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1. University of Memphis Moves Ahead With Campus Changes -

After completing the Laurie-Walton Family Basketball Center practice facility on its Park Avenue campus, the University of Memphis recently pulled a $33.5 million permit to start construction on the parking garage and land bridge over the Southern Avenue railroad tracks – the most-immediate indication of changes on the main campus in the next three to five years.

2. Women in Memphis Higher Ed Detail Common Challenges, Goals -

In less than three years, women have taken the top leadership posts at three of Memphis’ largest higher education institutions. Southwest Tennessee Community College president Tracy Hall, Rhodes College president Marjorie Hass and LeMoyne-Owen College president Andrea Miller lead a diverse mix of institutions with different missions, but they share common thoughts about the challenges and opportunities facing higher education today.

3. Univ. of Memphis’ Lambuth Campus Thriving, With More Growth Expected -

The university, and the history, might have been lost. Six years ago, with the after-effects of a slowed economy still making an impact, Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee, was forced to shut down.

4. U of M Files $33.5M Permit for Land Bridge -

The University of Memphis has filed a $33.5 million building permit application with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement to move forward with a parking garage and a long-awaited land bridge over the Southern Avenue railroad track.

5. U of M Files $33.5M Permit for Land Bridge -

570 Houston St. 

Memphis, TN 38111

Permit Amount: $33.5 million

Owner: University of Memphis

Details: The University of Memphis has filed a $33.5 million building permit application with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement to move forward with a parking garage and a long-awaited land bridge over the Southern Avenue railroad track.

6. U of M Files $33.5M Permit for Land Bridge -

The University of Memphis has filed a $33.5 million building permit application with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement to move forward with a parking garage and a long-awaited land bridge over the Southern Avenue railroad track.

7. U of M, ALSAC Partner On New Coursework -

The University of Memphis Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration is collaborating with ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness arm for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, to create new courses and course content focused on philanthropy and nonprofit administration.

8. U of M, ALSAC Partner On New Academic Coursework -

The University of Memphis Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration is collaborating with ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness arm for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, to create new courses and course content focused on philanthropy and nonprofit administration.

9. U of M Trustees OK Parental Leave, Rudd Bonus -

University of Memphis trustees approved a $100,000 bonus Wednesday, Oct. 5, for U of M president David Rudd at Wednesday’s trustees meeting. The bonus is from private funds raised by the university foundation.

10. U of M Trustees Approve Parental Leave, Rudd Bonus -

University of Memphis trustees approved a $100,000 bonus Wednesday, Oct. 5, for U of M president David Rudd at Wednesday’s trustees meeting. The bonus is from private funds raised by the university foundation.

11. Last Word: Bonus For the Head Tiger, Brooks Downtown? and Harris Runs -

A $100,000 bonus from the University of Memphis board of trustees for U of M president David Rudd at Wednesday’s trustees meeting. The bonus is from private funds raised by the university foundation. The board also approved a paid parental leave policy – specifically the funding for that policy. And it reviewed scaled-back plans for the $30 million new rec center for students that will incorporate some of the existing rec center.

12. Cohen Criticizes, Kustoff Commends 6-Month DACA Wind-Down -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis termed President Donald Trump’s decision Tuesday, Sept. 5, to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program over the next six months “heartless, illogical and un-American.”

13. Tigers Deliver Victory in Wind and Rain -

Tigers kick returner Tony Pollard let the ball settle into his hands. Do not take that part for granted. This was at the start of the second half Thursday night at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. And not to say there was a lot of water, but at one point the Cajun Navy probably could have sailed areas of the stadium concourse.

14. Outsourcing by Any Other Name Still Not So Sweet -

Outsourcing is starting to become a four-letter word in state government.

Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration told lawmakers during a summer study session it’s giving up on privatization of state parks, including a plan to hire a company to raze the inn at Fall Creek Falls and build a new one, at a cost of more than $22 million, then take over the keys and the profits.

