August 2021 Releases


- Tuesday, Aug. 31 -


University of Memphis receives $2M Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Grant

The University of Memphis will lead a $2M research-based Cybersecurity Education Innovation project funded by the Department of Defense’s National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) program. The Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) at the UofM has formed a consortium of NCAE-C institutions with the University of West Florida, North Carolina A&T State University and The Citadel to improve critical infrastructure cybersecurity.

Information about the grant >

- Monday, Aug. 30 -

Nestor Rodriguez

University of Memphis Alumni Association Appoints New Board of Directors President and Executive Officers

Members of the University of Memphis Alumni Association (UMAA) recently affirmed a slate of new national executive officers, national executive board of directors and advisors. Nestor Rodriguez (BA ’02) was named as president of UMAA. The University of Memphis alumnus is a UMAA life member and founder of the Hispanic Alumni Chapter of the UMAA.

Read about the Alumni Assocation >

Heather NickelsUofM's Hooks Institute partners with Memphis Brooks Museum to explore work of African American artist Elizabeth Catlett 

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will feature African American artist Elizabeth Catlett’s internationally renowned work on the Hooks Institute's Facebook page on Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. Brooks Museum Curatorial Fellow Heather Nickels will examine pieces featured in the recent exhibit, "Persevere and Resist: The Strong Black Women of Elizabeth Catlett," which closed on Aug. 29. 

More on the event >

- Thursday, Aug. 26 -


University of Memphis achieves record $50.2M in research awards in fiscal year 2021

The University of Memphis reached $50.23 million in research awards in the 2021 fiscal year, a new institution record and a 23.2% increase from the previous year.  This continues a year-over-year upward climb in research awards as the UofM reached $40.76 million in FY 20, $32.59 million in FY 19 and $31.86 million in FY 18.

Details about the research awards >

 - Tuesday, Aug. 24 -

Sohye LeeBenjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change announces UofM faculty Sohye Lee and Jaime Sabel as recipients of Social Change Research Grants 

Sohye Lee, PhD, RN (UofM Loewenberg College of Nursing), and Jaime Sabel, PhD (Assistant Professor, UofM Department of Biological Sciences), have been awarded grants by the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis. The Hooks Institute awarded Lee a grant of $5,000 and Sabel a grant of $2,500 to support their research that addresses social change issues. The faculty were granted the funding as part of the Hooks Institute’s Social Change Research Grants Program. 

Read about the grants >

- Monday, Aug. 23 -

BOT meetingUofM Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday, August 25 

The University of Memphis Board of Trustees will meet on August 25. The committee meetings will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will run consecutively. The full Board of Trustees meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. Public and media access to the meetings will only be available via livestream. Links for the livestream will be provided on the day of the meeting. 

More on the meeting >


LambuthUofM Lambuth expanding nursing program

The University of Memphis Lambuth is expanding its Loewenberg College of Nursing program after remodeling a portion of the library to increase the program’s growth by 50 percent. It will address workforce needs for West Tennessee Healthcare.

Read about the UofM Lambuth expansion >

- Monday, Aug. 16 -

FedEx Institute of Technology

FedEx Institute of Technology & Fast Lane announce training partnership

The UofM’s FedEx Institute of Technology (FIT) is partnering with Fast Lane US, a leading, worldwide provider of advanced IT education. This partnership is designed to enhance the workforce development capabilities for companies by providing opportunities for them to execute their digital business strategies through a comprehensive portfolio of authorized training courses focused on emerging technologies.

More on the partnership >

- Wednesday, Aug. 4 -

haslamFormer Gov. Bill Haslam at UofM for Peer Power event, book signing Aug. 11

Former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will visit the University of Memphis to join Peer Power at its annual kick-starter event for the 2021-22 school year on August 11 at 4 p.m. in the Maxine A. Smith University Center Ballroom.

Read about Haslam and Peer Power >

- Monday, Aug. 2 -


UofM to hold commencement Saturday, August 7, at the Liberty Bowl 

The University of Memphis will recognize 841 graduates from summer 2021 with a two-hour commencement ceremony beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 7, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. All graduates and guests must arrive at the stadium one hour prior to the ceremony for seating. It is encouraged to arrive in the parking areas by 7:30 a.m. to help with traffic flow.  

Commencement details >