experience more than the recipients,” McMullen said. “For me, that is definitely true. It’s rewarding to know that we were able to help Davelin and Logan make it through school without a huge debt-load, and I feel blessed and honored to be part of what they achieved.”

According to a Wall Street Journal report from May 2016, college graduates are saddled with an average student loan debt of more than $37,000. Both Wilson and Woodard say they feel fortunate to have been selected for the scholarship.

“The University of Mississippi provided me with a top-notch education in biochemistry as well as allowed me to find my identity,” Wilson said. “It has opened my eyes to many of the controversies that exist in society today and also taught me how to handle them from an educated and respectful perspective.”

Woodard agrees: “This scholarship was so much more than just a financial blessing,” she said, adding that she received the Everett-Williams Scholarship through Ole Miss First, which also provided mentorship, guidance and friendship throughout her time on the Oxford campus.

“I feel that my prerequisite courses at the Oxford campus adequately prepared me for the rigorous coursework of the nursing program at UMMC. At UMMC, the classes provided me with theoretical knowledge, while simulation labs and clinical rotations provided me with hands-on experience. My education at Ole Miss and UMMC helped me feel prepared and confident to start my career as a registered nurse.”

Douglass Sullivan-González, dean of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, said he is not surprised by Wilson’s and Woodard’s achievements.

“Davelin and Logan had such intense focus as students,” he said. “They each clearly had a very definite objective in mind and were committed to it. We wish them all the best in their continued education and professional careers.”

Rosie McDavid, director of the Ole Miss First scholarship program, mentored Woodard and knew her well.

“Davelin is an exceptionally bright scholar who was so appreciative of her scholarship and because of it, she is going to go on and make a difference in this world in the field of nursing,” McDavid said.

“I also want to mention Bill McMullen. His concern and his commitment to these students mean so much. He’s got such a big heart and really cares about getting to know them. In fact, he will travel all the way from Charlotte to see his students.”

McMullen met both recipients on campus during their undergraduate days.

“I could tell right away that they were dedicated to completing what they set out to achieve,” he said. “I have indicated to each that if they have a need in the future, we are here. Our program doesn’t have to be for undergrads only. We are here to help if the need arises.”

The Everett-Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund is open to gifts from individuals and organizations. Donors can send a check with the fund noted in the memo line to the University of Mississippi Foundation, 406 University Ave., Oxford, MS 38655; or visit For more information, contact Sandra Guest at 662-915-5945 or

Recent UM Graduates Receive Rural Physician Scholarships

Program helps students attend medical school in return for service to state

JACKSON, Miss. – Five recent graduates of the University of Mississippi have been awarded Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarships valued at $30,000 per year for their medical training at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson.

Jackson Browning, Rohini Krishan, Brooks Pratt, Kelly Ann Sneed and Anna Grace Stout were honored at the annual ceremony for the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program.

Browning is the son of Roger and Rebecca Browning of New Albany. Krishna is the daughter of Krishna and Kiran Reddy of Greenville. Pratt is the son of Dr. Leonard and Anita Pratt of Corinth. Sneed is the daughter of Charlie and Karen Sneed of Olive Branch. Stout is the daughter of David and Vicki Moody of Carthage.

Created in 2007, the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program is designed to provide more primary care physicians in rural areas of Mississippi. During medical school, each MRPSP scholar receives $30,000 a year, based on available funding.

Consistent legislative support of the MRPSP translates to 60 medical students receiving $1.8 million to support their education this fall. Besides the legislative support, five privately funded scholarships were also awarded this year.

Other benefits include personalized mentoring from practicing rural physicians and academic support.

Upon completion of medical training, MRPSP scholars must enter a residency program in one of five primary care specialties: family medicine, general internal medicine, medicine-pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology or pediatrics. The MRPSP scholar must provide four years of service in a clinic-based practice in an approved Mississippi community with a population of 20,000 or fewer and more than 20 miles from a medically served area.

