The Info List - University Of Memphis

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The UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS, also called The U of M, is an American public research university located in the Normal Station neighborhood of Memphis , Tennessee . Founded in 1912, the University has an enrollment of more than 22,000 students. With twenty-five Chairs of Excellence and five state-approved Centers of Excellence, the school is the flagship institution of The Tennessee Board of Regents system.

The university maintains The Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI), The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law . The former Lambuth University campus (now a branch campus of The University of Memphis). The Loewenberg College of Nursing, The School of Public Health, The College of Communication and Fine Arts, The FedEx Institute of Technology , The Advanced Distributed Learning Workforce Co-Lab , and The Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology.


* 1 Institution * 2 Organization * 3 History

* 4 Campus

* 4.1 Layout * 4.2 Main campus * 4.3 Park Avenue Campus * 4.4 Downtown Law School Campus * 4.5 Lambuth Campus * 4.6 Environmentalism

* 5 Athletics

* 6 Activities

* 6.1 Clubs and organizations

* 6.1.1 The Daily Helmsman

* 6.2 Religious organizations * 6.3 Honor societies

* 6.4 Greek life

* 6.4.1 Fraternities * 6.4.2 Sororities

* 7 Traditions

* 7.1 Mighty Sound of the South * 7.2 Mascot * 7.3 Nickname * 7.4 Song

* 8 Special programs

* 8.1 Tennessee Governor\'s School for International Studies * 8.2 Chucalissa Indian Village

* 9 Notable people

* 9.1 List of presidents * 9.2 Notable alumni

* 10 References * 11 External links


_ University of Memphis welcome sign



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_U.S. NEWS Dr. Peter J. Brand , Professor of Egyptology; Béla Bollobás , Jabie Hardin Chair Professor of Mathematics; and Dr. Donald R. Franceschetti, Professor of Physics.

The Division of Professional and Continuing Education at the University of Memphis provides non-credit instruction to people from all walks of life. Originally established in the 1970s, the non-credit programs include face-to-face short courses, customized training for businesses, and online courses.


Student Activities Plaza

The University of Memphis is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) system, consisting of 18 Board Members. The board sets Policies and Guidelines that govern all TBR institutions. The Standing Committees of the Board, and some Ad Hoc Committees, meet prior to each Board meeting and include faculty and student representatives. Within this framework, the President of the University of Memphis is the day-to-day administrator of the university.

The University of Memphis today comprises a number of different colleges and schools:

* College of Arts and Sciences * Fogelman College of Business and Economics * College of Communication and Fine Arts * College of Education * Herff College of Engineering * University College * Loewenberg College of Nursing * Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management * School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology * Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law * Graduate School * School of Public Health * Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music

The University of Memphis is host to several centers of advanced research:

* FedEx Institute of Technology * Center for Earthquake Research and Information * Institute for Intelligent Systems * Advanced Distributed Learning Workforce Co-Lab

The University of Memphis Foundation, founded in 1964, manages the university endowment and accepts, manages and disburses private support to the university.


Ned R. McWherter Library

In 1909, the Tennessee Legislature enacted the General Education Bill. This bill stated that three colleges be established, one within each grand division of the state and one additional school for African-American students. After much bidding and campaigning, the state had to choose between two sites to build the new college for West Tennessee : Jackson and Memphis. Memphis was chosen, one of the main reasons being the proximity of the rail line to the site proposed to build the new college for West Tennessee . This would allow professors and students to go home and visit their relatives. The other three schools established through the General Education Act evolved into East Tennessee State University (ETSU), Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), and Tennessee State University (TSU).

Prior to the establishment of the WEST TENNESSEE NORMAL SCHOOL pursuant to the General Education Bill, a number of higher education departments existed in Memphis under the banner of the _ University of Memphis._ This earlier University of Memphis was formed in 1909 by adding to an already existing medical school departments of pharmacy, dentistry, and law.

