VOL. 131 | NO. 198 | Tuesday, October 4, 2016
MUS Chooses Headmaster To Replace Haguewood
Memphis University School announced Monday, Oct. 3, that Peter D. “Pete” Sanders will be the new headmaster when Ellis Haguewood retires at the end of the school year.
The MUS board of trustees selected Sanders after a national search to replace Haguewood, who has been headmaster for 22 years and first joined the school’s faculty in 1969.
Sanders has 32 years of experience as an educator and administrator at independent schools. He is currently director of the upper school and a history teacher at Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville, South Carolina. He has been instrumental in growing enrollment there by 33 percent, expanding the college counseling office, and instituting a faculty-evaluation system since he joined in 2007.
Previously, he served as upper school head at University School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and at the Brunswick School in Greenwich, Connecticut. He also spent 13 years at Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia, where he served as assistant upper school head; coached football, baseball and softball; and advised the Honor Council.
“I am tremendously honored to be chosen as the school’s next headmaster,” Sanders said in a statement. “I have been an admirer of Memphis University School for over 25 years.”
Board of trustees chairman Samuel N. Graham II called Sanders “a proven leader who displays an authentic concern for students, advocacy for teachers, a belief in the importance of caring teacher-student relationships, and a balanced approach to addressing the needs of various school constituencies.”
Sanders was introduced to the MUS faculty, staff, and student body during a visit to campus Monday.
– Daily News staff
Broad Avenue Alliance Hires Executive Director
Continued growth in the Broad Avenue District since its revival about a decade ago has prompted the Broad Avenue Arts Alliance to hire an executive director.
Katie McWeeney Powell, a consistent volunteer at events in the district who has business and marketing experience, was chosen for the new post.
Arts alliance president Paul West said Powell is well-qualified and her greatest “attributes are her passion for people and belief in the power of relationships. It is this passion and the love for this community that will enable Broad to increase its presence in the Binghampton community and to continue to be an incubator of ideas and dreamers.”
The district is bordered by Summer Avenue to the north, Sam Cooper Boulevard on the south, and Hollywood and Tillman streets on the west and east. The alliance has promoted the creation and exhibition of art in the neighborhood, while fostering a creative environment and community among businesses and residents.
Powell received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Louisiana Tech University and her Master of Fine Arts from Memphis College of Art. She has extensive experience with local arts organizations such as Indie Memphis and Crosstown Arts.
She co-founded Fine Line Car Care Co. with her husband and has worked with consulting clients such as Lokion and restaurant/bar Celtic Crossing to learn more about marketing, development and what it takes to manage successful growth.
“My goal is to lay a strong foundation by creating strong and meaningful relationships with the residents, business owners, property owners, developers and community stakeholders,” Powell said in a statement.
– Daily News staff
Tigers’ Dedric Lawson Picks Up Preseason Honors
University of Memphis sophomore Dedric Lawson has earned preseason recognitions from the website College Sports Madness.
The 2015-16 American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year was named a preseason Fourth Team All-American, in addition to the preseason American Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
Lawson averaged a team-best 15.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last season, while blocking 55 shots and adding 39 steals. He finished in the top two on the team in four categories (points, rebounds, blocked shots, and steals), and finished third on the team with 84 assists.
He recorded a Memphis freshman record-tying 17 double doubles during the year, which also ranked 19th in the country. He finished in the top-100 in the NCAA in five other categories including total rebounds (39th), rebounds per game (42nd), offensive rebounds per game (49th), blocked shots per game (55th), and total blocks (76th).
For his efforts he was named to the CollegeInsider.com Kyle Macy Freshman All-America team, the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District, to the American Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team, American Conference Rookie of the Year, Second Team All-American Athletic Conference, and set an American Athletic Conference record by being named Conference Rookie of the Week six times.
The Tigers open their 2016-17 season on Nov. 7 with an exhibition game against Christian Brothers University, and open the regular season a week later on Nov. 14 against the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley at 7 p.m. at FedExForum.
– Don Wade
BBB Issues Warning About Memphis Company
The Better Business Bureau has issued a consumer warning about Woods Enterprise LLC, a Memphis-based company that buys and sells investment properties.
BBB says it has received seven complaints since June about Woods Enterprise LLC. Complainants tell the organization they received unsolicited postcards in the mail urging them to contact Woods Enterprise about their homes. The cards contain messages such as, “I’ve done all I can to get a hold of you and this is my last resort,” and, “Please keep this matter private.”
Homeowners who called the number listed on the postcard got a recorded message from Woods Enterprise about buying their home at less than market value. In most cases, the homes were not for sale.
One Memphis woman told BBB she received at least four “final notices” about possible transfer of her property title.
“My home IS NOT FOR SALE,” she wrote in her complaint.
The company has failed to respond to any of the complaints, earning it an F rating from the BBB.
The Better Business Bureau urges consumers to check out unsolicited offers by calling 901-759-1300 or 800-222-8754 or visiting bbb.org.
– Daily News staff
Actress Cicely Tyson to Speak At Agape’s HeartLight
Agape Child & Family Services has announced that award-winning actress and human rights advocate Cicely Tyson will speak at the nonprofit’s annual fundraiser, HeartLight. Best known for her roles in “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Sounder” and “The Help,” she will speak to Agape’s message with her experience, insight and compassion.
The event is scheduled for Nov. 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will be held at New Direction Church, 6120 Winchester Road. Tickets are $30 each and may be purchased online at agapemeanslove.org.
– Don Wade
UTHSC Professor Wins $154,000 Grant
Dr. Adebowale Adebiyi, an assistant professor in the physiology department in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine, has received a $154,000 grant from the American Heart Association to research the cause and treatment of abrupt decline in kidney function in newborns.
Although both kidneys make up less than 1 percent of the total body weight, they receive almost a quarter of the blood supply from the heart every minute. The high rate of renal blood flow is required to sustain the blood purification process within the kidneys. Unregulated blood pressure and blood flow may damage the kidneys, while healthy kidneys naturally maintain constant blood flow, despite fluctuations in blood pressure.
This phenomenon, known as renal autoregulation, isn’t understood well in newborns. Research efforts in the new study aim to reveal the mechanisms that underlie renal autoregulation in infants and alterations that occur during an abrupt decline in kidney function, also known as acute kidney injury.
– Andy Meek