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June 2007

Two Deans Say Farewell to the University this Summer
Eoff Named VP for Communications
"Memphis Reads" Links University Community
U of M Builds "Sustainable Design" House
Alumni News and Events

Two Deans Say Farewell to the University this Summer

Hovda & PepinTwo deans who have done much to improve their respective colleges at the University of Memphis will no longer be on campus after this summer. College of Education Dean Ric Hovda has accepted the Dean of Education position at San Diego State University while Fogelman College of Business and Economics Dean John Pepin will be retiring.

Under Hovda, the College of Education has celebrated many successful collaborations with foundations and school systems in accomplishing numerous milestones. These partnerships include the award-winning New Teacher Center, the Striving Reader's Program, the Literacy Academy and Center for Urban School Leadership. Also, external funding has doubled under Hovda, increasing from $6 million to more than $12 million.

Pepin, a professor of marketing, received his BBA in 1962 and his MBA in 1964, both from the U of M. During his deanship at the Fogelman College, Pepin has provided high-energy leadership to the faculty and staff. His many accomplishments have had major impacts on both the delivery of College academic programs and the greater Memphis community. His achievements include the reaffirmation of the College's professional accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - International (AACSB) in 2002; establishment of major award programs for faculty; and enhancement of funding for numerous scholarship programs of the College, especially those for attracting high-ability students. He began serving as dean on Dec. 1, 1999.

Eoff Named VP for Communications

Raines & EoffDr. Shirley C. Raines, president of the University of Memphis, recently announced that Robert H. "Bob" Eoff has been chosen to fill the newly created office of Vice President for Communications, Public Relations and Marketing.

Eoff comes to the University from the New York Times Company, where, since 2004, he has been president of the NYT Broadcast Media Group, overseeing nine network-affiliated television stations and their Web sites. He has been with the company since 1969, when he began working for WREG, Channel 3, the CBS affiliate in Memphis. He retired from the New York Times Co. earlier this year.

Eoff is a 1971 graduate of the U of M, where he received his B.A. degree in radio-television, advertising, sales and management. He has participated in graduate programs at the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College and at other professional programs at Columbia University and Duke University.

Eoff officially starts Aug. 20.

"Memphis Reads" Links University Community

Memphis ReadsThis fall's incoming freshmen will have already completed their first assignment at the U of M before they even set foot on campus. They are participating in "Memphis Reads," the University's reading program in which all incoming students read a designated book during the summer. The book is required reading for certain courses and will be the topic of discussions, lectures and other events on campus. This year's selection is I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches that Changed the World: 75th Anniversary Edition by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (edited by James M. Washington).

Now in its second year, the reading program is designed to inspire community spirit and a sense of identity with the University. Each year's book will focus on a general theme that will serve as a common thread in courses throughout the curriculum as well as in extracurricular activities. This year's theme, centered on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's death, promises to provoke the students and faculty to do some soul-searching. The call that King issued to his followers then can be heard just as well today, as we seek to respond to environmental issues, international relations and other concerns of our fellow man.

We invite you to read the book this summer and to think of it as a point of connection linking you with others at the University of Memphis. For more information on the program, visit memphisreads.memphis.edu.

U of M Builds "Sustainable Design" House

GroundbreakingThe Center for Sustainable Design at the University of Memphis recently broke ground on a sustainable design demonstration house in Memphis' Uptown neighborhood. The site is at the northeast corner of North Main and Greenlaw.

The two-story, 1,700-square-foot home will be one of the first in the region built to conform to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED guidelines for homes.  The house will also reflect adherence to Memphis Light Gas and Water Division's EcoBUILD program and to the American Lung Association's Health House standards.

The home's construction will feature energy efficient and environmentally responsible techniques, materials, appliances and fixtures.  The yard will feature plants indigenous to the Mid-South, eliminating the need for irrigation.

Following completion of the project, the home's garage will function as a temporary classroom for seminars that will be offered to design and construction professionals, as well as members of the public who are interested in learning more about the principles of sustainable design.

Alumni News and Events

The Alumni Association will hold its Vision Forum Saturday, Aug. 11, at the FedEx Institute of Technology. Club and chapter presidents will present their state of the club/chapter addresses, and the Alumni Association will report on its progress of achieving the new vision of the Association. To attend, call the Alumni Office at 901/678-2586 or e-mail alumnievents@memphis.edu.

The Band Alumni Chapter invites alumni to celebrate the first day of summer at a reception Thursday, June 21, from 6 - 8 p.m. See the proposed designs for new Mighty Sound of the South uniforms, meet with other local band alumni and learn more about the Band Alumni Chapter. To attend, call the Alumni Office at 901/678-2586 or e-mail alumnievents@memphis.edu.

The Young Alumni Committee will host its 2007 Summer Symposium: Eat, Drink & Be Enlightened, with featured speaker Dr. Don Carson, Tuesday, June 26, at the Alumni Center, 635 Normal Street. Join fellow young alumni and friends of the U of M for complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the program to follow. Dr. Carson will speak about having a life-long relationship with the University. RSVP to 901/678-3119 or alumnievents@memphis.edu. For more information, contact Kelly Davis at 901/678-4299 or kdavis9@memphis.edu.

The Young Alumni Committee will host its first Tigers to the Tailgate 5K on the evening of Friday, Aug. 31, around the U of M campus. Alumni, students and friends are invited to celebrate the beginning of football season and the school year in this race. For more information, contact Kelly Davis at 901/678-4299 or kdavis9@memphis.edu.

Nashville-area alumni are invited to the annual Alumni Picnic at Edwin Warner Park, Sunday, July 15, at 2 p.m. Everything is included for $10 per person or $25 per family. The menu will include BBQ pork, smoked chicken wings, slaw, baked beans, potato chips and a chocolate brownie. Alumni Association members will receive a $2 discount per person. To RSVP, e-mail gotigersgo@nashvilletigers.com.

The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter will team with the Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association and the Memphis Redbirds to host their annual CLE/Redbirds event Thursday, June 28. The day's activities will begin with a CLE opportunity from 2 - 6 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Memphis to be followed by a night at AutoZone Park as the Redbirds host the Round Rock Express at 7:10 p.m. For more information, contact Kelly Davis at 901/678-4299 or kdavis9@memphis.edu.

The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter will host its annual Striving for Excellence in the Law Alumni Dinner Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis. Please join the Law Chapter in honoring our legal community's Pillars of Excellence from America's greatest generation as well as other alumni and friends of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.  The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m.  For more information, contact Kelly Davis at 901/678-4299 or kdavis9@memphis.edu.

The Herff College of Engineering Alumni Chapter is currently accepting nominations for the 2008 Outstanding Alumnus Award. If you know of an exceptional Herff graduate, nominate them today. Download the nomination form from www.memphis.edu/alumni/eng_oaa.pdf. The deadline for nominations is August 1.

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