Alumni Association - University of Memphis
Memphis Matters March 2011

March 2011

March Madness
Join us in Tulsa as our Tigers ROAR through the brackets during the NCAA Basketball Tournament!
FAM's Blue & Gray Ball
Future Alumni of Memphis members are invited to join us for the Second Annual Blue & Gray Ball on Thursday, March 24 at the Central Train Station.

Alumni Association Spotlight
Meet College of Communication and Fine Arts alumna Sonja Luecke (BA '99, MA '02)
Tigers Around Town
CALLING ALL ARTISTS! The Alumni Association is celebrating the University's Centennial with Tigers Around Town, and we need YOU to help!

Association Club and Chapter News and Events
Click here to view the upcoming activities and events with Association Clubs and Chapters.

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March Madness

We want to congratulate our Men's Memphis Tiger Basketball team for capturing their 5th Conference USA Championship at the Tournament last week in El Paso, TX!

Join YOUR University of Memphis Alumni Association in Tulsa as the Tigers ROAR through the brackets during the NCAA Basketball Tournament! Before the game cheer on our Tigers at a True Blue Pep Rally on Friday, March 18 at 10 am in the Tulsa Ballroom Gallery at the Tulsa Convention Center, adjacent to the BOK Center.

There will be complimentary breakfast snacks, soft drinks, coffee and a cash bar.  You won't want to miss appearances by the Mighty Sound of the South, the cheer squad and Pouncer!  Show up in your finest Tiger Blue to receive poms, beads, and stickers before the first session tips-off.

For more information or to RSVP please contact the Alumni Association at alumniassociation@memphis.edu or 800/678-TRAX.

For activity information as our schedule develops, follow the Association on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to check the "Go to the Game" page for event details!

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FAM's Blue Gray Ball

The Second Annual Blue & Gray Ball will be held Thursday, March 24 at the Central Train Station in Downtown Memphis at 9 pm! Wear your finest Tiger Blue & Gray cocktail attire and enjoy a night of dancing and a special performance by Academy-award winning THREE 6 MAFIA!

Must be a FAM member to attend. To pick up your ticket or to join the FAM, stop by the UC Lobby TODAY from 11 am-3 pm (Tuesday, March 15-Friday, March 18) or the Alumni Center from 8 am-4:30 pm before March 23.

*FAM members only. Space is limited. Tickets given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Must pick up ticket in advance.

For more information contact the FAM at fam@memphis.edu or 901/678-2333.

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Alumni Association Spotlight: Sonja Luecke (BA '99, MA '02)

Sonja Luecke (BA ’99, MA ’02) came to the University of Memphis as an exchange student from Germany in 1994. A year abroad turned into a life in the U.S. when Luecke decided to stay in Memphis to finish her bachelor’s degree and pursue a graduate degree in journalism.

The program at the U of M provided her with many opportunities and outstanding mentors. It also prepared her for a profession in which resourcefulness is essential. Signing on as a volunteer intern for Youth Villages after graduate school, Luecke is now the organization’s senior public relations coordinator, responsible for offices across the country. Additionally, she works as a freelance journalist for The Commercial Appeal, where she writes Spotlight on Mom, a weekly column that features mothers from the Greater Memphis Area.

“I still try to write as many stories as I can,” Luecke says, “about the families at Youth Villages and about the moms in Memphis. Those are amazing stories that never fail to inspire me and I hope that by telling them they will also inspire others.”

 

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Tigers Around Town

We are excited to get involvement from many of our current students and alumni, as well as faculty and staff and members of the Memphis community, and we want YOU to participate! Help us to express the TRUE BLUE creativity of the University of Memphis by designing one of the 100 Tiger Statues that will be positioned around Memphis during the Centennial Celebration!

Interested artists are invited to submit as many Tiger Statue designs as they wish. Each submitted design should be accompanied by a brief description and title of the design. All submissions are to be nonpolitical with no religious slant, and should be inoffensive in nature. Please submit your designs by March 31, 2011.

If your design is chosen, you will receive a commission of $750 for your work (to include materials used on Tiger), as well as receiving all of the benefits of being part of this historic campaign! Artists will receive $250 up front for supplies once an agreement has been signed.

If you are an interested artist, please click here for more information. Download an Artist information packet and Artist Application here.

The Tiger statues are on sale now and going quickly! Contact the Alumni Association at alumniassociation@memphis.edu or 901/678-2568 to purchase yours today!

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Association Club and Chapter News and Events

Law Alumni Chapter
The Law Alumni Chapter will host its annual Legacy Luncheon on Tuesday, March 15 at noon at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in the Gordon Ball Scenic Reading Room. This luncheon is an opportunity to honor first-year law students and their relatives who graduated from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at wsumner1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

True Blue Pep Rally at the NCAA Tournament
Join the Alumni Association to cheer on our Tigers at the NCAA Tournament! Don't miss the True Blue Pep Rally before the first game on Friday, March 18 at 10 am at the Tulsa Ballroom Gallery in the Tulsa Convention Center (adjacent to the BOK Center). There will be complimentary breakfast snacks, soft drinks, coffee and a cash bar.  You won't want to miss appearances by the Mighty Sound of the South, the cheer squad and Pouncer!  Show up in your finest Tiger Blue to receive poms, beads, and stickers before the first session tips-off. For more information or to RSVP please contact the Alumni Association at alumniassociation@memphis.edu or 800/678-TRAX.

