Alumnus Comfortable as a Difference Maker

From technology success to movies, Stephen Johnston produces

OXFORD, Miss. – As the camera came into focus on the set of the faith-based movie “Same Kind of Different as Me,” University of Mississippi alumnus Stephen Johnston, operating partner with Forté Ventures, stepped into the role of Hollywood movie producer with an ease that came from months of prayerful consideration. “I truly believe thatRead the story …

Ole Miss Hall of Famer Credited with ‘Altering the Face of Medicine’

Renowned immunologist Dr. Max Cooper wins Japan Prize

OXFORD, Miss. – Dr. Max D. Cooper, of the Emory University School of Medicine, didn’t become a researcher to win awards. As a pediatrician, his concern for his patients led him to explore why inherited disorders disable the immune system, leaving children vulnerable to infection. Yet, numerous awards have recognized his pioneering discoveries, and theRead the story …

New York Attorney Richard Burke Honored for Mentoring UM Students

Law school alumnus spends 50-year career opening doors of opportunity for others

OXFORD, Miss.­­­ – Since his graduation from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1966, Richard A. Burke has had a heart for helping others achieve the American dream, whether it’s Ole Miss undergraduates searching out future career avenues or international students looking for professional futures in the United States. Recently, Burke was honoredRead the story …

UM Alumni Association Welcomes 2018-19 Officers

Augustus Collins to lead organization for coming year

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Alumni Association introduced its elected officers for 2018-19 at its annual meeting Oct. 6 as part of Homecoming activities. Augustus L. Collins (BBA 82), of Madison, was named president, a one-year term that changes each Homecoming. Collins is chief executive officer for MINACT Inc., a major job developmentRead the story …

Whitwells Support Ole Miss Students

Oxford couple makes major commitment to Magee Center

OXFORD, Miss. – Ginger and Quentin Whitwell have found that living in Oxford, home of the University of Mississippi, gives them an opportunity to see the needs of college students “up close and personal,” inspiring their major support of the William Magee Center for Wellness Education. “It’s personal,” Ginger Whitwell said. “The University of MississippiRead the story …

Major Gift to Help Support UM Band Recruitment

Former drum major, Tupelo native provides endowment for scholarships

OXFORD, Miss. – Recruitment efforts for the Pride of the South, the University of Mississippi’s acclaimed marching band, recently gained support with a major gift for band scholarships. Former Ole Miss drum major Ed Pegues, of Tupelo, has designated UM as the beneficiary of a planned gift that will establish the William E. Pegues IIIRead the story …

University Announces 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Alumni Association will honor recipients at Homecoming for achievement, service

OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss Alumni Association is honoring seven distinguished University of Mississippi alumni with its highest annual awards as part of Homecoming 2018. Inductees into the Alumni Hall of Fame for 2018 are: Thad Cochran (BA 59, JD 65) of Oxford; Howard L. Gerlach (BBA 66, MBA 77) of Fairfax, Virginia; MacRead the story …

Law Student Carries on Legacy of Admired Attorney

Nathaniel Snyder named first recipient of Edmonson scholarship

OXFORD, Miss. – Richard Edmonson lost his life to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in 2015, but his memory is forever linked to the University of Mississippi. Nathaniel Snyder of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is the first recipient of a UM scholarship established to pay tribute to Edmonson. Snyder, who graduated from Ole Miss withRead the story …

Jessica Muñoz Receives Andrew P. Mullins Scholarship

Mississippi Teacher Corps alumna pursues doctorate in Spanish at UM

OXFORD, Miss. – Jessica Muñoz, a 2018 graduate of the University of Mississippi, is the third recipient of the Andrew P. Mullins Jr. Mississippi Teacher Corps Alumni Scholarship. The award, which is designed to support Teacher Corps alumni who wish to pursue advanced graduate study at UM, will provide $2,000 in financial support for Muñoz, who willRead the story …

Seven Inducted into School of Education Alumni Hall of Fame

Ole Miss graduates honored for teaching, service and leadership

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Education recently inducted seven Mississippians into the fourth class of its Alumni Hall of Fame. Collectively, this year’s inductees have committed more than 240 years to improving education from preschool through college in Mississippi and across the nation. The 2018 inductees include Kathleen Grigsby of Jackson,Read the story …