MRPSP provides a means for rural Mississippi students to earn a seat in medical school and to earn a $120,000 medical school scholarship in return for four years of service. They also learn the art of healing from practicing rural physicians.

For more information, contact Dan Coleman, MRPSP associate director, at 601-815-0564, jdcoleman@umc.du or

‘An Ambush of Tigers’ Claims CELI Read Aloud Book Award

UM literacy center honors top picture book of the year with annual award

CELI literacy specialist Angie Caldwell reads "An Ambush of Tigers" to children at Willie Price University Lab School.

CELI literacy specialist Angie Caldwell reads ‘An Ambush of Tigers’ to children at Willie Price University Lab School.

OXFORD. Miss. – “An Ambush of Tigers,” by author Betsy R. Rosenthal and illustrator Jago Silver, is the 2016 winner of the CELI Read Aloud Book Award, which presented annually by the University of Mississippi’s Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction to recognize outstanding new books to read aloud to young children.

Published in April 2015 by Millbrook Press, “An Ambush of Tigers” conjures a wild gathering of rhyming and collective nouns to pique the interest of young children while educating them on vocabulary referring to groups of animals, such as a prickle of porcupines or a shiver of sharks.

“This book really focuses on enriching children’s vocabulary and engaging them with rich illustrations,” said CELI literacy specialist Angie Caldwell, who serves on the Read Aloud award selection committee. “We had a great deal of positive comments and it engaged children in asking questions about the book.”

A committee of UM School of Education faculty and staff and working educators field-tested the eligible books with young children in a variety of educational settings, including schools, homes and media centers.

“Our class loved reading ‘An Ambush of Tigers,'” said Sarah Siebert, pre-K teacher at Willie Price University Lab School and a committee member. “It was an awesome way to introduce new vocabulary words to explain the different names of groups of animals.”

Committee members, who are selected based on their experience with children and their knowledge of children’s books, choose the best read-aloud picture book of the year using rubrics that measure children’s reactions to the books.

The book was chosen as the 2016 winner from 25 eligible books and will carry a seal on its cover. All remaining Read Aloud submission books will be donated to needs-based classrooms in north Mississippi.

Established in 2010, the Read Aloud Book Award recognizes honors books created for children from toddlers to 8 years old and promotes a love of reading. The award is partially supported by the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation in Jackson.

Native American Artifacts on Display at UM

Exhibits at Barnard Observatory, J.D. Williams Library include pottery, tools and decorative items


Maureen Meyers, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, documents the Native American artifacts as they are installed in display cases. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology will have many Native American artifacts from its archaeology collection on display in Barnard Observatory until mid-August. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Maureen Meyers, assistant professor of anthropology, documents the Native American artifacts as they are installed in display cases. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Artifacts dating back to the 1400s offer a glimpse into the life of Native Americans in Mississippi through multiple exhibits over the next month at the University of Mississippi.

Barnard Observatory is housing an exhibit of “The Davies Collection: Mississippian Iconographic Vessels,” which features 15 ceramic vessels recovered from the Walls site in northwest Mississippi by physician Julius Davies in the early 20th century.

The items are part of the UM Department of Sociology and Anthropology’s Davies Collection, which includes about 270 items. The full university collection contains about 1,300 boxes of artifacts.

“These Davies vessels are unique because of their iconography, which show religious symbols of Native Americans who lived during the Mississippian period in the Southeastern United States,” said Maureen Meyers, assistant professor of anthropology.

Visitors can see these items in from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays in Barnard Observatory until mid-August.

Many items in the collection have been used for continuing research of Native American culture in the Southeast.

“These artifacts are in need of a proper curation facility, so we can use them to their fullest extent and share with researchers across North America their research potential,” she said.

Meyers also added original drawings and photos of these artifacts taken by Calvin Brown, an amateur archaeologist and professor and chair of the UM Department of Modern Languages in the 1920s, to the exhibit.

