CHANCELLOR’S 3 THINGS TO KNOW
Spring has sprung at Ole Miss — the campus is buzzing, our celebrated landscape is blossoming, and our students are brimming with enthusiasm. Here are three things to know right now:
- VIBRANT STUDENTS: I saw and felt our students’ palpable energy at the 10th annual RebelTHON, a 12-hour danceathon benefiting Children’s of Mississippi. A record number of students joined forces to raise more than $225,000. And now, over 1,000 of our students are gearing up for the Big Event, our university-wide day of service when they eagerly offer hands-on help throughout the Lafayette-Oxford-University community. Higher engagement is also evident in the big increase in space reservations for meetings and events in the Student Union, Grove, Circle and Coliseum, which are up 120% over last year. Our students have emerged from winter and the pandemic with energy and enthusiasm to contribute to the vibrant atmosphere of the Ole Miss community.
- MISSISSIPPI DAY: We have a grand opportunity to host our neighbors across the state to experience our university firsthand during Mississippi Day on Saturday, April 9. This family friendly festival will be a day of discovery with dozens of fun games and learning activities. What’s more, Mississippi Day is the same weekend as Junior Preview Day and a home baseball series against Alabama. As the flagship university of the hospitality state, in a city recognized as America’s best college town and a top destination for arts and culture, we relish any chance to welcome visitors and let them feel the extraordinary place that is Ole Miss. Check out the special section below for more details, and come join us for an amazing time in Oxford!
- NOW & EVER: Over the past few months, I’ve traveled around the state and to places far and wide to meet with passionate alumni, friends, and supporters of our university. I’m so grateful for all who have invested time, talents, and treasure through the Now & Ever campaign and its promise of transformational impact. We’re dedicated to doing what we do best: offering education, experiences, and opportunities that give current and future students a home to explore their passions, chase their potential, and build legacies of fulfilling lives. I’m moved by the enthusiasm and generosity of Ole Miss alumni and supporters!
Until next month, take care!
Glenn F. Boyce
More Mississippi students will have access to telehealth providers from the UM Medical Center, thanks to a $17.6 million grant from the state Department of Education.
The late Jim Weatherly, a renowned songwriter and University of Mississippi alumnus, will be honored with the university’s inaugural Medal for the Arts on April 21.
A new initiative brings together top research institutions and experts from UM, Jackson State University, Rice University and the Army Engineer Research and Development Center to explore graphene’s unique abilities, including potential military and civilian applications.
Discover. Engage. Explore.
- Family-friendly activities hosted by more than 70 departments across our 10 Schools, the College of Liberal Arts, UM Libraries, UM Museum and History Houses and more than a dozen academic centers and campus divisions.
- Food trucks from Hotbox Hibachi, The Tea, Chick in the Box, Wiggly’s and the Student Union eateries.
- A faculty book signing event at the Gertrude C. Ford Ole Miss Student Union.
- Activities from Ole Miss Athletics, inflatables, and games with Campus Recreation.
Come to discover, engage, and explore how the university advances our state and shapes our future!
Other campus events on April 9 include:
- Ole Miss Baseball vs. Alabama (2 p.m.)
- A concert by singer-songwriter Riley Green in the Grove (6 p.m.)
- Junior Preview Day, prospective high school juniors explore campus (from 8 a.m.)