UM to Host Communitywide Rosh Hashanah Services

Observances Wednesday and Thursday open to all

The UM Hillel and the Jewish Federation of Oxford will host Rosh Hashanah observances of the Jewish New Year in two services at Paris-Yates Chapel at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Hillel and the Jewish Federation of Oxford will host the first local Rosh Hashanah observances of the Jewish New Year in a long time, if not the first ever, this week.

The holiday, which celebrates the Jewish New Year, is the beginning of a 10-day period of reflection culminating in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Maya Glasser, a student rabbi from New York’s Hebrew Union College, will lead two services at Paris-Yates Chapel at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 20) and 9:30 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 21).

“Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are considered the holiest days on the Jewish calendar,” said Richard Gershon, UM law professor and spokesman for the Jewish Federation of Oxford. “The new year brings us the opportunity for a fresh start through repentance, prayer and charity.”

The holiday is observed as the birthday of universe, the day God created Adam and Eve, which is celebrated as the Jewish New Year. 

The first two days of Rosh Hashanah are called Tishrei 1, which begins Wednesday at sundown, and Tishrei 2, which is Thursday. Members of the Jewish faith observe Rosh Hashanah with services and candle lighting. A ram’s horn, called a shofar, is sounded at prayer services. 

In prayer, God is asked for peace, prosperity and blessings, and those who practice the faith also acknowledge God as the ruler of the universe.

Historically, many locals who practice the Jewish faith have traveled out of town for Rosh Hashanah services. It’s likely Rosh Hashanah services haven’t been held locally before, organizers said. 

“Synagogues in Memphis and Tupelo have always welcomed UM students to services for the high holidays and for sabbath services, for that matter,” said Jason Solinger, UM associate professor of English and faculty adviser for the university’s Hillel. “But we are fortunate to have such a beautiful chapel on campus, where students can gather closer to home.”

The on-campus event is open to everyone, not just those who practice Judaism.

“We would welcome members of the university and the broader Oxford community who wish to attend,” Gershon said. 

Parking is open for the Wednesday night event, and parking passes will be available for those attending the Thursday service. For more information about the services or parking, email the Jewish Federation of Oxford at

Third Annual Hispanic Heritage Film Series Begins Sept. 21

UM screenings part of Hispanic Heritage Month observance

OXFORD, Miss. – “Hard-to-see films from unexpected countries” are on tap as part of the Third Annual Hispanic Heritage Film Series, hosted by the University of Mississippi Department of Modern Languages. It begins Sept. 21 with a screening of “The Return.”

The film series is part of Hispanic Heritage Month, which will be observed at Ole Miss from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. All five films have English subtitles and will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursdays in Lamar Hall, Room 131. The Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library also will host a showing of one of the films in the series, “Truman,” at 3 p.m. Sept. 30.

The series consists of five contemporary films from Spanish-speaking countries, including Spain this time, said Diane Marting, associate professor of modern languages and one of the organizers. 

“This year has several special features: a community showing, hard-to-see films from unexpected countries and a nice, new location,” Marting said.

The films to be screened at 7 p.m. Thursdays in Lamar Hall are:

  • Sept. 21 – “The Return.” This Costa Rican movie is based on a life-changing journey back to Costa Rica.
  • Sept. 28 – “Truman.” Argentinean actor Ricardo Darín stars in a beautiful nostalgic movie about a dog named Truman. The movie was awarded Spain’s Goya Prize for the best film of 2015. The Oxford Public Library also will screen “Truman” on Sept. 30.
  • Oct. 5 – “The Companion.” Cuba’s official entry to the Academy Awards covers the period in the 1980s when HIV patients were sent to AIDS centers under military rule.
  • Oct. 12 – “The Tenth Man.” This comedy explores identity, faith and father-son relationships in Once, which is Buenos Aires’ bustling Jewish district.
  • Oct. 19 – “Seven Boxes.” This Paraguayan crime thriller chronicles a few days in the life of Victor, a daydreaming 17-year-old pushcart porter in Mercado 4 who is asked to keep seven boxes with unknown content away from the police.

The trailers for the films can be seen here.

The Hispanic Heritage Series is made possible with the support of Pragda, the Spanish Film, SPAIN Arts & Culture, and the Secretary of State for the Culture of Spain. Local major sponsors are the Department of Modern Languages, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Other sponsors include the College of Liberal Arts; the cinema studies minor program; the departments of English, history, political science and sociology and anthropology; Croft Institute for International Studies; the Oxford Film Festival; and the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies.

