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More March Features:

Campus School is Among Best
Recycling Initiative Gains Steam
U of M Effort to Clean Memphis
U of M's 'Blue' Patrol Turns Green
DAA Gala: Year of the Tiger
Skloot's Book is Best-Seller
AUSP Joins Effort in Caribbean
Magnani Discovers Fault Line
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March 2010 Briefs

Boom-a-lacka, boom-a-lacka... This was the beginning of the 1920-1921 Lady Tigresses cheer that started every game that season. Read more

Green Thumb: A variety of plants identified by NASA as top air cleaners are part of a campus study in reductions in heating and cooling costs. Read more

The University of Memphis's Graduate Program in City and Regional Planning in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy has appointed Dr. Jeffrey S. Lowe as associate director of its newly-established Mid-Sized Cities Policy Research Institute.

The Assisi Foundation of Memphis has awarded a $500,000 renewable grant this year toward a $2.5 million conditional pledge over five years to the U of M to assist the School of Public Health, formed in July 2009, in obtaining its national accreditation.

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'Year of the Tiger' theme of this year's DAA gala

It’s always the Year of the Tiger for U of M alumni, but 2010 also marks the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese Zodiac. Under that theme, the University of Memphis Alumni Association will bestow its highest honors in a gala at the Memphis Zoo on April 23. Call 901/678-2333 for ticket information and other details.

Ronald Hart and Theopolis Holeman will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award; Tre Hargett will be named Outstanding Young Alumnus; Rita Sparks will be recognized as Distinguished Friend of the University; and Bobby Wharton will receive the J. Millard Smith Illustrious Service to the Association award.

Ronald Hart
Ronald Hart
Hart (BBA ’81, MBA ’83), a financial adviser with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, based in Atlanta, has been named one of the nation’s top financial advisers by two publications. He is a syndicated columnist, whose work appears in 30 newspapers with a weekly circulation of 1 million readers. His columns have been described as “Lewis Grizzard meets P.J. O’Rourke with a dash of Will Rogers’ horse sense.” Hart appears on CNN and has been quoted in numerous publications.

Theopolis Holeman
Theopolis Holeman
Holeman (BSET ’71) was named the 2008 Outstanding Alumnus of the U of M’s Herff College of Engineering. He is group vice president of U.S. operations for Spectra Energy, one of North America’s leading natural gas infrastructure companies serving three key links in the natural gas value chain: gathering and processing, transmission and storage and distribution. Holeman formerly served as senior vice president of power delivery for Duke Energy, one of the largest electrical power companies in the United States. Holeman has also been recognized as one of the “Top 75 Most Powerful Black Executives in the U.S.” by Black Enterprise magazine.

Tre Hargett
Tre Hargett
Hargett (BBA ’91, MBA ’92) is secretary of state for Tennessee. He was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1996-2008. Hargett served as the Republican leader of the Tennessee House from 2003-05. During his tenure in the House, Hargett co-sponsored a constitutional amendment designed to facilitate property tax relief for senior citizens. The amendment was approved by 83 percent of Tennessee voters. In 2007, he was nominated to the position of director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, which sets the rates and service standards of privately owned telephone, natural gas, electric and water utilities. He is a life member of the Alumni Association.

Rita Sparks
Rita Sparks
Sparks has been a licensed commodity broker since 1980. She was a member of a seven-person team that in 1977 formed Sparks Companies Inc., an agricultural research information and consulting firm. Sparks has also held several key accounting positions in the retail business and in the commodities field. She is a life member of the U of M Alumni Association and a member of the U of M’s Board of Visitors and the U of M Foundation Board of Trustees. Sparks is also an Athletics Ambassador and is involved in a variety of community projects. She serves on the boards of Memphis Development Foundation, the Baddour Center, president of the Memphis Redbirds Foundation and the Campbell Foundation. She is the widow of Willard R. Sparks.

Bobby Wharton
Bobby Wharton
Wharton (BSET ’75), president and owner of G & W Diesel Inc. and co-owner of Pro-Fire Equipment, defines what it means to be a True Blue Tiger. He has donated to professorships in the Herff College of Engineering for almost 10 years. His generosity provides critical support for an outstanding professor annually. Wharton is a lifetime member of the Alumni Association and has served as president of the University of Memphis National Alumni Association. Wharton currently serves on the Herff College’s Alumni Board. His commitment to the University’s Athletics Department is equally impressive. Wharton has served as president of the Highland Hundred.
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