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True Blue Tailgate
Join us for a True Blue Tailgate in Tiger Lane before our Tigers take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves this Saturday, September 21, at 1 pm. The cost is $10 per person and includes food and drinks. Visit the "Go To The Game" page for updates about upcoming tailgates. For more information contact or 901-678-2586.

Pouncer's Pals
Pouncer’s Pals will kick off its first event for the 2013-2014 calendar year with the Walk Around the Field Tailgate and Football game on Saturday, September 21, during the Men’s Football game against Arkansas State. All members are invited to attend and will receive free food, football tickets for each Pouncer’s Pal and one parent/guardian, and the opportunity to walk around the field with Tom the Tiger before kickoff.   To learn more about Pouncer’s Pals contact or 901-678-3119. Sign your little tiger up online here for just $20 per year.

On Saturday, October 26, Pouncer's Pals will host the Trick or Treat and Costume Contest a the Men's Soccer Game at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Trick or treat with Pouncer and enter the costume contest to win prizes. More details to follow.

Nursing Alumni Chapter
Alumni from the School of Nursing are invited to mix and mingle with fellow nursing alumni at the True Blue Tailgate this Saturday, September 21, in Tiger Lane at 1:00 pm. The cost is $10 for adults or $5 for children under 12. RSVP to or 901-678-3043.

UMAR Coffee & ConversationUMAR
Enjoy breakfast with the UMAR Book Club on Tuesday, September 24, at 11 am at The Green Grove before discussing this month's literary work, The Black Russian by Vladimir Alexandrov. The book club meets on the fourth Tuesday of every other month. For more information contact or 901-678-1333.

On the first Tuesday of each month, the UMAR Breakfast Bunch gathers at 9 am for a casual breakfast at the Perkins Restaurant & Bakery located in the Eastgate Shopping Center, at 5112 Park Avenue. The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 1. All UMAR members and U of M retirees are welcome. The cost of breakfast is on your own.

On Thursday, October 10, UMAR will be in Cordova for its monthly Mix & Match. Jane Hooker, co-author of Arcadia’s Images of America series Cordova, will be on-hand at 10:00 am to give a tour of the Cordova Museum. Lunch will follow at 11:30 am at the acclaimed Café Fontana on your own, with a tour of the 1914 Walter Granville Home and Eckland Plantation afterwards. Join us for the full day, or part, your choice. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Alumni Coordinator Brandon Hoyer at or 901-678-1333.

On Tuesday, October 22, UMAR’s Garden Club will meet at the Agricenter to discuss fall bulbs. Lunch will follow at Perkins (1340 S Germantown Rd, Germantown, TN 38138). For more information or to RSVP by October 18, please contact Alumni Coordinator Brandon Hoyer at or 901-678-1333.

Save the Date: UMARs annual Holiday Brunch & Silent Auction will be held on Tuesday, December 10, from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. More details to follow.

Law Alumni Chapter
Save the Date: November 7, the Law Alumni Chapter will hold the annual Judicial Reception honoring the judiciary, recent graduates of the School of Law and the Tennessee Supreme Court.  For more information, please contact or 901-678-2905.

Click here to purchase your commemorative 50th Anniversary merchandise! Available merchandise includes tees, hats, decals, Tervis Tumblers, commemorative posters, bottle stoppers and a documentary of the history of the School of Law. Quantities are limited. Shipping is available. Proceeds benefit the Law Alumni Chapter programs. For more information contact or 800-678-TRAX.

Hispanic Alumni Council
The Hispanic Alumni Council will host a mixer and scholarship fundraiser on Saturday, October 19, at 6 pm at the Rumba Room. The cost is $10 per ticket. The event is cocktail attire and includes free salsa/merengue lessons from a licensed instructor, music, dancing and buffet-style dining. For more information or to RSVP, contact or 901-678-3119.

