Father’s Legacy Lives through Pharmacy Scholarship

Val Soldevila's gift to help future generations of Ole Miss student pharmacists

OXFORD, Miss. – Students often look to their parents for guidance and inspiration when deciding on their career path. For Val Soldevila, that was no different, as his father, Frank Soldevila, provided many footsteps to follow. “I have heard his story numerous times, of how he came to the United States from Panama without speakingRead the story …

Overstreet Champions Band, Accountancy with Major Gift

Donation to help renovate Pride of the South practice facilities, build new home for Patterson School

OXFORD, Miss. – On a breezy Friday afternoon, the University of Mississippi‘s Pride of the South marching band members finished the day’s rehearsal and then gathered close to shout in unison: “Thank you, Helen!” Watching the students from a hill nearby, Helen Overstreet beamed in response. The 1981 UM alumna and avid band fan hasRead the story …

Students Honored for Creating Positive Change

Majestic Gay and Frederick Williams are first recipients of scholarship honoring Donald Cole

OXFORD, Miss. – A student activist, professor and leader, Don Cole has retired from the University of Mississippi but continues to influence the lives of Ole Miss students through a new scholarship endowment. Majestic Gay and Frederick Williams – the inaugural recipients of the Donald Cole Catalyst for Change Scholarship – will expand Cole’s legacyRead the story …

A Place for All

Gift supports student programming in LGBTQIA+ Lounge

OXFORD, Miss. – A gift from a University of Mississippi alumnus will support Spring Pride Camp, an annual event designed to provide fun, networking opportunities and information on campus resources for students who are members and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. The gift will also provide support for student programmingRead the story …

Opportunity for a Lifetime

Changes to UM financial aid program increase benefits for Mississippi students

OXFORD, Miss. – Among recent changes to a University of Mississippi financial assistance program is a benefit that enables Ole Miss to help more deserving students attend college. Ole Miss Opportunity guarantees that eligible Mississippi residents receive financial support to cover the average cost of tuition, housing and meals. Since 2017, the benefit was availableRead the story …

Creating Opportunities for Student-Athletes

Kings’ gift to help upgrade athletics facilities at Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. – A $250,000 gift from Denny and Faye King to the University of Mississippi will help upgrade facilities for student-athletes. A longtime donor to the university, King said he feels “an obligation and desire to share (his) good fortune with Ole Miss.” A graduate of the School of Business Administration, King lives inRead the story …

Remembering Roger M. Flynt Jr.

UM law endowment pays tribute to longtime telecommunications executive

OXFORD, Miss. – The late Roger M. Flynt Jr. loved the University of Mississippi and its law school, crediting his education there for much of his enduring success. As a testament to his life, his wife, Gaye Flynt, of Oxford, has established the Roger Flynt Memorial Law Endowment. The endowment is unrestricted, meaning it canRead the story …

Supporting Legal-Minded Business Majors

Sulser Scholarship helps Ole Miss students considering law degrees

OXFORD, Miss. – One way to build a successful career in the legal profession is to start by laying a firm foundation based on business knowledge. This formula worked for Floyd Sulser Jr. during his higher education journey at the University of Mississippi in the late 1960s and early ’70s. A half-century later, he andRead the story …

Record Support Greets Harvest Supper’s Return

Popular event secures resources for UM Museum and Historic Houses

OXFORD, Miss. – The annual Harvest Supper fundraiser set new records for attendance and private support for the University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses when it returned this fall after being postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic. About 600 people attended the recent sold-out event, which generated $175,000, said Diane Scruggs, of Oxford,Read the story …

Gift to Geological Engineering Helps Students ‘Rock On’

Alumnus Stephen Franks cites influence of faculty in shaping his career

OXFORD, Miss. – A gift to the University of Mississippi from Stephen and Kaye Franks, of McKinney, Texas, will enable students to further their studies and launch careers in the geosciences field. The couple’s gift establishes the Jesse Dee and Marjorie Franks Geology Fund within the UM Department of Geology and Geological Engineering. Franks, whoRead the story …