Additionally, similar items are on display in the J.D. Williams Library’s Department of Archives and Special Collections this summer and fall in conjunction with the university’s Common Reading Experience. Native American author Sherman Alexie wrote this year’s featured book, “Ten Little Indians.”

The exhibit, which is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through the fall semester, displays artifacts that offer a sneak peek into the breadth Native American ethnographic collection. It includes Alaskan Inuit objects such as a scrimshaw, harpoon hooks and wooden sun visors, a Southwestern Zuni pot, baskets from Northern California Indians, beaded work, moccasins and blankets made by Lakota Sioux and Cherokee in Oklahoma, and items from the Southeast, such as ceramic pots from the Walls site, stone tools and toli sticks used in games of stickball.

Meyers said all these items likely date to the 1920s, when they were procured.

“These items have the potential to contribute greatly to educating the public about Native Americans in our state,” Meyers said. “We hope these two exhibits give the UM community a sense of what rich resources we have.”

UM Hosts World Health Organization Working Group

Three-day session helps group develop guidelines for herb and drug interactions

The World Health Organization's Traditional and Complementary Medicines Program gathered at the University of Mississippi to develop an update to the WHO guidance documents on the utilization of traditional and herbal medicines.

The university’s National Center for Natural Products Research hosted a working group assembled by the World Health Organization’s Traditional and Complementary Medicines Program to develop an update to guidance documents on the utilization of traditional and herbal medicines.

OXFORD, Miss. – A working group constituted by the World Health Organization’s Traditional and Complementary Medicines Program gathered recently at the University of Mississippi to develop another in the series of WHO guidance documents on the utilization of traditional and herbal medicines.

The increased use of herbal medicines and botanical supplements around the world raises concerns about their interactions with conventional prescription medicines. The goal of the July 12-14 meeting was to frame these issues and draft globally relevant guidelines on herb and drug interactions for health care professionals and regulatory or compliance organizations.

The university’s National Center for Natural Products Research served as local hosts for the three-day meeting, which included 35 representatives from around the world. Dr. Zhang Qi, coordinator of the WHO’s Traditional and Complementary Medicine Program, led the group.

“We are grateful to the University of Mississippi for their hospitality in providing this venue for our meeting, and for facilitating the meeting organization on the ground,” Zhang said. “This allowed us to spend three productive days focusing on these important guidelines.”

The National Center for Natural Products Research has a long-standing research program focused on the authenticity, quality and safety of botanical supplements in this country. The program is led by Ikhlas Khan, NCNPR associate director, and supported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Center of Excellence.

Several scientists from NCNPR also participated in the meeting as working group members or invited observers.

“We were very pleased to host such a distinguished group from WHO, with other scientists, health policymakers and regulators, and to participate in these deliberations,” said Larry Walker, NCNPR director and a UM professor of pharmacology.

UM High School Expands Staff and Offerings

Online program adds full-time staff to meet increasing enrollments

The University of Mississippi High School brought on two new full-time staff members this summer to help with increasing enrollments and student services for the over 250 students earning credits in the online program. Serving as the principal and coordinator for UMHS will be Thomas Harrington (l) and Krystal Rae Baker (r) will now coordinate enrollment and records.

Serving as principal and coordinator for UMHS will be Thomas Herrington (left), and Krystal Rae Baker will coordinate enrollment and records.

OXFORD, Miss. – More than 250 high school students from around the world are finding the right fit in their educational journey through the University of Mississippi High School, which continues to meet the growing need for options that help students complete individual high school courses as well as complete degrees online.

After graduating 14 full-time students with their high school diplomas this spring, administrators are working to keep moving forward as the program adds more full-time staff and increases offerings this summer.

“There are a lot of moving parts, but we want to continue to offer the highest-caliber program possible,” said Ellen Shelton, UM executive director of pre-college programs.

In May, UMHS faculty member Thomas Herrington, of Oxford, took on a new role as the full-time UMHS principal and coordinator. Besides full-time teaching duty with Oxford School District for the past 10 years, Herrington has served as an instructor with UMHS for English III, German I, Ancient Middle Eastern History and ACT/SAT Preparation courses for the past six years.