“This series promotes cultural understanding of the Hispanic community,” said Carmen Sánchez, a UM modern languages instructor and another of the organizers.

Irene Kaufmann, UM lecturer of Spanish and another co-organizer, added, “Being exposed to international cinema is one way of opening our minds to the world, something we all need very much in these times.”

Institute of Child Nutrition’s Mission Continues to Grow

New executive director hopes to expand facility's role in promoting healthy meals in schools

Aleshia Hall-Campbell, director of the Institute of Child Nutrition at UM. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – The Institute of Child Nutrition at the University of Mississippi has agreed to partner with the American Heart Association and is moving forward on other initiatives to provide training for child nutrition professionals across the country under new Executive Director Aleshia Hall-Campbell’s leadership.

ICN, which is part of the School of Applied Sciences, provides resources to improve child nutrition programs, including guidance on making school meals healthier and safer, while keeping costs feasible for school districts. Its staff also offers free and low-cost training options for child nutrition professionals and provides resources to help them meet new professional standards requirements.

Hall-Campbell was selected recently as the institute’s new executive director. ICN is the only federally funded national center dedicated to applied research, education, training and technical assistance for child nutrition programs.

“We’re trying to expand partnerships with allied organizations to continue providing high-quality training and resources for nutrition professionals,” Hall-Campbell said. “We want to continue to make resources available in various modalities and formats like online courses, videos, webinars, face-to-face training, facts sheets and infographics.” 

The ICN’s work is a good example of the importance of partnerships, Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter said. 

“The Institute of Child Nutrition at the University of Mississippi is a tremendous example of one of our many longstanding partnerships with federal agencies that benefit our nation,” Vitter said. “The institute reaches millions of people through education, outreach and training, as well as partnerships.

“I look forward to the institute’s continued impact on improving the quality and operation of child nutrition programs nationwide.”

Hall-Campbell had been acting director for the past two years before getting the job permanently. Before that, she was the institute’s associate director of cooperative agreements.

She holds a doctorate in higher education leadership from UM, a Master of Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and a bachelor’s degree from Jackson State University. She’s also ICN’s first African-American executive director. 

“It’s overwhelming,” Hall-Campbell said. “It’s humbling. I don’t want that to be the focus, but I do want to acknowledge it and step in to be a role model and also open the door of opportunity for everyone.”

Under a new memorandum of understanding, ICN will work with the American Heart Association, a major health organization dedicated to fighting cardiovascular disease and strokes. The goal is to join forces in support of efforts to provide training and resources for school nutrition and childcare professionals on preparing healthy meals for students. 

“We want to work collaboratively to develop heart-healthy resources, which is major factor in combating childhood obesity these days,” Hall-Campbell said.

Both organizations are already partners with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “What’s Shaking?” and “Team Up for School Nutrition Success” programs to assist child nutrition operators in reducing sodium in foods, and to create peer-to-peer mentoring. 

The late Jeanette Phillips, former professor and chair of the UM Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management, worked to bring the institute to the university. Congress established the ICN in 1989 and it’s funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service grant.

It has four divisions: Education and Training, Information Services, and Administration are all at Ole Miss. The ICN’s Applied Research Division is housed at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Since its creation, the ICN has become a go-to source for information, resources, research and on-site training at schools across the country, all at little to no cost. It offers online training resources, free online courses for child nutrition personnel and an expert help desk in support of child nutrition program management.

The institute houses the Child Nutrition Archives, which preserves the history and artifacts of the federally funded child nutrition program, at Ole Miss.

Research indicates that one in three American children is overweight or obese, Hall-Campbell said. Transforming menus in schools and encouraging physical activity doesn’t just help make kids healthier; research also shows healthy food and better academic performance go hand in hand.

The institute’s quality interactive online courses, such as Focus on the Customer for school nutrition managers, provide guidance in meeting federal regulations and practical advice and tools for best serving students, school staff and others. The courses also offer flexibility for working professionals to fit them into their schedules.

The Food Buying Guide Calculator, which was developed in partnership with USDA’s Team Nutrition and found on ICN’s website, helps simplify ordering for school nutrition staff.

