Partnership Yields a Hot Take

Southern Foodways Alliance debuts virtual tour of Cajun country with help from Tabasco brand

OXFORD, Miss. – McIlhenny Co., maker of Tabasco brand sauces, has collaborated with the Southern Foodways Alliance on a first-of-its kind virtual tour of Cajun country, a destination the Tabasco folks know well and are proud to celebrate, as every bottle of Tabasco Pepper Sauce is made amidst the old oaks on Avery Island inRead the story …

Ole Miss Women’s Council Set to Welcome Dolly Parton

Entertainment legend to receive Legacy Award on new date in April

OXFORD, Miss. – Dolly Parton’s highly anticipated visit to the University of Mississippi to accept the prestigious Legacy Award from the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy will take place early next year after being delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Once again, the C Spire Foundation will be the presenting sponsor of the OMWC LegacyRead the story …

Gate Honors Four Generations of Commitment to UM

Lee family's gift will benefit Ole Miss student-athletes

OXFORD, Miss. – Dr. Spencer Lee and his extended family have come and gone from the University of Mississippi over four generations, but the Lee name will be a permanent fixture on the Oxford campus. Lee, a retired dentist from Pickwick Lake, Tennessee, and his wife, Rebecca, recently made a $250,000 gift to the ForwardRead the story …

Parent Group Gives $150K to Support Ole Miss Students

Family Leadership Council provides gift to assist student mental health, campus safety and other areas

OXFORD, Miss. – Ongoing support for students’ mental health is among the many University of Mississippi services being funded this year by the Ole Miss Family Leadership Council. Private funds of more than $150,000 from the council – the largest gift in the FLC’s seven years of operations – are being directed to Division ofRead the story …

Virtual StudyUSA Program Helps Connect Students with Industry Leaders

Online info session scheduled July 30 for UM faculty to explore new opportunities

OXFORD, Miss. – When Washington, D.C., became a COVID-19 hotspot late this spring, University of Mississippi chemistry professor Randy Wadkins decided to reimagine how he could safely facilitate engaging conversations among students, government leaders and scientists around the world during one of the most significant time periods for both science and public policy – aRead the story …

Acclaimed Author Kiese Laymon Named to McAlexander Chair

Donor Ruff Fant remembered for commitment to lifelong friendship and education

OXFORD, Miss. – Each moment in the classroom is an opportunity for professors to connect with students and to significantly influence their education as they encounter the world during and beyond college. University of Mississippi English professor Kiese Laymon did so from the moment he arrived on campus. Laymon, a celebrated writer from Jackson andRead the story …

Scholarship Program Works to ‘Perfection’

Smith & Waldrop Foundation provides UM students with life-changing opportunities

OXFORD, Miss. – Sixty years ago, Lonnie Smith, of Picayune, earned a law degree at the University of Mississippi, marking the successful completion of his higher education journey. Yet Smith’s time at Ole Miss, which culminated in 1960, is responsible for providing 79 Mississippi students their own transformative experience at UM. With the most recentRead the story …

Basketball Court Named in Sigma Nu’s Honor

UM fraternity elevates support for Magee Center

OXFORD, Miss. – The Epsilon Xi chapter of the Sigma Nu fraternity at the University of Mississippi – known for having the largest collegiate Greek philanthropy in America with its annual Charity Bowl – is deepening its commitment to helping students. The Sigma Nu chapter joined the initial grassroots movement that created the William MageeRead the story …

Sons’ Love for UM Inspires Family Gift

Ririe family's contribution benefits Ole Miss athletics programs

OXFORD, Miss. – A St. Louis couple’s gift to the University of Mississippi Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will benefit student-athletes while also honoring their sons, both UM alumni. Scott and Shelley Ririe made a $250,000 gift to the Forward Together campaign for Ole Miss athletics, which bolsters facilities and programs for student-athletes. In recognition, the Gate 7Read the story …

Couple’s Gift Helps Sustain University’s Academic Foundation

Langmessers make major commitment to UM College Of Liberal Arts

OXFORD, Miss. – James Langmesser – who, with his wife, Traute, has committed a $1 million planned gift to the University of Mississippi – becomes reflective and animated when talking about the course offerings he encountered as a student on the Oxford campus. “It was a veritable feast to look at all the courses IRead the story …