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University of Memphis Magazine: Fall 2017

The University of Memphis Magazine
As always, I am delighted to share the extraordinary accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff and alumni. In this issue of the University of Memphis Magazine, read how associate professor of art history Todd Richardson, whose specialty is Renaissance art history, proves he is a true Renaissance man by transforming the former Sears Crosstown building into the Crosstown Concourse, and in doing so, breathing new life into a dying neighborhood. We chronicle how a unique internship program between the Memphis Research Consortium and Herff College of Engineering is retaining local talent and spurring economic growth in the biosciences industry in Memphis, a key ingredient to the economic survival of the city as a whole.

I also offer a glimpse back at my first one thousand days in office and detail my plans and hopes for achieving even more remarkable success in the future in a Q&A session. You can also read about a young UofM alumnus who is blazing a trail across America’s National Parks in a record-setting journey that is capturing the imagination of thousands worldwide. The enormous success of our Center for Athletic Academic Services is on display again as we detail how a CAAS counselor helped former Tiger basketball star Geron Johnson—who now mentors youth—get his life back on track.

It truly is an exciting time to be a part of the University. Go Tigers!


M. David Rudd
The University of Memphis

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