Building a Premier Esports Program

Payne family gift applauded as an investment in the future

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi alumnus Abb Payne, of Hattiesburg; his wife, Jennifer; and their family are football fans who tend to spend fall weekends at university stadiums. One family member, however – the Paynes’ 10-year-old son, Ford – prefers the online gaming competitions of esports over the traditional gridiron. Thanks to the family’sRead the story …

Cultivating National Competitors

Tosh Family Short Course gives Ole Miss golf teams competitive edge

OXFORD, Miss. – A former University of Mississippi faculty member’s gift to the Ole Miss golf program has literally become a game changer. “After the course opened in 2019, I really saw our program take off,” said Kory Henkes, head women’s golf coach. “Since that time, we’ve won eight golf tournaments – two of thoseRead the story …

ESPN Names Oxford as America’s Best College Town

UM home edges out Athens, Georgia, and three Big 10 university towns in ranking

OXFORD, Miss. — Though it should come as no surprise to the tens of thousands of University of Mississippi fans who pack the Grove for seven Saturdays each fall, ESPN has listed the home of Ole Miss Rebels as the country’s best college town ahead of the 2021 NCAA football season.  In a video segmentRead the story …

Inspiring Success on the Court

UM graduate's generosity memorializes son at Ole Miss basketball arena

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi alumnus Craig Geno Sr. hopes his gift to Ole Miss athletics will encourage Rebel basketball players to fight hard for the fans they represent. “I want it to inspire them to realize that they’re playing for more than just a win or a loss or for personal glory,” saidRead the story …

Helping Produce Winning Teams

Millettes' gift helps build UM athletics program, names tunnel at stadium

OXFORD, Miss. – Sam Millette Jr. understands that, for Ole Miss athletics to be competitive, it must continually improve, especially in the aftermath of a pandemic that left most collegiate sports programs struggling financially. He and his wife, Lynne, also understand those improvements – along with a return to a program’s peak success – canRead the story …

Keeping Teams Fueled for Maximum Performance

Sports Nutrition Volunteer Program participants gain professional skills while aiding Ole Miss athletics

OXFORD, Miss. – Before, during and after practice and game time, student-athletes at the University of Mississippi rely on sports nutrition staff to keep them properly fueled and hydrated to maximize their performance. Behind the scenes, members of the Sports Nutrition Volunteer Program make sure delicious and nutritious snacks are ready to eat, and thatRead the story …

Dr. Marshall Crowther Honored with SEC Michael L. Slive Award

Sports medicine physician recognized as part of conference's Medical Guidance Task Force

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The medical director and sports medicine physician for Ole Miss Health and Sports Performance is among the members of the Southeastern Conference‘s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force who were named recipients of the conference’s Michael L. Slive Distinguished Service Award on Wednesday (June 2). Dr. Marshall Crowther is theRead the story …

On Faith, Family and Football

Alumni couple Marty and Bill May support Ole Miss athletics with gift

OXFORD, Miss. – Marty and Bill May place great value on faith, family and football – in that order. The Ridgeland couple serves in their church, First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, where Bill May is an elder emeritus. He shares the gospel every time the Spirit nudges – on planes, on beaches and in prisons.Read the story …

Alumni Offer Wise Words to New Graduates

Ahead of Commencement exercises, 8 Ole Miss alumni share guidance and encouragement

OXFORD, Miss. – As the Classes of 2020 and 2021 celebrate Commencement in early May, they’ll complete an exciting journey, begin their next chapters and join the good company of distinguished alumni. The University of Mississippi is a place where legacies begin, and the following alumni have shown that the greatest achievements are possible whenRead the story …

Generous Donations Smash Record During Ole Miss Giving Day 2021

University family gives $2.485 million to soar past fundraising goals

OXFORD, Miss. – When the last online donation was made this week for Giving Day 2021, University of Mississippi faithful had shattered the fundraising record for the annual event. This year, Ole Miss alumni, students, parents, alumni, friends, faculty and staff contributed 1,575 gifts (1,328 unique donors), totaling more than $2.485 million – gifts dedicatedRead the story …