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Enshrinement of 1912 - Honoring Our Distinguished Alumni & Friends

Please join us in congratulating our 2013 honorees:

The Hon. Steve Cohen2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award
The Honorable Stephen I. Cohen (JD ’73)
Congressman Steve Cohen is a fourth-generation Memphian who has dedicated his life to public service. Currently serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for Tennessee’s 9th Congressional district, Congressman Cohen has held public office in the Tennessee General Assembly (1982-2006), the Shelby County Commission (1978-1980), and Vice-President of the Tennessee Constitutional Convention (1977). He is known throughout the state as the “Father of the Tennessee Lottery,” after leading the referendum effort that instituted the successful Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship program, an initiative to provide Tennesseans with access to affordable, quality, post-secondary education. Cohen is also a Life Member of the Alumni Association.

Summer Owens2013 Outstanding Young Alumna Award
Summer Owens (BBA ’01)
Owens is president and founder of S.O. What! LLC and founder and executive director of the S.O. What! Foundation.  She is a motivational speaker and author of the book Life After Birth: A Memoir of Survival and Success as a Teenage Mother, developed to help all people eliminate judgment and excuses of all types and live life to their greatest potential. She was named “Top 40 under 40” by the Memphis Business Journal and received the Tri-State Defender’s Women of Excellence award and the Women of Achievement Heroism award. She was recognized as a Fogelman College of Business & Economics Outstanding Young Alumna. Her story has been featured on national television, as well as in The Commercial Appeal and Memphis Parent Magazine. Owens is also a Life Member of the Alumni Association.

Gisbons2013 Distinguished Friends of the University
Kathy & J.W. Gibson
Kathy Gibson is Chairman of the Board at Buckman Laboratories International, Inc. and succeeded her father, Robert Buckman, as head of the company that her grandfather, Stanley J. Buckman, created in 1945.  James Wesley “J.W.” Gibson is the CEO of the Gibson Companies and a former County Commissioner. Both are native Memphians and recently established the endowed Kathy and J.W. Gibson Scholarship Fund, the purpose of which is to support high-achieving students who contribute to a diverse student body at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.  Their philanthropic outreach includes Kathy’s dedication to the arts, women and girl-related causes, and J.W.’s devotion to civic involvement.

Our recipients were recognized during Homecoming Weekend, November 8-9, and will continue to publicly recognize their social, professional, and personal achievements throughout the year.

Recipients were honored on court during half-time at the Memphis vs. CBU exhibition basketball game on Friday, November 8. They participated in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, November 9, followed by an on-field recognition ceremony at the football game.

View Photos from the November 8 Reception & On-Court Recognition

View Photos from the Homecoming Parade & On-Field Recognition

For additional information, please contact the or 901-678-2586.


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