Ole Miss Unveils New iPad App

The University of Mississippi has unveiled a new iPad application designed to engage and connect the university community.

“The popularity of the iPad, including its appeal across so many
demographics, makes it a great vehicle for sharing valuable news and
critical information about the university,” said Kathy Gates, UM chief
information officer.

The Official Ole Miss App – iPad Edition has a number of features,
including news stories, photo and video galleries, Twitter feeds,
announcements, blogs, events, scores, weather reports and a Rebel Radio
feed. The app takes advantage of features in the newest iPad, such
as Retina display, that significantly enhance the appearance of the
app’s photography.

The development of the app comes at an opportune time. In a recent
mobility survey of students, employees, alumni and others, 40 percent of
respondents said they use an iPad. Of the respondents who did not use
an iPad, 32 percent reported that they intended to purchase one in the
next year.

Mercury Intermedia developed the app for the university. Headquartered
in Brentwood, Tenn., Mercury is the world leader for mobile news app
development. The company has designed apps for multiple high-profile
clients, including The New York Times, Fox News and USA Today.

“We believe the Ole Miss app raises the bar in higher education
communication and marketing,” said Bill Tallent, Mercury’s CEO. “We
applaud the university’s leadership for its vision in mobile and its
commitment to effectively being first to market with a world-class
tablet application.”

“Mercury adheres to a philosophy that Apple has followed for years,”
said Rusty Mitchell, the company’s chief creative officer. “Design is
not how something looks, but how it works. We obsess down to the pixel
to ensure the apps we create are visually engaging, but our primary goal
is to create an enjoyable experience where the interface of the
application disappears.”

The app provides a unique and personal way for the Ole Miss community to stay in touch, Gates said.

“I think the app will help people feel more connected with what is
going on at Ole Miss,” Gates said. “One of my favorite features is the
photo gallery. We have such talented, capable staff photographers. The
app gives a new way to show off their work. I love looking at photos of
student activities, performances, sporting events and the campus.

“Also, the app has very current information provided through Twitter
feeds, including Daily Mississippian updates, messages from Coach
Freeze, reminders about lectures and exhibits, and so on.”

To download the app, go to olemiss.edu/ipad.

National Magazine Ranks Ole Miss No. 1 for College Tailgating

University News Service
For the second time in a week, the University of Mississippi has scored a No. 1 national ranking.

Last week, Newsweek ranked the university “Most Beautiful” for
its campus and student body. And now, Tailgater Monthly magazine has put
Ole Miss at No. 1 on its list of the Top 20 college tailgating sites.
The listing is the cover story for the publication’s
September issue, which comes out Thursday (Sept. 8).

“Tailgating on the Grove is the South all wrapped up with a
bowtie in Oxford, Mississippi,” the article says. The two-page spread
includes several photos of tailgating in the Grove and mentions gameday
fashion and food.

The magazine staff spent “countless days and weeks of research”
while developing the listing, said Beth Anthony, the magazine’s
managing editor. The research included interviews with many avid
tailgaters, including fans of opposing teams who have tailgated
at opponents’ campuses.

“That’s important because I’m sure most Ole Miss fans think
their campus has the best tailgating,” Anthony said. “But when the
opposing fans come in and say the tailgating in the Grove is really
great, that carries a whole lot of weight.”

Tailgater Monthly, which celebrates its fifth birthday with the
upcoming October issue, features food, equipment and tips for “anything
that can be a tailgate,” Anthony said. Previous issues have featured
people tailgating at concerts, baseball games
and at NASCAR events. The magazine also includes articles about camping
gear because many tailgaters camp for days at the venues they visit.

Tailgater Monthly is available only by print subscription or
online, but copies of the September issue are on sale at the Ole Miss
Bookstore. To see the online edition of the magazine, go to

Lecturer to Explore Allure of Utopia

OXFORD, Miss. – A noted public intellectual will discuss the topic of Utopia Wednesday (Feb. 29) at the University of Mississippi.

Drawing from works in literature, film, and philosophical and religious texts, Matthew Holbreich, lecturer in government and postdoctoral fellow of the Political Theory Institute at American University, will explore the historical and theoretical underpinnings of the idea of a Utopia, as well as its aspirations.

