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UMO to Present “Savior…A Musical Experience”

March 14, 2024 MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive will perform “Savior…A Musical Experience” at 7:30 PM on April 11 at the Paramount Theatre in Goldsboro. The production will include a 50-plus-member choir containing students from the UMO Concert Choir, Carolina Sound, select UMO alumni singers, and select Rosewood High School Eagle Ensemble […]

Pending Graduation is a Big “Dill” for Future Healthcare Management Student

April 1, 2024 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations JACKSONVILLE – Leydis Douglas came to America in 2000.  The daughter of Cuban immigrants, Douglas credits her parents for instilling an incredible work ethic and a belief that education is the key to success. “My parents have always emphasized that education is something that can […]

UMO to Hold Spring Plant Sale

March 25, 2024 MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive will hold its annual spring flower sale on Friday, April 12, from 9 AM to 5 PM and Saturday, April 13, from 9 AM to noon at the UMO Greenhouse located at 205 Bert Martin Road in Mount Olive. Items for sale include annual […]

Exhibits, Career Exploration, and Music All Part of UMO AgFest 2024

March 22, 2024 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Over 2,500 high school students, advisors, exhibitors, and volunteers from the NC mountains to the coast, as well as some from SC, attended the University of Mount Olive’s Annual AgFest event. Exhibitors were on hand to talk with students about farm-related services […]

UMO to Open Nursing Simulator Lab to the Public

March 22, 2024 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – On Monday, April 15, from 3 to 6 PM, the University of Mount Olive will open the doors of its Nursing Simulator Laboratory to the public.  The event will highlight the University’s newest cutting-edge, high-fidelity simulators purchased through grant funding from the […]

Smithfield Foods Establishes $250,000 Endowed Scholarship Program at the University of Mount Olive

Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, UMO Director of Public Relations rjessup@umo.edu Ray Atkinson Smithfield Foods, Inc. ratkinson@smithfield.com Smithfield, Va., March 21, 2024 — Smithfield Foods has created an endowed scholarship program to benefit leaders of tomorrow from the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina. As part of the Smithfield Foods Future Leaders Endowed Scholarship Program, the […]

UMO to Hold Day of Giving April 2

March 06, 2024 MOUNT OLIVE – On Tuesday, April 2, the University of Mount Olive community will come together for its annual Day of Giving. The theme for this year’s event is “Soar in ’24.” Lauren Arp, Director of Advancement Services & Annual Fund and Chair of the Giving Day Committee, said, “Our theme is […]

UMO Students Hear from Top Executives

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive Tillman School of Business recently hosted its annual Career Panel. During the event, individuals representing several different businesses and organizations spoke to a room full of students about career opportunities, interview tips, challenges in the workplace, artificial intelligence, social media, and so much more. Many of the […]

UMO Students Benefit from Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarships

About UMO Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholars Since the 2018-19 academic year, the University of Mount Olive (UMO) has been receiving support from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation to fund scholarships for Christian women.  Over 60 UMO female students have benefited from the fund since its inception, and there are currently 25 UMO Lettie Pate Whitehead […]

UMO Students Visit Atlantic Casualty Insurance Company in Goldsboro

University of Mount Olive students from various majors recently toured Atlantic Casualty Insurance Company (ACIC) in Goldsboro, NC.  “Atlantic Casualty Insurance Company is often referred to as the hidden gem of Wayne County,” said Tillman School of Business Assistant Dean Waylon Woodall.  “We are extremely grateful to them for continuing to partner with us and […]

Lee Delivers Black History Month Lecture

Jerilyn Lee, creator of the renowned “Stories of the United States Colored Troops” Facebook page, presented a Black History Month Lecture at the University of Mount Olive on Monday, February 19.  As an active participant in the historical Civil War community, Lee has traveled the state, presenting her knowledge of the United States Colored Troops […]

UMO Offers FREE Tax Service

The Tillman School of Business Department of Accounting, Finance, Cybersecurity, & Applied Computer Science has kicked off 2024 VITA Program under the direction of Mr. Waylon Woodall, CPA. VITA is an acronym for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. This program offers UMO students the opportunity to gain experience in preparing individual taxes for people who live […]

UMO Receives $3.2 Million from NC General Assembly

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive has received $3.2 million from the North Carolina General Assembly for use in the areas of agriculture, nursing, and aviation.  North Carolina State Representatives Larry C. Strickland, Jimmy Dixon and John R. Bell, IV made the check presentation.  “I believe with all my heart that these gentlemen […]

University of Mount Olive to Host Annual Career Fair

MOUNT OLIVE – With spring commencement rapidly approaching, many students are already looking at career opportunities to put their newly acquired education and skills to good use.   Underclassmen wanting to secure summer employment and internship opportunities can also take advantage of the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Career Fair.  Scheduled for Thursday, March 14, from […]

High-Tech Flight Simulator is a Game Changer

MOUNT OLIVE – Future pilots in the UMO Flight School can now take advantage of the Redbird FMS state-of-the-art flight simulator. The simulator, which includes two aircraft setups- the Cessna 172 and the Piper Seminole, is programmable to simulate different weather conditions, terrains, and flying situations.  “The simulator is a game changer,” said Gary Whaley, […]

Wayne County Educational Institutions Launch Local Teacher Pathway

Today marks a historic day in Wayne County, as the leaders of the county’s three largest educational institutions came together at Wayne Community College to officially launch TEACH Wayne. The innovative and collaborative teacher education preparation pathway between Wayne County Public Schools (WCPS), Wayne Community College (WCC), and the University of Mount Olive (UMO) is […]

UMO Alumnus Brad Alford Gives Poignant Advice to UMO Sports Management Students

MOUNT OLIVE – It was a homecoming for Brad Alford, Assistant Commissioner, Sports, Championships, and Compliance for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.  Alford recently returned to his alma mater to speak with University of Mount Olive sports management students. Alford joined the NCHSAA staff in August of 2010. He is a Certified Master […]

UMO to Host Black History Month Event

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host a Black History Month program in Rodgers Chapel on Monday, February 19, at 10 AM. The guest speaker will be Jerilyn Lee, creator of the renowned “Stories of the United States Colored Troops” Facebook page. Lee is a Mount Olive resident and UMO alumna. She […]

UMO Students to Compete In Ethics Bowl

MOUNT OLIVE – Several University of Mount Olive students will compete in the twelfth annual North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Ethics Bowl.  The event will be February 9-10 at the NC Legislative Building in Raleigh.  The goal of the Bowl is to provide an important opportunity for students to interact with business and […]

New Scholarship Fund to Assist Women in Agriculture

MOUNT OLIVE – Paula Manning, Leigh Page, and Grayson Shreves, have a family venture dubbed GAP Ready! Farm Services, Inc.  From bookkeeping to audit preparation, Paula and her adult children have a passion for agriculture as they assist growers across Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, and beyond.  Their business has been so successful that the trio […]

Hard Work Pays Off for UMO Healthcare Management Student

MOUNT OLIVE – When Tanya Bolton of Hillsborough graduated from high school, her mom gave her three choices: college, work, or the military.  She chose work, but soon felt the pull to earn a college degree.  Like many young adults, Bolton’s interests changed and evolved.  She tried her hand at accounting, then banking, and finally […]

Sadie Robertson-Huff to Deliver University of Mount Olive Commencement Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 31, 2024 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive has announced that Sadie Robertson-Huff will be its April 2024 commencement speaker. Robertson-Huff was first seen on the popular TV show “Duck Dynasty,” and later appeared on “Dancing with the Stars.”  Since then, Robertson-Huff […]

Church Night Basketball Games Set for February 3 at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- The annual University of Mount Olive Church Night Basketball Games will take place on Saturday, February 3, in Kornegay Arena. The games will be in conjunction with Play4Kay Pink Game for Breast Cancer Awareness.  Tip off times are at 4 and 6 PM, for the women and men respectively. The Trojans will match […]

Retired Deputy State Superintendent of NC Public Education to Speak at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive will host the annual Braswell Lecture on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 7PM in Southern Bank Auditorium. The guest speaker for the event is recently retired Deputy State Superintendent of North Carolina Public Education Dr. Jerry Oates. Oates has served as an educator for over 28 years. […]

$2.4 Million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to Fund Ministry Initiatives

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive has received two grants totaling $2,492,000 from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc., to fund two important ministry-related initiatives. “These are extraordinary gifts!” said UMO President Dr. H. Edward Croom.  “On behalf of our University, I am grateful to Lilly Endowment for recognizing the potential of our initiatives, which […]

UMO Collegiate FFA Provides Warm Weather Gear for Children in Need

MOUNT OLIVE – For nearly 20 consecutive years, the University of Mount Olive Collegiate FFA has provided coats to needy children in the Mount Olive area.  This year, over 450 students from Carver and Brogden Elementary schools received coats, hats, and gloves. In addition, each of the students received a hand-knitted cap made by Lynn […]

Future Nurse Inspires Those Around Him

December 7, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Article and Photos by: Grayson Morgan, Student Intern MOUNT OLIVE – Although Wagner Lainez-Pelico didn’t set out to inspire those around him, his actions and efforts have certainly left their mark. At 21, Wagner Lainez-Pelico exhibits the essence of drive and ambition. His journey began in 2013, when he moved […]

Carolina Sound Christmas at the Farm 2023 Video

UMO to Hold December Graduation 

November 29, 2023  Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive will hold its fall Commencement on Saturday, December 9, at 10 AM in the George & Annie Dail Kornegay Arena. Approximately 280 students will be graduated.    The platform party will include UMO President Dr. H. Edward Croom, […]

UMO Presents Awards to Outstanding Alumni

November 19, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations UMO Presents Awards to Outstanding Alumni MOUNT OLIVE-The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Alumni Association recently honored eight individuals for their outstanding service, contributions, and achievements.  The awards were presented during the Alumni Awards Ceremony held in Rodgers Chapel.  The event was part of the […]

Carl Lancaster Training Facility Dedicated at the University of Mount Olive

On Saturday, November 18, the University of Mount Olive dedicated its new baseball training facility in honor of Carl Lancaster.  Lancaster joined Mount Olive College as Head Baseball Coach in 1987.  When he retired in 2018, after 31 seasons at the helm of the program, Lancaster had amassed numerous honors and achievements. Below are a […]

University of Mount Olive Celebrates Founding, Presents Award

November 15, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive celebrated 72 years of Christian higher education on Tuesday with its annual Founders Day service held in Southern Bank Auditorium.  The guest speaker at this year’s service was UMO Professor of History Dr. Alan K. Lamm. Lamm […]

It’s a Great Day to be a Trojan!

The University of Mount Olive welcomed 75 potential students and their families for Open House on Friday, November 10.  “There was a good mix of high school seniors, juniors, and transfer students who are considering the University for their future educational endeavors,” said Director of Admissions Nicole Balsamello.  “Our entire campus took part in the […]

UMO Division of Education Awarded Grant to Establish Reading Clinic 

November 7, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive Division of Education has been awarded a $23,000 grant from the Anonymous Trust to support the implementation of a pilot Reading Clinic at the University.  The clinic, which began this fall is helping a select number of […]

UMO Show to Spotlight the Christmas Story

November 7, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive is bringing a fresh, contemporary twist to its annual Christmas Show, formerly known as Christmas by Candlelight.  The new event, dubbed Christmas by Spotlight, will feature two performances on Friday, December 1, at the Hazel Waters Assembly […]

UMO Ranked #1 in Campus Safety

November 2, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –The University of Mount Olive has been named the #1 safest private college campus in North Carolina by Niche. This is the third year in a row that UMO has earned the top designation. In addition, the University was named 10th overall safest […]

Golden LEAF Luncheon Highlights Scholarship Recipients

November 2, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – At its core, the Golden LEAF Scholarship program is an investment in students and the communities in which they live and intend to work.  Since its inception in 1999, the Golden LEAF Foundation has awarded more than $60 million in scholarship funding […]

BF Grady Fourth Graders Tour UMO

120 students and their teachers from BF Grady Elementary School in Albertson, NC recently visited the University of Mount Olive campus as part of their “Adopt a College” program.  Samantha Benson Rouse, a 2006 UMO alumna, organized the visit.  The students toured the campus and talked with current students about college-life.  “It’s never too soon […]

2024 UMO AgPrime Grant Opportunity for Individual Farm Operations

October 31, 2023 2024 UMO AgPrime Grant Opportunity for Individual Farm Operations MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive AgPrime provides grants to North Carolina farmers for new and innovative agricultural project ideas that will increase farm profits. This grant program, which is supported by the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, was designed to […]

Third Graders Get Hands On Experience at UMO STEM on the Green Event

Over 900 third-graders from Wayne and Duplin Counties swarmed the University of Mount Olive campus on Friday, October 27 for the sixth annual STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) on the Green event.  The event featured over 35 educational booths.  Each activity was linked to a concept within the third grade curriculum.  Several area business […]

God is Moving on the UMO Campus

October 27, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE, NC – “Revival was just amazing!  I still have goosebumps,” said Andrew Cruse, a junior early childhood development major who was recently baptized during the University of Mount Olive’s fall revival.   “God is moving very strongly on our campus!”   The spiritual […]

UMO Students Learn Many Lessons While Kayaking Down the Coharie River

October 24, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The fall air was crisp and the grass still moist from an early afternoon shower as seven students, two UMO faculty members, and three guides from the Great Coharie River Initiative cast off their kayaks from the banks of the Coharie River.  […]

UMO to Celebrate Founding

October 24, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive will celebrate 72 years of providing Christian higher education during its annual Founders Day event to be held on Tuesday, November 14 at 11 AM in Southern Bank Auditorium UMO Professor of History Dr. Alan K. Lamm will […]

Lenoir County Students Learn about Career Paths at UMO

Recently 35 high school students from the Lenoir County Public School System visited the University of Mount Olive.  The Tillman School of Business hosted the event as part of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Public School Days.    “The purpose of the event was to expose local high school students to professional career tracks aligning […]

UMO Accounting Students Visit BDO

October 20, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations RALEIGH, NC -Accounting students from the University of Mount Olive’s Tillman School of Business recently visited BDO, one of the nation’s top accounting firms. The event provided students the opportunity to meet with real-world accounting professionals and receive insight into the accounting industry. Students traveled […]

UMO Annual Alumni Golf Tournament Set for November 17 

October 11, 2023  Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive will hold its Annual Alumni Golf Tournament on Friday, November 17, at Southern Wayne Country Club. Lunch, which will be provided, is set for 11 AM, with tee times set for noon.  The cost to play is […]

UMO to Hold Nursing Program Open House

October 13, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE -Interested in a career in nursing?  Want to find out what to expect in preparing for such a career?  The University of Mount Olive is holding an Open House event on Thursday, November 16, from 3 to 5 PM.  The event will be […]

UMO Revival October 23-24 

October 13, 2023  Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  Article by: Macy Parkhurst, Student Intern   MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive fall Revival will take place at 7 PM on October 23 and 24 in Rodgers Chapel. The event will feature Nike Peele, Campus Pastor at NC State and founder of Ignite […]

UMO Ceramics Show Opens and Continues Through October 29 

October 13, 2023  Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive recently held the opening for its first annual Ceramics Show entitled, “A Celebration of Creativity and Craftsmanship.” Faculty, staff, students, and community members came out to peruse the displays, talk with the artists, and purchase some of […]

Never Say, “Never” 

