University of Memphis News Releases

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- Wednesday, September 11 -

memphis state eightUofM Will Commemorate 60th Anniversary of Memphis State Eight

The University of Memphis will celebrate the 60th anniversary of eight African American students integrating its campus at a commemorative event Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. in the University Center Theatre. A reception will follow.

Read more about the Memphis State Eight>


- Monday, September 9 -


U.S. News & World Report Ranks UofM in Top Tier for Public Universities

The latest USNWR rankings put the University in the top tier for public universities.

Learn more about the ranking>



- Friday, September 6 -

kb turner

Dr. KB Turner Appointed Chair of Faculty Athletics Committee

President M. David Rudd has appointed Dr. KB Turner to chair the Faculty Athletics Committee, which he has served on for several years.

Read more about Turner and the committee>



- Wednesday, September 4 -

admin buildingBoard of Trustees Approves Purchase of Property to Accommodate Middle and High Schools

The University of Memphis Board of Trustees approved the purchase of property at Audubon Park Baptist Church and three adjacent residential parcels north of Park Avenue to accommodate the growth of University Middle School and allow for future expansion of a University high school at its meeting Wednesday.

Read more from the meeting>


- Friday, August 30 -

clock towerUofM Board of Trustees and Committees Will Meet Sept. 4

The University of Memphis Board of Trustees and its committees will meet in the University Center on the main campus Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Read more about the BOT meeting>



- Thursday, August 29 -

wellness center$30 Million Student Wellness Center and Plaza to Break Ground

The University of Memphis will break ground on the new $30 million R. Brad Martin Student Wellness Center and Plaza adjacent to the new $18 million Hunter Harrison pedestrian cable bridge/Alumni Mall Amphitheater and $18.5 million five-story, 1,140-space parking garage on Southern Avenue.

Click for more details on the Center>



- Friday, August 23 -

art hubCCFA Will Unveil Central to the Arts Hub

The College of Communication and Fine Arts will kick off its Central Avenue Arts Corridor development project with an afternoon celebration for the launch of the Central to the Arts Hub on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Read more about the arts hub>



- Wednesday, August 21 -

new technologiesUofM Licenses Four New Research Technologies

The Office of Technology Transfer has signed agreements to license four new technologies: Engage, Green Living, Caregivers Support and Ultrasonic Dispersion of Cohesive Powders.

Click for more details on the new technologies>



- Tuesday, August 20 -

cable bridgeBridge to be Named for Hunter Harrison

The family of Hunter Harrison has made a gift to name the UofM’s new pedestrian cable bridge in his memory. Harrison attended the UofM, but left to pursue a career as a railroader.

Learn more about the bridge and its namesake>



david ruddPresident Rudd Named to NCAA Division I Committee

President M. David Rudd has been selected to the NCAA Division I Presidential Forum Steering Committee.

More details about the NCAA committee selection>



- Monday, August 19 -

opioid grantsUofM Receives $1.89 Million to Combat Opioid Crisis

The University  received two grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to train future behavioral health services providers in substance abuse and opioid treatment.

Read more about the grants>


african american male academyUofM Creates African American Male Academy

The University is launching The African American Male Academy, designed to increase graduation rates, following President Rudd’s well-received testimony to the House Committee on Education and Labor's Subcommittee on “The Cost of Non-Completion” in May.

Learn more about efforts to increase graduation rates>



- Thursday, August 15 -

porterleathUofM and Porter-Leath to launch partnership for early childhood care behind $3.5 million Urban Child Institute grant  

The University of Memphis and Porter-Leath have come together to launch a new, innovative partnership designed to help address a critical need for early childhood care in the Memphis community through the generosity of a $3.5 million grant from the Urban Child Institute.

Read more about the partnership>


- Monday, August 5 -

leftwich tennis centerCity of Memphis, UofM and Tennis Memphis Partner to Begin $19 Million Leftwich Tennis Center Expansion

Leftwich will serve as home for the Tiger men's and women's tennis teams. The new facility will be dramatically improved, featuring 32 courts – 20 outdoor and 12 indoor.

