Public Health Programs Welcome First Epidemiologist to Faculty

Victoria Zigmont joins Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management

OXFORD, Miss. – The School of Applied Sciences at the University of Mississippi has hired Victoria Zigmont as the first epidemiologist in its public health and health sciences programs. Zigmont joins the UM Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management from the Department of Public Health at Southern Connecticut State University, where she focusedRead the story …

Graduates Land Careers in Hospitality Management and Technology

Program's alumni shine in the field as industry revs back up

OXFORD, Miss. – The $500 billion global hospitality industry is back in full swing across the country, and two recent University of Mississippi graduates – Amber Schmidt, of Acworth, Georgia, and Taylor Peavey, of Leawood, Kansas – are making the most of the resurging industry across food and beverage and technology sectors. Schmidt started herRead the story …

Social Work Student Turns Tragedy into Advocacy

Robin Minyard uses internship experience to prepare for role in counseling

OXFORD, Miss. – After practicing law for 29 years, Robin Minyard lost both her son and husband to suicide. She left her legal career to become a full-time advocate for suicide prevention and substance abuse disorders. The path to her new career runs through the Master of Social Work program at the University of Mississippi.Read the story …

Alumnus Examines Dangers of Driving Under Influence of Illicit Drugs

Graduate of master's program in criminal justice details public health and safety warnings

OXFORD, Miss. – More than 10 million people in the United States – about 5% of licensed drivers – drove under the influence of an illicit drug during the previous year, according to an analysis of the U.S. National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Despite the mounting research evidence that driving under the influenceRead the story …

Keeping Teams Fueled for Maximum Performance

Sports Nutrition Volunteer Program participants gain professional skills while aiding Ole Miss athletics

OXFORD, Miss. – Before, during and after practice and game time, student-athletes at the University of Mississippi rely on sports nutrition staff to keep them properly fueled and hydrated to maximize their performance. Behind the scenes, members of the Sports Nutrition Volunteer Program make sure delicious and nutritious snacks are ready to eat, and thatRead the story …

Tom Andre Receives Thomas A. Crowe Outstanding Faculty Award

Assistant professor of exercise science recognized for exceptional support and service to students

OXFORD, Miss. – Tom Andre, assistant professor of health, exercise science and recreation management at the University of Mississippi, is the recipient of the School of Applied Sciences’ 2021 Thomas A. Crowe Outstanding Faculty Award. The award recognizes a permanent faculty member within the School of Applied Sciences who has shown exemplary teaching, research andRead the story …

UM Researcher Provides the Skinny on Normal Weight Obesity

Nadeeja Wijayatunga publishes study of 'skinny fat' health risks in International Journal of Obesity

OXFORD, Miss. – Sometimes, a normal weight is not as healthy as it seems, and the truth about an overall picture of health may surprise many individuals and even medical professionals. But research conducted by a University of Mississippi professor is helping shed light on a condition known as normal weight obesity. Nadeeja Wijayatunga, anRead the story …

UM Awards Six Achieving Equity Grants

Grants to explore areas of diversity, equity, inclusion

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi is funding six Achieving Equity Grants for faculty, staff and students to advance diversity, equity and inclusion through research and creative scholarship. First funded in 2020, the competitive seed grant program explores challenges common to UM and other institutions where the knowledge gained will lead to advancements inRead the story …

Applied Sciences Faculty Member Named Faculty Senate Chair

Daniel Durkin begins his tenure this summer

OXFORD, Miss. – Daniel Durkin, an associate professor of social work at the University of Mississippi, has been named chair of the Faculty Senate for the upcoming three-year term. The Faculty Senate makes recommendations to the chancellor, provost and Council of Academic Administrators on policies affecting the university and provides guidance on such matters whenRead the story …

Alumni Help Mentor Applied Gerontology Students

Safe and Sound Home Care owners discuss the benefits of at-home geriatric care

OXFORD. Miss. – This semester, students in the applied gerontology program at the University of Mississippi have had opportunities to learn from several professionals working in their industry. Among these mentors are alumnus Brad Morris, who received his Master of Accountancy and Juris Doctor from UM, and Sharon Morris, owner of Safe and Sound HomeRead the story …