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November 2006

Get in the Holiday Spirit with Free Concert
U of M Celebrates Opening of Second Phase in Millington
U of M Helps Tennessee Students Be On Cutting-Edge of Internet-Based Education
U of M Professors Edit Prestigious International Reading Journal
Alumni Club and Chapter News

Get in the Holiday Spirit with Free Concert

The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music will present its third annual Holiday Concert at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Michael D. Rose Theatre on the U of M campus. It is free and open to the public. The concert will feature traditional and lesser-known seasonal favorites performed by student ensembles including Sound Fuzion, Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra, the University brass, trombone and tuba-euphonium ensembles, and a classical guitar quartet.

“This is our gift to the community,” said Dr. Patricia Hoy, director of the School of Music. She adds that it is an opportunity for many of the School’s faculty and students, who might not ordinarily perform together, to collaborate on a single concert. “Preparing for the concert puts us in the holiday spirit and that mood is passed on to the audience.”

For additional information on the event, please call 901/678-5400 or visit the School’s web site at http://music.memphis.edu.

U of M Celebrates Opening of Second Phase in Millington

The University of Memphis Millington Center celebrated the opening of its second phase on October 27.

The second phase encompasses 40,000 sq. ft. on the ground floor of the former Navy Hospital. It holds 26 classrooms, including two computer labs, four private study rooms, a long-distance learning room, and three rooms that can be combined to create a 100-seat lecture area. It also houses office space for administrators and graduate students. The Millington site currently has 630 students enrolled.

The $4 million renovation is the second major expansion the U of M has completed since it assumed control of the 38 acres of former U.S. Navy property which was acquired in December 2002 with the help of U.S. Rep. John Tanner. In 2004, the 13,000 sq. ft. Willis Hall opened with 10 classrooms and two computer labs.

While the Center currently offers undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from business administration to education, center director Herb McCree hopes it will eventually become home to grant-funded research projects, extended learning classes, and a small-business incubator program.

U of M Helps Tennessee Students Be On Cutting-Edge of Internet-Based Education

Students across Tennessee soon will have access to one of the fastest computer networks in the world, and the University of Memphis will be the primary connection. Internet2, a network consortium of more than 200 universities, has announced that Tennessee’s statewide education network will become the 37th Sponsored Education Group Participant (SEGP) to connect directly to Internet2’s nationwide high performance network. This will give Tennessee’s students access to cutting-edge, Internet-based educational opportunities not available today on the commercial Internet.

Through this program, made possible through sponsorships by the U of M and the University of Tennessee, teachers and students across Tennessee will be able to collaborate with their peers all over the world in virtual classrooms and laboratories that are revolutionizing the way young students learn, regardless of their physical location.

“The SEGP program offers students and faculty at all educational levels across Tennessee access to information resources across the state and around the world,” said U of M President Shirley Raines. “Through the advanced networks of Internet2, the Tennessee SEGP program overcomes the traditional barriers of time and distance, allowing students and faculty to collaborate and participate in innovative learning experiences wherever they may be. The University of Memphis is pleased to be a leader in this exciting initiative.”

The Tennessee SEGP, which will connect to Internet2’s network through the U of M, brings together Tennessee schools, libraries, community colleges, performing arts centers, and museums. Students will not only have access to new instructional materials,but they can also participate in ongoing national programs developed by members of the Internet2 K20 initiative. In particular, the network will be used promote inter-cultural exchanges through high quality video-conferencing with school districts in Korea, China and Russia.

U of M Professors Edit Prestigious International Reading Journal

Two professors in the University of Memphis College of Education have been selected as co-editors of The Reading Teacher, at 85,000-subscribers in 100 countries the largest literacy education journal in the world, published by the International Reading Association (IRA). Dr. Robert B. Cooter Jr. and Dr. J. Helen Perkins will lead that publication for the next five years.

The Reading Teacher is a pioneer in “research-to-practice,” the model for educational improvements that are currently part of a number of education reform efforts. Classroom teachers at all levels, elementary to college, rely on the publication for teaching tips, examples of research application, commentaries, and review of books and other teacher resources.

The new editors say they intend for The Reading Teacher to address the needs of teachers in rural and urban settings. Under their editorship, the magazine will give greater emphasis to such issues as English-language learners, family literacy involvement, technology-enhanced reading instruction, and the connection of assessment to instruction. They also want to pay special attention to the education of children with limited cognitive ability, with severe reading problems, and with speech and language problems that affect reading. Cooter and Perkins also hope to expand the diversity of writers and subject matter in the journal. They particularly hope to get more contributions from classroom teachers.

Perkins is the first African-American woman to hold the editorship of any IRA journal, including The Reading Teacher.

Alumni Club and Chapter News

The Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its 2007 Distinguished Alumni Awards. These awards honor alumni and friends who have brought honor and distinction to the U of M. Award winners are recognized at a black-tie gala held in their honor in the spring.

The categories are Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Friend and Outstanding Young Alumni. A nomination form and a complete list of past recipients are available online at http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/daa.html. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 15. Watch future issues of the e-newsletter for more details on this event.

Alumni Family and Friends: Make plans to attend the Alumni Association’s last Barn Bash of the year. Join us Saturday, Nov. 18, at 11 am for live music, BBQ, beverages and true blue fun. We will even have an inflatable for the kids. The Tigers will take on the University of Houston at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome. The cost is $5 for Alumni Association members, $7.50 for not yet members.

The Engineering Alumni Chapter will host its Student Alumni Mixer Jan. 25 from 6-8 p.m. in the Alumni Center. Students will network with alumni at this casual reception. If you are a graduate of the Herff College of Engineering and would like to participate, contact the club’s coordinator, Stephanie Galloway, by e-mail at sgallowa@memphis.edu or by phone at 901/678-4373.

The Engineering Alumni Chapter needs your nomination for the 2007 Outstanding Alumnus Award. Each year the chapter presents this award to a deserving Engineering graduate at its spring alumni awards dinner. We encourage you to nominate any graduate who demonstrates outstanding achievement in academic pursuits, research activities, or community involvement. Please provide a nomination letter that addresses the nominee’s professional accomplishments and the impact and influence on his or her business profession, a letter of support from one other individual unrelated to the candidate that addresses professional and/or community contribution criteria, and any additional information that would reflect on the nominee’s achievements, character, or contributions to the larger community. Members of the Engineering Alumni Chapter board of directors and Engineering faculty are not eligible. Download the nomination form at http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/eng_oaa.pdf. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 1.

The University of Memphis School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Chapter needs your nomination for the 2007 Outstanding Alumnus Award. Each year the chapter presents this award to a deserving AUSP graduate at the Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders. We encourage you to nominate any graduate who demonstrates outstanding achievement in academic pursuits, research activities or community involvement.

Please provide detailed information, including the nominee’s history, resumé, honors received, published works, and two letters of support. Related newspaper clippings and magazine articles also would be helpful. Members of the AUSP Alumni Chapter board of directors and AUSP teaching and clinical faculty are not eligible. To nominate someone or get more details, including eligibility requirements, download the nomination form at http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/ausp_oaa.pdf. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 1.

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