15. U of M Ranks High For Charitable Support -

The University of Memphis is ranked in the top quarter of higher education institutions for total charitable support, according to the Council for Aid to Education, an independent organization specializing in educational assessments.

16. U of M Ranks in Top Quarter For Charitable Support -

The University of Memphis is ranked in the top quarter of higher education institutions for total charitable support, according to the Council for Aid to Education, an independent organization specializing in educational assessments.

17. U of M Awarded $3.2M For Disaster Resilience -

A multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers led by the University of Memphis has been awarded a $3.2 million grant from the 2015 HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition.

The team of scientists will map and assess damage from future floods and earthquakes in Lake, Dyer, Lauderdale and Madison counties in West Tennessee.

18. U of M Awarded $3.2M For Disaster Resilience -

A multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers led by the University of Memphis has been awarded a $3.2 million grant from the 2015 HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition to map and assess damage from future floods and earthquakes in Lake, Dyer, Lauderdale and Madison counties in West Tennessee. The effort will also include focused public education and community outreach activities.

19. Univ. of Memphis Board OKs Tuition, Salary Hikes -

The University of Memphis board of trustees has approved a tuition increase for students, as well as salary increases for employees.

The 2.6 percent tuition increase approved Tuesday, June 6, applies to undergraduate, graduate and law students. Fees will stay the same, but housing rates will rise 5 percent.

20. University of Memphis Board OKs Tuition, Salary Increases -

The University of Memphis board of trustees has approved a tuition increase for students, as well as salary increases for employees.

The 2.6 percent tuition increase approved Tuesday, June 6, applies to undergraduate, graduate and law students. Fees will stay the same, but housing rates will rise 5 percent.

21. U of M to Participate In Pathways to Success Summit -

On June 22, the University of Memphis will participate in the Pathways to Success: Boys and Young Men of Color Opportunity Summit hosted by My Brother’s Keeper Alliance at Memphis Cook Convention Center.

22. Memphis Extends Contract of Football Coach Mike Norvell -

After a winning season in his first year at the University of Memphis, head football coach Mike Norvell has had his contract extended through 2021.

23. Memphis Extends Contract of Football Coach Mike Norvell -

After a winning season in his first year at the University of Memphis, head football coach Mike Norvell has had his contract extended through 2021.

24. With Tigers Basketball, Anything is Possible -

Everything’s fine. It’s all good. Don’t worry, Tiger fans. That was Tubby Smith’s bottom line during his 36-minute press conference with local media on Wednesday, April 26. It was also the basic message from University of Memphis president M. David Rudd, who hired Smith, in a recent radio interview on Sports 56 WHBQ.

25. University of Memphis, UTHSC May Soon Face Outsourcing Decisions -

Forty-one state lawmakers signed a letter requesting the state put a hold on its outsourcing plans until the General Assembly can scrutinize its effect on state workers and services.

The state is set to sign a contract April 28 with Chicago-based JLL for facilities management work that could be used by universities and departments statewide. Even local government jobs could be doled out to the contractor.

26. The Press Box: For Tigers Basketball, No Easy Way Forward -

Questions – and to the extent possible – answers about the reeling University of Memphis basketball program.

Q: Is this as simple as athletic director Tom Bowen and President M. David Rudd making a more than $15 million five-year mistake in hiring Tubby Smith?

27. As Memphis Tiger Fans Fret, Can Tubby Smith Fix This Mess? -

A few weeks ago, Tubby Smith stood in front of assembled media and admitted that the University of Memphis basketball job was a bit more than he had calculated.

“You’ve got a flavor here of expectations,” he said, the surprise evident in his voice and on his face.

28. Last Word: Tri-State Inks Move to Midtown, Main and Gayoso and 'Wise Trek' -

The open land across Union Avenue from AutoZone Park remains just that as some of it has changed hands again. Vision Hospitality buying the land that had been the location of the Greyhound bus station at Union and Hernando. Vision Memphis LLC sold to Vision Hospitality of Knoxville for $4 million, according to a warrant deed we reviewed Monday.

