Gate Honors Four Generations of Commitment to UM

Lee family's gift will benefit Ole Miss student-athletes

OXFORD, Miss. – Dr. Spencer Lee and his extended family have come and gone from the University of Mississippi over four generations, but the Lee name will be a permanent fixture on the Oxford campus. Lee, a retired dentist from Pickwick Lake, Tennessee, and his wife, Rebecca, recently made a $250,000 gift to the ForwardRead the story …

Parent Group Gives $150K to Support Ole Miss Students

Family Leadership Council provides gift to assist student mental health, campus safety and other areas

OXFORD, Miss. – Ongoing support for students’ mental health is among the many University of Mississippi services being funded this year by the Ole Miss Family Leadership Council. Private funds of more than $150,000 from the council – the largest gift in the FLC’s seven years of operations – are being directed to Division ofRead the story …

Acclaimed Author Kiese Laymon Named to McAlexander Chair

Donor Ruff Fant remembered for commitment to lifelong friendship and education

OXFORD, Miss. – Each moment in the classroom is an opportunity for professors to connect with students and to significantly influence their education as they encounter the world during and beyond college. University of Mississippi English professor Kiese Laymon did so from the moment he arrived on campus. Laymon, a celebrated writer from Jackson andRead the story …

Scholarship Program Works to ‘Perfection’

Smith & Waldrop Foundation provides UM students with life-changing opportunities

OXFORD, Miss. – Sixty years ago, Lonnie Smith, of Picayune, earned a law degree at the University of Mississippi, marking the successful completion of his higher education journey. Yet Smith’s time at Ole Miss, which culminated in 1960, is responsible for providing 79 Mississippi students their own transformative experience at UM. With the most recentRead the story …

Basketball Court Named in Sigma Nu’s Honor

UM fraternity elevates support for Magee Center

OXFORD, Miss. – The Epsilon Xi chapter of the Sigma Nu fraternity at the University of Mississippi – known for having the largest collegiate Greek philanthropy in America with its annual Charity Bowl – is deepening its commitment to helping students. The Sigma Nu chapter joined the initial grassroots movement that created the William MageeRead the story …

Sons’ Love for UM Inspires Family Gift

Ririe family's contribution benefits Ole Miss athletics programs

OXFORD, Miss. – A St. Louis couple’s gift to the University of Mississippi Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will benefit student-athletes while also honoring their sons, both UM alumni. Scott and Shelley Ririe made a $250,000 gift to the Forward Together campaign for Ole Miss athletics, which bolsters facilities and programs for student-athletes. In recognition, the Gate 7Read the story …

Couple’s Gift Helps Sustain University’s Academic Foundation

Langmessers make major commitment to UM College Of Liberal Arts

OXFORD, Miss. – James Langmesser – who, with his wife, Traute, has committed a $1 million planned gift to the University of Mississippi – becomes reflective and animated when talking about the course offerings he encountered as a student on the Oxford campus. “It was a veritable feast to look at all the courses IRead the story …

Philanthropist’s Service to UM Honored

Foundation names Louis Brandt inaugural emeritus board member

OXFORD, Miss. – Business leader and philanthropist Louis Brandt, of Houston, Texas, has been named the inaugural emeritus board member of the University of Mississippi Foundation, reflecting his longtime contributions to the organization and his alma mater. Brandt was elected to the honorary position by other board members to recognize his 30 years of involvementRead the story …

A Gift for the Future

UMMC graduate's gift will help meet university's most pressing needs

OXFORD, Miss. – Retired psychiatrist Dr. Jack Hammond spends his free time helping people recover from chemical dependency. His service to 12-step groups in Jackson is simply an extension of his 25-year career as a staff physician at the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield. There, his practice focused on the dual diagnosis of substance abuse/dependenceRead the story …

Gift Honors UM Professor, Benefits Students

Michels create scholarship celebrating faculty mentor, real estate program

OXFORD, Miss. – Beth and J. Walter Michel’s gift to the University of Mississippi benefits students and recognizes two key factors responsible for J. Walter Michel’s successful career: the School of Business Administration’s real estate program and its founding professor, Dennis Tosh. The Michels, of Ridgeland, created the J. Walter Michel and Dennis S. ToshRead the story …