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More May Features:

Lindner Receives Highest Honor
The U of M Steps into India
Study Abroad a Perfect Cup of Tea
AUSP Lends Helping Hand
Distinguished Teaching Award
Two Honored with Briggs Award
Research/Creative Awards go to 5
Going the Distance
Taking Note
Poteet Honored with Award
Green Fee
Rushing School of Music Director


May 2010 Briefs

The popular “The Delta. Everything Southern!” conference is returning to the University of Memphis June 3 at the Fogelman Executive Center. The conference begins at 8:15 a.m. and has an impressive list of experts on the history, life and culture of the Delta. Past conferences have sold out in advance. New this year is online registration: visit http://www.memphis.edu
for registration information and other details.

The U of M Moot Court travel team finished second in the National Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition in Boston last month. After winning the Southern Regional Championship, team members LaChina Algers and Joseph McKinney advanced to the national competition.

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Going the distance: Education advisers lauded for excellence

The University of Memphis presented its Distinguished Advising Award to two distance education advisers in the University College during its annual Faculty Convocation. Dorothy “Dot” Hale and Tracy P. Robinson received the $2,000 award during Convocation April 23 at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

Hale recently marked her 34th anniversary serving students at the U of M in various advising capacities. She first worked in the Office of Minority Affairs, then with Athletic Academic Services and the Fogelman College of Business & Economics before moving to the University College. She has taught courses in legal studies, the freshman seminar ACAD and political science.

Hale sees advising as a trusted support system that should help students meet their academic goals as effectively as possible. Students agree she is achieving that vision. Said one student, “Mrs. Hale works very hard to make sure that every student reaches their full potential. She has taken this journey with me. She has been my biggest cheerleader, but she has also given me a swift dose of reality when I needed it most.”

Another student added, “Mrs. Hale has continued to encourage me. She reminds me that even though the journey now may be a little tough, the end reward will be a great payoff. Without her, I am sure I would have left the U of M at the first sign of trouble. Thanks to her, I will graduate this spring.”

Robinson joined the University in 2000 as an instructor in Consumer Science and Education. In 2003, she became a student development counselor in the Academic Counseling Center and joined the University College in 2004.

Robinson is active in the local Academic Advising Network and in NACADA (the National Academic Advising Association). She was instrumental in the design and promotion of the annual Discover Your Major Day.

Robinson sees her role as adviser as encouraging students to set realistic educational, career and life goals, and in helping them become aware of the support network within the University that is available to help them achieve those goals.

Students attribute much of their success to Robinson. “She was my undergraduate adviser. I was a returning adult student after a very long absence from college, and Tracy helped make my transition back to college very seamless,” said one student. “I do not think I would have graduated without the outstanding assistance I received from her.”

Another student said, “Tracy showed me different paths I could take, and she let me know that happiness is better than making tons of money. I am now a professional studies major with a concentration in health services administration in the last semester of my undergraduate studies. I believe that Ms. Robinson is a major reason I will be walking on May 8.”

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