FedEx Student-Athlete Academic Support Center
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Since May 2007, Ole Miss student-athletes have benefitted tremendously from their first-class on-campus learning environment - the FedEx Student-Athlete Academic Support Center.
FedEx Corporation announced on April 14, 2005, a $2.5 million gift over five years to the University of Mississippi to create such an elite academic support center for student-athletes.
The center provides state-of-the-art computer facilities and space for study halls and tutoring for men and women student-athletes, as well as additional classrooms for all students.
“FedEx has always been a strong supporter of educational initiatives at all levels,” said Mike Glenn, executive vice president of marketing development and corporate communications. “This contribution to the University of Mississippi is an extension of our commitment to helping improve the academic resources available to students, and student-athletes in particular.”
Glenn said FedEx and Ole Miss are committed to providing a strong academic foundation to enable students to reach their full potential.
“The FedEx Center is one of the best academic facilities in college athletics,” said Athletics Director Ross Bjork. “It is the lifeblood of our student-athlete development and the chief recruiting tool for Ole Miss Athletics. Students come first in everything we do, and we cannot thank FedEx enough for their leadership and commitment.”
The money was used to renovate a portion of the Starnes Athletic Center—which formerly housed football locker rooms, a weight room and training facilities—next to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on All-American Drive. The 22,500-square-foot building now houses the Office of Student-Athlete Academic Support, including offices, conference rooms, 20 large and small group tutoring rooms, a large study area, a multi-media classroom, computer lab and 150-seat high-tech auditorium. The project was completed in May 2007 with an approximate cost of $5 million.
In accepting the FedEx gift, university officials said the new center provides an important link in the university’s goal to compete at the highest level in every aspect of its intercollegiate programs.
“American public universities are the best in the world largely because of the generosity of American corporations,” said then-UM Chancellor Robert Khayat. “FedEx sets the standard for philanthropy by which others are measured. In this case, Ole Miss student-athletes are the primary beneficiaries, but all our students will benefit and, as a result, our entire state benefits.”
In addition to its latest gift to the University, FedEx supports several endowed scholarship programs, the Whitten Chair in Law, the Lott Leadership Institute, the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation and William Faulkner’s historic home, Rowan Oak.