October 11, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations WILMINGTON – Her signature blue hair may be the first thing you notice about Taylor Redman, but it certainly will not be the most memorable.    Redman grew up in the small town of Tarboro, NC.  There were 29 people in her graduating class at Edgecombe […]

UMO Students Explore Opportunities with Atlantic Casualty Insurance Company

October 11, 2023  Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  Article by: Macy Parkhurst, Student Intern  GOLDSBORO – Students from the University of Mount Olive’s Tillman School of Business recently visited Atlantic Casualty Insurance Company headquarters in Goldsboro. The event provided students with real-world insights into the insurance industry.  Students were able to engage with […]

UMO Honors Retiring Board of Trustees

October 3, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE, NC – During its most recent Board of Trustee meeting, University of Mount Olive President Dr. H. Edward Croom recognized five trustees for their dedicated service. Retiring from the Board are Lloyd Jones, Jr., Chris Greene, Gene Jernigan, and E. Judson Pope, III. Their […]

UMO Appoints Four New Board of Trustees Members

October 3, 2023  Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive has appointed four new members to the Board of Trustees: Robert “Bob” Johnson, Shane Smith, Jody Tyson, and The Reverend Dr. Josh Whitfield.  Johnson will fill an unexpired term ending in 2025, while Smith, Tyson, and Whitfield […]

Mimm to lead UMO Nursing Program

October 3, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE, NC – With over 32 years of clinical practice Dr. Nancy Mimm of Harrisburg, PA is well poised to lead the University of Mount Olive Nursing Program to the next level.    “As the new Chair of the Department of Nursing, Dr. Mimm is committed […]

UMO Premieres “The Blind” Movie – Students’ Lives Changed

Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Article and Photos by: Grayson Morgan, Student Intern September 29, 2023 UMO Premieres The Blind Movie – Students’ Lives Changed MOUNT OLIVE, NC – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) welcomed students to Southern Bank Auditorium on Thursday night for a special screening of The Blind, depicting the life of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil […]

UMO Releases 2023 Homecoming Schedule

September 20, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive will celebrate its 2023 Homecoming weekend November 17-19. “Homecoming is always a great way to reconnect, rekindle old friendships, and revisit the growing UMO campus.  We can’t wait to welcome our alumni family home,” said Julie Graham, UMO […]

UMO Ceramics Show to Feature Local Artistry

September 19, 2023  Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive will host its first annual Ceramics Show entitled, “A Celebration of Creativity and Craftsmanship.” The opening reception will be held from 4 to 6 PM on Thursday, October 12 in Laughinghouse Hall located at 500 Herring Drive […]

Matthis to Head UMO School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences

September 19, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) has announced that Dr. John Steven “Steve” Matthis will be the new Dean for the School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences (SABS). University of Mount Olive President Dr. H. Edward Croom said, “Steve will bring elevated […]

UMO Students “Meet the Firms”

September 14, 2023  Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  Article by: Macy Parkhurst, Student Intern  MOUNT OLIVE – The Tillman School of Business at the University of Mount Olive recently hosted “Meet the Firms,” an event aimed at introducing students to reputable accounting firms in the region.  Three different accounting firms from across the […]

UMO Students Build and Test Prosthetic Hands

September 14, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Students in UMO’s Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience class recently had the opportunity to experience how the brain and body work together in day-to-day life. As part of their class project, students were organized into several groups and each group constructed a prosthetic hand.  The project […]

Chassidy Hodge…Shaped by the Past, Poised for the Future

September 11, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – From her desk, located on the 15th floor of the Bank America Corporation building, Chassidy Hodge has a birds-eye view of the Raleigh skyline. “I definitely love the view,” she said. “The traffic, well, that has taken some getting used to,” she […]

Sports Attorney Richard Ford to Speak at UMO

September 7, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Macy Parkhurst, Student Intern MOUNT OLIVE –Renowned Attorney Richard Ford will speak at The University of Mount Olive on September 28 at 12:30 PM in Southern Bank Auditorium. An athlete’s rights advocate, Ford began his law career in the 1980s. His career has been spent […]

RLS Program Renamed and Reengineered

September 6, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –The Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS) Department at the University of Mount Olive is being renamed and reimaged. The new name will be Exercise and Sport Science (ESS) Department. “At our core, regardless of the name change, we have always been about preparing […]

Mums the Word…UMO to Hold Fall Plant Sale

September 5, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE- “Growing mums is a lot like baking a cake,” said Jason Davis, University of Mount Olive Assistant Dean of the School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. “There is a recipe that has been developed and shared over time to grow the best possible […]

Ticket Sales Open for “A Carolina Sound Christmas”

September 1, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  SELMA – The University of Mount Olive “A Carolina Sound Christmas Dinner & Show,” presented by Deacon Jones Automotive Group is scheduled for Thursday, November 30, 2023.  Located at the Farm at 95 at 215 Batten Road in Selma, the event will feature the University’s […]

UMO Nursing Students Don White Coats

August 28, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Twenty-one students participated in today’s White Coat ceremony at the University of Mount Olive.  The event marked the formal entry of nursing students into the profession and symbolized their commitment to providing quality healthcare. As faculty, staff, and family members looked on, […]

Freshmen Encouraged to Let Their Lights Shine at UMO Convocation

Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive welcomed 342 new students to campus Friday, August 18. Faculty, staff, and student volunteers helped them move in.  Community organizations, businesses, and churches handed out bottled water, lemonade, donuts, Bibles, and coupons. “It is always great to have this connection […]

Word from the “Wise”… First Day School Jitters Are Nothing to Fear

August 17, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE, NC – First day jitters, almost everyone has experienced them at one time or another. Daylan Wiggs Wise remembers her first grade year.  To help ease the jitters of her students, she has brought a framed photo of herself as a six year […]

UMO’s New Crop of Students to Arrive August 18

August 10, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive campus will soon welcome new and returning traditional students to campus.  New students move-in on August 18 and returning students will arrive on August 20.  Traditional classes are set to begin on Monday, August 21. “We are […]

UMO to Host Free Mental Health First Aid Course

­Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE, NC – The University Mount Olive will host a FREE adult mental health first aid training course sponsored by Eastpointe. This leading mental health care organization serves a 10-county area, including Wayne, Duplin, and Sampson counties. The course will take place on Saturday, September 9 from […]

Flores Counts Her Gains and Credits Her Losses

Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Flores Counts Her Gains and Credits Her Losses MOUNT OLIVE, NC – Laura Michelle Flores has faced many obstacles in her 21 years.  Yet, every challenge and every setback has only seemed to motivate the quiet and reserved accounting student.  The only daughter of emigrant parents, Flores was […]

One Size Does Not Fit All

July 25, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE, NC – Morgan Simpson could have gone to any college of her choice.  After all, the 2023 South Johnston High School valedictorian was top of her class of 327 students. With a strong background in FFA and agriculture, Simpson aspires to become both […]

Summer Internship Provides Experience and Connections for Future Success

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 19, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations   MOUNT OLIVE, NC – Israel Velazquez Francisco, a senior at the University of Mount Olive (UMO), is gaining practical experience through an internship at the Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Inc. With a passion for business and a strong work ethic instilled […]

Summer Internship Combines Passion for Ag and Accounting

July 7, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Article By: Grayson Morgan, Student Intern MOUNT OLIVE, NC – University of Mount Olive (UMO) senior Ryan Hare is making the most of his summer by interning at the Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Inc. With a passion for agribusiness and accounting, Hare’s internship is providing […]

Lewis Promoted to UMO Chief Academic Officer

July 5, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive has announced that Dr. Burt Lewis will head its Office of Academic Affairs. University of Mount Olive President Dr. H. Edward Croom said, “Dr. Lewis has been a part of the University of Mount Olive for many […]

Summer TODAY Magazine Released

We are excited to share with you the Summer 2023 issue of the TODAY magazine. This issue covers a great deal of the excitement and energy happening at the University of Mount Olive. We hope you will read through the pages and feel a sense of pride in our students, our alumni, and our ever-growing momentum. […]

Wells to Lead Advancement Program

June 23, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive has announced that Dr. Twyla Wells will head its Office of University Advancement. Wells will begin her role as Vice President for University Advancement on July 10.  Prior to joining UMO, she worked at Johnston Community College […]

Students Intern at Research Station

June 22, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations CLINTON, NC – When Madelyn Slade and Matthew Johnson embarked on their college search, they shared a common goal: to find a university in North Carolina that would cater to their passion for agriculture. The University of Mount Olive (UMO) emerged as the ideal institution, […]

Rector to Lead UMO Choral Program

FOR IMMEIDATE RELEASE June 14, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Holly Rector has been appointed as an Assistant Music Professor within the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Mount Olive.  She will replace outgoing faculty member Jonathan Saeger who has successfully led the University’s Choral Program […]

What’s All the Buzz at UMO?

June 5, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – For centuries, humans have harnessed the power of bees for their honey, as well as for pollinating crops and commodities.  In recent years, however, bee populations have experienced a decline due to a variety of causes.   Great efforts have been undertaken to […]

UMO Board Chair Appointed President and CEO of KS Bancorp, Inc.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations SMITHFIELD, N.C – KS Bancorp’s Board of Directors has appointed Earl W. Worley, Jr., President and CEO of KS Bancorp, Inc., the holding company of KS Bank, Inc. Worley currently serves as President and CEO of KS Bank and has 31 years of […]

Honors Students Experience Unforgettable Journey to Greece

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Rhonda Jessup Director of Public Relations May 23, 2023 Article by Senior Nicole Solicito Every year, upper-level students in the University of Mount Olive’s Honors program take a weeklong international trip.  For months leading up to their departure, the students study the culture, history, and customs of the destination to better […]

UMO’s Faculty Foster Transparency in Learning and Teaching

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive is committed to advancing student learning outcomes at all levels. At the institutional level, academic programs identify the knowledge, dispositions and skills that are critical for graduates of a program and utilize direct assessment […]

UMO Wraps-up Third Annual Mock Trial Experience

May 3, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE – For the past three years, students within the University of Mount Olive’s criminal studies program put on an end-of year mock trial to test the skills they have gained throughout the year.   This year’s trial focused on the issues of fraud and […]

RLS Internship Program Benefits UMO Students and Alumni

Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Article by Grayson Morgan, Student Intern MOUNT OLIVE – The Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS) Department at the University of Mount Olive (UMO) had 31 interns in the spring semester, and at least 13 of those were supervised by UMO RLS alumni. Two of those students, DaShawn Davis […]

UMO Faculty Recognized

May 8, 2023  During an end-of-year luncheon, the University of Mount Olive recognized several faculty members for their outstanding service during the 2022-23 academic year.             School of Agriculture & Biological Sciences Stephen Edwards –Dr. Edwards served as the faculty lead in organizing and administering an on-line training series providing professional development opportunities for high […]

University of Mount Olive Alumna Named 2023 Texas Mother of the Year®

May 08, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Mother’s Day is a time of celebration, love, and recognition.  This Mother’s Day will be extra special for one University of Mount Olive Alumna.  Aisha Atkinson, from the class of 2013, has been named the 2023 Texas Mother of the Year®. Atkinson is the 71st […]

Tim Tebow Delivers University of Mount Olive Commencement Address

May 6, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –Kornegay Arena was filled to capacity for the University of Mount Olive’s spring commencement ceremony featuring football legend and philanthropist Tim Tebow as the guest speaker. “It is with great pride and joy that I welcome you to the 2023 Spring Commencement Ceremony,” […]

UMO Opens Registration for Summer Ag Camps

May 2, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations                                                              MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences recently […]

Dr. Sandy Maddox Receives State’s Highest Civilian Honor

May 1, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Dr. Sandy Maddox was recently awarded the state’s highest civilian honor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine.  The award was signed by NC Governor Roy Cooper and presented to Maddox by UMO President Dr. H. Edward Croom during the University’s recent […]

UMO Tillman School of Business Seniors Participate in Business Luncheon

April 27, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Seniors in the University of Mount Olive’s Tillman School of Business (TSB) recently gathered for a final learning luncheon in the Hennessee Room of the Holmes and Lois K. Murphy Center.  Atlantic Casualty Insurance Company (ACIC) sponsored the event. Attendees had the […]

UMO Alumni Plan Trip to Iceland 

April 26, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE – For nearly a decade, the University of Mount Olive Alumni Association has offered a travel program for alumni and friends of the University.   Alumni Board member Jennifer Carter, from the classes of 2009 and 2015, went on the inaugural trip to Wales […]

University of Mount Olive Celebrates 20 Years of Ag Growth 

April 26, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a banquet and awards ceremony.  During the event, agriculture students shared information on curriculum advancement, instructional development, internships, student organizations, and community service projects.  They […]

UMO Faculty Tour Bigtime Cattle Operation in Small Town Turkey, NC

April 25, 2023 Contact: Director of Public Relations, Rhonda Jessup                                             MOUNT OLIVE – Several hundred head of genetically pure, authentic Japanese Wagyu cows and bulls are forging on tender blades of Bermuda grass still […]

Johnston County Students Visit UMO

April 18, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive Tillman School of Business recently coordinated with the Career & Technical Education program at Johnston County Public Schools to hold an on-campus event. Approximately 120 students visited the University’s flight school and attended a lecture presented by […]

Seniors Honored During Chapel Luncheon

April 18, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive Campus Ministries recently honored seniors during a celebratory luncheon sponsored by Chick-fil-a.  More than a hundred students, faculty, and staff gathered for the event to pray for and encourage seniors during the final weeks of school and […]

Pottery Class Gets Students “Fired Up”  

April 14, 2023  Contact: Director of Public Relations, Rhonda Jessup  Contribution by Macy Parkhurst, Student Intern  MOUNT OLIVE – Students in Frank Grubbs’ Art 165 and 166 ceramic techniques classes get a chance to mold their creative impulse as they study the art of pottery at the University of Mount Olive.  Students build skills in […]

UMO Associate Professor Receives Prestigious Award  

April 17, 2023  Contact: Director of Public Relations, Rhonda Jessup  Article by: Student Intern, Macy Parkhurst   MOUNT OLIVE – Dr. Ashley Johnson, Associate Professor in the Division of Education at the University of Mount Olive, recently received the James B. Hunt Jr. Literacy Award.  Awarded by the North Carolina Reading Association, the honor recognizes individuals […]

UMO Hosts Annual Easter Dinner for Students

April 6, 2023 Contact: Director of Public Relations, Rhonda Jessup Student Intern, Macy Parkhurst MOUNT OLIVE – One of the most anticipated spring traditions at the University of Mount Olive is the annual student Easter dinner. During this special occasion, students are asked to make reservations and dress in business casual attire. Faculty and staff […]

April 10 is Siblings Day: College is a Family Affair for More than 15 Pairs of UMO Siblings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 8, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations   MOUNT OLIVE – In Honor of National Siblings Day, April 10, the University of Mount Olive interviewed a few of the many siblings currently attending the University. Among them twins Carter and Carson Gipson, and their older brother, Blake, as well […]

UMO Has Record Breaking Giving Day Success

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 5, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –The University of Mount Olive’s sixth annual Giving Day will go in the books as the most successful fundraising event of its kind in UMO history. More than 430 donors collectively gave nearly $204,000 to support various areas of the […]

Comedian Michael Jr. Headlines UMO Alumni Association Fundraiser 

April 4, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Article by:  Grayson Morgan, Student Intern MOUNT OLIVE, NC – On Saturday, April 1st, the University of Mount Olive Alumni Association organized a night of laughter and entertainment as comedic thought leader Michael Jr. performed for a sold-out crowd in the Southern Bank Auditorium. Known […]

Alumni Gather for Annual Golf Tournament

UMO alumni and friends gather for annual golf tournament at Southern Wayne County Club. Good food, good golf, great memories!  The winning team shot 17 under par for the tournament.  The winning team was comprised of:  Stephanie Rodrigue, Emma LeClercq, Elise Davis, and Victoria Morelli.

