Two individuals who have helped make the University of Memphis a national leader in
internships were honored with the Allen J. Hammond Presidential Service Award. Dr.
Dixie Crase, a professor in the University College and director of academic internships,
and Alisha Rose Henderson, director of Career Services, were recognized at a ceremony
on May 6.
|(left to right) Alisha Rose Henderson, Dr. Shirley Raines, and Dixie Crase
For more than 40 years, Crase has been committed to meeting the needs of students
and community partners through her teaching, research and service. She has served
as faculty, chair and director of academic internships. In 1975, Crase was the recipient
of the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Within the University College, she
has received the Outstanding Advisor Award, Distinguished Faculty Award, and the Alma
Bucovaz Award for Urban Studies. In 2007 she served as president of the American Association
of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) and shares her professional expertise as an
AAFCS accreditation site visitor for university programs across the country.
Crase’s supportive administrative style and collegial approach have enhanced the significance
of the exceptional internship experiences available to U of M students.
Since her arrival at the U of M in 2006, Henderson has led the highly respected Career
Services Office with a relationship-building model. Her integrated approach to student
services ensures that U of M graduates are prepared to enter a global workforce. She
recognizes that career development and planning are important factors in student success
and to the strategic mission of the University. Henderson is dedicated to providing
support to students and alumni as they identify and achieve their career goals. Her
credentials include certifications in career coaching, job search training, and mediation.
She is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the Southeastern
Association of Colleges and Employers, and previously served on the board of the Tennessee
Association of Colleges and Employers.
The collaborative efforts of the Office of Academic Internships, Career Services and
the Internship Team have strengthened productive partnerships leading to competitive
career opportunities for students and alumni. In fall 2012, the University of Memphis
was named one of the top ten internship programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
The Hammond Award is not given every year, but is reserved for special recognition
of those who have rendered significant service to the University. Once called the
Presidential Award for Exceptional Service, the name was changed to honor the University’s
late director of student financial aid.