Selected as Next Student Affairs VP
Bureau Renamed to Recognize Sparks
University Libraries Present Unique Giving
U of M Partners with MCS, Plough Foundation
to Create New Teacher Center
Theatre Department Presents Innovative
Pair of Plays
Upcoming Alumni Events
Did You Know?
familiar face to the U of M community has been named Vice President
for Student Affairs. Dr. Rosie Phillips Bingham, a native
Memphian, will assume the role May 1.
Dr. Bingham had been Assistant Vice President for Students
Affairs and Student Development at the U of M since 1993.
She joined the University in 1985 as Director of the Center
for Student Development, then became an adjunct professor
in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Counseling,
Educational Psychology and Research. She has served on some
50 University committees and is a recipient of the University's
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Award.
In making the announcement of Dr. Bingham's appointment, President
Shirley Raines said, "It's very encouraging to know that
after a national search ... we found the best candidate already
on our campus. Dr. Bingham not only brings outstanding academic
and professional qualifications, but, equally as important,
she brings knowledge and understanding of the University of
Memphis and its students. Just as we have benefited from her
expertise for the past 18 years, we look forward to much more
progress as a university with her help in the future."
honor his many contributions to research and to the University
of Memphis, the Bureau of Business and Economic Research has
been renamed for Dr. Willard R. Sparks. Dr. Sparks is
founder and chairman of the board of Sparks Companies, Inc.,
an agricultural research and consulting firm. He is also part
owner of CattlCo Inc., one of the nation's largest cattlefeeding
operations and Vining-Sparks, a general securities firm. He
is also affiliated with Refco, LLC, one of the world's largest
futures commission merchants.
Sparks' contributions to the University, he established the
Sparks Family Chair of Excellence in International Business
and the Sparks Family Marketing Center within the Fogelman
College of Business and Economics, co-chaired the Campaign
for Memphis fundraising venture, and has been a member of
the Board of Visitors since its inception, serving as chairman
twice. In 2001, the Sparks family made a $300,000 gift to
the University Libraries in honor of the inauguration of Dr.
in 1963, the newly named Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic
Research is one of the nation's largest and most respected
business research bureaus, providing information and assistance
to the local area on economic trends and data, employment
and unemployment, and tax revenues and projections. The SBBER
conducts research on broad areas of economic impact and development
and major community issues.
When you hear the word "library" you may think of
a stately building crammed with old books. But at the University
of Memphis's Ned R. McWherter Library, the scene is quite different.
Alongside the old volumes are new books, sleek computers, videocassettes,
DVDs, new journals, unique collections of letters and other
library is full of students working hard toward earning their
degrees and faculty members doing research for projects that
will impact our community and beyond. It's also full of regional
and national scholars using the many rare manuscripts, historical
monographs and letters housed in the Special Collections Department.
Our library is a hub of activity.
you can be a special part of that activity. For a donation
of $75, you can dedicate a book in honor of a loved one.
A bookplate recognizing your honoree will be placed in the
front of the book; you will also be acknowledged as the donor.
Each student, professor or alumni who reads that book will
learn of your generous support of the library.
gift will help us purchase books and other resources for the
library, restore and preserve our collections and maintain
the computers and other technological resources that our students
and faculty use each day in their research.
more information about this opportunity and other ways you
can help to strengthen the University Libraries, contact Veronica
Oxford at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 901/678-4224 or contact Sharon Koelle at email@example.com
U of M, Memphis City Schools, and Plough Foundation have joined
forces to create a New Teacher Center at the University.
Funded by a $863,000 grant from the Plough Foundation, the Center
will be fully operational at the start of the 2003-04 academic
goals of the Center are to increase new-teacher retention
rates and improve student achievement in the Memphis City
Schools by providing professional development and mentoring.
New Teacher Center will be modeled after and affiliated with
the highly successful New Teacher Center at the University
of California, Santa Cruz. That program has enjoyed new-teacher
five-year retention rates of 94 percent, while the national
average is 50 percent.
more information about this project, see the University's
official news release at http://www.memphis.edu/releases/apr03/plough.html
or the College of Education's New Teacher Center brochure
Ayckbourne's House and Garden presents a challenge
to a theatre company: perform two plays simultaneously in two
theatres to two audiences. Up for the challenge, the U of M
Department of Theatre and Dance will present the plays' Memphis
premieres April 17-19 and 22-26.
the title suggests, one play takes place inside of the Platt
house, an English country estate 200 miles from London. The
other occurs in the Platts' garden. When characters exit one
play, they enter into the other, interweaving plotlines as
crazy subplots include three marriages on the rocks, backroom
political shenanigans, an alcoholic and unpredictable French
film actress who speaks very little English and the organizational
hell of a storm-battered garden fair.
play can be seen singly and in any order, but you'll want
to see both sides of the story!
are 8 p.m. at the U of M Department of Theatre and Dance (3745
Central Avenue). Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students
and senior citizens. For tickets, call 901/678-2576. Call
Alice Berry at 901/678-3184 for more information.
Office of Alumni and Special Events is currently planning spring
events for alumni in Nashville and New York City. For more information,
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 901/678-5314.
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