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April 2009

Celebrate Scholarly and Creative Achievements at Faculty Convocation
High School Juniors Can Preview Life at U of M April 25
Congratulations, Seniors, on Your Upcoming Graduation!
Alumni Association Spotlights Jay Lawrence

Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Celebrate Scholarly and Creative Achievements at Faculty Convocation

Faculty ConvocationThis year's 22nd annual Faculty Convocation will be held Wednesday, April 29. This event honors outstanding faculty members and advisers with the following awards: Alumni Association Distinguished Research Awards, Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Awards, Alumni Association Distinguished Advising Awards, Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Awards, Allen J. Hammond Presidential Service Award and the Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award.

Faculty Convocation will take place at 2pm in the Rose Theatre. Faculty members, dressed in full academic regalia, will walk in procession to the Rose Theatre from the College of Communication and Fine Arts beginning at 1:45pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Robyn M. Cox, professor of audiology, will receive the $20,000 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Awards. Cox is director of the Hearing Aid Research Laboratory in the University’s School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Her research focuses on improving methods for fitting hearing aids on seniors (by making the process more precise and scientifically based) and measuring hearing aid performance and hearing aid benefits.

Others who will be recognized at Convocation include Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award winners Dr. John Amis, Department of Management; Dr. Teresa Dalle, Department of English; June Friedman Entman, Humphreys School of Law; and Dr. Remy Debes, Department of Philosophy.

The Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award winners are Dr. Anna Bess Sorin, Department of Biology; and Dr. Fred Albertson, Department of Art. The Alumni Association Distinguished Advising Award winners are Mary H. Brignole, Student Development Counselor; and Dr. Rick Fischer, Department of Journalism.

The Distinguished Research and Achievement awards are given by the Alumni Association and the recipients are:  Dr. Erno Lindner, Biomedical Engineering, for research in science, engineering, and mathematics; Dr. Marla Royne, Stafford Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, for research in the social sciences and business; Dr. David Patterson, Bornblum Judaic Studies, for research in the humanities; and Mr. James E. ‘Jed’ Jackson, Department of Art, for achievement in the creative arts. Winner of the Alumni Association Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Award is Dr. Dorothy Norris-Tirrell, School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy. This year’s Allen J. Hammond Presidential Service Award winner is Mrs. Janet Mitchell, who retired in December 2008 after a 35-year career with the University, the last seven as assistant to President Shirley Raines.

Faculty Convocation coincides with Faculty Scholarship Week, April 22-29, when the University of Memphis celebrates the great achievements of its faculty. Events will showcase the scope and quality of books, articles, CDs, films, art, and other work produced by faculty members.

 

High School Juniors Can Preview Life at U of M April 25

Graduation

High school juniors and their parents are invited to attend Junior Preview Day at the University of Memphis on Saturday, April 25. The free event will begin at 9 a.m. in the Panhellenic Building and will end with the Student Activities Council’s Spring Fling, which starts at noon.

Students will have a chance to learn about admissions, residence life, student organizations, scholarships, financial aid, academic programs, and student services.

Tours of the campus also will be offered.

Everyone who attends is welcome to stay for Spring Fling, which features free food, live music, games, and other activities on the Patterson Hall lawn.

To reserve a place, register online at http://recruitment.memphis.edu

Register now! Space is limited, so anyone who is interested is encouraged to make reservations early.

For more information, call 901-678-2169.



 

Congratulations, Seniors, on Your Upcoming Graduation!

GraduationAs a new graduate, the Alumni Association is pleased to provide an Associate Membership to our new graduates. This complimentary first year membership to the Association, mailed with your diploma, is given with hopes that you will take advantage of the more than 68 clubs, chapters and programs based on academics, geography or a specific interest. Get involved by mentoring a current student, sponsoring a scholarship or nominating a favorite professor for an award. Socialize with other Tigers at a True Blue Watch Party. Network at one of the hundreds of events and meetings that we sponsor throughout the year. But most importantly – Stay True Blue and continue your membership in the Alumni Association!

Your membership information will be included with your diploma. For more information about the University of Memphis Alumni Association, visit us online at www.memphis.edu/alumni or call 800/678-TRAX.



 

Alumni Association Spotlights Jay Lawrence

Graduation Lifetime Alumni Association member John “Jay” Lawrence (BA '94, MBA '98) has a rich heritage of being TRUE BLUE!

Jay Lawrence grew up a U of M supporter, going to Tiger tailgates with his father, John Lawrence, Jr. (BS '70), who is a past president of the Alumni Association National Executive Board of Directors and currently serves as an advisor to the executive director, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, John Lawrence, Sr. (LAW '38) and his uncle, Keith Lawrence (BBA '70). His family’s encouragement led him to pursue a degree in Geography and then his MBA.  Jay’s sister Collin Johnson has recently joined the University of Memphis family by pursuing an Executive MSN.