29. Rudd Says University Redirecting Neighborhood -

The railroad tracks between Highland Avenue and Zach Curlin Drive have been a fact of life and a border of sorts for as long as there has been a University of Memphis – even before it was called the University of Memphis.

30. U of M Grad Programs Garner National Rankings -

The University of Memphis has 18 graduate programs ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report. While some programs are ranked yearly, others are ranked every two to three years.

The programs include: audiology (No. 17), rehabilitation counseling (No. 21), speech-language pathology (No. 24), health care management (No. 47), clinical psychology (No. 102), earth sciences (No. 106), public affairs (No. 115), social work (No. 123), math (No. 126), English (No. 133), history (No. 134), engineering (No. 139), law (No. 140), fine arts (No. 147), psychology (No. 148), part-time MBA (No. 182), biological sciences (No. 209) and nursing master’s (No. 209).

31. Last Word: Veep Visit, Women and Baseball and Civil Rights Cold Cases -

Game time at FedExForum for the NCAA South semifinals and Vice President Mike Pence is expected to be here to cheer on the Butler Bulldogs. The Butler mascot – a live bulldog – was already in town Thursday making the rounds. I think March Madness requires that all involved up their mascot game if they get this far. So UCLA, we expect to see a live bear roaming Beale Street. You might be able to work a deal with the zoo on this. But if there’s a cost split make sure you nail down those percentages.

32. U of M Grad Programs Garner National Rankings -

The University of Memphis has 18 graduate programs ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report. While some programs are ranked yearly, others are ranked every two to three years.

The programs include: audiology (No. 17), rehabilitation counseling (No. 21), speech-language pathology (No. 24), health care management (No. 47), clinical psychology (No. 102), earth sciences (No. 106), public affairs (No. 115), social work (No. 123), math (No. 126), English (No. 133), history (No. 134), engineering (No. 139), law (No. 140), fine arts (No. 147), psychology (No. 148), part-time MBA (No. 182), biological sciences (No. 209) and nursing master’s (No. 209).

33. University of Memphis Plans Veterans Care Center -

The University of Memphis has announced plans for a new veterans care center on campus.

The university said the outpatient Veterans Care Center will address the mental health needs of veterans, regardless of era, gender, discharge status or service connection.

34. University of Memphis Plans Veterans Care Center -

The University of Memphis has announced plans for a new veterans care center on campus.

The university said the outpatient Veterans Care Center will address the mental health needs of veterans, regardless of era, gender, discharge status or service connection.

35. Last Word: Wessman Trouble, Selling 495 Union and An Underground Film Icon -

When Wessman Development came to town last year with the idea of a boutique hotel, the Palm Springs, California company was part of the flood of smaller hotel projects Memphis was seeing and is still seeing. Then the company added another hotel and just this month the redevelopment of a building on Madison west of Second Street as apartments with retail on the ground floor. In a very short period of time, Wessman has had a lot of plans for Memphis.

36. Rudd Praises Board as ‘Historic’ Step for U of M -

NASHVILLE – Calling the appointment of a board of trustees a “historic” and “essential” step for the University of Memphis, president M. David Rudd says the autonomous board will enable the university to control its own destiny.

37. Last Word: MATA and the TBI, Fieldstone Gets Bigger and Wedge Bills -

Since Gannett bought The Commercial Appeal there has been a lot of speculation about what would remain of the Memphis operation in a newspaper chain known for consolidating not just in-house parts of the publishing process but the reporting side too. The biggest question in the air was the fate of the large printing presses at the CA. And Monday evening, there was an answer.

38. New University of Memphis Rec Center Delayed -

Financial concerns are delaying the construction of a new recreation center at the University of Memphis.

University President David Rudd said in an email to the community Sunday that an increase in student fees to pay for the new rec center didn't generate as much revenue as expected, and that the project will be delayed 18 months.

