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George W. Etheridge Education Alumni Scholarship

The University of Memphis, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Alumni Chapter established this scholarship in honor of Dr. George W. Etheridge. This award is available to full-time students, both graduate and undergraduate, who have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Recipients will have demonstrated service and leadership to the department, college, university and professional community. Financial need will be considered as part of the selection process. Click here to download an application.

Recent Events

Education Appreciation Day
We showed our appreciation for U of M Education Alumni by offering $5 game tickets to the Memphis vs. Tulane football game in November. The 2012 CEHHS Hall of Fame award winners were recognized during the game and presented with a plaque.


Education Centennial Hall of Fame Reception
The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Alumni Chapter
honored exceptional faculty and alumni from our 100 plus year history at the Education Hall of Fame Reception in April. Proceeds from the event helped to establish the Alumni Chapter’s Centennial Scholarship. Click here to view photos from the event.

2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

Mr. John N. Avis (BA '74, ME '76)
Dr. William E. Bibb, Jr. (ME '82, EdS '92, EdD '09)
Dr. John Timothy Fite (BS '76, ME '81)
Dr. Mike Hamrick (BS '66, ME '67)
Dr. Jane Howles Hooker (BS '68, ME '69)
Dr. Donald Lollar (BS '66)
Carolyn Barner McDougal (BS '51, ME '65)
Dr. James Mitchell, Jr. (ME '74, EdD '89)
Dr. Joris M. Ray (BS '96, EdD '10)
Ms. Beverly C. Robertson (BA '73)
Dr. James E. Selbe (MS '84, EdD '95)


2012 Hall of Fame Inductees

Dr. Linda Bennett, BS '79, ME '82
Mary Brignole, BPS '99, MS '03
James "Al" Brown, BS '53, MA '55
Bonnie Cummings, BS '72, ME '74
Dr. Ellen Davies-Rodgers, BA '23
Sundra Dolberry, MAT '95
Brenda Hughes, BA '73, ME '80
Cato Johnson, BS '70, ME '71
Larry Liles, BS '74, MS '75
C. Matthew Little, BS '03
Dr. Mary McDonald, EdD '96
Hilda Mullen, BA '55, MA '63
Dr. Edward "Skip" Orio, BS '64, MA '67
Dr. Dino Palazzolo, BS '65, MA '69, EdD '83
Dr. John Petry
Dr. Barbara Prescott, BS '71, ME '73
LaShundra Richmond, MAT '09
Elma Neal Roane, BS '40
Dr. Patricia Toarmina, BS '77, MA '80, EdD '90
Dr. Patricia Wachholz, EdD '95

Centennial Reunion Weekend Events
The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences celebrated the University's Centennial Anniversary during the Alumni Association's Centennial Reunion Weekend with a Department of Leadership Open House, panel discussions featuring current students and alumni, and a leadership symposium featuring David Williams, President and CEO of Leadership Memphis.

Focus Group

The Education Alumni Chapter conducted a Focus Group Event in August of 2011 to determine how the Chapter could best meet the needs of its constituents in order to create a viable and sustainable group. Over 20 alumni attended to discuss the successes and challenges of the Chapter and to begin to formulate a plan for its future growth.  The event was followed up by a survey, which had over 200 participants. We look forward to putting this wealth of information to use as we grow the Chapter.

Message from Randy

Click here to view a message from Randy McPherson (BSEd '81, MS '84, DEd '94), representing the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Alumni Chapter, that was filmed at the 2011 Vision Forum.

Get involved!

To find out more information and to join the Education, Health and Human Sciences Alumni Chapter, please contact Alumni Coordinator Brandon Hoyer at or 901/678-1333.

Chapter Leadership List

  • Randy McPherson (BS '81, MS '84, Ed.D. '94): President,
  • Jane Hooker (BSEd '68, MEd '69): Vice President
  • Dessia Nichols (BDEd '83, MS '94): Secretary
  • Brenda Hughes (BA '73, MEd '81): Treasurer
  • Mary Keife Hyland (MS '96): Past President

The Education Alumni Chapter is on Facebook!
Keep up-to-date on upcoming events by joining the Education, Health and Human Sciences Alumni Chapter's Facebook Group!

The College of Education Alumni Chapter is now the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Alumni Chapter! Click here to read more about the College's name change.


Alumni Event Highlights

09/02 UMAR Breakfast Bunch
09/04 Memphis Matters - President's National Listening T
09/09 UMAR Coffee & Conversation
09/16 University President Reception in DC
09/19 Midday Moves - "FAMily" Dodgeball Game

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Last Updated: 4/24/13