“The draw of the talk is the simple fact that all of us want to live in a perfect world, but none of us can say what, exactly, would make a world perfect,” said Vince Evans, Barksdale Fellow in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. “Perhaps that is why we find the idea of a Utopia so seductive.”

Sponsored by the Honors College and University Lecture Series, the 7 p.m. event in Bryant Hall, Room 111, is free and open to the public.Read the story …

BCS and Conference Realignment to Be Reviewed

OXFORD, Miss. – The Mississippi Sports Law Review, a student organization of the University of Mississippi School of Law, is hosting a spring symposium next week on “The Bowl Championship Series and Conference Realignment.”

The event is slated for 1-2:30 p.m. March 2 in the Robert C. Khayat Law Center, Room 1078. The event is free and open to the public, particularly anyone with interest in sports and law. Free continuing legal education credit is available for all attorneys who attend.

The symposium will explore legal issues related to the Bowl Championship Series, assess the likelihood of a college football playoff and discuss the role of litigation and public action in promoting a move from the current system to a college football playoff. It also will address conference realignment and expansion issues, which have been driven by the desire of universities to gain or protect their position in a BCS conference.Read the story …

Overby Center Program to Review RFK’s 1967 Trip to Delta

OXFORD, Miss. – The impact of U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s historic 1967 trip to investigate hunger and poverty conditions in the Mississippi Delta will be the subject of a panel discussion Tuesday (Feb. 21) at the University of Mississippi.

Hosted by the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics, the program is set for 1 p.m. in the Overby Center Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

A special guest will be Marian Wright Edelman, who led Kennedy on his tour through Greenville, Cleveland, Mound Bayou and Clarksdale. She was a civil rights lawyer in Mississippi at the time and went on to become president of the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington.Read the story …

Livingston, Snook Receive Paragon Awards at iLearning Event

OXFORD, Miss. – Two University of Mississippi teachers received the 2011 Paragon Awards at the iLearning Event hosted recently by Ole Miss Online in the Johnson Commons Ballroom.

Carol Livingston, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in the School of Education, and Jennifer Snook, instructor in sociology in the College of Liberal Arts, were honored at the event, which targets UM department heads and faculty members interested in learning more about online and other distance learning technologies. The awards recognize faculty members who have demonstrated the ability to provide quality education and/or service to Ole Miss students through the use of innovative distance learning technologies.

Faculty who taught an online or compressed video course during the 2010-11 academic year were nominated for consideration by deans, department heads, students and former award winners. The Paragon carries a $1,000 monetary award.Read the story …

Commander of Nuclear Sub USS Mississippi Promotes Local STEM Education Initiatives

OXFORD, Miss. – U.S. Navy Capt. John McGrath, commander of the country’s newest nuclear-powered submarine, visits Oxford on Monday (Feb. 20) to promote the ship’s commissioning ceremony this summer and to promote science, technology, engineering and math education in local secondary schools and at the University of Mississippi.

McGrath is commander of the Virginia Class Attack Submarine SSN-782, which is to be commissioned June 2 at a Pascagoula shipyard as the USS Mississippi.Read the story …

Garrison Keillor Transports Ford Center Crowd to Lake Wobegon for Honors College Convocation

OXFORD, Miss. – Pacing back-and-forth near the edge of the stage as if he were strolling along the shoreline of Lake Wobegon, humorist and radio host Garrison Keillor doled out enough homespun musings and folksy music to make his audience forget all about the chilly rain falling outside.

Keillor, host of Minnesota Public Radio’s variety show “A Prairie Home Companion,” was the speaker for the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College spring convocation Wednesday night at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. For about an hour, he delighted the audience by basically re-creating his radio show onstage.Read the story …

Barksdale Award Winners Plan to Learn Chinese, Document Food Traditions

OXFORD, Miss. – Two University of Mississippi students have zeroed in on the challenges of a rapidly changing world and have been named Barksdale Award winners for their efforts.

Cara Thorne of Toronto and Yi Wei of Starkville, both sophomores in the UM Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, were presented the awards Wednesday night at spring convocation. Both students are determined to complete projects that have personal meaning and the potential for global impact.

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