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New Gift Supports Women’s Council Programming, Operations

By Bill Dabney

University Communications

The Dr. and Mrs. R. Faser Triplett Foundation, managed by siblings (from left) Lou Ann Triplett Woidke, Diane Triplett Holloway, Chip Triplett, Liz Triplett Walker and Suzy Triplett Fuller, has made a gift in support of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy. Photo courtesy Triplett Family Foundation

The most recent of many gifts from the Dr. and Mrs. R. Faser Triplett Foundation to the University of Mississippi provides $125,000 in operational support for the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy.

The foundation, named for the late Jackie and Faser Triplett, of Jackson, is managed by their children: Chip Triplett, of Ridgeland; Diane Holloway, of Ridgeland and Nashville, Tennessee; Suzy Fuller, of Greenwood, South Carolina; Liz Walker, of Jackson; and Lou Ann Woidtke, of Madison.

“I had the privilege of being good friends with Faser and Jackie Triplett and have personally known each of their children and their families,” said Suzan B. Thames, OMWC chair. “I can attest to the generous and loving nature that each of them expresses through their unique ways of giving back to the causes that are drawn to their hearts.

“It is the Triplett siblings’ shared love of the university and their common desire to give back to it that brings them together to continue their parents’ legacy of loyal philanthropy and advocacy of Ole Miss.”

The Triplett siblings agree that Women’s Council events, lectures and resources work together to create unique programming that is second to none in the nation.

“My siblings and I felt strongly that with this gift, we would be contributing to a part of Ole Miss that has an undeniable impact on students’ lives,” said Holloway, a 1985 UM graduate and member of the OMWC board of directors. “This program goes so far beyond financial aid. It wraps students in support and equips them with the tools to carve their own success in life.

“No matter from where these young men and women hail, they are a valued member of a community that wants to see them thrive.

The Women’s Council provides scholarships for tuition and books for young men and women, as well as guidance and training in leadership skills, career development and personal growth throughout the students’ tenure at the university.

“We believe in the power of the OMWC to make positive change in young peoples’ lives, and I can’t think of a greater gift than that,” said Holloway, a former member of the UM Foundation board of directors. “It’s so moving to hear scholars speak to their time in the program.

“Each one has a story of how this community lifted them in their times of greatest challenge and celebrated them as they found their paths as young adults. Their experiences are diverse, but they share a common thread of finding fulfillment beyond what they dreamed for themselves.”

Amyaha Graham, of Clarksdale, has been the recipient of the council’s life-changing experience.

“Being a part of the Ole Miss Women’s Council has granted me with opportunities and lasting relationships,” said Graham, a senior accountancy major. “This is not merely a scholarship program; it is my family away from home. The mentorship and never-ending support have tremendously helped to transform me into the person I am today.”

Holloway said her involvement with the council and interaction with its scholars have influenced her own life.

“My brother and sisters have sat with me as tears rolled down my face in describing the heartwarming, transformative experiences that students in the program have had,” she said. “And to now join together to support the very programs that foster this kind of impact is so meaningful to us.”

The foundation’s gift to the Women’s Council follows its $4 million gift to the Ole Miss Alumni Association’s Triplett Alumni Center building fund last fall.

In 2021, the family provided $500,000 in seed money to establish the William Magee Institute for Student Wellbeing at the university. The institute serves as the umbrella organization over several wellness centers designed to encourage holistic well-being and transform lives through education, research and support related to alcohol and other drugs.

This is the second major gift the family directed to the university’s efforts in this area, and the support has spurred the growth of resources for students. In 2019, the foundation awarded the William Magee Center for AOD and Wellness Education $750,000 to support the hiring of a health-education specialist, fund the planning of a national symposium at Ole Miss and cover expenses associated with the startup.

Besides supporting student wellness, the Triplett siblings directed a $1 million gift to the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi at the Medical Center to support the expansion of Children’s Hospital. They also helped establish the R. Faser Triplett Sr. Chair of Allergy and Immunology in honor of their father.

Emelia O’Neill, of Smithton, Illinois, said she’ll always be grateful for the opportunities and experiences she’s enjoyed as a Women’s Council scholar.

“Having the opportunity to be part of something as unique as the Ole Miss Women’s Council has been a huge blessing for me both personally and professionally,” said the senior banking and finance major. “The resources and experiences that have been offered to me have changed my college experience considerably and provided me with a great support system here in Oxford.

“The outstanding mentorship program has been one of my favorite parts of the Ole Miss Women’s Council thus far, as well as forming relationships with fellow scholars through Red Plate Suppers and scholar trips.”

The OMWC serves 41 students such as Graham and O’Neill. In its history, the council has provided financial assistance and mentorship to 175 scholars.

To make a gift to the Ole Miss Women’s Council, visit https://nowandever.olemiss.edu/schools-and-units/ole-miss-womens-council/ or contact Suzanne Helveston, program director, at shelveston@olemiss.edu or 662-915-2956.

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