Ole Miss Alumni Association Names Distinguished Alumni for 2021

Eight to be honored at Homecoming for achievement, service

OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss Alumni Association will recognize seven distinguished University of Mississippi alumni and a former professor and campus administrator with its highest annual awards as part of Homecoming 2021. Alumni Hall of Fame inductees for 2021 are: Coolidge Ball (BRL 75), of Oxford; Dan Goodgame (BA 75), of San Antonio, Texas;Read the story …

Raising the Bar

Dean Susan Duncan's gift supports School of Law Fund

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi law student Ethan Booker, of Oxford, is spending his summer working with the Queens District Attorney’s Office-Homicide Unit in New York, an opportunity made possible by support from the School of Law‘s faculty, staff and dean. “The best thing the Ole Miss law school provides its students is anRead the story …

Cultivating Knowledge

University of Mississippi Libraries to receive multimillion-dollar gift

OXFORD, Miss. – Ralph Vance tries to talk about the late Bill Morrison’s generosity to the University of Mississippi, but the words catch in his throat. “We’ve all been meeting and putting our heads together about how to do the right thing with this gift, but mostly we just keep saying, ‘Oh my god: theRead the story …

Scott Vitell Bids UM Farewell Following Distinguished Career

After nearly four decades, respected Phil B. Hardin Chair of Business Ethics entering retirement

OXFORD, Miss. – Nearing 40 years of employment at the University of Mississippi, Scott Vitell – the longest-serving faculty member in the School of Business Administration – is retiring. Vitell, who came to the university in 1984, has held the Phil B. Hardin Chair of Business Ethics for most of his tenure. The position isRead the story …

Drilling Down on a Win-Win Collaboration

Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute assists Profile Products in mining, gathering data

OXFORD, Miss. – A joint research drilling project between the Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute at the University of Mississippi and a northeast Mississippi mining company is producing benefits for both partners. MMRI and Profile Products in Blue Mountain are in the middle of the ongoing project, which began in May. Profile Products mines the claysRead the story …

Public Health Programs Welcome First Epidemiologist to Faculty

Victoria Zigmont joins Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management

OXFORD, Miss. – The School of Applied Sciences at the University of Mississippi has hired Victoria Zigmont as the first epidemiologist in its public health and health sciences programs. Zigmont joins the UM Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management from the Department of Public Health at Southern Connecticut State University, where she focusedRead the story …

Diversity Innovator Award Goes to First Class of Students

Award recognizes those working for a more equitable campus community

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi‘s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement has honored four students with the Diversity Innovator Student Award in recognition of their efforts to create a more diverse and equitable campus. The awards went to Ainsley Ash, a 2021 public policy leadership graduate from Meridian; Kam’ron Bracey, a graduate studentRead the story …

Conference to Explore Contributions of Mississippi Authors

Annual event includes biographers and friends of William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Richard Wright

OXFORD, Miss. – Renowned Mississippi authors William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Richard Wright are the focus of the University of Mississippi‘s 47th annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, being conducted virtually July 18-21. Focusing on the theme “Faulkner, Welty, Wright: A Mississippi Confluence,” the virtual international conference includes four days of lectures, panels and other presentations.Read the story …

Friou Legacy Expands

Late alumnus directs $1M estate gift to accountancy school

OXFORD, Miss. – One mother’s decision to send her son to the University of Mississippi launched a college experience that continues to transform the lives of students and the Patterson School of Accountancy – and that fruitful legacy is expanding. The late Roger Friou, of Ridgeland, was that son, and his estate has directed aRead the story …

Graduates Land Careers in Hospitality Management and Technology

Program's alumni shine in the field as industry revs back up

OXFORD, Miss. – The $500 billion global hospitality industry is back in full swing across the country, and two recent University of Mississippi graduates – Amber Schmidt, of Acworth, Georgia, and Taylor Peavey, of Leawood, Kansas – are making the most of the resurging industry across food and beverage and technology sectors. Schmidt started herRead the story …