CHANCELLOR’S 3 THINGS TO KNOW
At the flagship university of Mississippi, we have a privilege and a responsibility to enhance our state by educating students and helping to advance our economy and quality of life. This month, we have several highlights to share with you that demonstrate our commitment of support to Mississippi: the academic support we offer our students through programs designed to foster student success; the many services and programs that build wellbeing and prosperity; and, the generous support we receive from our committed donors whose generosity enables us to fulfill these duties. Here are three things to know right now:
- CELEBRATING JFC: The Jackson Free Clinic is a shining example of how the University of Mississippi applies its talents to serving our state and its people. Jackson Free Clinic is a UMMC student-run, volunteer service that provides quality health care services to individuals in Jackson who lack access to medical care. We celebrated this invaluable mission at a 20th Anniversary Gala on Feb. 18, and my wife Emily and I were thrilled to celebrate alongside the devoted individuals who lead and volunteer in the clinic. Our healthcare workers sacrificed so much over the past two years during the pandemic. We’re committed to helping Mississippians through services like the Jackson Free Clinic, which also provides significant, hands-on learning experiences to our medical students.
- BIOMEDICAL LEADERSHIP: Our university is uniquely positioned to grow our state’s biomedical capabilities through education, research, and economic impact. In the School of Pharmacy, our researchers create knowledge that supports advanced manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and innovations in personalized medicine, including the work of the recently launched National Center for Cannabis Research and Education. We bridge the capabilities of our Medical Center, including pediatric trials in cannabis-derived drugs to treat seizures and the National Center for Telehealth Excellence. Strengths also include the new Nano-Bio and Immunoengineering Consortium (NIEC) led by a team of UM researchers seeking to establish Mississippi as a nanobiotechnological powerhouse. In the Center of Diagnostics, Design, Devices and Biomechanics (D3B), we combine industry and academic experience to create innovative medical devices and technologies. And of course, every major strength at Ole Miss involves the development of the next generation of scientists, researchers, and innovators: our students. The Duff Center for Science and Technology Innovation is coming out of the ground on All-American Drive and will be our future hub to prepare students for outstanding careers in STEM fields and address critical needs for our state and national economy. The recent expansion of Biomedical Engineering space in Brevard Hall is already equipping students to lead in this cutting-edge field.
- DONOR IMPACT: Supporters of our university are enabling a new generation of students and scholars to build their legacies and make their mark on the world. A $100,000 gift from an anonymous donor will provide an endowed scholarship in honor of Mississippi civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer for the African American Studies program. A gift from Luetta Ford, a 1967 graduate, established a scholarship intended to inspire students to go into special education. A few weeks ago, the host organization of the Sanderson Farms Championship made a record-breaking $1.5 million donation to benefit Children’s of Mississippi. Such tremendous generosity allows us to improve the communities, state, and world around us. I hope you’ll explore the Now & Ever campaign site to learn more about how your support can make our university stronger and change lives.
Until next month, take care!
Glenn F. Boyce
Three University of Mississippi juniors who have worked to improve access to education and raised awareness about mental health issues are finalists for the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship. They’re vying for up to $30,000 in scholarships each.
A staple at the UM Medical Center since 2017, Dental Mission Week provided routine cleaning to more complex work to about 500 Mississippians this year.
HGTV stars and UM alumni Ben and Erin Napier recently gave a handcrafted desk to the UM Department of English. The desk is built from cedar and oak from William Faulkner’s home grounds, Rowan Oak, and its construction was featured on the HGTV show “Home Town: Ben’s Workshop.”
Special Section: Student Success