Willie Morris Awards Move to UM

Generous gift ensures awards to be given in perpetuity

OXFORD, Miss. – A generous New England-based couple with deep roots in the South, aware of the close relationship between a late-great Mississippi author and the Oxford community, is moving the celebrated Willie Morris Awards for Southern Writing from New York City to the University of Mississippi. With their $3 million gift to the UMRead the story …

Gilman Scholarships Offer UM Students Chance to See the World

Applications for 2020 awards, open to students of limited financial means, accepted through March 3

OXFORD, Miss. – A front row seat at the European Union, a visit to a Holocaust memorial in Germany and learning at one of the world’s most prestigious universities all were made possible for three University of Mississippi students this semester, thanks to the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The students secured theRead the story …

‘Boeing, Boeing’ Goes Supersonic for Laughs

Rollicking farce arrives on time for Ole Miss Theatre's spring season

OXFORD, Miss. – “When one door closes, another opens.” This well-known aphorism, coined by Alexander Graham Bell and often trotted out in times of difficulty or missed opportunity, doesn’t typically refer to literal doors – unless you’re watching Ole Miss Theatre and Film‘s frenetic production of “Boeing Boeing,” set to open Friday (Feb. 14), atRead the story …

Student to Make His Own ‘Motorcycle Diaries’ During Bolivia Trek

Jess Cooley, 2020 Barksdale Award Winner, plans to document forest fire devastation in Bolivia

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi student Jess Cooley sat in an Oxford coffee shop last August scrolling through Instagram when he saw posts of devastating wildfires in an arid forest that serves as Bolivia’s natural barrier against global warming. The international studies and accounting major from Laurel knew the area that was engulfed veryRead the story …

Duffs Make $26 Million Gift to UM

Business leaders commit to STEM education in Mississippi

OXFORD, Miss. – With eyes on increasing job opportunities and boosting the economy, business leaders and brothers Jim and Thomas Duff, of Hattiesburg, have committed $26 million to the construction of a state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering and mathematics facility at the University of Mississippi. Chancellor Glenn F. Boyce announced today (Feb. 5) the top giftRead the story …

Shepard Smith to be Honored with 2020 Silver Em

Former Fox News anchor to receive university's highest award in journalism

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi journalism student who grew up in Holly Springs and became a leading network news anchor is the latest recipient of the school’s prestigious Silver Em award. Shepard Smith, who spent more than 20 years anchoring Fox News before leaving the network last year, will receive the award duringRead the story …

UM, Millsaps College Partner to Offer Dual Degree Programs

Students will do a planned transition between institutions to receive degrees from both

OXFORD, Miss. – Students at the University of Mississippi and at Millsaps College soon will be able to simultaneously receive bachelor’s degrees from each, thanks to a partnership agreement between the two institutions. Terms of the agreement include a 10-semester academic plan in which students earn two bachelor’s degrees by transfer and reverse transfer throughRead the story …

University Recognized for Community Engagement Efforts

UM earns Carnegie Classification, recognized for 'exemplary institutional practices'

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi has been nationally recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its efforts to support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement. The university is among 243 institutions of higher education nationwide given the Elective Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. The distinction, which is valid until 2026, honorsRead the story …

Beth Ann Fennelly Passionately Promoting Poetry

Award-winning UM English professor focuses on poet laureate duties and more

OXFORD, Miss. – Even before Gov. Phil Bryant named her Mississippi’s poet laureate in 2016, award-winning University of Mississippi English professor Beth Ann Fennelly put her passion for words to work in a myriad of activities. As her four-year term comes to an end in fall 2020, the poet and author shared her reflections uponRead the story …

Ole Miss Dining Introduces Starship Delivery Robots

New on-campus service is first for SEC

OXFORD, Miss. – As University of Mississippi students resume classes for the spring semester, they are sharing the campus’ sidewalks with a fleet of robots that can deliver meals at the push of a button. Starship Technologies, the world’s leading autonomous delivery service, has launched robot food delivery services at the university, the first inRead the story …