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 …

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 …

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 …