Mentor, Supporter and Red-and-Blue Through and Through

Lila Neely retires, leaving a legacy of MBA graduates and success stories

OXFORD, Miss. – Lila Neely believes she was diapered in red and blue, and her deep-seeded love for the University of Mississippi was with her at birth. Neely comes from a devout Ole Miss family – her mother was Miss Ole Miss in 1946 and also was a cheerleader with Neely’s two aunts. Her fatherRead the story …

Civil Engineering Professor Named Mississippi Engineer of the Year

Cristiane Surbeck recognized by Mississippi section of ASCE

OXFORD, Miss. – Cristiane Surbeck, chair and professor of civil engineering at the University of Mississippi, has been named Engineer of the Year by the Mississippi section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Surbeck is a published author and part of the team completing research on green stormwater infrastructure funded by the Mississippi-Alabama SeaRead the story …

Law Professor Elected to American Law Institute

Farish Percy is among 24 across the nation elected this year

OXFORD, Miss. – Farish Percy, a University of Mississippi professor of law, is one of 24 newly elected members across the nation to the American Law Institute. The American Law Institute, or ALI, is a national independent organization that works to produce scholarship to improve upon and clarify the law. According to ALI’s website, the workRead the story …

Engineering Dean Inducted into National Academy of Inventors

Organization recognizes academic innovation, technology

OXFORD, Miss. – David A. Puleo, dean of the School of Engineering and professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Mississippi, has been inducted as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Puleo is among 115 inventors elected as 2020 fellows by the NAI, which recognizes and encourages inventors with patents issued fromRead the story …

Business Professor to Lead National Marrow Donor Program

Be The Match names Brian Reithel as 2022 chair-elect

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi business professor has been elected as chairman for the National Marrow Donor Program. Brian Reithel, professor of management information systems, will begin his service at Be The Match as chair-elect for the 2022 fiscal year before stepping into the board chairman role for the following two years. “ThisRead the story …

An Institution Within an Institution

Del Hawley: the 'Man Behind the Curtain' for 35 Years

OXFORD, Miss. – When Del Hawley arrived at the University of Mississippi, Ronald Reagan was president, gasoline cost 86 cents a gallon and the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 1,793. No one could have imagined – least of all, Hawley – what the next 35 years would bring. In August 1986, he left East Lansing,Read the story …

Biologist Talks Science on CBS’s ‘Mission Unstoppable’

IF/THEN ambassadorship gives Goulet national platform to encourage young women

OXFORD, Miss. – Tamar L. Goulet loves sharing her passion for the sciences with anyone who will listen, especially young women interested in pursuing a career in the male-dominated field. This weekend, the University of Mississippi biology professor will have a national audience as she takes CBS’s “Mission Unstoppable” into the field to learn aboutRead the story …

UM Community Remembers Jere Hoar as Tough, But Caring, Professor

Journalist, author who taught from 1956 to '92 remembered for always pushing students to do their best

OXFORD, Miss. – Jere Hoar, who taught journalism at the University of Mississippi for more than 30 years, was legendary for being a tough but caring mentor who enthusiastically pushed his students toward greatness because he believed in them.  Hoar died Oct. 2 in Pontotoc, at 91. A private family graveside service was held withRead the story …

Nathan Hammer Selected for 2021 Faculty Achievement Award

Award recognizes classroom instruction, student involvement, research and service

OXFORD, Miss. – Nathan Hammer’s life changed forever with a simple question. Hammer, the Margaret McLean Coulter Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Mississippi, was in an honors freshman chemistry class at the University of Tennessee when his professor asked about his major. Hammer said he didn’t have one. The professor asked,Read the story …

Shawnboda Mead to Advance UM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Goals

Respected leader named vice chancellor for diversity and community engagement

OXFORD, Miss. – Shawnboda Mead, a higher education professional with more than 17 years of experience, has been named vice chancellor for diversity and community engagement at the University of Mississippi. The board of trustees of the Mississippi Institutions for Higher Learning approved Mead’s appointment at its monthly meeting Thursday (Sept. 16). As vice chancellor,Read the story …