The Columns, 1976 March-April
Cover Story, "The Drive Of A Pro" by Susan Crawford
Golf watchers say winning the U.S. Open means an automatic million dollars in the pro's pocket. However, U.S. Open champion Lou Graham, who played golf at Memphis State in the late fifties, says he's still looking for that million, " . .. nobody makes a million in the first year, not by just winning the U.S. Open."
Also featured, "Evoked Potential" by Karyn Hollis
MSU and UT are jointly researching a testing process called evoked potential which detects malfunctions in the human nervous system. Under the direction of MSU Professor Charles J. Long, the new technique may be put to use in Memphis hospitals.
The Columns, 1976 May-June
Cover Story, "Senior Citizens: When I'm 64" by Karyn Hollis
Ever caught yourself worrying about "when I'm 64 .. . "? Senior citizens enrolled in classes at Memphis State, like Henry Brown (left), have come up with many ways to have a good time after 60. They say one of the best ways to stay young and - alert is to go back to school.
Also featured, "Students Survive Guatemalan Earthquake" by Susan Crawford
Awakened at 3:03 a.m. by jerking floors and walls, four Memphis State student teachers were almost thrown out of their beds by the Guatemalan earthquake in February that killed thousands of people. In an interview for The Columns, they tell what it was like to live through the disaster.
The Columns, 1976 November-December
Cover Story, "Home Sweet Home, Alumni Center"
Dedicated during Homecoming activities Oct. 9, the new Alumni Center at 637 Normal Cove was once the dwelling of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Today it is the permanent home of the National Alumni Association and has been completely remodeled with traditional furnishings utilizing the MSU colors of blue and gray.
Also featured, "When You Eat Too Well" by Susan Crawford
Dr. W. Harry Feinstone was named Memphis State University's first Distinguished Research Professor in July. After more than 35 years in the drug and cosmetic research field, he is credited with 18 patents, one of which is the antacid DiGel.
The Columns, 1977 January-February
Cover Story, "Is College Worth It?" by Susan Crawford
Academic circles are awash with conversation on the value of higher education in terms of a "rate of return" on a college investment. This questioning as to the value of a college education began, or became widespread, about a year ago with the widely-publicized publication of a study by two economists, Richard Freeman and J. Herbert Holloman.
Also featured, "His Days Are Numbered" by Joe Elmore
The enemy is the heliothis, better known in the South as the common bollworm, whose devastating attack on cotton leaves and bolls annually results in damage to thousands of acres of cotton. A new ally to aid farmers in their war against the bollworm — a submicroscopic virus — may be forthcoming at Memphis State.
The Columns, 1977 July-August
Cover Story, "Free Enterprise: Our Freedom Challenge" by Ronald Terry
Every economic society must answer three fundamental questions: What goods will be produced? How will they be produced? For whom will they be produced? The answers to these questions, as determined by each country, bear great influence on the daily lives of all people who live there.
Also featured, "Class Promise Attracts Jones" by Susan Crawford
High school graduates who are considering a career in business can begin course work in the new area of transportation and logistics this fall at Memphis State University. The new major is the only program of its kind at a fully accredited university in the Mid-South, and it was designed and developed by Dr. J. Richard Jones, Memphis State's Distinguished Professor of Transportation in the College of Business Administration, who is just completing his first year on campus.
The Columns, 1977 March-April
Cover Story, "Job Satisfaction: The Impossible Dream?" by Dr. J. Rex Enoch
The occupation of an individual is probably our best means of social identification. Everett Hughes, one of our most noted sociologists, has referred to a man's occupation as his "calling card and price tag." Some plans of action must be explored if we are going to make it possible for individuals to know the personal satisfaction of a meaningful existence achieved through work experiences. These, hopefully, carryover into other aspects of the workers' lives — their leisure, their family and other personal relationships, and even the spiritual dimensions of their lives.
Also featured, "A Home For West Tennessee's Important Papers"
The West Tennessee Historical Society — the only organization devoted solely to the study and preservation of the history of this area — has found a new home. The Society's valuable papers and manuscripts have been moved from the Memphis Pink Palace Museum to the housing area of the Mississippi Valley Collection in the Memphis State University John Willard Brister Library. The Society's collection of approximately 100,000 items consists of old books and other historical records dealing with the history of West Tennessee.
The Columns, 1977 May-June
Cover Story, "Sex Role Inquiry: An Intriguing Growth Industry" by Shirley L. Lupfer
One very positive outgrowth of the women's liberation movement has been the fact that investigations comparing male and female behavior have become a serious and systematic undertaking.
