By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – The University of Mississippi has placed high on three national lists in recent days – two of which its leaders are happy to tout.
The Oxford campus is one of six postsecondary institutions selected by TVA to participate in its Green Campus Network, a classroom-to-workplace program that involves students and employees to reduce campus energy use and incorporate energy efficiency awareness and action campuswide.
Other TVA green campuses include Alabama-Huntsville, Memphis, University of the South (Sewanee), Western Kentucky and Calhoun Community College.
“To be selected for TVA’s Green Campus Network is an honor,” said Jim Morrison, director of Ole Miss’ Office of Campus Sustainability.
The program will fund four interns to help Ole Miss cut its energy use by 30 percent in five years.
Ole Miss also made the top tier of “Great Colleges to Work For,” released last week by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Among distinguishing qualities were teaching environment; facilities, workspace and security; job satisfaction; and respect and appreciation.
“This ranking is a tremendous honor for the entire university family because it reflects the hard work and dedication of all our employees,” said Chancellor Dan Jones.
Sharing Top 10 honors in “Great Colleges to Work For” among four-year institutions with 10,000 or more students were Baylor, Duke, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Lindenwood, Sam Houston, Maryland-Baltimore County, Notre Dame and Southern Cal (USC).
The latest national distinction bestowed on Ole Miss was not altogether positive. The Princeton Review, released Monday, placed Ole Miss third among party schools and tenth in use of hard liquor.
The Princeton Review also ranked Ole Miss in several positive top-20 categories: 13th most beautiful campus, 10th happiest students and 14th best college newspaper.