“Thomas brings a strong knowledge of online education in the K-12 setting to our program,” Shelton said.

“He is a well-rounded, curriculum-based instructor who knows how to help struggling students and special populations. I am beyond thrilled to have him join our team full time.”

Herrington, originally from the south Mississippi town of Columbia, has worked as a clerk at the front desk of an emergency room and a hall director in a men’s dorm, and taught English in China.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in history with minors in German and Chinese from UM in 2003. Upon graduation, he worked at Mississippi College and St. Dominick Hospital before moving back to Oxford for a year and then heading off to Harbin, China, in spring 2002 to teach English at Heilongjiang University.

After returning home from a year overseas, he earned a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at the University of Southern Mississippi. He then returned to Oxford to teach in the UM Intensive English Program in 2005.

In fall 2006, he became an English Language Learner teacher with Oxford School District. Throughout the past six years, he has also served as an online instructor for the UM High School.

“What we create is what our students are going to get out of their high school education,” Herrington said. “We want to make it appealing and informative. It’s fulfilling to be a part of a positive trajectory for these students.”

Herrington completed his educational specialist degree in curriculum and instruction in 2014 and holds an administrator license.

“I think the most challenging part of my new position will be handling the growth while maintaining the high quality of the program, but I’m up to the challenge,” Herrington said.

Krystal Rae Baker, a native of Los Angeles, became the new enrollment and records assistant for UMHS last month. She has been working as a graduate assistant with the program since 2013, which helped with the transition.

“I really enjoy working with all of our students, parents and instructors,” Baker said. “It’s rewarding to be a part of helping our students succeed in their goals.”

Baker helps keep students on track with their coursework and follows up with parents and officials on their progress. She said she enjoys seeing the different journeys that students in the program are on.

“We have students from all over the world who have a desire for completing their high school degree,” Baker said. “We even have a Nickelodeon television actress. Completing your education is an attainable and admirable goal, no matter what is going on in your life.”

New courses are regularly in development to add to the wide range of options for students looking to expand their knowledge base. This fall, Herrington is preparing a new credit course on world religions.

The UMHS program enrolls students anytime throughout the year and offers more than 50 online courses for high school credit. Find out more at

UM Named Among ‘Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces’

Recognition honors university's work to promote healthy lifestyles and physical activity

The University of Mississippi has again been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces by The Mississippi Business Journal, the Mississippi Business Group on Health and the Mississippi Department of Health. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

The University of Mississippi has again been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces by the Mississippi Business Journal, the Mississippi Business Group on Health and the Mississippi Department of Health. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has again been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.

The Mississippi Business Journal, the Mississippi Business Group on Health and the Mississippi Department of Health hand out the designation each year. The university will be honored during a banquet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday (July 27) at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson, along with other 2016 recipients of the award. An overall winner will be announced there and other awards will be given.

UM Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter said many on campus have worked hard for several years to improve the health and well-being of all university employees, and this honor is an acknowledgment of their efforts.

“We take the welfare of all our employees very seriously, and it is our responsibility to take the lead in providing the healthiest environment possible for all our faculty, staff and students,” Vitter said. “I encourage all of the Ole Miss family to join us in creating a culture of wellness that will benefit individuals across Mississippi.” 

The university developed the RebelWell program, which provides a range of opportunities for employees to become educated about living a healthy lifestyle and also offers group fitness classes, cooking demonstrations and nutrition counseling, among other services. 

The recognition honors the Ole Miss community’s work on health issues, said Andrea M. Jekabsons, UM assistant director of employment, professional development and engagement. Jekabsons is also a project manager with RebelWell.

Working with the RebelWell team to improve workplace wellness is rewarding, she said. It’s also great to see employees sharing their success stories with coworkers, which in turn inspires them to work on fitness.

