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 …

EdsUp! UM Faculty Launch Early Childhood Podcast

Series dedicated to 'children and those who care for them'

OXFORD, Miss. – A new podcast created by faculty at the University of Mississippi‘s Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning is helping raise awareness of important issues related to the development of young children. Hosted by Melody Musgrove and Cathy Grace, the center’s co-directors, “EdsUp!” is sponsored by the Southern Early Childhood Association and is available for downloadRead the story …

Making Moves to Enhance Academics

North Mississippi teachers attend UM chess workshop

OXFORD, Miss. – This week, 26 teachers from across northern Mississippi gathered at the University of Mississippi‘s Jackson Avenue Center to learn how to teach chess to students in their schools. The event was hosted by the UM Center for Mathematics and Science Education and facilitated by Jeff Bulington, of Franklin County Chess and presidentRead the story …

Inaugural Education Law Conference Informs Nearly 100 Participants

Free speech and Mississippi charter schools among the topics discussed

OXFORD, Miss. – Conversations about Mississippi charter schools and free speech on campuses were among the highlights of the Mississippi Education Law Conference earlier this month at the University of Mississippi. Nearly 100 educators and attorneys attended the inaugural conference to learn about laws and policies related to issues facing schools from preschool through higherRead the story …

Belief in Lifelong Learning Inspires Gift

Stewarts establish endowment for UM School of Education

OXFORD, Miss. – Mike Stewart has been an entrepreneur since age 16, when he began working in a clothing store and making sales presentations as part of a high school internship program. His wife, Cathy, has been a nurturer of other people from all walks of life from an early stage, which led her toRead the story …

Eleven Mississippi Educators Join New Class of Principal Corps

K-12 leadership program fast-tracks teachers into leadership roles

OXFORD, Miss. – Eleven Mississippi educators make up the 11th cohort of the Principal Corps, a highly competitive and intensive K-12 educational leadership program offered by the University of Mississippi. Established in 2009, the program has produced more than 120 graduates, and close to 90 percent of them are serving in leadership roles in school districtsRead the story …

Teacher Corps Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Retiring co-founder Andy Mullins also to be honored during June 15 alumni reunion

OXFORD, Miss. – Three decades ago, Andrew P. Mullins Jr. accepted the challenge to find and produce more certified teachers for Mississippi’s high-need public schools. Collaborating with Amy Gutman, a journalism student at Harvard University, the then-special assistant to the Mississippi superintendent of education founded the Mississippi Teacher Corps at the University of Mississippi. SinceRead the story …

School of Law to Host Inaugural Mississippi Education Law Conference

Sessions designed to inform educational leaders and attorneys on issues and laws

OXFORD, Miss. – A new conference designed to inform educators and attorneys about the latest laws and policies governing schools from preschool through higher education is set for June 14 at the University of Mississippi School of Law. The inaugural Mississippi Education Law Conference is aimed at educational leaders and attorneys representing institutions, school districts,Read the story …

Scholarship Honors UM Alumna Elsie Williston

Education endowment supports students with financial need

OXFORD, Miss. – Many college students struggle to make ends meet from one semester to the next. A new gift to the University of Mississippi School of Education will help remove some of that stress while honoring the life and memory of longtime Oxford resident Elsie Wells Williston. A beloved spouse, mother, grandmother and friend,Read the story …

Seven Babies for Seven Students

UM higher education cohort draws strength, support from one other as members welcome new children

When members of a University of Mississippi School of Education doctoral cohort kept getting pregnant, the running joke was there had to be something in the snacks they ate when they met each month. Someone also blamed voodoo, or other supernatural forces, being at work in Guyton Hall, home of the School of Education. SinceRead the story …