Less than 2.5 miles from the center of the University of Mississippi’s Oxford campus, is the South Oxford Center. The former site of Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi, the property was purchased by the UM in 2017 and consists of a nearly 485,000-square-foot building, a parking garage and additional parking lot space for faculty, staff, students and visitors.
We envision a day when the South Oxford Center becomes a vibrant learning lab that invites the public to partner with us as we connect human science and service. Now and Ever: The Campaign for Ole Miss will fuel this vision for the space and propel integrative work that bridges our academic, clinical, research, and community service programs.
Housing a newly expanded home for UM’s nationally recognized pre-school, the Willie Price Lab School, in the same building as the HILL speech and language clinic, and the Institute for Child Nutrition will create a platform for researchers to build brighter futures for children, especially those with special needs.
We will also strengthen the food and hospitability industry, address issues of food insecurity, fuel entrepreneurial ideas, increase athletic performance and improve health through nutrition with a multipurpose culinary center that actively engages students in preparing meals, testing new concepts, and forging collaborations with the food, hospitality and tourism industries.
We will fuel more discoveries with new, innovative lab space that brings our SAS researchers together, igniting the power of cross-discipline collaboration. The daily discoveries made in this environment can be brought to the world. For example, studies have shown that anywhere from 50 to over 80% of children on the autism spectrum exhibit selective eating, food refusal, and/or limited food acceptance. The Institute for Child Nutrition’s applied research, education, training, and technical assistance could be expanded to assist the thousands of children nationwide.
This vision for the South Oxford Center, funded by your support for Now and Ever: The Campaign for Ole Miss, will accelerate a powerful intersection of knowledge and experiences that produces graduates who are ready to lead in impacting Mississippi, the surrounding region, and the world.