High School Students from Across NC Get a Glimpse of College Life at UMO AgFest

March 30, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – More than 1,800 high school FFA and 4-H members from across North Carolina recently flocked to the University of Mount Olive (UMO) for the eighth AgFest.  The event promoted and celebrated awareness of agriculture and other academic opportunities at UMO.  Students came […]

UMO’s Annual Martin Lecture Set for April 13   

March 30, 2023  Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  Macy Parkhurst, Student Intern  MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive will hold its annual Martin Lecture on Thursday, April 13, at 6 PM in Southern Bank Auditorium. The event is FREE and open to the public.   Justin Grubb, a wildlife filmmaker, photographer, published […]

The University of Mount Olive wishes E. Lee Glover a HAPPY 85th BIRTHDAY!

The University of Mount Olive wishes E. Lee Glover a HAPPY 85th BIRTHDAY! A 1959 Mount Olive Junior College graduate, Lee grew up in Dover, NC.  After obtaining his associate’s degree from Mount Olive, Lee went on to earn his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees at two other colleges and universities.  Lee has often said […]

 UMO Cuts Ribbon on New Agricultural Commodity Building

March 22, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE, NC – Nearly 100 people gathered at the University of Mount Olive’s Kornegay Student Farm for the ribbon cutting of its new agricultural commodity building. Named for the project’s lead donors, the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission Agricultural Commodity Building, the facility […]

UMO Faculty Member Presents at Original Free Will Baptist Conference 

March 15, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Article by:  Grayson Morgan, Student Intern MOUNT OLIVE, NC – Dr. Doug Ward, Associate Dean of the Tillman School of Business at the University of Mount Olive, recently presented two seminars at the Original Free Will Baptist Conference. Dr. Ward’s seminars focused on the importance […]

UMO to Hold Spring Plant Sale

April 3, 2023  Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  Macy Parkhurst, Student Intern   MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive will hold its annual spring plant sale on Friday, April 14, from 9 AM to 3 PM and Saturday, April 15, from 9AM to 3 PM at the UMO Greenhouse located at 205 […]

Giving Back, Paying it Forward 

March 08, 2023  Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE –On Tuesday, April 4, the University of Mount Olive community will come together for its annual Giving Day.  “Giving Day is a 24-hour fundraising challenge that creates an opportunity to give back and make a difference,” said UMO President Dr. H. Edward Croom. […]

TSB and Office of Career Development Host a Networking Event

TSB and the Office of Career Development Host a Networking Event University of Mount Olive Tillman School of Business seniors recently had the opportunity to network and socialize at the Southerland-Burnett House, a historic event venue at 201 North Chesnutt Street in Mount Olive. The event was sponsored by Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial.  Sixty-five students participated […]

UMO Nursing Student Has Inspiring Journey of Perseverance and Dedication

March 9, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Article By: Grayson Morgan, Student Intern UMO Nursing Student Has Inspiring Journey of Perseverance and Dedication MOUNT OLIVE – Marissa Parks is a remarkable woman with an inspiring story of perseverance and determination. Her academic journey was not without challenges. She dropped out of high school […]

UMO to Unveil New Agricultural Commodity Building

March 7, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations UMO to Unveil New Agricultural Commodity Building MOUNT OLIVE, NC – The University of Mount Olive Department of Agriculture and Biological Sciences will hold a ribbon cutting for its newest addition to the George R. Kornegay, Jr. Student Farm at 11:30 AM on March 22, […]

Sports Management Students Gain Insights into Golf and Resort Management

March 7, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Article by: Grayson Morgan, Student Intern Sports Management Students Gain Insights into Golf and Resort Management MOUNT OLIVE, NC –Several University of Mount Olive (UMO) sports management students recently visited Pinehurst Resort & Country Club to gain insights into golf and resort management from some […]

Sandy Maddox to Step Down from Dean’s Role at UMO

March 7, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Sandy Maddox to Step Down from Dean’s Role at UMO MOUNT OLIVE, NC -Dr. Sandy Maddox, Dean of the School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences (SABS) at the University of Mount Olive, will step down from her role as Dean effective May 31, 2023. Dr. […]

Tim Tebow to be University of Mount Olive Spring Commencement Speaker

February 24, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive announced today that Tim Tebow will be its May commencement speaker. Tebow is a two-time national champion, first-round NFL draft pick, and Heisman trophy winner. In addition, he serves as a college football analyst for ESPN. Prior […]

Comedic Thought-Leader Michael Jr to Headline at UMO  

January 31, 2023   Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations    Join the University of Mount Olive Alumni Association for an evening of laughter and music on Saturday, April 1, 2023. Entertainment will begin at 6 PM in Kornegay Arena with UMO’s premier acapella group, Carolina Sound, delighting audience members with their talents in song.  Comedic […]

UMO Nursing Student Has Resilience, Determination, and a Passion for Improving Lives 

February 28, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Article by:  Grayson Morgan, Student Intern  MOUNT OLIVE – Donna Tober’s life has been a series of triumphs and challenges. These culminated in her decision to return to college at the age of 44 to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Among Tober’s […]

Paul Rutter named United Way Committee Member of the Year

March 2, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Congratulations to Dr. Paul Rutter, who was awarded the United Way Committee Member of the Year Award. This award is given to the volunteer committee member who displays exceptional leadership, organization, and communication while serving the United Way mission. “It’s never easy picking […]

Brian Barcelona to Deliver Revival Message at UMO 

February 28, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Article By:  Grayson Morgan, Student Intern  MOUNT OLIVE, NC – The University of Mount Olive Spring Revival will take place take place on March 13 and 14 at 7 PM in Rodgers Chapel. The event will feature renowned speaker Brian Barcelona from UPPERROOM Dallas.  Barcelona […]

Precision Ag Minor to Address Critical Need 

February 27, 2023   Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations   Article By:  Grayson Morgan, Student Intern  MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive’s new Precision Agriculture minor is aimed at addressing a critical and growing need in the world of agriculture.  “The minor program is designed to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of […]

UMO Students Tour Durham Bulls Athletic Park 

February 23, 2023 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Article By:  Grayson Morgan, Student Intern DURHAM, NC – In the competitive world of sports management, gaining hands-on experience can make all the difference in landing a job with a top organization. That’s why 31 students from the University of Mount Olive recently jumped at […]

Duplin High School Students Learn about Career Opportunities at UMO

February 23, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup; Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The Tillman School of Business at University of Mount Olive recently coordinated with the Curriculum Technical Education program at Duplin County Schools to hold an on-campus event.  Approximately 100 students visited the University’s flight school and attended a lecture presented by Tillman […]

UMO Student Carson Adams Enjoys Horsin’ Around 

February 22, 2023   For More Information:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations   Article by Student Intern:  Grayson Morgan   MOUNT OLIVE – Carson Adams is a rising star in the world of Tennessee Walking Horses. At just 18 years old, Carson has already made a name for himself in the horse riding and showing community, with […]

UMO Students Volunteer at Green & Growin’ Event 

February 16, 2023   Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  Students from the UMO school of Agriculture & Biological Sciences recently volunteered at the Annual North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association Green & Growin’ event.  The event was held at the Sheraton Four Seasons hotel and Greensboro Coliseum.   According to Assistant Dean for the […]

Practice Makes Perfect When Interviewing for a Job 

Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations February 16, 2023  MOUNT OLIVE  – “Practice does, in fact, make perfect,” says Dean of Tillman School of Business Kathy T. Best.  For that reason, each year the University of Mount Olive’s Tillman School of Business (TSB) provides opportunities for students to gain practical experience.  This year’s mock […]

Grant Provides Funding for VR Device Aimed at Helping Future Educators 

February 16, 2023  Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  Student Intern, Macy Parkhurst   MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Kelly Alves has received a $500 mini-grant from the North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children. With the money obtained through this grant, Dr. Alves has purchased an Oculus Virtual […]

UMO Students to Compete in Annual NCICU Ethics Bowl 

January 31, 2023  Director: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  Macy Parkhurst, Student Intern   MOUNT OLIVE – Five students from the University of Mount Olive will participate in the 2023 North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Ethics Bowl. The competition will take place February 10-11 at the North Carolina Legislative building in Raleigh, NC.  […]

UMO Alumni to Visit Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights 

January 27, 2023   Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations   Student Intern, Macy Parkhurst     MOUNT OLIVE – Join the University of Mount Olive Alumni for a trip to experience the “land of fire and ice” and chase the aurora borealis across an ethereal wonderland with the University of Mount Olive from October 27 – November […]

UMO Board Extends President H. Edward Croom’s Contract  

January 26, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations   MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive Board of Trustees has announced its decision to extend Dr. H. Edward Croom’s contract as president through June 30, 2028.  The unanimous vote came during the Board’s January meeting.   Croom accepted the contract and thanked the Board […]

FREE Adult Mental Health First Aid Course

January 24, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Macy Parkhurst, Student Intern    MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive Psychology Department will offer a free Adult Mental Health First Aid Course. The event will be held on February 4, 2023, in Raper Hall Room 130 from 9 AM to 4 PM. The […]

Dr. Antonio E. Puente to Speak about Mental Health at UMO  

January 23, 2023  Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  Student Intern, Macy Parkhurst  MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive will host former American Psychological Association President Dr. Antonio E. Puente on February 8, 2023 at 6 PM in Southern Bank Auditorium. The topic of his presentation will be Mental Health Today.  Dr. […]

UMO to Offer Volunteer Income Tax Assistance 

January 24, 2023 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Student Intern, Macy Parkhurst  MOUNT OLIVE –  The Tillman School of Business Department of Accounting and CIS will officially kick off the 2023 VITA Program on February 15 under the direction of Mr. Waylon Woodall, CPA. VITA is an acronym for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. […]

41st Annual Church Night Basketball

41st Annual Church Night Basketball Game · Kornegay Arena Women vs King University at 4 PM.  Men vs. King University at 6 PM.  Halftime competitions include youth and your pastor shoot-outs, and the church with the largest attendance will get special recognition.  To reserves tickets, call Tim Woodard at 919-658-7793 or email twoodard@umo.edu.

 UMO Receives $1.6 Million Estate Gift

January 19, 2022 Article by Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations The University of Mount Olive has received an estate gift totaling over $1.6 million for endowed scholarships.  The gift was from George Adrian Dail of Calypso, NC.  So, who was George Adrian Dail, and why did he leave such a meaningful and transformative gift […]

NC Superintendent of Public Instruction to Speak at UMO 

January 12, 2023  Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  Macy Parkhurst, Student Intern   MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive will host the annual Braswell Lecture on Thursday, February 16th, 2023, at 7PM in Southern Bank Auditorium. The guest speaker for the event is North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Catherine Truitt.   […]

UMO Holds December Graduation

December 12, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations   MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive’s 69th fall commencement was a family affair for Esteban Carlos Leon and his fiancée Brianna Slaughter. They were among the 303 graduates to Be granted degrees during the December 10 graduation.  Following the ceremony graduates celebrated […]

UMO Hosts Outdoor & Wildlife Symposium

December 7, 2022  Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations   Mount Olive, NC – The University of Mount Olive recently hosted the first-ever Outdoor & Wildlife Sympos at the UMO Kornegay Student Farm in Duplin County, NC.  The event was sponsored by the University of Mount Olive School of Agriculture & Biological Sciences and […]

UMO to Hold December Graduation Saturday 

December 5, 2022  Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  Macy Parkhurst, Student Intern  MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive will graduate approximately 300 students on Saturday, December 10, at 10 AM in George & Annie Dail Kornegay Arena.   The platform party will include UMO President H. Edward Croom, UMO Vice President for […]

UMO Students Attend AFA Leaders Conference 

November 30, 2022  Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  Macy Parkhurst, Student Intern   MOUNT OLIVE – Five University of Mount Olive students attended the Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. The students to explored internships, job opportunities, organizations, graduate programs, and discussed current issues within the profession.   The University of […]

Graham to Serve as UMO Alumni Association President 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 1, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE – Julie Graham of Goldsboro, NC has been elected President of the University of Mount Olive (UMO) Alumni Association Board. Her official duties will begin on January 1, 2023.  Julie graduated from UMO in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in […]

UMO Collects Food for the Hungry 

November 30, 2022  Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  Macy Parkhurst, Student Intern  MOUNT OLIVE – The Society, Law, & Justice Association at the University of Mount Olive recently collected and donated 113 food items to the Make a Difference Food Pantry in  Mount Olive. The items donated included cans, boxes, and bags filled […]

UMO to Hold Christmas by Candlelight Services December 2-3 

November 28, 2022 Contact:   Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive Department of Music will host three Christmas by Candlelight services December 2-3, at the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall located at 207 Wooten Street in Mount Olive. The services will be December 2 at 7:30 PM, December 3 […]

Campus Safety Recognized 

November 16, 2022  Contact: Rhonda Jessup  Macy Parkhurst  MOUNT OLIVE – Each semester the Society, Law, and Justice Association (SLJA) chooses an individual or organization that conducts charity work or gives back to the community in some function. To show support and to give back to the community, SLJA will provide a meal or a […]

UMO Presents Awards to Outstanding Alumni 

November 12, 2022 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE-The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Alumni Association recently honored seven alumni for their outstanding service, contributions, and achievements.  The awards were presented during the Alumni Awards Ceremony held in Rodgers Chapel.  The event was part of the University’s Annual Homecoming celebration.  Bryan DeBose, […]

UMO SLJA Members Visited by Craven Officers 

November 10, 2022  Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Grayson Morgan, Student Intern MOUNT OLIVE- Sergeant Hopper and her K9 “Bear” along with Deputy Goodison and his K9 “Viper” from the Craven County Sheriff’s Office, came to the campus to demonstrate their work to members of the UMO Student Society, Law & Justice Association.    […]

JESUS No Matter What Revival

NOVEMBER 10, 2022  By Macy Parkhurst, Student Intern   MOUNT OLIVE – JESUS No Matter What! The November 7th and 8th Jesus No Matter What Revival offered a renewing of many students’ relationships with Christ and demonstrated the significance of worshipping freely in the presence of Jesus. The LiveOutLoud band, led by Abijah Graham, shared their […]

UMO NAfME Chapter Earns Accolades at Conference 

November 9, 2022  Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Grayson Morgan, Student Intern WINSTON-SALEM – The UMO Collegiate National Association for Music Education Chapter recently attended the North Carolina Music Educators Professional Development Conference in Winston-Salem, where members earned a number of accolades.    Sabina Blue, a senior music education major, was elected President of […]

UMO Holds 5K Color Run 

November 9, 2022  Contact: Rhonda Jessup  MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive women’s lacrosse team along with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee recently coordianted a 5k color run. The color run was open to students, staff, faculty, and the community to promote health and wellness and raise funds for Make A Wish Foundation, […]

UMO Hosts Invitational Youth Livestock Judging Event 

October 31, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup   MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive hosted an Invitational Youth Livestock Judging event at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.  This event was sponsored by the University of Mount Olive School of Agriculture & Biological Sciences and Prestage Farms. The event was open to both FFA and 4-H […]

