Delta Students Pursue New Pathways to Health During UM Visit

High schoolers discover career opportunities through visit with Center for Population Studies

OXFORD, Miss. – High school students from the New Pathways to Health and Opportunity initiative recently spent the day at the University of Mississippi for their annual summer campus visit. The university’s Center for Population Studies, or CPS, hosted 33 rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from the Tri-County Workforce Alliance youth program. TCWARead the story …

FedEx Gift Supports University’s STEM Efforts

Donation to UM Science Building Fund honors alumnus Jim Barksdale

OXFORD, Miss. – With a $250,000 gift to the University of Mississippi Science Building Fund, FedEx Corp. has honored Ole Miss alumnus Jim Barksdale upon his retirement as a longtime member of the global shipping company’s leadership team. “Jim was an innovative leader during his tenure at FedEx and went on to serve as anRead the story …

UM Partners with U.S. Geological Survey to Address Water Security

Collaboration to advance research of water resources in the Southeast

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi and the U.S. Geological Survey Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center have formed a collaborative partnership to strengthen scientific and technical research related to the availability, valuation and security of water in the Southeast. More than 90 percent of Mississippi’s population relies on groundwater for its drinking water supply, according to the MississippiRead the story …

Miss Mississippi Raising Organ Donation Awareness Across State

Mary Margaret Hyer, a 2018 UM graduate, represents the state for 2019

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi alumna Mary Margaret Hyer is using the spotlight as Miss Mississippi 2019 to draw attention to her social change initiative, “Advocate, Celebrate, Donate: Diminishing the Donor Organ Deficit.” Hyer, a Hattiesburg native and 2018 graduate with a degree in English, plans to enroll in the UM School of Law onceRead the story …

Poet January O’Neil Named UM Grisham Writer in Residence

Virginia native will teach during the 2019-20 academic year

OXFORD, Miss. – January O’Neil, an acclaimed poet who weaves environmental elements into her work, is the University of Mississippi‘s John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence for the 2019-20 academic year.  O’Neil, who comes to UM from Beverly, Massachusetts, is the author of “Rewilding” (CavanKerry Press, 2018); “Misery Islands” (2014), winner of a 2015 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence; and “Underlife” (2009).Read the story …

Supporting Thought-Provoking Art

21c Museum Hotel gift helps feature works at Southern Foodways Alliance events

OXFORD, Miss. – When giving a dinner party, the host often installs a centerpiece that ties together the theme of the evening. Thanks to a $100,000 gift from the 21c Museum Hotels, the Southern Foodways Alliance will continue to showcase contemporary artists as the centerpiece of its annual fall symposium. Founded by Laura Lee BrownRead the story …

Couple Shares Love of Industry with UM Students

Gift establishes Sawyer Real Estate Scholarship Endowment

OXFORD, Miss. – On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, some things just go together – like oysters and hot sauce and the Sawyer family and real estate. Established in 1901, Sawyer Real Estate is a Gulfport mainstay helmed by Lenny and Earline Sawyer. “My husband Lenny has always been a great salesman,” said Earline Sawyer, ofRead the story …

College2Youth Program Offers Health, College Access Outreach in Delta

UM faculty and students organize health and career fairs in Quitman County

OXFORD, Miss. – An interdisciplinary collaboration among three University of Mississippi professors led to the creation of the College2Youth program, an effort to get middle schoolers excited about their educational journey and to teach them healthy lifestyle choices they can share in their community. What was first intended to be a university-led mentorship program developedRead the story …

Pharmacy Graduate Finds New Strengths through Weightlifting

Emily Lewis places top 10 in national competition

OXFORD, Miss. – Pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree requires some heavy lifting with classes, practice rotations and campus involvement. While recent University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy graduate Emily Lewis used her inner strength and work ethic to earn her Pharm.D. in May, she discovered her physical strength through her passion for weightlifting. Lewis’Read the story …

Engineering Student Heads to Japan with Gilman Scholarship

Benjamin Mighall to study at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi student plans to spend his fall 2019 semester studying in Japan, thanks to a prestigious international scholarship program. Benjamin Mighall, of La Crosse, Wisconsin, is the recipient of a 2019 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The senior electrical engineering major will travel to Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan,Read the story …