UPD Chief Ray Hawkins to Retire

Outgoing leader reflects on 24 years at Ole Miss and the rich reward of serving students

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi Police Chief Ray Hawkins, respected law enforcement officer, natural leader and a believer in the ‘education before enforcement’ approach to policing, is retiring after a stellar 30-year career. Hawkins, who was hired as UPD chief on March 30, 2018, retires June 30. He’s looking forward to spending more timeRead the story …

University Set to Host Boys State

Hundreds of rising high school seniors come to campus May 30 to learn the workings of government

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi will host American Legion Boys State beginning Sunday (May 30), when the weeklong event brings about 250 rising high school seniors from across Mississippi to campus with the goal of “developing tomorrow’s informed, responsible citizens.” Boys State delegates will learn how city, county and state governments function throughRead the story …

Combined UM Memorial Service Set for Thursday

University to pay tribute to students, faculty, staff and emeriti who died in 2019, 2020 and 2021

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi is set to honor members of the Ole Miss family it lost during an annual campuswide Memorial Ceremony set for Thursday (April 22). The university’s traditional memorial service could not be held last year to honor those lost in 2019-20 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, thoseRead the story …

Greek Life Philanthropy Gets Creative During Pandemic

Fraternities and sororities find creative ways to help philanthropies, raising more than $630K

OXFORD, Miss. – Curbside quesadilla nights, cookie sales, a Charity Bowl fielded only on Facebook and a virtual CARE Walk.  These are just some of the completely new ways to raise money the University of Mississippi‘s fraternities and sororities have created while collecting more than $630,000 for philanthropic causes during the pandemic. The students’ innovationsRead the story …

‘World of Wonders’ Chosen for 2021 Common Reading Experience

Community to focus on Aimee Nezhukumatathil's acclaimed collection of essays on the outdoors

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi‘s 2021 Common Reading Experience will focus on “World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments,” a celebrated new collection of essays by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, UM professor of English and creative writing. After reviewing many community submissions and other finalists, a committee of faculty, staff andRead the story …

Building on Success, Jumpstart Expands Its Reach

UM-based program focused on training students to teach preschoolers expanding to Jackson, Meridian

OXFORD, Miss. – Jumpstart, a University of Mississippi-based organization that trains college students to teach preschool children from resource-challenged families, is broadening its efforts to ensure the state’s children are well-prepared for kindergarten.  Jumpstart is expanding into Jackson and Meridian as Mississippi fourth-graders posted the nation’s best reading scores in 2019, and all grades wereRead the story …

Two Years in Beijing: UM Students Earn Yenching Fellowships

Senior international studies and Chinese majors headed to Beijing for two years

OXFORD, Miss. – Two University of Mississippi seniors are headed to China in September with an opportunity to spend two years studying in Beijing with scholars from around the world after being named UM’s first-ever Yenching fellows. Lennis Barlow, from Madison, and Matthew Travers, from St. Louis, are both majoring in international studies and Chinese and are members ofRead the story …

Two Staff Members Lauded as Lifesavers

Campus recreation employees use training, quick thinking to revive Oxford man from cardiac arrest

OXFORD, Miss. – He doesn’t remember it, but Rob Barber’s heart stopped beating for almost a full minute after he collapsed recently while exercising at the University of Mississippi‘s South Campus Recreation Center. Though the event is for now only a blank spot in his memory, he knows if not for the quick actions of ShannonRead the story …

Their Judicial Dreams Affirmed

Three alumni appointed as U.S. District Court judges share career lessons, talk UM's role in success

OXFORD, Miss. – Though they’ve all taken very different routes to get there, three University of Mississippi alumni find themselves as new U.S. district court judges with the awesome responsibility of upholding the nation’s laws. Judge Cory T. Wilson, of Flora, is serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, based in New Orleans. Judge Kristi H.Read the story …

RebelWell Offers BurnAlong Wellness Classes at Home

UM faculty and staff have access to thousands of wellness classes through free membership

OXFORD, Miss – University of Mississippi faculty and staff are eligible for a complimentary membership in BurnAlong, an interactive community that helps users safely manage their health and wellness while staying connected to co-workers, colleagues, friends and family. The university’s RebelWell and Division of Outreach and Continuing Education are taking care of the cost ofRead the story …