Two Awards Spotlight Engagement of UofM Students

January 26, 2018 - The University of Memphis Frosh Fusion: Memphis Starts ME program received the Civic Engagement Collaborative Program Award from NASPA, the national association for student affairs administrators in higher education.

Frosh Fusion provides incoming first-year students with opportunities to learn about the history of Memphis, engage in conversation and direct service in the city's neighborhoods, and explore the local music scene. The award is sponsored by the NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Knowledge Community (CLDE KC). The program was competitively selected after evaluating submissions from universities across the country.

Also, 35 UofM students attended the 30th annual Southwest Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC) at Texas A&M University. Students attended sessions to expand their leadership development skills and networked with student leaders from across the region. Freshman Courtney Penilton of Memphis won first place in the seventh annual Poetry Slam-Ignite the Mic competition.

"University of Memphis students are stellar and garner recognition locally, regionally and nationally," said Dr. Darrell C. Ray, vice president for Student Affairs. "These awards are just a few examples of how deeply our students are engaged on and off campus. Our student leaders are transforming the campus experience."


Chuck Gallina | 901.678.1756 l cgallina@memphis.edu