Dr. Ranta Receives Distinguished Achievement Award
For more than 35 years, Dean Richard R. Ranta has tirelessly worked to advance the
arts and communication offerings at the University of Memphis. His efforts were recognized
when he received the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award in the
Creative and Performing Arts, given by the College of Communication and Fine Arts
Advisory Board, Thursday, Oct. 17th. Off-campus, Ranta has had many accomplishments
as a director, producer and member of various organizations. He has been trustee,
vice president and education chair for the National Academy of Recording Arts and
Sciences, headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif. He continues to be part of the production
team of the Recording Academy’s production of the Grammy Awards on CBS, an integral
role he’s held for more than 30 years. Listed in Who’s Who in America, Ranta can also
be seen weekly on WREG-TV’s Knowledge Bowl. In 2005, he received the Tennessee Governor’s
Dr. Lattimore Receives Herbert Lee Williams Award
Dr. Dan Lattimore was honored with the Herbert Lee Williams Award at the 2013 Journalism
Award ceremony on October 18th. Dr. Lattimore is vice provost for Extended Programs
and dean of University College as well as dean of the Lambuth Campus. He also holds
the rank of professor in the Journalism Department. Dr. Lattimore is the author of
five books, an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and past
president of the PRSA Educators Academy and Memphis Chapter of Public Relations Society
of America. He was vice president of the Accrediting Council for Journalism and Mass
Communications for six years. He has served as communication director for several
USAID projects throughout the world where he produced numerous films and videos.
He also developed the first online master’s program in journalism in the country in
Dr.Robert Yelle Named Joint Tikvah/Senior Emile Noel Fellow
Dr.Robert Yelle, Associate Professor of History and a Helen Hardin Honors program
associate professor, has been named as a Joint Tikvah/Senior Emile Noel Fellow for
the 2013-14 academic year by the Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization.
Yelle, also a program adviser for the minor in Religious Studies, is a former Guggenheim
Fellow and author of Explaining Mantras: Ritual, Rhetoric and the Dream of a Natural
Language in Hindu Tantra; The Language of Disenchantment: Protestant Literalism and
Colonial Discourse in British India; and Semiotics of Religion: Signs of the Sacred
in History, in addition to numerous articles.
He is an active member of the American Academy of Religion and is presently editor
of the AAR/Oxford University Press book series Religion, Culture and History.
Dr. Gene A. Plunka Added to Editorial Board
Dr. Gene A. Plunka, Professor of English, has been added to the editorial board of
The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism.
Dr. George Anastassiou Publishes Mathematics Book
Dr. George Anastassiou, Professor of Mathematics, published Advances in Applied Mathematics
and Approximation Theory: Contributions from AMAT 2012.
Dr. Karen Weddle-West Appointed Chair-Elect of GRE Board
Dr. Karen Weddle-West, dean of the Graduate School, vice provost for Academic Affairs
and director of Diversity Initiatives, has been appointed chair-elect of the GRE (Graduate
Record Examination) Board.
The GRE is the most widely used, internationally recognized admissions test for graduate
schools. The GRE Board oversees GRE assessments, services and research in consultation
with its committees. It establishes all policies for the GRE Program.
Weddle-West was nominated to serve as the Council of Graduate Schools' (CGS) representative
of the GRE Board in 2009, and the GRE Board elected her to serve as their representative
on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Board. Following three years
of service on the GRE Research and Finance Committees, and two years of service on
the TOEFL Board, GRE Board members voted her chair-elect.
Robert Hetherington Named Provost's Fellow
Dr. Robert Hetherington has been named a Provost’s Fellow for the 2013-2014 academic
year. He will work on special projects related to academic planning.
“We are fortunate to have a person with Bob’s talent, vision and experience in this
position,” said Provost David Rudd. Hetherington joined the U of M faculty in 1997
as chair and professor of Theatre & Dance, a position he held for 15 years. During
that time, his department saw the creation of a Musical Theatre program, the addition
of several professional staff positions and strong partnerships with area theatres
and the Accademia dell Arte in Arezzo, Italy.
Hetherington’s work as a theatre director is well known to Memphis audiences, and
he has won many awards. During the University’s centennial celebration, he produced
and directed Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. He has received both
the College of Communication and Fine Arts Creative Achievement Award and the Alumni
Award for Creative Achievement.
Dr. Lisa Klesges Selected a Finalist for Health Care Heroes Award
Dr. Lisa Klesges, Dean of the School of Public Health, was selected as a finalist
for the Memphis Business Journal’s 15th Annual Health Care Heroes Awards. The 20 finalists
in five categories – Administrative Excellence, Community Outreach, Health Care Innovations,
Health Care Provider (Non-Physician) and Health Care Provider (Physician) – were selected
by the MBJ editorial staff. Klesges was nominated in the Administrative Excellence
category. Winners will be recognized at a ceremony Thursday, Sept. 26, at the U of
M Holiday Inn. Click here to read more.
Dan Gentry Elected Chair of CAHME Board
Dan Gentry, PhD, MHA, Professor of Health Systems Management and Policy and Associate
Dean for Academics at the University of Memphis School of Public Health, has been
elected Chair of the Board of Directors for the Commission on Accreditation of Health
Care Management Education (CAHME) for 2013-2014. Dr. Gentry served as a CAHME Fellow
from 2006 to 2009, has been both a Commissioner and Board Member since 2011, and was
CAHME’s lead faculty consultant on implementation of competency-based education from
2008 to 2013.
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