Besides benefits to health, there are other positive developments when a workforce gets healthy, she said.

“We continue to read of surveys that show employees who eat healthy all day and exercise regularly are more productive as well as experience lower absenteeism,”Jekabsons said. “Just as importantly, healthy employees serve as great role models for their families.”

Campus health programs have benefited from $575,000 in wellness grants from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. The funding came through a $326,000 grant earlier this year and a $250,000 wellness grant from the foundation in 2014.

Grants have been used for nutrition educational expenses and to buy physical activity equipment and supplies, buying educational equipment for school-age children and promotional items and funding for campaigns, contracted services, community programs and sponsorships for major events. There’s also funding for fresh fruit for school programs and a national certification for a strength program aimed at women over 40.

RebelWell offers nutrition education through counseling sessions, seminars and demonstrations and also executes programs to highlight local wellness role models.

In 2016, the university again made the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” list, which measures employee overall satisfaction. Ole Miss has made the list for the eight out of the nine years it has existed.

Creating a healthy workplace is a campuswide effort that supports UM’s vision, said Brandi Hephner LaBanc, vice chancellor for student affairs and chair of the RebelWell Campus Committee.

“The initiatives and key messages help to transform lives,” Hephner LaBanc said. When individuals simply feel well, they are more engaged intellectually, more creative and we are a better campus community. The focus on wellness also facilitates an environment that people want to be a part of faculty, staff and students alike.”

University leaders created the UM2020 strategic plan with specific wellness objectives. They included developing and implementing a multiyear plan for promoting and advancing health, nutrition, exercise and individual wellness among all workers.

The university’s leadership has also made changes to two employee policies in 2015 to promote a healthier work environment. Department heads are allowed to be flexible with scheduling to let employees participate in physical activity and UM wellness programs. Employees are also allowed breaks twice per day to encourage them to stretch, walk or take short bike rides around campus, which can benefit work performance and individual health.

“As charged in the university’s strategic plan, UM2020, our goal is to set the university as a beacon of leadership throughout the state by educating and fostering a community that is committed to a healthy and sustainable lifestyle and campus environment,” Jekabsons said.

Alan Turner, Mississippi Business Journal publisher, said his publication is honored to be able to support healthy workplaces across the state. 

“It’s difficult to overstate the importance of healthy workplace practices in today’s world,” Turner said. “We’re delighted to be able to support the Mississippi Healthiest Workplaces awards and recognize so many great institutions, such as the University of Mississippi, who are working hard to make a positive difference in the quality of life for Mississippians.”

Ole Miss Athletics Foundation Announces Record-Breaking Year

UM supporters contributed $45.6 million over the past fiscal year

The Ole Miss men's basketball team takes the Pavilion court. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

The Ole Miss men’s basketball team takes the Pavilion court. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss Athletics Foundation collected $45.6 million in cash contributions, a new record, from donors in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The annual contributions break the previous high of $35.2 million in cash donations set the previous fiscal year.

Cash giving in the previous two years was $27.4 million in 2014 and $26.0 million in 2013, bringing the total cash contributed in the last four years to $134.2 million.

The Ole Miss Athletics Foundation is composed of members who donate to support Ole Miss athletics programs. Along with the increase in cash donations, the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation has grown as well, now including 17,773 members and counting.

“On behalf of Ole Miss athletics, including our coaches and our talented student-athletes, I would like to thank Rebel Nation for their generous contributions over the past year that set a new standard in fundraising,” Athletics Director Ross Bjork said. “The Ole Miss family continues to grow, and the support allows us to continue giving Rebels the highest quality student-athlete experience.”

The record-breaking year would not have been possible without several outstanding gifts. The foundation recognizes C Spire, FedEx Corp., Dr. Gerald Hollingsworth, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Jordan, the Ole Miss M-Club Alumni Chapter, the Trehern Charitable Foundation, an anonymous member and many others who have made significant contributions.

