Philanthropist’s Service to UM Honored

Foundation names Louis Brandt inaugural emeritus board member

OXFORD, Miss. – Business leader and philanthropist Louis Brandt, of Houston, Texas, has been named the inaugural emeritus board member of the University of Mississippi Foundation, reflecting his longtime contributions to the organization and his alma mater. Brandt was elected to the honorary position by other board members to recognize his 30 years of involvementRead the story …

A Gift for the Future

UMMC graduate's gift will help meet university's most pressing needs

OXFORD, Miss. – Retired psychiatrist Dr. Jack Hammond spends his free time helping people recover from chemical dependency. His service to 12-step groups in Jackson is simply an extension of his 25-year career as a staff physician at the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield. There, his practice focused on the dual diagnosis of substance abuse/dependenceRead the story …

Gift Honors UM Professor, Benefits Students

Michels create scholarship celebrating faculty mentor, real estate program

OXFORD, Miss. – Beth and J. Walter Michel’s gift to the University of Mississippi benefits students and recognizes two key factors responsible for J. Walter Michel’s successful career: the School of Business Administration’s real estate program and its founding professor, Dennis Tosh. The Michels, of Ridgeland, created the J. Walter Michel and Dennis S. ToshRead the story …

Rebel Aid 2 to Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

Ole Miss students' return to campus, alumni job searches are chief focus

OXFORD, Miss. – As the University of Mississippi prepares for the fall semester, administrators and financial aid officers are acutely aware that many members of the Ole Miss family continue to struggle due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To help serve the needs of students, their families and the university community, UM is hosting a secondRead the story …

Gift to Fund Documentary Series

Tony Chachere's Creole Foods helps preserve work of hero home cooks

OXFORD, Miss. – Tony Chachere’s Creole Foods has made a major gift to the University of Mississippi to fund the creation of three film documentaries over the next three years by the Southern Foodways Alliance. Based in Opelousas, Louisiana, the family-run corporation’s $90,000 gift will allow the SFA to produce and direct short documentaries focusedRead the story …

Support for the Arts

Gift establishes film production studio fund

OXFORD, Miss. – A love for the arts since childhood led Nancye Starnes, of Charleston, South Carolina, to support a new film production program at the University of Mississippi that will offer professional training and a new production facility for students. The alumna’s gift of $200,000 establishes the Nancye Starnes Film Production Studio Fund inRead the story …

Alumnus Helps Fund Space for Accountancy Honors Students

Nance gift will help construct new conference room

OXFORD, Miss. – A major gift to the University of Mississippi from alumnus Bob Nance will provide a new meeting space for Beta Alpha Psi students in the Patterson School of Accountancy. Beta Alpha Psi is an international honor society for accounting, finance and information systems students. The 1978 UM graduate’s $50,000 gift established theRead the story …

A Gift for the Future

Former alumni director includes university in estate plans

OXFORD, Miss. – In his 25 years with the Ole Miss Alumni Association, Tim Walsh became acutely aware of the importance of building private support in the form of endowed funds for the University of Mississippi. Having witnessed the impact of these gifts supporting scholarships, faculty programs, expansion projects and more, Walsh said making aRead the story …

Coming Full Circle

New Women's Council scholarship benefits UM nursing students

OXFORD, Miss. – In a way, Stephanie Barrett’s life has come full circle. Raised in Starkville by her widowed mother, with help from her maternal uncle and both grandmothers – strong and dedicated family members who became role models while supporting her financially – Barrett is helping shape the lives and future career paths ofRead the story …

Supporting Research

College of Liberal Arts receives boost to research

OXFORD, Miss. – A recent major gift to the University of Mississippi will help the College of Liberal Arts continue to attract and retain top faculty. The stock-transfer gift of $250,000 from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous supplements a faculty research grant endowment that was established in 2014. A portion of the giftRead the story …