Also featured, "Anthropologists Dig Prior To Construction" by Ann Meffert
A research team under the direction of Dr. Drexel A. Peterson, associate professor of anthropology, has discovered that the first permanent settlers in the Savannah, Tenn., area date back to 2,000 B.C. and possibly beyond.
The Columns, 1977 November-December
Cover Story, "Death Isn't A Four-Letter Word" by Dr. Ronald H. Epp
A series of recent discoveries and new medical techniques have brought additional challenges to medicine, law and society. These include resuscitation, organ transplants, extracorporeal blood circulation and hypothermia, a procedure which involves the lowering of body temperature. My basic question is not when does death occur, but rather whether life ought to be salvaged if there are serious concerns about its quality.
Also featured, "Center Established on Campus"
Memphis, and its surrounding area, have experienced slight tremors every few years, and because of these small quakes and the major earthquake potential of the New Madrid area, the Tennessee Earthquake Center was established at Memphis State University last summer.
The Columns, 1978 January-February
Cover Story, "Buyer's Market: Brand-New Approach to Higher Education" by Susan Crawford
With enrollments leveling off, nationally, and some financially hard-pressed state governments cutting appropriations, higher education can no longer relax in its ivory tower and force the public to play according to its rules. If higher education has become a buyer's market, then perhaps the university community should employ some of the fundamentals of advertising to attract customers, and the first rule of effective advertising is to know your client. In the case of higher education, the client is the student
Also featured, "Silent Stories Of Spirits And Masks" by Sandra Umfress
Step into room 207 of Jones Hall and you are surrounded by over 100 silent staring masks. Plaques beside each mask provide a little detailed information, but once the masks could tell the story on their own. The Neil Nokes African Art Collection is on extended loan to Memphis State from Nokes. Currently stationed at Millington (Tenn.) Naval Base, Cmdr. Nokes collected the artifacts during his three-year stay in Liberia and the Ivory Coast.
The Columns, 1978 July-August
Cover Story, "Communication and Fine Arts" by Sandra Umfress
It has been a year since the College of Communication and Fine Arts was established at Memphis State University. The offspring of the College of Arts and Sciences, it has been busy taking root among the older and more recognized colleges of the University. Originated when the College of Arts and Sciences became too large with 18 departments encompassing a vast number of majors and over half the faculty, the young College is unique in its configuration of the journalism, theatre and communication arts, music and art departments, according to the new dean Dr. Richard Ranta.
Also featured, "Bancroft readies hormone K.O. for boll weevil" by Melanie Bratton
In spite of new chemical pesticides and the challenge from recent worm infestations, the boll weevil remains the undisputed champion of all cotton crop destroyers. After more than four years of research, Dr. Harold R. Bancroft, associate professor of biology, and his team of students and faculty, have found what could prove to be the means of making boll weevils a very endangered species.
The Columns, 1978 March-April
Cover Story, "School of Law Dean"
A Conversation with School of Law Dean Nicholas White.
Also featured, "Imagination is key to world of talking pancakes" by Linda Reid
Southerners must be more imaginative than folks in Iowa. At least, that's what Peggy Williamson, guidance counselor for the Memphis State University Campus School, has concluded. It seems Dr. Kathleen Staley, chief psychologist for the University of Iowa, thinks that Americans just don't take time to daydream enough and that their imaginations are suffering as a result.
The Columns, 1978 May-June
Cover Story, "Adding more life to your years" by Dr. Frank Rosato
The trend towards flabbiness has been gradual, and only in recent years has it been given the serious consideration by health professionals it needs. Modern urban Americans live in a sedentary world. Our agrarian forefathers put in far more than an eight-hour day, and real muscle was usually involved in their efforts. Even today's rural Americans labor less strenuously than their fathers or grandfathers because of the mechanization of farms, nor do modern farmers' wives have the same backbreaking chores their grandmothers did.
Also featured, "Live and learn, die and forget it all" by Sandra Umfress
The Center for Southern Folklore is waging war with progress to capture traditions for posterity. Preserved in the archives of the Center for Southern Folklore in its almost desperate attempt to document the rapidly disappearing folk traditions of the South through films, records and books.
The Columns, 1978 October-November
Cover Story, "Tiger Fever! MSU vs. Vandy at Homecoming"
When the Memphis State Tigers and the Vanderbilt Commodores meet Nov. 4 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, the Homecoming football game offers much more than just football. The game itself should be exciting as it marks the first time the two universities have met in 27 years. But in addition to the game, dozens of other activities are planned as part of Homecoming 1978.
