University of Mississippi - Ole Miss Yearbook (Oxford, MS)

 - Class of 1998

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•Geoff Kohl is a student in the graduate school. He is often found putting in long hours on the staff at the DM, left. •Richard Massey a graduate student stresses over his thesis deadline, left. •Outgoing Graduate School Dean. Dr. Michael Dmgerson. above.

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story by nancy shands The Univer- sity of Mississippi, from its formal opening in 1848 un- til 1870, conferred the honorary degree of Master of Arts upon those certain graduates who attained intellectual distinction. Courses at the graduate level were offered first in 1870, and a compre- hensive exam as a requirement for the MA degree was al- so established that year. A definite pro- gram of graduate study with the mini- mum residence requirement of one year academic year was established in 1890. During the past ninety years, graduate work at The University of Mississippi has been continually developed. The Graduate School, which has been in existence since 1927, is still growing today. With 11,000 students enrolled at The University of Mississip- pi, approximately 1,800 of these stu- dents are enrolled in the Graduate School. Twenty-five percent of these 1,800 students are international stu- dents, adding to the diversity of the school. The Graduate School has seven- ty degree programs and offers master and doctorate degrees in accountancy, art, business administration, education, fine arts, music, science, social science, and taxation. The Graduate School, which administers all graduate study at the University, holds membership in the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States. Its faculty consists of about 400 members, who are qualified to offer graduate work. The Associated Graduate Stu- dent Body at Ole Miss addresses the THE GRADUATE School The Graduate School offers students a higher level of education and broader horizons for the future. by jaci leas needs and concerns of the graduate students on the Oxford campus. The AGSB officers and senate work with the faculty, administration and other student or- ganizations to promote higher academic achieve- ment and standards, to provide interdepart- mental communication among graduate stu- dents, and to provide graduate students with more opportunities for social interac- tion. By addressing common concerns of its membership, the AGSB strives to eliminate much of the unnecessary stress often associated with graduate student life. Some of the research facilities associated with the Graduate School included the Jamie Whitten National Center for Physical Acoustics, the National Center for the Development of Natural Products, the Center for Wet- lands and Water Resources, the Missis- sippi Center for Supercomputing Re- search, the Center for Wireless Commu- nication, the Center for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering, and the National Food Service Management Institute. " The Graduate School is a vital part of this institution, " Don Cole, asso- ciate dean, said. The Graduate School represents research and provides the institution with the knowledge that is needed. The Graduate School stands as a base for the knowledge and understanding of The University of Mississippi. 1



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story by lindsey wilson In 1975, a group of faculty members met to cre- ate an area of study to enhance the educa- tional emphasis on topics dealing with the Southern culture. Due to a wave of regional study pro- grams across the country, the group pursued the topic even further. For two years the group gathered to establish the depart- ment. In 1977, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture was formed. Soon after, in 1986 , its mas- ters program was established. The department has a faculty of six core professors and 24 professors cir- culating from other departments, adding to a well rounded faculty with much diversity. Within the school there are approximately 60 undergraduates and 44 graduates. The Southern Studies department encourages a plethora of topics for research. Some of the student ' s theses are: Negro League baseball teams, William Faulkner, Chickasaw Indian Nation, Elvis cults, Southern Baptists, and numerous folk art themes. Also in relation to the southern studies department, William Ferris, who was the center ' s founding director, was recently appointed by President Bill Clinton to be the chairman for The National Endowment for Humanities. " We are delighted about his appointment, " said Susan Glisson, grad- uate coordinator and research associate at the Center, " I know it will create many rewards for his career. " THE southern Tradition The Southern Studies department takes a deep look into the culture and history of the South by jaci leas Glisson also com- mented on how the National Endowment for Humanities focus- ed on the " high cul- ture. " she said that Ferris, whose main area of study is folk culture, will apply his knowledge to theirs and make the " puz- zle " a little more com- plete. The Center, which is celebrating it ' s twenti- eth anniversary this year, looks optimisti- cally towards the future. Because of the loss of their past director and due to the twenty year mark, the department has now been given a chance to pause and reevaluate what they have done. They are now in the process of creating a new mission statement and finding a new director. They seek a director who will carry on the tradition and outstanding reputation of the Southern Studies department here at The University of Mississippi. On the anniversary... " For 150 years The University of Mississippi has been a cru- cible of change within the American South. Her faculty, administration and students have maintained a commitment to academic excellence in each generation. The university ' s resources prepare each of us for the new challenges that will come in the next century. " •Bill Ferris, director Center for the Study of Southern Culture

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