Gift Provides UM Honors Scholarships

Leading surgeon credits university for success and hopes to help others succeed

OXFORD, Miss. – Dr. Marc E. Walker, a plastic surgeon and Mississippi’s only pediatric and congenital hand surgeon, is the founder and clinical director of the Congenital Hand Clinic at Children’s of Mississippi, the pediatric hospital at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Walker’s road to success is impressive: after graduating summa cumRead the story …

Two HRSA Grants Let Pharmacy Chair Bring Well-being to Forefront

Seena Haines works to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace

OXFORD, Miss. – Seena Haines’ wellness journey has come full circle. Her own personal struggles as an adolescent with obesity, along with the impact of chronic disease in her family, set her passion toward personal well-being and a calling to help others. “I want to empower patients to take an active role in their healthRead the story …

Sharing Their Vision for the Future

Webbs’ estate gift will support students in law, education, medicine

OXFORD, Miss. – An estate gift to the University of Mississippi will ultimately provide scholarships for students in the schools of Law, Education and Medicine. The gift’s benefactors are the late Taylor Webb, a 1950 graduate of the Ole Miss School of Law, and his wife Sue Webb, of Leland. “My husband and I neverRead the story …

UMMC’s Rob Rockhold Earns SEC Faculty Achievement Award

Educator created Medical Center's Base Pair mentoring partnership for high school students

JACKSON, Miss. – Rob Rockhold, deputy chief academic officer at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, is the 2022 SEC Faculty Achievement Award winner for the University of Mississippi. Rockhold, a professor of pharmacology and toxicology, was chosen for his commitment to building bridges to health careers through innovative education programs at UMMC and beyond. Since 2012,Read the story …

RebelTHON to Hit Dance Floor this Weekend

10th annual fundraiser for Children's Miracle Network hospital offers fun events for all

OXFORD, Miss. – Get your best dance moves ready: RebelTHON 2022 is set for Saturday (Feb. 26). The University of Mississippi‘s 10th annual student-driven dance marathon to raise funds for the Children’s of Mississippi Hospital, at the UM Medical Center, takes place from noon to midnight in the Gertrude C. Ford Ole Miss Student Union.Read the story …

Daniell Mattern Named Inaugural Stefani-Miller Chair

Chemistry professor recognized for excellence in teaching students, STEM research

OXFORD, Miss. – Daniell Mattern, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Mississippi, has been named to a new endowed chair established to bolster teaching and research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. With a gift of $1.5 million, Dr. Rhett Atkinson and his wife, Elaine, established the Doctors Andrew Stefani andRead the story …

Transforming an Institution

Longtime faculty member Dr. Ralph Vance supports hiring an archivist for UM Library

OXFORD, Miss. – Having taught future doctors at the University of Mississippi Medical Center for 45 years, Dr. Ralph Vance understands the importance of supporting an education through research. “When I was coming up, we didn’t have internet,” said Vance, a 1968 and 1972 graduate of UM and UMMC, respectively. “You couldn’t just run homeRead the story …

Dental School Development Funds Honor Faculty, Community Dentists

Each fund supports a different facet of the student experience

JACKSON, Miss. – When the School of Dentistry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center opened in 1975, founding faculty and the very first students who walked its halls set the expectations for the future of dentistry in the state. Today, a group of esteemed faculty and prominent community practitioners are supporting and promoting theRead the story …

UMMC Research Breaks Funding Record

Medical Center researchers tackling problems from cardiovascular health to COVID-19

JACKSON, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Medical Center had a record year for research and sponsored programs funding, receiving $123.5 million from 392 separate grants, awards and contracts during fiscal year 2021. The fiscal year, which spanned July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, smashed the previous records of $85 million from 2011 andRead the story …

Supporting Nursing Education

Estate gift from alumna to establish chair in UM School of Nursing

OXFORD, Miss. – A $1 million planned gift from retired nurse Patricia Dyre Kimble, of Friday Harbor, Washington, will benefit the School of Nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center while honoring her in perpetuity. The gift will establish the Patricia Dyre Kimble Endowed Chair in Nursing and will supplement the salary of anRead the story …