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Briefs & Things: Mentoring institute names men & women of the year

The 110 Institute, a Memphis-based youth development & research firm, has announced its 2012 "Men of the Year" and for the first time, its two "Women of the Year".

Recipients are selected based on their outstanding contributions to young urban men in the Memphis metropolitan area. They are: Fred Tillman, CEO of Century Management; Shelby County District Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich; Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong; News Channel 3 Morning Anchor Markova Reed.

The 110 Institute has hosted the "Man of the House" Mentoring Event for the past three years on Father's Day weekend, bringing together 110 boys from single-parent homes, and 75 "real men" to share philosophy, new skills, a tour of the Civil Rights Museum, T-shirts, lunch, and literacy improvement.

This year, the "Man of the House" Mentoring Event will be June 16 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m, and is sponsored by the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, Independent Bank, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, Cumulus Broadcasting, Motley Internal Medicine, and the Black Rose Foundation for Children.

For more information, to sponsor a participant, or to register a young man (12-18) for the Event, call Tony Nichelson at 901-336-2399, or email anthony.nichelson @cumulus.com.

Full professorship for Dr. Hendrix at U of M

Dr. Katherine Grace Hendrix was promoted to full professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Memphis during the 2011-12 academic year. According to Department of Education statistics, only 1 out of every 4 professors ever earns this status and of those earning this rank only 28 out of 100 are female with less than 1.5 out of every 100 being an African-American female.

Dr. Hendrix is the only African-American female professor in the Department of Communication since the retirement of Dr. Erma Clanton. She is also the recipient of the 2011-12 Dean's Research Award in the College of Communication and Fine Arts and the Michael Osborn Teacher-Scholar Award (honoring career achievement in teaching, research, and service) presented in San Antonio, Texas at the annual meeting of the Southern States Communication Association.In addition, she will be a panelist at the National Communication Association (NCA) conference in November recognizing her excellence in teaching and mentoring students.

An active member of Zion CME Church, Hendrix serves as a stewardess and chairs the History Committee.

BRIEFLY: The Memphis Greek Unity Celebration extends Thursday through Saturday (May 24-26), and includes a 5K walk/run that will direct proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters. The "Memphis Loves Our Kids 5K Walk/Run, sponsored by State Farm Insurance, begins at 9 a.m. at Audubon Park, with registration at 8 a.m. Registration also available at www.memphis5K.com and State Farm locations. For more information, call 901-343-4741; visit www.memphisgreekpicnic.com.

BRIEFLY: THE Universal Commercial Regional Power Breakfast, featuring Elliot Perry, Leadership Memphis' "Leader of the Year," will be from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on June 1 at the University Club of Memphis at 1346 Central Ave. In 2011, Perry, a former college and pro basketball player, established Memphis Education Champions to aid local education reform efforts.

BRIEFLY: Registration starts on June 1 for Memphis City Schools summer academic programs and specialty camps for students in grades K-12. MCS provides a 31-page summer programs and camps catalog with course descriptions, enrollment dates/times/locations, meal information, fees and contact information. The catalog is available at www.mcsk12.net/docs/ 2012%20Summer%20School %20Booklet.pdf. For more information, call the MCS Office of Student Support Services at 901-416-7622.

BRIEFLY: STEP (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents) will host a Communication, Negotiation Skills and Conflict Resolution workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital on June 9.Register with Esther McCoy at 901-726-4334.

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