University of Memphis News Releases

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- Friday, Sept. 17 -

Luther C. McClellan

University of Memphis holds naming ceremony for Luther C. McClellan Alumni Mall

Luther C. McClellan, the first African American graduate from the University of Memphis, is now the namesake of the alumni mall on the UofM campus. A marker placed just south of the Administration Building was unveiled Friday to recognize the Luther C. McClellan Alumni Mall. A recording of the ceremony can be viewed at facebook.com/uofmemphis. 

More on the Luther C. McClellan Alumni Mall >

- Wednesday, Sept. 15 -

senior giftUofM alumni George and Betty Johnson commit $1M to endow Senior Class Gift Program

UofM alumni and longtime supporters George (BBA ’70) and Betty (MEd ’75) Johnson recently committed $1M to endow the Senior Class Gift program. The program was created by the Johnsons in 2015 as a “class project” to encourage seniors to become UofM donors while they are still students.

Learn about the Senior Class Gift >

- Tuesday, Sept. 14 -

levitt shell

The University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music presents a special tribute “Scheidt at the Shell” concert to honor healthcare workers on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.

Understanding the power of music to uplift and inspire, this free concert will take the audience on a musical journey featuring classic pieces performed by the University of Memphis Wind Ensemble, University of Memphis Opera and SoundFuzion. 

About Scheidt at the Shell >

- Monday, Sept. 13 -


U.S. News & World Report national ranking for University of Memphis improves for fourth straight year 

U.S. News & World Report’s national ranking for the University of Memphis has improved for the fourth straight year for Top Public Schools and third consecutive year for Best National Universities. The No. 2-ranked public university in the State of Tennessee, UofM’s Top Public School ranking has increased to No. 123 in 2022 from No. 126 in 2021, No. 135 in 2020 and not ranked in 2019.

Read about the rankings >

- Thursday, Sept. 9 -


UofM Lambuth reaches record enrollment for third consecutive year in fall 2021

The University of Memphis Lambuth has reached a record enrollment for the third straight year with 1,448 for the fall 2021 semester, breaking marks of 1,321 in 2020 and 1,070 in 2019. It has been a remarkable 35.3% increase in enrollment in the past three years.

More on UofM Lambuth enrollment >

- Wednesday, Sept. 8 -

Hooks InstituteHooks Institute partners with Metal Museum to discuss Exploring African American Jewelry: Art, Adornment and Manifestations of African American Cultural Identity 

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis and the Metal Museum will partner to highlight the work and lives of African American jewelers on the Hooks Institute's Facebook page (facebook.com/benhooksinstitute) Tues., Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. This event is the second in the Hooks Institute series, “Exploring the African American Experience Through Art.” 

Learn more about the event >

- Thursday, Sept. 2 -

UofM students

UofM Waiving Application fee for 2022 Incoming Freshmen Students from Sept. 1-15

The University of Memphis is waiving the application fee for 2022 incoming freshmen students only for the next two weeks from Sept. 1-15. Tiger Select applicants should have already received an email with instructions on how to apply. For any additional questions, please reach out to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Orientation at 901.678.2169.

More on the application fee >

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University of Memphis Continues to Climb in Latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings; 3rd World Ranking in a Year 

The University of Memphis received its third world ranking in a year as it has climbed in the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The UofM improved its U.S. ranking to No. 147, nine spots better than last year. The UofM’s strength in the scoring methodology was in teaching and research as both categories scored above the median. 

Read about the rankings >

- Tuesday, Aug. 31 -


University of Memphis receives $2M Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Grant

The University of Memphis will lead a $2M research-based Cybersecurity Education Innovation project funded by the Department of Defense’s National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) program. The Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) at the UofM has formed a consortium of NCAE-C institutions with the University of West Florida, North Carolina A&T State University and The Citadel to improve critical infrastructure cybersecurity.

Information about the grant >

- Monday, Aug. 30 -

Nestor Rodriguez

University of Memphis Alumni Association Appoints New Board of Directors President and Executive Officers

Members of the University of Memphis Alumni Association (UMAA) recently affirmed a slate of new national executive officers, national executive board of directors and advisors. Nestor Rodriguez (BA ’02) was named as president of UMAA. The University of Memphis alumnus is a UMAA life member and founder of the Hispanic Alumni Chapter of the UMAA.

