Two Deans Say Farewell to the University this
Eoff Named VP for Communications
"Memphis Reads" Links University Community
U of M Builds "Sustainable Design" House
Alumni News and Events
Two 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.
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
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.
Dr. 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.
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.
officially starts Aug. 20.
This 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
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.
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
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact Kelly Davis
at 901/678-4299 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.