Alumni Association - University of Memphis
Memphis Matters July 2012




Club & Chapter News


On Thursday, July 19, UMAR members and friends are invited to attend an Artful Outing at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art (led by U of M retiree Shirley Lupfer). Admission is free for retired educators and seniors. Then gather for lunch at the museum's Brushmark Restaurant where U of M Women's Basketball Head Coach Melissa McFerrin will bring news on tiger athletics.  The cost of lunch is on your own. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at or 901/678-1333.

Education Hall of Fame
Education Alumni Chapter
Hall of Fame Induction

July 2012

UMAR (continued)
On Tuesday, July 24, at 11 am the UMAR Book Club will enjoy breakfast at Brother Juniper’s before discussing the literary work, Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. Contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at or 901/678-1333 for more information.

On Tuesday, August 28, the UMAR Garden Club will meet at the Collierville Public Library at 10 am to hear Betty Llewellyn speak about herb gardening. Lunch at the Silver Caboose Restaurant & Soda Fountain follows. For more information about the Garden Club, please contact Sheryl Maxwell at or 901/755-2131.

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.  All UMAR member and U of M retirees are welcome. The cost of breakfast is on your own.  Contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at or 901/678-1333 for more information about any UMAR activity or event.

Save the Date: On Tuesday, September 11 at 10 a.m. join UMAR for its annual "Coffee and Conversation" brunch at the home of University President Shirley C. Raines.  The featured speaker will be Dr. Dipankar Disgupta from the Department of Computer Science, recipient of the 2012 Williard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award.  RSVP to Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at or 901/678-1333 by Tuesday, September 4.

Communications Sciences and Disorders Alumni Chapter

On Saturday, August 11, prior to summer commencement, graduating students of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders are invited to a graduation reception hosted by the Alumni Chapter. It will be located at the Memphis Speech and Hearing Center at 807 Jefferson Avenue. Contact Alumni Coordinator Shannon Miller at or 901/678-3043 for more information.

Law Alumni Chapter
The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter will host a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar, "Busted! Local and National Criminal Issues," Thursday, August 23, at 8:30 am. The day-long conference will be held in Wade Auditorium at the Law School, located at 1 North Front Street. Presenters and their topics include: Professor Ernest Lidge, ethics; Professor Steven Mulroy, national issues - Fourth Amendments; Cameron Hyder, assistant attorney general for the state of Tennessee, death penalty appeals, requests for relief; Shayla Purifoy and Jeannie Kosciolek, protective orders; Judge Mark Ward, Tennessee issues, local practice; and Judge Louis Montesi, Tennessee issues, local practice.  The cost is $120 for University of Memphis Alumni Association or Memphis Bar Association Members, $90 for attorneys who have practiced for three years or less, and $150 for others.  The seminar is free for students and faculty ($5 per session for CLE credit). Click here to register online. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at or 901/678-1562.
Law Spring Reception
Law Alumni Chapter
Spring Reception

True Blue Tailgate
On Saturday, September 1, at 4 pm, join the Alumni Association for a True Blue Tailgate.  The cost is $5 for Association members and $10 for not-yet members. More details to follow closer to game date. For more information or to RSVP contact Alumni Coordinator Terez Wilson at or 901/678-5686.

The University of Memphis 2012 Centennial Homecoming

Join the U of M Alumni Association and Student Activities Council on Friday, October 19, at 5:30 pm for the 2012 Centennial Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally.  More details to follow. For more information or to enter a float, contact Alumni Coordinator Terez Wilson at or 901/678-5686. 

The Half Century Club Reunion for the Class of 1962 will he held on Friday, October 19.  More details to follow.  For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at or 901/678-1333.

On Friday, October 19 immediately following the Pep Rally, join the Luther C. McClellan Black Alumni Chapter for its annual Homecoming Step Show.  More details to follow.  For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at or 901/678-5016.

Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law 50th Anniversary
Mark your calendar for an evening with fellow alumni, current and former professors and deans, and members of the legal community as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law on October 27.  The Celebration will feature gourmet food from area chefs and music from across the five decades of the School's existence. Tickets go on Sale August 1st. Classes ending in 2 and 7 will also be celebrating with reunions before the Celebration. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. For more information, click here or contact Alumni Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at or 901/678-1562.

Young Alumni Committee
Don't miss the 6th Annual True Blue 5K, hosted by the  Young Alumni Committee, on Friday, November 2! The race will take place on the U of M campus at 7 pm. Registration is now open! Click here to sign up today! Early registration is only $25. For more information click here or contact Alumni Coordinator Terez Wilson at or 901/678-5686.

Other University of Memphis News

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 or call 678-2334.

Engineering Outstanding Alumni Awards
Herff College of Engineering Alumni Chapter Outstanding Alumni Awards
Alma Mater: University of Memphis Exhibition
Visit the Art Museum, located in 142 Communication/Fine Arts Building, to view the exhibition, Alma Mater: University of Memphis, on display now through September 15. The project was created by artists Sheryl Oring and Dhanraj Emanuel. They asked students, "What do you think the University could be?" Click here to learn more about the project. The Museum is open 9am-5pm, Monday through Saturday.

2012 Memphis Research and Innovation Expo
Save The Date: The 2nd annual Memphis Research and Innovation Expo will be Thursday, September 27, from 9 am - 3 pm at the FedEx Institute of Technology.  The Expo will feature 28 booths showcasing the achievements of leading researchers from the University of Memphis, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and Baptist Memorial Health Care as well as innovations from companies such as Buckman and Transnetyx.  General Stan McChrystal will be the keynote speaker at 9:30 in the Zone.  Citing stories from his career, McChrystal will speak about leadership and management strategy, concentrating on openness, teamwork and forward thinking.  Seating is limited.  The Expo is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Cathy Carrigan at or 901/678-1041.

New Benefit for Alumni and Students: Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Have an idea for a new business venture, but need assistance putting the details together? The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a new service on the University of Memphis campus that is available for all students and alumni free of charge. Beginning with idea generation and continuing through product launch, they can help develop cutting edge solutions. Available services include: idea development, technical assistance, skills training, mentoring, networking support, legal advice, financial guidance, and personalized feedback on business plans. For more information, contact the department at or 901/678-5266. The office is located in Room 326 of the FedEx Institute of Technology.


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