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University of Memphis News Releases

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- Tuesday, Nov. 1 -

Law SchoolUofM’s Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law hosting Customs, Courthouses and Cecil C.: The Redesign of our Historic Home on Friday

The University of Memphis’ Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is hosting Customs, Courthouses and Cecil C.: The Redesign of our Historic Home on Friday at 5 p.m. on the fourth floor in the historic courtroom.

More on the event >


- Tuesday, Oct. 25 -

HealyUofM’s Hooks Institute Announces "Soul City" by Thomas Healy as the 2021 Hooks National Book Award Winner  

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis has selected “Soul City: Race, Equality, and the Lost Dream of an American Utopia” by Thomas Healy, Esq., (Metropolitan Books) as the 2021 Hooks National Book Award winner.  

Details about the book >


- Thursday, Oct. 20 -

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UofM’s Hooks Institute and Memphis International Airport Exhibit Featuring Fayette County Civil Rights Movement Through the Photographs of Art Shay Open to the Public  

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis and the Memphis International Airport’s co-hosted exhibit featuring the Fayette County Civil Rights Movement through the photographs of freelance photographer Art Shay is now open to the public.  

About the exhibit >


Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

UofM’s Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion partnership receives $700K grant through the Build to Scale Capital Challenge

The University of Memphis’ Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion (CWDI), Black Business Association of Memphis (BBA) and Community Lift have been selected to receive a $700,196 grant in the 2022 Build to Scale Capital Challenge. It will be paired with a local match of the same amount.

More on the grant >


- Tuesday, Oct. 11 -

Hooks InstituteHooks Institute and Memphis International Airport to Launch Exhibit Featuring Fayette County Civil Rights Movement Through the Photographs of Art Shay

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis and the Memphis International Airport will co-host an exhibit featuring the Fayette County Civil Rights Movement through the photographs of freelance photographer Art Shay. 

Read about the exhibit >


- Monday, Oct. 10 -

student booksUofM and Barnes & Noble Education to Launch Tigers SmartStart Program to Enhance Student Success

The University of Memphis, in partnership with Barnes & Noble College (BNC) and its First Day® Complete Program, is launching Tigers SmartStart to help increase student access and affordability to all required textbooks, lab manuals, access codes, digital materials and electronic books. 

More on Tigers SmartStart >


- Tuesday, Oct. 4 -

fountainUniversity of Memphis and IAMPE Sign Academic Partnership Agreement

The University of Memphis and the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to work together on professional development for the maritime and port industry. 

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- Monday, Oct. 3 -

tiger$5.5M Gift by UofM Alum Billy Dunavant’s Estate Creates Endowed Chairs in Research Focus Areas

Five new endowed chairs and professorships have been established at the University of Memphis thanks to a $5.5 million gift from the estate of alumnus William B. “Billy” Dunavant (’54). This will endow three Dunavant Chairs in supply chain management and one in agritech & regenerative agriculture. It also establishes the Laura Butler Ford Chair in nursing. 

Learn more about the gift >


| Top Stories |

Dr. Jennifer Mandel secures $2.2 million grant from NSF to study sunflowers
Sept. 1 | UofM’s Dr. Jennifer Mandel, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and her collaborative team comprising researchers Daniel Jones at Auburn University and John Burke of the University of Georgia, have been awarded a $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation Division of Integrative Organismal Systems – Plant Genome Research Project to study the genomics of inflorescence development and evolution in the sunflower family.

$52.2 million: Another Record for UofM Fundraising
July 19 |
The University of Memphis secured a record $52.2 million for fundraising for the fiscal year which ended June 30, including a trio of records of $29.1 million for academics, $23.1 million for athletics and $18.2 million for endowments. The previous overall record was $44.1 million in fiscal year 2019.

AutoZone’s David McKinney appointed to UofM Board of Trustees
July 18 | David McKinney, vice president of communications and public affairs for AutoZone, has been appointed to the UofM Board of Trustees by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee with approval from the State legislature. 

$25 Million Grant for GROWWTH Largest in UofM History
May 5 |
 A community partnership led by the University of Memphis received a record $25 million Tennessee Opportunity Pilot Initiative (TOPI) Implementation Grant for its Growing Relational and Generational Wealth for West Tennessee Households (GROWWTH) proposal. The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) Families First Community Advisory Board awarded the grant.

Dr. Bill Hardgrave Begins Role as 13th President of the University of Memphis
April 1 |  Dr. Bill Hardgrave began his first official day as the 13th President of the University of Memphis on campus Friday meeting, greeting, listening and learning. Prior to the UofM, Hardgrave served as Auburn University’s Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs since January 2018. He served as dean of Auburn’s Harbert College of Business from August 2010 through December 2017.