A Long, Generous Life Well Lived

McMullan Foundation gifts make UM students' college dreams a reality

OXFORD, Miss. – In her lifetime, the late Madeleine McMullan‘s philanthropy and service improved the lives of countless people. Now, her family’s foundation continues her legacy with recent gifts totaling $500,000 to the University of Mississippi‘s Foundations for Academic Success Track program. FASTrack helps first-year students become successful members of the university community by offeringRead the story …

Campaign Secures $1.2 Billion

Historic Now & Ever Well on its way to success

OXFORD, Miss. – The largest fundraising campaign in the history of Mississippi universities, Now & Ever: The Campaign for Ole Miss, just secured $1.2 billion toward its $1.5 billion goal. Elevating the total is more than $150.6 million in gifts – the second-highest fundraising year on record – during the University of Mississippi‘s 2022 fiscalRead the story …

Haleys Support Accountancy’s New Home

Naming of terrace at school's planned building will honor couple

OXFORD, Miss. – “Connective tissue” is one of the reasons Colleen and Chris Haley, of Jacksonville, Florida, have made a major gift to the new home of the Patterson School of Accountancy at the University of Mississippi. Many of Chris Haley’s family members graduated from Ole Miss, where he also earned Bachelor of Accountancy andRead the story …

Empowering Students to Change the World

Richardson gift supports first-gen Mississippi Delta students

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi alumnus William M. Richardson III knows that access to financial support can make all the difference in the lives of first-generation college students. “I recognize there are many students who may not have financial support but could do amazing things in the world if only they are given theRead the story …

A Vision for the Future of Accountancy

Giving vehicle helps alumnus support school building fund

OXFORD, Miss. – Olen and Janet Akers, of Dunwoody, Georgia, are supporting the Patterson School of Accountancy at the University of Mississippi while enjoying income from their investment. With the residual of a Charitable Remainder Unitrust, the donors are establishing the Olen S. and Janet T. Akers Patterson School of Accountancy Endowment. The CRUT wasRead the story …

Travel Fund for UM Students Reaches Endowment Level

Staton fund makes experiential learning opportunities possible

OXFORD, Miss. – A new travel fund that provides University of Mississippi students with career-influencing experiential learning opportunities has hit endowment level, thanks to generous Ole Miss donors. The fund honoring the late Carolyn Ellis Staton, the university’s first female provost, offsets expenses incurred by Ole Miss students participating in the Study USA program. “TheRead the story …

Alumnus Makes Major Gifts to Help Fulfill Vision

John Covert provides support to kitchen renovation, Ole Miss athletics

OXFORD, Miss. – John Covert sees the renovation of the institutional kitchen at the University of Mississippi‘s South Oxford Campus as his “field of dreams.” The retired food service industry owner-manager made a $300,000 gift to revitalize the kitchen for the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management, part of the School of Applied Sciences. OnceRead the story …

Another Win from Baseball

Omaha business makes donation to Grove Grocery

OXFORD, Miss. – When University of Mississippi baseball players won the College World Series in June, they indirectly scored a gift that will help feed their fellow students. Fans from all eight CWS teams who traveled to Omaha, Nebraska, for the tournament participated in the Jello Shot Challenge, a simultaneous baseball fan competition happening justRead the story …

Giving Student-Athletes a Competitive Edge

Ririe support to Ole Miss athletics underwrites expanded weight room

OXFORD, Miss. – When University of Mississippi student-athletes gain a competitive edge through improved strength, they’ll have the Ririe family, of St. Louis, to thank. Scott and Shelley Ririe, whose sons are Ole Miss graduates, have given $7.5 million to Champions. Now., an ongoing fundraising campaign designed to support the expansion and renovation of theRead the story …

Gift Establishes Pharmacy Scholarship

Gladys Garrett contributes to help students attend UM, honor late husband

OXFORD, Miss. – Gladys Garrett’s gift to the University of Mississippi‘s School of Pharmacy will not only change students’ lives but perhaps the future of the health and pharmaceutical industry as graduates enter the field. Garrett’s gift of $100,000 to the university establishes the Gladys and M. Lynn Garrett Pharmacy Scholarship Endowment, honoring her lateRead the story …