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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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Franceschetti and Tankersley honored with Briggs Award

Dr. Donald Franceschetti and Dr. Irvin Tankersley received the 2010 Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Memphis. The award recognizes teaching excellence at the undergraduate level and overall commitment to undergraduate education.

Franceschetti, a professor of physics, and Tankersley, an accounting professor, received their $7,500 awards during the University’s annual Faculty Convocation at the Humphreys School of Law.

Franceschetti has been a member of the U of M faculty for more than 30 years. Over that time, he has excelled in teaching, research, service and administration. Franceschetti teaches Introduction to Physics, a general education course for students who have not previously studied physics. To engage his students, he makes extensive use of PowerPoint presentations, video clips and computer simulations. His PowerPoints have garnered attention well beyond Memphis: his PowerPoint on atomic theory is found on the Internet and has been translated into Portuguese for use at a university in Brazil.

Although he has taught the course many times, Franceschetti strives to make the class interesting. “He is clearly a genius, but teaches in a way that is not overwhelming to students,” read one student evaluation. “Class not mandatory, take him, he is great!”

Franceschetti has been involved on a broader university level as well. He was the first director of the freshman learning communities, Fresh Connections. Franceschetti is a leader in the U of M initiative in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. He has been an invited speaker on physics tutoring systems and has written more than 100 articles on a range of topics in physics, math and science.

Tankersley has taught undergraduate classes at the U of M for 37 years, including large sections of business law. A devoted educator, he is always seeking new and innovative ways to spark maximum interest of his students in whatever the subject matter.

He has received the Suzanne Downs Palmer Professorship for Excellence in Teaching and also has been named Honors Professor of the Year. Tankersley strongly supports the need for providing more writing opportunities for students, and has enhanced the writing component of his courses. His constructive criticism helps students write with greater skill.

One colleague calls Tankersley a perfect model for a professor teaching undergraduate courses.

“He is a highly compassionate and dedicated professional who cares about his students and his department — always the consummate team player,” she said. “Dr. Tankersley is a dynamic and powerful communicator who possesses the gift of being able to make complex legal topics understandable. In spite of his exceptional talents, he is a humble and approachable person who loves to share his extensive legal knowledge with others.”

The Briggs Award, established in 1996, is named for the founder of Welcome Wagon International.

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