UMO Hosts Agricultural Academy Students for Open House 

October 31, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations   MOUNT OLIVE, NC – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) recently hosted students enrolled in UMO Agricultural Academies located at South Johnston High School, Johnston County; Providence Grove High School, Randolph County; and the Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience-NERSBA, Martin County. Academy […]

UMO Hosts Annual All-Star Choir Festival

October 28, 2022  Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Grayson Morgan, Student Intern   MOUNT OLIVE – More than 150 middle school, high school, and community college students from Wayne, Johnston, Duplin, Lenoir, Wake, and New Hanover counties had the opportunity to experience a collegiate choral experience with this year’s All-Star Choir Festival.  The […]

The University of Mount Olive Presents A Carolina Sound Christmas Event

SELMA – Music, Lights, Merry Christmas!  Carolina Sound, the University of Mount Olive’s acapella group, will offer an amazing combination of talent, special effects, and scenery at this year’s dinner and show scheduled for Thursday, December 8, 2022 at the Farm at 95 located at 215 Batten Road in Selma. The two-hour Christmas special will […]

UMO Earns 2022-2023 Military Friendly® School Designation

October 26, 2022 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE — The University of Mount Olive has once again earned the status of Military Friendly® School designation. Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,800 schools participated in […]

Former President and CEO of Lowe’s Shares Insights with UMO Students 

October 18, 2022  Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations    MOUNT OLIVE- Former CEO and President of Lowe’s Robert L. Tillman, namesake of the Robert L. Tillman School of Business, recently visited the University of Mount Olive to share insights on the economy and business.   Senior Business Management Major, Ella Pierce, introduced Tillman and provided […]

UMO Hosts 5th Annual STEM on the Green Event  

October 14, 2022 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE — “I’ve never had a better field trip than this one!” a third grader from North Duplin Elementary School said about the STEM on the Green held Friday, October 14 at the University of Mount Olive.  It was an opinion that was echoed […]

UMO Unveils New UMObile STEM Lab

October 14, 2022 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Grayson Morgan, Student Intern   MOUNT OLIVE – On Friday, October 14, the University of Mount Olive (UMO) held a ribbon cutting for its mobile laboratory that focuses on agriculture and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) educational opportunities.  Appropriately called, UMObile, the bus-based traveling laboratory […]

When Faith Steps In

October 14, 2022 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –Faith has always been a top priority in Nathaniel Shelton’s life.  The, Gallatin, Tennessee native credits his parents, Todd and Nancy Shelton, for helping foster his relationship with Christ. “Both of my parents were saved long before I was born,” Shelton said.  “They […]

Scholarship Opportunity Changes the Course for UMO Alumna

October 14, 2022 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – It is often funny how a single event or chance encounter can change the course of one’s life.  That is the case for University of Mount Olive (UMO) Alumna Taylor Moncrief. After high school, Moncrief had planned to attend UNC-Charlotte to run […]

UMO Releases Homecoming Schedule for Renew in ’22  

October 4, 2022  Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive will celebrate Homecoming weekend Renew in ’22 from November 11-13.  This year’s activities and events are sure to impress and entertain students, faculty, alumni, and members of the Mount Olive community.  Festivities will begin on Friday, November […]

UMO Appoints New Trustees

October 3, 2022   Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations   MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive has appointed two new members to the Board of Trustees: J. Matthew Rast and Dusk Stroud to each serve six-year terms.     J. Matt Rast of Pikeville, NC, graduated from East Carolina University, where he obtained a BS […]

UMO Division of Education Receives Grant

September 27, 2022  Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive Division of Education has received $15,600 in funding from the Goodnight Educational Foundation.    The funding will be used to support the implementation of the Science of Reading legislation, which requires the redesign of coursework for elementary education and […]

Tree Planted in Memory of Peyton Lee

September 22, 2022 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive students, faculty, and staff gathered in Rodgers Chapel on September 21, for a service of prayer and reflection over the loss of their classmate and friend, Peyton Lee. Lee died in a fatal accident on September 16.  He was […]

Sara Lahman Makes Technology Presentation in NYC

September 21, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –University of Mount Olive Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Sara Lahman recently participated in a TED style conference sponsored by Macmillan TechEd publishers in New York City.  She was one of ten speakers selected from across the country to talk on the topic […]

UMO Assistant Professor Sharon Jackson Gets the Boot

September 12, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Assistant Professor of Biology Sharon Jackson got the boot.  Best of the Boot that is!  The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and New Old North Media announced last week this year’s Best of the Boot winners in a variety of categories.  Jackson […]

Mums the Word…UMO to Hold Fall Plant Sale

September 08, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- “Growing mums is a lot like baking a cake,” said Jason Davis, University of Mount Olive Assistant Dean of the School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. “There is a recipe that has been developed and shared over time to grow the best possible […]

UMO Holds Ground Breaking for Carl Lancaster Training Facility

September 8, 2022 Contact:  Alex King, Sports Information Director MOUNT OLIVE– Dignitaries and supporters of the University of Mount Olive celebrated the start of construction of the Carl Lancaster Training Facility on Wednesday, September 7. Those speaking at the event were UMO President Dr. H. Edward Croom, Athletics Director Joey Higginbotham, and Head Baseball Coach […]

Alan Farrior Makes the Most of College and Internship Experiences

August 31, 2022 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- Alan Farrior of Princeton is a senior at the University of Mount Olive where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Environmental & Natural Resources with a minor in Agribusiness. This summer he has interned with Johnston County Environmental Health, where he is […]

UMO Receives $200k from the Golden LEAF Foundation

August 31, 2022 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) has received $200,000 in funding from the Golden LEAF Foundation.  The funding will help equip the University’s nursing simulation laboratory, which is a vital part of their new prelicensure BSN degree program set to launch this month. […]

Golf Tournament Scores $55,000 for UMO

August 25, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE-The Annual Michael Martin Memorial Golf Tournament sponsored by Friendly Mart/Minuteman brought in over $55,000 this year according to Neil Price, Tournament Coordinator. “This brings our collective total to $1,068,710. “In its 37th year, this tournament continues to be successful because of the hard […]

Resident Advisors Help Students Transition to Campus Life

With the 2022 fall semester in full swing, the University of Mount Olive has equipped the campus with a strong group of Resident Assistants (RAs) in order to make the on-campus experience a meaningful one. The RA staff has been working hard to provide students with a warm welcome as they transition to university life […]

Students Move in, Start Classes

August 22, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive freshman Olivia Rossi of Valvert County, Maryland and her parents, Jim and Michelle Rossi, paused for a photo under the welcome banner at Kornegay Arena Saturday before beginning the task of moving Olivia into her residence hall. UMO […]

UMO’s Newest Students Lend a Helping Hand

August 22, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – On Monday, August 22, approximately 350 new University of Mount Olive students completed a collective 700 hours of community service throughout the town of Mount Olive. As part of the First Year Experience (FYE), students dispatched to various areas in the town […]

UMO and BCCC Expand Partnership

WASHINGTON, N.C.— Students who complete an Associate in Applied Science in Agribusiness Technology at Beaufort County Community College (BCCC) will be guaranteed admission to the University of Mount Olive. The University of Mount Olive will grant BCCC graduates with the AAS in Agribusiness Technology 60 hours of credit toward a Bachelor of Arts in Agribusiness […]

Internship Inspires Recent College Grad

August 11, 2022 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- Brendan Hooker of Garner had a rocky start in life.  A child of divorce, he struggled with his identity, family connections, and friend choices. “I considered myself to have been a rather difficult person to get along with until I found religion near […]

Boots on the Farm

August 9, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations The University of Mount Olive (UMO) School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences recently hosted and trained several military veterans as part of a cooperative agreement with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Lovay Singleton, President of the NC Chapter of Farmer Veteran Coalition.   The three-day […]

Rocky College Start Turns into Rock-Star Opportunities for Katie Gates

August 3, 2022 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- It was an exciting year for Katie Gates, of Winston Salem, NC.  In fact, 2020 was supposed to be “HER YEAR.”  She was finally going to graduate from high school and head off to college.  Then, COVID-19 came and turned her world upside […]

Camp Provides Insight, Information, and Intrigue into the World of Agriculture

August 1, 2022 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE- Several high school FFA members and agriculture teachers from all across NC recently participated in a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Camp at the University of Mount Olive. Participants traveled from as far north as Tarboro, as far south as Fayetteville, as far east […]

Heather Glennon Professor of the Year

July 27, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE –Associate Professor of Animal Science Dr. Heather Glennon has earned the honor of University of Mount Olive (UMO) Dr. Thomas R. Morris Professor of the Year.  She was one of two UMO professors to earn the prestigious title. Glennon joined UMO in 2015.  […]

To Your Credit

July 26, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations The following article was written by Waylon Woodall, University of Mount Olive Instructor of Accounting.  With students heading off to college, it is both timely and informative. In my not so distant past, I embarked on the journey that all of us must take as […]

Michael Martin Memorial Golf Tournament Set for August 18

July 14, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE- The Michael Martin Memorial Golf Tournament sponsored by Friendly Mart/Minuteman will be held on Thursday, August 18, at the Southern Wayne Country Club. This is the 36th annual event in memory of NC Highway Patrolman Michael Martin, a University of Mount Olive alumnus […]

Professor of the Year Ryan Douglas

July 14, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE –Accounting Instructor Ryan Douglas has earned the honor of University of Mount Olive (UMO) Dr. Thomas R. Morris Professor of the Year.  He was one of two UMO professors to earn the prestigious title. Douglas joined UMO in August of 2018.  In addition […]

Professor of the Year Ryan Douglas

July 14, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Accounting Instructor Ryan Douglas has earned the honor of University of Mount Olive (UMO) Dr. Thomas R. Morris Professor of the Year.  He was one of two UMO professors to earn the prestigious title. Douglas joined UMO in August of 2018.  In addition to his […]

Best of the Boot Nominees

Several University of Mount Olive Professors were in the top running for Wayne County’s “Best of the Boot” nominations for Professor of the Year.  Those individuals are L-R:  Assistant Professor of Music Jonathan Saeger, Assistant Professor of Education Gail Herring, Assistant Professor of Biology Sharon Jackson, and Dean of the Tillman School of Business Dr. […]

Trojan First

UMO held its final Trojan First Day event for incoming freshmen and their parents on Wednesday, July 13.  Students had the opportunity to meet faculty members from their prospective areas of study, tour residence halls, visit the Campus Bookstore to get their Trojan gear, and finalize their fall schedules.  One of the highlights of the […]

Internship is “Hole in One” for Linn Andersson

June 29, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – For as long as she can remember, Linn Andersson, of Sweden, has wanted to be a world-famous golfer. Growing up near a golf course meant Andersson could cycle there directly after school and spend the remaining daylight hours honing her skills. “Playing […]

Donnie Lassiter Earns FFA’s Highest Honor

June 28, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup Donnie Lassiter of Johnston County, third from left, received the Honorary State FFA Degree at the 93rd State FFA Convention.  Individuals nominated for this honor must have provided exceptional service to agriculture and/or the agricultural education/FFA program on a state-wide level. Lassiter serves on the University of Mount Olive Board […]

Returning to College Set Phillips on Course for Success

June 25, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – “Going back to school is like a baby first learning how to walk,” said University of Mount Olive (UMO) Alumnus Matthew Phillips of Princeton, NC.  “Taking that first step is the hardest and you may fall down, but keep getting up and […]

UMO Flight School Receives Certification

June 24, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive’s Flight School and Aviation Program gained new wings on June 17, when it received FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) 141 certification. “With FAA 141 certification, we will become increasingly competitive and incredibly desirable, especially for students who are […]

UMO Ranked #1 in Campus Safety

June 21, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –The University of Mount Olive has been named the safest NC private college campus by Niche.  This is the second year in a row that UMO has earned the top designation. Senior VP for Student Affairs Dr. Dan Sullivan said, “We are a […]

Change Breeds Opportunity for Libby Hennen

June 20, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive MBA student Libby Hennen knows a thing or two about change.  She is proof positive that if you open yourself up to change, it can be utilized to become better, more versatile, and open the door to new […]

Maxwell Quinn Interns with Boston Red Sox

June 16, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive (UMO) senior Maxwell Quinn is having the time of his life interning with the Boston Red Sox in Boston, MA.  For Quinn, the chance to work at Fenway Park every day is a dream come true. “On my […]

A Scratch-made Man with a Desire to Change Lives

May 31, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE-Ben Elliott, a self-professed Air Force brat, considers himself a scratch-made man.  The youngest of four siblings, Elliott grew up in a middle class family in rural Cumberland County where soccer, reading, and learning kept him busy and engaged. Serving as Captain of the […]

Banks and Boswell Receive Morris Awards for Academic Excellence at UMO

May 26, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- Erica Boswell of Clayton, NC and Kevin Banks of Williamston, NC received the Dr. Thomas R. Morris Awards for Academic Excellence at the University of Mount Olive’s May commencement. Erica Boswell graduated from UMO with a 4.0 GPA.  She earned her bachelor’s degree […]

Flock Over to UMO for Poultry Primer Day Camp

May 25, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Birds of a feather flock together, or so the saying goes.  This summer, high school aged students interested in learning more about the poultry industry as a potential major and/or career option, should flock on over to the University of Mount Olive […]

UMO Honors Students Experience Culture and Customs in Ecuador

May 25, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Eight students and six chaperons from the University of Mount Olive Honors program recently took an eight-day trip to the central and eastern regions of Ecuador. Nicole Solicito, an education major from New York, said, “This wasn’t just a trip to a […]

UMO Students Travel to Costa Rica

May 23, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive Student Activities Office recently took a group of students on an 11-day tour of Costa Rica.  The culturally enriching experience included tours in the capital city of San Jose and more rural coastal towns, such as Puerto […]

UMO Students Participate in Mock Trial Experience

May 11, 20201 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- Sixteen University of Mount Olive criminal justice students recently developed a fictitious murder case, and then tried the defendants during a mock trial. “They started out with a skeleton fact pattern, conducted interviews around campus with professors and administration to learn more about […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations   Students Receive Awards at University of Mount Olive MOUNT OLIVE – Several students were recognized for their achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony.  Among those receiving awards were: Rachel Gray of Stony Point, NC received the Agribusiness Student of the […]

Art Project Depicts Scriptural Message

April 25, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE – Six students from the University of Mount Olive’s Art 166 course spent the spring semester working on a public work of art which will be displayed in the Jean F. Ackiss Prayer Garden located inside the Glover Center for Religious Studies on […]

UMO to Graduate 300 Saturday

MOUNT OLIVE –The University of Mount Olive will graduate approximately 300 students Saturday at 10 AM in George & Annie Dail Kornegay Arena. The platform party will include UMO President H. Edward Croom, UMO Board Chair Earl Worley, UMO Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Todd Telemeco, and UMO Alumni Association Vice President Julie Graham. […]

The Arboretum at UMO…A Hidden Gem in Wayne County

April 25, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  The University of Mount Olive is known for many things.  Academic excellence and award winning athletics top the list.  However, a lesser known marvel lies on the south side of campus.  Just past the soccer field and the tennis courts is the entrance to what […]

Student Art Show Set for April 19

April 13, 2022 Contact:    Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive will hold its annual spring student art show on Tuesday, April 19.  The opening reception will be held from 4 to 6 PM in Laughinghouse Hall.  The event is FREE and the public is invited to attend. This […]

Psychology Students Present Research

April 8, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations University of Mount Olive senior psychology majors Emma Campbell and Ece Yuksel recently presented their research at the Southeastern Psychological Association conference in Hilton Head, SC.  The conference was attended by over 100 college and universities from across the country, with several hundred poster and […]

