From the Grove to 30 Rock

Journey to Commencement: Ole Miss senior seeks career in sketch comedy

Mack Hubbell likes to make people laugh.  The University of Mississippi senior grew up a bit of a class clown, used his humor as a campaign strategy while running for Mr. Ole Miss and kept things lighthearted during his time as chaplain for the Kappa Alpha fraternity, a technique that allowed him to break downRead the story …

Mother of Two Develops Passion for Nutrition at UM

Journey to Commencement: Transfer student Emma 'Lee' Floyd balances family, work and education

Every morning, five days a week, after working an overnight shift in the Memphis area, Emma “Lee” Floyd kisses her husband and two children goodbye and drives an hour to Oxford to study dietetics and nutrition at the University of Mississippi. Click the image below to read Floyd’s story, which is part of the “Journey to Commencement”Read the story …

University Launches Campuswide Climate Assessment Initiative

Students, faculty and staff have opportunity to participate, help create more inclusive campus

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi will undertake a climate assessment initiative over the next year aimed at continuing work toward its longstanding goal to create an environment characterized by openness, fairness and equal access for all students, faculty and staff. During 2019-20, university leaders will partner with a team from Rankin & Associates ConsultingRead the story …

Center for the Study of Southern Culture Gets New Director

Kathryn McKee will be the first woman to lead the groundbreaking center's work

OXFORD, Miss. – For only the fourth time in the 40-year history of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, a new director will take the helm. Kathryn McKee, McMullan Associate Professor of Southern Studies and associate professor of English at the University of Mississippi, begins her new role July 1. “I am humbledRead the story …

Lauded Author Brings Home Truth and Compassion

UM professor Kiese Laymon receiving national acclaim for memoir 'Heavy'

OXFORD, Miss. – When Kiese Laymon began working on his memoir “Heavy: An American Memoir,” he was writing to an audience of one. “I wrote that to my mother,” he said. “It was directly addressed to my mom and to my region (Jackson). If anybody outside that region and those people like it, that’s a plus.”Read the story …

UM Spotlights Service with Sullivan, Community Engagement Awards

More than 20 recipients honored for outstanding contributions

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi faculty and staff members, a student and several external community organizations were honored Wednesday (April 10) in celebration of their community-engaged research, learning and service work within the LOU community and beyond. The annual Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards and the inaugural Excellence in Community Engagement Awards were presented byRead the story …

Ten Seniors Inducted into UM Hall of Fame

Recipients honored for service, achievement and potential for success

OXFORD, Miss. – Ten University of Mississippi seniors have been inducted into the university’s 2018-19 Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors afforded students at UM. The inductees were honored Friday (April 5) in a ceremony at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Chosen by a committee in accordance with policyRead the story …

Glowing Reviews Land Elsie Hood Award for Student Favorite

Psychology professor John Young is UM's 2019 Teacher of the Year

OXFORD, Miss. – Glowing, superlative-filled recommendation letters paint the picture of a professor who “pours his heart and soul into his work.” Those comments from University of Mississippi students have led to John Young, associate professor of psychology, being named the 2019 Elsie M. Hood Teacher of the Year.  The honor, which is the highestRead the story …

How Do Bacteria Handle Microgravity?

UM professor's research investigates controlling microorganisms in space

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi professor soon will be sending bacteria to space with the aim of improving future spaceflights. Patrick Curtis, an associate professor of biology, has been awarded an International Space Station, or ISS, Flight Opportunity Award, which will send bacteria grown in his UM laboratory to the space station in the comingRead the story …

Childhood Obesity Research Changing Lives in the Mid-South

UM health and kinesiology graduate develops gaming system to promote exercise among youth

OXFORD, Miss. – Childhood obesity is a serious health problem, affecting 13.7 million American children and adolescents ages 2 to 19, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity puts children at risk for poor health and disproportionately affects Hispanic and African-American communities, the CDC has found. Webb Smith, whoRead the story …