Cofield Remembered with Scholarship

Ole Miss family creates fund to remember generous friend, fraternity brother

OXFORD, Miss. – The late Glenn Cofield, of Memphis, Tennessee, was known for waiting by cash registers at the grocery store, paying bills for large families and then leaving before anyone could thank him. He was a community servant who wanted no accolades. “Everyone should know how giving Glenn Cofield was and how much heRead the story …

Gift Helps Provide a Welcome Table

Fellowship fund furthers foodways research for UM graduate students

OXFORD, Miss. – The work of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi sets a welcome table where all may gather to consider the history and future of the South with respect and reconciliation. The work pursued by the SFA, a member-supported organization housed in the Center for the Study of Southern Culture,Read the story …

Williams Honored as Emerging Philanthropist

Ole Miss Women's Council celebrates UM alumna's 'spirit of giving'

OXFORD, Miss. – One Christmas Eve afternoon when Dr. Jane-Claire Williams was 9 years old, her family piled into their car and drove from their home in Jackson to a neighborhood in another part of town where homes were smaller and the lawns weren’t as manicured. They stopped at one of those homes and deliveredRead the story …

FedEx Gift Honors Ducker

Donation for UM alumnus benefits university's academic and athletics programs

OXFORD, Miss. – With a $250,000 gift to the University of Mississippi, FedEx Corp. honored Ole Miss alumnus Mike Ducker upon his retirement as a longtime leader of the global transportation company. “Whether in Europe, Asia or the Americas, Mike Ducker always answered the call when FedEx asked him to lead in a variety ofRead the story …

New Women’s Council Scholarship Honors Longtime Leader

Guest retires after helping build the University of Mississippi Foundation

OXFORD, Miss. – Almost every morning of her tenure as vice president of the University of Mississippi Foundation, Sandra Guest walked the grounds of the Brandt Memory House, picking up a stick here, tending a plant there, watering a fern or envisioning a new way to add beauty to her surroundings. Her dedication to theRead the story …

Late Sen. Cochran’s Legacy Expanded

Donors join to build resources for scholarships and archives at UM

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi – as well as the state and nation – lost one of its strongest voices of support with the passing of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran on May 30. Thanks to alumni and friends dedicated to expanding his legacy, an endowment has been established for scholarships, educational opportunities andRead the story …

Major Gift Supports Early Learning

Hardin Foundation donation to bolster excellence in child education

OXFORD, Miss. – The Phil Hardin Foundation’s recent $400,000 gift to the University of Mississippi‘s School of Education enables the UM Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning to continue its successful Hardin Scholars Program. The foundation’s gift establishes a fund that will support the program while also helping it grow to include earlyRead the story …

UM Endowment Builds to Record $736 Million

Eighth straight year alumni, friends provide more than $100 million in gifts

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s alumni and friends contributed approximately $103 million in private support during FY19, a year that saw the university’s endowment grow to $736 million – the largest in the state at a public university. For the eighth consecutive year, new gifts aimed at strengthening UM totaled in excess ofRead the story …

Fundraising Campaign Honors Don Cole

New scholarship endowment recognizes 50-plus years of positive impact at Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. – For 50 years, Donald Cole has made an impact at every stage of the University of Mississippi experience: as an undergraduate and graduate student, faculty member, administrator, mentor and advocate. To honor his lifetime commitment, UM faculty, friends and alumni are working to establish the Don Cole Catalyst for Change Scholarship Endowment andRead the story …

Gift Bolsters Journalism Award Fund

Sturdivant family honors matriarch and school's founding dean

OXFORD, Miss. – A recent major gift to the University of Mississippi will bolster the Sturdivant Journalism Award Endowment Fund, created in 2010 to recognize students poised to graduate with highest honors from the School of Journalism and New Media. The Sturdivant family made the gift in honor of their matriarch, Ygondine Walker Sturdivant, aRead the story …