Convocation Recognizes Outstanding Faculty & Staff
release: April 22, 2004
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members of the University of Memphis community were honored
for their performance in various capacities at the University
of Memphis during the annual Faculty Convocation. Awards recognized
excellence in teaching, research, and advising. One person
received the Eminent Faculty Award, and one person received
an award given from the president's office for outstanding
Cyril Chang was named this year's Eminent Faculty member for
his exceptional and sustained contributions to scholarly and
creative achievement, teaching, and service that have brought
recognition to the University. Given by the Board of Visitors,
an advisory group to the president made up of local business
and professional people, the annual award also carries a $20,000
teaches health care and executive MBA economics in the Fogelman
College of Business and Economics; he is also director of
the Methodist LeBonheur Center for Healthcare Economics, which
is housed in the University's Fogelman College.
outstanding teachers recognized by the U of M Alumni Association.
They were Dr. Melvin Beck in biology, Dr. Robert Frankle in
history, Dr. Ladrica Menson-Furr in English, and Dr. Carolyn
Speros in nursing.
other teaching excellence awards were presented by the Thomas
W. Briggs Foundation. Those awards went to Dr. Charles Biggers,
biology professor, and Mr. Stephen Hancock, who teaches in
the Department of Theatre and Dance.
Alumni Association also honored four faculty members for their
research. Communication professor Dr. David Appleby was honored
for his work in the creative arts, geophysicist Dr. Paul Bodin
for his work in the areas of science, engineering, and math,
communications professor Dr. Allison Graham for her research
in the humanities, and management professor Dr. Rabi Bhagat
for his work in the social sciences and business.
awards went to Dr. Lloyd Brooks from the Department of Management
Information Systems and to Ms. Sharon Guffin of the Academic
President's Allen J. Hammond Award honored Ms. Michelle Banks,
the University's Equal Employment/Affirmative Action Compliance
Officer. The award, which is named for a former director of
Financial Aid at the University, is not an annual award, but
is reserved for persons who deserve special recognition.
convocation is an annual event, coming near the end of the
academic year. It includes a traditional academic procession
across the campus, with professors dressed in full academic
regalia, and a Faculty Colloquium, at which faculty members
discuss their research and special projects.
next major academic event for the University will be commencement,
set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 1, at The Pyramid.