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Student Fame

Ten University of Mississippi seniors have been inducted into the university’s 2018-19 Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors afforded students at UM. The inductees were honored April 5 in a ceremony at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Chosen by a committee in accordance with policy developed by the Associated Student Body, selections are based on outstanding contributions in all aspects of campus life.

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‘Heavy’ Memoir

When Kiese Laymon began working on his memoir “Heavy: An American Memoir,” he was writing to an audience of one. “I wrote that to my mother,” he said. “It was directly addressed to my mom and to my region (Jackson). If anybody outside that region and those people like it, that’s a plus.” Laymon never expected that, just five months after the book’s release, “Heavy” would garner international acclaim and be honored with several of the highest awards in literature, including the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction.

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Culture Change

For only the fourth time in the 40-year history of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, a new director will take the helm. Kathryn McKee, McMullan Associate Professor of Southern Studies and associate professor of English at the University of Mississippi, begins her new role July 1.

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Speaker’s Edge

More than 100 business and accountancy students tackled ethical issues ranging from gender discrimination to embezzlement and pitched ideas for boosting the workplace at the University of Mississippi’s annual Speaker’s Edge competition. They were joined by 69 judges and 17 coaches for this year’s speaking competition, a partnership between the university’s School of Business Administration, Patterson School of Accountancy and Trent Lott Leadership Institute.

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Park Hopping

A junior psychology major in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi will get to fulfill her dream to visit 12 national parks and interview seasonal workers this summer, all thanks to a prestigious and generous award.

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Major Impact

The University of Mississippi’s annual economic impact totals $2.9 billion and enables 43,121 jobs across the state, which means that one out of every 37 jobs in Mississippi is supported by the activities of UM and its students.

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C Spire Fellowship

Before last summer, Bailee Bellevue and Jake McCall had taken a few classes and worked on a few projects together. Neither of the two University of Mississippi seniors knew that the other had applied for and been accepted into the 2018 summer internship program at C Spire. Stationed in different departments, Bellevue and McCall each excelled in their work performances, so much so that both have been chosen to participate in a joint fellowship program between the company and a renowned research organization in information technology and communications.

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Rising Star

A rising new cinema star debuted at this year’s Oxford Film Festival: the University of Mississippi Department of Theatre and Film. “Ole Miss Theatre & Film Presents,” a block of films curated by the faculty of the department’s new film production emphasis, in its second semester, screened Feb. 9.

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