Memphis Crisis Center Awareness Week Sept. 20-26 Aims to Raise Funds, Community Profile and Volunteers for 24-Hour Confidential Hotline

For more than 40 years, the Memphis Crisis Center has provided much-needed counseling to those in distress through a 24/7, volunteer-staffed hotline.

But in the last few years, whether because of the economy or the troubled times, calls to the confidential lifeline (901-CRISIS7 or 901-274-7477) have gone up dramatically, from 14,103 in 2011 to 17,629 in 2012. Suicide calls more than doubled last year, from 559 in 2011 to 1,264, and were at more than 600 for the first half of 2013.

More calls mean more volunteers are needed to answer them, more money is needed to train those volunteers and more effort is necessary to reach people in crisis.

Chancellor Steve Schwab speaking at the Memphis Crisis Center kick off

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Core Teaching Hospitals for The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Continue to Rank Among Best in Nation

Memphis, Tenn. (July 19, 2013) – U.S. News & World Report rankings have once again recognized several core teaching hospitals for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) as among the best in the nation. This year, four of UTHSC’s core teaching hospitals appear on the U.S. News list — Methodist University Hospital and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, both in Memphis, the UT Medical Center in Knoxville, and the Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. [Read more...]

UT Alumni Association and Alumni of UTHSC Create Legacy Scholarship for Students

Thanks to the generosity of the University of Tennessee Alumni Association (UTAA) and alumni of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), a legacy scholarship has been created. In this context, a legacy is a UTHSC student, who is the child/stepchild or grandchild/step-grandchild of a degree-holding graduate, from one of the UT campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin, or Memphis. The first recipients of the six $1,000 scholarships will be announced in fall 2013.

The scholarships were originally funded by $2,000 from the UTAA’s Board of Governors and a campus match of $2,000. However, Steve J. Schwab, MD, UTHSC chancellor, increased the campus match, making the overall total in funding $6,000.

Scholarship requirements are as follows:

  • The scholarship will be available to both in-state and out-of-state students .
  • The award will be for first-year students only .
  • Recipients of the scholarship must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to retain the scholarship for the second semester.
  • Possible recipients will be identified using the application for the college and campus they wish to attend. As with the other UTAA scholarships, the campuses will use the parameters listed above to select its recipients.

Each of UTHSC’s six colleges will be responsible for awarding this scholarship each year in partnership with the UTAA director of Alumni Programs and Scholarships.

“We welcome the opportunity to offer these six, annual Legacy Scholarships to qualified, first-year students,” said Chancellor Schwab. “Our alumni play a defining role in our shared institutional identity. These scholarships are another way to acknowledge and award our students, particularly those who are continuing a tradition of excellence by enrolling at UTHSC like the generation or generations before them.”

Please contact Sarah Stair, director of Alumni Programs and Scholarships, with any questions regarding this award at or (865) 974-2502.