39. Local and State Reaction To Trump Immigration Executive Order -

Here is reaction from state and local leaders to federal court orders in four states over the weekend blocking an executive order signed by President Donald Trump Friday, Jan. 27, that restricts immigration and travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. The original order applied to those with green cards and has since been changed to allow those with green cards.

40. New Coaches Highlight Past Year in Memphis Sports -

As always, you can categorize the sports year by the wins and losses. By the Grizzlies making a sixth straight playoff appearance and by the University of Memphis football team going to a third consecutive bowl game. And by the Big 12 eliminating U of M from the expansion process before the league ditched the idea altogether.

41. As Big 12 Stands Pat, AAC Looks To Grow Brand -

It wasn’t difficult to figure out why the Big 12 – or the Confused 10, if you prefer – started down the road of exploring expansion.

It turned out to be a road to nowhere – a twisting, turning road with many stops to ask for directions – and finally the league announced on Monday, Oct. 17, that it would, in fact, not expand.

42. City Council Vote to Focus On Highland Strip Project -

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Oct. 18, on an economic impact plan for the Highland Strip area that sets the stage for the tax increment financing district to finance infrastructure changes in the private development hot spot.

43. Shorb's Next Steps -

Jill Crocker, board chair of The Urban Child Institute, remembers the conversation well. She and interim executive director Meri Armour were discussing the future and the person they would need to find to lead the nonprofit forward.

44. Haslam Appoints 8 to New University of Memphis Board -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed eight business leaders, including a former University of Memphis interim president and the CEO of J.C. Penney Co., to the newly formed governing board of the University of Memphis.

45. Music, Rec Facilities in the Works at U of M -

The Tennessee Board of Regents is helping pave the way for the University of Memphis to build a $44 million on-campus music center instead of an already approved biochemistry and biology building.

The TBR has granted the U of M’s request to substitute the music center building project for an earlier request to build a $36 million biochemistry and biology building. Coming in at 40,000 square feet, the music center would be located along Central Avenue, near the school’s Holiday Inn. The request was granted at the Tennessee Board of Regents’ quarterly meeting in Chattanooga Sept. 15-16.

46. While There is Work to Do, Norvell Era Opens With Win -

It was one of those grind-through-it practices before the first game of the college football season. Except that on this morning – 11 days before the University of Memphis would open the season at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium – the Tigers had taken a pass on the grinding.

47. Mike Norvell Wins Coaching Debut -

It was one of those grind-through-it practices before the first game of the college football season. Except that on this morning – 11 days before the University of Memphis would open the season at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium – the Tigers had taken a pass on the grinding.

48. Memphis Cut From Big 12 Expansion Consideration, ESPN Says -

The University of Memphis is not one of 11 schools still under consideration for Big 12 expansion, according to a report from espn.com on Friday, Sept. 2.

49. Memphis Cut From Big 12 Expansion Consideration, ESPN Says -

The University of Memphis is not one of 11 schools still under consideration for Big 12 expansion, according to a report from espn.com on Friday, Sept. 2.

50. ESPN: Memphis Out of Big 12 Expansion Consideration -

The University of Memphis is not one of 11 schools still under consideration for Big 12 expansion, according to a report from espn.com on Friday, Sept. 2.

51. ESPN: Memphis Out of Big 12 Expansion Consideration -

The University of Memphis is not one of 11 schools still under consideration for Big 12 expansion, according to a report from espn.com on Friday, Sept. 2.

52. Mike Norvell Wins Coaching Debut -

It was one of those grind-through-it practices before the first game of the college football season. Except that on this morning – 11 days before the University of Memphis would open the season at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium – the Tigers had taken a pass on the grinding.

53. Game-Changer -

So as it turns out, the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June was a missed opportunity. No one in the gallery shouted, “University of Memphis – Big 12!” The tournament’s “Hush Y’all” signs were obeyed and to no good end.