Also featured, "Sherry Mathis: Soap Opera Opens Doors" by Randal Mashburn
Sherry, a former Memphian and Memphis State University student, acted in several Broadway plays and was in theatre productions in Memphis and other cities before launching the role on the soap opera. She has also had a small role in a movie and guest starred last summer on an episode of "Switch." She has played opposite such notables as Rock Hudson, Robert Wagner and Burt Reynolds.
The Columns, 1979 December
Cover Story, "Non-verbal communication: Your body has a language all its own" by Dr. Bobby G. Greer and Joyce E. Greer
We have come to place a great deal of emphasis on the printed and spoken word. Yet, we are all aware, if we think about it, that there is much more to human interaction than the mere linguistic symbols (words) exchanged between two individuals. We unconsciously place more emphasis than we think on other aspects of behavior—appearance, gestures, tone of voice, etc. Until the past few years, you could find very little in popular literature on this, subject, yet all of us have learned a great deal about it from everyday experience.
Also featured, "Style reflected in career" by Gabby Mecklenborg
Dr. Willie W. Herenton is a man of style as well as substance, and he likes for that style to be manifested in his surroundings. For example, one of the first things Herenton did last year after taking over as superintendent of the Memphis City Schools was to redecorate his new office. And just as Herenton's style is reflected in his office, so too is his background reflected in his character. His upbringing and early struggle to get an education can now be seen in the hopes and aspirations of the man who became the first black to hold the top executive post in the Memphis City School System.
The Columns, 1979 January-February
Cover Story, "A talk with President Jones"
Memphis State University President Billy M. Jones recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of his coming to MSU. Upon this occasion, President Jones talked with The Columns about his experience at the University. During the interview, he discussed some of MSU's accomplishments over the past five years, the present status of the University and some of his hopes for the future.
Also featured, "Aristocat"
One of Memphis State's most loyal fans weighs more than 500 pounds and commands a great deal of respect among MSU alumni and friends. Indeed, he is something of a celebrity, capable of drawing the attention of 20,000 people by his mere presence. This outstanding MSU supporter is TOM, the Royal Bengal Tiger and Memphis State mascot for the past six years.
The Columns, 1979 Spring
Cover Story, "Lady Tigers: From out of the dark ages"
Earlier this year, as the women's basketball team neared the end of its 1978-79 season, the Lady Tigers of Memphis State University defeated the University of Tennessee for the first time in history. In retrospect, the most remarkable thing about MSU's initial victory over the Knoxville team was not the final score but the fact that every seat in the MSU Fieldhouse was filled—something Memphis State fans have seen few times since the men's team moved to the Mid-South Coliseum. For on that night, the eyes of 3,000 people were on a competitive, nationally ranked women's basketball team. They could see the evidence that women's athletics at Memphis State has arrived and no longer competes in the dark ages of intramurals.
Also featured, "MSU Press: variety and volume"
Contrary to the perception some people have of a university press that publishes only scholarly works, the MSU Press with Dr. Odie Faulk as director has changed and is continuing to change its book list to satisfy the reading interests of history buffs, art admirers and trucking enthusiasts alike.
The Columns, 1979 Summer
Cover Story, "Research" by Gaby Mecklenborg
What do earthquakes, insomnia, and raccoons have in common? They are all subjects of research projects at Memphis State University. The diverse array of topics being studied at MSU is growing and quickly gaining the University a stronger reputation in the field of research.
Also featured, "MSU Student's work honor King"
Selma, Ala., and the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were reunited this summer when a bronze bust of the civil rights leader was unveiled at the church where he began his historic "Freedom March" in 1965. The bronze bust is the work of Nancy Johnson, a graduate art student at Memphis State University, who was commissioned to do the bust by the Wichman Monument Company in Chattanooga
The Columns, 1980 April
Cover Story, "Opportunity: In search of a president"
Memphis State is in the midst of a search for a new president to lead the University in the 1980s following the departure earlier this year of former President Billy M. Jones. The announcement of Jones' resignation came Jan. 14 when he reported his plans to step down from his post, effective March 1, to accept an endowed teaching and research position at Wichita State University in Kansas.
Also featured, "Going beyond the classroom" by Gaby Mecklenborg
Some students at Memphis State are working hard at staying out of class. They're doing everything from arguing divorce cases in court and putting on radio news shows to taking blood pressure and pulses as part of their college experience.
