A Son’s Legacy Provides Resources for UM Recovery Community

Family provides gift to memorialize Will Marsalis, support Ole Miss students

OXFORD, Miss. – No one dies without leaving a legacy. Going forward, the late Will Marsalis’ impact will be measured through the hope, support and resources available to University of Mississippi students in recovery from addiction. Will, 37, died July 4, 2018, and his footprint is being expanded through a $500,000 gift from his parents,Read the story …

Mississippi Pharmaceutical Company Supports UM Research

Major gift bolsters School of Pharmacy and work of natural products center

OXFORD, Miss. – Impressive work by the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and its National Center for Natural Products Research have inspired a pharmaceutical company to make a major gift. Clark Levi, owner of Phlight Pharma in Ocean Springs, and Marc Fluitt, head of strategic initiatives, presented a $200,000 gift to the university, halfRead the story …

Honoring a Professor’s Lasting Impact

Gift bolsters scholarship endowment of former law school professor 'Guff' Abbott

OXFORD, Miss. – When a law professor addresses students in the classroom, the faces of future attorneys, judges, politicians, policymakers and even world leaders could be looking back. A professor’s teaching can have a ripple effect, touching one life that, in turn, can influence thousands of others. Recently, a graduate of the University of Mississippi SchoolRead the story …

Endowment Honors Longtime Friendship

Law school classmate establishes scholarship for Judge Glen Davidson

OXFORD, Miss. – A friendship beginning in a summer law class turned into a lifelong bond and resulted in a new scholarship at the University of Mississippi School of Law. That bond recently led Elliot H. Loden to establish the Judge Glen H. Davidson Scholarship Endowment with a gift of $100,000. The endowment recognizes theirRead the story …

Family Comes Full Circle with Ford Center Gift

McKnight makes planned contribution to support performing arts center

OXFORD, Miss. – Family historian Kay Castellow McKnight is finding out more similarities between herself and cousin Gertrude Castellow Ford following a recent search through the family archives. After reconnecting with her father’s side of her family, McKnight is also expanding a legacy begun by her cousin at the University of Mississippi. “Gertrude was theRead the story …

FedEx Gift Supports University’s STEM Efforts

Donation to UM Science Building Fund honors alumnus Jim Barksdale

OXFORD, Miss. – With a $250,000 gift to the University of Mississippi Science Building Fund, FedEx Corp. has honored Ole Miss alumnus Jim Barksdale upon his retirement as a longtime member of the global shipping company’s leadership team. “Jim was an innovative leader during his tenure at FedEx and went on to serve as anRead the story …

Supporting Thought-Provoking Art

21c Museum Hotel gift helps feature works at Southern Foodways Alliance events

OXFORD, Miss. – When giving a dinner party, the host often installs a centerpiece that ties together the theme of the evening. Thanks to a gift from the 21c Museum Hotels, the Southern Foodways Alliance will continue to showcase contemporary artists as the centerpiece of its annual fall symposium. Founded by Laura Lee Brown andRead the story …

Couple Shares Love of Industry with UM Students

Gift establishes Sawyer Real Estate Scholarship Endowment

OXFORD, Miss. – On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, some things just go together – like oysters and hot sauce and the Sawyer family and real estate. Established in 1901, Sawyer Real Estate is a Gulfport mainstay helmed by Lenny and Earline Sawyer. “My husband Lenny has always been a great salesman,” said Earline Sawyer, ofRead the story …

Preserving Faulkner’s Historic Home

Private gift ensures ambiance of Rowan Oak

OXFORD, Miss. – William Faulkner’s desk, typewriter and resting bed are fixtures in the office of the late Nobel Prize-winning author’s Oxford home. Peering in, it’s easy to imagine the writer, pipe in hand, contemplating his next sentence. One of his biggest fans is making sure that ambiance is preserved. “I can’t imagine that theRead the story …

Software Gift Boosts Ole Miss Engineering

Corporation awards School of Engineering $3.1 million platform for education and research

OXFORD, Miss. – The Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute at the University of Mississippi has been gifted with the Petrel Exploration and Production software platform from the Schlumberger Corp. This software donation, valued at $3.1 million over a three-year period, provides MMRI researchers and geology and geological engineering students with the same cutting-edge software used byRead the story …