A Mother Memorialized

Scruggs couple establishes Ruby Simpson Shelton Scholarship

OXFORD, Miss. – Jody and Pick Scruggs’ gift to the University of Mississippi will help students seeking degrees from departments within the College of Liberal Arts. The 1966 UM graduates’ $50,000 gift established the Ruby Simpson Shelton Scholarship Endowment in memory of Jody Scruggs’ mother, who died from breast cancer in 1970. The Scruggses firstRead the story …

Helping Student-Athletes Go from Jerseys to Suits

Major gift helps Ole Miss competitors win a first job

OXFORD, Miss. – An act of kindness given years ago by his mother coupled with a recent tour of the University of Mississippi‘s FedEx Student-Athlete Academic Support Center inspired Dr. Billy W. Long to make a gift that could help Ole Miss student-athletes win jobs. Long’s $125,000 gift to the Vaught Society will support theRead the story …

Sharing Art with Others

John and Melody Maxey's gift to museum featured through mid-March

OXFORD, Miss. – Art collectors Melody and John Maxey, of Oxford, have presented a prized watercolor by renowned artist Dean Mitchell to the University of Mississippi Museum. The piece, “Signs of the Times,” is the signature artwork featured this month in the museum’s pop-up space and will be on display through mid-March. Museum officials sayRead the story …

Then and Now: ‘Black Power at Ole Miss’ Spotlights Historic Events

University leaders reflect on 50th anniversary of arrests, recognize more must be done to heal wounds

OXFORD, Miss. – In a series of events intended to remember, reckon and repair, the University of Mississippi welcomed back many of the black students who were arrested on campus 50 years ago during one of the most challenging moments in the university’s history. On Feb. 25, 1970, more than 60 students from the BlackRead the story …

Alumnus Charlie Hussey Named SEC Deputy Commissioner

An architect of SEC Network's success appointed to conference's No. 2 post

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi alumnus Charlie Hussey recently became the Southeastern Conference‘s deputy commissioner after spending the last few years overseeing the overwhelming success of the SEC’s television network. Hussey, who grew up in Oxford, earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Ole Miss in 1999 and went to work for the SECRead the story …

Competition Drives Pharmacy Passion for Female Students, Alumna

National Girls and Women in Sports Day shines lights on athletics' influence in pharmacy

OXFORD, Miss. – Sports bring together communities. More than that, it empowers individuals. For three talented female University of Mississippi pharmacy students and a basketball all-conference alumna, National Girls and Women in Sports Day (Feb. 5) highlights those qualities that competition fuels in their desire to help others through the profession. For Kimsey O’Neal Bailey,Read the story …

SpaceX Veteran Joining UM to Connect Engineering School with Industry

Darin Van Pelt takes position with university after almost 20 years in aerospace industry

OXFORD, Miss. – Darin Van Pelt (BSME 01) has joined the University of Mississippi as director of engineering engagement, focusing on industry engagement for the School of Engineering and working closely with the Center for Manufacturing Excellence, or CME. Van Pelt spent more than 18 years working in aerospace engineering, most recently as a co-founder of ABL SpaceRead the story …

Awarding Excellence in Arts and Humanities

UM art history professor Nancy Wicker receives first Hensley Award

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi art history professor is the first recipient of a new research award that is already garnering global recognition for the College of Liberal Arts. Nancy Wicker, the inaugural recipient, used the gift in September to offset expenses associated with her participation in the annual meeting of the AssociationRead the story …

Young Engineers Support UM Engineering Students

Alyssa and Jesse Revis share their success with Ole Miss family

OXFORD, Miss. – Alyssa and Jesse Revis know how scholarships can transform lives. Financial awards gave each of them academic opportunities that led to their successful engineering careers. Alyssa Smith Revis graduated with a degree from the University of Mississippi School of Engineering in 2013. Just six years later, she and husband Jesse have establishedRead the story …

Bogens Provide Hope for Students

Women's Council scholarship honors UM alumna, benefits freshmen

OXFORD, Miss. – “Hope lifts her maiden finger pointing to the eternal Home on whose portals they linger looking back for us to come.” Though that’s the epitaph on a headstone marking the grave of the late Patsy Moore Bogen’s great-great grandfather, friends and family say the sentiment could easily apply to her. “Patsy livedRead the story …