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 …

Counseling Professor Honored for Adolescent Mental Health Research

Rick Balkin wins prestigious award from American Counseling Association

OXFORD, Miss. – Rick Balkin, a University of Mississippi professor of counselor education, has been named the winner of the American Counseling Association’s 2019 Extended Research Award for his work in mental health care for adolescents in crisis. The ACA’s Extended Research Award honors counseling research that spans 10 years or more. Balkin was honored March 30Read the story …

Hail to the Chief (of Staff)

Journey to Commencement: La Shon Brooks taps into executive leadership experience to fuel doctoral studies

La Shon Brooks is no stranger to wearing several hats at once. As chief of staff to Mississippi Valley State University President Jerryl Briggs, Brooks’ days are filled with the broad duties of an executive cabinet member. This often means collaborating with a range of faculty, staff and students to help MVSU meet strategic goals.Read the story …

Greenhouse Brings New Learning Experiences to Willie Price

New facility will feed children, support UM Food Bank

OXFORD, Miss. – A new greenhouse promises to promote healthy eating habits and offer hands-on learning opportunities to pre-K children at the University of Mississippi’s Willie Price Lab School, as well as providing fresh vegetables for needy UM students through the Ole Miss Food Bank. Tess Johnson, a UM graduate student in health promotion andRead the story …

Annual Awards Program Honors UM Faculty and Students

HEADWAE recognizes academic achievement, contributions to higher learning

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi students and faculty were among the honorees at the 32nd annual Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence, or HEADWAE, awards program last month in Jackson. Edward Elam Miller, a senior from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, who is majoring in public policy leadership, and Megan Poirrier Ladner, assistant professor of occupationalRead the story …

Celebrating a Distinguished Military Career Shaped by Ole Miss

Col. Kelvin Nichols marks promotion where he was first commissioned

OXFORD, Miss. – Col. Kelvin Nichols has accrued more than 29 years of military service in the Mississippi Army National Guard and seen action around the world, and he asked friends, family and his brothers and sisters in arms to join him back home recently at the University of Mississippi, where his military career started. Nichols enrolledRead the story …

Parker Lifeshare Foundation Gift Supports Special Education

School of Education creating program to equip students to teach autistic children

OXFORD, Miss. – With the help of a $470,000 gift from Parker Lifeshare Foundation of Jackson, the University of Mississippi School of Education is designing a program to address the specialized needs of children across the autism spectrum and prepare education professionals who will teach them. According to the 2018 Mississippi Autism Advisory Committee Report,Read the story …

Renowned Psychiatrist to Present on Child Trauma, Brain Development

Dr. Bruce Perry explains link between chronic poverty and brain biology in children

OXFORD, Miss. – Internationally renowned psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Perry will present his research on how trauma related to chronic poverty negatively affects brain development in children during a special lecture at 10 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson. Free to anyone who registers online, the event is coordinated by the Graduate CenterRead the story …