Ryan Whittington Named to Business Journal’s Top 50 Under 40

UM marketing and brand strategy director honored among the state's top young leaders

OXFORD, Miss. – Ryan Whittington, the University of Mississippi‘s marketing and brand strategy director, has been named to the Mississippi Business Journal‘s Top 50 Under 40 for 2020, which recognizes outstanding young business leaders across the state. The annual awards for outstanding young professionals in the state were announced recently, featuring a diverse list ofRead the story …

A Life of Service

Ole Miss graduate dedicated to serving in both military and government

OXFORD, Miss. – Kaleb Digby, a 2017 University of Mississippi graduate, has been dedicated to serving his country since he was a freshman in college. The alumnus, who works for the U.S. Army and on Capitol Hill, was a member of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program at two institutions. Digby grew up as anRead the story …

Dewey Knight Leaves Legacy of Putting Students First

Ole Miss community mourns the loss of longtime student advocate

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi lost a valued community member and student advocate this week with the passing of Dewey Knight, retired associate director of the Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience. One of the center’s foundational staff members, Knight, 72, was an Oxford native who enrolled as an Ole Miss freshmanRead the story …

Shirley Crawford Remembered as Adored and Respected Ole Miss Alumna

Longtime staff member leaves her stamp on beloved university

OXFORD, Miss. – In the summer of 1953, Shirley Wagner left Grenada and headed 45 miles northeast to Oxford to enroll as a freshman student at the University of Mississippi. Along with her suitcase, she brought her skills in women’s basketball, the pep she exuded in cheerleading and her “joie de vivre,” as the FrenchRead the story …

Internationally Lauded Scientist Named Distinguished Alumnus

Hassan Y. Aboul-Enein to deliver Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus Lecture on Monday via Zoom

OXFORD, Miss. – Hassan Y. Aboul-Enein, a University of Mississippi alumnus with postgraduate degrees in medicinal chemistry, has been named recipient of the School of Pharmacy Department of BioMolecular Sciences’ 2020 Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus Award. “It is a great honor to receive this award,” Aboul-Enein said. “I first met Joseph Sam in 1965 inRead the story …

Scholarship Honors Lifetime Educators

Church group gift establishes fund for Ole Miss doctoral students

OXFORD, Miss. – The contributions of lifelong educators are being honored by their church group with a scholarship to assist doctoral students in the University of Mississippi School of Education. With a gift of $30,000, the Pamela P. and Jerome W. Smith Excellence in Education Leadership Scholarship Fund honors the Smiths, both of whom haveRead the story …

Choose Your Own Adventure with a Degree in Theatre Arts

Department of Theatre and Film alumni employ training in many fields

OXFORD, Miss. – What do an HR director at a New York City startup, a senior tax accountant for one of the world’s largest companies, and a personal assistant-cum-film producer and actor have in common? This isn’t a riddle; it’s a story about the diverse ways graduates of the University of Mississippi Department of TheatreRead the story …

Honors College Alumna Wins National Portz Scholarship

Genevieve Verville's research could improve development, effectiveness of new drugs

OXFORD, Miss. – A recent graduate of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from the National Collegiate Honors Council. Genevieve Verville, a May 2020 chemistry graduate with minors in mathematics, biological sciences and psychology, has been named a 2020 NCHC Portz Scholar. The Montgomery,Read the story …

Alumna Lands Dream Gig at TikTok

Kellie Norton, 2012 journalism graduate, is a communications manager at TikTok

OXFORD, Miss. – You’ve probably heard that the social media platform TikTok has exploded in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic. With more than 2 billion users, it received the most downloads ever in a three-month period for an app earlier this year. What you may not know is that a University of Mississippi alumna isRead the story …

Sons’ Love for UM Inspires Family Gift

Ririe family's contribution benefits Ole Miss athletics programs

OXFORD, Miss. – A St. Louis couple’s gift to the University of Mississippi Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will benefit student-athletes while also honoring their sons, both UM alumni. Scott and Shelley Ririe made a $250,000 gift to the Forward Together campaign for Ole Miss athletics, which bolsters facilities and programs for student-athletes. In recognition, the Gate 7Read the story …