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October 2002

U of M and City Schools Partner, Win Major Grant to Improve Achievement in History
Rumble in the Jungle: 90 Years on the Prowl
- Homecoming 2002
Tour Egypt with The U of M
Upcoming Alumni Events

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U of M and City Schools Partner, Win Major Grant to Improve Achievement in History

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a Teaching American History Grant of $983,227 for a project designed to improve history instruction in Memphis City Schools. Dr. Kenneth Holland, chairman of political science at the University will direct the project; Dr. Janann Sherman, associate professor of history, is the project's academic director.

"Under this grant, The University of Memphis will provide training for elementary and secondary teachers in traditional American history, with emphasis on the important events, people, ideas and turning points, subjects that have been neglected in the social studies curriculum over the past 40 years," said Holland.

Over a three-year period, faculty from the University will provide training to 80 City School teachers. Based on a theme of liberty and rights, summer institutes will be offered for elementary teachers and summer graduate courses for secondary teachers.

Other local project partners include the National Civil Rights Museum, Facing History and Ourselves, and the National Writing Board.

Rumble in the Jungle: 90 Years on the Prowl

Homecoming 2002A cornucopia of activities is in store for this fall's Homecoming celebration, culminating with the Tigers vs Houston Cougars on Saturday, Nov. 2. This year's theme, "Rumble in the Jungle: 90 Years on the Prowl," recognizes the University's 90th anniversary, which is being celebrated this year.

Join your fellow Tigers for entertainment, games, food, athletic events and the big game. Here are just a few of the events planned for the celebration:

  • Eighth Annual Alumni Golf Classic
  • Bandmasters Championship
  • Lady Tiger volleyball and soccer
  • Party at the Peabody
  • Halftime entertainment featuring the "Mighty Old Sound of the South" alumni marching band

In addition, don't miss the Alumni Tent Event sponsored by the Alumni Association and Band, Business, and Greater Memphis Alumni Chapters. We'll have BBQ plates for $6 per person from 11 a.m.-1 p.m in the Liberty Bowl Stadium Armory lot.

The Tigers will storm out of their den for a 1 p.m. kickoff. Alumni tickets are $7. Call 901-678-2331 to order in advance.

Tour Egypt with The U of M

SphinxAncient wonders, magnificent temples, and lavishly decorated tombs are only some of the sights that will be part of an archaeological tour of Egypt next spring sponsored by The University of Memphis. The tour will run March 6-18.

Highlights will include visits to Cairo and Alexandria; the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx; the Kharga and Dahla oases; and Luxor, site of The U of M's Great Hypostyle Hall Project at the Karnak Temple and newly opened tombs in the Valley of the Kings.

Dr. Lorelei H. Corcoran, director of the University's Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, will lead the tour. An associate professor of art, Corcoran has worked in Egypt often over the past 18 years, conducting research at Egyptian museums and working on excavations.

The tour costs $5,250, which covers transportation, hotels, meals, tips and baggage allowance. For more information, call 901-678-2555 or e-mail vhuss@memphis.edu.


Upcoming Alumni Events

The Engineering Alumni Chapter Reception will be held at the Pyramid on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. This event is a great opportunity for alumni, faculty, students, and friends of the Herff College of Engineering to gather together. Contact Nicole Lejuwaan at nlejuwan@memphis.edu for more information.

Did You Know?

In 2001, 97 percent of students from The U of M's Loewenberg School of Nursing passed their nursing licensure exams on the first attempt.


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