More details about the Leftwich expansion>

 - Friday, August 2 -

AACCUofM Math Professor is First Woman to Receive Bellman Award

Dr. Irena Lasiecka, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, made history recently when she was awarded the 2019 Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award.

Read more about Lasiecka and her award>

 - Thursday, August 1 -

larry finchCommunity Can Become Part of Larry Finch Legacy by Donating to Plaza

The UofM will dedicate a plaza in honor of the legendary Tiger player and coach in late 2020.

Learn more about the plaza how to contribute>

commencementUofM Will Award 638 Degrees at Commencement Aug. 10

The featured speaker will be Dr. Aram Goudsouzian, recipient of the 2019 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award

Read more about Commencement>

- Wednesday, July 31 -

lambuth campusHigh School Will Relocate to UofM Lambuth Campus

The existing Madison Academic High School will move into a new facility on the UofM Lambuth Campus in Jackson, Tenn.

More details about the new high school>

- Monday, July 29 -

tim flohrTim Flohr Appointed Program Manager for Kemmons Wilson Culinary Institute

Flohr will manage the daily operations of the custom-built culinary training facility in Cordova.

Read more about Flohr and the Culinary Institute>

- Friday, July 26 -

brian russellArtist Brian Russell Will Create Sculpture for Scheidt Family Music Center

“The Spirit of Music” will be a freestanding abstract sculpture made of forged aluminum with three blue elements of cast glass.

Read more about the artist and the sculpture>

hooks instituteHooks Institute Welcomes New Advisory Board Members

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change has added Mark Hart, Thomas Flippen and Nicole A. Thomas to its Advisory Board.

Learn more about the new board members>

 - Wednesday, July 24 -

athletics logoAthletics Receives Record $13 Million Commitment

The gift from Gary W. and Barbara Bryant is the largest commitment in Memphis Athletics history, and the second-largest gift in University of Memphis history. 

Read more about the Bryant gift>


- Thursday, July 18 -

Anita BoykinsLCON Receives $2.7 Million Grant for Family Nurse Practitioner Program

The grant will address the shortage of primary care professionals in underserved rural communities in West Tennessee.

Learn more about the HRSA grant>

student studying$44.1 Million: A Record for UofM Fundraising

The UofM secured a record $44.1 million in fundraising during the 2019 fiscal year, including $32.5 million for academics and $11.6 million for athletics.

Read more about the record>

- Wednesday, July 17 -

Mary CampbellHooks Institute Selects An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden as Winner of its National Book Award

An American Odyssey is a telling biography of the artist Romare Bearden, whose iconic collages conveyed the richness and complexity of African American life in the civil rights era.

More details about the book selection>

 - Tuesday, July 2 -

Katharine SchaffzinUofM Names Katharine T. Schaffzin as Dean of Law School

Schaffzin is the first woman to serve as dean of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

Read more about the new dean>

UMRF research parkUMRF Research Park Joins Blockchain Consortium to Reclaim Medications and Prevent Prescription Waste

The UMRF Research Park became the second node in a nationwide consortium of prescription repositories, health care organizations and higher education institutions to reclaim medications and track prescription waste.

Learn more about the medication consortium>

- Friday, June 28 -

UMRF openingUofM Research Foundation Announces Expansion of Student-Operated Call Center for UMRF Ventures

Facility to house expanded Level 1 and a new Level 2 Call Center for FedEx IT Support at UofM.

Read more about the call center expansion>

- Thursday, June 27 -

CAESERCAESER Expanding to UofM Lambuth

The Center for Applied Earth Science and Engineering Research (CAESER) is expanding its reach to UofM Lambuth. New operations will bring water research that could benefit rural communities in West Tennessee.

Read more about CAESER in Jackson>


- Thursday, June 20 -

art shay photoArt Shay Photography Exhibit Chronicles 1960s Civil Rights Movement

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change and the Art Museum of the University of Memphis (AMUM) will co-host an opening reception for the exhibit If I Had A Camera - Art Shay: Activism, Civil Rights and Justice Sunday, June 23, at the AMUM from 2-5 p.m.  

