Alumni Association - University of Memphis
Memphis Matters September 2010

September 2010

Tailgate in Tiger Lane
Join the Alumni Association in Tiger Lane during the 2010 football season for barbeque, music and fun!
Future Alumni of Memphis
The FAM (Future Alumni of Memphis) is the Alumni Association's newest and fastest growing group. Learn more from the FAM Advisory Board!

Alumni Directory

Alumni Association Spotlight
Dr. Joan Thomas' Spring 2010 Executive MSN Class
Alumni Directory
The Alumni Association is completing the 2011 Centennial Edition Alumni Directory Project. Be a part of it!

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

Join the Alumni Association!
Click here to view the entire list of Benefits!


Tailgate in Tiger Lane

Join the University of Memphis Alumni Association for a TRUE BLUE Pre-Game Tailgate in Tiger Lane at each home football game this season! The tailgates will include barbeque and all of the fixings, drinks and appearances by the Mighty Sound of the South and U of M Cheer Squad. Classic Party Rentals is the official sponsor of the 2010 Alumni Association tailgates. Click here for a complete schedule of True Blue Tailgates this season

Cost is $10 for Alumni Association members, $15 for not-yet members, and $5 for children 12 and under. For more information contact Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or 901/678-1782.

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Future Alumni of Memphis

The FAM (Future Alumni of Memphis) was launched in the Spring 2010 semester as the student-based extension of the Alumni Association.  In only a few months, the FAM has grown to be the largest student organization at the University of Memphis with over 1,100 members!  All current students are encouraged to join the FAM on an annual basis by paying a $20 membership fee.  Membership in the FAM provides students with an array of discounts, great networking opportunities, and access to fun events such as the Costume Riverboat Party this coming October and the annual Blue and Gray Ball every Spring semester. Click here to view a message from the 2010 FAM Advisory Board. For more information, click here or check out the FAM on Facebook.

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Alumni Association Spotlight: Dr. Joan Thomas' Spring 2010 Executive MSN Class

“I am extremely proud to say that I am a member of the first graduating class of Executive MSN nurses,” shares Laura Ness, EMSN, RN. Fellow alumna Rhonda Davis, EMSN, RN (BSN '00), agrees that being “a part of the first class of EMSN students is an honor.” The EMSN curriculum is modeled after and designed in collaboration with the The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows Program, the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s 14 Forces of Magnetism, and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. “The EMSN program impacted my career, so I felt strongly about joining the Loewenberg School Of Nursing Alumni Chapter,” says Davis.

Hess joined the LSON Alumni Chapter because she wanted to maintain a connection with the program that allowed her to establish a career as a nurse and, now, to advance in that career. “I will be able to make a difference in the future of healthcare through the experience, knowledge, and connections that I have established with and through the U of M’s Loewenberg School of Nursing.”

Make a difference in the future of healthcare by joining the Loewenberg School Of Nursing Alumni Chapter today!

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Alumni Association Directory

On behalf of the University of Memphis Alumni Association, and in preparation for the University's Centennial Celebration, Harris Connect has been contacting University of Memphis alums in order to update their information for the Alumni Directory that will be sold just before the University's Centennial Celebration. Thank you to everyone that has responded with their updated information. For a list of FAQs, click here. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Alumni Association at alumniassociation@memphis.edu, 901/678-2333 or 800/678-TRAX (8729).

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Association Club and Chapter News and Events

Atlanta Alumni Club
The Atlanta Alumni Club invites all alumni, fans, and friends in the Atlanta to come out and support the Tiger Football team this upcoming season.  The Watch Party schedule has been released and can be viewed at the Atlanta Alumni Club website. For more information on joining the fun or Club activities, contact Club President Don Sparkman (BEE ’87) at don.sparkman@earthlink.net.

Alumni Association True Blue Pre-Game Tailgate
Join the University of Memphis Alumni Association at the first home game of the 2010 football season on Saturday, September 18!  The Tigers will take on MTSU at 6 pm, and the Alumni Association will host a TRUE BLUE Pre-Game Tailgate, 4 pm at the Liberty Bowl near the top of Tiger Lane. The tailgate will include barbeque and all of the fixings, drinks, and an appearance by the Mighty Sound of the South and Cheer Squad.  Classic Party Rentals is the official sponsor of the 2010 Alumni Association tailgates.  Cost is $10 for Alumni Association members, $15 for not-yet members, and $5 for children 12 and under. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or 901/678-1782.  Click here for a complete schedule of True Blue Tailgates this season.

