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 …

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 …