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Three May U of M Graduates Receive Presidential Appointments

Contact: Gabrielle Maxey

July 3, 2014 - Three May graduates of the University of Memphis have accepted presidential appointments for full-time positions with the Obama administration that last until January 2017.

NoorFatima Noor will be a special assistant in the Office of the Director for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security beginning July 28. Noor majored in psychology with minors in Spanish and international relations. She recently completed a month-long research fellowship in psychology hosted by Carnegie-Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh; her research will be ongoing for this program. Noor was a leader in many honor societies at the U of M. She has done volunteer work with World Relief Memphis and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition.



OkereChimene Okere has begun work as a special assistant in the Office of Capital Access at the U.S. Small Business Administration. His responsibilities include assisting small business owners with acquiring financial resources and managing a community development portfolio that focuses on economically disadvantaged clients. He majored in economics with a minor in Italian. Okere studied in Italy in 2012 and in summer 2013 he attended The Fund for American Students in Washington, D.C.

This year he worked at the Crews Center for Entrepreneurship on campus.



DoddTaylor Dodd will be a confidential assistant to the director of the Department of  the Treasury. She will work in financial accounting and budget management beginning July 7. Dodd majored in accounting with a minor in international business. She interned with Deloitte & Touche. Dodd was very active on campus, and was selected Miss University of Memphis in 2013.

“The University of Memphis graduates exceptional students who make significant differences in the world,” said Dr. Rosie Phillips Bingham, vice president for Student Affairs. “These three students are stellar examples. They competed with students from the country’s most elite institutions and they prevailed. More importantly, these three will do a superior job for the Obama administration.”

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