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University College Alumni Chapter Will Present Awards May 10th

For release: May 3, 2012
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

The University College Chapter of the University of Memphis Alumni Association will present its outstanding alumni and service awards at a reception and dinner May 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fogelman Executive Center on the U of M campus. There also will be a silent auction benefiting the chapter’s Book Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $30 per person and may be purchased online at  or by contacting alumni coordinator Connie Thiemonge at  or 901-678-1333.

The chapter will honor Frank Turner McMeen as Outstanding Alumnus; Daniel Michael Dent and Megan Regina Mottley will be recognized as Outstanding Young Alumni; and Sherri G. Stephens will receive the Outstanding Service Award.

Frank Turner McMeen
Frank McMeen
McMeen (MALS ’08) is president of the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation. He previously was assistant director of admissions, director of development, and vice president of university advancement at Freed-Hardeman University and president of Columbia Academy in Columbia, Tenn. McMeen is a member of the Jackson Rotary Club, the Historical Zoning Commission, Madison County Health & Healing Clinic, and the Lambuth Area Neighborhood Association. He was named the Boys and Girls Clubs Man of the Year in 2007.

Daniel Michael Dent
Daniel Dent
Dent (BPS ’08 ) is senior vice president and senior regional manager for First Tennessee Bank, where he manages the sales, service and operations of the retailbranch system in Mississippi, Jackson, Tenn., and some surrounding markets. He has 19 years of experience in the financial services industry, including 10 years as a financial planner at Ameriprise Financial. Dent is a summa cum laude graduate of the Barret School of Banking. He has served on the Shelby County Retirement Board, the City of Germantown Retirement Board, the University of Memphis MILE Advisory Board and the First Tennessee United Way Cabinet. Dent was named one of Memphis Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2011.

Megan Regina Mottley
Megan Mottley
Mottley (MALS ’03) is publisher of DIVINE Magazine, a print and digital inspirational magazine published quarterly since 2007. DIVINE won DMAG America’s Memphis Choice Award for Best Entertainment. Mottley also is founder of MTLY Communications, a consultation service that creates communication platforms for ministries, churches, non-profits and individuals. She created “The Glamour Girl Movement,” an inspirational experience based on her first book, Glamour Girl: How to Get the Ultimate Makeover. Mottley previously was editor of PROUD Magazine and the Black Business Directory. She received the Tri-State Defender’s “50 Women of Excellence” Award in 2011.

Sherri G. Stephens
Sherri Stephens
Stephens (BPS ’07) is an administrative associate in the Department of Theatre and Dance in the U of M College of Communication and Fine Arts. She previously worked in the Office of Student Activities and the dean’s office in CCFA. Stephens earned a BPS in individualized studies in public relations and management. In 2011 she received the Ann Dunn Staff Award from the College of Communication and Fine Arts.
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