In November, Hollingsworth made a $25 million commitment to Ole Miss athletics composed of $10 million in current year cash and the remaining $15 million deferred, including an $11 million funded trust as part of an estate plan. This commitment is the single largest gift ever received by the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation.

The initial $10 million of Hollingsworth’s donation is being used to support the north end zone expansion of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, where the playing field already bears his name.

Encompassing Ole Miss Athletics Foundation membership and priority seating donations, annual giving represented $22.2 million (48.7 percent) of the $45.6 million in cash gifts, an increase of $6.6 million from last year.

The Vaught Society received a major increase in cash donations for Ole Miss athletics, up $10.2 million from last year for a total of $18.2 million this fiscal year. The Vaught Society started with 29 original charter members in 2010 and has 388 members who make pledges of $25,000 or greater over the course of five years.

Along with cash donations raised by the Vaught Society, $4 million was donated through Forward Together capital gift agreements.

“Once again, we are amazed by the remarkable generosity of the Ole Miss family,” noted Keith Carter, senior associate athletics director for development and athletics foundation executive director. “We continue to ask our dedicated and passionate supporters each year to provide essential resources in our pursuit of excellence. This year, just like the ones before, they have answered the call.

“On behalf of the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation, we thank you for helping Ole Miss athletics compete and win championships at the highest level.”

Leading the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation to another record-breaking year, Carter was named the 2016 National Association of Athletic Development Directors Fundraiser of the Year.

In addition, the Forward Together campaign has topped $167.5 million in commitments with $30 million in new gifts pledged in the fiscal year. The foundation reached the original campaign goal of $150 million during 2016 and raised the goal to $200 million.

With $32.5 million remaining, the new mark is anticipated to be met by June 2017.

As part of the $200 million Forward Together campaign, Vaught-Hemingway Stadium is receiving major upgrades for the 2016 season. The north end zone bowl has been enclosed to bring the stadium’s capacity to just over 64,000, a new club in the south end zone has been constructed on field level and the playing field has been transformed to a natural grass surface.

New video boards, a new audiovideo system and new lighting are being installed as well. A plaza and letterwinner walk, with a featured bell tower, outside of the north end of the stadium, are planned for finish in late fall.

The football practice fields are also undergoing renovations, including a new artificial turf field, among other additions nearing completion.

The track and field complex resurface and renovations will also be completed soon. The Gillom Sports Center began major construction in early summer to include new weight and training rooms, team meeting rooms, playing courts, locker rooms, offices and other team space for softball, soccer, volleyball and rifle teams, with expected completion in spring 2017.

Oxford-University Stadium will begin undergoing renovations this year with the new Trehern Performance Center for the baseball team and a new club area behind home plate. Athletics will also begin work this fall on an indoor tennis facility that will hold six indoor tennis courts.

Ole Miss athletics officials expressed gratitude to the many donors, ticketholders and fans who enable the university’s projects for student-athletes to be successful.

For more information on the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation and the Forward Together campaign, visit or call the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation at 662-915-7159.

UM Foundation Welcomes New Development Officer

Former private school president brings deep fundraising experience

Barbara Daush

Barbara Daush

OXFORD, Miss. – Illinois native Barbara Daush might be working in Arkansas today if the Razorbacks had won their 1961 opening game against Ole Miss. Instead, the University of Mississippi Foundation’s new regional development officer is proud to be a Rebel.

“My sister, who is nine years older than I, wanted to go south to college and decided she would go to either Ole Miss or Arkansas based upon the outcome of the season opener. So, Ole Miss it was!” Daush recalled.

“Since I worshipped her and wanted to do everything she did, I went to Ole Miss when my turn came up. Then, my little brother enrolled the following year. We are all avid fans!”

Daush, who graduated from Ole Miss in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, will be responsible for cultivating and soliciting support from the Memphis, Tennessee, market. Additionally, her work will help support other development initiatives, including Annual Giving, the Ole Miss Women’s Council and Ole Miss First.