Moving forward, ICN will continue to focus on creating new partnerships to continue transforming school nutrition, Hall-Campbell said. 

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to step into this capacity,” Hall-Campbell said. “Serving in the acting capacity got my feet wet and let me really see it.

“I had been here five years before that, but now it’s full ownership and accountability in this organization. I’m focused on how we can move forward and be a major resource in this field.” 

Annual UM 9/11 Memorial Run Set for Monday

First responders and general public invited to offer support and participate

The University of Mississippi ROTC programs’ 9/11 Memorial Run is set for Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 at 5:30 a.m. The event is annually held in remembrance of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s ROTC programs host the annual 9/11 Memorial Run at 5:30 a.m. Monday in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. 

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks on New York and Washington. The run, which is in remembrance of the victims and the first responders who came to their aid, begins in front of the Lyceum steps and continues to the Oxford Square and back. 

All local first responders and the public are invited to the run, which is open to anyone who wants to either participate or show their support by encouraging the runners. 

“The Memorial Run is dedicated to remembering the lives that were lost during the 9/11 terror attacks and also the brave men and women who responded to the attack,” said Scott Caldwell, recruiting operations officer for UM’s Army ROTC. “The 9/11 Memorial Run helps remind members of the local community of the importance of coming together in times of crisis.”

The university’s Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force ROTC programs host the event each year. Ole Miss is one of the nation’s few universities to have all four branches of military service represented on campus, Caldwell said.

The run is an important event that brings together all the ROTC military services and local first responders, he said.

This year’s event will feature commemorative T-shirts and a display of 3,000 flags in honor of the victims, among other improvements to the program, said Army ROTC cadet Donald Lorbecke, a senior mechanical engineering major from Madison, Alabama.

“The 9/11 run has been showing the bond between military, firefighters, police and the Ole Miss community,” Lorbecke said. “Every year, we have an impressive crowd that shows up and does the 2 miles to the Square.” 

The ROTC groups look forward to the event each year, said Joshua Duff, Army ROTC cadet battalion commander and a senior public policy leadership major from Pontotoc.

“It is an event mainly organized by cadets, and we take great care in ensuring the significance of this event is recognized,” Duff said. “This event is a time for us to honor the memories of the lives lost that day and pay tribute to the service of the men and women who responded so bravely.

“Also, it is a time for us to reflect on the importance of our future service to this great country and what it is that we are fighting to preserve.” 

UM’s Rebel Relief Disaster Fund Donations to Help Harvey’s Victims

Money is the greatest need to help victims rebuild lives

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s Rebel Relief Disaster Fund will aid victims of Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in Texas last week and continues to cause historic flooding in Texas and Louisiana as a tropical storm.

The Ole Miss community is seeking ways to help victims of the storm, as the university has many students from the affected areas, said Brandi Hephner LaBanc, UM vice chancellor for student affairs.

“We have more than 500 students with home addresses in the impacted counties in Texas,” Hephner LaBanc said. “Each of them will get an email from me today (Wednesday) outlining the resources that are available on campus to assist them. These students can also call my office (662-915-7705) for more information about our support services.”

One way to help is to make a tax-deductible donation to the Rebel Relief Disaster Fund, which aids UM students who have been affected, said Barbara Russo, UM emergency management coordinator.

“It is in our nature to want to jump in and assist others during times like these,” Russo said. “But in reality, what the victims need right now is money because people have lost homes and have no housing, no place to store things if they wanted to. Organizations are already taking care of basic needs and then some.”

Funding is the most important asset to help victims in the wake of a storm like Harvey, Russo said.

“What they need is money to keep providing services and resources,” Russo said. “The majority of donated items in these events sadly end up in landfills.”

The UM community helps Hurricane Katrina’s victims in 2005. The university is seeking donations to the Rebel Relief Disaster Fund to help students affected by Hurricane Harvey. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

The Rebel Relief Disaster Fund was established in March in response to calls to assist others in times of disasters. The University of Mississippi Foundation administers the fund. Its sole purpose is to provide support for students who have been affected by recent unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters or other significant events.

“Our hearts go out to those affected by the storms and to those students whose families have been affected,” said Noel Wilkin, interim provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.

“The devastation causes all of us to stop and think about how quickly natural disasters can change our circumstances. This is even more difficult for those who have families in the affected areas.”

Affected students should check with the Office of Leadership and Advocacy to learn which resources and assistance are available.

