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- Tuesday, November 19 -

Ben and Frances HooksHooks Institute Creates Endowments in Memory of Benjamin and Frances Dancy Hooks

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change has created two endowed accounts to ensure a lasting impact of the generous gifts made to the Institute by Hooks and his wife, Frances Dancy Hooks, in 2016.

Read more about the endowments>


- Monday, November 18 -

Herff Engineering UofM Producing STEM Graduates for Workforce Needs

The Herff College of Engineering has specific initiatives in place to increase the number of STEM graduates it produces who are highly needed in the workforce. In its 10-year strategic plan, the College’s goal is to double the number of BS degrees conferred between 2013 and 2023.

Learn more about the Herff College’s initiatives>

- Thursday, November 14 -

pedestrian safetyUniversity Middle Students to Coordinate Pedestrian Safety Event on South Highland Saturday

University Middle sixth grade students, UofM Police Services, the Herff College of Engineering and Pouncer are holding an informational fair and event to raise awareness for pedestrian safety on Saturday from 9-11 a.m. This event will be held in the Goodwill parking lot on the corner of Walker Ave. and South Highland St.

More details on the safety event>

- Monday, November 11 -

WUMRUofM Announces Anticipated Radio Partnership with Crosstown Concourse and Daily Memphian

WUMR FM 91.7, which began broadcasting in 1974, will be transforming as part of an anticipated newly created nonprofit radio company, in cooperation with Crosstown Concourse and The Daily Memphian, pending approval at the UofM Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 4.

Learn more about the WUMR partnership>

-  Wednesday, November 6 -

Brian SelznickRenowned Illustrator Brian Selznick to Visit Campus for Lecture on Walt Whitman

The Department of Theatre & Dance will host a presentation by illustrator Brian Selznick and world-renowned Walt Whitman scholar Karen Karbeinar Thursday, Nov. 21, from 1-2:20 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre.

Read more about the lecture>

- Wednesday, October 30 -

American  OdysseyHooks Institute to Sponsor Lecture by National Book Award Winner at National Civil Rights Museum

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change will sponsor a lecture by Hooks National Book Award-winning author Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell on Nov. 7.  The free public event will be held in Hooks-Hyde Hall at the National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St., beginning with a reception at 6 p.m. and followed by the lecture at 7 p.m.

More details about the book award lecture>

- Thursday, October 24 -

Vasile Rus

UofM Receives $2.58 Million To Begin Data Science Learner Data Institute

 A $2.58 million National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project, led by Dr. Vasile Rus, William Dunavant Professor in Computer Science, will lay the foundation for a future Learner Data Institute (LDI).

Read more about the Learner Data Institute>

 - Monday, October 21 -

Hooks Institute open houseHooks Institute Will Present Policy Papers at Open House Oct. 28

Join the Hooks Institute for Social Change for the release of the 2019 Hooks Institute Policy Papers and learn about its programs and initiatives at the 2019 Open House. The event will be held Monday, Oct. 28, in the University Center Bluff Room (304). A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the presentation at 6 p.m.

More details about the policy papers>

- Friday, October 18 -

Kim OllerPreterm Infants Produce Language-like Sounds as Soon as They Can Breathe Independently

A paper authored by Dr. D. Kimbrough Oller published in Scientific Reports shows that infants born prematurely and still in neonatal intensive care two months before their due dates produce abundant speech-like vocalizations, early precursors to speech.

Learn more about the groundbreaking research>

 - Thursday, October 17 -

DEVCONUMRF Research Park Recruits DEVCON

DEVCON, a cybersecurity solutions company that builds tools to preserve the media industry and gathers intelligence to track down and stop cyber criminals, is moving to Memphis and setting up its office in the University of Memphis UMRF Research Park.

Read more about DEVCON>


 - Wednesday, October 16 -


UofM Selected as Host Site for Department of State Startup Bootcamp

The University of Memphis Research Park has been selected as one of a handful of research institutions nationally to bring international companies to campus. Global Innovation through Science and Technology is a U.S. Department of State month-long program in which CEOs are immersed in a startup bootcamp.

Learn more about the bootcamp>

- Tuesday, October 15 -

eraina schaussUofM and UTHSC Researchers Receive CORNET Award for Studies on Brain Exploration in Adolescents 

Dr. Eraina Schauss, director and founder of the Brain Center at the UofM, and Dr. Khyobeni Mozhui, associate professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, are recipients of the 2019 UTHSC/UofM CORNET Award in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Research.

Read more about the study>

- Wednesday, October 2 -

campus schoolCampus School Wins Designation as Exemplary High Performing Blue Ribbon School

For the first time, Campus School has been designated an Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon School. The designation is one of the highest honors from the U.S. Department of Education, awarded to just 362 schools nationwide.

Read more about Campus School>


- Monday, September 23 -

highland street

Highland Streetscape Plan Unveiled at Community Meeting

Highland Street will soon be getting a facelift, thanks to the Highland Revitalization Tax Increment Financing (TIF).

Learn more about the Highland project>

- 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>

- 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.

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- Monday, August 19 -

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>

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UofM Receives $1.89 Million to Combat Opioid Crisis >
August 19 | 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.

City of Memphis, UofM and Tennis Memphis Partner to Begin $19 Million Leftwich Tennis Center Expansion >
August 5 | 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.

Community Can Become Part of Larry Finch Legacy by Donating to Plaza >
August 1 | The UofM will dedicate a plaza in honor of the legendary Tiger player and coach in late 2020.

Athletics Receives Record $13 Million Commitment >
July 24 | 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. 

LCON Receives $2.7 Million Grant for Family Nurse Practitioner Program >
July 18 | The grant will address the shortage of primary care professionals in underserved rural communities in West Tennessee.

$44.1 Million: A Record for UofM Fundraising >
July 18 | 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.

UofM Research Foundation Announces Expansion of Student-Operated Call Center for UMRF Ventures >
June 28 | Facility to house expanded Level 1 and a new Level 2 Call Center for FedEx IT Support at UofM.

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.