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VOL. 131 | NO. 179 | Wednesday, September 7, 2016




Rhodes Honors Judith Haas With Faculty Service Award

By Kate Simone

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Dr. Judith Haas, associate professor of English at Rhodes College, has been presented the 2016 Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service, which honors a current faculty member who has rendered exemplary service and provided leadership to the Rhodes community.
Haas, who joined the Rhodes faculty in 2002, has served as co-director of the college’s post-graduate fellowships and scholarships initiatives; secretary-treasurer for the Rhodes chapter of Phi Beta Kappa; and director of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. She also serves on the committee charged with revising the college’s Title IX policy on Sexual Misconduct.

DR. JUDITH HAAS

Hometown: Fairfield, Conn.

Experience: B.A., Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.); Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz. I have been teaching at Rhodes since 2002.

Family: Married to Gordon Bigelow.

Favorite quote: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf, “A Room of One’s Own”

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Abdullah Ibrahim, “Water from an Ancient Well”

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Cooking, baking, walking, reading, biking

What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could pick up any musical instrument and play it by ear.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? Probably my mother. Her sharp and subversive wit and her refusal to accept anything without questioning it. She died a year ago, but her voice lives inside my head.

What attracted you to Rhodes? I came because of the job. I stayed because of the great students and wonderful colleagues.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? I don’t think I’ve accomplished it yet.

What do you most enjoy about your work? Having a conversation with a student about a literary text, or an idea, and figuring out a new way to understand it.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Take all advice with a grain of salt.

JEFF BORGSMILLER

Jeff Borgsmiller has joined Turner Construction’s Memphis office as preconstruction manager. In his new role, Borgsmiller will be responsible for managing the work that takes place prior to construction. He previously served as director of preconstruction services at CDI Contractors in Little Rock, Ark.

Dr. Richard L. Cole of Bartlett has been awarded the Tennessee Chiropractic Association’s 2016 James R. Cole Heritage Award, which honors a TCA member chiropractor in practice 25 years or more who has demonstrated a career-long commitment to the chiropractic profession. Following in his father’s footsteps, Cole attended Palmer College of Chiropractic, graduating in 1977. He opened his own clinic in Bartlett in 1982, where he has practiced for 34 years. 

HERMAN MORRIS

Herman Morris Jr., founder and principal of The Morris Law Firm, has been recognized by Savoy Magazine as one of 2016’s Most Influential Black Corporate Directors. Morris has served since 1999 on the board of Perrigo Co., the world’s largest manufacturer of over-the-counter products and supplier of infant formulas for the store-brand market. 

The FedEx Institute of Technology’s Office of Technology Transfer has awarded technology development grants to five University of Memphis researchers. Bashir Morshed, Dipankar Dasgupta, Firouzeh Sabri, Joel Bumgardner and Susan Elswick each received a $20,000 grant to help drive their inventions closer to commercial development and licensing.

The West Tennessee Historical Society has honored John S. Shepherd with the 2016 Paul R. Coppock Award for outstanding contributions to the area’s history. In a tie win, both Margaret Williams Carmack and Troy A. Hallsell received 2016 Marshall Wingfield Awards, which honor the contributor of the best article published in The West Tennessee Historical Society Papers, as chosen by the executive committee.

SRVS has added several members to its board of directors and advisory council. New board members include Melissa Todd, state director, Best Buddies Tennessee, Best Buddies International; Steve Sansom, founder and chairman, Green Square Capital; and Cynthia Carter, assistant Realtor, Asprey Real Estate. New advisory council members are Jeany Dionne, homemaker; Dr. Ken Isaacman, owner, Isaacman Family Dentistry; Kristen Geiger, division director, city of Germantown; and Sue Russell, retired teacher, Shelby County Schools.

Rhodes College has been profiled in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 381 Colleges for 2017,” ranking No. 1 on its Most Beautiful Campus list and No. 2 for Most Engaged in Community Service. For the second year in a row, Rhodes also was included in The Princeton Review’s lists of “Colleges That Create Futures” and “Colleges That Pay You Back.”

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PROPERTY SALES 0 56 9,658
MORTGAGES 0 49 10,665
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 12 1,301
BUILDING PERMITS 0 548 21,505
BANKRUPTCIES 0 256 6,219
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 64 4,003
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 60 2,952
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 52 2,073