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Luther C. McClellan Alumni Chapter
Join the LCM Alumni Chapter on Thursday, March 15, at 6 pm at  Marmalade Restaurant & Lounge for an Alumni Mixer. Come see old friends and meet new ones at this networking opportunity! Mingle with fellow alumni to learn more about the Chapter and how you can participate in upcoming events. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016.

March Madness 2012
Join YOUR University of Memphis Alumni Association for a True Blue Pep Rally on Friday, March 16, at 5 pm ET in Columbus, OH at the LC Pavilion before our Tigers take on the Saint Louis Billikens at 6:50 pm ET. There will be complimentary food, soft drinks and a cash bar. You won't want to miss appearances by the Mighty Sound of the South, the cheer squad, Pouncer, U of M President Dr. Shirley Raines, and Athletic Director R.C. Johnson. For more information contact the Alumni Association at alumniassociation@memphis.edu or 800/678-TRAX.

Young Alumni
Young Alumni Committee
Tiger Basketball Watch Party

March 2012
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UMAR
On Monday, March 19, at noon, UMAR will hear Rabbi Micah Greenstein speak as part of the Calvary Lenten Preaching Series. After Rabbi Greenstein’s presentation, we will enjoy lunch in the church’s “Waffle Shop” restaurant. The Lecture Series is free and open to the public; lunch is on your own. Contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at cthmonge@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 for more information.

On Tuesday, March 27, at 11 am, the UMAR Book Club will meet at Brother Juniper’s for breakfast before discussing this month’s selection, In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson. The cost of breakfast is on your own. Contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at cthmonge@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 for more information.

On Tuesday, April 3, at 9 am, the UMAR Breakfast Bunch will gather at the Perkins Restaurant & Bakery located in the Eastgate Shopping Center, at 5112 Park Avenue. This group meets for a casual breakfast on the first Tuesday of every month at 9 am. All UMAR members and U of M retirees are welcome. The cost of breakfast is on your own. Contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at cthmonge@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 for more information.


On Thursday, April 19, UMAR will hold a once-in-a-lifetime Centennial Reunion for retired faculty and staff. Celebrate and reminisce with your colleagues and friends at this special event. Registration and reception begins at 5 pm followed by dinner and a “readers theater” program at 6:15 pm in the University Center Ballroom. All retirees and current U of M employees are invited to attend. Tickets are $30 per person and include parking in the Zach Curlin garage. Click here to RSVP online by April 12 or contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at cthmonge@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 for more information.

Save the Date: On Sunday, May 20, UMAR will host its annual Spring Picnic at the St. Columba Episcopal Conference & Retreat Center's Gates Pavilion, located at 4577 Billy Maher Road in Bartlett. Main dishes and drinks will be provided; guests are asked to sign up to bring a dish. Contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at cthmonge@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 to RSVP or for more information.

Engineering Alumni Chapter
On Tuesday, March 20, at 12 noon in the Alumni Center, the Engineering Alumni Chapter will host a Professional Development Luncheon. Tom Wyatt, an Engineering faculty member, will present "Engineering Ethics: A Primer." The cost is $5 for Alumni Association members and $10 for not-yet members. Lunch will be provided, and a certificate will be issued to attendees for one professional development hour (PDH). For more information or to RSVP, contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at cthmonge@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

On Tuesday, April 3, at 6:30 pm, the Engineering Chapter will present its Outstanding Alumni Awards at the Herff College of Engineering’s annual awards banquet at the Holiday Inn on campus. As part of the Chapter’s celebration of the University’s Centennial, all previous recipients of this award will be welcomed back for special recognition at this event. Click here to purchase your tickets online or contact Director of Development Susan Armacost at susan.armacost@memphis.edu or 901/678-1537 for sponsorship information or to purchase tickets. The Engineering Chapter’s Silent Auction benefiting its book scholarship fund will be held just before the Herff College’s awards banquet.  If you would like to donate an item, event or other tickets, gift certificates, etc. to be auctioned off at this event, please contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at cthmonge@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Kemmons Wilson Alumni Club
Kemmons Wilson School Alumni Club Tiger Basketball Pre-Game Reception
The Engineering Chapter is accepting applications for its book scholarship. All current Engineering juniors and seniors are invited and encouraged to apply by Noon on Friday, April 27. Contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at cthmonge@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 for more information. Click here to download the scholarship application.

