Supporting Nursing Education

Estate gift from alumna to establish chair in UM School of Nursing

OXFORD, Miss. – A $1 million planned gift from retired nurse Patricia Dyre Kimble, of Friday Harbor, Washington, will benefit the School of Nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center while honoring her in perpetuity. The gift will establish the Patricia Dyre Kimble Endowed Chair in Nursing and will supplement the salary of anRead the story …

Helping to Set the Stage

Gift creates space at the South Oxford Campus for new costume design shop

OXFORD, Miss. – In the hands of a costume designer, reams of fabric can be used to transport a theater patron to another time or even another world. A $650,000 gift establishing the Nancye Starnes Theatre and Film Fund at the University of Mississippi celebrates those transformations and expands the educational experiences of students whoRead the story …

Ole Miss Women’s Council Reschedules Legacy Award to April 10

Popular entertainer Dolly Parton to visit UM next spring

OXFORD, Miss. – Legendary performer and philanthropist Dolly Parton is scheduled to visit the University of Mississippi and Oxford to accept the prestigious Legacy Award from the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy next spring. Parton was previously scheduled to be honored locally this fall by the OMWC. The Women’s Council, founded more than twoRead the story …

Building a Premier Esports Program

Payne family gift applauded as an investment in the future

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi alumnus Abb Payne, of Hattiesburg; his wife, Jennifer; and their family are football fans who tend to spend fall weekends at university stadiums. One family member, however – the Paynes’ 10-year-old son, Ford – prefers the online gaming competitions of esports over the traditional gridiron. Thanks to the family’sRead the story …

Despite Pandemic Challenges, UM Grows Collaborations with Industry

University community partners with industry to prepare students, grow businesses, impact communities

OXFORD, Miss. – New and strengthened partnerships at the University of Mississippi are supporting the needs of business and industry and helping address their challenges, all while influencing the next generation of leaders. The value of such partnerships was elevated further as COVID-19 rocked all aspects of everyday life, said Hughes Miller, director of industryRead the story …

Cultivating National Competitors

Tosh Family Short Course gives Ole Miss golf teams competitive edge

OXFORD, Miss. – A former University of Mississippi faculty member’s gift to the Ole Miss golf program has literally become a game changer. “After the course opened in 2019, I really saw our program take off,” said Kory Henkes, head women’s golf coach. “Since that time, we’ve won eight golf tournaments – two of thoseRead the story …

New Institute Focuses on Improving Student Wellness

Triplett Foundation gift expands Magee Center's work far beyond Ole Miss campus

OXFORD, Miss. – The Triplett family – longtime supporters of the University of Mississippi and its efforts to improve life for Mississippians – is making a big dream to help others come true. The family’s $500,000 gift, from the Dr. and Mrs. R. Faser Triplett Foundation, provides the seed money needed to establish the WilliamRead the story …

Creating Opportunities in Taiwan

Fund eases study abroad costs for UM students

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi and Taiwan are on opposite sides of the globe, but a recent gift from American First National Bank is bringing the two closer together. As a result of the Houston, Texas-headquartered bank’s $60,000 gift, UM students studying abroad in Taiwan will be able to afford a host ofRead the story …

Inspiring Success on the Court

UM graduate's generosity memorializes son at Ole Miss basketball arena

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi alumnus Craig Geno Sr. hopes his gift to Ole Miss athletics will encourage Rebel basketball players to fight hard for the fans they represent. “I want it to inspire them to realize that they’re playing for more than just a win or a loss or for personal glory,” saidRead the story …

New Grant to Champion Small-Business Development in Mississippi

USDA grant and funding from Regions Foundation will expand center's support of small businesses

OXFORD, Miss. – The Mississippi Small Business Development Center at the University of Mississippi is using a federal grant to expand the center’s support of small businesses and entrepreneurs in rural areas of the state. The $409,112 Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be used to develop and deployRead the story …