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Art College Announces New VP for Advancement

06/22/12

Art College Announces New VP for Advancement

The Memphis College of Art has a new vice president for college advancement. Shawna Engel is now responsible for all fundraising and advancement efforts, including relationship-building. Engel has more than 20 years of customer service, nonprofit development, and academic administration experience. Her most recent post was as director of development for the University of Memphis' Cecil C. Humpheys School of Law. In that role she oversaw a $12 million capital campaign to move the law school from the university's campus to its new home downtown, in a former customs house and post office on Front Street. Before that Engel worked as director of annual giving, director of alumni, and admissions counselor for Christian Brothers University. She holds a bachelor's...

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International Paper Gets Nod From Computerworld

06/20/12

International Paper Gets Nod From Computerworld

In other International Paper news, the Memphis-based company has been ranked No. 45 on the 100 Best Places to Work in IT by Computerworld. That's up from 59th last year and 90th in 2010. IP was recognized as an organization that challenges its IT staff while providing great pay and benefits. The company employs more than 1,400 IT professionals worldwide. They design, implement, upgrade, and sustain the information infrastructure for 70,000 employees. Computerworld's top five best workplaces are USAA, CareerBuilder, Commonwealth Financial Network, General Mills, and Quicken Loans. Just click on the hot link above to see the whole listing.

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New Board Member Joins International Paper

06/15/12

New Board Member Joins International Paper

Memphis-based International Paper Co. has acquired a new board member as of Oct. 1. Ilene S. Gordon, 58, joins chairman and CEO John Faraci, David J. Bronczek, Ahmet C. Dorduncu, Stacey J. Mobley, Joan E. Spero, John L. Townsend, John F. Turner, William G. Walter, and J. Steven Whisler on the now 10-member board. Gordon is chairman, president and CEO of Westchester, Illinois-based Ingredion Inc. The company (formerly known as Corn Products International) converts corn, tapioca, wheat, potatoes, and other raw materials into ingredients for the food, beverage, brewing, and pharmaceutical industries as well as numerous industrial sectors. It had $6.2 billion in net sales last year. Gordon has presided over Ingredion since 2009. Before that she served as president and CEO of...

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Survey: Tenn. Ranks High for Small Business Climate

06/12/12

Survey: Tenn. Ranks High for Small Business Climate

Small-business owners ranked Tennessee sixth in the top 10 least costly states for hiring, according to a new survey by thumbtack.com and the Kauffman Foundation. The two-month survey included more than 6,000 business owners nationwide. Key findings include: Tennessee earned an "A" for its friendliness to small businesses in tax code and zoning regulations. Women-owned small businesses were 38 percent more likely than male-owned businesses to rate their companies' financial situation as "good" or "very good." East Tennessee scored highest in the state for small business friendliness. Although Tennessee ranked well in several categories, it scored a B- for its overall small business friendliness because of concerns over...

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Health Science Center to Sell Works by Acclaimed Artist

06/06/12

Health Science Center to Sell Works by Acclaimed Artist

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center's Physiology Department will soon benefit from the sale of 40 works by deceased local artist Paul Penczner. The works of art will be on display at the Memphis Botanic Garden throughout November. Penczner's widow, Jolanda Penczner, donated more than 400 pieces of her husband's to the university last spring. Those pieces will become available in subsequent sales. In the meantime, UTHSC is hosting a reception at the garden on Nov. 8. Two-hundred guests are expected. From the 1950s onward, Penczner showed his work in more than 70 exhibitions nationwide, including the Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His 1989 series of pen-and-ink drawings, "Jesus Christ and the Twelve Apostles," is in the...

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Christian Brothers Offers New Degree Program

05/25/12

Christian Brothers Offers New Degree Program

Starting this August, Christian Brothers University will be offering a new degree in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics, the first of its kind in the Memphis area. The degree is designed to train experts in preventing losses resulting from online security breaches. The CBU curriculum will combine courses in computer science, electrical engineering, and management information systems, to help students learn how to protect data stored within computer networks. Students also will learn how to conduct computer crime investigations. For more information, visit www.cbu.edu/cyber or contact Dan Brandon at dbrandon@cbu.edu.

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MBQ Wins Gold Medal at CRMA

05/22/12

MBQ Wins Gold Medal at CRMA

MBQ: Inside Memphis Business was honored last night by the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA), receiving the Gold Medal Award as best magazine in its category. The awards were announced at the CRMA annual conference at Caesar's Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. MBQ competed in the Best Ancillary Publication I category. MBQ is an ancillary publication of Memphis magazine, itself a finalist and multiple winner of the CRMA award for General Excellence. Other finalists for the award with MBQ were Charlotte Wedding and Charlotte Home + Garden (both ancillaries of Charlotte Magazine), Martha's Vineyard Home & Garden (Martha's Vineyard Magazine), and Westchester Home (Westchester magazine). This is the second time MBQ has won the prestigious CRMA...

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MCA Information Officer Completes Certification

05/16/12

MCA Information Officer Completes Certification

Richard Valerga, chief information officer for Memphis City Schools, is the first public school system CIO in the nation to complete the 2011-2012 National Certified Government Chief Information Officers Program (CGCIO) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program, which is run from the university's School of Government, is designed for government technology directors and CIOs. It is 240 hours long and teaches management, general leadership. legal, regulatory, and enterprise topics such as strategic technology planning. Since its inception in 2005, 700 public-sector leaders have graduated from the program. Dr. Shannon Tufts, who directs CGCIO, has been recognized by Government Technology magazine as one of the 2010 Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers...

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Wunderlich Joins Shelby Farms Board

05/14/12

Wunderlich Joins Shelby Farms Board

Kent Wunderlich is the newest member of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy board. The conservancy manages and operates the park, along with the Shelby Farms Greenline, in conjunction with county government.  Wunderlich is chairman of the board, CEO and general counsel for Memphis-based Financial Federal Bank. He also served on the Memphis University School's Board of Trustees for more than 20 years, nine years as chair. As a member of the conservancy board, he is responsible for helping with fundraising, budgeting, setting the vision for the 4,500-acre park, and managing its natural resources. He is a member of the local Bar Association and Lambda Alpha.

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MBQ Power Players Issue Launch Party

05/08/12

MBQ Power Players Issue Launch Party

On Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 the MBQ: Inside Memphis Business "Power Players Issue" was officially released with a party honoring the launch of the issue and who's who in Memphis business aka the "Power Players."  The event was held at Folk's Folly in East Memphis.

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