Meredith Scholarship Established on 60th Anniversary of UM Integration

Alumnus creates award to honor civil rights leader, help new generations of students

OXFORD, Miss. – A new scholarship fund honors civil rights hero James Meredith just in time to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his 1962 integration of the University of Mississippi, a historic achievement that opened the door for thousands of other students. The James H. Meredith Legacy Scholarship Fund was established by UM alumnus Dr.Read the story …

‘James Meredith: Breaking the Barrier’ Adds Voice to History

Diverse essay collection commemorates Meredith's 1962 enrollment

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi, along with Yoknapatawpha Press, has released an anthology of essays chronicling James Meredith’s 1962 enrollment. “James Meredith: Breaking the Barrier” serves as the commemorative text for the 60th anniversary of the university’s integration. In the collection, 10 university students, journalists, historians and eyewitnesses tell the story of Meredith’sRead the story …

Bancroft Fund Commits $1 Million to Accountancy Building

Gift continues foundation's support of university, names classroom in new facility

OXFORD, Miss. – A $1 million gift from the Joseph C. Bancroft Charitable & Educational Fund will name a large first-floor classroom in the Patterson School of Accountancy‘s new building at the University of Mississippi. “The Bancroft Charitable Fund has been a longtime supporter of the Patterson School, and I’m a 1969 accountancy graduate,” saidRead the story …

Title IX Panel Kicks Off Overby Center Fall Slate

Upcoming events examine Ole Miss integration, modern newsrooms and the role of religion in politics

OXFORD, Miss. – The Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics has a thought-provoking lineup of events for the University of Mississippi‘s fall semester. From critical discussions about current events and the climate inside modern newsrooms to celebrating key milestones such as the 50th anniversary of Title IX and the 60th anniversary of Ole Miss’Read the story …

Recruiting Future Economists

Alumni couple's gift benefits UM Department of Economics

OXFORD, Miss. – LeaAnne and Al Williams, of Knoxville, Tennessee, who met at the University of Mississippi, committed to growing an endowment that will help their alma mater recruit students interested in economics. “Our family started at Ole Miss, and we love it,” LeaAnne Williams said. “We want to see it continue to be theRead the story …

Pittman Gift Boosts Grove Scholars

Alumnus helps build program to support underserved students

OXFORD, Miss. – A $1 million private gift to the University of Mississippi is the catalyst that has brought significant changes to Ole Miss Grove Scholars, enabling the program to provide a higher level of service to its students. The Grove Scholars program facilitates academic success and job placement among Mississippi residents seeking degrees relatedRead the story …

Henderson’s Estate Expands Legacy at Ole Miss

Major gift endows UM Foundation operations

OXFORD, Miss. – For 37 years, the late Alice Henderson, of Jackson, supported the University of Mississippi with funds for scholarships. Now her $3.1 million estate gift further illustrates her devotion to strengthening her alma mater. The gift is directed to the John P. and Wanda Alice McKee Henderson Endowment, an unrestricted endowed fund forRead the story …

Three Alumni Recognized for Outstanding Reporting

Ole Miss graduates earn awards for reporting in the Mississippi Free Press

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi alumni Torsheta Jackson, Nick Judin and Grace Marion have been recognized at the 2022 Diamond Journalism Awards for reporting published by the Mississippi Free Press. The awards, sponsored by the Arkansas Pro Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists, honor work by students and professionals in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi,Read the story …

Alumnus Repays Career Guidance with Major Gift

Brent Wood's contribution to help build accountancy school of tomorrow

OXFORD, Miss. – Brent Wood’s recent gift to the University of Mississippi will help shape new construction for the institution that launched his successful 26-year career in accounting. “I went to Ole Miss without a specific major in mind,” said Wood, chief financial officer with EastGroup Properties who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accountancyRead the story …

Ole Miss Alumni Association Names Distinguished Alumni for 2022

Ten to be honored at Homecoming for achievement, leadership and service

OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss Alumni Association will recognize 10 distinguished alumni with its highest annual awards as part of Homecoming 2022. Inductees to the University of Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame for 2022 are: Teri G. Fontenot (BBA 79), of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Dr. Dan Jones (MD 75), of Hazlehurst; Don Kessinger (BBARead the story …