At the end of June 2013, the University of Memphis celebrated the successful closing
of its Empowering the Dream Centennial Campaign as well as the end of activities
related to its 100th anniversary.
President Raines called it an “historic day for the University of Memphis” as she
announced that we had not only met our goal of a quarter of a billion dollars, but
also exceeded it by several million. As Dean of CCFA I truly appreciate the continued
support of our alumni and community for our mission.
I thank all of our donors who generously empowered the dream for our students. The cover
of this magazine illustrates one of the results of these contributions, The Martha
and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art for the Department of Art in the
Art and Communication Building (ACB). Although the official “thank you” and opening
of the wonderful contemporary art galleries is this fall, art students have already
benefited from their existence as spaces for their final BFA and MFA exhibitions.
Staying with the ACB (former law school building on Central Avenue), thanks to a generous gift
from Jimmy Humphreys, the double atrium on the south side of the main floor has been renovated
so art works may be hung in both spaces with appropriate lighting.
Furniture is being added to allow students and visitors to relax and enjoy the spaces
and art works. They can even take a meal from the new Subway Café that will soon boast
a mural by students of the Art Department. So stop in, view some wonderful contemporary
art and relax indoors or in our outdoor plaza with a fresh Subway sandwich and drink.
There were many other generous gifts to CCFA and its units during the centennial campaign, many
of which you will read about in this issue of CCFA Voices. Included are the Margaret
and Charles Hubbert travel fund in Music, William R. Eubanks’ lecture series in Architecture/Interior Design,
the Boyce’s film and video scholarship, Steve Luttmann’s honoring former Journalism
professor L. Dupre Long, and Suntrust’s committment to music scholarship. For these
gifts and many more including the generous support of the new music center, we are
We also have very good news from our accreditation and reviews of departments. The
Master of Architecture degree was accredited, Journalism was re-accredited and Communication
received a very fine program review from state appointed outside consultants.
All these actions speak to the quality of the education our students are receiving.
What also addresses the high quality of education in CCFA is the number of university
awards again won by CCFA faculty and staff. Congratulations to Laurie Snyder, Katherine
Hendrix, Kamran Ince, Carol Crown, Carrie Brown, Mike Schmidt, Michelle Vigneau, Sherry
Bryan and many others, including students, who received awards from professional associations.
In closing, I want us to thank retiring music professors Bruce Erskine and Pamela
Gaston for their many years of excellent service. Also, remember professors emeritus
James Harrington of Art and Ethel Maxwell of the Scheidt School of Music, who both
passed away this earlier this year. We also remember two members of our WUMR family,
Evelyn “The Duchess” Ellington who left us in March and WUMR’s youngest on-air personality,
Aaron Vasquez, a Communication major with a great future which was cruelly taken from
him. We will miss them all.
Richard R. Ranta, Dean