Endowments Expand Mike Overstreet’s Legacy at UM

Major gift strengthens eight areas of Ole Miss important to family

OXFORD, Miss. – Helen Graeber Overstreet knew how her late husband, Mike Overstreet, felt about the University of Mississippi. When she was ready to expand his legacy, she turned to their alma mater to establish six endowments that will impact the university for generations to come. “I knew where his heart was, and I knewRead the story …

Friends Establish Scholarship to Honor Women’s Council President

Surprise gift pays tribute to Mary Susan Gallien-Clinton, will benefit students for generations

OXFORD, Miss. – Christmas came early for Mary Susan Gallien-Clinton, chair of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy. Friends of the Naples, Florida, resident surprised her with a scholarship endowment in her name. The donors asked to remain anonymous. “While the revered scholarship may bear my name, this generous family has afforded tremendous opportunitiesRead the story …

UM Foundation Receives Beauty Award

Brandt Memory House landscape recognized by local organizations

OXFORD, Miss. – The Oxford Garden Club and the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce have presented the 2018 Oxford Business Landscape Award to the University of Mississippi Foundation. The UM Foundation is headquartered in the historic and stately Brandt Memory House near the northern edge of the Ole Miss campus. An antebellum home inhabited byRead the story …

Alumna Creates Scholarship, Commits to Mentoring Students

Tupelo native honors her roots through new Women's Council scholarship

OXFORD, Miss. – Mississippi has always owned a piece of Margaret Pryor Barker’s heart, inspiring her to give back to a place and a university that have given her so much. The 1990 graduate of the University of Mississippi’s School of Business Administration has made a generous gift to establish an Ole Miss Women’s CouncilRead the story …

Celebrating the Arts Sets Big Goal for Ford Center

Campaign launches to build endowment for performing arts

OXFORD, Miss. – Adding $1.5 million in endowment for the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Mississippi is the goal of the Celebrating the Arts campaign, which will increase the total endowment to $3 million. Mississippi native and UM alumnus Gerald McRaney serves as the celebrity spokesperson. “It’s importantRead the story …

Gift Creates Women’s Council Scholarship

Couple honors the late Phyllis Shane by providing opportunities for others

OXFORD, Miss. – Mike and Cheryl Ducker have established the Phyllis Shane Ole Miss Women’s Council Scholarship Endowment in memory of Cheryl’s late mother with a gift of $125,000. While attending the University of Tennessee Nursing School, Phyllis Shane, of Kingsport, Tennessee, met her future husband, James. Soon after, she put her dream of becomingRead the story …

Couple’s Planned Gift to Support Two UM Endowments

Contributions to support scholarly work in Southern food and music

OXFORD, Miss. – Lynne Ann DeSpelder and Albert Lee Strickland, of Capitola, California, have partnered on many projects throughout their lives and someday, even in death, their collaboration will continue when their planned estate gift supports two programs at the University of Mississippi. The husband and wife will leave an estimated $1 million from theirRead the story …

University Endowment Builds to All-time High of $715 Million

Strong investment returns, generosity of alumni and friends spurs growth

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s permanent endowment grew in its latest fiscal year to an all-time high of $715 million, thanks in part to the seventh consecutive year of new gifts of $100 million or more. Private support totaled more than $115.8 million from 30,332 donors, giving the university essential resources to continueRead the story …

Whitwells Support Ole Miss Students

Oxford couple makes major commitment to Magee Center

OXFORD, Miss. – Ginger and Quentin Whitwell have found that living in Oxford, home of the University of Mississippi, gives them an opportunity to see the needs of college students “up close and personal,” inspiring their major support of the William Magee Center for Wellness Education. “It’s personal,” Ginger Whitwell said. “The University of MississippiRead the story …

Storeys Aim to Inspire with Scholarship Gift

UM alumna honors parents in naming Women's Council fund

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi alumna Beth Powell Storey, along with her husband Barry Storey, both of Augusta, Georgia, hope a scholarship they established will honor her parents and inspire others to give back to Ole Miss. With a recent $250,000 gift, the Storeys established the Sarah and James Powell Ole Miss Women’s CouncilRead the story …