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Scholarship and Engagement for the Public Good
The 2019 edition of the McLean Institute’s publication features articles on community engagement efforts at the University of Mississippi. These include the Catalyzing Entrepreneurship and Economic Development initiative, M Partner, and the North Mississippi VISTA Project.




UM Celebrates M Partner Pilot Year, Sets Ambitious Goals
M Partner is a community-campus partnership initiative that aligns community priorities with courses, internships, and programs housed at the University of Mississippi. The pilot phase of M Partner developed partnerships and programs in Charleston (Tallahatchie County), Lexington (Holmes County), and New Albany (Union County), and engaged hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community partners in efforts to promote educational attainment, economic development, health and wellness, and community beautification.


McLean Institute Awarded Grant to Fund Community Engagement
Dr. Albert Nylander, director of the McLean Institute, professor of sociology and principal investigator for the Catalyzing Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, or CEED, program, said he is thankful for the approximately $500,000 provided by the foundation.



Engaging Industry with Higher Education

Dr. JR Love is a member of the University’s Industry Engagement Council (IEC). Dr. Love has actively engaged with business partners since his arrival on campus in 2015. He and Dr. Albert Nylander, McLean Institute Director, visited with Viking Range during their visit on the UM campus in November 2019 to discuss entrepreneurship initiatives and partnerships between the McLean Institute and Viking’s hometown of Greenwood, MS. Dr. Love led the University’s 3rd Annual Entrepreneurship Forum in Greenwood in 2017. 



Grisham Fellows Find UM Family During Visits

Bruce Ware, University of Mississippi alumnus and McLean Institute Board Member, is inspiring high school students from his hometown of Newton, Mississippi to pursue higher education. Through the Grisham Fellows Program, Newton High School students are given the opportunity to visit the university and explore possibilities for academic achievement and community involvement. 


UM Students Spend MLK Day Serving in New Albany

A busload of University of Mississippi students spent their time Monday (Jan. 21, 2019) improving the lives of citizens in a neighboring town on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. M Partner, a community partnership program that helps match university capabilities with the goals and needs of local communities, took a group of 50 UM students and members of the North Mississippi VISTA Project to New Albany for a day of service. Following opening remarks and receiving instructions at the Union County Heritage Museum, the group dispersed to its three project sites.


The McLean Institute scholarship allowed Elena Bauer to pursue her passion for studying youth leadership and workforce readiness.

During my time at Ole Miss I received a Catalyzing Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) scholarship through the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement. It covered my tuition. Being a CEED scholar allowed me to tailor my studies to the work I was engaged in in Clarksdale, MS. My scholarship helps me pursue my passion for youth leadership and workforce readiness in the state.



McLean Institute Expands Summer Entrepreneurial Leadership Program: Weeklong enrichment camp serves rising 10th and 11th graders

The third annual McLean Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, or MELP, was a weeklong experience for 15 students entering their sophomore and junior years. Presented by innovation fellows and scholars of the CEED Initiative at the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, the program took place in July 2018 on the Oxford campus.



Alumnus Supports UM McLean Institute: Former student’s gift honors work of Vaughn and Sandy Grisham

Admiration for the Grishams recently led the Frys to make a major gift in support of the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, housed on the university’s Oxford campus.




McLean Institute Teams with Newton Schools for Virtual Reality Project: Classroom technology places school system at forefront of VR movement in Mississippi

Dr. Albert Nylander envisions virtual reality as a powerful tool for students and community partners across Mississippi. Dr. JR Love and Vince Jordan have visited school districts throughout Mississippi to give high school faculty and students a virtual reality educational experience.



Pharmacy Students Partner with McLean Institute to Make a Difference: CEED initiative allows participants to broaden their education while helping communities

With financial support from the McLean Institute’s Hearin grant, CEED students work to build community partnerships to promote entrepreneurship and economic development.




McLean Institute Transformation through Service Publication

This publication highlights service-learning courses at the University of Mississippi
spanning a range of academic disciplines, as well as community-based programs
housed at the McLean Institute.