MBJ: FedEx’s Alan Graf ready to take on the U of M

MBJ: FedEx’s Alan Graf ready to take on the U of M FedEx Corp. CFO Alan Graf isn’t afraid of a little hard work. Graf is one of eight appointees recently identified by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to lead the University of Memphis’ new independent governing board. Graf expects the new board will have a large time commitment and a bit of a learning curve. This will be the first time in the history of the university that it will be governed independently from the statewide Tennessee Board of Regents system. But Graf is up for the challenge. As a … Continue reading MBJ: FedEx’s Alan Graf ready to take on the U of M

MDN: U of M Tops List of Tennessee Online Colleges

MDN: U of M Tops List of Tennessee Online Colleges The University of Memphis is the state’s top higher education institution for online classes or degree programs, according to a new ranking by OnlineColleges.com. The ranking relies on data from the National Center for Education Statistics across multiple criteria, including the number of online programs offered, in-state and out-of-state tuition, student services and the percentage of students at the institution taking online courses. The University of Memphis topped the rankings of 55 institutions in the state, followed by Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin and Bethel University in McKenzie. Southwest … Continue reading MDN: U of M Tops List of Tennessee Online Colleges

CA: Blueprint for growth changing face of Germantown

CA: Blueprint for growth changing face of Germantown … For a few quirky hours, Greentrees neighbors gathered, gabbed and gawked as the Kirby House, one-time headquarters for a three-state plantation operation, inched along and ultimately sputtered to a halt in the middle of a not-quite-wide-enough residential street. Eventually, on an overnight trek, it lumbered to its new location on Messick, several miles from its original site. The process didn’t go as planned, but in hindsight, relocation of the landmark served as a memorable sendoff of the old to make way for the new. The home’s original tract, just inside Germantown’s city limits east of Kirby Parkway between Poplar and … Continue reading CA: Blueprint for growth changing face of Germantown

MBJ: U of M to get major boost from home rule

MBJ: U of M to get major boost from home rule It’s always difficult for colleges like the to break free from the shadow of larger state schools such as the . For years, Memphians have grumbled that the local university was regularly overlooked by the public school’s governing board — and they may have been right on many occasions. … But, earlier this year, U of M advocates received good news when the Focus on College and University Success (FOCUS) Act passed. The law allows the University of Memphis — as well as Austin Peay State University, East Tennessee … Continue reading MBJ: U of M to get major boost from home rule

MBJ: Memphis-based auction company expands in Florida

MBJ: Memphis-based auction company expands in Florida A little more than six months after opening its first office in Destin, Luxury Estates Auction Group is adding a traditional real estate services arm. The new group will be called Luxury Estates Realty Group. The company, which is an offshoot of Memphis-based Morris Auction Group, provides real estate auction and marketing services for luxury homes and multimillion-dollar estates from Destin to West Palm Beach, Florida. It opened in May. The new arm will expand the scope of services Luxury Estates offers for people who may not be ready to sell their properties … Continue reading MBJ: Memphis-based auction company expands in Florida

HGN: Textbook Brokers beats sales slump with new merchandise

HGN: Textbook Brokers beats sales slump with new merchandise This semester, Textbook Brokers is expanding its merchandise line after its recent move into a new retail space next door to their previous location near the University of Memphis. The store had previously only sold textbooks at its smaller location at 3548 Walker Ave., where it had been since October of 2008. … The additional space allows for an entire floor to be dedicated to selling a variety of University of Memphis Tigers merchandise, including shorts, hats, sweaters, t-shirts, water bottles, decals and more. Over the past few weeks, the store … Continue reading HGN: Textbook Brokers beats sales slump with new merchandise

MBJ ($): U of M research spending outpaces previous years

MBJ ($): U of M research spending outpaces previous years As the University of Memphis prepares to break from the Tennessee Board of Regents in 2017, its research spending is up nearly 40 percent. According to the latest available budget, the University of Memphis (U of M) spent an estimated $28.3 million on research initiatives for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. That figure is 37.3 percent more than the $17.4 million in actual research expenditures the university made during the 2014-2015 fiscal year. When Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced the eight appointees selected to lead the U of M’s newly created … Continue reading MBJ ($): U of M research spending outpaces previous years

MDN: Seeing Needs Beyond Good Teachers, Teacher Town Memphis Changes its Approach and Name

MDN: Seeing Needs Beyond Good Teachers, Teacher Town Memphis Changes its Approach and Name A Memphis philanthropic collaborative is revising its public image as its leaders rethink the ways they want to help the city’s schools change. Teacher Town is becoming the Memphis Education Fund and adopting the goal of improving the lowest-scoring 10 percent of schools in the city, the group announced this month. The collaborative was created in 2014 by Memphis education leaders with local philanthropists. The goal was to transform Memphis into a destination city for talented teachers, a vision that built on a major investment by … Continue reading MDN: Seeing Needs Beyond Good Teachers, Teacher Town Memphis Changes its Approach and Name

UTHSC: UTHSC Awarded $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce to Fund Innovative Proof-of-Concept Center, Stimulate Movement of Ideas to Market

UTHSC: UTHSC Awarded $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce to Fund Innovative Proof-of-Concept Center, Stimulate Movement of Ideas to Market The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) has received a nearly $500,000 i6 Challenge Award from the United States Economic Development Administration (EDA) to establish a Proof-of-Concept Center at UTHSC in partnership with Memphis Bioworks Foundation. The award was announced recently by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker as part of the EDA’s 2016 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program, which aims to expand commercialization programs across the country. The UTHSC Proof-of-Concept Center will be located in Memphis, a … Continue reading UTHSC: UTHSC Awarded $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce to Fund Innovative Proof-of-Concept Center, Stimulate Movement of Ideas to Market

NY Times: More Cruises on the Mississippi

NY Times: More Cruises on the Mississippi Three new ships launching within one year on the Mississippi River will more than double the market for cruises in Mark Twain territory. In October, the new French America Line launched its first ship, the 150-passenger Louisiane. Based in New Orleans, it features French cuisine and a French Quarter Lounge devoted to jazz. Last spring, American Cruise Lines, which already operates the Queen of the Mississippi, launched the paddle wheel ship America, offering 185 passengers free shore excursions, nightly musical entertainment and an onboard historian. Next spring, the American Queen Steamboat Company will … Continue reading NY Times: More Cruises on the Mississippi