Going Above and Beyond: UM Winter Weather Shout-outs

Ole Miss campus community shares thanks, appreciation following winter weather

OXFORD, Miss. – As snow and ice covered Oxford, Lafayette County and much of the South last week, University of Mississippi faculty, staff and students overcame obstacles and challenges brought on by the winter weather to keep the university’s mission on track. Ole Miss News asked the campus community to recognize colleagues and departments acrossRead the story …

Positive Vaccine Side Effects: Hugging and Herd Immunity

I’m not a hugger. My mom was one; my dad was not. My husband is. I hug my husband, yes, and my daughters. But friends, as a way of saying hello or goodbye or thank you for dinner? No. I believe in using my words and speaking with my eyes to say, “Goodbye, I hadRead the story …

A Deeper Dive Into Vaccines

Almost every visit to our clinic and every telehealth appointment ends the same way these days: “Let’s talk about the COVID vaccine.” Some of my patients have scheduled the visit specifically to talk about the vaccines and their worries about taking them, or their hopes concerning how soon they can get a shot. Some patientsRead the story …

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 …