Those who wish to give to the Rebel Relief Disaster Fund can visit the University of Mississippi’s Foundation website and click on ‘Give Now.’ Users should select ‘Other’ and enter ‘Rebel Relief Disaster Fund’ in the comments section. Donors may also drop off or mail contributions to the University of Mississippi Foundation at 406 University Ave., Oxford, MS 38655.

The American Red Cross, Salvation Army and other giving sites can be accessed at the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters website.

Holocaust Survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan Speaks at UM

Aug. 29 speech at Paris-Yates Chapel is open to the public

Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan, who endured six and a half years in concentration camps during World War II, will speak at the University of Mississippi Aug. 29. Photo courtesy of Marion Blumenthal Lazan.

OXFORD, Miss. – Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan, who endured six-and-a-half years in concentration camps, will bring her story of sheer determination, faith and hope to the University of Mississippi and the local community.

Lazan speaks at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 29) at Paris-Yates Chapel in an event free and open to the public. She also plans to speak with local public school groups and UM students Aug. 28, 29 and 30. Her story is important for people of all ages to hear, she said.

“Audiences of all ages need to know that one can overcome adversity,” Lazan said. “Sharing my childhood experiences during the Holocaust goes beyond just the story and the facts.

“I always say it’s the lessons learned from that dark period of our history that is so important: 1. To be kind, good and respectful toward one another – that is the basis for peace. 2. Not to blindly follow a leader. 3. Not to generalize and judge an entire group by the actions of some in that group.”

Lazan and her family made it out of refugee, transit and prison camps, including Westerbork in the Netherlands and Bergen-Belsen in Germany, during World War II. Though all the Blumenthals survived more than six years in the camps, Marion’s father, Walter Blumenthal, died of typhus just after liberation.

Marion Blumenthal Lazan, then 7 years old, at Westerbork concentration camp in the Netherlands. Photo courtesy of Marion Lazan Blumenthal.

Her story is told in her critically acclaimed autobiography, “Four Perfect Pebbles,” which will be available for purchase and signing during her visit. Besides being an author, Lazan regularly speaks to school groups and religious groups of all denominations and faiths throughout the United States, Germany and Israel. She previously spoke at Ole Miss twice in 2005. 

The UM Hillel and the Jewish Federation of Oxford worked to bring Lazan to campus and are co-sponsoring the events.

The two groups are proud to host Lazan, particularly given recent events, said Richard Gershon, UM professor of law and spokesman for the Jewish Federation of Oxford.

“Ms. Lazan’s message is especially important after the events in Charlottesville earlier this month,” Gershon said. “As one of the last survivors of the Holocaust, she experienced, firsthand, the evil that can occur when hatred becomes the guiding principle of a society.”

Lindsey Abernathy Named Associate Director of Sustainability

Assessment and new collaborations part of her goals

Lindsey Abernathy has been named University of Mississippi associate director of sustainability. She began her new job Aug. 7. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – The University Mississippi Office of Sustainability, which is a catalyst for environmental change in the community, has named Lindsey Abernathy its new associate director.

Abernathy, who has been a part of UM’s sustainability team since 2014, previously served as project coordinator and, most recently, project manager there. She has worked at Ole Miss since 2011, when she served as a communications specialist in University Communications.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and an MBA, both from the university.

“This is an exciting time to be part the growing sustainability culture at our university,” Abernathy said. “I am fortunate to be part of a department that has a record of fostering positive change in our community.”

Abernathy began her new job Aug. 7, taking over for Anne McCauley, former assistant director of sustainability, who recently left the university to pursue other opportunities.

Ian Banner, director of facilities planning, university architect and director of sustainability, said he’s pleased to welcome Abernathy into her new role. The experience she’s cultivated over the last three years in the office will serve her well, he said.

“Lindsey has the blend of experience and drive to continue the momentum that exists in the Office of Sustainability,” Banner said. “She has ideas of her own and we want to support her efforts.

“She is a great choice for this position, and we are all looking forward to the coming years as the impact of the OOS continues to grow.”

The office was created in 2008 when then-Chancellor Robert Khayat signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment and publicly pledged UM’s commitment to the environment and sustainability. Ole Miss is a signatory institution in the national Climate Leadership Network.