Luther C. McClellan Tailgate
Tailgate with the Luther C. McClellan Alumni Chapter and the Alumni Association at the 2010 Inaugural Tigers football home game on Saturday, September 18. The tailgate starts at 4 pm at the Liberty Bowl near the top of Tiger Lane, and kickoff is at 6 pm.  Don't forget to wear Tiger Blue! Contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016 for more information.

UMAR (University of Memphis Association of Retirees)
UMAR will host a book discussion group on Tuesday, September 28 at 11:00 am at Brother Junipers. The featured book is “American Lion” by Jon Meacham. For more information, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Alumni Awards
The College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter will host its annual Outstanding Alumni Awards dinner on Thursday, October 14 at 6 p.m. in the University Center. This year’s recipients of the Outstanding Alumni Awards are Leigh Baim Mansberg (B.A. ‘91, M.A.T. ’92), English Department Chair and Katherine Neely Chair of Excellence at St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Robert R. Milner (B.S. ’67), Owner-Partner/Broker, Colliers Wilkinson & Snowden, Dr. Larry Robinson (B.S. ’79), Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Edward L. Stanton, III (B.A. ’94, J.D. ’97),U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. The outstanding friends are the Dedicated College of Arts & Sciences Faculty and Staff. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

Save the Date:  FAM Costume Riverboat Party
The FAM (Future Alumni of Memphis) will be commandeering a riverboat on the mighty Mississippi River and throwing a “ghostly” party on Friday, October 22!  All FAM members will be invited to attend the Costume Riverboat Party, but space is limited.  The Riverboat will be equipped with a DJ, food, and the atmosphere for a night not to be missed! Stay tuned to your email, FAM members, for details on how to get your exclusive tickets!  For more information, contact Alex Shipman at ashipman@memphis.edu or 901/678-3028.

Save the Date: The 2010 Bandmasters Championship
The Band Alumni Chapter will be hosting the annual Bandmasters Championship on Saturday, October 23 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.   For more information and online registration, please visit www.bandmasterschampionship.com or contact Contest Director Jeremy Stinson (BA ’02, MA ’06) at jeremy@gochampion.net.

Music Society Jam Session
The Alumni Association’s Music Society will host a Jam Session on Tuesday, October 26 from 6-8 p.m. at the Memphis Drum Shop. The event, which is open to all Music graduates and Alumni Association members, will be an evening full of live jazz music from some of the mid-south's outstanding musicians. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

Save the Date: Homecoming 2010
The University of Memphis Alumni Association will be hosting our annual Homecoming Parade, Pep Rally and Party, sponsored by the Thomas Boggs ('72) Family of Huey's Restaurants, on Friday, October 29! On Saturday, October 30, our Memphis Tigers will be taking on the Houston Cougars, game time 6 p.m. Mark your calendar and get ready to cheer on our Tigers!

Save the Date: Half Century Club
The Half Century Club will host a variety of 50 year reunion activities for the Class of 1960 on Friday, October 29. Classmates are invited to a brunch at the home of University President Shirley Raines, followed by an exclusive campus tour, and a special Golden Reception in the new University Center, with all 50 year graduates! Invitations will be sent out soon, but for more information please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Save the Date: LCM Homecoming Alumni Stepshow

The Luther C. McClellan Black Alumni Chapter will be hosting their annual Alumni Stepshow on Friday, October 29 immediately following the Alumni Association’s Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally. On Saturday, October 30, the Chapter will host a pre-game mixer and an after party following the game. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016.

St. Louis Alumni Club
Join the St. Louis Alumni Club as they honor former University of Memphis Football player and St. Louis Rams great, Isaac Bruce (BPS '03), on Saturday, October 30.  The Rams are offering discounted tickets to the game for St. Louis Alumni Club members, which will feature the retirement ceremony of Isaac Bruce’s Jersey before kick-off.  Individual tickets and ticket packs can be ordered directly through David Kinsey, St. Louis Rams, at dkinsey@rams.nfl.com or 314-425-0509. For any additional information on this event contact Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or 901/678-1782.