54. Land Bridge Project Could Transform Entire University of Memphis Area -

The official planning phase has begun for the much anticipated $33 million University of Memphis land bridge, which will safely connect two sides of the university that are currently split by the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks and Southern Avenue.

55. Haizlip Studio Lands U of M Bridge Project -

Memphis-based Haizlip Studio has been chosen as the architect of record for the University of Memphis’ $33 million land bridge and parking garage at Southern Avenue and Echles Street.

“We will be the primary architects on everything from planning and construction to administration and close out,” said Mary Haizlip, AIA, principal in charge of management at Haizlip Studio.

56. University of Memphis Moves Toward Own Board in a Year -

For decades, University of Memphis alumni and supporters have run hot and lukewarm on two topics – an on-campus arena and a board for the university independent of the Tennessee Board of Regents.

57. MSO, University of Memphis Partnership Will Open New Doors -

A new partnership between the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the University of Memphis may become a model for sustainability of fine arts organizations in a new economic landscape.

Earlier this month, the symphony and U of M announced a three-year, renewable partnership to bring the MSO into residence at the university. The partnership will reduce the annual operating budget for the financially strapped MSO by 40 percent and offer synergy for the two entities to build further revenue around programming and music education innovations.

58. Gibbons to Lead New U of M Institute -

The day after announcing his resignation as Tennessee Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security, the University of Memphis and the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission announced Bill Gibbons will become president of the crime commission and lead a new Public Safety Institute.

59. Hearst Foundations Awards $100K for U of M Students -

The University of Memphis has received a $100,000 grant from The Hearst Foundations for the First Scholars program, which focuses on increasing the graduation rate for first-generation college students.

60. FedEx, er, University of Memphis to Big 12? -

The slogan still resonates: When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight.

All the world came to know that was Federal Express. I can remember knowing it was Federal Express.

61. Hearst Foundations Award $100K for U of M Students -

The University of Memphis has received a $100,000 grant from The Hearst Foundations for the First Scholars program, which focuses on increasing the graduation rate for first-generation college students.

62. University of Memphis, MSO Form Partnership -

The University of Memphis and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra have announced a unique partnership, creating a new Mid-South destination for music training and performance, music outreach and arts-centered, cross-sector community development.

63. University of Memphis, MSO Form Partnership -

The University of Memphis and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra have announced a unique partnership. In an unprecedented collaboration between a university and a professional symphony orchestra, MSO will partner with the U of M to create the premier destination in the Mid-South for music training and performance, music outreach and arts-centered, cross-sector community development.

64. Big 12 a Nice Dream but a Remote Reality -

Wading in on Big 12 expansion, steroids in baseball and a few basketball questions ….

I applaud University of Memphis president David Rudd’s efforts to get the Tigers into the Big 12, should the league expand. In a short time, Rudd has been a strong influence on U of M athletics and he understands the bigger picture – that what is good for the athletics department will, in many cases, be good for the university and the city.

65. Tubby Smith's Hire Comes With 'Highest Expectations' -

Wearing a University of Memphis lapel pin on his suit jacket, Tubby Smith was introduced on the floor of FedExForum Thursday, April 14, as the 18th head coach in Tigers history.

University president M. David Rudd called it a “historic hire” for the school and said Smith arrived as the “most accomplished coach” to lead the program (take that, John Calipari).

66. Tubby Smith: 'Sky's the Limit' for Memphis Basketball Program -

Wearing a University of Memphis lapel pin on his suit jacket, Tubby Smith was introduced on the floor of FedExForum Thursday, April 14, as the 18th head coach in Tigers history.

University president M. David Rudd called it a “historic hire” for the school and said Smith arrived as the “most accomplished coach” in the program’s history (take that, John Calipari).

67. Memphis Gets Proven Commodity in Tubby Smith -

It started immediately, before the hiring was even official. The audible sighs on sports talk radio, the Twitter whining, and the figurative eye-rolling.

