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- Friday, October 16 -

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University of Memphis Board of Trustees to hold special called meeting on Oct. 19 

The University of Memphis Board of Trustees will hold a special called meeting via video conference on Monday, October 19, at 9 a.m. This meeting will be a nonpublic executive session for the purpose of discussing audits, pursuant to T.C.A. § 4-35-108(b)(3). 


Meeting details >

Deloach student housing

University of Memphis Hosts Community Meeting on Deloach Proposed Student Housing Project 

The University of Memphis and Stella Group, who have worked together to propose “The Central at Memphis" student-housing development, hosted a community meeting on Thursday regarding the project.

More on the meeting >

 - Wednesday, October 14 -

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Raymond James builds talent pipeline with new University of Memphis partnership

Financial services firm Raymond James has executed an agreement with University of Memphis’ UMRF Ventures to employ and train students to manage roughly half of the national firm’s Identity and Access Management (IAM) operations, effective October 1, 2020.  A multi-year contract now employs more than one dozen students and a recently promoted, full-time supervisor to handle about half of Raymond James’ enterprise access management workload.

Read about the partnership >


- Tuesday, October 13 -

Scheidt awardUniversity of Memphis honoring mayors Jim Strickland and Lee Harris, and Scott Forman with inaugural Rudi and Honey Scheidt Community Impact Award

The University of Memphis has selected City of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and Scott Forman as the recipients of the Rudi and Honey Scheidt Community Impact Award in its inaugural class.

More on the award >

 - Thursday, October 8 -

Porter-LeathUofM, Porter-Leath, RedZone to break ground in Orange Mound

The University of Memphis and Porter-Leath are partnering to launch a new, innovative Early Childhood Academy located alongside the Orange Mound neighborhood’s RedZone Ministries. The Academy is designed to help address a critical need for early childhood care in the Memphis community.

Details about the partnership >


- Wednesday, October 7 -

Lambuth Music and EntertainmentUofM Lambuth announces establishment of Carl Perkins Scholarship

The University of Memphis Lambuth has established the Carl Perkins Scholarship for students in the Music and Entertainment program. A legendary singer-songwriter himself, Perkins also worked with Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Harrison and many other big-name musicians throughout his career. A longtime Jackson resident, Perkins’ funeral was held on the Lambuth campus in 1998.  

About the scholarship >


- Tuesday, October 6 -

APLU awardUniversity of Memphis named regional award winner and national finalist for APLU Community Engagement Scholarship Award

In recognition of its extraordinary community engagement initiatives, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) has named the University of Memphis a regional winner of the 2020 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award.  

More on the award >


- Friday, October 2 -

Herff robotics centerUofM Herff College of Engineering awarded $1 million grant to establish Mid-South Advanced Automation and Robotics Center

The University of Memphis Herff College of Engineering has been awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to establish the Mid-South Advanced Automation and Robotics Center (AARC), an automation and robotics training center of excellence.

Read about the grant >



- Friday, September 25 -

Hooks InstituteHooks Institute for Social Change to Host Online Event: Civil Rights Challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ Black Community

The Hooks Institute for Social Change will host an online community event, “A Complete Embrace: The LGBTQIA+ Black Community and the Black Lives Matter Movement,” Oct. 1 with featured speakers Gwendolyn D. Clemons and Davin D. Clemons.

About the event >


- Friday, September 18 -


TOM III, famed bengal tiger mascot of the University of Memphis, passes away at age 12

TOM III, the beloved Bengal Tiger mascot for the University of Memphis who was a part of one of the most glorious periods in University and athletics history, passed away Friday less than three weeks after his 12th birthday.

More about TOM III >


- Wednesday, September 16 -

Ted Townsend

Ted Townsend to lead University of Memphis and Greater Memphis Chamber Collaborative

The University of Memphis in partnership with the Greater Memphis Chamber, has announced a new economic development partnership dedicated to the growth of the Memphis economy. Ted Townsend will serve as chief economic development officer and will focus on this partnership full time.

Details about the collaborative >


- Monday, September 14 -

Hooks Institute logoHooks Institute to examine voting in Tennessee and the nation at annual policy papers presentation

As we head into election season, the Hooks Institute will hold an in-depth discussion Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. on voting rights, voter engagement and apathy and tactics to suppress voting. The event will be held  and will be livestreamed on the Hooks Institute’s Facebook page (@benhooksinstitute).

