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Rhodes Scholar

Jaz Brisack is the University of Mississippi’s 26th Rhodes Scholar, and the first woman in the university’s history to be selected to the elite international academic program. Brisack, a senior general studies major from Oxford, is also the 2018 Truman Scholar for Mississippi and is a champion for human, civil and labor rights in the state. She is president of the College Democrats and a frequent contributor to The Daily Mississippian.

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Tesla Internship

Jarrett Simmons, a senior mechanical engineering major with an emphasis in manufacturing, was among the less-than-1 percent of applicants who received an internship with Tesla Motors, not once, but twice. He aggressively pursued opportunities, which he credits for landing the sought-after gig at Tesla.

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Personalized Digital Learning

Three University of Mississippi faculty members have earned a national award from Online Learning Consortium for advancing student success through adoption of digital courseware. Their work is having an impact across introductory writing courses and producing direct cost savings for students.

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Outstanding Partner

Since his graduation from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1966, Richard A. Burke has had a heart for helping others achieve the American dream, whether it’s Ole Miss undergraduates searching out future career avenues or international students looking for professional futures in the United States. Recently, Burke was honored with the inaugural Outstanding Partner Award from the UM Internship Experience Program, reflecting his dedication to providing meaningful career experiences for numerous Ole Miss undergraduate students over the past 10 years.

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Army ROTC Turns 100

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the University of Mississippi‘s Student Army Training Corps, which was formed while the nation was preparing future officers who would become part of the more than 2 million U.S. soldiers who fought in World War I. Today, the group is called the Ole Miss Army ROTC, and its alumni have fought and died in every U.S. war since it was founded. They’ve trained for every scenario of every era of modern warfare. Time with the program shaped its members in both their careers in uniform and in civilian life.

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Top 50 MBA

The University of Mississippi’s Master of Business Administration program has been named as one of the nation’s best by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. The rankings, released Nov. 8, place Ole Miss at No. 37 among American public universities. For the 2018 edition, Bloomberg ranked MBA programs using four categories: Compensation, Learning, Networking and Entrepreneurship. The UM program came in at No. 28 in Entrepreneurship.

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Special Olympics Honors

ESPN ranked the University of Mississippi’s Special Olympics College Unified Sports club among the nation’s top 30 schools in the ESPN 2018 Honor Roll as part of its Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools National Recognition Program. In addition, the UM Special Olympics Unified Football team won the bronze medal at the Special Olympics USA Games, held July 2-6 in Seattle.

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