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UM Croft Institute Awards Scholarships to 10 Exceptional Students

Incoming, returning students come with impressive pre-college pedigrees SEPTEMBER 24, 2015  |  By EDWIN SMITH The Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi has awarded full scholarships to 10 exceptional students, eight of whom are members of its largest freshman class ever. Freshman Croft Scholarship recipients include Caroline Bass of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; […]


Q&A with Andrew Hayes

Freshman year brought adjustments, fond memories for one of the university’s youngest students ever AUGUST 6, 2015  |  By MICHAEL NEWSOM Andrew Hayes had a perfect 4.0 grade-point average for his first two semesters at the University of Mississippi. For most college students, that accomplishment might typically be met with a polite shrug and congratulations. […]


The UM Global China Connection has been named the most outstanding chapter of its kind. | Photo courtesy of UM Global China Connection.

UM Sino-American Group Named Nation’s Best

Chapter works to foster cross-cultural relationships on campus MAY 29, 2015  |  By MICHAEL NEWSOM A University of Mississippi student-led organization that strives to improve Sino-American relations was awarded the most outstanding chapter of its kind at Yale University’s Global China Connection World Fair. The university’s Global China Connection chapter was named the best at […]


Yan Li

Economics Instructor Wins Excellence in Teaching Award

Yan Li honored for dedication to students, curriculum and instruction Yan Li is the recipient of the University of Mississippi’s 2015 Graduate Instructor Excellence in Teaching Award. Li was recognized during the doctoral hooding ceremony Friday (May 8) at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to being presented a trophy […]


George Akpandjar Wins National Graduate Competition

A Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics recently won the 2015 Barry M. Moriarty Graduate Paper Competition sponsored by the Southern Regional Science Association. George Akpandjar won the $1,000 prize in the national competition. Previous winners were from Duke, University of Texas at Austin, University of North Carolina at Chappell Hill, Texas A&M, Ohio State and University […]


Lorin Dawson

Lorin Dawson Receives Golden Key International Society Scholarship

Among the beautiful beaches and carnival celebrations, University of Mississippi junior Lorin Dawson is hoping to gain practical experience in the Brazilian business environment with the help of a scholarship from Golden Key International Honour Society. Dawson, of Lafayette, Indiana, is a recipient of the Joan Nelson Study Abroad Scholarship, which provides recipients with $2,500 […]


Former Federal Reserve Economist Thomas Garrett Joins Faculty

While the troubled national economy is not as far along in the recovery process as many had hoped, a UM faculty member says its downward spiral is definitely over and the future is brighter. Thomas A. Garrett, a former assistant vice president and research economist in the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, is a […]


Scotland Calling Economics Major Neal McMillin

Taylor Medalist Neal McMillin of Madison spent the summer in Scotland pursuing his dream. He used a $5,000 Barksdale Award from the UM Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College in pursuit of creative, courageous projects and ambitious, independent programs of study and research. McMillin, a Newman and Barnard Scholar with a double major in Southern Studies and economics, investigated Scotland’s pioneering […]


Ask the Experts: Policy Changes for a Brighter Retirement

CardHub recently published an article featuring the insights of Jon Moen, associate professor of economics and department chair, discussing potential retirement policy changes. We’ve all heard there’s something of a perfect storm brewing on the retirement front, what with the U.S. population aging rapidly, Congress preoccupied with partisan politics, and the Great Recession wreaking havoc on our […]


UM Moneythink Chapter Awarded Morgan Stanley Grant

Money has its privileges, at least for the University of Mississippi chapter of Moneythink. The 2-year-old program started in 2011 by Jon Stephens, a senior economics major, and Mary Margaret Johnson, a senior public policy major, when the group was awarded a $10,000 grant from Morgan Stanley, an investment and wealth management firm. The grant […]