                                                                        Learn more about Art Shay and his work>

- Tuesday, June 18 -

sunflowerBiology Professor Publishes Article on Sunflower Diversity in PNAS

 Dr. Jennifer Mandel, assistant professor of Biological Sciences, has authored an article published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America). “A fully resolved backbone phylogeny reveals numerous dispersals and explosive diversifications throughout the history of Asteraceae” is published in the June 17 issue.

                                                                        Read more about the importance of sunflowers>

- Friday, June 14 -

Zabi Rezaee book

UofM’s Dr. Zabihollah Rezaee Authors Book on Business Sustainability in Asia

Business Sustainability in Asia: Compliance, Performance, and Integrated Reporting and Assurance is the most recent book authored by Dr. Zabihollah Rezaee on business sustainability worldwide, specifically in Asia.

Read more about Dr. Rezaee's book>

- Monday, June 10 -

CAESER research teamCAESER to Host Second Public Meeting on Aquifer Study on Tuesday

CAESER will host its second public meeting on Tuesday, June 11, from 5:30-7 p.m., at the Hollywood Community Center, 1560 N. Hollywood St., Memphis, Tennessee 38108.

Learn more about CAESER >

- Thursday, June 6 -

University of Memphis Research & InnovationUofM and Epicenter collaborate to strengthen Deep Science Entrepreneurship

The UofM and Epicenter have partnered to create a program designed to give enterprising PhDs the opportunity to turn research-based intellectual property into local startup companies.

Read more about the partnership >

- Wednesday, June 5 -

Kemmons Wilson studentUofM Board of Trustees approves new culinary institute

The University of Memphis Board of Trustees approved the KWS-CAFÉ (Culinary Arts and Foodservice Enterprise) as an expansion of the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality & Resort Management.

View other Trustee Meeting Notes >

Chanel Hudson-MarksPerseverance Personified: How Chanel Went From the UofM to the World Cup

Creating a legacy isn’t always about success over a long period of time. Sometimes, it’s about persistence, being receptive to change and taking advantage of the important moments you’re presented.

Read more about Chanel's journey to the World Cup >

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Forum Will Connect Businesses with Skilled Employees Who Are Ex-Offenders >
May 29  |  The University of Memphis will host "A Forum Connecting Memphis-Area Businesses with Sources of Skilled, Qualified Employees Who are Ex-Offenders (An Operation: Safe Community Initiative)" Tuesday, June 11, from 8 a.m.­­–noon in the University Center Ballroom. A continental breakfast will be served from 8–8:30 a.m.

Exhibit of Photographs by Art Shay Illustrates 1960s Civil Rights Movement >
May 24  |  The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis and the Art Museum of the University of Memphis (AMUM) will co-host an exhibit featuring the work of freelance photographer Art Shay at the AMUM from June 24–Oct. 5. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 

$26.3 Million: UofM Setting Back-to-Back Records for Academic Fundraising >
May 23  |  The University of Memphis has secured consecutive records with $26,321,435 in academic commitments during the fiscal year ending June 30, surpassing the previous record of $23,145,635 raised in fiscal year 2018.

Bobby Fogelman Will Be Appointed Emeritus Lifetime Member of UofM Foundation >
May 20  |  Philanthropist Bobby Fogelman will be appointed an Emeritus Lifetime Foundation Board member. Read more about the support given by Mr. Bobby Fogelman and his family.

University of Memphis Foundation Adds New Board Members >
May 17  |  The University of Memphis Foundation has added two new members to its Board of Directors: Tanya Hart and Monica Wharton.

President Rudd Testifies Before Congress About College Completion >
May 9  |  In a hearing Thursday before the House Committee on Education and Labor's Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment, University of Memphis President David Rudd shared examples of successful programs and initiatives that the institution has implemented to raise higher retention and graduation rates for vulnerable student populations.  

University of Memphis Receives First Forward Designation >
May 1  |  The Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation, recently announced their inaugural cohort of First Forward Institutions that includes the University of Memphis.