Tubby Smith? Really? That old guy?

If they didn’t call him “old” outright, they inferred it in every way imaginable.

68. Shoot for a Basketball Coaching Star? Memphis Would Have to Pay Big -

Josh Pastner is officially the new head coach at Georgia Tech and the University of Memphis is officially in the coach search business.

69. Georgia Tech Hires Pastner From Memphis to Replace Gregory -

ATLANTA (AP) – Josh Pastner isn't promising a quick fix as Georgia Tech's basketball coach.

70. Tigers' Josh Pastner Going to Ga. Tech Would Mean Fresh Start for All -

The sports business is the expectations business. Always. No exceptions.

Josh Pastner, while taking some heat a couple of seasons ago at the University of Memphis, said he was getting out of the expectations business.

71. Last Word: Pastner's Georgia Tech Post-Season, Who Filed and Greensward Invitations -

Not so fast with the off-season. There is a Memphis post-season after all.

And the Grizz found it Thursday like a light at the end of a long-tunnel where a lot of people slipped and fell and can’t get up.
The light was Houston flaming out at home to Phoenix without the Grizzlies having to make a basket.
It’s all about the math. Stay in school, young people.

72. Rudd + Bowen + Pastner = PR Nightmare at Memphis -

You keep thinking the story can’t get worse, and then it does. What we have here is an ongoing public relations disaster that is the University of Memphis athletic department as it pertains to all matters regarding the men’s basketball program.

73. Sports Notebook: Pastner Needs Assistant With Coaching History -

The University of Memphis decided to go into the next college basketball season with Josh Pastner returning for an eighth year as the Tigers’ coach, per the announcement released by university present M. David Rudd late last week.

74. Pastner To Remain Tigers’ Basketball Coach -

University of Memphis President M. David Rudd and Athletic Director Tom Bowen put a lot of speculation to rest Friday, March 18, when they announced Josh Pastner will remain head coach of the men’s basketball team.

75. The $10.6 Million Question: Fire Josh Pastner or Keep Him? -

The Hall-of-Fame coach was speaking on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike,” his team sitting on the outside looking in on this year’s NCAA Tournament because of his university’s own imposed ban:

76. Last Word: Deannexation, Pastner Past the Season and Chewing Gum and Walking -

The much-discussed deannexation bill in the Tennessee Legislature always had the votes Monday evening in the House with Memphis Democrats succeeding only in delaying the outcome in Nashville by about two hours.
The bill passed by a wide margin after a debate that was for the most part Memphis against the rest of the state starting just outside the city limits with Republicans in the Shelby County legislative delegation.
And there is some dispute between the bill’s sponsor from the Chattanooga area and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland. Strickland puts the potential loss of tax revenue to the city at $80 million. Rep. Mike Carter says it is more like $27 million.

77. Pastner Cites Chain of Command in Speculation About Future -

At a season-ending press conference on Monday, March 14, Josh Pastner said he considered himself the University of Memphis men’s basketball coach going forward “unless I’m told differently by my bosses.” And following that university president M. David Rudd released a statement saying a review of the program would be conducted.

78. Tigers Can Still Draw Fans Needed For Payoff, NCAA Bid Less Likely -

The University of Memphis didn’t have much trouble with UCF, as evidenced by the 73-56 final score.

The paid attendance didn’t have much trouble with the actual attendance (scanned tickets), as evidenced by the 12,492 to 6,374 final score.

79. Mike Norvell Era Starts with Optimism And a Raise-the-Bar Recruiting Class -

In a few minutes, first-year coach Mike Norvell would be standing behind a lectern providing assembled media a summary of his first recruiting class at the University of Memphis.

“Not a good class,” he would say, “a great class, a home-run-hitting class.”

80. Sports Execs Tackle Teams’ Economic Impact -

Football fans in Charlotte, N.C., have had a fun season watching the NFL’s Carolina Panthers reel in 15 wins, a near perfect season, and secure the top playoff seed in their conference.

