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Ole Miss Year in Pictures 2013


2013: A Year in Pictures

OXFORD, Miss. – See the year in review courtesy of University Communications photographers Robert Jordan, Kevin Bain and Nathan Latil.


Timothy Abram Hopes to Help Solve State’s Problems

UM student leader addresses teacher shortage, joins Teach For America

Timothy Abram

OXFORD, Miss – With many Mississippi schools struggling to attract effective teachers, Timothy Abram of Horn Lake has decided to take an alternate route into the teaching profession after graduation from the University of Mississippi.

A senior majoring in public policy leadership, Abram plans to enter the Teach For America program when he completes his degree in May. He is among many high-achieving University of Mississippi students who are willing to forgo the traditional trajectory of their chosen career to serve as educators in the state.

These students, who take an alternate route into the teaching profession, are recruited into the TFA program and trained for placement in high-poverty schools.

“I fervently believe that educational inequity is the paramount issue we must solve as a society going forward,” Abram said. “Teach For America affords me the opportunity to play a direct role in that effort by teaching underprivileged youth, many of whom look like me.”

Like many Mississippi residents, Abram wants to see his home state improve in tackling issues such as poverty, obesity, health and educational deficiencies.

“Improving our education system is way in which we can indirectly affect each of these ills that plague Mississippi,” he said. “I hope to play a role in a movement aimed at eradicating these problems.”

After growing to more than 550 teachers in 50-plus Delta-region districts in 2012, Teach for America expanded to launch Teach For America-Mississippi in 2013, focusing on deeply impacting the state independently.

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Generosity, Faith and Service

Capertons support UM with Ole Miss Women's Council scholarship

UM Chancellor Dan Jones (left) and Debbie Vaughn (right), senior executive director of development for UM, thank Winston “Cape” and Barbara Caperton of Warrenton, Va., for establishing the Barbara Caperton Scholarship Endowment.

OXFORD, Miss. – Winston “Cape” and Barbara Caperton of Warrenton, Va., attended a recent Ole Miss football game as guests of Chancellor Dan Jones, in gratitude for their longtime support and for the establishment of the Barbara Caperton Ole Miss Women’s Council Scholarship Endowment.

A native of Noxapater, Cape Caperton is a University of Mississippi alumnus and supporter, both financially and spiritually.

“I’ve said many prayers for you, Chancellor, because you have had trying times in the past during your leadership and I’ve admired how you’ve handled them,” he told Jones.

“I appreciate that,” Jones said. “I knew when I took this job we would have some trying moments, but they are also teachable moments. That’s part of life for a university. Thank you for your prayers – and please don’t stop.”

The Capertons, accompanied by their son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Rebecca Caperton, also of Warrenton, assured Jones that their thoughts would continue for his administration.

The Capertons’ visit came as they were dedicating additional funds to the scholarship endowment they first pledged back in 2007. As part of the Ole Miss Women’s Council, the Caperton scholarship helps provide tuition and books for young men and women, as well as guidance and training in leadership skills, career development and personal growth throughout the student’s tenure at the university.Read the story …

Anonymous Gift Provides Competitive Edge for Recruiting Brass Players

New scholarship will help deserving students participate in band and earn their UM degree

Chris Presley, a 2012 UM graduate and former drum major of the Pride of the South Marching Band, is named as an honoree for eight new band scholarships for polished brass players.

OXFORD, Miss. – An anonymous gift of $100,000 has been presented to the University of Mississippi Pride of the South Marching Band in honor of Chris Presley, the band’s drum major in 2010-2012. A Batesville native, Presley graduated in 2012.

Besides his leadership and service through music, Presley was an Ole Miss Women’s Council Scholar, a 2011-2012 Campus Favorite, recipient of the Marcus Guinn Spirit Award, on Chancellor’s Honor Roll and participated in groups including Gamma Beta Phi, the Academic Affairs Committee of the Associated Student Body, Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board and Increasing Minority Access to Graduate Education.

“I am grateful for being a member of the Pride of the South Marching Band, as it gave me the opportunity to develop as a true leader on campus,” said Presley, who is completing his master’s in higher education and student affairs administration at the University of South Carolina.

“At Ole Miss, I was part of a family of 300 who shared our love for playing music. I was also blessed to establish lifelong relationships with both the staff and band members from different backgrounds. As drum major for the Pride of the South, I was able to achieve my goal of bringing more positive recognition and respect to our band from students, faculty, administrators and alumni.”

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Common Reading Experience List for 2014 Narrows

Final selection to be announced in February, shared with all incoming freshmen

Final 5 books for the 2014 Common Reading Experience

OXFORD, Miss. – The committee charged with selecting the book for the 2014 UM Common Reading Experience has narrowed the field of nominations to five finalists. Committee members will read all five books through the end of January and review them for the final selection, which will be announced in February.

“We are grateful for the many nominations received for consideration,” said Robert Cummings, director of the UM Center for Writing and Rhetoric. “The Common Reading Experience is meant to unite our incoming freshmen and our larger university community. Participation throughout the process – from nomination to reading the final selection – is truly appreciated.”

The five finalists are:

“Canada” by Richard Ford (Ecco, 2012)

Ford’s newest novel entails murder, morality and the story of a young boy’s coming of age. When 15-year-old Del Parsons’ parents rob a North Dakota bank, his normal life is altered forever. His parents’ imprisonment threatens to create a turbulent and uncertain future for Del and his twin sister, Berner. While Berner runs away to avoid being shipped off by child welfare services, Del is taken in by expat American Arthur Remlinger, a mysterious and alluring fugitive with a dark and violent past. Undone by the disaster of his parents’ robbery, Del struggles to remake himself. “Canada” is a novel that explores boundaries traversed, innocence lost and reconciled, and the consoling bonds of family.

