Couple’s Planned Gift to Support Two UM Endowments

Contributions to support scholarly work in Southern food and music

OXFORD, Miss. – Lynne Ann DeSpelder and Albert Lee Strickland, of Capitola, California, have partnered on many projects throughout their lives and someday, even in death, their collaboration will continue when their planned estate gift supports two programs at the University of Mississippi. The husband and wife will leave an estimated $1 million from theirRead the story …

University Endowment Builds to All-time High of $715 Million

Strong investment returns, generosity of alumni and friends spurs growth

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s permanent endowment grew in its latest fiscal year to an all-time high of $715 million, thanks in part to the seventh consecutive year of new gifts of $100 million or more. Private support totaled more than $115.8 million from 30,332 donors, giving the university essential resources to continueRead the story …

Donors Underwrite Southern Foodways Alliance’s ‘Gravy’

Major gift will allow UM center to continue telling stories of the region through its food

OXFORD, Miss. – Knowing the unifying qualities of food, Brook and Pam Smith of Louisville, Kentucky, have pledged $1 million to support “Gravy,” a podcast produced by the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi. “Folks in different places appreciate when someone from one cultural segment takes the time to dine with others fromRead the story …

‘Gravy’ Wins Second James Beard Foundation Award

The James Beard Foundation has honored “Gravy,” a product of the Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, as the nation’s best podcast. In 2015, the foundation named Gravy, the SFA’s quarterly print journal and podcast, as its Publication of the Year. GravyRead the story …

Donors Support Art in Southern Foodways Alliance Programming

Gifts will support creative relationships to bolster SFA events

OXFORD, Miss. – While food nourishes the body, art nourishes the soul. The Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi expertly blends both into programming, and supporters believe the two will continue to pair well together for years to come. Impressed by the SFA’s use of art to enhance the presentation of Southern foodRead the story …

Oxford Conference for the Book Brings Variety of Authors to UM

Poets, journalists, scholars and readers coming to campus March 2-4 for free event

OXFORD, Miss. – Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, as well as first-time novelists, are part of the variety of legendary and debut writers hosted at the Oxford Conference for the Book, set for March 2-4. Poets, journalists, scholars and readers will visit the University of Mississippi for the 23rd conference. The three-day event, which is free andRead the story …

Author Who Explores World of Food Trends Coming to UM

David Sax, guru of what America eats, to lecture Feb. 29

OXFORD, Miss. – Popular foods for 2016 include kimchee and packaged seaweed strips, but David Sax already knew that. Sax, an award-winning journalist and author, explores the world of food trends: where they come from, how they grow and where they end up. He will discuss the latest culinary developments at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29 atRead the story …

SFA Journal, Podcast Named Publication of the Year

'Gravy' covers Southern food in both printed and audio media

OXFORD, Miss. – The James Beard Foundation has named “Gravy,” the quarterly print journal and biweekly podcast of the University of Mississippi’s Southern Foodways Alliance, as the 2015 Publication of the Year. The award honors fresh direction, worthy ambition and a forward-looking approach to food journalism. The printed journal Gravy lands in the mailboxes ofRead the story …

Generous Gift Supports Southern Foodways Alliance

Kentucky couple creates Smith Symposium Fellows to support individuals doing notable foodways work

OXFORD, Miss. – Drawing on academics, chefs, artisans, farmers, journalists, writers, food enthusiasts and more, the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi uses food as a cultural compass, guiding the understanding of history, race relations and politics. SFA members Pam and Brook Smith of Louisville, Kentucky, are helping bring more people to theRead the story …

Documenting the Culinary Wealth of the South

Jim 'N Nick's founder, wife make major gift to Southern Foodways Alliance

OXFORD, Miss. – Nick and Suzanne Pihakis of Birmingham, Alabama, have made a transformative gift to endow the Pihakis Foodways Documentary Fellow, a filmmaking and teaching position at the University of Mississippi and its Southern Foodways Alliance. Thanks to their generosity, stories of the South’s diverse food cultures will be filmed and produced for posterityRead the story …