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College of Arts & Sciences Will Honor Its Graduates Sept. 22
For release: Sept. 13, 2005
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The University of Memphis' College of Arts & Sciences will host its ninth annual Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 22, at The Racquet Club of Memphis. A reception will begin at 6:15 p.m., followed by the dinner at 7.

The college will honor Dr. Robert E. Sweeney and Anita Vaughn as its Outstanding Alumni. Gene Cashman will be named Outstanding Friend.

Sweeney is president and CEO of Challenger Corporation, a Memphis-based company established in 1991 that is the creator of the largest library of electronic physician education materials in the world. The company's Med-Challenger programmed learning series has become the best-selling electronic test preparation product in the specialties of emergency medicine and family practice. Challenger is developing similar products in internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology.

Sweeney earned his bachelor's degree from SUNY Binghamton and four master's degrees, including an MBA and an MS in experimental psychology from the U of M. He also received a doctorate in American history from Carnegie Mellon University. Sweeney is an expert in the acquisition, management, evaluation and promotion of agreements between healthcare organizations and physicians, and is the author of three books and numerous articles.

Vaughn, a registered nurse, has been with Baptist Memorial Health Care for more than 30 years. During that time she has gained experience in virtually all areas of healthcare, from the patient's bedside to management. Vaughn has become a champion for improving women's health and making health care more accessible and convenient for women and their families.

From 1994 to 1997, she was administrator of managed health and wellness. In 1997 she became director of practice management, which included planning and operations for 11 Baptist Minor Medical Centers and six physicians' practices. In 1998 she was selected to lead the planning and development team for the Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women, and she now serves as its CEO and administrator .

Vaughn also has a strong clinical background. She was promoted from clinical director for Baptist East and Baptist Medical Center to assistant vice president for Baptist East in 1992. She graduated from BMH School of Nursing and earned two degrees from the U of M, a BA degree in sociology in 1977 and an MPA in 1982.

Cashman is president of the Urban Child Institute, formerly LHS Inc., a grant-making organization formed after the 1995 merger of Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center and Methodist Healthcare. He was a leading force behind a $5 million grant from LHS Inc. that created a partnership to develop educational programs for Methodist and Le Bonheur employees at the U of M.

For more information on the dinner, contact Emily Jones at 901-678-2586 or via e-mail at alumnievents@memphis.edu.

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