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 …

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 …

Providing Opportunities for Student-Athletes

RJ Young president supports Ole Miss athletics with major gift

OXFORD, Miss. – Chip Crunk is no stranger to the University of Mississippi. “I’m up here at least once a month trying to give back, trying to do the right things and help young people better themselves,” said Crunk, president and CEO of the RJ Young Co. of Nashville, Tennessee. The 1987 UM graduate andRead the story …

Graduate Student a Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ Scholar

IMC master's student Ro Rhodes shares lessons on working in athletics and pursuing one's chosen path

OXFORD, Miss. – Ro Rhodes talks about her future with an inspiring brand of confidence that makes you believe she will succeed no matter what life throws at her.  The University of Mississippi master’s student in integrated marketing communications recently was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 scholar and invited to the Forbes Under 30Read the story …

Testamentary Gift to Benefit Student-Athletes

Anonymous donors provide support to help Rebels balance academics with demands of training

OXFORD, Miss. – By the time most University of Mississippi students are eating breakfast, many Ole Miss student-athletes have already put in a couple hours of training. “We were required to be up at 5 a.m. for a run or for weight training every day,” said UM alumna Kie Purdom, a former golf team member.Read the story …

Knight Gate Honors Rebel Legend

Couple's gift supports Ole Miss athletics, pays tribute to 'Chucky'

OXFORD, Miss. – A recent $250,000 gift to the University of Mississippi has given Amy and Alex Knight, of Germantown, Tennessee, a lasting family tribute while honoring a beloved fallen Rebel. The Knights’ name adorns Gate 38 of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, representing in perpetuity the family’s desire to help improve athletics facilities and help recruit student-athletesRead the story …

Ole Miss Esports Grows in Size, Expectations

Program preparing for second annual Esports Egg Bowl

OXFORD, Miss. – Last year, a single team on the University of Mississippi campus finished No. 1 in the nation. The players didn’t compete on a field, court or track. No orange, yellow, white or brown balls were involved. But the players did rely on skills sharpened by hours of practice, intense focus and teamwork. Most importantly,Read the story …

FedEx Gift Honors Ducker

Donation for UM alumnus benefits university's academic and athletics programs

OXFORD, Miss. – With a $250,000 gift to the University of Mississippi, FedEx Corp. honored Ole Miss alumnus Mike Ducker upon his retirement as a longtime leader of the global transportation company. “Whether in Europe, Asia or the Americas, Mike Ducker always answered the call when FedEx asked him to lead in a variety ofRead the story …

UM Endowment Builds to Record $736 Million

Eighth straight year alumni, friends provide more than $100 million in gifts

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s alumni and friends contributed approximately $103 million in private support during FY19, a year that saw the university’s endowment grow to $736 million – the largest in the state at a public university. For the eighth consecutive year, new gifts aimed at strengthening UM totaled in excess ofRead the story …

Ole Miss Physician Preps SEC Officials for Football Season

Team doctor raises university's sports medicine reputation

OXFORD, Miss. – Physical fitness is a requirement not only for Southeastern Conference football players taking the field; officials also must demonstrate their physical abilities. An Ole Miss team physician is helping ensure that the officials are physically up to the grinding SEC schedule. The physical fitness test was part of a fall clinic earlierRead the story …