The Office of Sustainability aims to foster change at the institutional level as well as influence individual behavior. Programming supports student leadership capacity, creates co-curricular learning experiences and works to incorporate sustainability principles into curriculum.

The office directly operates programs that engage hundreds of students each year, such as Green Grove game day recycling in the Grove and Circle on football game days; Eco Reps, which allows students to serve as residential leaders in sustainability; and the UM Compost Program. Green Week is also one of its major programs. 

Using assessment tools to inform the office’s work is one of Abernathy’s main goals for her new job. A program in place facilitates this, but she said she wants to use it to take a look at sustainability efforts across campus.

This can highlight needs for some new projects, and also assess areas in which the university is doing well. It also creates awareness about opportunities for more collaboration.

She also wants to increase opportunities for UM staff involvement in sustainability efforts. More communication to campus and the public about the work being done to make UM as sustainable as possible is another objective, she said.

UM Beautification Guru Shares Leadership Tips in New Book

Jeff McManus urges readers to strive for greatness by turning 'weeders into leaders'

Jeff McManus, UM director of landscaping, airport and golf operations, has compiled a wealth of lessons he learned as head caretaker of the ‘Most Beautiful Campus in America’ into a new book on leadership. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – Jeff McManus, director of landscape services, and airport and golf operations at the University of Mississippi, has published a new book titled “Growing Weeders into Leaders.” It’s not another gardening tome but rather a collection of “leadership lessons from the ground level.” 

The man in charge of keeping the “Most Beautiful Campus in America” looking photogenic is also an authority on leadership, frequently providing keynote addresses and professional training on the subject. His latest book, published by Morgan James, features a foreword by Chancellor Emeritus Robert Khayat, who hired McManus at Ole Miss 17 years ago.

McManus said the book is intended to be an inspirational guide.

“My hope is those who finish the book will have two takeaways,” McManus said. “One: Greatness, whether it be personal or professional/institutional, is a process. It takes time. It takes communication and commitment. Greatness is accessible to us all.

“Two: The team of front-line workers at Ole Miss finds and expresses their greatness daily; so can we all.”

The book is his second release. In 2015, he published “Pruning Like a Pro” (CreateSpace). 

McManus has been the mastermind of keeping the Oxford campus – more than 1,500 acres, including the Ole Miss Golf Course – looking gorgeous. Those beautification efforts have been nationally recognized five times during his tenure, including being named Most Beautiful Campus by the Princeton Review, Professional Grounds Management Society and Newsweek.

Last year, McManus won the Professional Grounds Management Society’s President’s Award and was named the Auburn University Department of Horticulture’s outstanding alumnus for 2016. 

Khayat hired McManus following a national search to find the best landscape manager in the business to turn UM into a five-star property. McManus had made a name for himself after leading landscape efforts at two large resorts in Florida, Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando and Turnberry Isle Resort and Club in North Miami.

The former chancellor has said McManus “changed the landscape culture and the general culture in the local community of Oxford, Mississippi, in a very positive way.” McManus challenged his staff to develop the best-landscaped campus in the country and got them new uniforms and equipment to make their jobs easier.

“He challenged his staff to ‘own’ the campus,” Khayat said. “He created teams such as ‘delta force,’ ‘all stars,’ the ‘rough riders’ and provided motivational information and guidance.

“He coined the phrase ‘weeders into leaders.’ The staff bought in and became highly respected … and gained self-respect.” 

Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter also lauds McManus’ authority on leadership in the book’s endorsements section. 

“Far more than a dry collection of management tips, ‘Growing Weeders Into Leaders’ is filled with personal experiences and insights aimed at empowering employees and helping them unleash their own creativity and drive,” Vitter said. “No matter what business you’re in, Jeff can help your team reach its full potential.”

McManus has book signings set for 5 p.m. Sept. 6 at Square Books in Oxford and 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Barnes & Noble Ole Miss Bookstore on Jackson Avenue. Other signings are in the works.  


‘Twice in a Millennium’ Eclipse Viewings Set for UM

Department of Physics and Astronomy and university library offer safe ways to watch solar show

OXFORD, Miss. – Monday’s total solar eclipse will be a “twice in a millennium event” that results in 93 percent of the sun being covered by the moon in north Mississippi. Two events at the University of Mississippi will allow the community to safely experience it. 

