Keeping Ole Miss Basketball Moving Forward

Cantrell gift names Pavilion entrance for alumni and longtime fans

OXFORD, Miss. – To say Tricia Cantrell is passionate about Ole Miss basketball is an understatement at best. The Memphis, Tennessee, native and Oxford resident grew up a Rebel fan inspired by her father, Ralph Ross, who played center for Ole Miss in the Old Gym, now Martindale-Cole Student Services Center. Visit her home andRead the story …

Alumnus Hopes to Help Students Avoid His Mistakes

Salmon provides support to Magee Center after turning his life around

OXFORD, Miss. – Farley “Fel” Salmon III, son of the late University of Mississippi football great Farley Salmon Jr., credits time served in a Mississippi prison with changing his life. Now, he’s ready to pay it forward. Incarcerated for drug-related convictions, Salmon, a 1978 Ole Miss graduate, deepened his faith through a Christian ministry/12-step groupRead the story …

Ensuring Justice for All

UM Class of '47 alumna creates fund to assist law students so they can assist others

OXFORD, Miss. – From the vantage point of her 94 years, Sara Myers Turner, a member of the University of Mississippi Class of 1947, witnessed much of our state and nation’s history unfold, some of it troubling, especially when it came to ensuring the civil and legal rights of all citizens. But it’s a brighter,Read the story …

Vaught Society Gift to Help Fuel Football Success

Ward family supports son with donation to Ole Miss athletics

OXFORD, Miss. – Brian Ward knows what college athletes want. “Having been a player in the Southeastern Conference, I know you want the top facilities, the top support system and everything first-class, down to the workout clothes you wear,” said Ward, of Mobile, Alabama. “Those things get the best recruits and they require donations toRead the story …

Gift Supports Third-Year Law Students

First recipient named for new scholarship that honors alumnus, telecommunications attorney

OXFORD, Miss. – A $100,000 gift created the James R. Billingsley Third-Year Law Scholarship Fund, which gives each recipient $10,000 toward tuition for their final year at the University of Mississippi School of Law. The first recipient, Jonathon Hoskins, of Banks, Arkansas, said the award comes at an opportune time. “I’ve exhausted my GI benefits,Read the story …

New Fund Aims to Create Opportunities for Engineering Upperclassmen

Young alumni 'pay it forward' with O'Haver Scholarship

OXFORD, Miss. – By creating the Dr. John O’Haver Chemical Engineering Scholarship, two University of Mississippi graduates are expressing their appreciation to a beloved professor and the generous donors who provided the financial assistance they enjoyed. Joanna and Alex Harrelson, 2013 Ole Miss graduates, said the scholarship they established also serves as a way toRead the story …

Rowan Oak Gets New Digital Address, Website

UM alumnus gives Faulkner's famous home popular domain name

OXFORD, Miss. – Rowan Oak – the internationally recognized home of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner – has quietly moved to a far more popular and accessible piece of digital real estate with a new address: https://www.rowanoak.com. The relocation of this celebrated University of Mississippi-owned property in Oxford to a more visible corner of cyberspaceRead the story …

Gift to Athletics Pays Tribute to Legendary Coach

UM pharmacy graduate's contribution supports student-athletes via Vaught Society

OXFORD, Miss. – Chris Bonner’s gift to the University of Mississippi is a testament to his admiration for the late legendary head football coach Johnny Vaught. Bonner, a pharmacist in Columbus, gave $125,000 to the Vaught Society, the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation‘s fundraising level that provides financial assistance to student-athletes in the form of scholarships,Read the story …

Major Gift Supports STEM Programs

Cook Foundation designates latest pledge to new UM building

OXFORD, Miss. – The Kelly Gene Cook Charitable Foundation, a longtime supporter of the University of Mississippi, has pledged $250,000 to the construction of a state-of-the-art facility on the Oxford campus dedicated to the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Cook Foundation’s new commitment to STEM education will help provide laboratory facilities forRead the story …

Young Alumnus Establishes Accountancy Scholarship

Mitchell gift benefits transfer students from community colleges

OXFORD, Miss. – After taking his last exam in 2016 at the University of Mississippi‘s Patterson School of Accountancy, Greg Mitchell stopped by the dean’s office to find out how to give back to a program that transformed his life. Just four years later, the young alumnus has established the Greg Mitchell Community College AccountancyRead the story …