More on the event >

University of MemphisUofM continues to move up among top public universities in USNWR rankings

The University of Memphis continues moving up among top public universities in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings and is ranked in the top tier for national universities for the second consecutive year.

Read about the rankings >



- Thursday, September 10 -

michelleeppsFedEx Institute of Technology hosting Memphis’ All Women Virtual Hackathon: ATHENA{techne}

The FedEx Institute of Technology is again uniting with tech organizations in Memphis to bring back an all-women’s hackathon to Memphis. ATHENA{techne}, to be held virtually Sept. 11-12, is a hackathon designed to cultivate a positive environment for women in technology from across the region.

Information on the Hackathon >


Joy Goldsmith

UofM’s Dr. Joy V. Goldsmith wins prestigious Bernard J. Brommel Award from the National Communication Association

 Dr. Joy V. Goldsmith, UofM professor of Communication Studies and founder and co-director of the UofM Center for Health Literacy and Health Communication, recently received the 2020 Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship or Distinguished Service in Family Communication.

More on the award >


- Wednesday, September 9 -

McWherter LibraryUofM receives $606K bequest from alumnus and longtime educator Dr. Hugh T. Keenan for University Libraries supporting English

The University of Memphis has received a $606,000 bequest from the estate of the late Dr. Hugh T. Keenan, a 1958 UofM alumnus and distinguished professor emeritus of English at Georgia State University.

Read about the bequest >



- Tuesday, September 8 -

MiCare Path Scott LasterUMRF Research Park member MiCare Path acknowledged as a top patient monitoring solution of 2020

MiCare Path, a member of the UofM's UMRF Research Park, is a digital healthcare tool that was recently acknowledged by Healthcare Tech Outlook as a Top 10 Patient Monitoring Solution of 2020.

Learn more about MiCare Path >


- Friday, September 4 -

Christos Papadopoulos Sparks Family Chair of Excellence

UofM hires Dr. Christos Papadopoulos as Sparks Family Chair of Excellence

Dr. Christos Papadopoulos was recently appointed and joined the UofM in August as the Sparks Family Chair of Excellence in the Department of Computer Science.

Read more about Papadopoulos >


 - Thursday, September 3 -

Dr. Ranganathan GopalakrishnanUofM’s Gopalakrishnan receives $363,782 DOE award for studying chemical recombination of gas-phase ions

Dr. Ranganathan Gopalakrishnan, University of Memphis assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has received a $363,782 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science for his research project, “Langevin Dynamics modeling of gas-phase ion-ion recombination.”

More on the award >



UMRF Ventures LandaicheUMRF Ventures names Pierre Landaiche new CEO

The Board of Directors of UMRF Ventures has announced the hiring of Pierre Landaiche to become the company’s new CEO, and to lead the continuing growth of the student-centered company at the University of Memphis.

Read about Landaiche >




 - Wednesday, September 2 -

University of MemphisUofM receives first world ranking by Times Higher Education

The University of Memphis has been ranked among the world’s top universities for the first time in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and is only one of three honored in the State of Tennessee, it was announced Wednesday.

More on the ranking >



UofM LambuthUofM Lambuth reaches record enrollment for fall 2020

The University of Memphis Lambuth has a record enrollment of 1,324 for the fall 2020 semester, marking a 23% increase from a year ago.

Read more about the record enrollment >




APLU University of MemphisUofM named finalist for 2020 APLU Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities Awards

The University of Memphis has been named one of six finalists for the 2020 Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) for its eighth annual Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) University Awards.

Learn more about the IEP University Awards >



- Thursday, August 27 -

Loewenberg College of Nursing Dean Lin ZhanNearly $1M UofM Loewenberg College of Nursing HRSA Grant to Fund RNs LEAD Project

The University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing and its dean, Dr. Lin Zhan, have been awarded a two-year, $972,435 grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Read more about the grant >

- Wednesday, August 26 -

Dr. Stephanie IveyUofM’s SETWC Publishes Two Transportation Workforce Playbooks for USDOT

The Southeast Transportation Workforce Center has published two transportation workforce-focused “playbooks” as the result of project funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration.

Learn more about the "playbooks" >

- Tuesday, August 25 -

Detlef HeckHooks Institute Board Welcomes Detlef Heck

Heck is a professor of Neurobiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center where he heads a research group that investigates the brain.

