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UofM’s April 23 Convocation Will Honor Outstanding Educators and Advisors University News
For release: April 22, 2008

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Faculty ConvocationThe men and women who teach classes and those who advise students on their courses of study at the University of Memphis will be honored Wednesday, April 23, at Faculty Convocation.  The event is the culmination of Faculty Scholarship Week, which called attention to the many books, films, music CDs, and fine art created by faculty members, as well as their countless journal articles written and other research conducted.

Convocation activities will begin with a procession through the interior of the campus.  Professors will dress in full academic regalia and will be led by a parade marshal carrying the mace and official seal of the University.  The procession, which dates to medieval times, is colorful, with professors’ robes sporting hoods of various hues that represent their disciplines and the universities from which they hold their degrees.

Faculty ConvocationConvocation itself will begin at 2 p.m. in the Rose Theatre, following the academic procession that will begin at 1:45 p.m. at the College of Communication and Fine Arts.  The procession will proceed from CCFA past the McWherter Library to the Student Plaza and will circle the Plaza before entering the Rose Theatre for Convocation ceremonies.

Foremost among the awards to be presented is the Eminent Faculty Award, presented by the University’s Board of Visitors.  The trophy and $20,000 cash award this year will go to Dr. Ralph Albanese, chairman of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature.

The Thomas W. Briggs Foundation will honor Dr. Joseph Hayden of journalism and Dr. Nancy Mardis of accounting for excellence in undergraduate teaching and an overall commitment to undergraduate education.

Faculty ConvocationHonored by the University’s Alumni Association for distinguished teaching will be Dr. Lily Afshar in music, Dr. Robert Marchini in physics, Dr. Yuki Matsuda in foreign languages, Dr. Fernando Burgos Perez in foreign languages, and Irvin Tankersley in accounting.

The Alumni Association’s Distinguished Advising Awards will go to Lisa Eldin in the College of Arts and Sciences and Nancy Magallanes in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature.

Awards from the Alumni Association will go to Stephen Hancock for distinguished achievement in the creative arts, to Dr. William Smith for distinguished research in the social sciences and business, to Dr. George Anastassiou for distinguished research in science, engineering, and mathematics, to Dr. James Fickle for distinguished research in the humanities, and to Michael Schmidt for excellence in engaged scholarship.

The Allen J. Hammond Presidential Service Award, presented only occasionally, for particularly meritorious service, will recognize Mrs. Noel Schwartz, who recently retired as the University’s registrar.

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