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U of M cadet giving military a boost
U of M website redesign launched Gov. Haslam's budget proposal
  includes Community Health Building

Team at U of M works to benefit

Cook, Sable win first-ever Lupfer Teaching Award
Profile: Dr. Maurice Mendel
Bingham awarded honor by NMCS
U of M holiday card contest winners
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Gov. Haslam's budget proposal includes state-of-the-art Community Health Building
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced that the state's proposed budget for the upcoming year includes $45 million of the $60 million needed for the state-of-the-art Community Health Building that will house two of the Universities most successful programs: the Loewenberg School of Nursing and the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The U of M is responsible for $15 million and is working through its Centennial Campaign to secure the remaining funding.

"We expect to break ground soon on this building," said Haslam, who was on campus Jan. 29 to discuss his recently released statewide budget proposal for the next fiscal year. Several hundred in attendance enthusiastically applauded the news. 

Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam
Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam

Haslam said when he first became governor, he was approached by U of M President Shirley Raines about securing funding for a new combined facility to house the University's nursing and communication sciences and disorders programs. 

"I had several conversations with Dr. Raines about the audiology, speech language pathology and nursing programs," Haslam said. "She said these were key priority areas for the University because of there being such a large market demand for graduating students to fill jobs primarily in nursing, but also for audiology and speech pathology in the Memphis area. She said if the University had a new facility, it could meet these demands.

"It will help the economy in Memphis, it will help the University of Memphis and will help us in the state. I want to tip my hat to the University for meeting this demand."

The proposed building will feature 177,000 square feet to accommodate more than 1,100 nursing students, faculty and staff and nearly 150 graduate clinicians and clinical and research faculty and staff in communications sciences and disorders. The four-story building will feature a 140-seat auditorium and lecture hall, a new home for the Memphis Speech and Hearing Center, research labs and health assessment and skills labs. It will be located on the Park Avenue Campus.

"This is a great day for the University of Memphis as well as the health care system in the Mid-South," Raines said after the announcement was made. "This will allow the University to produce top-notch health care professionals to meet an ever-growing health care demand in the area. This is a landmark day for the U of M.”

School of Nursing students have a 98 percent pass rate on the NCLEX by first-time exam takers. Seventy percent of the U of M’s Advanced Practice Nursing graduates work as Family Nurse Practitioners in medically underserved areas of Tennessee.

The academic programs of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology have been ranked among the Top 20 “Best Graduate Schools” by U.S. News and World Report.

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