William H. Morris isn’t a professional photographer. He’s just a man with a camera and a knack for taking pictures that capture the spirit of his alma mater, the University of Mississippi, Oxford and the people who call it home.
More than 20 years of photographs are what fills Morris’ new coffee-table book, “Ole Miss at Oxford.” The self-published hardcover book contains 300 full-color photographs on 232 pages. See a few of those photos in today’s Oxford Living. (September 3, 2010, Page 1B)
Colonel Reb is soon to be a remnant of the past as he goes into the vault tomorrow. Today is the last official day his image can be licensed. The College Licensing Company, the agent for the University of Mississippi licensing issues, released a memo in March to all licensees that the image of the Colonel may only be licensed through August 31. Tomorrow he enters the College Vault Program where the image can only be licensed out for special occasions for historical use. (August 31, 2010, Page 1)
In March, a group of community leaders and involved citizens attended a retreat to learn how create open dialogue and get people talking about racial and economic divers in the L-O-U community.
As a follow-up to that retreat, the University of Mississippi’s William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation and The Amos Network of Lafayette County will be holding a Welcome Table retreat, “A Conversation on Race,” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. (August 27, 2010, Page 2A)
A CONVERSATION WITH — Eddie Willis is starting a new phase of his life back on the Ole Miss campus at the Wesley Foundation ministry. For many weeks before students set foot on campus Willis was busy preparing a place for them. Now that the students have arrived, Willis is ready to begin his position he sees as a “ministry coach” and help the group grow back into a healthier size. (August 26, 2010, Page 3)
The Center for Manufacturing Excellence – an interdisciplinary program that brings together the Schools of Engineering, Accountancy, and Business Administration at the University of Mississippi is reportedly the only undergraduate program of its kind in the country. The program is off to a good start with 27 students enrolled and more are expected as the nearby Toyota plant opens. (August 25, 2010, Page 1)
The Oxford Lions have helped the needy obtain eye glasses for almost 70 years when the club was first chartered.
The club gives out about two $125 grants a month to adults and children who cannot afford to purchase glasses and, for whatever reason, are not eligible for Medicaid.
The club also takes donations of old eye glasses that are recycled and given to needy families. Old eye glasses can be dropped off at most Oxford eye clinics or the Bank of Commerce, 1610 W. Jackson Ave. Monetary donations for the eye program can be mailed to Oxford Lions, P.O. Box 1751, Oxford MS 38655 or given to any local Lions Club member. For more information, call Mulkey at 234-2220. (August 25, 2010, Page 1)
Mississippi House of Representatives member James Alexander Ventress, in early February of 1840, introduced a bill “to provide for the location of the State University.” He was chairman of the house committee on the seminary fund. The House passed the bill on Feb. 10 and then sent it to the state Senate. The Senate quickly passed the bill and sent it on to the Gov. Alexander G. McNutt, for him to sign into law. He signed the bill on Feb. 20, 1840. (August 20, 2010, Page 3B)
Even the Oxford-Lafayette County area is not safe from redistricting, according to maps and information provided Thursday evening at one of several meetings being held by the Standing Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment and Redistricting.
The meeting was held in Fulton Hall on the University of Mississippi campus with about 75 in attendance. About 20 representatives and senators from around Mississippi who are on the committee were also present, including Tommy Reynolds, who represents parts of Lafayette County. (August 20, 2010, Page 1A)
Many young people want to see the world while they are still young, but few want to visit those darker corners of the globe where people are suffering. That is what sets Tamara Powers apart from most. A recent UM grad and waitress at Ajax, Powers is trying to raise $11,000 for a mission trip called World Race. (August 17, 2010, Page 1)
When Deborah Freeland first came to Oxford as a graduate student in 1975 from Houston, Texas, she was intrigued with the small town feel of Oxford and wanted to capture the spirit with the eye of a newcomer. Those early black-and-white photos are featured at Southside Gallery this week. (August 6, 2010, Page 1B)