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- June 27, 2024 -

Dr. Karen Weddle-West

Dr. Karen Weddle-West to Step Down as UofM Vice President for Student Academic Success

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - After an accomplished 25-year tenure as an administrator at the University of Memphis, Dr. Karen Weddle-West will step down from her position as Vice President for Student Academic Success, effective June 30.

Read more on the legacy Weddle-West leaves behind >

- June 17, 2024 -

AYLUS Memphis raising funds for RIP

Lemonade and Yard Sales Generate Thousands for COE Child Intervention Program

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Wanting to make an impact in the mental health community in Memphis, high school students Evan Wu and Alan Cheng discovered the Regional Intervention Program (RIP), and after touring the facilty and meeting the program coordinator, they then decided how they wanted to support the program.

Read more about how they fundraised and what their goals are >

- June 7, 2024 -

Dr. Genia Bettencourt

COE’s Bettencourt Selected for National Leadership Seminar

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Each year, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funds a four-week summer workshop for faculty, doctoral students and researchers from across the country. Only 25 of 133 applicants were selected by NEH this year

Read more about what the institute has in store for our Dr. Bettencourt >

- June 6, 2024 -

Dr. Frances Ellmo Receives WTCA Award

Ellmo Wins WTCA Counseling Educator of the Year, Tigers Rake in Awards

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Dr. Frances Ellmo from the College of Education’s (COE) Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research (CEPR) has been awarded Counseling Educator of the Year by the West Tennessee Counseling Association (WTCA).

Read more about who else from UofM won awards from WTCA >

- June 4, 2024 -

Jordyn Switch and her mother Aundrea Gordon

One Month Later: TigerLIFE Family Reflects on Participating in Commencement

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – It’s been one month since 2,858 University of Memphis students walked the stage at FedExForum for Spring 2024 Commencement. Commencement is a special time for every student receiving their respective degree, but for nine graduates in particular the ceremony was more than a milestone for their own individual journeys but also the program they’re a part of.

Read more about TigerLIFE's participation in commencement >

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River City Partnership

The River City Partnership is a collaborative partnership between the UofM College of Education, Memphis-Shelby County Schools (MSCS), local charter schools and other community partners collectively working to prepare culturally competent teachers who know what to teach and how to reach the students they serve in Memphis-area schools. With only fifteen (15) spots available each cohort, RCP is one of our exclusive opportunities to make an impact in the City of Memphis.

RCP stands apart because it focuses on Memphis! No city in the world is quite like Memphis, and no teaching program is quite like RCP. River City Scholars can expect these benefits when they are accepted into the program:River City Partnership Logo

  • 4-year River City Scholarship ($4,500 per year), covering partial tuition
  • Summer Bridge prepares you to start as an RCP scholar
  • Cohort class model that builds community between RCP scholars
  • Urban Education seminar
  • Academic mentoring sessions
  • Tutoring and test prep workshops
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