Wishing and Hoping and Waiting

Reflections on the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine

My mother married a man who took stairs two at a time, running up. By the time I knew him, my father looked carefully at the height and depth of each stair to determine whether he could raise his leg high enough to reach the top of the stair and whether his shoe would fitRead the story …

Your Favorite Writer’s Favorite Writer

Why writing about Curtis Wilkie's career will be a highlight of mine

Writing the University of Mississippi‘s definitive retirement profile on Curtis Wilkie was the kind of responsibility I wasn’t sure I wanted, but it’s become a memory I will share for years to come. When I arrived at Wilkie’s Oxford home with university photographer Logan Kirkland, we were bummed that rain might hamper our plans toRead the story …

Stop the Scammers: IT Shares Best Practices to Combat Email Fraud

Campus community encouraged to follow tips when encountering malicious, fraudulent emails

Scammers, hackers and all other internet bad guys don’t want you to read this. They want you to let your guard down and be enticed by the email offer for free computers, incredible discount opportunities or even what appears to be friendly outreach from a friend or colleague in need of assistance. All it takesRead the story …

Parameters and Protocols Work When We Work!

As the semester comes to an end, I can’t help but look back on all that has been learned, experienced and practiced this past year in the work world of COVID-19. Many departments embraced the established university’s parameters and protocols and navigated the virus safely. The Office of Admissions, with a staff of nearly 50,Read the story …

Counting Our Blessings for the COVID Holidays

The ongoing pandemic has dramatically changed how we celebrate holidays, and Halloween is the next holiday that isn’t right this year. South 11th Street, where I live, is perfect for trick-or-treaters: straight, flat, with very little through-traffic and with generous homeowners on both sides of the street. One woman has dressed as a witch, withRead the story …

We All Share Responsibility for Keeping Our Campus Healthy

The Mississippi State Department of Health publishes a weekly summary of COVID-19 cases in Lafayette County. In the week ending Aug. 1, 864 cases were reported. The next week, there were 966. The week ending Aug. 15 had 1,063 cases; the next week, 1,160; and the following week, 1,413. The week ending Sept. 5 talliedRead the story …

Wise Words to the Class of 2024

UM students offer words of encouragement to the freshman class

Last month, Ole Miss freshmen embarked on a milestone in their lives, the first week of college classes. They came from all over Mississippi, the United States and the world. Some didn’t have to travel more than five minutes. While the University of Mississippi Class of 2024’s freshman year may not be the same experienceRead the story …

Five Leadership Lessons for My Younger Self

Sometimes I think about what I’d like to tell the 25-year-old version of myself about leadership in the workplace. At that time, I felt like I knew a lot. Since then, I’ve learned many important lessons about some things I never would have imagined even mattered. This is something I bet many readers can relateRead the story …

Rules of the Road: Let’s Talk about Testing for COVID-19

Editor’s note: The graphics included in this story have been updated to reflect the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new health concerns and new ways of approaching everyday activities, complete with specific terms for these concepts. Everybody wants to stay healthy and help ensure theirRead the story …

Stressed by COVID? Find Simple Moments and Revel in Them

Today’s note is for people who are way, way busier because of COVID-19 and for those who are stressed-out by COVID-19. When the girls were much younger and learning to manage their knives, forks and spoons, they sometimes had the dropsies. Sadly, the noise of falling utensils was musical to them, and they repeated theRead the story …