Baton Rouge/New Orleans Alumni Club
The Baton Rouge/New Orleans Alumni Club is hosting a watch party on Friday, March 18 at 1:45 pm at Churchill's as our Tigers take on the Arizona Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament! For any questions or to RSVP please contact Baton Rouge/New Orleans Club President, Dr. Steven McCullar, at smccullar2@cox.net or call 800/678-TRAX.

Dallas Alumni Club
The Dallas Alumni Club is hosting a watch party on Friday, March 18 at 1:45 pm at Buffalo Wild Wings as our Tigers take on the Arizona Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament! For any questions or to RSVP please contact Dallas Club President, Gary Crooms, at gary@seniorinformation.com or call 800/678-TRAX.

Tampa Alumni Club
The Tampa Alumni Club is hosting a watch party on Friday, March 18 at 2:45 pm ET at Riggins, Atkinson, Combs & Associates in Clearwater, FL as our Tigers take on the Arizona Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament! For any questions or to RSVP please contact Tama Club President, Bob Riggins, at bbriggins@msn.com or call 800/678-TRAX.

UMAR Book Club
The UMAR Book Club is reading The Politics of the Veil by Joan Wallach Scott. They will meet to discuss the book on Tuesday, March 22 at 11 am at Brother Juniper’s. In conjunction with reading this book, all UMAR members are invited to attend The Marcus W. Orr Faculty Senate Lecture featuring the book’s author, Professor Scott, on March 17. A reception will be held at 6:30 pm followed by the lecture at 7 pm in the University Center Theatre. This event is free and open to the public. Parking available in the Zach Curlin Parking Garage. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at cthmonge@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

FAM's Blue & Gray Ball

The Second Annual Blue & Gray Ball will be held Thursday, March 24 at the Central Train Station in Downtown Memphis at 9 pm! Wear your finest Tiger Blue & Gray cocktail attire and enjoy a night of dancing and a special performance by Academy-award winning THREE 6 MAFIA! For more information contact The FAM at fam@memphis.edu or 901/678-2333.

MPA Alumni Club

The MPA Alumni Club will partner with current MPA students to participate in the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association's 12th annual "Day of Reflection and Service" on Saturday, April 2 from 8:30 to 11:30 am at MIFA's headquarters, 910 Vance Avenue.  In conjunction with the Urban Art Commission and Memphis Housing and Community Development, volunteers will secure and paint plywood panels over the windows and doors of two abandoned buildings near MIFA.  Click here or contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at cthmonge@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 for more details.


AuSP Alumni Chapter Awards Reception

University College Alumni Chapter
The University College alumni chapter will present its book scholarship at the University College awards reception on Sunday, April 3 in the University Center at 2 pm. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at cthmonge@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

UMAR

UMAR will attend the Calvary Lenten Preaching Series lecture by Rabbi Micah Greenstein at Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Memphis at noon on April 4. Lunch at the church’s Waffle Shop follows. RSVP to Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at cthmonge@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter
The Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter will host a reception honoring the recent achievements of School of Chemistry faculty and students, and celebrating the opening of the Chemistry Community Center. The reception will be held on Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 pm in the Chemistry Community Center in Smith Hall. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at wsumner1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

Law Alumni Chapter

Join the Student Bar Association and the Law Alumni Chapter at Race Judicata on Saturday, April 9 at 5 pm in Jefferson Davis Park (located at 51 North Riverside Drive). The race benefits Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS). MALS provides free legal service to the elderly and low income families. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at wsumner1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

The Law Alumni Chapter will host a Faculty Alumni Spring Reception on Thursday, April 14 at 5:30 pm at the home of Martin (BA '85, JD '93) and Becky (BS '80, ME '93) Zummach. To RSVP and for more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at wsumner1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

Nursing Alumni Chapter
The Loewenberg School of Nursing Alumni Chapter will host a Career Fair on Monday, April 25 from 9am – 12pm in the University Center Ball Room. Graduating Seniors from the Nursing School will be presenting their final projects. Contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016 for more information.


Student Ambassador Board members at
the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards

FCBE Alumni Chapter Golf Tournament
The Fogelman College of Business and Economics Alumni Chapter will host a golf tournament the afternoon of Monday, April 25 at Mirimichi Golf and Country Club. For details on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Alumni Coordinator Shannon Miller at semiller@memphis.edu or 901/678-3043.

Save the Date: UMAR Mix & Match
UMAR will hold a spring "Mix & Match" on the University of Memphis campus on April 26. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at cthmonge@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Music Society
The Music Society will host a Jam Session at Memphis Drum Shop on Tuesday, April 26 at 6 pm. The Jam Session, with light appetizers and wine, is complimentary and open to all recent music graduates. A house band will set the beat with a keyboard, guitar and trap drums and musicians are encouraged to bring their own instruments. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the night.

Parents Club

Are you a parent of a current U of M student or incoming freshman? If so, join the ranks of the Alumni Association Parents Club. Membership in the Parents Club is included in Alumni Association regular membership. If you are not currently an Alumni Association member, you can join the Alumni Association and Parents Club for just $35. Join now by clicking here or contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at 901/678-5016 or smcarter@memphis.edu for details.

Tigers Around Town Centennial Celebration Call to Artists
The University of Memphis Alumni Association is accepting artwork proposals for Tiger Statues that will be featured in the Tigers Around Town Centennial Celebration. If you are an interested artist, please click here for more information. Download an artist information packet here.

Need an internship?
Contact Kathy Tuberville in the Office of Academic Internships at k.tuberville@memphis.edu or 901/678-3105.

 

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