Read more about Detlef Heck>


 - Monday, August 24 - 

Maryam SalehiUofM’s Salehi Receives Nearly $330,000 NSF Environmental Engineering Award

Salehi, assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, received a $329,655 grant for the research project “Exploring Coupled Physical, Biological and Chemical Processes that Control Lead Fate and Transport through Plastic Plumbing Materials.”

 Learn more about the grant>


- Thursday, August 20 -

University of MemphisUofM Board of Trustees Committees Will Meet Aug. 25-27; Full Board Will Meet Sept. 2

The University of Memphis Board of Trustees committees will meet from Aug. 25-27. The full Board of Trustees will meet Sept. 2 at 9 a.m.

More details here>


Dr. Wesley JamesUofM Launches Center for Community Research and Evaluation

The mission of CCRE is to provide interdisciplinary social science research and evaluation support for community-based projects. 

Learn more about the CCRE>


- Wednesday, August 19 -

FedEx Institute$1.4 million grant awarded to UofM’s AutoTutor for Adult Reading Comprehension

With this four-year grant, researchers will further develop AutoTutor-ARC’s lessons and assessment tools.

Read more about AutoTutor>


- Tuesday, August 18 -

National Society of Collegiate ScholarsUofM Chapter of National Society of Collegiate Scholars Earns Star Status

NSCS is a nonprofit honors organization that recognizes and elevates high-achieving undergraduates who excel academically during their first and second years of college.

More details on the honor>



- Monday, August 17 -

meal partnership1 MILLION meals provided by YMCA, SCS, Chartwells and UofM partnership for Shelby County students

As many as 14,000 meals have been packaged each day since March 25 as the partnership is continuing to provide meals for Shelby County students during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Read more about the partnership>

- Friday, August 14 -

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UofM Announces Eradicating Systemic Racism and Promoting Social Justice Initiative

The University of Memphis aims to become a national model of institutional transformation to address the challenges of race and social justice magnified during these unprecedented times.

Read more about the initiative>


- Thursday, August 13 -

CERI teamCERI specialists traveling to North Carolina to monitor aftershocks of magnitude 5.1 earthquake

Specialists from the UofM’s Center for Earthquake Research and Information will be traveling to monitor aftershocks of the magnitude 5.1 earthquake that occurred two miles southeast of Sparta, N.C., Sunday.

Learn more about the CERI team>

- Tuesday, August 11 -

nursing students

AT&T Foundation Provides Scholarship Support for UofM Nursing Students

AT&T Nursing Scholarships are available to all students in need of financial assistance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

More details on the scholarships>


- Thursday, August 6 -

UofM administration building

Longtime UofM Supporter Mike Bruns Launches $1 Million Scholarship Challenge Fund

Bruns and his wife, Marian, committed $1 million to launch the Bruns Scholarship Challenge Fund, a 1:2 matching opportunity that challenges donors to establish new endowed scholarships at the University.

More details on the scholarship fund>


| Top Stories |

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.

UofM implementing test-flexible admissions policy for fall 2021 class >
June 17 | The UofM will adopt a test-flexible application policy for the entering class of fall 2021 due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This is a one-year policy to provide a fair and reassuring response to the needs of future Tigers.

Economic impact analysis report highlights UofM’s $1 billion contribution to local economy >
June 12 | $1 billion in economic output. $500 million in labor income. Nearly 10,000 jobs. These are just some of the impressive statistics to come from the latest economic impact analysis conducted by Applied Analysis for the University of Memphis.

Shelby County Schools & UofM partner to create George Floyd Memorial Scholarship >
June 5 | Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joris M. Ray and UofM President M. David Rudd have committed to the creation of the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship fund, with the goal of providing college scholarship support to as many African American Male Academy members as possible. 

University of Memphis once again announces no tuition increase for upcoming academic year >
May 1 | The UofM has led the State of Tennessee in higher education cost-containment over the past seven years, with an average tuition increase of only 1.5%.

Combating COVID-19: How the UofM is Pitching In >
From printing face shields to providing nearly 200,000 meals, to presenting the first online commencement ceremony and ensuring affordable tuition, see how the UofM has responded to the pandemic.

UofM ranked safest large campus in Tennessee – sixth time in eight years >
May 7 | Over the last eight years, the UofM consistently has among the lowest reported crime rate among large public and private universities in Tennessee.