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April 2004

Forum Sharpens Alumni Vision
Alumni Association Taps Five for "True Blue" Honor
Senior Nabs University's First Truman Scholarship
Tigers Clear Another Hurdle in Venue Move
Faculty Convocation Honors Outstanding Educators, Researchers, Advisers
- Chang Earns Top Faculty Award
Upcoming Alumni Events


Forum Sharpens Alumni Vision
Alumni Vision Forum - the Zone


In an effort to revamp the University's Alumni Association, the U of M held its first-ever Alumni Vision Forum on March 27. More than 200 alumni and friends gathered at the FedEx Institute of Technology to provide input.

Results of the forum are now available for your review at http://www.memphis.edu/visionforum. From this site, you can also download consultant Bob Burdenski's benchmarking presentation and provide your feedback about the Vision Forum as it relates to the direction of your Alumni Association.

Input gathered from the forum and from your e-mail feedback will be used to create a proposal to determine the direction of the Alumni Association. After the proposal is finalized, alumni and friends will have the opportunity to review it, and Alumni Association members will vote on the proposal.

The University will have the new strategic plan in place by July 1 and involve clubs and chapters transitioned into that plan by Jan. 1, 2005.

Alumni Association Taps Five for "True Blue" Honor
Alumni photo


Five individuals will receive The University of Memphis Alumni Association's highest honor this June, the Distinguished Alumni Award. The gala, scheduled for June 12, will honor Harold Byrd (BBA '71, MS '75), Margaret Craddock (MA '83, JD '88) and Dan Palmer (BBA '66) as Distinguished Alumni; the late Billy Hicks as Distinguished Friend; and Reggie Howard (BBA '01) as Outstanding Young Alumnus.

An in-depth look at this year's winners will appear in the Spring issue of The University of Memphis Magazine. For a list of all past award recipients, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/daa.html.

Please plan to join us for this evening of dinner and dancing, honoring our alumni and friends. To make reservations for this year's gala, or for more information, e-mail alumnievents@memphis.edu or call 901-678-5314 or 800-678-8729.

Senior Nabs University's First Truman Scholarship
F.W. de Klerk


Former South African President F.W. de Klerk initiated sweeping transformations across his country when he released political prisoner Nelson Mandela, lifted racially biased bans, arranged for a redrafted constitution and organized the first ever all-race election. This courageous leader will speak about the importance of education and health care in the pursuit of worldwide peace at a luncheon held in his honor on March 30. The luncheon will be held at the University Holiday Inn Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m, and tickets are $30 per person.

De Klerk's visit is part of Techsposium, an international conference on improving health and education through information technology. For more information on the luncheon and on Techsposium or to order your tickets today, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/techsposium or call 901/678-1618.

Tigers Clear Another Hurdle in Venue Move

The Memphis City Council voted on April 13 to endorse the University's request to allow Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton terminate the University's contract for use of the Pyramid as home to its basketball program. The Shelby County Commission had given its approval to the same request several weeks ago.

Approval came after University President Shirley Raines told the council that the University had secured private funding of the Tigers' locker room "build-out" in the FedExForum. With that development, the University withdrew its request for use of $350,000 in excess interest from Forum construction bonds to build-out the locker room.

The final governing body that must approve the Tigers' move to the new facility is the State Building Commission. The SBC will vote on the matter on May 13 in Nashville.

Faculty Convocation Honors Outstanding Educators, Researchers, Advisers

This year's annual Faculty Convocation, honoring top faculty and advisers, will be held April 22. Among this year's honorees is Dr. Cyril Chang, professor of economics, who will receive the Board of Visitors Eminent Faculty Award. This honor recognizes "exceptional and sustained contributions to scholarly creative achievement, teaching and service, bringing recognition to the University" and carries a $20,000 award.

Chang, who joined the U of M in 1981, teaches health care and Executive MBA economics. He is a voluntary professor in the department of preventive medicine in the College of Medicine and the department of community nursing in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Chang also is director of the Center for Health Care Economics, housed in the U of M's Fogelman College of Business and Economics. The Center was established last year to improve the efficiency of governmental medical programs and study the impact of regional and state trends in health care.

He has received numerous awards, including the University's Distinguished Teaching Award, Distinguished Research Award and the Suzanne Downs Palmer Professorship.

Also awarded at convocation, the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award honors professors for outstanding undergraduate teaching and an overall commitment to undergraduate education. This year's winners are Dr. Charles Biggers, professor of biology, and Mr. Stephen Hancock, assistant professor of theatre and dance.

Other awards to be distributed at convocation include the Distinguished Teaching Awards, Distinguished Research Awards, Distinguished Advising Awards and the President's Allen J. Hammond Memorial Award. Faculty Convocation is scheduled for 2 p.m. April 22 in the Michael D. Rose Theatre on campus and is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Alumni Events

In an effort to bridge the generation gap between alumni and students, the Fogelman College of Business and Economics is holding the first "Dinner at Eight" event at the home of Eric (BBA '78) and Teresa Bolton. The event will be held April 22 at 6 p.m. The Dinner at Eight concept invites faculty members to facilitate discussions at informal dinners held in local alumni homes, which will foster opportunities for career shadowing, mentoring, and possibly future employment.

For more information about Dinner at Eight, please contact Mindy Spaunhorst at alumnievents@memphis.edu or call 901/678-2333.

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Alumni will host a graduate reception on May 1 to honor spring 2004 graduates. The reception will be held at the Speech and Hearing Center, 807 Jefferson Ave. at 8 a.m. Faculty and staff invited to attend as well as family and friends of graduates. Contact Mindy Spaunhorst at alumnievents@memphis.edu or call 901/678-2333 for additional event details.

Nursing alumni will judge senior student research projects at the Senior Nursing Poster Competition and Career Fair April 19. The event will be held at the Michael D. Rose Theatre on campus at 8:30 a.m. and is open to the public.

Attention Atlanta alumni: Coach Joe Lee Dunn is scheduled to visit your area May 18. More information will be available soon. Please contact Mindy Spaunhorst at alumnievents@memphis.edu or call 901/678-2333 for details.


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