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More May Features:

Lindner Receives Highest Honor
The U of M Steps into India
Study Abroad a Perfect Cup of Tea
AUSP Lends Helping Hand
Distinguished Teaching Award
Two Honored with Briggs Award
Research/Creative Awards go to 5
Going the Distance
Taking Note
Poteet Honored with Award
Green Fee
Rushing School of Music Director


May 2010 Briefs

The popular “The Delta. Everything Southern!” conference is returning to the University of Memphis June 3 at the Fogelman Executive Center. The conference begins at 8:15 a.m. and has an impressive list of experts on the history, life and culture of the Delta. Past conferences have sold out in advance. New this year is online registration: visit http://www.memphis.edu
for registration information and other details.

The U of M Moot Court travel team finished second in the National Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition in Boston last month. After winning the Southern Regional Championship, team members LaChina Algers and Joseph McKinney advanced to the national competition.

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Rushing named director of Scheidt School of Music

Randal Rushing
Randal Rushing
Dr. Randal Rushing, professor of voice and soloist of the concert and opera stage, has been appointed director for the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. He has been a faculty member at the School for 20 years, its associate director for student services since 2000 and the School’s interim director since 2008.

“I am very pleased, as are all members and friends of the College of Communication and Fine Arts, that an artist of Dr. Rushing’s national and international reputation is the new director of the Scheidt School of Music,” said Dr. Richard Ranta, dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts. “He has proven over the past two years that he can lead and manage effectively and smoothly a large and diverse school, and I believe that everyone in the Memphis music community will enjoy working with him.”

Rushing believes the landscape of leadership in music is changing in Memphis, noting his appointment, the new music director at the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and a change of artistic and general director at Opera Memphis. “It is thrilling to be a part of this shift,” he said. “We are all facing the challenge of attracting new audiences with fewer resources and being more efficient without compromising artistic integrity.”

As a voice teacher, Rushing said the students keep him energized. “I want them to become fiercely independent artists. To observe from the audience while they stand and deliver a confident performance is very gratifying.”

As a soloist, Rushing made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 2000 and his Lincoln Center debut in 2004.

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