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UM Christmas Tree Tradition Dates Back to 1860s

OXFORD, Miss. – Though the location and traditions surrounding the University of Mississippi Christmas tree have changed through the decades, one thing has remained the same. The tree was and continues to be a symbol of the bright futures ahead for the university’s students.

In the late 1860s, Memory House – now home of the University Foundation – held the first official Christmas tree lighting at Ole Miss, a tradition that continued several decades, said Dewey Knight, associate director of the Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience and a UM alumnus.

The modern tradition of lighting the designated Ole Miss Christmas tree on the Circle began in 2000 as a way to connect Oxford and the university during the holiday season. That year, the tree held a light for every student enrolled, and the university continued that tradition until 2007, when the tree caught fire due to dry conditions and an overload of lights. The tree had been donated by the Ole Miss Class of 1997 and included a plaque of dedication at its base, said Bradley Baker, director of the Ole Miss Student Union.

The new tree is a Leland cypress from Shade Tree Transplanting Co. in Banner.

At a the recent lighting ceremony, Brandi Hephner LaBanc, vice chancellor for student affairs, commented that while the tree may not have a light for each of the nearly 20,000 students, the light it brings to campus during the Christmas season is a symbol of the bright futures Ole Miss students can achieve.

8 Gifts for Ole Miss Fans

We've rounded up eight great gifts for Ole Miss Rebels

1) Good South Apparel

Regional admissions counselors and Ole Miss alumni Jason Welch and Steven Nelson created the Good South clothing company out of a love of Southern style and a desire to give back. A portion of the company’s annual earnings will be used to establish the Good South Scholarship Fund. The Good South specializes in bowties and also carries T-shirts and hats. See the apparel.




2) Are You Ready? 100 Years of Family, Friends and Food

Nutrition and Hospitality Management’s new cookbook celebrates the department’s centennial with recipes such as three-layer brownies and bacon pecans. An added bonus: Pre-gift-wrapped books are available in Lenoir Hall.




3) Ole Miss Alumni Association Memberships

Gift memberships include a special greeting card with the giver’s name. Plus, the recipient will receive all the perks of membership, including an annual wall calendar and access to the members-only area at the Triplett Alumni Center during home football games. Buy it online.


4) Ole Miss Photo Gifts

Browse thousands of photos from the university’s official photographers, and order gifts ranging from canvas prints to laptop skins to tote bags adorned with your favorite scene. To order online, select your photo, add it to the cart, and click the “Products” tab.


5) University Museum’s Holiday Ornament

Purchase this year’s holiday keepsake ornament, which features the university’s double-decker bus ($25 plus tax), or choose from past designs such as the Walk of Champions, the Lyceum and Ventress Hall. A set of all 13 annual keepsake ornaments is available for $240. The keepsake ornaments can be purchased at the museum shop or with a credit card by calling 662-915-7073.



6) Music City Bowl Gear

The Rebels are bowl-bound, and brand new Music City Bowl T-shirts and sweatshirts are already available for purchase. Browse the gear.



7) Ole Miss: A Photographic Essay

This 120-page coffee-table book features a collection of iconic Ole Miss photography ranging from campus scenes to game day in the Grove. Available in various locations in Oxford and online.




8) The Education of a Lifetime

With the university’s 15th chancellor as their guide, readers get a behind-the-scenes peek at UM’s ascent as a great American university. Robert Khayat’s recently released memoir recounts events from his childhood, college days and careers as an athlete, attorney and educator, as well as turning points in the history of Ole Miss.






Oxford Icon Leaves Major Support to Strengthen UM Library Resources

Hart assisted in editing the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Susan Hart

OXFORD, Miss. – Widely known for its rich literary tradition, Oxford attracts a wealth of people who love to read, study and discuss literature. Bibliophile Sue Hart was a force of nature in this environment, spending almost 20 years as a research librarian and publications editor at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture.

Hart’s passion for the written word inspired her to direct a $136,000 estate gift to the university’s J. D. Williams Library to be used to build resources for Southern studies.

“It makes sense that someone who loved books as much as Sue, and had such a natural feel for what made ‘good writing,’ should have her legacy left to improving the library,” said Ted Ownby, director of the Southern studies center, or CSSC. “I don’t know a better way to feel her influence.”

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Joey Embry Scholarship Recipient Named

Byars receives 2013 award created in football player's memory

Douglass Sullivan-Gonazalez, dean of the University of Mississippi's Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, visits with student Rachel Byars, recipient of the 2013 Joey Embry Memorial Scholarship.

OXFORD, Miss. – Rachel Byars, a University of Mississippi freshman from Bruce, has been named the new recipient of the Joey Embry Memorial Scholarship.

Joey Embry, like Byars, attended both Bruce High School and UM. Embry was active during his time at Ole Miss, including being a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and playing as an offensive lineman for the Rebel football team. Embry tragically drowned in a 1998, but his legacy lives on.

His family and friends make this possible, said Bill and Gwen Embry, his parents.

“After his death, people were asking us what they could do and where they could contribute in his memory,” Gwen Embry said. “Ole Miss was contacted, and the staff told us how to set up a fund.”

The scholarship is intended for UM students from Calhoun and Yalobusha counties.

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