CA: ‘Record-breaking’ birth at Memphis Zoo

This article was published June 27, 2017. Since then, 2 more births occurred at the zoo, bringing the total to at least 8. CA: ‘Record-breaking’ birth at Memphis Zoo The baby boom continues for the Memphis Zoo. On Monday, officials announced the birth of a Francois langur monkey by his 22-year-old mother —the oldest langur to give birth under the Species Survival Plan of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The Memphis Zoo has had Francois langurs in its collection since 2002. This is the third langur birth in the last three years. “Ripley,” a male Francois langur, was born to dad … Continue reading CA: ‘Record-breaking’ birth at Memphis Zoo

MDN: New St. Jude Grad School Welcomes Inaugural Class

MDN: New St. Jude Grad School Welcomes Inaugural Class Following years of planning, development of curriculum and recruitment of staff and faculty, the first class of a dozen students has begun studies at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s new Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. “It’s an idea that’s been in the incubator for probably 15 years at St. Jude,” said Dr. Stephen White, who came to the hospital 20 years ago to help set up the structural biology department. “It immediately became obvious to me then that this environment would be perfect for graduate education.” … In essentially creating a … Continue reading MDN: New St. Jude Grad School Welcomes Inaugural Class

MDN: Memphis Music Initiative To Occupy Old Downtown Firehouse

MDN: Memphis Music Initiative To Occupy Old Downtown Firehouse … The old firehouse at the corner of B.B. King Boulevard and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue has gone through many incarnations since the 1800s, including stints as a recording studio, nightclub and pop-up beer garden. Now it can add one more to the list – office. The Memphis Music Initiative (MMI), a local nonprofit organization, recently signed a 10,000-square-foot lease to move its headquarters into the iconic Downtown structure, marking a new chapter in the building’s long history.   … Most recently the building was used to host a … Continue reading MDN: Memphis Music Initiative To Occupy Old Downtown Firehouse

MDN: Memphis to Start Employee Student Loan Repayment Plan July 1

MDN: Memphis to Start Employee Student Loan Repayment Plan July 1 A Tennessee city is starting a new program that will help employees repay their student loans. The city of Memphis said Thursday that beginning July 1, eligible city workers will receive monthly contributions of $50 for repayment of their student loan principal. Those who qualify must be active, full-time employees for at least 12 months. Alex Smith, the city’s chief human resources officer, says the program is being viewed “as an important investment in our employees.” The program is being administered by Tuition.io, a platform for employee student loan … Continue reading MDN: Memphis to Start Employee Student Loan Repayment Plan July 1

LocalMemphis: Nearly 250 School Children Received Free Bikes

LocalMemphis: Nearly 250 School Children Received Free Bikes Nearly 250 kids got free bikes at the Liberty Bowl today, but they had to earn them. 249 children in Shelby County Schools who had perfect attendance with no tardys for the entire school year received the bicycles. Thirteen elementary and middle schools were represented at today’s event. Some of the super students we talked to say the bike will help make their summer a great one. The Memphis High-Tailer Bicycle Club chipped in to get each kid a free helmet and t-shirt. This was the fourth year for the event. Shelby … Continue reading LocalMemphis: Nearly 250 School Children Received Free Bikes

MDN: Tenn. Shakespeare Company Earns $25K Matching Grant

MDN: Tenn. Shakespeare Company Earns $25K Matching Grant Arts Midwest has awarded $1 million in grants to Tennessee Shakespeare Company and 39 other nonprofit, professional theater companies across 26 states and the District of Columbia to perform the works of William Shakespeare for students through Shakespeare in American Communities. Tennessee Shakespeare Company received the matching grant award of $25,000 for its innovative 2017 Romeo and Juliet Project for the fourth time in its history. The project will perform “Romeo and Juliet” 27 times in 22 Memphis-area high schools and teach more than 700 in-school sessions for 6,400 freshmen with a … Continue reading MDN: Tenn. Shakespeare Company Earns $25K Matching Grant

HGN: MIT works with young entrepreneurs to change the face of tech in Memphis

HGN: MIT works with young entrepreneurs to change the face of tech in Memphis Divya Pinnaka, a Germantown High School rising senior, wants Memphians to know that young people can bring a special edge to the startup community. … Pinnaka is the president of the Memphis chapter of the MIT Launch Club program as well as the U.S. central director for MIT Launch North America. The international entrepreneurial program for high school students is based out of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and the Sloan School of Management. The program gives high school students the tools and mentorship … Continue reading HGN: MIT works with young entrepreneurs to change the face of tech in Memphis

MBJ: Official Memphis brand initiative launched

MBJ: Official Memphis brand initiative launched After three years of ongoing efforts, an official Memphis Brand Initiative organization has launched. According to president and CMO David French, the Memphis Brand Initiative is a newly formed organization to elevate the city as a global brand recognized as a destination of choice for tourists, talent, businesses and families. In 2014, a group of Memphis leaders came together with the goal of elevating the city’s global reputation by defining the city’s essential brand identity and communicating it in a strategic and coordinated way, French said. Mike Glenn, formerly of FedEx Corp., and Rick … Continue reading MBJ: Official Memphis brand initiative launched

WMC: 3 Memphis spots named top U.S. trending destinations

WMC: 3 Memphis spots named top U.S. trending destinations Memphis tourism is getting high praise from a top travel and booking site. TripAdvisor announced its 25 trending destinations in the U.S. and three Bluff City landmarks made the list: Beale Street, National Civil Rights Museum, and Graceland. TripAdvisor said each destination has seen a tremendous spike in traveler interest with Beale Street having the largest spike — a 41 percent increase from last year. WMC: 3 Memphis spots named top U.S. trending destinations Continue reading WMC: 3 Memphis spots named top U.S. trending destinations

ABC: Memphis high school senior class collects more than $80 million in scholarship offers

ABC: Memphis high school senior class collects more than $80 million in scholarship offers While students across the nation continue to narrow down their college options, Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Tennessee, is already in full-fledged celebration mode with its 2017 senior class so far being offered more than $80 million in college scholarships. Whitehaven held its annual Academic Signing Day last week to honor the academic success of its senior students, who at the time had been offered more than $65 million in scholarships, with over 40 students each scoring a million dollars in offers. Labeled as the “Million … Continue reading ABC: Memphis high school senior class collects more than $80 million in scholarship offers