On September 10, 1912, West Tennessee Normal School opened in Memphis; its first president was Seymour A. Mynders. By 1913 all departments of the earlier _ University of Memphis,_ except the law school , had been taken over by West Tennessee Normal School. After Mynders' death in 1913, John Willard Brister was chosen to take his place. After Brister's resignation in 1918, Andrew A. Kincannon became president. In 1924, Brister returned to his post as president of the school.

The name changed in 1925 to WEST TENNESSEE STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE. In 1931, the campus' first newspaper, _The Tiger Rag_, was established. In 1939, Richard C. Jones became president of WTSTC. In 1941, the name was changed to MEMPHIS STATE COLLEGE, when the college expanded its liberal arts curriculum. In 1943, Dr. Jennings B. Sanders succeeded Jones as president. Three years later, the first alumnus to become president, J. Millard (Jack) Smith, was appointed. In 1951 MSC awarded its first B.A. degrees. In 1957 the school received full University status and changed its name accordingly to MEMPHIS STATE UNIVERSITY.

In 1959, five years after Brown v. Board of Education the university admitted its first black students. Racial segregation was the norm throughout the South at the time. The Memphis State Eight, as they were known, were admitted to Memphis State University. Their presence on campus was the focus not only of intense media scrutiny, but severe criticism from much of the local public. Ostensibly for the black students' safety and to maintain an air of calm on the campus, University administrators placed certain restrictions on where and when the black students could be on campus. They were to go only to their classes, not to any of the public places on campus, such as the cafeteria; and they were to leave the campus immediately after they had finished their last class. These limitations were lifted after the novelty of their presence on campus had subsided and the public's focus on their presence there had lessened, and as more and more black students were admitted to the university. Today, black students make up more than one-third of the campus student body and they participate fully in all campus activities.

Cecil C. Humphreys became president of MSU, succeeding Smith, in 1960. In 1966, the school began awarding doctoral degrees. Humphreys resigned as MSU president to become the first chancellor of the newly formed State University and Community College System, later renamed the Tennessee Board of Regents. John Richardson was appointed interim president.

In 1973, Dr. Billy Mac Jones became president. Also that year, the Memphis State Tiger men's basketball team reached the finals of the NCAA tournament, only to fall at the hands of a UCLA team led by future NBA superstar and Hall of Famer Bill Walton in The NCAA Basketball Championship Game in St. Louis, Missouri . In 1980, Thomas Carpenter became president of MSU; he was succeeded by V. Lane Rawlins in 1991. On July 1, 1994, Memphis State University changed its name again, to the UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS.

V. Lane Rawlins served from 1991 to 2000; Dr. Ralph Faudree filled in as interim president for one year after V. Lane Rawlins' departure. In 2001, The U of M installed its first female president, Shirley C. Raines, 62, who retired in the summer of 2013. After a yearlong search, Dr. M. David Rudd was confirmed as the 12th president on May 1, 2014.


The new Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law , a former United States federal courthouse , opened in 2010.

The University of Memphis campus is located approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) east of downtown in the University District neighborhood of east Memphis. It has an area of 1,160 acres (4.7 km2), although this figure does not include the law school in the former United States federal customshouse in downtown Memphis, which opened in January 2010. The historical core of campus encompasses approximately 30 acres (120,000 m2). Wilder Tower; the tallest building of the University's main campus

Campus planners have significantly increased the amount of green space and the number of walkways over the past several years, while maintaining a focus on the original historic architecture of the campus.

Surrounding the university's main campus are several historic neighborhoods to the north and east, as well as the University District neighborhood and the commercial Highland Strip to the west. Many University of Memphis college students also reside in housing south of the main campus.


The University of Memphis campus is set out in a rectilinear format, planned as a geometric design similar to the Jeffersonian style of the University of Virginia .

Despite gradual expansion of the campus to the West and South, the campus is fairly compact and retains a park-like, tree-lined setting. The farthest distance on campus takes about twenty-five minutes to walk. According to the most recent master plan. The University of Memphis is projected to expand and redevelop additional areas one block west of the main campus' current western boundary of Patterson St., making Highland Avenue the "de facto" entrance to the university.


