A Grassroots Effort: UM’s Magee Center Opens

William Magee's vision to help those struggling with addiction realized in wellness education facility

OXFORD, Miss. – William Magee was a talented, bright young man who brought love and laughter to all who knew him, but in 2013, his life was tragically cut short by his struggle with addiction.  The Ole Miss alumnus’ story doesn’t end there, though, thanks to a grassroots outpouring of $2.7 million in his memoryRead the story …

Continuing a Good Samaritan Legacy

Gift creates the Lilly INSPIRE Awards for UM School of Education

OXFORD, Miss. – “He ain’t heavy, Coach. He’s my brother.” Those were the words a young boy spoke to Sale Trice Lilly Sr. after being offered help in carrying his handicapped younger brother home from football practice. That exchange resonated throughout Lilly’s life as an educator in the Mississippi Delta. “In his life, my fatherRead the story …

A Son’s Legacy Provides Resources for UM Recovery Community

Family provides gift to memorialize Will Marsalis, support Ole Miss students

OXFORD, Miss. – No one dies without leaving a legacy. Going forward, the late Will Marsalis’ impact will be measured through the hope, support and resources available to University of Mississippi students in recovery from addiction. Will, 37, died July 4, 2018, and his footprint is being expanded through a $500,000 gift from his parents,Read the story …

Getting Back Up Again

UM Collegiate Recovery Community students share harrowing tales of addiction, inspiring stories of getting their lives back on track

OXFORD, Miss. – A successful chef and father of two used to drink vodka at 6 a.m. until he passed out in public, then wake up and try to go to work and conceal his problem. A bright, young student hooked on alcohol and Xanax accumulated multiple arrests in 18 months, including one for assaultingRead the story …

Honoring William by Helping Others: UM to Dedicate Magee Center

Grand opening of pivotal education, prevention facility at Ole Miss set for 4 p.m. Friday

OXFORD, Miss. – The accidental overdose of a young University of Mississippi alumnus brought the UM family together in recent years to support an initiative aimed at preventing such tragedies in the future. On Friday (Sept. 6), the results of this initiative will be unveiled when the new William Magee Center for Wellness Education, anRead the story …

Mississippi Pharmaceutical Company Supports UM Research

Major gift bolsters School of Pharmacy and work of natural products center

OXFORD, Miss. – Impressive work by the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and its National Center for Natural Products Research have inspired a pharmaceutical company to make a major gift. Clark Levi, owner of Phlight Pharma in Ocean Springs, and Marc Fluitt, head of strategic initiatives, presented a $200,000 gift to the university, halfRead the story …

Honoring a Professor’s Lasting Impact

Gift bolsters scholarship endowment of former law school professor 'Guff' Abbott

OXFORD, Miss. – When a law professor addresses students in the classroom, the faces of future attorneys, judges, politicians, policymakers and even world leaders could be looking back. A professor’s teaching can have a ripple effect, touching one life that, in turn, can influence thousands of others. Recently, a graduate of the University of Mississippi SchoolRead the story …

Staff Members Awarded for Representing Student Affairs’ Core Values

Division honors employees for going 'above and beyond' job duties

OXFORD, Miss. – Five staff members in the University of Mississippi‘s Division of Student Affairs have been honored for excellence in serving students during the 2018-19 academic year.  The Core Values awards were established in 2015 to recognize employees who have shown characteristics of the division’s core values: Students First, Everyone Speaks, Embrace Differences and Lead withRead the story …

UM Unveils State-of-the-Art South Campus Recreation Center

University transformed vacant property into 100,000-square-foot hub of holistic wellness and recreation

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi officials ushered in the age of the new South Campus Recreation Center Wednesday (Aug. 28), marking the completion of the transformation of a vacant manufacturing site into a 100,000-square-foot hub of holistic wellness and recreation. In 2010, the university purchased the former Whirlpool property, off Chucky Mullins Drive, providingRead the story …

Area Colleges Team Up to Simplify Degree Completion

Northwest and Ole Miss launch Path4 program at DeSoto Center campus

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – Northwest Mississippi Community College and the University of Mississippi have shared space at the DeSoto Center campus in Southaven for more than 20 years; before that, both institutions offered classes in what is now the Southaven City Hall building off Stateline Road. This four-decade partnership has helped thousands of DeSoto County residentsRead the story …