New Program Helps First-Generation Students Find Their Footing

StudentsFIRST assists UM freshmen in successfully navigating college life

OXFORD, Miss. – Being the first person in her family to attend college wasn’t an easy thing for Mattie Pintard. The process of completing the admissions application and applying for financial was a challenge, and without her family’s understanding of the process, the Natchez native struggled through the grueling process alone. “Everything that had toRead the story …

Service in Action Benefits Fellow Students

Maddie Marine follows gift with volunteer work at Magee Center

OXFORD, Miss. – With a gift of $25,000 and lots of volunteer effort for the new William Magee Center for Wellness Education, a senior psychology major embodies the citizen-scholar model of service encouraged across the campuses of the University of Mississippi. “I became interested in donating to the Magee Center because my brother has hadRead the story …

First-Year Students Offered Support Needed to Succeed

UM Student Success Coaching provides tutoring, mentoring and more

OXFORD, Miss. – Like many entering freshmen and first-time students, Jazmine Herbert experienced a few challenges adjusting to campus life at the University of Mississippi. “I was having a difficult time with time management and putting aside time to review my class materials,” said Herbert, a junior psychology major with a minor in education. “MyRead the story …

More than a Dance Competition

CASA Encore brings sororities together for a dance-off benefitting abused and neglected children

OXFORD, Miss. – Though the name has changed this year, a long-running sorority dance-off event to benefit abused and neglected children returns this month to the University of Mississippi. For nearly 20 years, Theta Encore was the philanthropy event for the since-disbanded Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. This year, the UM College Panhellenic and CASA ofRead the story …

UM Named Among Military Times’ Best Colleges for Veterans

Ole Miss lauded nationally for efforts to welcome, support former military personnel

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi‘s efforts to support its thriving community of military veteran students has led to the university being ranked among the nation’s best places for vets to pursue a degree. UM is the No. 53-ranked public university in the Military Times “Best for Vets: Top Colleges 2020.” It’s also one of onlyRead the story …

Discussion Over Dinner to Envision an ‘Even Stronger University’

UM's Longest Table brings faculty, staff and students from all backgrounds together for conversation

OXFORD, Miss. – Food and fellowship in the Grove is one of the University of Mississippi‘s most beloved traditions, but those who gathered there for those purposes Sunday (Oct. 27) hope to begin a new tradition called “The Longest Table.” The free university event stretched across the Grove, where hundreds gathered to eat hamburgers andRead the story …

Navy Veteran ‘Handsome Jim’ Willis Awarded Posthumous Degree

UM's oldest student veteran leaves legacy of inspiring others through commitment to learning

OXFORD, Miss. – “Handsome Jim” Willis, a U.S. Navy veteran, was a beloved 77-year-old student at the University of Mississippi who always sported Ole Miss gear and wore a wide smile as he delivered jokes for everyone he encountered.  Willis, who was ever the raconteur, was taking classes in Oxford toward his degree in sociologyRead the story …

Enhancing UM Student Services and Advocacy Resources

Q&A with Kate Forster and Shelli Poole

UMatter: Student Support and Advocacy assists students facing challenges as a way to promote personal and academic success. Housed in the Division of Student Affairs, UMatter has three case managers who handle student advocacy, sexual assault response and violence intervention and prevention, as well as student-of-concern reports. IOM recently visited with Kate Forster, director ofRead the story …

Nurse Practitioner Aims for ‘Something Bigger Than Myself’ for Others

Lauren Cannon Durham excited to serve Ole Miss students

OXFORD, Miss. – Normally, when Lauren Cannon Durham is administering a shot or bandaging a wound, the nurse practitioner is the one asking questions of her patients in the University of Mississippi‘s V.B. Harrison Health Center. Roles reversed recently, however, when a pre-med student having second thoughts about her major asked Durham why she choseRead the story …

Meet Rowan, the Counseling Campus Canine

University Counseling Center to offer animal-assisted therapy with 'sproodle' hybrid

OXFORD, Miss. – Rowan’s tiny feet, luxurious brown-and-white coat and wagging tail bring big smiles to those who encounter him on the University of Mississippi campus, and strangers just can’t help but to stop and ask if they can pet him. The springer spaniel-standard poodle hybrid, known as a “sproodle,” is named for Rowan Oak,Read the story …