Save the Date: On Wednesday, May 16, at noon in the Alumni Center, the Engineering Chapter will  host a Professional Development Luncheon featuring Greg Maxted (MS '90), Executive Director of the Harahan Bridge Project. He will give a presentation about the conversion of the Harahan Bridge in downtown Memphis to a bicycle and pedestrian crossing. Click here to learn more about the project. The cost is $5 for Alumni Association members and $10 for not-yet members. Lunch will be provided, and a certificate will be issued to attendees for one professional development hour (PDH). Click here to RSVP online. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at cthmonge@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Student Ambassador Board
The Board is accepting applications for new board members. Click here to download an application and learn more about the requirements. Wednesday, March 21. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016.

University College Alumni Chapter
The University College Alumni Chapter is seeking nominations for its Outstanding Alumni Award and Outstanding Service Award. Click here to learn more about each award and submit your nominations today. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 23.

Save the Date: The University College Alumni Chapter’s bi-annual Awards Dinner and Silent Auction will be held on Thursday, May 10, at 6 pm in the Fogelman Executive Center. The Chapter’s Outstanding Alumni Award and Distinguished Service Award will both be presented at this event, and auction proceeds benefit the Chapter's book scholarship. As part of the Chapter’s celebration of the University’s Centennial, all previous recipients of these awards will be welcomed back for special recognition. Tickets are $30 per person. For more information or to RSVP by May 4, contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at cthmonge@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Kemmons Wilson School Alumni Club
The KWS Alumni Club will host an Alumni Reception during "Kemmons Wilson Week" at the University on Thursday, March 29, at 6 pm at Brookhaven Pub. Reconnect with classmates, meet the members of the Alumni Board, and discuss new directions for the Kemmons Wilson program at the University. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alumni Coordinator Shannon Miller at semiller@memphis.edu or 901/678-3043.


MPA Alumni Club
On Saturday, March 31, at 9 am, the MPA Club will participate in the Memphis Inter-Faith Association’s 13th annual Day of Reflection and Service by volunteering for the “artistic board up” project which covers the windows of depressed Memphis properties with plywood sheets painted to look like window panes. All MPA alumni, students and friends are welcome to participate. Wear clothes that can get dirty. No open-toed shoes. Each volunteer should bring work gloves and a two-inch paint brush. Parking is at the Memphis Food Bank parking lot (corner of East & Linden). Please contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at cthmonge@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 for more information.


On Tuesday, April 17, at 11:30 am in the University Center, the MPA Club will host a luncheon recognizing the 2012 Pi Alpha Alpha inductees and honors students in the Division of Public and Nonprofit Administration. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell is scheduled to be the featured speaker. Tickets are $25 per person and include parking in the Zach Curlin Garage. Click here to RSVP online, or contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at cthmonge@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 for more information.

Education Alumni Chapter
The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Alumni Chapter will honor exceptional faculty and alumni from our 100 year history at the Education Hall of Fame Reception on Tuesday, April 17, at 6 pm in the Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway Hall of Fame. Mark your calendars to join us for this historic event, the proceeds of which will go to establish the Alumni Chapter’s Centennial Scholarship. There will be cocktails and hors d'oevres. The cost is $35 for Alumni Association members or $40 for not-yet members. Click here to purchase your tickets online. For more information or to learn more about becoming a sponsor of this event, please contact Alumni Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at wsumner1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

Alumni Association Centennial Reunion Weekend
The Alumni Association invites all alumni, friends and family to come back to campus for a Centennial Reunion Weekend on Friday, April 20, to Sunday, April 22. Events across the campus include the UMAR Reunion Dinner, the unveiling of the Bronze Tiger Statue, lunches and open houses, award ceremonies, the Spring Fling Carnival and more. Click here to learn more and view a complete calendar of events.
Pouncer
Dr. Bob Canady, Pouncer, and Dr. Shirley Raines


Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter

The Department of Anthropology is hosting a weekend-long Alumni Reunion to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of our Master of Arts program and the University of Memphis Centennial, on April 20-22. The reunion will kick off Friday evening, with a free wine and cheese reception at Jack Robinson Gallery.  Saturday will be a free full day conference highlighting the program’s history and the accomplishments of alumni and faculty, followed by a Moroccan-themed gala at the Peabody Skyway. The reunion will conclude with a farewell picnic at Chucalissa on Sunday. For more information, contact Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman at  finerman@memphis.edu or 901/678.3334. Click here to RSVP online.