Students walking in front of Manning Hall The FedEx Institute of Technology is a major research contributor in the areas of Supply Chain Management, robotics, and intelligent systems.

The center of the main campus comprises buildings that made up the original campus. The first college buildings, including Scates Hall, Manning Hall, and The Administration Building, were erected in the early 20th century. This section stretches from Deloach Ave. south to the end of the main campus at Walker Ave., with most buildings surrounding The Alumni Mall and Student Plaza. The majority of the buildings of the arts and humanities departments, as well as those of the Physics and Astronomy departments of the College of Arts and Science, are located in the original areas of campus. The Administration Building at the University of Memphis Scates Hall , the 3rd oldest building on campus

Flanking the original area of campus to the east are the areas of major research for The Life Sciences and Engineering departments, including J.R. Smith Hall, The Life Sciences Building and The Herff College of Engineering Complex, as well as The Education Department, residing in E.C. Ball Hall, and the Art Museum of the University of Memphis, located in the Communication and Fine Arts building. The Ned R. McWherter Library, a state-of-the art library facility and one of the premier research libraries of the Mid-South United States, takes up the eastern part of the campus adjacent to Dunavant Plaza and Emeriti Grove.

The northwestern area of the main campus includes The Fogelman College of Business and Economics, The Fogelman Executive Center (a major conference center for regional executives visiting The University of Memphis), and The FedEx Institute of Technology , a major research contributor in the areas of Supply Chain Management, Nanotechnology, Robotics and Intelligent Systems. Originally, in the north end of the campus, Norriswood Ave. was the northern boundary and was an actual street that ran through the campus. The campus expanded into this area in the late 1960s -webkit-column-count: 3; column-count: 3;">

* Alpha Phi Alpha * Alpha Tau Omega * Iota Phi Theta * Kappa Alpha Order * Kappa Alpha Psi * Kappa Kappa Psi * Lambda Chi Alpha * Omega Psi Phi * Phi Beta Sigma * Phi Mu Alpha * Pi Kappa Alpha * Sigma Alpha Epsilon * Sigma Chi * Sigma Phi Epsilon * Zeta Beta Tau


* Alpha Delta Pi * Alpha Gamma Delta * Alpha Kappa Alpha * Delta Gamma * Delta Sigma Theta * Kappa Delta * Lambda Theta Alpha * Phi Mu * Pi Beta Phi * Sigma Gamma Rho * Tau Beta Sigma * Sigma Kappa * Zeta Phi Beta


The University of Memphis has accumulated numerous traditions over its long history as the flagship public research university within the Tennessee Board of Regents system.


Main article: Mighty Sound of the South

The Mighty Sound of the South Band is the university's band. The band performs at Memphis Tigers football games as a marching band and at Tigers basketball games as a pep band. As one of the oldest institutions at the university, the Band partakes in many of the game day traditions. The MSS performs more than any other student ensemble on campus, and for approximately 350,000 fans each fall. The MSS is featured at nearly every campus-wide event, ranging from Freshman Convocation to the Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally. The band has been featured on the nationally syndicated "Mike -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em;">

* Seymour A. Mynders (1912–1913) * John Willard Brister (1913–1918) * Andrew A. Kincannon (1918–1924) * John Willard Brister (1924–1939) * Richard C. Jones (1939–1943) * Jennings B. Sanders (1943–1946) * J. Millard (Jack) Smith (1946–1960) * Cecil C(larence) Humphreys (1960–1972) * John Richardson (1972–1973) interim * Billy Mac Jones (1973–1980) * Thomas G. Carpenter (1980–1991) * V. Lane Rawlins (1991–2000) * Ralph Faudree (2000–2001) interim * Shirley C. Raines (2001–2013) * R. Brad Martin (2013–2014) interim * M. David Rudd (2014–present)


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