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U of M Student Entrepreneur Named One of Eight National Finalists in Elite Competition

Zach HarrisonUniversity of Memphis MBA student Zach Harrison has been selected as one of the Entrepreneurial Eight to compete in the finals of the Student Startup Madness (SSM) tournament, a partner program of South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive. The elite college student startups will be in Austin, Texas, on March 10 to pitch their companies to a judging panel of successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and investors who can help them transform their ideas into business success.  The top three teams, as judged and scored by the SSM panel, will each get $5,000 of credits for Google Cloud Platform. Click here to learn more about the competition.

New Vet Center offers military conveniences
U of M offers services to military and family through new center in Panhellenic Building. Located in the Panhellenic Building, the VRC offers a new campus space where veterans and military-related students can relax and study together. The Center is providing an expanding variety of services, including seminars and outreach events for veterans; important campus and community resource information; computers and a printer for personal and academic use; and programs to help the campus better understand the sacrifices and challenges of the military student. Click here to read more.

Kemmons Wilson School will operate as an independent school within U of M

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The University of Memphis recently announced a strategic shift to operate the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management (KWS) as an independent school within the University. The KWS, which has been housed as a part of the Fogelman College of Business & Economics (FCBE) for the past decade, will now have a unique opportunity to serve its students with a more industry-driven curriculum.

“The Kemmons Wilson School has grown considerably in the last several years and, after 10 years of wonderful support from the FCBE, is ready to move toward autonomy,” said U of M Provost David Rudd. “This step will allow the school to focus on the unique demands of the rapidly evolving hospitality industry, along with local partnerships, growing the resort management side of the school, and a co-op effort at the Lambuth Campus. I have great confidence that the school will quickly rise to be a national leader.”

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Scholarship will help students cross the finish line

The commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors has established a scholarship in the Fogelman College of Business & Economics to help deserving students make it across the finish line of their academic careers – the graduation stage.

The Finish Line Scholarships are specifically designed to assist students who have exhausted all other sources of funding and do not qualify for merit-based awards. Scholarships will be awarded as needed and preference will be given to students in their final semester and who are planning to live in Memphis after graduation. They are part of the U of M's Finish Line Program, which targets students with 90+ hours who are no longer enrolled but still interested in completing a college degree.

“Financial need is a serious problem for many students, especially at public, urban universities such as the University of Memphis,” said Dr. Rajiv Grover, FCBE dean. “These Finish Line Scholarships are significantly important because they allow hard-working students the ability to earn their degree despite financial challenges. It is a win-win for all parties involved – the students, the College and the Memphis community.”

For more information, contact Anna Michael at

Attend the Career & Internship Expo on February 19

Career ExpoLooking for a job or want to expand your career opportunities? Here is your chance to network with employers seeking to fill full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities. The Career & Internship Expo will be held Feb. 19 from 10 am-3 pm in the UC Ballroom, and is free to all U of M students and alumni. Pre-registration is not required. Dress professionally and bring your resume. Click here to learn more.


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