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Ole Miss Retirees
University of Mississippi

Programs and Opportunities

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Upcoming: Oct 28 – Nov 3, 2019

Fall Foliage Tour, Washington D.C. and Gettysburg


Spend six nights visiting the nation’s capital, Gettysburg and other famous sights in northern Virginia. This is a trip of a lifetime that runs Oct. 28 through Nov. 3. Single room cost is $1,605. Double is $1,130. Triple is $975. Quad is $895. Deposit of $150 due Aug. 30. Final payment due Oct. 4. Breakfast included daily as well as four dinners and one lunch. Travel in style on a luxury motorcoach complete with a bathroom and satellite TV. Registration can be complete at or at the activity centers.


Director of Facilities Planning and University Architect Ian Banner was the guest presenter in the Ole Miss Ballroom on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Attendees for Ian Banner's presentation

Ian Banner giving his presentation

Interim Chancellor and Mrs. Larry Sparks invited all retired faculty, staff, and guests to Dinner, Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. in the Gertrude C. Ford Ballroom at The Inn at Ole Miss.

Bonnie and Jacky
attendee and Jim
Jacky and Brenda
Ron and attendee
attendees seated
man at the keyboard
attendee and Colby
Interim Chancellor and Mrs. Sparks

The PERS Executive Director, Ray Higgins, was part of the March presentation for retirees and their spouses on March 19, 2019.

PERS Executive Director Ray Higgins

The audience for Ray Higgins

The annual Holiday Brunch was held Saturday, December 8, 2018, at the Jackson Avenue Center. The event was catered by My Michelle’s, and retirees and their spouses were invited.

Holiday Brunch 2018

A panel presentation about age-related issues was held at 10:30 a.m. on October 23, 2018 at the Inn at Ole Miss in the Ballroom. The program, entitled “Dementia, Resources, Caring for Older Parents, Long-term Living Arrangements in Oxford, and End of Life and Hospice Care Information,” featured Dr. Jo Ann O’Quin, Professor Emerita of Social Work.

Dr. Jo Ann O'Quin was the speaker_ 10/23/2018   Audience in attendance of gathering 10/23/2018

The Chancellor and Mrs. Vitter invited all the retired faculty, staff, and guests to dinner in the Gertrude C. Ford Ballroom on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

Mingling before dinner in the Ford Ballroom Mrs. Vitter greeting attendees Chancellor Vitter greeting attendees

This year’s Holiday Brunch was held on December 8th at the Jackson Avenue Center.

Noel Wilkins

Noel Wilkins, University Provost, presented a very informative update about all the wonderful things that are happening around campus.


A large group was in attendance.

Larry Tyler at the keyboard

Larry Tyler always plays for our group since he is an Ole Miss Retiree!

The November 2017 gathering including PERS counsel and Mississippi dignitaries.

Davitta Lee
Counsel and Policy Advisor, PERS Mississippi, Davitta Lee, presented the PERS update.
State Representative Jay Hughes
Jay Hughes, Mississippi State Representative, address the attendees.
State Representative Gray Tollison
Gray Tollison, Mississippi State Senator, address the attendees.

The Chancellor and Mrs. Vitter hosted dinner at the Inn at Ole Miss in June, 2017.

Chancellor Vitter
Chancellor Vitter speaking. David Drewrey (seated) will become the new Board President in July.

Retirees toured the Toyota Plant in Blue Springs MS in May, 2017!

Group photo
All ready for a the tour.
Hardhats for everyone!
Donning hard hats on the factory floor.

Retirees enjoyed guest speaker Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter for their holiday potluck brunch at the Jackson Avenue Center on Saturday, December 10.

Chancellor Vitter Speaking
Chancellor Vitter addressing the attendees.
Mrs. Vitter
Mrs. Vitter admiring the festive potluck spread.

On August 30, The Inn at Ole Miss was the setting for a panel discussion featuring PERS Executive Director Mrs. Pat Robertson, Mississippi Senator Gray Tollison, and Mississippi Representative Jay Hughes.

Pat Robertson
Pat Robertson speaks to the group
Warner Alford
Warner Alford speaking to the group

A dinner was held by the Chancellor and Mrs. Jeffrey Vitter on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in the Gertrude C. Ford Ballroom of the Inn at Ole Miss.

Chancellor's Table
Chancellor and Mrs. Vitter dining with guests
Chancellor Vitter speaking to the attendees

Many thanks to Ole Miss Athletics for inviting The Ole Miss Retirees to tour the new Pavalion at Ole Miss.

The Basketball court Ladies in attendance Coach Bjork speaks with attendee attendees attendees attendees


The December 12, 2015, Holiday Potluck was held at 11:00 a.m. in the Jackson Avenue Center. The guest speaker was Dr. Morris Stocks, Interim Chancellor.

Dr. Stocks
Dr. Stocks addresses the group.
Brenda Brannon and Dr. Stocks
Brenda Brannan thanks Dr. Stocks for speaking.

In September the Ole Miss Retirees toured the J.D. Williams Library.

The tour begins

The group assembles near library’s main stair to begin the tour.
Tour group at second level
The tour guide describes changes in the library.
Tour Guide
The group explores one of the library classrooms.
Brian Young
Engineering Reference Librarian Brian Young demonstrates a software circuit board that uses fruit!

The Ole Miss Retirees were invited to an “Informational Presentation About the New Assisted Living Facility The Blake at Oxford” at the Oxford Conference Center on September 17th.

Chancellor and Mrs. Dan Jones invited all retired faculty, staff, and guests to dinner Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

A panel presentation featuring PERS Executive Director Mrs. Pat Robertson, Representative Brad Mayo, and Senator Gray Tollison was held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at the Inn in the Ole Miss Ballroom