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Newsletter Spring/Summer 2021

Annette S. Kluck, Ph.D.

Dear Students, Alumni, Colleagues, and Friends of the Graduate School,

What a year! I am thrilled to be writing for you our Spring/Summer 2021 Newsletter from my office in the Graduate House, while seeing familiar faces around campus (and not just on zoom). This past spring was busy and the availability of vaccines has been a gift as we move through the summer and plan for fall. Of course, the path to where we are was a difficult one and we are monitoring the ever-changing pandemic.

Before we get to the contents of our newsletter, I want to share my wishes that you and yours are healthy and well. In the Graduate School, we hope that all of you are finding time to spend with loved ones (even if still remotely) and to refresh and recharge after the extremely challenging past 16 months.

In this issue, we share several stories about the exciting accomplishments of our graduate students and programs during this highly unusual year. Read about our two (that’s right) Doctoral Hooding Ceremonies, our 2020 and 2021 recipients of Graduate School awards in mentoring and inclusive excellence, an alum whose work and leadership has led to national recognition in his discipline, a graduate putting her UM education to use at Bud Lab, and several outstanding new students who are in our Southern Regional Education Board institutionally funded Doctoral Scholars Program and our Elite Scholars program (for students poised to contribute to our research mission). You’ll also see stories highlighting our American Mathematical Society chapter (the only one in the state at the moment) and new programs in Industrial Pharmacy and Athletic Training. Finally, we look back on how our students and faculty adapted and excelled during this challenging year (with a guest article from Erin Pennington, a graduate student in Journalism).

This spring, we saw our front porch renovated at the Graduate House. We appreciate the Chancellor and other leaders on our campus ensuring that we got the needed repairs. It looks wonderful and I hope that many of you will stop by when you next visit our beautiful campus. For those who tailgate, we hope to have a tent at several home games, but I want to specifically invite you to stop by the front of the Graduate House to say hello and perhaps grab a snack prior to the home football game against Arkansas on October 9th.  

In addition, The Graduate Student Council (GSC) plans to host a Graduate and Professional Student Alumni Weekend on November 5th and 6th. During the weekend, they will co-host a tailgate with the Graduate School prior to the football game against Liberty on November 6th. For the game against Liberty, the GSC worked to access discounted tickets for all Graduate School, Law School, and School of Pharmacy alumni. Our student leaders would love the opportunity to connect with alumni (more details from GSC to follow). I hope you will join us at their sure-to-be-amazing weekend. Of course, we are happy to see you before any of the games or have you stop by whenever you are in Oxford or on campus.

We are very proud of all that our students, programs, and alumni accomplished this year and we hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as we enjoyed telling them. Next time, we look forward to telling you about our newest Cole-Eftink Fellows and our first-ever Advancing STEM Scholarship recipient. For individuals interested in supporting these students by contributing to these scholarships, please visit to give to the Cole-Eftink Fellows. To contribute to the Advancing STEM scholarship fund, please visit our giving page and then select view other funds and type “Advancements in STEM” and select fund 06518.

Finally, we would very much like to hear from you. Feel free to drop us an email at and, for our alumni, tell us about your updates with our Grad Notes form. We are eager to hear exciting news you have to share with us and, for those who are interested in being a resource for current students, to connect you with graduate students in your field. As always, and also especially over this past year, we appreciate your support of the Graduate School and our graduate students at the University of Mississippi.

Fins Up and Hotty Toddy!

Annette S. Kluck, Ph.D.
Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of Leadership and Counselor Education


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