Law Alumni Judicial Reception
The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Board will host its annual Judicial Reception on Wednesday, November 3 to honor 2010 School of Law Graduates, Justices of the Supreme Court of Tennessee and members of the Federal, State and Local Judiciary. Members of the Law Alumni Chapter, recent graduates, elected officials and Tennessee Judiciary will be in attendance for the event to be held at the Law School building. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

Save the Date: FCBE Alumni Day Luncheon
The FCBE Alumni Chapter will host its annual Alumni Day Luncheon on Wednesday, November 3 at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. The Chapter will recognize Outstanding Alumnus George Johnson (BBA ’70) President of BJB Administrative Services LLC, Outstanding Young Alumnus Andrew Bailey (BBA ’00, EMBA ’05) Marketing Specialist Advisor, FedEx, Entrepreneur of the Year J. Austin Baker (BBA ’04) President, EServ, LLC, and Distinguished Friend of the College Harry Smith, Chairman and CEO, Schilling Enterprises. Keynote Speaker will be Anita Vaughn (BA ’77, MPA ’82), ECO, Baptist Women’s Hospital. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

FCBE Alumni Chapter Challenge Gift
The Alumni Board of the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis has issued a challenge to all alumni of the College:  For every dollar given to the Fogelman College between now and Dec. 31, 2010, by a person who did not donate to the College last year, the Alumni Board will match those donors’ gifts dollar for dollar, up to $25,000. To make arrangements for other methods of donation, or for more information about the Match Challenge, donors may call 901-678-3953.

Save the Date: Outstanding Journalism Alumni Awards
The Journalism Alumni Club will host its annual Outstanding Journalism Alumni Awards dinner on Thursday, November 4 at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. The Club will recognize Jess Bunn (BA ’74), Manager, Investor Relations at FedEx, John Koski (BA ’88), Vice President/General Manager, WHBQ-TV Fox 13, and Candace “Candy” Justice (MA ’92), General Manager, Daily Helmsman, University of Memphis. For more information, contact Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Save the Date: Young Alumni Committee TRUE BLUE 5K
The Young Alumni Committee will host the 4th annual True Blue 5K, presented by First Tennessee, on Friday, November 5 starting at 7 p.m. on the U of M main campus. The atmosphere on campus will be TRUE BLUE with food and fun, as well as some special TIGER guests! To register online and for more information, please visit http://trueblue5k.racesonline.com.

Young Alumni Committee
The U of M Young Alumni Committee is accepting nominations for new board members! If you are an alumnus of the University of Memphis under the age of 35 and are interested in serving on the board of the Young Alumni Committee, please submit your application soon! You may click here to download an application with instructions on how to submit it after completion.

Herff College of Engineering Alumni Chapter
The Herff College of Engineering Alumni Chapter is accepting applications for this year’s Herff College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni Award. If you know of an Engineering Alumni that is deserving of this honor, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu for a nomination form and follow the instructions for submission. The winner of this year’s Outstanding Alumni Award will be honored at the next Herff College of Engineering Awards dinner, to be held in early 2011. For more information, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Nursing Alumni Chapter
The Loewenberg School of Nursing Alumni Chapter will be hosting a Career Fair on Monday, November 29 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.

Save the Date: UMAR Holiday Luncheon
UMAR will host its annual Holiday Luncheon on Friday, December 3 at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn on Central Ave. More details will be forthcoming but mark your calendars now!

Save The Date: New York Alumni Club
The New York Alumni Club will host a pre-game event at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, December 7.  The Tigers tip-off against Kansas at 7:00 pm ET.  For ticket information, call the Athletic Ticket Office at 901-678-2331/1-888-867-UOFM or tickets can be ordered online HERE at the Tiger Ticket Center.  Select The Jimmy V Classic, enter the number of tickets you want to purchase, and in the ‘Special Handling’ area of the order form put in code NYCALUMNI.  This will allow all Alumni members to sit in the same block with each other in the Memphis section.  Tickets start at $75.00.  For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or 901/678-1782.

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.

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Join the Alumni Association!

The University of Memphis Alumni Association is proud to offer our members a full benefits package! Discounts include both Memphis-area and national retailers and consist of savings at the University Bookstore, Tiger Bookstore, Tiger Gift Shop and many, many more! Click here to view the entire list of benefits. Only current Alumni Association members will be able to take advantage of these discounts. To JOIN NOW, click here.

Membership Matters!  The University of Memphis Alumni Association would like to thank all of our current life, annual and associate members. If you are not yet a member, please join now. The University of Memphis Alumni Association needs your support!

Join the Alumni Association and make a TRUE BLUE difference in YOUR University!  Visit www.memphis.edu/alumni or call 901/678-ALUM.

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