CHANCELLOR’S 3 THINGS TO KNOW
Greetings! We recently welcomed back our students for the start of their spring classes, and while the semester began with a quiet snowfall, we expect that the energy of spring is fast on its way. Make sure to check out the “look ahead” list of upcoming events at the bottom of this newsletter. As usual during the spring season, fun activities abound on campus and in Oxford. Here are three things to know right now:
- FUTURE REBELS: In fall 2021, we saw an enrollment boom, with 21,856 students across our campuses. That number included an 18% increase in the freshman class. Students are choosing to come to Ole Miss, and all of our indicators (e.g., admissions applications, student housing applications, and submitted scholarship applications) as of now show that enrollment will be up again next year. Earlier in January, I had a great time meeting our bright, newly enrolled students and their families, and I’m looking forward to attending admitted student events in February and March. Do you know any high school students who are considering their college options? Be sure to share your love for Ole Miss and have them fill out our VIP student referral form.
- OLE MISS CHAMPIONS: What a year we had for athletics in 2021! Our task now is to maintain our tremendous momentum. That ambition will be realized through CHAMPIONS. NOW., the athletics capital campaign of Now & Ever to enhance our legacy as one of the nation’s most celebrated athletic powerhouses. At Ole Miss, we aim to provide student-athletes with the world-class training environment they need to pursue their dreams and maximize their best potential. Please check out CHAMPIONS. NOW. to learn more, including renovations to the Olivia and Archie Manning Athletics Performance Center, Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Swayze Field, and much more.
- KEEPING ON TRACK: With spring semester classes underway and to minimize disruptions during the COVID-19 omicron variant surge, we’re taking the necessary precautions. I’m confident that we’ll keep our students on track towards earning their degrees and continue to provide meaningful college experiences. At the University of Mississippi Medical Center, our health care providers and leaders continue to serve on the frontlines of the pandemic. We’re incredibly grateful as they continue to step up over and over again to provide the best and most compassionate care possible.
Until next month, take care!
Glenn F. Boyce
TIME FOR HOPE
Ole Miss senior Bobby Hudson III was featured in Time Magazine as one of its “30 in 2030: A Generation Creating Change.”
CANNABIS CARE RESEARCH
The School of Pharmacy has been awarded a $1.37 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for research focusing on reducing HIV-related pain through cannabis.
SOUNDING THE TRUMPETS
Helen Overstreet, an Ole Miss alumna and avid band fan, committed $100,000 toward the proposed band practice field renovation. The Helen and Mike Overstreet Observation Deck will be built at the north end of the practice area and will serve as a teaching lab for aspiring band directors as well as choreographers and musicians.
Spring 2022 Look Ahead
Jan. 2 – May 28: Theora Hamblett “Holy Symbols” Exhibit, University Museum
Feb. 18: Ole Miss Baseball season opener (vs. Charleston Southern, home)
Feb. 22: TEDxUniversityofMississippi
Feb. 26: RebelTHON
March 5: Parade of Beauties
March 23 – 27: Oxford Film Festival
March 30 – April 1: Oxford Conference for the Book
April 6-7: Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum
April 9: Mississippi Day 2022
April 22-23: Double Decker Arts Festival
April 29: Last Day of Classes
May 2-6: Final Exams
May 7: Commencement Convocation