New Director of Athletics Appointed

April 7, 2022 Contact:  Ryan Smith, Sports Information Director MOUNT OLIVE –  University of Mount Olive President Dr. H. Edward Croom has announced the appointment of Joey Higginbotham as Director of Athletics.  He will succeed Jeff Eisen who retired in December after 16 and a half years at the helm of Trojan athletics. In making […]

Ag Fest Attracts Hundreds

April 4, 2022 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE-The University of Mount Olive recently hosted its 7th Annual AgFest event to promote and celebrate awareness of agriculture and other academic opportunities at UMO.   The event was attended by more than 1,600 FFA students and 200 advisors from 74 schools across North Carolina. […]

UMO Surpasses Giving Day Goal

April 04, 2022 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –  A total of 289 donors collectively gave $84,412 to the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Giving Day.  The amount more than doubled the University’s initial goal of $30,000. Donors of the 24-hour fundraising event had the opportunity to earmark their gifts to […]

UMO Spring Choral Concert Set for April 5

MOUNT OLIVE –On Tuesday April 5th, the University of Mount Olive Fine Arts Department will present its Spring Choral Concert.  The event will start at 7 PM and last about an hour.  It will be held in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall located at 207 Wooten Street in Mount Olive. The concert will feature […]

UMO to Hold Spring Plant Sale

March 30, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive will hold its annual spring flower sale on Friday, April 8, from 9 AM to 5 PM and Saturday, April 9, from 9 AM to noon at the UMO Greenhouse located at 205 Bert Martin Road in […]

Military Veteran Plans for Career Change

March 28, 2022 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –Joe Long has spent the majority of his adult life serving his country in the United States Marine Corps.  He has been stationed in Virginia, California, and North Carolina.  He has been deployed eight times to the Middle East, Afghanistan, South and Central […]

Trojan First Event A Success

UMO held its first of several Trojan First Day events for incoming freshmen and their parents on Saturday, March 19. “The weather was perfect and it was a fun and informative day,” said Director of Admissions Nicole Balsamello. Students had the opportunity to meet faculty members from their prospective areas of study and get their […]

Giving Back, Paying it Forward

March 17, 2022 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –On Tuesday, March 29, the University of Mount Olive community will come together for its annual Giving Day. “Giving Day is a 24-hour fundraising challenge that creates an opportunity to give back and make a difference,” said Anna Whitman Assistant Director of Annual […]

Pig Shows…Not Just Fair Fun

March 17, 2022 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –Taylor Glover of Pikeville, NC is an Agricultural Production Systems major in the School of Agriculture & Biological Sciences at the University of Mount Olive.  She recently participated in the annual National Junior Swine Association (NJSA) Southeast Regional- National Swine Registry (NSR) show […]

UMO Students Gain Real-World Experience in Starting a Business

March 17, 2022 Rhonda Jessup, Public Affairs Director MOUNT OLIVE – Starting a new business can be intimidating. Not so for students in the Business 325 Practicum course at the University of Mount Olive (UMO).  As part of the requirements of the course, students are tasked with forming and running a business.  The process prepares […]

UMO Hosts High School FFA Event

March 10, 2022 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Over 400 high school students recently attended the NC FFA Statewide Event held at the University of Mount Olive.  Students competed in three career development events – Ag Sales, Farm Business Management, and Marketing Plan. The Farm Business Management, Ag Sales, and […]

CJ Students Experience Virtual Reality

On March 4, members of the SLJA and FLAGSA traveled to Craven Community College’s VOLT Center in New Bern, NC for a tour of their police and citizen interaction simulator. The students participated in several real-life based scenarios dealing with the public. They used their reasoning, tactical, and communication skills to handle each individual situation […]

UMO Hosts Annual Middle School Honor Choir Festival

March 5, 2022 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Approximately 200 middle school students from 11 schools and 6 counties recently had the opportunity to participate in a collegiate choral experience at the University of Mount Olive’s Middle School Honor Choir Festival. Coordinator of the event, Jonathan Saeger, Assistant Professor of […]

UMO Hosts 2022 High School Honor Band

March 5, 2022 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – UMO recently hosted the 2022 High School Honor Band program and concert. Local participating high school students attended four intense rehearsals, followed by a performance of the material that they had studied. “The fast-paced intensive High School Honor Band program requires incredible […]

Q & A with Lindsay Underhill

March 4, 2022 Rhonda Jessup, Public Affairs Director  MOUNT OLIVE– The Herring Scholarship Fund is the largest scholarship fund available to students at the University of Mount Olive (UMO).  The Herring Scholarship is strictly for residents of Duplin County or the city limits of Mount Olive.  Students are selected by their guidance counselors based on […]

Tharesa Lee Serves as a Source of Inspiration as She Presses On

February 28, 2022 Rhonda Jessup, Public Affairs Director  MOUNT OLIVE –Tharesa Chadwick Lee is no stranger to adversity and heartache.  But, to hear her talk, you would never know the challenges she has faced or the obstacles she has overcome.  Ever the optimist, the 64 year old New Bern resident said, “I love the life […]

UMO Church Night a Success

February 23, 2022 Rhonda Jessup, Public Affairs Director MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive’s 40th annual Church Night basketball games did not disappoint.  In addition to great basketball, the University’s Admissions team created an atmosphere of fun and excitement with games for all ages played during halftime and between games. Jeff Eisen, retiring […]

Overwhelmed in 2022

Article by Natalie Kemp, MA, LPA, University of Mount Olive Department Chair for Psychology  MOUNT OLIVE –A single mom wakes up worried because she has a slight headache and a low fever. She cannot miss another day of work.  Last week her son was sent home to quarantine because someone on his bus tested positive […]

SCC Signs Articulation Agreement with the University of Mount Olive

February 22, 2022 Rhonda Jessup, Public Affairs Director Albemarle, NC –The University of Mount Olive (UMO) and Stanly Community College (SCC) recently signed an articulation agreement to provide SCC Agribusiness graduates the ability to easily transfer into UMO’s bachelor’s degree program. According to SCC officials, SCC has numerous agreements with four-year institutions, aimed at simplifying […]

Luis Henriquez is Painting His Own Future

February 18, 2022 Rhonda Jessup, Public Affairs Director MOUNT OLIVE –Artist Luis Henriquez, of Warsaw, was just an average high school student with less than stellar grades.  When he began looking for colleges, his options seemed bleak. “I applied to multiple universities,” he said.  “Nearly all of them denied my application. The University of Mount […]

UMO and MCC Sign Agreement

University of Mount Olive (UMO) President Dr. H. Edward Croom and Martin Community College (MCC) President Wesley Beddard  have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two institutions. The agreement allows MCC students working toward an AAS Degrees in Early Childhood, Business Administration, Equine Technology, or Information Technology to seamlessly transfer their degree credits […]

TSB Students Make Their Mark at Annual Ethics Bowl

February 16, 2022 Rhonda Jessup, Public Affairs Director  MOUNT OLIVE –Four University of Mount Olive students recently participated in the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) annual Ethics Bowl.  The theme of this year’s virtual events was Ethics in Democracy and Citizenship. “Rebecca Leggett, director of Programs for NCICU and coordinator of the Ethics […]

A Return to Volcker? Needed but Unlikely!

February 10, 2022 Rhonda Jessup, Public Affairs Director University of Mount Olive Tillman School of Business Assistant Professor of Economics Dr. Abir Mandal provides insight into the conversation about interest rates and what he predicts for the future. Dr. Mandal has been teaching at the University since Fall 2018. He has a PhD in Economics […]

UMO Receives NC Board of Nursing Approval

February 10, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE-The University of Mount Olive has received initial approval from the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON) to open its pre-licensure BSN degree program. With this approval, UMO will begin enrolling students for fall of 2022. “To say I am excited is an understatement,” […]

UMO’s Sandy Maddox Earns NC’s Top Ag Award

February 6, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Dr. Sandy Maddox, Dean for the School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, has received one of the highest awards given to a North Carolina professional in the agriculture industry.  On Friday, February 4, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler presented Maddox with the 2022 […]

With a Goal to Inspire, Justin Marshburn Returns to College

February 7, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations   MOUNT OLIVE – At age 40, Justin Marshburn of Jacksonville is returning to college.  Enrolled in the early childhood education program at the University of Mount Olive, he will be juggling a full time job, family obligations, and head baseball and football coaching positions […]

A Unique Story of Life on the Farm

February 3, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –Immanuel and Valarie Javis, cofounders of Jireh Family Farm, LLC and Jireh Farm Foundation, (501c3), will speak at the University of Mount Olive on Wednesday, February 16, at 1 PM in Southern Bank Auditorium. Together, Immanuel and Valarie have worked to establish an […]

40th Annual Church Night

January 31, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE -February 19 will mark the 40th Annual Church Night Basketball Games at the University of Mount Olive (UMO). This year’s events will get off to an early afternoon start and will feature basketball competition between UMO and Lees McRae.  The women’s game is scheduled […]

New Partnership Provides UMO Students Access to 24/7 Tutoring

January 27, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Learning Commons has partnered with Tutor.com, one of the world’s largest online tutoring services, to provide 24/7 online tutoring services for the University’s 2,000+ traditional, adult, and graduate students. Through the partnership, UMO students can access […]

UMO Students Participate in Annual Green & Growin’ Conference

January 24, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE –Several University of Mount Olive ag students recently attended and participated in the annual Green & Growin’ Conference held in Greensboro, NC.  The conference is the Southeast’s biggest event for green industry professionals and included eight educational tracks, 50 sessions, and 100 Continuing […]

UMO Visitation Day Set for January 22

January 10, 2022 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- On Saturday, January 22, prospective Trojans will have the chance to visit campus, and see what the University of Mount Olive has to offer. Registration begins at 9 AM in the Lois K. Murphy Regional Center. High school juniors and seniors and their […]

Age is Not a Barrier, It is a Motivator  

December 9, 2021 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- Age is just a number for Mariea Gregory.  It does not define her, rather it presses her on to bigger and better dreams. Gregory admits that she has been blessed her whole life.  She was raised by good parents, met and married her […]

UMO to Hold December Graduation Saturday

December 6, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –The University of Mount Olive will graduate approximately 200 students Saturday at 10 AM in George & Annie Dail Kornegay Arena. The platform party will include UMO President H. Edward Croom, UMO Board Chair Earl Worley, UMO Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. […]

Carolina Sound Releases New Christmas CD

December 7, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –The University of Mount Olive’s acapella group, Carolina Sound, has released a new CD.  The Christmas album features six Christmas favorites, one five song medley and one original song entitled, “The Very Best Christmas Gift.” The new album is a follow up to […]

UMO Holds Tree Lighting Event

December 7, 2021 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE – The UMO community gathers each year to start the Christmas season with the Annual Tree Lighting event.  This year’s festivities included a Ferris wheel, carnival games, hot chocolate, candy apples, popcorn, photo stations, an obstacle course, an outdoor movie, give-a-ways, and, of […]

 Homecoming Weekend 2021 in Review

December 7, 2021 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE -Homecoming and Pickle Classic Weekend are always a great way for alumni to come back to the University of Mount Olive campus to engage and reconnect with their alma mater.  This year, many younger alumni brought their children, for the first time, to […]

UMO to Maintain Accreditation and Address Financial Resources

December 07, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE – Following its 10-year reaffirmation visit by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC), the University of Mount Olive has received notification that it will maintain its accreditation.  Further, the University will need to address a single […]

Economic Development Survey for Mount Olive Regional Initiative

The University of Mount Olive through the Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center is working with leaders on its campus and across eastern North Carolina to complete an economic development analysis survey for the local Mount Olive area.  This project will inform local leaders about strategies and opportunities to impact economic development in the region.  The […]

UMO Presents Awards to Outstanding Alumni

November 23, 2021 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE-The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Alumni Association recently honored eight alumni for their outstanding service, contributions, and achievements.  The awards were presented during the Alumni Awards Ceremony held in Rodgers Chapel.  The event was part of the University’s Annual Homecoming celebration. Scott Winslow, […]

UMO Names Atrium in Honor of Gary Fenton Barefoot

November 22, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup  MOUNT OLIVE – Gary Fenton Barefoot’s name and legacy will forever be a part of the fabric of the University of Mount Olive (UMO). Barefoot’s longstanding connection to UMO started in the mid-1950’s when he enrolled as a student and later earned his associate’s degree from the institution.  Barefoot […]

University of Mount Olive Celebrates Founding, Presents Awards

November 17, 2021 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations   MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive celebrated 70 years of providing Christian higher education at the University’s annual Founders Day Worship Service on Wednesday, November 17.  The Reverend Frank R. Harrison, former Mount Olive College Chaplain from 1971 to 2002, was the guest […]

Jeff Eisen to Retire from UMO Athletics in December

November 15, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Ryan Smith, Sports Information Director MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive Vice President for Athletics Jeff Eisen has announced that he will retire on December 31, 2021. His career in collegiate athletics administration spans over 34 years, 16 of which have been at the […]

 UMO to Hold Christmas by Candlelight Services December 4

November 8, 2021 Contact:   Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive Department of Music will host two Christmas by Candlelight services on December 4, at the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall located at 207 Wooten Street in Mount Olive. “Christmas by Candlelight is a gift that the University offers […]

TSB Hosts Guest Speaker Raymond Johnson

November 5, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup Director of Public Affairs Raymond Johnson, Senior Advisor and Consultant for Public Consulting Group of Raleigh, spoke with the UMO accounting, auditing and healthcare management students on Monday, November 1. As a senior consultant, Johnson is responsible for the preparation and implementation of Cost Allocation Plans (CAP) for numerous […]

UMO to Hold Annual Founders Day Event

November 5, 2021 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will hold its annual Founders Day on Wednesday, November 17, at 11 AM in the Southern Bank Auditorium located in Raper Hall. The guest speaker will be the Reverend Frank R. Harrison, former Mount Olive College Chaplain […]

UMO Announces 2022 AgPrime Funding for Farmers and Agribusinesses

November 5, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center announces the 2022 AgPrime Cost-Share Grant Opportunity in partnership with the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (TTFC). AgPrime funding is available to North Carolina farmers and agribusiness owners for new […]

Third Graders Experience STEM

November 1, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup. Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – “I never knew that it took 21 days for a chicken to grow inside of an egg,” said a third Northwest Elementary School grader from rom Mrs. Kester’s class.  The student was one of over 650 to attend UMO’s Annual STEM (science, […]

UMO Hosts Annual All-Star Choir Festival

October 29, 2021 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – More than a hundred high school and community college students from Wayne, Duplin, Lenoir, Pender, New Hanover, Moore, and Harnett Counties recently had the opportunity to be part of a collegiate choral experience.  The University of Mount Olive’s All-Star Choir Festival is […]

USPOULTRY Foundation Contributes to UMO

October 29, 2021 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive received a grant for $4,620 from the USPOULTRY Foundation to be used for student recruitment and retention efforts. This award was made possible in part by Perdue Farms. Mike Levengood, vice president, chief animal care officer and […]

UMO Students Take Part in Yam Jam Event

October 28, 2021 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE-Several University of Mount Olive students participated in the annual Yam Jam event hosted by the Society of St. Andrew.  Members of UMOs Collegiate FFA and Collegiate Young Farmer & Rancher clubs, along with some UMO Honors Program students, harvested and donated sweet potatoes […]

Dr. Sandy Maddox Recognized as Agricultural Advocate of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 28, 2021 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE-The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce recently recognized Dr. Sandy Maddox, Dean for the School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, as the 2021 Agricultural Advocate of the Year.  The award was presented during the organization’s annual agriculture luncheon at the Maxwell […]

UMO Homecoming Festivities Set for November 17-21

October 29, 2021 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations    MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will hold its annual Homecoming and Pickle Classic festivities November 17-21.  Plans are being made for events and activities to engage alumni, current students, faculty, staff, and community members of all ages. A 70th Anniversary Founders […]

Dr. Robert Taylor to Speak at UMO

October 25, 2021 Contact:    Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host the annual Braswell Lecture on Tuesday, November 9, at 7 PM in Southern Bank Auditorium. The guest speaker for the event is Dr. Robert Taylor. Dr. Taylor joined the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction […]

STEM Resources

Jesus is Now!

