September 2021 Releases


- Thursday, Sept. 30 -

Jim Adelman

$1.75 million grant awarded to researchers including UofM’s Jim Adelman to study host variation

UofM professor Jim Adelman and researchers from Virginia Tech, University of San Diego and University of Connecticut received a $1.75 million grant to study variation in host susceptibility to infectious disease. The four-year study is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences within a multi-agency program, the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID). 

Read about the grant >

- Wednesday, Sept. 29 -

Hooks InstituteHooks Institute to host Facebook Live event “You Can't Teach That!: Prohibited Concepts in Instruction in Public Schools”

On May 23, 2021, Tennessee passed a law banning 14 concepts in instruction that appear to significantly limit how educators can teach students on issues of race, class, gender disparities and privilege in public school classrooms. How will this law be implemented? How will it impact the quality and scope of teaching? What relationship, if any, does it have to Critical Race Theory? The Hooks Institute will host a Facebook Live event to discuss.

About the event >

- Friday, Sept. 24 -

FedEx InstituteFedEx Institute of Technology kicks-off Technology Serving Humanity Series

The Fed Ex Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis has launched a new speaker series, free and open to the public, focused on the broader impacts of technology on individuals and communities. The Technology Serving Humanity series will explore the social, political, philosophical and humanistic aspects of technology and technological change. 

More on the series >

- Thursday, Sept. 23 -


UofM President M. David Rudd named to NCAA Division I Board of Directors

University of Memphis President M. David Rudd has been appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Board of Directors. Representing the American Athletic Conference, Rudd is one of 24 members on the Board. His term expires in August 2025. The Board is comprised of 20 presidents and chancellors – one from each of the 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences and 10 from the remaining 22 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision and Division I conferences – as well as one athletic director representative, senior woman administrator, faculty athletic representative and student-athlete.

About Rudd's appointment >

- Wednesday, Sept. 22 -


UofM receives INSIGHT Into Diversity 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award

The University of Memphis was one of 101 recipients of the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the annual HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — the UofM will be featured in the November 2021 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Read about the HEED Award >

- Friday, Sept. 17 -

Luther C. McClellan

University of Memphis holds naming ceremony for Luther C. McClellan Alumni Mall

Luther C. McClellan, the first African American graduate from the University of Memphis, is now the namesake of the alumni mall on the UofM campus. A marker placed just south of the Administration Building was unveiled Friday to recognize the Luther C. McClellan Alumni Mall. A recording of the ceremony can be viewed at facebook.com/uofmemphis. 

More on the Luther C. McClellan Alumni Mall >

- Wednesday, Sept. 15 -

senior giftUofM alumni George and Betty Johnson commit $1M to endow Senior Class Gift Program

UofM alumni and longtime supporters George (BBA ’70) and Betty (MEd ’75) Johnson recently committed $1M to endow the Senior Class Gift program. The program was created by the Johnsons in 2015 as a “class project” to encourage seniors to become UofM donors while they are still students.

Learn about the Senior Class Gift >

- Tuesday, Sept. 14 -

levitt shell

The University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music presents a special tribute “Scheidt at the Shell” concert to honor healthcare workers on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.

Understanding the power of music to uplift and inspire, this free concert will take the audience on a musical journey featuring classic pieces performed by the University of Memphis Wind Ensemble, University of Memphis Opera and SoundFuzion. 

About Scheidt at the Shell >

- Monday, Sept. 13 -


U.S. News & World Report national ranking for University of Memphis improves for fourth straight year 

U.S. News & World Report’s national ranking for the University of Memphis has improved for the fourth straight year for Top Public Schools and third consecutive year for Best National Universities. The No. 2-ranked public university in the State of Tennessee, UofM’s Top Public School ranking has increased to No. 123 in 2022 from No. 126 in 2021, No. 135 in 2020 and not ranked in 2019.

Read about the rankings >

- Thursday, Sept. 9 -


UofM Lambuth reaches record enrollment for third consecutive year in fall 2021

The University of Memphis Lambuth has reached a record enrollment for the third straight year with 1,448 for the fall 2021 semester, breaking marks of 1,321 in 2020 and 1,070 in 2019. It has been a remarkable 35.3% increase in enrollment in the past three years.

More on UofM Lambuth enrollment >

- Wednesday, Sept. 8 -

Hooks InstituteHooks Institute partners with Metal Museum to discuss Exploring African American Jewelry: Art, Adornment and Manifestations of African American Cultural Identity 

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis and the Metal Museum will partner to highlight the work and lives of African American jewelers on the Hooks Institute's Facebook page (facebook.com/benhooksinstitute) Tues., Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. This event is the second in the Hooks Institute series, “Exploring the African American Experience Through Art.” 

Learn more about the event >

- Thursday, Sept. 2 -

UofM students

UofM Waiving Application fee for 2022 Incoming Freshmen Students from Sept. 1-15

The University of Memphis is waiving the application fee for 2022 incoming freshmen students only for the next two weeks from Sept. 1-15. Tiger Select applicants should have already received an email with instructions on how to apply. For any additional questions, please reach out to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Orientation at 901.678.2169.

More on the application fee >

UofM campus

University of Memphis Continues to Climb in Latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings; 3rd World Ranking in a Year 

The University of Memphis received its third world ranking in a year as it has climbed in the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The UofM improved its U.S. ranking to No. 147, nine spots better than last year. The UofM’s strength in the scoring methodology was in teaching and research as both categories scored above the median. 

Read about the rankings >