Family Comes Full Circle with Ford Center Gift

McKnight makes planned contribution to support performing arts center

OXFORD, Miss. – Family historian Kay Castellow McKnight is finding out more similarities between herself and cousin Gertrude Castellow Ford following a recent search through the family archives. After reconnecting with her father’s side of her family, McKnight is also expanding a legacy begun by her cousin at the University of Mississippi. “Gertrude was theRead the story …

FedEx Gift Supports University’s STEM Efforts

Donation to UM Science Building Fund honors alumnus Jim Barksdale

OXFORD, Miss. – With a $250,000 gift to the University of Mississippi Science Building Fund, FedEx Corp. has honored Ole Miss alumnus Jim Barksdale upon his retirement as a longtime member of the global shipping company’s leadership team. “Jim was an innovative leader during his tenure at FedEx and went on to serve as anRead the story …

Supporting Thought-Provoking Art

21c Museum Hotel gift helps feature works at Southern Foodways Alliance events

OXFORD, Miss. – When giving a dinner party, the host often installs a centerpiece that ties together the theme of the evening. Thanks to a $100,000 gift from the 21c Museum Hotels, the Southern Foodways Alliance will continue to showcase contemporary artists as the centerpiece of its annual fall symposium. Founded by Laura Lee BrownRead the story …

Couple Shares Love of Industry with UM Students

Gift establishes Sawyer Real Estate Scholarship Endowment

OXFORD, Miss. – On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, some things just go together – like oysters and hot sauce and the Sawyer family and real estate. Established in 1901, Sawyer Real Estate is a Gulfport mainstay helmed by Lenny and Earline Sawyer. “My husband Lenny has always been a great salesman,” said Earline Sawyer, ofRead the story …

Preserving Faulkner’s Historic Home

Private gift ensures ambiance of Rowan Oak

OXFORD, Miss. – William Faulkner’s desk, typewriter and resting bed are fixtures in the office of the late Nobel Prize-winning author’s Oxford home. Peering in, it’s easy to imagine the writer, pipe in hand, contemplating his next sentence. One of his biggest fans is making sure that ambiance is preserved. “I can’t imagine that theRead the story …

Software Gift Boosts Ole Miss Engineering

Corporation awards School of Engineering $3.1 million platform for education and research

OXFORD, Miss. – The Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute at the University of Mississippi has been gifted with the Petrel Exploration and Production software platform from the Schlumberger Corp. This software donation, valued at $3.1 million over a three-year period, provides MMRI researchers and geology and geological engineering students with the same cutting-edge software used byRead the story …

Stent Foundation Helps Students Realize Dreams

Jose Luis de la Vega Scholarship provides opportunities for promising UM students

OXFORD, Miss. – Concern about college costs is on the minds of both students and parents when deciding which university to attend. Thanks to generous support from the F.T. Stent Family Foundation, several University of Mississippi students can pursue their dreams with less worry about incurring debt. Rising sophomores Kaden Spellmann, of Amarillo, Texas, andRead the story …

Business School Hosts SEC Development Officers

Conference allows participants to share insights and best practices

OXFORD, Miss. – Professionals from across the region gathered recently at the University of Mississippi for the 11th annual Southeastern Conference Business Schools Development Officers Conference. This marked the university’s first time to host the two-day conference, which included multiple sessions that addressed a wide range of donor and fundraising topics. “We were extremely pleasedRead the story …

Giving Ole Miss Athletics a Stamp of Approval

Hankins gift supports facilities and programs for student-athletes

OXFORD, Miss. – The Hankins name is stamped on every piece of lumber that leaves the family’s mill in Ripley. “It’s because we want people down the line to know who made it, and it represents that our family believes in the quality of the product we produce,” said David Hankins, a registered forester andRead the story …

Alumnus Expands Legacy at UM Business School

Lyt Harris designates estate gift to support student scholarships

OXFORD, Miss. – A longtime mentor to students of all ages, Lyt Harris has expanded his legacy by committing a major estate gift to support University of Mississippi students in the School of Business Administration. The estimated $2.5 million planned gift will be added to the existing Lyttleton T. Harris IV Scholarship Endowment after hisRead the story …