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Vision Forum 2014


U of M Alumni Association: A Driving Force
Vision Forum 2014

Thank you to everyone who attended Vision Forum or streamed it live!

Vision Forum Rewind Action Items

Presentations and Videos

If you were unable to attend or would like to view the presentations again, please download the PowerPoint presentations below.

State of the University Address- Dr. M. David Rudd, University President

State of the Association Address and University Social Media - Tammy Hedges, Executive Director, Alumni Association

Lambuth Campus Updates - Dr. Niles Reddick, Vice Provost, U of M Lambuth Campus

Campus Master Plan - Tony Poteet, Assistant Vice President for Campus Planning and Design

Legacy M Campaign Giving Directions - Alissa Campbell-Shaw, Director, Annual Giving; & Drew Bailey, National Executive Board of Directors Member

Athletic Department Updates - Tom Bowen, Athletic Director

Greetings from Coach Josh Pastner - U of M Basketball Head Coach

Remarks by Anita Vaughn, President, National Executive Board of Directors

Anita Vaughn"As President of the University of Memphis Alumni Association National Executive Board of Directors, I give you three challenges. Please ask alumni OR supporters – remember, you do not have to be an alum to join – to join you as a member of the Alumni Association. Don’t forget – you can also give Alumni Association membership as a gift!


The second way in which you may help our University is by giving back to the University through annual giving. Your giving does not have to be a large amount, but we do ask that you give to help increase giving numbers for alumni. You can make a donation online and don’t forget to contribute towards the new “Legacy M” campaign.


Finally, I would be remiss if I did not mention recruitment. The University is constantly recruiting students – both in Memphis and all over the country. Send your kids to school here, and Lambuth – we need them! If you have friends considering coming back to school, tell them about our great institution and all that we can offer. It is the job of all of us to enlist students at our University!"


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Support Our Students!

The U of M Development office worked with Steven Ross, a professor in our Department of Communication, to produce three short films to be used in fundraising efforts. Each short film features the dreams and struggles of our typical U of M students. We are delighted to share a vignette with you about Jon Castro, a Theater major, who not only works multiple jobs while focusing on completing his degree but also was recently cast as the lead in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Jon Castro has been nominated for the Ostrander Award as outstanding actor in a Memphis university or college drama for his performance in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. We appreciate Jon’s willingness to share his life circumstances with us and the alumni of the University. The fact is, like Jon, 40% of our undergraduate students are the first in their family to attend college, and many of them must work full-time while going to school full time just to afford tuition. Even then, they graduate with debt. That’s why programs like First Scholars and Finish Line are so important and a means for students to achieve their goal of earning a college degree. See his video here:

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