The Department of English alumni and faculty is celebrating the University’s Centennial with 100 Books for 100 Years, a program to highlight the literary history of the Department. Featured books will include those written by alumni and faculty throughout the Department’s long history. The Department will be hosting an open house for alumni and community members to view the exhibit and to meet and students and current and retired faculty from all the Department’s concentrations on Friday, April 20, from 4-6 pm, following the faculty processional. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Shannon Miller at semiller@memphis.edu or 901/678-3043.

Nursing Alumni Chapter
The Loewenberg School of Nursing will be hosting an Alumni Reunion Reception at the University Center in the Memphis Room on Saturday, April 21, from 12 pm - 4pm.  For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016.

Young Alumni Committee
Don your True Blue Mask and join Young Alumni and Frosh Camp Alumni at the Blue Moon Masquerade on Saturday, April 21, at 6 pm to celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of the University of Memphis. The party starts with a sunset toast atop the Madison Hotel and continues until the Blue Moon is high in the sky. Enjoy music, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Click here to purchase your tickets. The cost is $30 for Alumni Association members and $35 for not-yet members. Price includes 2 drink tickets. Proceeds benefit the Young Alumni Legacy Scholarship. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at wsumner1@memphis.edu or 901/678.1562.

The Committee is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Legacy Scholarship. Click here to download an application. The deadline for submissions is May 15.
This $500 scholarship is funded by the Young Alumni Committee to help a deserving U of M graduate or professional-degree seeking student, who received an undergraduate degree at the U of M, in his or her studies. Click here to learn more about the scholarship and how you can make a contribution.

LCM Alumni Chapter and Multicultural Affairs
Join the Luther C. McClellan Alumni Chapter and Multicultural Affairs for the Black Alumni Reunion Weekend on Saturday, April 21, at 7 pm in the University Center Ballroom. Reconnect with lost friends, old classmates and members of the Greek community. More details to follow. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016.


Tiger Tour and Nashville Golf Tournament

Join the Alumni Association and Tiger Sports Properties in Nashville, Jackson and Memphis for the Spring 2012 Tiger Tour featuring appearances by Josh Pastner, U of M men's head basketball coach, Justin Fuente, U of M head football coach, Melissa McFerrin, U of M women's head basketball coach, and other coaches and athletic administration. The Nashville Alumni Club will host a Golf Tournament on Tuesday, April 24, at the Gaylord Springs Golf Course before the Tiger Tour Reception that evening. Click here to learn more and sign up for the Tournament and/or the reception. Alumni in the Jackson area are invited to join us on Wednesday, April 25, at 5:30 pm in the Jack Morris Ballroom on the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus. The tour will end in Memphis on Thursday, April 26, at 5:30 pm in the Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway Hall of Fame. Click here to learn more and RSVP today.

2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards
Save the Date: Please join the University of Memphis Alumni Association for the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards on Saturday, June 2, at 6:30 pm at the University of Memphis. More information to follow. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at alumniassociation@memphis.edu or 901/678-ALUM.


FCBE Alumni Chapter
Save the Date: The FCBE Alumni Chapter will host its annual Golf Tournament on Friday, June 15, at Mirimichi Golf Course. More information to follow. For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Alumni Coordinator Shannon Miller at semiller@memphis.edu or 901/678-3043.



Other University of Memphis News

Art Museum Centennial Project

The University's Art Museum is seeking alumni participation for its Centennial Project. The Art Museum (AMUM) has invited artists Sheryl Oring and Dhanraj Emanuel (MFA ’03) for a series of interactive, public art performances, which will be held Tuesday, March 20, through Thursday, March 22 from noon to 2 pm on the University’s Student Plaza. Participants will be asked, "what do you think the University could be?" A crew of typists in 1960s garb will record responses on postcards to be included in the Centennial exhibition "Alma Mater: Univeristy of Memphis," opening at the Art Museum on June 30 and running through September. For more information contact Lisa Francisco Abitz at 901/678-2224 or visit amum.memphis.edu.


The Commercial Appeal Alumni Spotlight
The Commercial Appeal is publishing a special section of the newspaper highlighting the University's Centennial Anniversary on September 9. If you are interested in learning how you can honor a family member, friend or U of M alumni employed by your company, please contact Liz at lizmedia@bellsouth.net or 901/272-7278.

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 www.memphisathleticsdevelopment.com or call 678-2334.

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