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June 2002

Welcome to the third issue of The University of Memphis alumni and friends e-newsletter.

Please feel free to forward this e-newsletter to other U of M alumni and friends. A sign-up form is available at http://www.memphis.edu/enews.

Kurtz selected to lead College of Arts and Sciences
Exhibit celebrates Art Museum's 20th year
Online degree program a success at The U of M
Join us for upcoming alumni events in Atlanta and Little Rock


Kurtz selected to lead College of Arts and Sciences


Dr. Henry A. Kurtz has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Memphis.

Kurtz, who has served as interim dean since May 2000, joined the U of M faculty in 1983. He has been a professor of chemistry and director of the Computational Research on Materials Institute. He also served as interim chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Cell Sciences and chairman of the Department of Chemistry.

Arts and Sciences, the University's largest college, comprises 18 departments, as well as programs such as the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, the Center for Research on Women, and the Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities. The college also administers the University's Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC programs.

Next month, the College of Education will also have a new dean. Dr. Ric Hovda, whose appointment was announced in March, will take over leadership of the College on July 1. Hovda comes to The U of M from the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

Exhibit celebrates Art Museum's 20th year


Twenty@20 logoThe Art Museum at The University of Memphis is celebrating two decades of art with a retrospective exhibition. Running now through Sept. 7, "Twenty @ 20" will show works from 20 artists featured during the museum's 20-year history.

Artists will include Carroll Cloar, Lesley Dill, Jane Dickson, Larry Edwards, William Eggleston, Darrel Ellis, Jene Highstein, Terri Jones, Dick Knowles, Robert Lewis, Joe Light, Petr Lysacek, Tony Moore, Greely Myatt, Hugh O'Donnell, Todd Slaughter, Kiki Smith, Friedemann von Stockhausen, Dorothy Sturm and Andrew Topolski.

The museum hosted a 20th anniversary celebration last October with fireworks, music, and a slide presentation of past exhibits and events.

All museum events are free and open to the public. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The museum is located on the first floor of the Communication and Fine Arts Building.

For more information, visit AMUM online at http://www.amum.org/.


Online degree program a success at The U of M

RODP logoLast fall, The U of M and other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions launched the Regents Online Degree Program, a program that allows students to earn a college degree without ever leaving home. The program allows you to take classes and order books online, and technical support is available 24/7.

Designed especially for adults who already have had some college experience, the program offers bachelor's degrees in information technology, organizational leadership and liberal studies.

The U of M's program has been the most successful in the state, with a higher enrollment in RODP courses each semester than at any other TBR institution.

If you want to finish your degree, or just pick up a few courses, the online degree program lets you do it in the comfort of your home or office. For more information, call 901-678-2197 or visit our Web site at www.memphis.edu/onlinedegrees.

Join us for upcoming alumni events in Atlanta and Little Rock

If you're an Atlanta or Little Rock area alum, please plan to join us at upcoming events in your area.

The Atlanta alumni group will officially become a chapter and elect officers at an organizational meeting June 22, 2002. For information on joining the Atlanta group or for details on the time and location of the meeting, please call the alumni office at 901-678-5314 or e-mail acantrll@memphis.edu.

On the evening of June 26, we will be in Little Rock for a meet-and-greet. This event will be a great opportunity to meet fellow Tigers in the area. Please contact contact the alumni office at 901-678-5314 or by e-mail at acantrll@memphis.edu for meeting details.

Watch for more upcoming alumni events in future issues of the e-newsletter.




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