"An internship or practical experience early in a person's college training helps him know what he really likes; it helps him decide if he's in the right curriculum," said Dr. Jerry Boone, vice president for academic affairs and acting president. "For example, in the College of Education, it's required that people go and do some observations in the classroom before they get to practice teaching." Boone feels at Memphis State an internship or work experience enhances a student's academic work.
The Columns, 1980 Fall
Cover Story, "Homecoming 1980: Roaring on the River"
Mighty Mississippi is among the many activities scheduled for this year's Memphis State University Homecoming Week, Oct. 26-Nov. 1. The river cruise, a major concert, the wit and wisdom of Mark Twain, and the MSUVanderbilt football game will highlight a week's worth of fun for Memphis State students, faculty, staff, alumni and the Memphis community. With the theme "Roarin' on the River," the 1980 Homecoming Week should be an exciting one.
Also featured, "New Horizons"
Gilbert Escobar is one of several farmworkers who are now graduates of the six-month Nuclear Skills Related Training Program at the Center for Nuclear Studies at Memphis State University. The program is designed to take migrant and seasonal farm laborers and train them for entry-level positions in the nuclear power industry. Escobar has accepted a job at Commonwealth Edison's La Salle Nuclear Power Station in La Salle, Ill.
The Columns, 1981 December
In this issue:
"Through the Looking Glass: Is Our Image What We Imagined It To Be?"
Memphis State has a medical school. Does it? Do you know? What about newcomers to Memphis—do they know? Finding out what you and others feel and know about the University was the goal when the University took a deep breath and conducted an image study last spring.
"Cager Recruits Lift Coach's Hopes"
New players gained during a tough but profitable recruiting season are just one reason Coach Dana Kirk is excited about this year's Tiger basketball season. "I like our chances," Kirk said.
The Columns, 1981 February
Cover Story, "MSU boosts local economy"
Memphis State University has a major impact on the economy of Memphis and Shelby County, annually pumping more than $312 million into the local business community, according to a recent study. The study contains detailed empirical observations regarding dollar expenditures made by the University, as an institution, and by individuals affiliated with the University— including faculty, staff, students and visitors to the campus.
Also featured, "Dockery accepts coaching position"
Rex Dockery, the new Tiger football coach, says he decided to accept the challenge at Memphis State because he believes it was "the right time and the right place" for him. Dockery, 38, has been head coach at Texas Tech University for the past three years. He accepted the MSU position in December, replacing former head coach Richard Williamson.
The Columns, 1981 June
Cover Story, "Memphis State Calling" by Hayes Smith
"How did we do on the Phon- A-Thons this year?" questioned a friend who had volunteered her time for an evening during our Shelby County Annual Fund Phon-A-Thons. I enthusiastically replied with a barrage of statistics, demonstrating a 166 percent increase in pledges over the previous year and an 82 percent increase in dollars pledged.
Also featured, "'Salute' Planned Aug. 16"
In recognition of the importance of Memphis and Mid-South music, MSU will hold its third annual "Salute to Memphis Music" on Aug. 16 in memory of the late Elvis Presley. One of the highlights of the event will be a banquet in honor of entertainer Charlie Rich, winner of Memphis State's Distinguished Achievement Award. The banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 16 in the University Center Ballroom.
The Columns, 1981 September
Cover Story, "Tiger Town Turns To Tinsel During Hollywood Homecoming"
A "Hollywood Homecoming," celebrating the premiere season for Tiger football Coach Rex Dockery, is planned to welcome Memphis State University alumni, family and friends to the campus for 1981 Homecoming Week, October 12-18. Southern Mississippi's Golden Eagles will meet the Tigers at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium for the "main event" Saturday evening, October 17 at 7:30.
Also featured, "Communication and Fine Arts"
The College of Communication and Fine Arts held its third annual "Salute to Memphis Music" in memory of the late Elvis Presley on Sunday, August 16, featuring several free, open-to-the- public events honoring entertainer Charlie Rich, winner of this year's Memphis State Distinguished Achievement Award.
The Columns, 1982 Fall
In this issue:
"Graduate Student Wins Fulbright"
Eric A. Berman, a student in MSU's Individual Studies program administered by the Graduate School, has received notice of an award from the Fulbright Commission. The award will pay for his 1982-83 academic year researching his M.A. thesis at the University of Liege in Belgium.
"Big Cat Turns 10"
You don't have to be a Tiger sports fan to like this MSU Tiger. His name is TOM--an acronym for Tigers Of Memphis. He weighs in at 425 pounds and resides at the Memphis Zoo. His stripes aren't the kind you can earn, he comes by his naturally. TOM's really a site to see if you're serious about being a loyal Tiger fan.
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