October 25, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Written by:  Macy Parkhurst, Student Intern The recent JESUS IS NOW Revival offered a spiritual awakening throughout the UMO campus renewing many students’ relationships with Christ and allowing them to realize that they are not alone on their journeys. The October 17th and 18th services […]

Computers Saved Pedro Gonzalez San Martin and Shaped His Future

October 25, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – There are people who claim that technology hinders social interaction.  For Pedro Gonzalez San Martin, a student at the University of Mount Olive, computers have been the catalyst not only for a promising career, but also for survival. Pedro came to the […]

UMO to Host STEM Fair for Area Third Graders

October 20, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive will host over 650 third graders from Wayne and Duplin County for a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fair, called STEM ON THE GREEN. The event will take place on Friday, October 29th from 9 AM […]

CANCELED – Common Read Event

Due to unforeseen circumstances, today’s visit (October 18, 2021) with Common Read Author Kathy Izard has been canceled.  A new date will be announced in the future.  

Time to Get the Facts

NOVEMBER 4, 2021 – Getting to Know UMO 5 to 7 PM in the Hennessee Room Have you considered going back to school, but you didn’t how to start, or where to go for more information?  Well, wait no longer.  On November 4, between 5 and 7 PM in the Hennessee Room of the Lois […]

UMO Students Visit Durham Bulls

Over the past six years, Dr. Tony Franklin, Associate Professor of Sports Management (RLS Department), has coordinated an immersive educational experience with the three-time Milb AAA National Champion Durham Bulls and Bulls Assistant General Manager of Operations Scott Strickland. Strickland has excelled with the professional baseball organization for over 19 years and is one of […]

Jesus is Now Revival

Join the University of Mount Olive Live Out Loud Campus Ministries for two nights of worship and praise with guest speakers Jason Alvarado on October 17 and Matt Sharp on October 18.  There will also be live music during this worship experience.   The events will take place in Sothern Bank Auditorium, located inside W. Burkette and […]

Author Kathy Izard to Visit UMO

MOUNT OLIVE-Award winning Author Kathy Izard is scheduled to visit the University of Mount Olive campus on October 18, at 2:30 PM.  Izard will meet with students in the Hennessee Room, located in the Lois K. Murphy Regional Center, to discuss her book, The Hundred Story Home, which was UMO’s 2021 Common Read book selection. […]

Countdown to College

October 11, 2021 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Every October the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) hosts a “NC Countdown to College” event to help students focus on their college applications in an efficient way. This month-long event provides resources for students to better navigate the path to college […]

Carolina Sound Performs at Harrells Christian Academy

October 07, 2021 Contact:    Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE-Carolina Sound, a premier acapella group from the University of Mount Olive, recently performed during Harrells Christian Academy’s middle and upper school chapel service. Spiritual Life Director Steve Le Roux said, “It was a tremendous honor to have Carolina Sound perform at Harrells Christian […]

Taking a Bite Out of Crime

October 20, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Members of the Craven County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit visited campus on Monday, October 4 as part of the CJC 355 class.  They preformed drug and article searches, firearm identification, and bite work.  The students asked a lot of relevant questions, with may of them […]

UMO to Hold Fall Band Concert

September 27, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Join the University of Mount Olive Symphonic Band and Jazz Band for a concert on Thursday, October 14 at 7 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall. Due to COVID-19, band rehearsals have looked and sounded different during the past year and […]

UMO and WCC Sign Articulation Agreement

September 16, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive and Wayne Community College have partnered to ease students’ transition between their degree programs. The two signed an “articulation agreement” titled “UMO Promise” on September 9, 2021. It is designed to “enhance educational opportunities and facilitate a […]

UMO Prays for Campus, Community, and Nation

On Wednesday, September 22, the University of Mount Olive observed the National See You at the Pole event. Students gathered in prayer around the flagpole located near the Henderson building. Prayers were lifted regarding the campus, the community, and the nation. The atmosphere was filled with love and gratitude. Additional prayers were lifted in regards […]

UMO Creates $1 Million Nursing Simulation Lab

September 21, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive has a brand new, state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Laboratory or sim lab for short.  The lab will be part of a new pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program that, once approved by the NC Board […]

Music Teacher Toots His Horn about UMO

September 13, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –Joshua Artis clearly remembers the day he first walked onto the University of Mount Olive campus as a transfer student. “I was eager to start building relationships with my classmates and gain the knowledge and scholarship of my professors,” he said. “Most of […]

UMO Faculty Recital to Feature Dr. William Ford

September 2, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Join the University of Mount Olive for a Faculty Recital on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 7 PM. in Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall.  The event will feature Dr. William Ford on saxophone and clarinet.  Ford will be accompanied by Alisa Gilliam […]

UMO to Hold Fall Plant Sale

September 02, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- “Growing mums is a lot like baking a cake,” said Jason Davis, University of Mount Olive Assistant Dean of the School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. “There is a recipe that has been developed and shared over time to grow the best possible […]

Carolina Sound Releases New CD

September 02, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –The University of Mount Olive’s acapella group, Carolina Sound, has released a new CD.  The CD features a mix of original selections, current modern worship tunes, and some older songs that the group has put their own spin on.  “Big Fish,” for example, […]

UMO Graduates Receive Message of Faith and Fulfillment during Weekend Ceremony

August 30, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –Three year old Emberly Craig clapped her hands and placed them on both sides of her mother, Brittany Craig’s, face during UMO’s August commencement. Craig, was among the 143 students to receive degrees — associate, bachelor’s or master’s — during Saturday’s ceremony. Craig […]

UMO to Hold Summer Graduation Saturday

MOUNT OLIVE –The University of Mount Olive will graduate approximately 140 students Saturday at 10 AM in George & Annie Dail Kornegay Arena. The platform party will include UMO President H. Edward Croom, UMO Board Chair Earl Worley, and UMO Alumni Board President Gregg Paul. Each graduate can bring up to four guests.  The ceremony […]

Lending a Helping Hand

August 22, 2021 On Monday, August 23, over 230 first time, first year students completed a collective 462 hours of community service throughout the town of Mount Olive.  From 9 to 11 AM, the students dispatched to various areas in the town to paint, stain, mulch, weed, create, cleanup, and landscape.  The students focused their […]

UMO and SCC Sign Articulation Agreement

August 28, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive and Southeastern Community College (SCC) have signed an important partnership agreement for southeastern NC.  The agreement will enhance educational opportunities and facilitate a seamless transfer of graduates from SCC’s Agribusiness Technology program to UMO’s agricultural bachelor of […]

RELAX – Sound Advice for Parents of College Students

August 25, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations by Natalie Kemp, MA, LPA, University of Mount Olive Department Chair for Psychology MOUNT OLIVE –What an exciting opportunity it is to watch a child grow into a young adult and start a new chapter of their life at college. There are so many new […]

Freshmen Encouraged to Let Their Lights Shine at UMO Convocation

August 23, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive welcomed 330 freshmen students to campus Saturday and encouraged them to let their light shine, not only for themselves, but for others as well.  UMO President Dr. H. Edward Croom put forth the challenge during Saturday night’s […]

$1 Million Reached

August 20, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- Applause and cheers rang out at the 34th Annual Friendly Mart/Michael Martin Memorial Golf Tournament as the announcement was made that this year’s contributions have brought the collective tournament proceeds to over $1 million. “There are a lot of people in the world […]

Carver Heights Principal Sees Education as an Equalizer

August 19, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Carver Heights Principal Winter Goodson knows a thing or two about life, education, faith, and hard work.  It is a combination of lessons gained throughout her 40 years that have made her who she is today and have placed her on the […]

Kenneth Buchanan Hired as UMO Vice President for Business and Finance

August 17, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –Kenneth Buchanan of Western North Carolina has joined the University of Mount Olive as Vice President for Business and Finance.  In this position, he will be responsible for all financial and fiscal management aspects of the University, including providing leadership and coordination in […]

UMO to Welcome New Students August 21

August 16, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive campus will soon be abuzz with activity.  New students move-in on August 21, returning students will arrive on August 23, and traditional classes are set to begin on August 24.  Parents will, once again, be able to […]

UMO to Host Aviation Event

August 16, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – In honor of National Aviation Day, the University of Mount Olive will host an aviation event on August 19, from 6-8:30 PM. Held at the Mount Olive Municipal Airport, the event will feature a band, hors d’oeuvres, and an insider look at […]

Jamelle Ingram Aspires to Inspire

MOUNT OLIVE – Growing up Jamelle Ingram, of Dudley, was considered a loner.  “I had low self-esteem during my formative years,” Ingram admits.  “In middle and high school, I remained isolated from my peers.  I really only had one true friend.” As an outlet, Ingram played tennis.  He lost often, but was satisfied with the […]

 UMO Ag Alumni Reunion Provides Bushels of Fun

August 11, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – This summer, more than 200 alumni, friends, and family members gathered for the University of Mount Olive’s inaugural Ag Alumni Reunion.  Held at the George R. Kornegay Student Farm, the event celebrated the 19-year history of UMO’s ag programs, as well as […]

UMO Addresses Need for Addictions Counselors

August 09, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Among Americans aged 12 years and older, 31.9 million are current illegal drug users, according to a study by the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics.  The study indicates that if alcohol and tobacco are included, that number jumps to a mind-boggling […]

Not All Healthcare Heroes Wear Scrubs

July 30, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –Not all healthcare heroes wear scrubs.  Brandie Johnson is a prime example. Johnson is a Service Access Manager with Duke Health.  Her title, however, does not define her role.  She manages three clinics with Duke Health, two of which are residency clinics.  She […]

Sampson County’s Leah Williams is a Product of Her Raising

July 27, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –It was a hot July morning when Leah Williams, a 2020 University of Mount Olive graduate, took a quick break from her job to talk about education, farming, and the future of her family’s business.  A fourth generation member of Williams Produce Farm […]

UMO’s Holly Daly Earns Award

July 26, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- Holly Daly, Director of Health Services at the University of Mount Olive, has received The Outstanding Contribution to Campus Life Award.  The award is presented to the faculty or staff member that has demonstrated exemplary service in contributing to a transformative campus life […]

Don’t Let Weeds Spoil the Fruits of Your Labor by Dr. Jason Davis

July 22, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –At this point in the growing season, if you are not familiar with weeds, you may soon be.  As the motivational quote by an unknown author states, “Weeds don’t need any encouragement to grow.” Weeds do not need fertilizer, rain, or any help, […]

UMO Holds Admitted Student Day

July 21, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- Nearly 250 new incoming students and their parents attended the University of Mount Olive’s second Admitted Student Day on Wednesday, July 21. During the four-hour event students met with Health Service Director Holly Daly, received student ID’s, attended an opening session with UMO […]

Paying it Forward: UMO Student, Turned Faculty Member, Provides Scholarship Opportunity

July 19, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- Bronda Walker grew up in a middle-class, Christian family with two older brothers and two younger sisters.  Her father, who only completed the third grade, became a self-made, successful businessman, who owned his own construction company. Her mother, the youngest of nine children, […]

Michael Martin Memorial Golf Tournament Set for August 19

July 20, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Michael Martin Memorial Golf Tournament Set for August 19 MOUNT OLIVE- The Michael Martin Memorial Golf Tournament sponsored by Friendly Mart will be held on Thursday, August 19, at the Southern Wayne Country Club. This will be the 35th year the tournament has been held.  […]

University of Mount Olive to Offer In-person MBA Program at JCC

July 15, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Starting in August, the University of Mount Olive will offer an in-person Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Johnston Community College’s Smithfield campus.  The eight-week courses will be taught on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 PM.  According to Dr. Kathy […]

High School Students Attend SAE Institute at UMO

July 14, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- Thirteen high school students from across the state of North Carolina gathered at the University of Mount Olive (UMO) July 13-15 for the 2021 NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Institute.  Students from Duplin, Greene, Johnston, Lenoir, Lincoln, Sampson, Wake, […]

New Board Members Appointed

July 12, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive has appointed five new Board of Trustee members:  Pam Hardison Braxton, Paula Coates, Sylvia Herring, Borden Franklin “Frankie” Howell, Jr, and Robert Wilkerson. The University of Mount Olive Board of Trustees is the University’s governing body, and […]

UMO Student Selected to Participate in Crop Science Institute

July 8, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Qudre Joyner of Colerain, NC has been chosen to participate in the AFA Crop Science Institute in Raleigh from July 18-20.  Joyner is a senior crop science major at the University of Mount Olive. The AFA Crop Science Institute brings up to […]

Adrianna Zepeda Advises Students to Take a Leap of Faith and Work Hard

July 08, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Adrianna Zepeda of Mount Olive grew up humble and appreciative.  She is quiet and reserved, and can be described as more of a listener than a conversationalist.  Anyone that knows Zepeda, knows she is a selfless person, always willing to help others.  […]

UMO Expands Offerings for Adult Students

July 6, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – With more and more adult students seeking to expand their workplace versatility and earning potential, the University of Mount Olive has recently added a new degree to its arsenal of online degree programs.  The new bachelor of arts degree in English has […]

Gainey Chosen as University of Mount Olive Adjunct of the Year

July 1, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –Dr. Paul Gainey, Allied Faculty within the University of Mount Olive’s Department of Arts and Education, has been named the 2021 UMO Adjunct of the Year.  The award is given in appreciation to an adjunct faculty member who exemplifies devotion above and beyond […]

UMO’s Candise Lockett Gains Important Life Lessons from Art

June 28, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- Candise Lockett of Birmingham, England came to the United States in 2017 to play sports. Recruited by the University of Mount Olive to be a member of the Trojan Track and Field team, Lockett was unsure of what major she wanted to pursue. […]

UMO Holds Admitted Student Day

June 23, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- Over 250 incoming freshmen and their parents attended the University of Mount Olive’s Admitted Student Day on Wednesday, June 23.  It was the first such event to be held at the University in over a year. “We are so excited about having these […]

Day Campers Have “a Blast” at UMO STEAMA Camp

June 21, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations   Digging potatoes, making pickles, learning about and tasting different types of meat, extracting pollen from flowers and then tasting honey, dissecting fish, handling goats, conducting biodiversity surveys at the pond, and collecting chicken eggs were just a few of the things that the students […]

UMO Seeks to Fill Nursing Shortage

June 17, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- It is widely known that hospitals and medical centers across the nation have been facing a nursing shortage for years.  According to University of Mount Olive (UMO) Chair of Nursing, Dr. Joy Kieffer, the reasons are many, but access to nursing education is […]

UMO Offers FREE Professional Development Summer Workshops for Teachers

June 14, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup MOUNT OLIVE – This summer, the University of Mount Olive is offering FREE online professional development workshops for middle and high school teachers from North Carolina and beyond. According to Dr. Stephen Edwards, Agricultural Education and Agribusiness Department Chair, North Carolina teachers are required to earn a total of […]