Jay has given back to the U of M in numerous ways since graduation. He was the Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Committee President upon graduation and currently assists the College of Arts & Sciences with special projects. He has pledged to give back financially to various programs that he feels deserve some assistance now.

Jay recently moved back to Memphis, after living in Jackson, MS, and is a private consultant for economic and community development projects around town. He resides in Midtown with his wife, Melody McAnally.

 

 

 

 


Alumni News and Upcoming Events


Flash Presentations

Congratulations to iPod contest winners! The winner of the True Blue Goes Green contest is Kristin Wrather, BA ’01. The March Madness contest winner is John Griffin, BA ’79.  Thank you to everyone who participated in all of the Alumni Association contests during the NCAA tournament time. Special thanks to Ms. Jane Williams and her 4th grade class at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School for watching the games and sending in True Blue pictures.

College of Arts & Sciences 8th Annual Great Conversations
Join the College of Arts & Sciences for a night of hot topics and conversation for the 8th annual Great Conversations dinner on Thursday, April 16. This year’s discussion will take place at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn beginning at 5:30 p.m. For ticket information and a listing of the hot topics, visit http://cassian.memphis.edu/conversations/index.html or e-mail Holly Beuke at habeuke@memphis.edu.

Now Accepting Nominations for the Alumni Association National Executive Board of Directors
Nominations are being taken for positions on the Alumni Association National Executive Board of Directors. For requirements, expectation guidelines and directions for sending in your nominations, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/pdfs/board_nominationform.pdf. The deadline for nominations is May 1. From May 15 to June 15, Alumni Association members will be asked to go to alumni.memphis.edu to view and approve the slate of candidates. This information will be e-mailed to Alumni Association life and annual members.

UMAR Dinner and a Play
Join UMAR, University of Memphis Association of Retirees, for a Dinner and a Play on Friday, April 17 at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis, followed by a performance of “The African Company” in the U of M Theater. The evening will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:00, then the 8:00 performance.  To RSVP, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones by April 16 at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter Night Back at School
Join the College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter to celebrate a Night Back at School featuring the faculty of the Political Science Department on Tuesday, April 21 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Alumni Center. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Masters of Public Administration Alumni Club
Join the new Masters of Public Administration Alumni Club for lunch as the Pi Alpha Alpha Honors Society inducts new members on Thursday, April 23 at the Fogelman Executive Center.  For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Loewenberg School of Nursing Alumni Chapter
The Loewenberg School of Nursing Alumni Chapter will hold its Spring Nursing Career Fair on Monday, April 27 from 9-11:45 a.m. at the Michael D. Rose Theatre, University of Memphis.  Graduating seniors will be showcasing their final projects with representatives from local healthcare facilities in attendance.  For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

2009 Spring Tiger Tour
Join YOUR Alumni Association and Tiger Scholarship Fund for the 2009 Spring Tiger Tour, featuring football coach Tommy West, women’s basketball coach Melissa McFerrin and men’s head basketball coach Josh Pastner along with special guests from the Alumni Association and Athletic Department. Show your True Blue spirit and join us in Nashville on Tuesday, May 5 and in Memphis on Wednesday, May 6. Click here to download the invitation. To RSVP, please contact TSF at 901/678-2334.

Engineering Alumni Chapter
The Engineering Alumni Chapter is seeking applicants for the Alumni Chapter's Book Scholarship.  Applicants must be current Herff College of Engineering students.  Click here for an application. Contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu for more information. Application deadline is May 8.

College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter
Join the Nursing Alumni Chapter on Friday, May 22 as they honor Jan Young (BSN ’83) and Mary Hammond (MSN ’06) as Outstanding Nursing Alumni.  The luncheon will be in the Fogelman Executive Center. To learn more about this event, contact Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Young Alumni Committee
The Young Alumni Committee is currently accepting applications for open positions on the Committee! If you are a young alumni (age 35 or under) and are interested in serving on the Young Alumni Committee, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 for more information and the application. Application deadline is June 2.

Save the Date: Vision Forum
The Alumni Association will host its Vision Forum on Saturday, August 22 at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the U of M campus where the Alumni Association will report to all alumni and constituents on the State of the Association.  All out of town alumni who wish to participate will be able to via web conferencing. More information to follow.

Law Alumni Chapter
The Law Alumni Chapter has begun planning for the grand opening celebration for the new Downtown Law Building. If you are interested in sponsoring this event contact Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562. For updates and to see photos of the renovation visit the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law web site.

Membership Matters!
The University of Memphis Alumni Association would like to thank all of our current life and annual 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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