June 2021 News Releases

- Wednesday, June 30 -

brad martinUofM opens $31 million R. Brad Martin Student Wellness Center and Plaza

The University of Memphis held a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday morning for its $31 million R. Brad Martin Student Wellness Center and Plaza. The two-story facility is located at 3735 Southern Avenue, adjacent to the $18 million Hunter Harrison pedestrian cable bridge and $18.5 million, five-story, 1,140-space parking garage.

More on the wellness center >

- Thursday, June 24 -


UofM’s Hooks Institute welcomes Richard Saunders as visiting scholar to research Fayette County Civil Rights Movement

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute is pleased to welcome Richard Saunders as a visiting scholar for Summer 2021. As a visiting scholar, Saunders will conduct research on the Fayette County Civil Rights Movement, including conducting video interviews with people close to the movement and collecting manuscripts and other primary materials related to the movement. Saunders’ work as visiting scholar began in June 2021 and will end in August 2021. 

Read about Saunders >

- Thursday, June 17 -


UofM’s Hooks Institute Announces Inaugural Academic Research Fellows 

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change created the Hooks Academic Research Fellows with the goal of increasing the Hooks Institute’s research capabilities and interconnectedness with faculty working in civil rights across the nation. Serving for two years, Fellows assist the Hooks Institute in fulfilling its mission of teaching, studying and promoting civil rights and social change, and in becoming a premier center for scholars working on race and social justice scholarship.

See the Hooks Academic Research Fellows >

- Tuesday, June 15 -

UofMUniversity of Memphis Awarded $1.89M Health Workforce Grant

The University of Memphis has received a four-year, $1.89 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Behavioral Health Workforce, Education and Training (BHWET) Program to establish the INTEGRATE program – Interprofessional Teams Grounded in Apprenticeship, Telehealth and Evidence. 

More on the grant >


- Monday, June 14 -


University of Memphis to Launch Online Master of Nonprofit Management in Fall 2021 

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission recently approved a new online Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) at the University of Memphis. The program, which will launch this fall, is the first of its kind in the State of Tennessee and the Mid-South region, giving students the option to specialize in social justice or fundraising and philanthropy.

Read about the Master of Nonprofit Management >

- Thursday, June 10 -

HooksUofM’s Hooks Institute to Host Critical Race Theory Virtual Discussion on Facebook Live

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute will host an online discussion on the importance of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in academic, education and activist studies. The event will be live-streamed on the Hooks Institute’s Facebook page June 22 from 6-7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

See discussion participants >

- Wednesday, June 9 -

Laird VeatchLaird Veatch title revised to Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Memphis

Laird Veatch’s title has been revised to Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Memphis, UofM President M. David Rudd announced Wednesday. Veatch was named Director of Athletics at the UofM on Aug. 9, 2019, and began on Oct. 1, 2019.

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PECIR ProgramUniversity of Memphis and Meharry Medical College Launch PECIR Program, Driving Research Collaborations

In accordance with this effort, the University of Memphis and Meharry Medical College created the Program to Enhance Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Research (PECIR). The purpose of PECIR is to stimulate innovative, interdisciplinary, team-based research that involves investigators from Meharry Medical College (MMC) and the University of Memphis (UofM).

More on the program >

- Tuesday, June 3 -

University Center and Clock TowerUofM to lower fees, slightly raise tuition for FY 2022

It was approved for a 1.75% in-state tuition increase and a 5% increase in the out-of-state tuition premium. The UofM had not previously raised tuition in four of the last eight years.

View all updates from Wednesday's Board of Trustees meeting >


- Tuesday, June 1 -

beetlesUniversity of Memphis Biological Sciences Faculty Published in High-profile Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A.

Research published by an international team of researchers in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A., shows that global cooling and glacial-interglacial cycles have been key drivers in diversification of one of the world’s most geographically-isolated groups of insects — ectemnorhinini weevils. 

Read about the research team >