Student Ambassador Board
On Friday, October 4, SAB will host its annual Mudball Tournament at 1 pm on Tiger Beach at Richardson Towers. Everyone, including students, faculty, staff and alumni, are invited to form teams of 6 to play volleyball and tug-of-war in the mud. Proceeds benefit the J. Wayne Johnson Scholarship Fund. Click here to learn more and sign up today. For more information contact or 901-678-3119.

SAB is now accepting applications for students interested in the board and becoming a part of the most prestigious student organization on campus. We will be accepting applications all semester long and begin interviews for open board positions starting in November. For more information regarding SAB and how to get involved, contact Alumni Coordinator and SAB Advisor, Jaclyn Rodriguez at or 901-678-3119.

True Blue TailgateCEHHS Alumni Chapter
On Saturday, October 5, the CEHHS Alumni Chapter will recognize the 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees during the Memphis Tigers vs. UCF Knights football game. Please join the board and all Hall of Fame Inductees at the True Blue Tailgate on Tiger Lane before the game. More details to follow. For more information about the event or to RSVP, contact or 901-678-1333.

The CEHHS Alumni Chapter is looking for additional members to volunteer for its board. If you would like to get involved, contact or 901-678-1333.

MPA Alumni Club
MPA students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to attend a networking tailgate at the home of Sharon Wrobel before the football game on Saturday, October 5. More details to follow.

CSD Alumni Chapter
The Communications Sciences and Disorders Alumni Chapter will host a Networking Mixer on Wednesday, October 9, at 6:30 pm at Flight restaurant.  A cash bar, complimentary hors d'ouevres and valet parking will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, contact or 901-678-3043.

Journalism Alumni Club
The Journalism Alumni Club will host its annual Outstanding Alumni Awards this year on Friday, October 18.  Registration will begin at 11 am followed by the program at 11:30 am.  Individual tickets are $35, and a table of 10 will be $300.  Honorees include: Mark Henry (BA '82), Bonnie Kourvelas (BA '81), Dan Lattimore and Angela Craig (BA '94). Sonny Albarado will be the featured guest speaker. For more information or to RSVP, please contact or 901-678-3043.

Lambuth Alumni Chapter
Lambuth alumni are encouraged to join us before the Tiger football game on Saturday, October 19, at the True Blue Tailgate in Tiger Lane. Tables will be reserved at the tailgate for Lambuth alumni, and tickets to the game can be purchased in the same section. For more information contact or 901-678-1562.

Lambuth Alumni and Jackson area Tiger fans are welcome to join us for True Blue Day on Saturday, October 26, at the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus. Meet Coach Pastner, honor Lambuth graduates from 1963 and an Outstanding Alumni, and enjoy great music and food.  Lambuth alumni who are interested in class reunions can have tables reserved for their group to enjoy the day together.  More details to follow.  For more information contact or 901-678-1562.

Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter
Save the Date: The College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Chapter will host its annual Outstanding Alumni Awards Event on Friday, November 1, at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn. Details to follow. For more information, please contact or 901-678-2905.

FCBE Alumni Chapter
The FCBE Alumni Chapter will host its 2013 Alumni Day Luncheon on Wednesday, November 13, at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn. The following alumni and friend will be honored: Outstanding Alumni: Gary Shorb (MBA '85), John Bomer (BBA '72); Entrepreneur of the Year: David Wedaman (BBA '80); Distinguished Friend of the College: Rhomes Aur (BBA '81). The cost is $65 per seat of $600 for a table of 10. Registration is at 11 am followed by lunch at 11:30 am. For more information or to RSVP contact or 901-678-3043.

Young Alumni
Save the Date: The Young Alumni True Blue 5K will be Friday, November 1, at 7 pm on the U of M campus. Businesses both big and small can show their Tiger pride and help support one of the best races this fall. Benefits include exposure to over 500 runners, and advertising based on the package selected. Click here to download a sponsorship form. Registration is now open! Click here to register! For more information contact or 901-678-1562.

Band Alumni Chapter
Save the Date: The Band Alumni Chapter will hold the annual Bandmasters Championship on Saturday, November 2, at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. For more information on this marching band competition, click here or contact or 901-678-1562.

