Alumni Association - University of Memphis
Memphis Matters November 2011



    Club & Chapter News
Atlanta Alumni Club
Join the Atlanta Alumni Club at its upcoming Tiger Basketball Watch Parties. All alumni, fans and friends are welcome. Cheer on our Tigers this Saturday, December 17 at 4 pm EST at Mazzy's and Varner's as they take on the Louisville Cardinals. Click here for more information and to view a complete list of upcoming watch parties.

Dallas Alumni Club

You're invited to join the Dallas Alumni Club for a Tiger Watch Party on Saturday, December 17, at 2:30 pm at Blackfinn in Addison, TX, to cheer on our Tigers against the Louisville Cardinals.  Refreshments will be provided. There will also be door prizes and True Blue giveaways! All Alumni, fans and friends are welcome. For more information or to RSVP, contact Dallas Club President Gary Crooms at

The Dallas/Fort Worth Alumni Chapter is now on Facebook! Stay up-to-date on local chapter events and stories of interest from the Memphis campus. All alumni, friends and Tiger fans are welcome to join this group.

True Blue Day
True Blue Day at
U of M Lambuth Campus

December 2011
St. Louis Alumni Club
Join the St. Louis Alumni Club at its upcoming Tiger Basketball Watch Parties. Cheer on our Tigers this Saturday, December 17 at 3 pm at the Fox and Hound (located at 17416 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield) as they take on the Louisville Cardinals. Click here to view a complete list of upcoming watch parties.

Tiger Basketball Pre-Game Reception
Join the University of Memphis Alumni Association and the Washington D.C. Alumni Club at the Verizon Center on Thursday, December 22, at 4:30 pm as we host a pre-game reception for all Tiger fans and family before our Tigers take on the Georgetown Hoyas. Complimentary buffet, drinks and a cash bar will be available. Admission is complimentary to those with a valid ticket to the game. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Terez Wilson at 901/678-5686 or at  Don't forget to wear Tiger Blue!

100 Years, 100 Women
Women have inspired the University of Memphis throughout our century. Help us choose one hundred who have influenced our success by nominating one who inspired you! In honor of the Center for Research on Women’s 30th Anniversary and 100 years of The University of Memphis, CROW, African and African American Studies, and the Department of History will host an event celebrating 100 women who inspired our century. Their achievements will be heralded throughout the evening, and their names will be remembered for generations to come. If you know of a woman—past or present—who made a difference to The University of Memphis, visit to make your nomination by December 31, 2011. Join us on Friday, April 27, 2012 at The University of Memphis Holiday Inn to celebrate 30 years of CROW and 100 Years of Women at The University of Memphis! Tickets on sale in January. For more information call 901.678.2770 or visit the CROW website.

Maui Luau
Maui Luau
On Tuesday, January 3, the UMAR "Breakfast Bunch" will gather at 9 am at Brother Juniper’s (please note the new location).  All UMAR members and guests are welcome.

On Tuesday, January 24 at 11 am the UMAR Book Club will enjoy breakfast at Brother Juniper’s before discussing the literary work, Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides. Contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at or 901/678-1333 for more information.

Education Alumni Chapter

The College of Education Alumni Chapter installed new officers this month.  Mary Keife Hyland (MS ’96), who recently retired as Associate Head of School for Lausanne Collegiate School, and who has been a facilitator for All Kinds of Minds, will serve as chapter president.  Randy McPherson (BS ’81, MS ’84, Ed.D. ’94), Director of Counseling Services with Memphis City Schools, and recently named national high school counselor of the year, will serve as vice president.  Finally, Annetra Peete (BS ’05), fourth grade teacher at Riverwood Elementary, will serve as secretary.  The chapter has experienced remarkable growth over the last year, and is looking forward to growing even more during the Centennial Year.  For more information on becoming involved, please contact Alumni Coordinator, Wendy Sumner-Winter at or 901/678.1562. 

In 2012, the College of Education will celebrate 100 years of educating teachers. To commemorate this occasion, the College of Education Alumni Chapter will honor faculty and alumni from each of the 10 decades at a Centennial Event in April 2012. We invite you to submit a nomination for the College of Education Hall of Fame. Deadline for nominations is January 27. More information about the April event to follow. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at or 901/678-1562.

Young Alumni Committee
The Young Alumni Committee hosted its Fifth Annual True Blue 5K on November 4. Over 500 alumni and friends of the University participated as runners and spectators, setting a new record!  Through this race, the Committee was able to raise significant funds for their Legacy Scholarship, which is awarded annually to University of Memphis graduate students who received their undergraduate degrees here.  It is the vision of the Committee to be ambassadors for this University within the Memphis community and across the country.  This race provides a wonderful means of cultivating meaningful relationships with students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as other Memphians, in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.   Mark your calendars for the 2012 Centennial Edition of the Race on November 2.  

The Young Alumni Committee will cheer on the Tigers against Southern Miss at a watch party on Wednesday, February 1, at 7 pm.  Check your inbox soon for details on the location of the Watch Party. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at or 901/678-1562. 

The Young Alumni Committee will host its second Happy Hour at Alchemy in Cooper Young.  Mark your calendars to join fellow young alums for cocktails and conversation on Tuesday, February 7 from 5:30 to 7 pm.  For more information, or to RSVP, contact Alumni Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at or 901/678.1562. 

True Blue 5K
Young Alumni Committee True Blue 5K

Save the Date: Tiger Tour and Nashville Golf Tournament
The Nashville Alumni Club will host a golf tournament in conjunction with the annual Spring Tiger Tour on Tuesday, April 24 at Gaylord Springs Golf Links in Nashville, TN. Save the date and support your University of Memphis Alumni Association and Athletic Department.

Vision for Victory Brick Campaign
Tiger fans, want to cement your name in Memphis Tigers history? You can, by purchasing a Vision for Victory Brick. Show your Tiger Pride by securing your own personalized brick, which will adorn the walkway to the Memphis Tigers Football Complex and brand new Indoor Practice Facility. Choose from one of three brick options to recognize alumni, the name of your company or your favorite Tiger memory. Quantities are limited, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to be a part of the historical first installment and to permanently reserve your place in Tiger Nation. To order, go online to or call 678-2334.

New Benefit for Alumni and Students: Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Have an idea for a new business venture, but need assistance putting the details together? The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a new service on the University of Memphis campus that is available for all students and alumni free of charge. Beginning with idea generation and continuing through product launch, they can help develop cutting edge solutions. Available services include: idea development, technical assistance, skills training, mentoring, networking support, legal advice, financial guidance, and personalized feedback on business plans. For more information, contact the department at or 901/678-5266. The office is located in Room 326 of the FedEx Institute of Technology.


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