Online Campaign Launched to Help UM Community Amid COVID-19

New Ignite campaign will assist University Health Services, Ole Miss Food Bank and others

OXFORD, Miss. – Hundreds of alumni and friends have reached out to help members of the University of Mississippi community amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in students returning to their homes to promote social distancing and courses transitioning to online delivery for the duration of the semester and summer. They’re helping via aRead the story …

Stipends for Student Veterans

Gift will benefit graduate-level students in the College of Liberal Arts

OXFORD, Miss. – A recent gift from University of Mississippi alumna Kathryn Brewer Black will benefit student veterans pursuing graduate degrees through the College of Liberal Arts. The gift establishes the David J. Brewer College of Liberal Arts Graduate Student Stipend Endowment, named in honor of her father, who served in World War II. “DaddyRead the story …

Helping Student-Athletes Go from Jerseys to Suits

Major gift helps Ole Miss competitors win a first job

OXFORD, Miss. – An act of kindness given years ago by his mother coupled with a recent tour of the University of Mississippi‘s FedEx Student-Athlete Academic Support Center inspired Dr. Billy W. Long to make a gift that could help Ole Miss student-athletes win jobs. Long’s $125,000 gift to the Vaught Society will support theRead the story …

Auction Finds Success

Ole Miss Women's Council raises funds for student programming

OXFORD, Miss. – A lively auction of bucket list-type experiences attracted almost $130,000 to expand programming for Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy scholars at the University of Mississippi. The auction was part of the council’s recent 20th anniversary celebration. Auction proceeds will fuel the new Ellen Robinson Rolfes Ole Miss Women’s Council Rose GardenRead the story …

Teacher of the Year Credits Scholarships for Success

Just four years out of Ole Miss, educator is making a difference

OXFORD, Miss. – Years before she was selected as the Mississippi Department of Education’s 2019-20 Mississippi Teacher of the Year, Hannah Gadd Ardrey was a student with a dream of attending college. A 2013 graduate of the University of Mississippi, Gadd Ardrey has been teaching for five years, all at Lafayette High School and LafayetteRead the story …

Wyatt Legacy Expands at UM

Estate gift provides support to two departments working to improve community health and well-being

OXFORD, Miss. – As a child, the late John Lacy Wyatt benefited from speech services provided by the University of Mississippi‘s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. A generous gift from the Calhoun City resident’s estate will ensure those services continue to help others in his community. The 1964 UM graduate’s testamentary gift has establishedRead the story …

Sharing Art with Others

John and Melody Maxey's gift to museum featured through mid-March

OXFORD, Miss. – Art collectors Melody and John Maxey, of Oxford, have presented a prized watercolor by renowned artist Dean Mitchell to the University of Mississippi Museum. The piece, “Signs of the Times,” is the signature artwork featured this month in the museum’s pop-up space and will be on display through mid-March. Museum officials sayRead the story …

Law School’s Innocence Project Receives Private Gifts

Donors support defense litigation in high-profile Mississippi murder case

OXFORD, Miss. – Recent gifts to the University of Mississippi School of Law could prove to be instrumental in sparing a man’s life. Vital Projects at Proteus, a donor-advised fund, has made a $50,000 gift to the law school’s George C. Cochran Innocence Project to be used in the ongoing defense of Curtis Flowers, aRead the story …

Living Music Resource Launches Secret Salon Society

Annual giving program to benefit music, arts education

OXFORD, Miss. – Living Music Resource, an innovative music and arts education program housed at the University of Mississippi, has launched the Secret Salon Society as its official annual giving philanthropic initiative. “Those joining the Secret Salon Society will be our partners who will be instrumental in providing the crucial support needed to allow allRead the story …

Remembering a Brother and Friend

Family memorializes John Couch with endowment to help students

OXFORD, Miss. – Friends and family of the late John Couch, of Jackson, hope a scholarship will help University of Mississippi students enjoy college life as much as he did. “He was one of those guys – you hear about a few of them – who just had joy,” said Tommy Couch Jr., of Jackson,Read the story …