University of Memphis Announces Linda and Steve Simon Family Fellowship

June 15, 2017 - The University of Memphis has announced the Linda and Steve Simon Family Fellowship. A strategic investment to advance the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media, this gift creates a signature professional faculty position for outstanding early career faculty in public relations.

Endowments for faculty positions provide support and recognition to those who have earned distinction in the field, the classroom and the community. Investing in faculty to ensure the integrity and quality of academic programs is of the highest importance to the UofM.

"Gifts such as this help us to attract and retain nationally and internationally renowned scholars from diverse backgrounds to the University of Memphis," said President M. David Rudd. "I sincerely appreciate the vision of the Simon Family to strengthen our ability to support young, dynamic faculty."

Linda Simon earned her bachelor of science in elementary education from the University in 1970. Steve was highly regarded as a public relations pioneer and visionary who earned his journalism degree from the UofM in 1969. Steve used his experience as press secretary for the mayor of Memphis and at several executive positions at PR agencies in Chicago to launch S&S Public Relations Inc. in 1978. The firm specialized in franchise PR and evolved to support the booming technology industry at the birth of the Internet. With multiple offices across the U.S., the newly incorporated SSPR, LLC is a nod to his namesake and thrives on his legacy. The company has grown its client base by adding numerous prominent brands across many successful and contemporary industries.

The Department of Journalism and Strategic Media has approximately 325 undergraduate majors and 40 graduate students. Its programs focus on applied journalism to help students learn the concepts and skills to be effective news, public relations and advertising professionals.

For more information, contact Katherine Goliver, director of development for the College of Communication and Fine Arts, at k.goliver@memphis.edu or 901.678.4372.

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Photo caption: Attending an event celebrating the Linda and Steve Simon Family Fellowship were (from left): Donna Nathan, Trish Morris, Fay Jason, Linda Simon, Brenda Gordon, Carolyn Berkowitz, Marcia Nathan and Carolyn Kusper.

Contact: Katherine Goliver