October 2020 News Releases

- Friday, October 30 -

Hooks InstituteHooks Institute to host panel discussion about police reform in Memphis and the nation

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis will host Reimagining Policing, a virtual panel discussion about police reform in Memphis and the nation. Reimaging Policing will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Discussion info >

- Wednesday, October 28 -

MLK50 Fellows

Dr. Karen Weddle-West Completion Scholarship Established

University of Memphis President M. David Rudd and clinical associate professor in child development Loretta Rudd have committed $50,000 to endow the Dr. Karen Weddle-West Completion Scholarship. The gift will be used to provide scholarships for undergraduate UofM African American Male Academy (AAMA) students from the Memphis area who are in good academic standing, within a year of graduating and facing significant financial challenges. 

Read more about the scholarship >

- Monday, October 26 -

Water research

University of Memphis Partners with U.S. Geological Survey to Expand Water Research

The University of Memphis and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have had a working relationship for more than 25 years, but it was never formalized until now. In July 2020, the University of Memphis (UofM) and the U.S. Geological Survey Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that builds upon their many years of collaboration and commences a shared plan to strengthen research efforts. 

More on the partnership >

- Thursday, October 22 -

Hooks InstituteHooks Institute’s policy papers examining voting rights, access and apathy available in print and digital versions

As we head into one of the most critical election seasons in our nation's history, the Hooks Institute presents the sixth edition of its policy papers, “Let Every Voice Be Heard: Protecting the Right to Vote and American Democracy” focusing on voting rights, voter engagement and apathy and tactics to suppress voting.

Read about the policy papers >

- Friday, October 16 -

University of Memphis

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

The UofM Board of Trustees will hold a special called meeting via video conference on Monday, October 19. 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

UofM Hosts Community Meeting on Deloach Proposed Student Housing Project 

The UofM 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 >

- Thursday, October 15 -

University Schools

University Schools receives additional funding from NewSchools for high school planning

In June, the University of Memphis received a competitive national planning grant of $100,000 from NewSchools Venture Funds to begin the development of a University High School. Four months later, NewSchools has awarded the UofM an additional $100,000 for the project’s planning efforts.

Details about the funding >

- Wednesday, October 14 -

Raymond James/UofM

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 >