Read about the Alumni Assocation >

Heather NickelsUofM's Hooks Institute partners with Memphis Brooks Museum to explore work of African American artist Elizabeth Catlett 

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will feature African American artist Elizabeth Catlett’s internationally renowned work on the Hooks Institute's Facebook page on Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. Brooks Museum Curatorial Fellow Heather Nickels will examine pieces featured in the recent exhibit, "Persevere and Resist: The Strong Black Women of Elizabeth Catlett," which closed on Aug. 29. 

More on the event >

- Thursday, Aug. 26 -


University of Memphis achieves record $50.2M in research awards in fiscal year 2021

The University of Memphis reached $50.23 million in research awards in the 2021 fiscal year, a new institution record and a 23.2% increase from the previous year.  This continues a year-over-year upward climb in research awards as the UofM reached $40.76 million in FY 20, $32.59 million in FY 19 and $31.86 million in FY 18.

Details about the research awards >

 - Tuesday, Aug. 24 -

Sohye LeeBenjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change announces UofM faculty Sohye Lee and Jaime Sabel as recipients of Social Change Research Grants 

Sohye Lee, PhD, RN (UofM Loewenberg College of Nursing), and Jaime Sabel, PhD (Assistant Professor, UofM Department of Biological Sciences), have been awarded grants by the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis. The Hooks Institute awarded Lee a grant of $5,000 and Sabel a grant of $2,500 to support their research that addresses social change issues. The faculty were granted the funding as part of the Hooks Institute’s Social Change Research Grants Program. 

Read about the grants >

- Monday, Aug. 23 -

LambuthUofM Lambuth expanding nursing program

The University of Memphis Lambuth is expanding its Loewenberg College of Nursing program after remodeling a portion of the library to increase the program’s growth by 50 percent. It will address workforce needs for West Tennessee Healthcare.

Read about the UofM Lambuth expansion >


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UofM opens $31 million R. Brad Martin Student Wellness Center and Plaza >
June 30 | The University of Memphis held a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday morning for its $31 million R. Brad Martin Student Wellness Center and Plaza. The two-story facility is located at 3735 Southern Avenue, adjacent to the $18 million Hunter Harrison pedestrian cable bridge and $18.5 million, five-story, 1,140-space parking garage.

UofM President M. David Rudd leaving position in May 2022 >
March 10 | Dr. M. David Rudd, the 12th president of the University of Memphis, will be leaving his position in May 2022. He will transition to faculty in 2023 to continue his research, after a year sabbatical abroad.

Eighteen New Scholarships Established in Response to Mike Bruns Scholarship Challenge Fund at the UofM >
March 10 | An unprecedented 18 endowed scholarships have been created in response to the Mike Bruns Scholarship Challenge Fund since Sept. 1. The $1 million fund, established by University of Memphis Board of Visitors member Mike Bruns and his wife Marian, provides a 1:2 matching opportunity that challenges donors to establish new, need-based endowed scholarships at the University.

UofM honored among Top Military Friendly Schools for seventh consecutive year >
February 17 | The University of Memphis has received Gold recognition for 2021-22 and honored among the top Military Friendly Schools List for the seventh consecutive year. The list honors the top colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace military service members and veterans as students and ensure their success on campus. 

UofM highest-ranked in Tennessee for 2nd straight year by U.S. News & World Report >
January 26 | The University of Memphis is the highest-ranked institution in Tennessee for the second straight year by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021 rankings of online programs. UofM’s status began its incredible climb four years ago, culminating with the top spot in back-to-back years.

Meharry Medical College, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and University of Memphis Announce Historic Collaboration to Diversify Provider Pipeline and Advance Health Care Education >
December 14 | Three Tennessee health care institutions join forces with others in Memphis to bring new opportunities for training to Black students and improved care to the communities they serve.

UofM and City of Memphis Form Partnership to Offer Degrees at Lower Cost>
August 3 | The University of Memphis has formed a partnership with the City of Memphis that allows city employees to earn a degree in a timely, cost-effect manner while being supported by a team dedicated to student success.

Combating COVID-19: How the UofM is Pitching In >
From printing face shields to providing more than 1 million meals, to presenting the first online commencement ceremony and ensuring affordable tuition, see how the UofM has responded to the pandemic.