A MESSAGE FROM DR. SHIRLEY C. RAINES Our historic Empowering the Dream Centennial Campaign reflects upon the early 20th-century establishment of an important place for the education of teachers to serve schools in West Tennessee. NOW, one hundred years later, we are in the final months of an unprecedented effort to ensure the vital growth and proven worth of the University of Memphis during the 21st century. For the first time in our history, we have brought together alumni, friends, fans, and community and business partners from throughout the nation to build endowments for support of student scholarships, research, faculty development and major facilities. Endowment funding is crucial to the attraction of top-ranking students. With ample scholarships for talented undergraduates and increased fellowships and assistantships for graduates, we will enroll those students who excel in fields relevant to the needs of today’s complex society. A university’s reputation is closely linked with the reputation of its faculty. Increased funding for endowed professorships and chairs will foster the recruitment of distinguished faculty. The
recognition that we have many esteemed faculty members who are skilled teachers and accomplished researchers enriches our student experiences and enhances the community’s reputation. Donors to the Empowering the Dream Campaign have already made possible the awardwinning renovation of the historic Downtown Law School and the Crews Ventures Lab. As we enter these last months of the campaign, we continue to seek private support to qualify for state matching funds for key academic buildings that will create significant economic, workforce and societal development across our entire region. Two such facilities are the new Community Health Building (which will house the Loewenberg School of Nursing and the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders) and the new Music Center (which will better serve the preeminent Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music). For every one dollar secured in private support toward these much-needed capital projects, the state of Tennessee will provide three dollars of additional support. Simply put, we must realize this extraordinary opportunity.
Thanks to thousands of donors and over 120 dedicated campaign volunteers, the University of Memphis has NOW secured more than $230 million in commitments, including invaluable planned and estate gifts. This comprises 92% of our campaign goal of $250 million.
goal, and together, we will empower many dreams. Sincerely,
Shirley C. Raines President
We ask you to join us NOW, at this defining time in the history of the University of Memphis. Your gift will help us attain our
TRACKING our PROGRESS Thanks to more than 120 committed volunteer leaders and thousands of generous alumni and friends, more than $230 million in commitments have been secured. This represents an impressive 92% toward the $250 million Empowering the Dream Campaign goal.
Empower, Winter 2013