Scholars, Advocates Convene at UM to ‘Unmake Mass Incarceration’

Conference focuses on prison reforms, reducing recidivism, restorative justice and other initiatives

OXFORD, Miss. – Against the backdrop of a nation with 2.2 million people behind bars, the University of Mississippi hosted a three-day conference focused on drastically lowering U.S. incarceration rates, improving higher education programs for inmates and envisioning a world without prisons.  “Making and Unmaking Mass Incarceration” brought scholars, activists, writers, former inmates and othersRead the story …

Museum Unveils 2019 Keepsake Ornament

Collectible features longtime museum display of dressed fleas

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Museum has unveiled its 19th annual holiday keepsake ornament, which features a longstanding museum display and visitor favorite, the Pulgas Vestidas, or “dressed fleas.” Each year, UM Museum and Historic Houses alternates between subjects in the permanent collection, on the Ole Miss campus and around the city ofRead the story …

Professor Participating in Bridge-Building Mission to Israel

David Holben part of academic exchange exploring country's history, politics and culture

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi professor is preparing to join colleagues from universities and colleges across the country to travel to Israel on the 2019-20 Winter Faculty Fellowship Program. David H. Holben, professor of nutrition and hospitality management, will be among 28 educators to participate in the program, which is a competitive academic fellowshipRead the story …

New Program Helps First-Generation Students Find Their Footing

StudentsFIRST assists UM freshmen in successfully navigating college life

OXFORD, Miss. – Being the first person in her family to attend college wasn’t an easy thing for Mattie Pintard. The process of completing the admissions application and applying for financial was a challenge, and without her family’s understanding of the process, the Natchez native struggled through the grueling process alone. “Everything that had toRead the story …

Embry Memorial Scholarship 2019 Recipient Named

Freshman Ethan Edmondson carries on Rebel's legacy

OXFORD, Miss. – Ethan Edmondson, a University of Mississippi freshman from Vardaman, is the 2019 recipient of the Joey Embry Memorial Scholarship, expanding the legacy of a beloved student and football player. Joey Embry was actively involved on the Oxford campus and was dedicated to his academic pursuits. He excelled academically, making both the UMAARead the story …

Walk of Fame to Honor Ford Center Supporters

Generous gift made to UM performing arts center's campaign

OXFORD, Miss. – A new Walk of Fame for supporters of the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts provides a path to the successful conclusion of the Celebrating the Arts campaign, funding a $3 million endowment for the University of Mississippi facility. “The magnificent Ford Center reflects our commitment to the cultural artsRead the story …

Mechanical Engineering Alumnus Races Hot Rods, Sets Records

Jeffrey Ferguson uses skills to chase lifelong passion for speed

OXFORD, Miss. – As part of the Buckwheat Racing Team, University of Mississippi mechanical engineering alumnus Jeffrey Ferguson helped set a land speed record of 300 mph at the 62nd Bonneville Salt Flats Speed Week in 2010. He and partner George “Bucky” Gallimore immediately set a goal to one day return and break another record. Ferguson andRead the story …

Passion for Dance, Philanthropy Drives CASA Encore Performer

Mackenzie Jordan, a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma's dance team, relishes giving back

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi junior Mackenzie Jordan’s contagious smile and sensational moves at the CASA Encore stole the show for a moment when she took the stage at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Jordan, an elementary education major and member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, played the role of DaphneRead the story …

Tunneling Through: Engineering Professor Assists in Delaware Aqueduct Bypass Project

Lance Yarbrough spent a lot of his summer deep underground

OXFORD, Miss. – For five weeks straight, Lance Yarbrough spent most of his days at the end of a tunnel 600 feet below the Hudson River. The assistant professor of geology and geological engineering at the University of Mississippi was watching “Nora” – a 470-foot-long, 2.7-million-pound tunnel boring machine – mine through rock 900 feet beneath theRead the story …

Junior Using Experiences with Migraine to Help Others

Denney working to inform and assist others suffering from chronic disease

OXFORD, Miss.­­­ – When Delora Denney, of Picayune, was 8 years old, a neurologist diagnosed her with chronic migraine disease. She has since been hospitalized six different times due to the debilitating symptoms triggered by the disease. “I can still recall sitting in the doctor’s office and being told that I have migraines,” Denney said.Read the story …