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Lambuth Update

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Chapter Presidents
Meet your Lambuth Alumni Chapter Presidents
Learn more about John Yarbrough (BS '72) and Madeline McDonald (BS '80).

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True Blue Day
Outstanding Lambuth Alumni Awards
The U of M Alumni Association honored Outstanding Lambuth Alumni at True Blue Day in October 2013.

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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events
Join the Lambuth Alumni Chapter at Sunday Sundaes, Portrait Unveiling Reception and more.

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Heritage Room
Honoring the Lambuth Heritage
The Lambuth Alumni Chapter has begun work on the Lambuth Heritage Room. Learn how you can be a part of the project!

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Message from Lambuth Campus Dean, Dr. Dan Lattimore

Dean LattimoreThere is considerable activity on the UM Lambuth this spring. We are beginning the updating of the Recreation Center so it can open in Fall 2014. Science labs in Hyde are being upgraded with new vent hoods and other improvements. Additional and updated campus lighting will be added. Fall enrollment on the UM Lambuth campus was about 700 students and a similar number is attending this spring. Applications for Fall 2014 are up 116% over this time last year and so far 50% more students have been admitted than at this time last year. We are hoping to reach 1,000 students next fall, a year ahead of the projected number when we began in 2011.

The Search Committee for the new chief administrator for the Lambuth Campus has begun video interviews to narrow the applicant pool to the 3-5 people they plan to bring to the Lambuth Campus for personal interviews. When those interviews are scheduled Lambuth alumni board members will be invited to participate in the on-campus meetings.

For more information about the Lambuth Campus, contact 731/425-1936.

Meet your Lambuth Alumni Chapter Presidents

John YarbroughJohn Yarbrough graduated from Lambuth University in 1972 with a double major in chemistry and biology. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Order during his four years there. John then attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and graduated with a B.S. in Physical Therapy. He worked as Executive Director of the West Tennessee Rehabilitation Center of Jackson Madison County General Hospital for 36 years, retiring in 2011. John is a native Jacksonian and a member of First United Methodist Church in Jackson. John looks forward to working with the University of Memphis as it builds a growing public university in Jackson on the Lambuth Campus and encourages all Lambuth graduates and friends to join in all the activites planned for Lambuth alumni. 

To get involved with the Lambuth Chapter in the Jackson area, contact John at

Madeline McDonald


Madeline McDonald graduated from Lambuth University in 1980 with a B.S. in Social Work. She served on the Student Government Association, was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, and a Kappa Alpha Little Sister. She earned an M.S. in Educational Psychology and Guidance from University of Tennessee Martin in 1982. During her 31 year career in banking, Madeline went on to be the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Financial Federal Bank. Madeline is married to John McDonald ('79 Lambuth graduate), current Principal of Shadowlawn Middle School in Bartlett, TN. Madeline and John have two daughters, Cassie, 31, and Kellie, 26, and are members of the Colonial Park United Methodist Church.

To get involved with the Lambuth Chapter in the Memphis area, contact Madeline at

Outstanding Lambuth Alumni Awards

True Blue Day

The University of Memphis Alumni Association will honor Outstanding Lambuth Alumni at the True Blue Day event each fall. On October 26, we honored alumni of the Class of 1963 and an Outstanding Alumni and Outstanding Friend of the University. Congratulations to Susan Richardson Hudacek (BA '72), Lambuth Outstanding Alumna, Tim Goldsmith (BS '78), Lambuth Oustanding Alumnus, and Gene Smith, Distinguished Friend of Lambuth.

Members of the Class of 1963 that were inducted into the Half Century Club and presented with a medallion included: Ruth Ann Austin, Norma Ellis, Paul Green, Barbara Johnson, Patricia Lyerly, Elizabeth McDonald, Wanda McWherter, Bill Mullins, Peggy Pate and Carol Stewart.

Memphis Tigers Head Basketball Coach, Josh Pastner, and members of the basketball team were be in attendance to sign autographs and help us to congratulate these outstanding alumni and friends. Thank you to Bad Bob's for providing BBQ to the guests.

Thank you to everyone who attended. View photos from the event here.

Upcoming Events

Upcomng Events

Portrait Unveiling Reception
Tuesday, March 25, 4:00 pm
Wisdom Parlor, Varnell-Jones Hall, Lambuth Campus
Please join us for a reception and the unveiling of the official portrait of Dr. Shirley C. Raines, Eleventh President of the University of Memphis. The Women's History Month address will follow at 6:30 pm in the Jack Morris Ballroom in the Wilder Student Union. For more information or to RSVP, contact Amber Jones at or 731/427-4725.

University of Memphis Lambuth Baccalaureate
Friday, May 9
Lambuth Campus

Lambuth Area Neighborhood Association (LANA)
Jackson Area Residents: Connect with LANA for updates on the Lambuth neighborhood and campus. The group meets monthly at Lambuth Memorial Methodist Church. For more information, visit or contact or 800/678-8729.

Sunday Sundaes
Sunday, April 13, 2:00 pm
University of Memphis Lambuth Campus
Bring the whole family for a day of True Blue fun! Enjoy ice cream sundaes, bouncies and more! For more information or to RSVP, contact or 800/678-TRAX.

Visit the Lambuth Alumni Chapter webpage to stay up-to-date on upcoming events.

Heritage Room for Lambuth underway

Heritage Room

John Yarbrough and Gene Smith joined Dean Dan Lattimore on the Lambuth Campus on February 7 to look at possible locations for the Heritage Room project that the UM Lambuth Board is supporting. Two office spaces at the back of the Chapel were tentatively decided as the best location for the Heritage Room. If you have Lambuth memorabilia that you would like to donate, please contact Candy Donald at 731/425-1936 or Emma Elliott at 901/678-1562.


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