“My main goal is to serve the university in whatever capacity will help her become strong and vibrant for the future,” said Daush, who also holds two master’s degrees from the University of Memphis. “I am a member of a wonderful development team, and I am honored to be a part of the Ole Miss family.”

Before joining the UM development staff, Daush served as president of St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School in Memphis for 22 years. Previously, she was as an administrator at Hutchison School for four years and a teacher, guidance counselor and administrator for 12 years at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School.

Immediately after college, she joined the faculty at Lausanne School, where she taught Latin and world history for three years.

“When I became a grandmother, my priorities in life immediately changed,” said Daush, who with husband Michael J. Daush has two married sons and three grandchildren. “I realized how much I had missed when my sons grew up, and I knew I wanted to have more time with family.

“One of my main responsibilities at St. Agnes-St. Dominic had been fundraising, and I loved that part of the job. So, I began thinking about working in that field at a place I love: Ole Miss! My dream of working here became a reality and I am truly blessed.”

During her tenure at St. Agnes-St. Dominic, Daush increased enrollment from 632 to 917 (45 percent); helped transform the campus by leading two capital campaigns that raised more than $20 million in capital funds and $10 million in endowment/planned giving; increased the endowment fund from less than $100,000 to almost $6 million in cash; and increased annual giving from $30,000 per year to more than $550,000 annually.

“We are excited to welcome Barbara back to campus, this time as a professional, and we are looking forward to seeing the new vitality she will bring to many of our existing programs,” said Wendell Weakley, UM Foundation president and CEO. “Barbara has deep expertise in development as well as many existing relationships that will prove to be of great value to our work in supporting Ole Miss.”

In her free time, Daush enjoys traveling with her family and siblings, spending time with her grandchildren, jogging, playing the guitar, singing, boating and skiing.

For more information or to contact Daush, call 662-915-2881 or email

UM Professor Awarded Prestigious Princeton Fellowship

Shennette Garrett-Scott to use time to research book on African-American women in banking

Dr. Shennette M. Garrett-Scott

Shennette M. Garrett-Scott

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi professor of history and African-American studies has been awarded a Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies fellowship to Princeton University for the 2016-2018 academic years.

Shennette Garrett-Scott is among only a half-dozen scholars from around the world to receive the Princeton fellowship this year. The theme of this year’s Davis fellowship is “Risk and Fortune.”

Garrett-Scott’s scholarship focuses on gender, race and business, all topics that coincide with a book she’s writing on African-American women in finance and banking.

“The center’s biennial theme ‘Risk and Fortune’ was precisely up my alley,” Garrett-Scott said. “People have tried to avoid risk and increase their fortunes throughout history. They insure their lives against inevitable misfortunes that acknowledge – and hopefully limit – risk. They save and invest money to increase their fortunes.”

Her book explores the Independent Order of St. Luke, a mutual aid society organized in Baltimore in the 1850s by African-American women. After moving to Richmond, Virginia, following the Civil War, the IOSL organized a bank that became the oldest operating African-American-controlled bank until it was purchased in 2011.

“My book is the first history of the insurance and banking industries that focuses on African-American women, tracing how they saved, lent and invested from the Jim Crow to the civil rights era,” she said.

The fellowship will allow her to continue her research while contributing her own knowledge to the intellectual culture at Princeton. The fellows will participate in weekly seminars, conferences, workshops and other activities to bring together scholars from different disciplines to study historically important topics.

“This fellowship will allow her to finish researching this very innovative topic and allow her the opportunity to dialogue with other fellows and faculty at Princeton,” said Charles Ross, UM director of African-American studies and professor of history. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Dr. Garrett-Scott and the African-American studies program is delighted that she was awarded this prestigious fellowship.”

Garrett-Scott, a native Texan, earned her doctorate in U.S. history from the University of Texas in 2011. She joined the university in 2013 and teaches courses such as “Experiences of Black Mississippians,” “Origins of the Jim Crow South” and “Oprah Winfrey, Gender, Race and Power.”