And it could turn out to be quite the edge for the Panthers in their quest to reach the Super Bowl.

81. One Tigers Football Era Ends, Another Begins -

As handoffs go, this one was a fumble.

From two great seasons under Justin Fuente to one game under an interim coach – tough spot for retained assistant Darrell Dickey, by the way – and now the ball is to be carried forward by first-time head coach Mike Norvell.

82. Memorable Events of 2015 will Spill Into 2016 -

When you really get down to it, history is a collection of moments, moments that, when they fall one after the other over the long arc of time, eventually form the tapestry representing who we are.

83. The Right Fit -

It was the middle of the season and the Tigers were rolling along at 7-0. They had climbed to No. 16 in the national polls and Paxton Lynch was being talked about as potentially the best quarterback in next spring’s NFL Draft.

84. Autonomy Comes With Risk for State’s Universities -

Tennessee officials are lauding Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to restructure higher education in an effort to meet his goals for the Drive to 55.

The FOCUS Act proposed recently by the Republican governor to make sure 55 percent of Tennesseans hold a degree or postsecondary certificate by 2025 promises to launch a new era for the state’s colleges and universities.

85. Snapshot: Ballet Memphis ‘In the Mix’ at Chamber Luncheon -

Ballet Memphis’ Rafael Ferreras and Crystal Brothers performed Wednesday, Dec. 9, for more than 1,000 business and community leaders at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s annual chairman’s luncheon – an event at which Carolyn Hardy officially took the reins as chamber chairman.

86. Memphis Tigers Football Hitches Hopes To Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

87. Memphis Football Hitches Hopes to Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

88. Memphis Football Hitches Hopes to Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

89. Memphis Football Hitches Hopes to Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

90. Memphis Football Hitches Hopes to Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

91. Memphis Football Hitches Hopes to Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

92. Hoops & Dreams -

They were but a few words, yet they seemed to capture the mindset of the University of Memphis basketball program’s high-expectation fan base.

“Get back to like it was,” said former Tigers guard Jeremy Hunt.

93. Events -

Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County will screen “Private Violence,” a documentary about domestic violence, Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. at Malco Studio on the Square, 2105 Court Ave. After the film, domestic violence survivors from VOICES will hold a brief Q&A about their experiences. Tickets are $10; all proceeds benefit FSC. Visit familysafetycenter.org.

94. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will continue the 2015 Vine to Wine tasting series with “Aussie Wines” Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Each event features eight wines or cocktails in and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $25 for members or $35 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

95. Events -

Touchdown Club of Memphis will meet Monday, Sept. 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. Former University of Alabama head coach Gene Stallings is the guest speaker. Cost is $60. Visit tdcmemphis.com.

96. Events -

The Mid-South Fair will be held through Oct. 4 at the Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven. The 159th annual event will feature rides and games, livestock competitions, youth talent show and more. Visit midsouthfair.com for schedule and tickets.

97. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? John Calipari! -

[UPDATE: University of Memphis president David Rudd issued a statement on Twitter late Thursday afternoon stating the university "will not be recognizing Coach Calipari." Read his statement here.]

98. U of M Teams with City on Smart Technologies -

The University of Memphis and the city of Memphis are expected signed an agreement Monday, Aug. 24, to collaborate on using smart technologies.

The Smart Cities Innovation Program specifically involves research to use technology on such challenges as transportation systems, water and sewer systems and other basic public services.

99. University of Memphis, Church Health Center Form Partnership -

The University of Memphis and the Church Health Center are forming a partnership to help the underserved of Memphis.

Both organizations will sign an agreement Sept. 15 at the U of M’s FedEx Institute of Technology that reflects the new collaboration in areas including wellness research, programming and education.

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The University of Memphis and the city of Memphis are expected to sign an agreement Monday, Aug. 24, to collaborate on using smart technologies.

The Smart Cities Innovation Program specifically involves research to use technology on such challenges as transportation systems, water and sewer systems and other basic public services.