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Alumnus Says $1 Million Donation to Ole Miss First Is ‘Right Thing’

UNIVERSITY, Miss. – Mike Starnes took a walk with his friend Robert Khayat on ground where both men’s roots run deep – the University of Mississippi’s Oxford campus. As they enjoyed the classic campus setting, the Memphis businessman recognized that Khayat, the university’s chancellor, had put his heart and soul into serving their alma mater.…

Felker twins keep Foundation on cutting edge with new information system

With the expansion of University Advancement, Development Services, and The University of Mississippi Foundation, it has been essential to day-to-day operations to maintain a state-of-the-art computer system. When Lance Felker joined the Foundation team last September as systems administrator, he had one goal: install a massive upgrade and complete the conversion process as quickly and…

Helping Someone Get a College Education Is Fulfilling for Women’s Council Donor

Donna Ruth Else Roberts is giving from example—one of the latest in a flurry of generous gifts through the Ole Miss Women’s Council. The “connect” for her was immediate: She said she has understood the importance of college scholarships her entire life—her father was not able to attend college but became a successful businessman and…

Scholarship Intended to Empower Women to Set Goals Higher and ‘Achieve Great Things’

Becky Jones West says her two passions are Ole Miss and opportunities for women. Her $100,000 scholarship endowment fund will open the doors to both. A founding member of the Ole Miss Women’s Council, West has been a behind-the-scenes resource for the UM administration for many years—sharing her advice and expertise as a successful Memphis…

Women’s Council ‘Garden’ Blooms with Scholars

There are seven bright new faces at The University of Mississippi—the first bloom in the garden planted by the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy. The Women’s Council was created in 2000 to attract funds for scholarships by tapping into the greater participation of women in their financial lives.  In 2001, having raised more than…

Student Wraps Up Scholarship Endowment

Susan Keith, a managerial finance major from Long Beach, wanted to give her grandmother something special for Christmas last year. She knew the holidays had been rough for Dorothy Graham Brown of Pass Christian since her husband, Keith’s grandfather, died on Christmas Eve four years ago. So instead of the usual outfit or even household…

Scholarship Created for Aspiring Teachers Who Delay Getting College Education

Emma Stroud Griffin of Meridian, Mississippi, always dreamed of completing her college degree. But time and history seemed to work against her. The fifth of eight children born to a small-town physician, she began college while the country was trying to cope with the Great Depression. World War II followed, and Griffin traveled with her…

Women’s Council Scholarship Honors Former Sardis Couple

Ole Miss announces that a scholarship honoring former Sardis residents Mary Jane Short Wilson and her husband, the late Edward R. “Brut” Wilson, has been established at the University. Beginning in the fall of 2001, a qualifying student, male or female, from Panola County will be awarded an annual scholarship of $5,000, generated from a…

Family Honors Mom, Wife for Loyalty, Love, and Support

How does a family honor a mom and wife for all the love, attention, and care she has given over the years? The Brevards of Tupelo, Mississippi, thought an excellent idea was to establish an Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy Scholarship. With their $100,000 gift, the family recently created the Elizabeth B. Brevard Council…