July 2, 2021
Summer Greetings! Hope you’re staying cool and enjoying some summer fun. Although we don’t usually publish summer issues of the @ The Flagship newsletter, I want to take a moment as we head into the Fourth of July weekend to share a few recent developments. Even in the summer, our forward momentum does not stop! And by the way, the undergraduate admissions application for fall 2022 is now open — encourage students near and far to apply for admission so they can begin to build their legacies at Ole Miss!
SERVING THOSE WHO SERVE
For For the fourth year in a row, we increased our Military Friendly rating, achieving a Gold rating (second-highest level awarded to colleges and universities). And just a few weeks ago, we were ranked #21 in the nation by Military Times resource guide in its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2021 Rankings” — this ranking places us second in the SEC. Also, congrats to Andrew Newby for his selection as a George W. Bush Institute Scholar for the Bush Presidential Center’s Veteran Leadership Program. His selection for this prestigious fellowship is quite an honor and will help take the remarkable efforts of our Veteran and Military Services team to a new level.
MORE STUDENT SUCCESSES
For the second time in three years, seven accomplished students at Ole Miss are recipients of the prestigious David L. Boren Scholarship from the National Security Education Program. Boren Scholars engage in an immersive experience focusing on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security. We rank third nationally in 2021 Boren Scholarship recipients, behind only the University of Chicago and UT-Austin.
NEXT-GEN HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
We’re excited to celebrate 862 new graduates from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. These students, who earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the Medical Center’s six schools, represent a new generation of health care providers, researchers, and leaders in their communities. The future is bright for a healthier Mississippi!
INCREASING OPPORTUNITY AND ACCESS
We have launched several new initiatives recently. The Path4 initiative is a partnership with Northeast Mississippi Community College to give area students a streamlined journey through their college education. Also, a new dual-degree program with Rust College enables successful students to graduate with a mathematics degree from Rust and an engineering degree from Ole Miss. This outstanding partnership with Rust is an important initiative for our state and region to produce more STEM majors. I’m excited to see how these programs will provide students more opportunities while preparing them to thrive professionally.
We all have reason to be incredibly proud of these five Rebel athletes for punching their tickets to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo later this summer including:
- Sam Kendricks – Men’s Pole Vault (second Olympic Games)
- Brittney Reese – Women’s Long Jump (fourth Olympic Games)
- Raven Saunders – Women’s Shot Put (second Olympic Games)
- Rafaelle Souza – Brazilian Women’s Soccer team (second Olympic Games)
- Ali Weisz – 10m Air Rifle / Mixed Team Air Rifle (first Olympic Games)
Likun Zhang, assistant professor of physics and astronomy and researcher at the National Center for Physical Acoustics, won the R. Bruce Lindsay Award from the Acoustical Society of America. The annual award is presented to the society member who contributed substantially, through published papers, to the advancement of theoretical or applied acoustics, or both. Congrats, Dr. Zhang!
Thanks to generous private support and higher investment returns, our endowment has grown to more than $825 million— the largest endowment for any Mississippi public university! We recently celebrated the new naming of our state-of-the-art basketball and event arena as the Sandy and John Black Pavilion at Ole Miss in recognition of their $10 million gift. Thanks to Sandy and John for your generosity and love of Ole Miss!
NURTURING FUTURE LEADERS
We were thrilled to host the 2021 American Legion Boys State this summer with approximately 400 young men from across the state. The university is proud of its long-standing partnership with American Legion Boys State because Ole Miss is dedicated to providing extraordinary learning opportunities like Boys State that develop future leaders in Mississippi.
Looking for some summer reading? How about a selection from our very own Professor of English, Aimee Nezhukumatathil? As Yahoo! Life recently shared: “Aimee Nezhukumatathil is impressive. She’s a New York Times best-selling author, an award-winning poet, a successful essay and nonfiction writer, and a professor of English at the University of Mississippi. Barnes & Noble awarded her most recent book, World of Wonders, the 2020 book of the year. Her perceptive outlook on nature and growth throughout life pushes this remarkable illustrated essay collection to the top of our list.” World of Wonders is also our 2021 Common Reading Experience for our incoming freshmen, and Dr. Nezhukumatathil will deliver the address at our Freshman Convocation in late August.
I hope you’re able to take time this summer to recharge and make some lasting memories with family and friends. We can’t wait to see everyone back on campus in person in the fall — in classrooms, in the Grove and the Vaught, and all over campus. The energy, enthusiasm and vitality that defines our campus experience will be back and better than ever!
Happy Fourth of July! And, Hotty Toddy!
Glenn F. Boyce