Bullard-Maxwell and Cates Receive Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching at UMO

June 10, 2021 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Bullard-Maxwell and Cates Receive Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching at UMO MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive awarded the 2021 Dr. Thomas R. Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching to two professors. Tying for the title this year were Assistant Dean of Education […]

UMO to Offer New Computer Science Degree with Unique Business Component

June 7, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – It is well known that the boundaries between the fields of business and computer science are becoming increasingly blurred.  “Research indicates that college graduates with a solid foundation in both disciplines are not only more marketable, they often start their careers with […]

UMO Plans Reunion Event for Ag Alumni

May 28, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will hold a reunion event for its agricultural alumni and their families on Saturday, June 26 at 3 PM at the Kornegay Student Farm.  The event will include food, games, farm tours, and lots of fellowship.  There […]

Retired Airman Advises that You Get out of Life What You Put into it

May 28, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Life rarely turns out as expected.  But, almost always, you can expect to get out of life, what you put into it.  Fifty year old Guy Mattern is proof positive of that statement. Mattern grew up in a small town in Northeast […]

UMO Offers Summer Institute for FFA Students Interested in Ag Careers

May 28, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host the 2021 NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Institute for high school FFA members from July 13-15.  Check in is 8 AM daily and ends at 5 PM, except for the last day, […]

UMO Student Uses Art to Heal and Inspire

May 24, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- “Creating art means expressing myself in visible form,” said Celeste Aguirre Oñate. “It means putting my interpretation of my experiences on display for others. Creating art also brings me great joy, satisfaction, and healing.” Onate is a senior fine art major at the University of Mount […]

Adversity Nor Negativity Deter Clinton Middleton from Achieving His Life Goals

May 20, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – “People sometimes ask about how I became a nurse, and the truth is that I did not really choose to be a nurse, rather nursing chose me,” said Clinton Middleton, a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) alumnus from the University of […]

UMO Alumna Gallops into Adventurous Future

May 17, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup MOUNT OLIVE – Analise Ritter has never owned a horse.  However, that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her interest in the equine industry. Born in Lake Orion, Michigan, Ritter grew up in Waxhaw, North Carolina.  The only animal lover in her family, she sought out her own opportunities to […]

Howard and Sharlene Scott Honored with Endowment at UMO

May 13, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup MOUNT OLIVE – Howard and Sharlene Scott were recently honored with the naming of an Endowed Scholarship Fund at the University of Mount Olive. The fund was established by Rachel Crawford, Janice Scott, and James and Judy Pate in honor of Howard and Sharlene’s life-long efforts to promote Christian […]

UMO Students Tour Duplin Historic Sites

May 10, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- Members of the University of Mount Olive’s Homegrown Teaching Academy (HGTA) recently visited two historic landmarks in Duplin County. While touring Liberty Hall Museum and The Cowan Museum of History and Science, members learned about the rich history of Duplin County as well […]

UMO Offers Scholarship for New Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership

May 10, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Public education today dictates the need for a new type of school leader – an executive instead of an administrator. No longer are school and district leaders just managing operations, they must be able to create learning organizations that can grow and […]

UMO Grads Turn Tassels at Weekend Ceremonies

May 4, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup MOUNT OLIVE –More than 350 students graduated from the University of Mount Olive over the weekend during three ceremonies.  It was the first in-person commencement at the institution in over a year.  The ceremonies were held by school with each graduate receiving two non-transferable guest tickets to ensure social […]

Ratcliff and Irwin Receive Morris Awards for Academic Excellence at UMO

May 3, 20201Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- Mallory Noel Ratcliff of Fredericksburg, VA and Monica Lynn Irwin of Wilmington received the Dr. Thomas R. Morris Awards for Academic Excellence at the University of Mount Olive’s spring commencement. The Thomas R. Morris Awards are presented to the traditional and non-traditional baccalaureate graduates […]

May 1st is Decision Day for College Students

April 26, 2021 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE-May 1st has long been known as “Decision Day” in the world of traditional higher education.  It is a national day of celebration for students who have decided on their college or university of choice. For many colleges and universities, it signals the deadline […]

In-Person May Graduation

April 23, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup MOUNT OLIVE –The University of Mount Olive will graduate more than 350 students during three ceremonies over a two-day period.  Due to COVID-19, it will be the first in-person ceremonies in over a year. “Our students have worked so hard and have waited so long for graduation day, and […]

UMO and Randolph Community College Partner to Offer Ag Degrees

April 22, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) in collaboration with Randolph Community College (RCC) will offer students from Randolph County and the surrounding region the opportunity to complete a bachelor of science degree in multiple agricultural disciplines. Through the agreement, UMO will deliver junior and senior level courses […]

UMO Plans STEM on the “Screen” Event

April 19, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup MOUNT OLIVE – For the past several years, the University of Mount Olive has hosted over 700 third graders from Wayne and Duplin Counties for the annual STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) on the Green.  However, because of COVID-19, this year’s event is being converted into a STEM […]

Duplin and Mount Olive Students Encouraged to Apply for Scholarship Money

April 15, 2021 Rhonda Jessup, Public Affairs Director  MOUNT OLIVE – High school seniors from Duplin County or the Town of Mount Olive who are interested in attending the University of Mount Olive could be eligible for significant scholarship funding through the University’s Herring Scholarship program. According to Tim Woodard, Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing, […]

University of Mount Olive Surpasses Giving Day Goal

April 12, 2021 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – A total of 204 donors collectively gave $53,000 to the University of Mount Olive for its recent Annual Giving Day.  The amount more than doubled the University’s initial goal of $25,000, and is the largest since the event began in 2017. “I […]

RLS Students Participate in Research Symposium

April 12, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Nine University of Mount Olive (UMO) Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS) students recently made presentations at the annual Carolinas Exercise Science and Kinesiology Research Symposium.  Several other UMO students attended the virtual event.  The Symposium was composed of students in both public […]

UMO Business Students Put their Education to the Test

April 12, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –A college education is all about learning information and skills that prepare students for careers in their prospective fields of study. Being able to take that knowledge to the next level while still in school can be a game changer for graduates entering […]

UMO to Hold Spring Plant Sale

April 08, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive will hold its annual spring flower sale on Friday, April 16, from 9 AM to 6 PM at the UMO Greenhouse located at 205 Bert Martin Road in Mount Olive. Items for sale will include assorted herbs, […]

 Spring Gardening Tips

April 1, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Article by Dr. Robert Jason Davis, Assistant Dean for the School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences If being trapped indoors for the last few weeks and the COVID quarantine have you feeling the blues, perhaps it is time to literally turn over a new leaf!  […]

What is it with Friday? by Dr. K. David Hines

April 1, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –During the disco music days of my youth, we sang and celebrated “Thank God it’s Friday.” There was even a movie with that title. Now, TGIF is deeply ingrained in our culture. And let’s be honest – even those of us who love […]

Hawkins to Serve on UMO Board of Trustees

March 30, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – John Carroll Hawkins of Cove City, NC has been appointed to the University of Mount Olive Board of Trustees. Hawkins retired from the NC Department of Revenue in January of 2018 after serving in various positions over a 34-year period including auditor, […]

Dr. H. Edward Croom Inaugurated as UMO’s Sixth President

March 25, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) held the virtual inauguration of Dr. H. Edward Croom as its sixth president on Thursday, March 25.  The program included greetings from representatives of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, the Original Free Will […]

UMO to Hold In-Person Spring Graduation Ceremonies

March 22, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – After only being able to hold virtual ceremonies in 2020, the University of Mount Olive is making plans for in-person May graduation. “Our students have worked so hard and have waited so long for graduation day, and we really want them to […]

University of Mount Olive Launches Focus to Finish Initiative

March 16, 2021 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) has been specializing in adult online education for many years.  In fact, adult undergraduate students account for more than half of the University of Mount Olive’s enrollment.  It is therefore no surprise that the institution is […]

University of Mount Olive to Inaugurate Sixth President

March 15, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- The investiture of a President stands as one of the most significant events in the life of a University. The occasion is one that both celebrates the University’s achievements and endeavors, as well as authenticates the president’s role as the leader of an […]

UMO to Hold Day of Giving March 23

March 15, 2021 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –On Tuesday, March 23, the University of Mount Olive community will come together for Giving Day. “Giving Day is a 24 hour giving challenge to encourage engagement and philanthropy of all members of the UMO community,” said Vice President for University Advancement Jason […]

University of Mount Olive to Observe Anniversary of Tragic Accident

March 8, 2021 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –This week the University of Mount Olive will remember the lives lost and affected by the tragedy of March 13, 2020.  As a result of the collision, which occurred at the intersection of Highway 55 and Indian Spring Road, freshman exercise science major […]

UMO to Offer New Degree in Aviation and Business Management

March 1, 2021 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) is soaring to the next level in its flight program.  UMO Flight School, LLC, the University’s Flight School, began in 2019 and has grown to include three single-engine planes, two of which are Cessna 172 airplanes […]

UMO Alumnus Writes Book About Social Change

February 24, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- When the world seems full of too much negativity and you don’t know how to fix it, University of Mount Olive Alumnus Eric Godwin advises to start with the things you can do yourself.  “Be the person who wants to give back to […]

UMO Earns 2021-2022 Military Friendly® Designation

February 23, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) has once again been named a Military Friendly ® School. Dr. Lisa Nuesell, Associate VP for Adult and Graduate Operations and Enrollment Management, said, “At the University of Mount Olive, we take great pride in supporting […]

Silent and Isolated?

February 18, 2021 by University of Mount Olive Psychology Department Chair Natalie Kemp, MA, LPA   How was your day son?  Silent.  What do you mean?  Mom, I can only see half the kids in my class that also have a last name at the end of the alphabet like me because they cut all […]

They Found Love at the University of Mount Olive

February 08, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- It is no secret that many college students, while seeking an education, also stumble upon lasting love.  That was the case for Andrew Alphin of Kinston, NC and Katherine “Kat” Cahoon of Columbia, NC. The pair first met at a youth retreat during […]

Young to Serve on UMO Board of Trustees

January 28, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Charlie B. Young of Micro has been appointed to the University of Mount Olive Board of Trustees. “Charlie Young brings to the Board an impressive business record,” said UMO President Dr. H. Edward Croom.  “He has demonstrated keen insight and an entrepreneurial […]

UMO’s Annual Church Night Basketball to Air on Facebook

January 25, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- January 30, 2021 will mark the 39th Annual Church Night Basketball Games at the University of Mount Olive (UMO).  Although fans will not be able to cheer on their favorite teams in person, the University will air the games and festivities on its […]

Duplin Native Aspires to Become Positive Teacher and Role Model

January 21, 2021 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – “In my mind a great teacher demonstrates an overwhelming passion for helping other people succeed,” said University of Mount Olive (UMO) education major Noah Haney. “A quality teacher puts forth their best effort and offers themselves up to the students as a […]

Like Mother, Like Daughter

January 11, 2021 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations  MOUNT OLIVE-It is ironic how often life comes full circle.  That is the case for Centora and Trinity Holder of Four Oaks.  Although 27 years and many circumstances separate the mother and daughter, both have found their educational fulfilment at the University of Mount Olive. […]

Faith and Farming Go Hand-in-Hand for Isaac Best

January 5, 2021 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive senior Isaac Best is majoring in agricultural production with a concentration in business.  It is a major that will serve him well as he strives to grow and diversify his Sampson County family farm. Isaac’s name is Biblical.  It […]

Smith Aspires to Teach the Next Generation of Duplin County Students

December 17, 2020 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – Beautancus native Melissa Smith is a freshmen at the University of Mount Olive.  She is one of the first 12 students enrolled in the University’s Homegrown Teacher Academy (HGTA). The Homegrown Teacher Academy is an innovative and collaborative program involving Duplin County […]

Hall and Boyette Receive Morris Awards for Academic Excellence at UMO

December 14, 2020 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- Graduating seniors Hunter Leigh Hall and Matthew Jerome Boyette recently received the distinguished Dr. Thomas R. Morris Awards for Academic Excellence at the University of Mount Olive’s (UMO). The Morris Awards are presented to the UMO seniors graduating with the highest Grade Point […]

$1 Million Granted to the University of Mount Olive

December 11, 2020 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) has received grants totaling $1 million from Lilly Endowment Inc.  The grants made through Lilly Endowment’s Thriving in Ministry initiative, will enable UMO to establish the Clergy Connection Initiative (CCI).  Its mission will align with the Thriving […]

Virtual UMO Graduation to Air December 12

December 3, 2020 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations To celebrate the 2020 graduating class, the University of Mount Olive will air its virtual graduation ceremony on December 12, at 10 AM and 2 PM.  UMO Alumnus Luis Miranda will deliver the commencement address.  Miranda is the senior pastor of Rivermont Baptist Church and […]

University of Mount Olive Donates School Supplies

November 30, 2020 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations The University of Mount Olive Prospective Teachers Association, Future Teachers Association, and Pi Lambda Theta organizations recently collected and distributed school supplies to Hobbton Elementary School.  As part of the service learning project, the students gathered paper, pencils, markers, erasers, hand-sanitizer, crayons, colored pencils, books, […]

Hands-on Approach to Agriculture Gives UMO Students Unique Advantage

November 19, 2020 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- “Even though I grew up in a farming town and spent years in local 4-H, I did not get the real experience of agriculture until I came to the University of Mount Olive (UMO),” said Tessa Seitter, an agriculture production systems major from […]

University of Mount Olive RLS Class Helps Bring Whirligig Festival to Life

November 16, 2020 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – COVID-19 has been an unwelcome guest for our entire nation.  It has caused us to do things differently and think creatively to stay connected. In that regard, the University of Mount Olive’s Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS) 320 Program Planning and Leadership […]

Virtual UMO Alumni Homecoming Event Planned

November 09, 2020 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations   MOUNT OLIVE-“One of the most cherished traditions at the University of Mount Olive is Homecoming and Pickle Classic Weekend,” said Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Anna Whitman.  “The weekend is a time for alumni to gather and relive those special moments that were created […]

Sarah Ford Seeks to Make a Difference in the World of Mental Health

November 09, 2020 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – “I would like to be a part of the changes that need to be made in the mental healthcare field,” says Sarah Ford of Raleigh. Ford earned her undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in political science from North Carolina A&T […]

Lee Earns Certification

November 5, 2020 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Katrina Lee, Director of Financial Aid at the University of Mount Olive, recently completed a certification that few in academia possess. Offered through the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), the Financial Aid Administrator Certification (FAAC) is a rigorous program that enhances the financial […]

UMO Receives $1 Million Gift

November 2, 2020 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations The University of Mount Olive (UMO) has received a $1 million gift from one of its longtime friends and benefactors, Dr. Thomas R. Morris of Wilmington, NC.   The contribution from Morris was inspired by his desire to invest in building opportunities for the University’s new […]

Internship Opportunities Have Positive Impact on UMO Ag Students

October 29, 2020 When Hunter Hall of Hillsborough, NC began her college search, she knew she wanted a small school in North Carolina where she could study agriculture. The University of Mount Olive (UMO) checked all of those boxes. “When I visited campus for the first time, I fell in love with the small-town atmosphere […]

UMO Receives $692,000 for AgPrime Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 26, 2020 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE – The Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center within the School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at the University of Mount Olive has been awarded $692,000.00 from the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission to administer and award a three-year grant program […]

Dr. H. Edward Croom Appointed President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 22, 2020 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive Board of Trustees has publically announced they appointed Dr. H. Edward Croom as President.  The news came from Board Chair Earl W. Worley, in a message to students, faculty and staff. Croom will be the […]

UMO Students Compete in Statewide Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 19, 2020 Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations MOUNT OLIVE –Five University of Mount Olive students recently competed in a statewide virtual event aimed at tackling community issues related to COVID-19 that could be mitigated by financial technology. Selected from the Tillman School of Business, the students representing the University […]

Get Your Peanuts and Potatoes at UMO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 19, 2020 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations Get Your Peanuts and Potatoes at UMO MOUNT OLIVE – Students in the University of Mount Olive’s School of Agricultural and Biological Sciences have been hard at work harvesting peanuts and sweet potatoes. They are currently selling these items on a first-come, […]

Heather Glennon Not Only Talks the Talk, She Walks the Walk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 14, 2020 Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations UMO’s Heather Glennon Not Only Talks the Talk, She Walks the Walk MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive (UMO) Associate Professor of Animal Science Dr. Heather Glennon enjoys working around animals. “It’s the first thing I do when I get up and […]

UMO Participates in NC Countdown to College

MOUNT OLIVE – Every October the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) hosts a “NC Countdown to College” event to help students focus on their college applications in an efficient way. This month-long event provides resources for students to better navigate the path to college including engaging with and assisting students in completing critical steps […]

Homegrown Teacher Academy Gives Back

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive’s Homegrown Teacher Academy is for students that grew up in Duplin County and plan to return there after graduation to make an impact on the next generation of students. Funded by the Kenan Charitable Trust, and supported by other charitable organizations, the Academy is a collaboration between the […]

August 2020 Graduation

Congratulations University of Mount Olive May 2020 Graduates!! Even though we can’t be together in person, we want to take this time to celebrate and honor you, your accomplishments, and your bright futures!!  Click here to view the graduation ceremony video and program.