The eclipse will happen between 11:54 a.m. and 2:52 p.m., with the maximum coverage of the sun occurring locally at 1:24 p.m. The J.D. Williams Library will host a viewing in the Quadrangle between the library and the Phi Mu Fountain, and the Department of Physics and Astronomy will be set up in the green space between Lewis Hall, the library and the Lyceum. 

“The moon will slowly pass in front of the sun,” said Tibor Torma, director of UM’s Kennon Observatory and research assistant professor of physics and astronomy. “Weather permitting, we’ll be able to see it happen, gradually, over an hour-and-a-half.

“It will get a little darker. It will be worth looking at shadows of trees, where the sunlight seeping through makes all crescent-shaped shadows.”

The best view of the eclipse will be in a narrow swath that stretches from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, and includes Nashville, but locals will still get a show, weather permitting.

Total solar eclipses are rare, happening in any one location on average about once every 375 years, which is the reason for the hype. Luckily, another total solar eclipse will be visible in parts of the continental United States on April 8, 2024.

Oxford will see about 90 percent coverage of the sun Monday. 

Cloud cover could make the eclipse hard to view, Torma noted, so organizers are hoping the weather cooperates. 

“It is, of course, a gamble,” Torma said. “Past data indicate only about 20 (percent) to 30 percent chance of clear weather this part of the year and on the day in Oxford.

“The forecast will be informative only a day or so ahead. Forecasters are not very good at predicting cloudiness. In case of cloudy weather, there is absolutely nothing to see. So, cross your fingers.”

The library will have eclipse glasses available for the public to use, and the physics department will have telescopes with the proper filters available. 

Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses are not safe for looking at the sun as they let too much sunlight to go through, even if the lenses look very dark, organizers note. The filters should meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard.

“It is very dangerous to a person’s eyes to look directly into the sun otherwise, and during the eclipse it is even worse,” Torma said.

“What happens is the environment gets darker, so the human pupil opens up and lets in more light than normal. Yet the un-eclipsed crescent part of the sun is as bright as ever, and may cause serious eye damage.”

The library will live stream the NASA TV eclipse coverage inside on the first floor from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The coverage also is available at this link

The event will be spectacular if the clouds stay away, said Marco Cavaglia, an Ole Miss professor of physics and astronomy who studies gravitational waves, black holes and other astronomical phenomena.

“I would encourage anybody who can to try and get in the totality zone, if possible,” Cavaglia said. “It’s only a few hours’ drive north from here. But even if one decides to stay here in town, the show is assured.”

Registration Open for Inaugural ‘Fury Run’

Sept. 16 event at UM benefits Navy Seal Foundation and Mississippi State Veterans Home

OXFORD, Miss. – Registration is open for the University of Mississippi Navy ROTC’s first-ever “Fury Run” charity race to benefit the program and also the Navy Seal Foundation and the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. 

The public is invited to enter the run or walk race, which will feature both a 5-K and a 10-K. Participants will begin their route at 9 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Grove stage. The 5-K route will cover campus, and the 10-K route will venture into Oxford. 

Organizers hope to make the race an annual event, said Midshipman 1st Class Josh Brenc, a senior mechanical engineering major from Wheaton, Illinois. 

“The Navy Seal Foundation is really important because the funds go to the team guys’ families and what they do for us as nation, I just can’t put it into words,” Brenc said.

“And as far as the Veterans Home goes, we volunteer there quite often. Those guys all served and they are getting older, but they’re great people and they all have great stories. They deserve everything we can do for them.”

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. David Johnston, instructor in naval science and operations officer of the Ole Miss NROTC program, said he’s proud of Brenc and his team for establishing the Fury Run. 

“This event serves as a fundraiser for multiple worthy veteran support organizations, as well as provides the UM NROTC an opportunity to raises funds for some of our more traditional military functions,” Johnston said. “There can never be enough awareness to the issues that our active duty military members and veterans face. 

“The students at the UM NROTC just want to do their part at supporting those service members who have come before them.”

Entry fees for the races are $20 for the 5-K and $30 for the 10-K for early registrants. On Aug. 19, the entry fees increase by $5. T-shirts for participants are an additional $5. 

Steve Stone and Best Times will officially time both races, Brenc said. Awards will be presented for the following categories: ages 15 and under, 16-19, 20- 29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50 and over.

Participants can sign up or find additional information here Anyone who wants to support the cause but does not wish to run can donate here