From Finland to the Flagship

UM instructor forms lifelong link to Finland by hosting mother and daughter as exchange students

OXFORD, Miss. – When Lance Herrington was in high school in 1986, his family hosted a visitor from a faraway land who would shape his life forever.  Pirjo Tupamäki had come as an exchange student from Jyväskylä, in the Lakeland region of Finland, to Herrington’s small hometown of Belton, Texas, a bedroom community between Austin andRead the story …

Freshman Intent on ‘Fulfilling Her Purpose’

Next-Generation Rebels: Biology major Khadeejah Franklin has goals in mind

OXFORD, Miss. – “Remember your purpose.” That’s the advice University of Mississippi freshman Khadeejah Franklin received from her mother before leaving her hometown of Vancleave for Oxford. “Stay focused,” Triniss Wilkerson said she told her daughter. “I also told her do not lose sight of the reason why she is there. It’s OK to have a littleRead the story …

Daughter of UPD Chief Follows Dad’s Footsteps to Campus

Next-Generation Rebels: 'It's always been Ole Miss for me,' Ta'Nia Hawkins says

OXFORD, Miss. – Long before Ta’Nia Hawkins arrived as an incoming freshman at the University of Mississippi, she had dreamed of one day attending the same institution where her father, University Police Chief Ray Hawkins, had been a student. “My dad has been my biggest role model,” said the Water Valley native, who plans toRead the story …

Baldwyn Veteran Completes Degree with UM-Booneville

After years with the military and local industries, Witt looks to serve community

BOONEVILLE, Miss. – William Elliott Witt, of Baldwyn, credits his high school teachers, college professors and his mother for their influences in his life that have led him to pursue a career in educating the next generation. “I wouldn’t be as driven or goal-oriented,” Witt said. “I want to invest in the lives of othersRead the story …

Green Completes UM Degree after 30-Year Break

Oxford teaching assistant, breast cancer survivor receives diploma through C2C program

OXFORD, Miss. – There were quite a few cheers when Phyllis Green, of Oxford, walked across the stage to receive her bachelor’s degree in university studies during the University of Mississippi‘s Commencement exercises last month. “I always wanted to complete my degree and things just didn’t work out, but I always wished that I had,”Read the story …

Students Help Grow University’s Commercialization Efforts

Student workers gain valuable experience while helping advance technology transfer goals

OXFORD, Miss. – The Office of Technology Commercialization at the University of Mississippi is a small staff covering a lot of ground. The office, part of the university’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, is responsible for stimulating, protecting, managing and transferring intellectual property created by Ole Miss employees from campus to the private sector for commercialization. TheRead the story …

BGS Honor Graduate Prepares for Career in Dentistry

Serving others inspires UM student for future work

OXFORD, Miss. – Sarah Pierce says she came to the University of Mississippi because of the community atmosphere she felt when visiting campus. She says she stayed because of the opportunities she found to make a difference in the Ole Miss community and others around the world. During her time at UM, the senior fromRead the story …

UM-Tupelo Students Earn University’s Top Academic Honor

Alexandria Sappington and Madison Hawes named 2019 Taylor Medalists

OXFORD, Miss. – Madison Hawes, of Saltillo, and Alexandria Sappington, of Pontotoc, both students at the University of Mississippi at Tupelo, are among a select group of graduating seniors who have been awarded a 2018-19 Marcus Elvis Taylor Medal, the highest academic award for Ole Miss students. The Taylor Medal was established in 1904 inRead the story …

Music Major Blends Experiences of International and Hometown Student

South Korean native Jiwon Lee grew up on Ole Miss campus

OXFORD, Miss. – Jiwon Lee is not your typical international student at the University of Mississippi. Born in Daejeon, South Korea, Lee arrived in Oxford as an infant. Her father, Jongbok Lee, and mother, Aeran Moon Lee, were attending UM in the late ’90s, so the family moved to Oxford. Jiwon Lee learned to speak English –Read the story …

Active Minds Aims to Reduce Campus Suicides

Student-led group sponsors UM exhibition promoting the importance of mental health

OXFORD, Miss. – A national traveling exhibit designed to raise awareness of mental health is coming to the University of Mississippi on March 19. The “Send Silence Packing” display, containing more than 1,000 backpacks, will be in the Grove that day. The backpacks, each with a story attached, represent the number of college students lostRead the story …