May 2020 Graduation

Congratulations University of Mount Olive May 2020 Graduates!! Even though we can’t be together in person, we want to take this time to celebrate and honor you, your accomplishments, and your bright futures!!  Click here to view the graduation ceremony video and program.

UMO Student Brands Outdoor Gear

MOUNT OLIVE- Frank Howard admits that he is just a “Good Ole Boy.” The Galivants Ferry, South Carolina native loves to catfish and duck hunt. In fact, it is his passion for the outdoors that led Howard to pursue a degree in environmental and natural resources at the University of Mount Olive (UMO) in the […]

UMO’s Virtual Graduation Is Fitting for Veronica Kirkland

MOUNT OLIVE- Veronica Kirkland was born and raised in the Big Apple…Brooklyn to be exact, where the city and the people never sleep. With its perpetual motion and vast populations, New York City offered Kirkland many influences, both good and bad, and she could have chosen either path. Instead of letting outside pressures define her, […]

Sweet Goodness Grows at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- Harvest time has arrived at the University of Mount Olive’s Kornegay Student Farm. Over the next week, approximately 60 UMO students will get plenty of fresh air and a little dirt under their fingernails as they harvest this year’s crop of sweet potatoes. “Most of the students will be new to the process,” […]

UMO’s Exercise Science Lab is Impactful for Students and Graduates

MOUNT OLIVE- When University of Mount Olive Associate Professor of Exercise Science Dr. Mark Deaton was hired in 2013, it became his mission to establish an exercise science lab at the University. He envisioned a lab that would not only serve the obvious needs of the University’s program majors, but one that would also assist […]

Mums the Word…UMO Has Fall Flowers Galore

MOUNT OLIVE- “Growing mums is a lot like baking a cake,” said Jason Davis, University of Mount Olive Assistant Dean of the School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. “There is a recipe that has been developed and shared over time to grow the best possible product. For our mums, we used a time table and […]

UMO Director of Campus Ministries Delivers Message of Faith over Fear

MOUNT OLIVE- Fear of the unknown has never been more real than it is right now. COVID-19 has people fearful for their lives, their incomes, and their futures. University of Mount Olive Director of Campus Ministries Lester Rector said, “Fear is FALSE-EVIDENCE-APPEARING-REAL. Most people choose fear over faith, because it is easier to get. Faith […]

UMO Professor Takes Classroom Outside

MOUNT OLIVE- When social distancing and “masking up” are the norm, why not just do everything differently? University of Mount Olive Associate Professor of English Dr. Jill Gerard has decided that the University’s outdoor classroom might be the perfect spot for teaching English 111 and 225 this semester. Armed with a beach buggy fully equipped […]

UMO TSB Students Lend a Helping Hand

MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive (UMO) freshmen moved in on Saturday, August 22, and by Monday, they were already making a meaningful and impactful difference in the community. Donned with masks and prepared to social distance, nearly 50 members of the Tillman School of Business (TSB) Class of 2024 walked from campus to […]

Annual Golf Tournament Brings in Over $ 63,000 for UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- This year marked the 33rd Annual Friendly Mart/Michael Martin Memorial Golf Tournament held in memory of NC Highway Patrolman, Michael Martin, a Mount Olive College alumnus who was killed in the line of duty. The event supports student scholarships and the Trojan Club at the University of Mount Olive. The tournament which had […]

What Traditional Students Can Expect at UMO this Fall

MOUNT OLIVE – With traditional classes starting at the University of Mount Olive on Tuesday, August, 25, many parents and students are wondering what to expect in regards to COVID-19 protocols. According to Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. David Hines all UMO traditional courses will be offered through a hybrid model. “We have […]

UMO’s Fall Enrollment Looks Good

MOUNT OLIVE-Incoming freshmen and new transfer students will move-in at the University of Mount Olive on Saturday, August 22. Returning students will move-in on August 24. Traditional classes are scheduled to begin on August 25. Tim Woodard, Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing and Communications, says his team is excited about the incoming class of 2024. […]

It’s Never too Late to Make Your Dreams Come True

MOUNT OLIVE- We’ve all heard that old saying, “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.” Well, that is exactly what 26-year-old Skyler Rockafellow of Auburn, WA has done. Rockafellow grew up poor, but she has not let her circumstances dictate her future. “I knew from an early age, if I was going to be […]

UMO’s New Degree Program to Help Underserved Populations

MOUNT OLIVE- “I want to be a counselor, and I want to help underserved children,” said Aviance Hines of Bunn, NC. Hines will be part of the first class of students enrolled in the University of Mount Olive’s (UMO) new Master of Science in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health online degree program which starts this fall. […]

Dealing with COVID-19: Adolescents Suffering in Silence

by Natalie Kemp, MA, LPA, Department Chair for Psychology and Assistant Professor of Psychology MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive Psychology Department Chair Natalie Kemp shares insights on the psychological impacts of COVID-19 on teens and young adults. As a professional, I know that the adolescent years are significant times of growth and development […]

Learning to Fly, Teaching to Soar

MOUNT OLIVE- “You’re flying today! Climb on over into the pilot’s seat,” said University of Director of Flight Operations Gary Whaley to Rylee Berry. It was Berry’s first day of flight school, and when she heard those words, she admits thinking, “What in the heck have I gotten myself into?” After only a 30 minute […]

UMO’s Common Read Selection Offers Students Glimpse of Hope and Fulfillment

MOUNT OLIVE-The University of Mount Olive has selected Kathy Izard’s 2017 Christopher Award Winner The Hundred Story Home as its 2020 Common Read book selection. Reading, discussing, and writing about the novel will be a part of the curriculum for students enrolled in the First Year Experience course. An award-winning graphic designer in Charlotte for […]

Holly Daly to Lead UMO’s Health Services Department

MOUNT OLIVE- Being in health care on a college campus can be challenging even under normal circumstances, but throw COVID-19 into the mix, and the position takes on a whole new level of complexity.  Holly Daly of Mount Olive has recently joined the University of Mount Olive as the Director of Health Services, filling the […]

Is COVID-19 Stressing Out Your Kids? by Natalie Kemp, MA, LPA, Department Chair for Psychology and Assistant Professor of Psychology

MOUNT OLIVE  – University of Mount Olive Psychology Department Chair Natalie Kemp shares insights on the psychological impacts of COVID-19 on children. If you are like me, you may love to travel in the summer. My husband and I love to take little trips with our kids. When we are going on a trip, the […]

Farmville’s Frazier Proves Success Can be achieved with Patience and Persistence

MOUNT OLIVE- When Kayla Frazier graduated as valedictorian of Farmville Central High School in 2019, she could have attended any of the 11 schools that had accepted her. However, it was the lure of smaller classes and personal attention that solidified her decision to attend the University of Mount Olive (UMO). “I knew I did […]

Michael Martin Memorial Golf Tournament Set for August 20

MOUNT OLIVE- The Michael Martin Memorial Golf Tournament sponsored by Friendly Mart will be held on Thursday, August 20, at the Southern Wayne Country Club. Tee times will be at 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM. The entry fee is $90 per player or $360 per team. There will be a raffle drawing and silent auction […]

Scholarship Recipient Aspires to Give Back

MOUNT OLIVE-The ambition to succeed is as American as apple pie and Coca-Cola.  Lettie Pate was certainly a testament to that thought.  Born in Thaxton, Virginia she was raised in the Episcopal Church, privately educated, and married her husband, Joseph Brown Whitehead, in 1894.  In 1899, Joseph and an associate dreamed up the idea of […]

Stagnant Job Market Has Students Turning to Graduate School to Improve Marketability

MOUNT OLIVE –University of Mount Olive May graduates Patrick Schweitz and Malak Kafi are doing what many young people are doing during these unsettled times…they are going back to school.  With a somewhat stagnant job market due to COVID-19, Schweitz and Kafi decided to make the most of their time and their futures by enrolling […]

Flexibility and Patience are Keys to Success for Educator Dr. Kelly Alves

MOUNT OLIVE-Every educator knows that you have to be flexible to be successful.  As an adjunct instructor in the Education Department at the University of Mount Olive (UMO), Dr. Kelly Alves certainly understands and demonstrates flexibility in her work every day. Alves teaches undergraduate online special education courses at UMO. She is also Vice President […]

Williams Has Promising Future in RLS

Williams Has Promising Future in RLS MOUNT OLIVE-Keychonia Williams of Rocky Mount, NC is a senior recreation and leisure studies (RLS) major and coaching minor at the University of Mount Olive.  This summer she is interning with the Recreation and Parks Department in Clinton, NC. “With the help of Director Jonathan Allen, I am learning […]

UMO Announces New Online Agribusiness Degree

MOUNT OLIVE-The University of Mount Olive is once again addressing the needs of its students and helping educate tomorrow’s agribusiness leaders. Beginning in the fall of 2020, UMO will offer a bachelor of arts degree in agribusiness that will be 100% online.  Dean of Agriculture and Biological Sciences Dr. Sandy Maddox said, “We are very […]

UMO’s Amber Weaver Understands the Power of Flowers

MOUNT OLIVE – Flowers have the power to brighten a room, to uplift spirits, to adorn cakes, to show sympathy at funerals, to represent love at weddings, to celebrate special occasions, and the list goes on. University of Mount Olive (UMO) senior Amber Weaver understands and appreciates the power of flowers. “I truly believe that […]

Sid Gray Sees His Future Bloom at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive (UMO) junior agricultural productions systems major Sid Gray grew up in Pikeville, NC.  As a member of Stoney Creek Free Will Baptist Church, he was very familiar with UMO.  After all, it is where both of his parents, Ryan and Stephanie Gray, met and earned their degrees, and where […]

Princeton’s Daniel Kornegay Talks about Life on the Farm

MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive alumnus Daniel Owen Kornegay, II is a third generation farmer.  He and his father own and operate DOK Farms LLC.  The farm’s 1,200 acres includes four finishing hog houses, cattle, and various crops. “Farming is a family tradition for most,” he said. “For me, it is all I […]

Nutritional Tips to Avoid the “Corona Chubs” by Jaime Kylis-Higginbotham, MS, CNS

MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Jaime Kylis-Higginbotham shares insights into healthy eating during COVID-19 and beyond. Here we are, getting that family time that we were wishing for months ago. Prior to the Corona pandemic life was hectic.  We were running around getting our little/big people where they […]

More than Just Bird Watching

MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive biology major Allison Shingleton aspires to become a veterinarian.  Although she will not complete her undergraduate degree until the spring of 2021, she is already positioning herself for success.  Outside of her academic studies, the Stantonsburg, NC native enjoys job shadowing at Brentwood Veterinary Clinic in Wilson, working with […]

Stay at Home; Time to Exercise! by Mark Deaton, Ph.D., CSCS*D, EIM

MOUNT OLIVE  – University of Mount Olive Associate Professor of Exercise Science Dr. Mark Deaton shares tips and suggestions for staying fit and healthy during COVID-19 and beyond. The sun is shining, the weather is getting warmer; summertime has arrived! It is that time of the year that most of us love to spend outdoors […]

From the Inside Looking Out: UMO Art Students View COVID-19 from a Different Perspective

MOUNT OLIVE – During the stay at home orders caused by COVID-19 people often feel trapped.  Social distancing has meant social isolation for many.  University of Mount Olive Art Professor Cheryl Hooks challenged the students in her Fine Arts Studio class to complete a window mediatations assigment as a means of helping them realize that […]

Holland-Toll Receive Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive recently awarded the 2020 Dr. Thomas R. Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching to Professor of Language and Literature Dr. Linda Holland-Toll. In addition to her teaching responsibilities Holland-Toll serves as the advisor for English Education, the Linguistics Club, and Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society. Interim Vice […]

Maria Zimmer Receives Morris Award for Academic Excellence at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive elementary education major Maria “Mia” Zimmer recently received the distinguished Dr. Thomas R. Morris Award for Academic Excellence.  The award was presented to Zimmer for having the highest Grade Point Average (GPA) of the May graduating class.  The award is made possible through the generosity of Dr. Thomas R. […]

UMO Alumnus Nathan McKee Takes Technology to New Levels at SCC

MOUNT OLIVE-Clinton, NC resident Nathan Mckee has always enjoyed learning how things work.  It is a curiosity that has served him well both in his military career and in his role as Sampson Community College’s Information Technology Department Chair. Two years after completing high school in Charlottesville, VA, McKee enlisted in the Army National Guard.  […]

UMO Alumnus Glenn M. McNeill, Jr. Shares Insights as Commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol

MOUNT OLIVE – Leading the most-highly recognizable law enforcement agency in the state is no small task.  As Commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NCSHP) University of Mount Olive (UMO) Alumnus Glenn M. McNeill, Jr. must set a positive example each and every day as he upholds the duties of his office, which […]

2020 Awards Program

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations University of Mount Olive May 2020 Graduates!! Even though we can't be together in person, we want to take this time to celebrate and honor you, your accomplishments, and your bright futures!!

Keeping a Healthy Mental Perspective during COVID-19

University of Mount Olive Assistant Dean of Health Sciences and Associate Professor of Psychology by Dr. C. Ray Taylor shares insights on maintaining a healthy mental perspective during COVID-19. We have all been introduced to a new set of vocabulary that will not likely leave us too soon — shelter in place, flatten the curve, […]

May 1st is Decision Day for College Students

MOUNT OLIVE-May 1st has long been known as “Decision Day” in the world of traditional higher education.  It is a national day of celebration for students who have decided on their college or university of choice. For many colleges and universities, it signals the deadline for students to pay enrollment deposits and commit to fall […]