True Blue Tailgate at MTSUHalf Century Club
Save the Date: The Class of 1963 Reunion and the annual Golden Reception will be held during the week prior to Homecoming. More details to follow. For more information contact or 901-678-1333.

Save the Date: Homecoming 2013
Saturday, November 9
Cheer on your Tigers at the 2013 Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally, sponsored by the Alumni Association and Student Activities Council, on Saturday, November 9, at 10:30 am at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Join in the fun by entering a float or walking in the parade. Click here to download a parade packet. Don't miss the True Blue Pep Rally on Tiger Lane featuring Athletic Director Tom Bowen, the Mighty Sound of the South and many more! For more information contact Terez Wilson at or 901-678-5686.

Out of Town Clubs
Attention Out of Town alumni: If you live in one of the following cities and are interested in meeting fellow Tiger fans in your city, we need you to help us build an alumni club!

Birmingham, AL
Chattanooga, TN
Charlotte, NC
Cincinnati, OH
Denver, CO
Los Angeles, CA
Miami, FL
New York City, NY
Philadelphia, PA
San Francisco, CA
Tampa, FL

We want you to be connected to our Tiger family no matter where you live! For more information about how you can get involved, contact Alumni Coordinator Emma Elliott at or 800-678-8729 (TRAX).

University College Alumni Chapter
The University College Alumni Chapter is seeking to fill a few open positions on their board and are welcoming applications. Attending quarterly meetings, mild event planning and input into key issues are all that is expected. Please stay posted for further information on this December’s Annual Holiday Party! For more information about events or open board positions, please contact Alumni Coordinator Brandon Hoyer at or 901/678-1333.

Additional University News

Dr. Shirley Raines will be inducted into the Tennessee Women's Hall of Fame
Six extraordinary women will be inducted this year into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame, a program of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women. The induction ceremony will be held Monday, October 28, 2013 at 12 noon, at the Nashville Airport Marriott as part of the 10th Annual Economic Summit for Women. The purpose of the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor women who are exceptionally accomplished and have made outstanding, unique and lasting contributions to the economic, political, and cultural well-being of Tennessee. 

You may send Dr. Raines a congratulatory note at

For information about the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, contact the TECW At 615.253.4266 or Yvonne Wood 615.969.2857

Governor's Management Fellowship Program
Governor Bill Haslam announced the Tennessee Governor’s Management Fellowship program for exceptional applicants who wish to serve and learn under Tennessee state government’s top leaders. The nonpartisan program offers a competitive salary and is open to recent graduates demonstrating outstanding academic achievement, a passion for serving their communities and outstanding character and leadership abilities. Five fellows will be chosen by an executive committee of some of the state’s foremost leaders. Fellows will be given the opportunity to spend two years working full-time for senior and top-ranking government officials beginning August 11, 2014. After spending six months on statewide projects, fellows will be assigned to one of state government’s 22 departments. They will then serve directly under the commissioner of that department. Fellows will participate in an 18-month leadership development program, attend events with the state’s top public and private sector leaders and assume responsibility on important statewide and departmental initiatives.
Applicants must have graduated from an undergraduate institution or graduate program between December 2011 and August 2014. They must prove excellence in academics, exhibit leadership ability and show involvement in extracurricular, community and/or civic activities. The fellowship application can be completed through the website Applications will be open until Wednesday, October 30, 2013.

Provost Blog
Provost David Rudd has launched a blog in order to share news and ideas with the University community and to spark discussion of important topics. Recent posts include student success stories and the importance of faculty research. Future posts will discuss budget initiatives and other important issues. Visit the blog at

Phi Beta Sigma
The Delta Nu Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. will be celebrating fifty years of being at The University of Memphis during the 2013 Homecoming. This event includes, social gatherings, tailgating and much more. All brothers who were initiated through the chapter should contact Bro. Mario E. Brown at for more information on registering for this historic event.


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