Speaker’s Edge Competition Helps Hone Presentation Skills

Annual event challenges students to prepare, think and state their case before judges

OXFORD, Miss. – In today’s world, college graduates entering the workforce with well-developed speaking skills have a huge advantage. University of Mississippi students recently got an opportunity to hone their public speaking skills and vie for a championship during the 11th annual Speaker’s Edge Competition. The program culminated in a two-day competition, where students presentRead the story …

Timothy Abram Hopes to Help Solve State’s Problems

UM student leader addresses teacher shortage, joins Teach For America

OXFORD, Miss – With many Mississippi schools struggling to attract effective teachers, Timothy Abram of Horn Lake has decided to take an alternate route into the teaching profession after graduation from the University of Mississippi. A senior majoring in public policy leadership, Abram plans to enter the Teach For America program when he completes hisRead the story …

Foundation Honors Warner and Kay Alford with Scholarship

Former athletics, alumni director continues to attract private funding for alma mater

OXFORD, Miss – A full-page photo in a September 1960 issue of Sports Illustrated – accompanying an article on the University of Mississippi and its upcoming football season – captured a beautiful Kay Swayze and the handsome Warner Alford walking hand-in-hand as students. It turned out to be a magical year, as Alford co-captained that SEC andRead the story …

Students Harness Power of Verbal Communication

Speaker's Edge winners earn awards, scholarship money

OXFORD, Miss. – Nervousness, sweaty palms and butterflies in the stomach were common at the Speaker’s Edge competition at the University of Mississippi, but at the end of the two days, students were more confident in their public speaking abilities. The competition recognizes that communication is a vital part of the business world and featuresRead the story …

Environmental Passion Earns UM Student a Udall Scholarship

OXFORD, Miss. – When Taylor Cook walked into the chancellor’s office at the University of Mississippi, she was not expecting to see a roomful of smiling faces. But that is what she got at a surprise reception to congratulate her on winning the 2012 Morris K. Udall Scholarship, which provides $5,000 for one year ofRead the story …

UM Forensics Team Extends Winning Streak at ‘Great Debate’

OXFORD, Miss. – Two members of the University of Mississippi’s forensics team have proven again they are a “small but mighty force,” coming out as winners of “The Great Debate.” Evan Kirkham, a public policy leadership major from Dallas, and Austin “Woody” Wood, a sophomore political science major from Southlake, Texas, competed in an exhibitionRead the story …