Study on Internships at UM Earns National Honors

Staff members Kristina Phillips and Jennifer Saxon research access and equity for students

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi staff members Kristina Phillips and Jennifer Saxon have been honored with the “Dissertation of the Year” award by the National Society for Experiential Education. The NSEE is a nonprofit organization of educators, businesses, and community leaders invested in the development of education programs that offer learning experiences outside theRead the story …

Smith Reflects on 28-Year Journey from Waiter to Admissions Director

Oxford native, fourth-generation employee to retire from university May 31

OXFORD, Miss. – Whitman Smith graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Ole Miss in 1989 and spent three days as a waiter at the Downtown Grill before he decided to jump ship for an offer he couldn’t refuse. The Oxford native got a call from his alma mater and leapt at the chance to becomeRead the story …

Still Going Strong after 50 Years of Employment

As longest-serving employee ever, Kathy Tidwell rises through ranks during a half-century at Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. – Kathy Tidwell started working at the University of Mississippi a few months before man first walked on the moon. This year marks Tidwell’s 50th year at Ole Miss, making her the longest-serving employee in university history. She officially started in January 1969, and while she could have retired many years ago, theRead the story …

Seven Employees Receive UM Outstanding Staff Awards

Individuals and teams recognized for excellence in service categories, operations

OXFORD, Miss. – The associate director for academic enrichment in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is the University of Mississippi‘s 2019 Overall Outstanding Category winner. Charlie Ball-Burrell was recognized during the annual Staff Appreciation Awards program Friday (May 17) in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, capping off the annual Staff AppreciationRead the story …

Counseling Professor Honored for Adolescent Mental Health Research

Rick Balkin wins prestigious award from American Counseling Association

OXFORD, Miss. – Rick Balkin, a University of Mississippi professor of counselor education, has been named the winner of the American Counseling Association’s 2019 Extended Research Award for his work in mental health care for adolescents in crisis. The ACA’s Extended Research Award honors counseling research that spans 10 years or more. Balkin was honored March 30Read the story …

Ron Rychlak Honored with Top Research Award

UM law professor renowned for his scholarship and creative activity

OXFORD, Miss. – When Ron Rychlak joined the faculty of the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1987, law giants roamed the halls of Lamar Hall, the school’s home. The faculty included Robert Weems, for whom the law school’s main auditorium is named; Guff Abbott, who went on to be president of the Mississippi Bar; GeorgeRead the story …

Three Faculty Members Named Distinguished Professors

Trio recognized for research, teaching excellence and reputation

OXFORD, Miss. – Three University of Mississippi professors – with a combined more than eight decades of service to UM – were appointed Distinguished Professors during the end-of-the-semester faculty meeting Friday (May 10) in Fulton Chapel. The professors are Charles Hussey, associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Liberal Arts and professor ofRead the story …

UM Recognizes Two Employees with Frist Service Awards

Michael Barnett, Cindy May receive coveted recognition for exceptional assistance to students

OXFORD, Miss. – Two University of Mississippi employees who see helping Ole Miss students grow and excel during their time on campus as a top priority have been honored for their unparalleled service to students. Michael Barnett, chair and associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Film, and Cindy May, associate director of financialRead the story …

Two Professors Seek to Improve State STEM Success

Erik Hom, Jonah Jurss receive distinguished CAREER Award from National Science Foundation

OXFORD, Miss. – Two University of Mississippi professors plan to use portions of their recent National Science Foundation awards to further STEM education in the state. Erik Hom, assistant professor of biology, and Jonah Jurss, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, each garnered a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, Program Award this semester from the NSF. The awardsRead the story …

Sociology Professor Named Andrew Carnegie Fellow

Annie Cafer claims first-ever fellowship in Mississippi for community resilience work

OXFORD, Miss. – Annie Cafer, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Mississippi, has been awarded a prestigious Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. The 32 fellows of the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program were unveiled today (April 23) by the Carnegie Corp. of New York. Recipients of the so-called “Brainy Award” receive an up-to-$200,000 grant that allowsRead the story …