From POW to Peace Advocate, Professor Shines on International Stage

Zenebe Beyene speaks at Nobel event, plans international partnership for reconciliation in Ethiopia

OXFORD, Miss. – When University of Mississippi journalism professor Zenebe Beyene was a student at Ethiopia’s naval academy in 1990, he found himself captured by the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front and became a prisoner of war.  From his office in Farley Hall, Beyene said the terrifying experience decades ago shaped his life. Zenebe, an assistant professorRead the story …

‘Tough as They Come’

Bestselling author and wounded soldier Travis Mills, UM students honored at Veterans Alumni Gala

OXFORD, Miss. – Travis Mills, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army’s fabled 82nd Airborne, was on patrol in Afghanistan one day in 2012 when he sat his backpack down for a second.  The bag landed on a homemade explosive, and it went off. The next thing Mills knew, he could feel the bare boneRead the story …

Powerful Positivity

Madysen Acey, aided by a service dog and a famous surfer's camp, perseveres after double amputation

OXFORD, Miss. – April 25, 2010 is the date tattooed on the remainder of University of Mississippi student Madysen Acey’s right arm. It’s a somber souvenir of the day she was electrocuted, a day that changed her life forever. On that date nearly 10 years ago, Acey was in her hometown of Tunica, playing outRead the story …

Scholars, Advocates Convene at UM to ‘Unmake Mass Incarceration’

Conference focuses on prison reforms, reducing recidivism, restorative justice and other initiatives

OXFORD, Miss. – Against the backdrop of a nation with 2.2 million people behind bars, the University of Mississippi hosted a three-day conference focused on drastically lowering U.S. incarceration rates, improving higher education programs for inmates and envisioning a world without prisons.  “Making and Unmaking Mass Incarceration” brought scholars, activists, writers, former inmates and othersRead the story …

Passion for Dance, Philanthropy Drives CASA Encore Performer

Mackenzie Jordan, a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma's dance team, relishes giving back

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi junior Mackenzie Jordan’s contagious smile and sensational moves at the CASA Encore stole the show for a moment when she took the stage at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Jordan, an elementary education major and member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, played the role of DaphneRead the story …

Graduate Student a Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ Scholar

IMC master's student Ro Rhodes shares lessons on working in athletics and pursuing one's chosen path

OXFORD, Miss. – Ro Rhodes talks about her future with an inspiring brand of confidence that makes you believe she will succeed no matter what life throws at her.  The University of Mississippi master’s student in integrated marketing communications recently was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 scholar and invited to the Forbes Under 30Read the story …

Meet Teri Gray, November’s Staff Member of the Month

Teri Gray, administrative secretary II in the School of Applied Sciences, has been named Staff Council’s Staff Member of the Month for November. To help us get to know her better, she answered some questions for Inside Ole Miss.  IOM: How long have you worked at Ole Miss? Gray: Nine years on Feb. 9, 2020.Read the story …

Smashing Success: CASA Encore Raises $119,000 for Charity

UM Panhellenic's 10 sororities dance off to help abused and neglected children in Lafayette County

OXFORD, Miss. – The annual Theta Encore dance competition at the University of Mississippi became CASA Encore this year, and with its new name, the event raised more than $119,000 for abused and neglected children – a significant increase in funds from last year.  “Theta Encore,” was a long-running and beloved dance competition between theRead the story …

Wish Granted: Leukemia Survivor Becomes a Cheerleader

Through Ole Miss Wish, 4-year-old leukemia survivor becomes honorary member of UM cheer squad

OXFORD, Miss. – Rowan Neff’s little feet flew up and she landed on her back with her eyes facing the ceiling of Tad Smith Coliseum. She laughed loudly just as she finished the flip.  “It’s so easy,” Rowan confidently told the assembled group of University of Mississippi cheerleaders who watched her.  The 4-year-old from PontotocRead the story …

More than a Dance Competition

CASA Encore brings sororities together for a dance-off benefitting abused and neglected children

OXFORD, Miss. – Though the name has changed this year, a long-running sorority dance-off event to benefit abused and neglected children returns this month to the University of Mississippi. For nearly 20 years, Theta Encore was the philanthropy event for the since-disbanded Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. This year, the UM College Panhellenic and CASA ofRead the story …