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 …

Wi-Fi for Warriors: UM Alumni Help Deployed Soldiers Stay in Touch

Nonprofit organization helps fund internet access, provide streaming for members of military

OXFORD, Miss. – Members of the military make incredible sacrifices when deployed to serve their country, but a group of University of Mississippi alumni wants to make sure that staying in touch with their families doesn’t have to be one of those costs. A group of Ole Miss families have come together to launch Wi-FiRead the story …

Navy Veteran ‘Handsome Jim’ Willis Awarded Posthumous Degree

UM's oldest student veteran leaves legacy of inspiring others through commitment to learning

OXFORD, Miss. – “Handsome Jim” Willis, a U.S. Navy veteran, was a beloved 77-year-old student at the University of Mississippi who always sported Ole Miss gear and wore a wide smile as he delivered jokes for everyone he encountered.  Willis, who was ever the raconteur, was taking classes in Oxford toward his degree in sociologyRead the story …

Cofield Remembered with Scholarship

Ole Miss family creates fund to remember generous friend, fraternity brother

OXFORD, Miss. – The late Glenn Cofield, of Memphis, Tennessee, was known for waiting by cash registers at the grocery store, paying bills for large families and then leaving before anyone could thank him. He was a community servant who wanted no accolades. “Everyone should know how giving Glenn Cofield was and how much heRead the story …

Alumnus Chosen for Knowles Teaching Fellowship

Justin Ragland to receive benefits valued at $150,000 for STEM teaching award

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi alumnus Justin Ragland has been chosen as one of 37 high school mathematics and science teachers nationwide to receive a Knowles Teaching Fellowship valued at $150,000.  The Knowles Teaching Fellowship is a five-year program that supports early-career high school mathematics and science teachers in their efforts to develop teaching expertise andRead the story …

Ole Miss Alumni Association Welcomes 2019-20 Officers

Birmingham banker Matt Lusco elected as president

OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss Alumni Association welcomed new elected officers for 2019-20 at its annual meeting Oct. 5 as part of the University of Mississippi‘s Homecoming activities. Matt Lusco (BBA 79), of Birmingham, Alabama, was named president, a one-year term that changes each Homecoming. Lusco is senior executive vice president and chief risk officerRead the story …

Hall of Fame Alumnus Wins Prestigious Lasker Award

Dr. Max Cooper honored with 'America's Nobel Prize' for groundbreaking immunology work

OXFORD, Miss. – About 50 years ago, University of Mississippi alumnus Dr. Max D. Cooper, a pediatrician, discovered B cell lymphocytes, one of the most important components of the human immune system. This discovery, together with Dr. Jacques F.A.P. Miller’s concurrent discovery of thymus-dependent T cell lymphocytes, revolutionized the field of immunology, particularly in theRead the story …

Williams Honored as Emerging Philanthropist

Ole Miss Women's Council celebrates UM alumna's 'spirit of giving'

OXFORD, Miss. – One Christmas Eve afternoon when Dr. Jane-Claire Williams was 9 years old, her family piled into their car and drove from their home in Jackson to a neighborhood in another part of town where homes were smaller and the lawns weren’t as manicured. They stopped at one of those homes and deliveredRead the story …

University Names Top Alumni of 2019

Alumni Association to honor eight at Homecoming for achievement, service

OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss Alumni Association is honoring eight recipients for its Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2019 in recognition of their service and accomplishments. Inductees into the Alumni Hall of Fame are: Kimsey O’Neal Bailey (BSPh 94), of Aberdeen; Donald R. Cole (PhD 85), of Oxford; Jake Gibbs (BSPHE 61), of Oxford; DuncanRead the story …

English Students Explore Career Options with Alumni

Networking event highlights advice for a variety of paths after graduation

OXFORD, Miss. – Students at the University of Mississippi had an opportunity to network with alumni who have translated their Ole Miss English degrees into a wide variety of career paths during a recent event on the Oxford campus. The “Next Chapters” career networking program was a collaborative effort of the university’s College of LiberalRead the story …