Courtyard to be Named for Burns Family

Major support provided to School of Accountancy’s new home

OXFORD, Miss. – The courtyard of the University of Mississippi‘s new Patterson School of Accountancy home is to be named for the Burns family to honor the longtime donors’ $1 million gift toward building construction. Sheryl and Roland Burns, of Frisco, Texas, made the gift to recognize Roland, a 1982 graduate of the school, andRead the story …

Deloitte, Foundation Endow $1.5M UM Accountancy Chair

Gift helps attract, retain top faculty to renowned program

OXFORD, Miss. – Professional services firm Deloitte and its foundation are expanding support of the University of Mississippi Patterson School of Accountancy with a gift of $1.5 million to establish the Deloitte Foundation Chair of Accountancy. The new chair is funded by contributions from Deloitte partners, principals, managing directors and employees who are UM graduates,Read the story …

A $4 Billion Firm Gets Its Start at Insight Park

UM alumnus Jon Scala's business venture has grown into powerhouse company

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi graduate has nurtured the small health care auditing company he bought and based at UM’s Insight Park in 2014 to a valuation of $4.1 billion. Through a series of strategic acquisitions and strong growth, a company that started with 40 employees has grown to employ what will beRead the story …

Alumnus Pledges $250K to New Accountancy Building

Doug Self's gift will 'create opportunities for others' at the school

OXFORD, Miss. – A Giving Day pledge of $250,000 brings the University of Mississippi‘s Patterson School of Accountancy one step closer to construction of its planned 110,000-square-foot building overlooking the Grove in heart of campus. Doug Self, a 1985 UM accountancy graduate, made the gift as part of Giving Day, a social media-heavy fundraising eventRead the story …

Accomplished Alumna Edith Kelly-Green Boosts Accountancy Scholarship

Women's Council founding chair hopes to give recipients head start to success

OXFORD, Miss. – Edith Kelly-Green, a 2011 inductee of the University of Mississippi Patterson School of Accountancy Hall of Fame and first African American woman to become a FedEx vice president, credits her accountancy education for much of her stellar success. “I stumbled into the accountancy field as I knew nothing about the profession priorRead the story …

Speaker’s Edge Competition Helps Develop Career-Relevant Skills

More than 100 students show off public speaking skills in 18th annual contest

OXFORD, Miss. – Fake vaccine cards, inappropriate behavior on Zoom, underreporting billable hours to improve bonuses, equal opportunities in the workplace, fitness apps, cruelty-free skin products and ways to be a better employer were among the topics addressed at the 18th annual UM Speaker’s Edge competition at the University of Mississippi. More than 109 graduateRead the story …

Overstreet Champions Band, Accountancy with Major Gift

Donation to help renovate Pride of the South practice facilities, build new home for Patterson School

OXFORD, Miss. – On a breezy Friday afternoon, the University of Mississippi‘s Pride of the South marching band members finished the day’s rehearsal and then gathered close to shout in unison: “Thank you, Helen!” Watching the students from a hill nearby, Helen Overstreet beamed in response. The 1981 UM alumna and avid band fan hasRead the story …

Supporting Legal-Minded Business Majors

Sulser Scholarship helps Ole Miss students considering law degrees

OXFORD, Miss. – One way to build a successful career in the legal profession is to start by laying a firm foundation based on business knowledge. This formula worked for Floyd Sulser Jr. during his higher education journey at the University of Mississippi in the late 1960s and early ’70s. A half-century later, he andRead the story …

Women’s Council Scholarship Provides Transformational Experience

OMWC gives Ole Miss junior support for Amazon internship

OXFORD, Miss. – When University of Mississippi junior Alexandria Seals, of Laurel, wanted an internship, her Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy mentor suggested a life-changing experience and funding through the council’s Global Leadership Circle. “I applied for an Amazon internship because my mentor, the late Jacqueline Certion, recommended it,” said Seals, a student inRead 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 …