A Thanksgiving Message

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November 23, 2016

Dear Students and Colleagues:

As we take a brief break from a busy academic year and gather in the coming days with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, we have much to be grateful for here at the University of Mississippi. First and foremost, Sharon and I are grateful to count ourselves as members of the Ole Miss family and the LOU community. We are a family filled with committed students, creative faculty, dedicated staff, and passionate alumni. I appreciate all you do as members of this community to enable our role as a flagship university to advance society through learning, discovery, and engagement.

Now is a time of reflection on our relationships, our achievements, and our challenges. We have achieved new heights, such as our largest freshman class ever, but we have also faced challenges — in our community and in our nation. The hallmark of the University of Mississippi is that we celebrate our successes and confront our challenges together, as a family. Empathy, communication, and genuine caring truly are the very fabric of our community.

Sharon and I wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. May it be a time of relaxation with family and friends as well as a time of reflection for all in our lives for which we are thankful.


Jeffrey S. Vitter

Chancellor and Distinguished Professor