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February 2008

Alumni Association Will Bestow Highest Honors at Feb. 29 Gala
Nominations Sought for Teaching Award
Celebrate the Season at Memphis Area Basketball Events
Alumni News and Upcoming Events
Get Prepared for More Watch Parties!

Alumni Association Will Bestow Highest Honors at Feb. 29 Gala

2008 DAA Honorees
Join us for the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Awards, “Once in a Blue Moon,” at The Peabody in downtown Memphis on Friday, February 29 as we recognize our alumni and friends for their accomplishments. The awards gala returns to The Peabody after being held at other venues the past three years. Enjoy dinner, dancing, a live auction and more as this blue university celebrates once-in-a-lifetime achievements.

The deadline for reservations is February 22; contact Lauren Isaacman at 901/687-2333 for more details or to make your reservation.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni are G. Douglas “Doug” Edwards (BBA ’74, President and CEO of Morgan Keegan), Cathy Ross (MBA ’84, Senior VP and CFO of FedEx Express) and William Sanderson (BBA ’68, JD ’71, actor, Deadwood, Gods and Generals, Blade Runner, Newhart). Larry Papasan (former president of Smith & Nephew and MLG&W) will be recognized as the Distinguished Friend of the University. Johanna Edwards (BA ’01, best-selling author and award-winning journalist) will be honored as the Outstanding Young Alumna, and Bruce Harber (BPS ’91, U of M Director of Police Services) will receive the J. Millard Smith Illustrious Service to the Association Award. To view the complete article on this year’s honorees, visit our 2008 Winter Magazine Online.

The Awards Gala dinner will begin at 7:30 pm with a VIP reception beginning at 5:30 pm at the new downtown Law School Plaza. Limousine shuttle service will be provided from The Peabody. The Law Alumni Chapter will host the reception in the new plaza to celebrate this “Once in a Blue Moon” occasion, the beginning of construction at the former Customs House and Post Office. All alumni and friends of the School of Law are invited to attend.

For more details, call 901/678-4299.

Nominations Sought for Teaching Award


TeacherDid you have a professor at the U of M who was an exceptional teacher? The Alumni Association and the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation are seeking nominations for awards recognizing excellence in teaching. Honorees will be recognized at the annual Faculty Convocation held at the end of the spring semester. The Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award honors professors for outstanding undergraduate teaching and an overall commitment to undergraduate education. Award nominees must be full-time faculty members at the University of Memphis and must be currently teaching undergraduate courses. Tenure status is not required for nomination. Past recipients are not eligible. The nomination deadline is 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

More details about the Briggs Award and a link to the nomination form are available online at http://www.memphis.edu/briggs.htm.

Celebrate the Season at Memphis Area Basketball Events


Attention Memphis Area Alumni!

Donít have tickets to the Memphis vs. UT game on February 23? Visit one of the following locations for a TRUE BLUE Watch Party! Each location is offering special discounts for card carrying Alumni Association members!

Collierville - Johnny Bruscoís, 225 New Byhalia Road, 901/850-1776
Cordova -T.J. Mulliganís, 8071 Trinity Road, 901/756-4480
Germantown / East Memphis - The Cockeyed Camel, 6080 Primacy Parkway, 901/683-4056
Olive Branch - Buffalo Wild Wings, 7995 Craft-Goodman Frontage Road, 662/890-7285
Midtown Memphis - Newbyís Bar and Grill, 539 S. Highland Street, 901/452-8408
Millington - Chiliís, 8526 Highway 5, 901/872-0555

Young Alumni
Join the Young Alumni Committee for a all-day pre-game party from 11am Ė 8pm at Pat OíBrienís on Beale Street as ESPN College Gameday comes to town when OUR Tigers host Tennessee. Enjoy specials, discounts, door prizes, and TRUE BLUE fun with fellow Tiger fans and our band and cheer squads, all while getting ready for the game and watching basketball on Pat Oís big-screen TV. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 901/678-2586.

Pre-game Pep Rallies
Join the Alumni Association for pre-game pep rallies as the gates open at FedExForum for each Conference USA, Tiger home game. The Alumni Association staff will pass out poms and beads as our cheer squads and the Mighty Sound of the South get you ready to show your TRUE BLUE spirit.

Alumni Association at the Daily Grill
Gather with the Alumni Association at the Daily Grill before each home basketball game. Get ready to cheer on the Tigers with Daily Grill Tiger Blue drinks one hour prior to tip-off at FedExForum. Members of The University of Memphis Alumni Association will receive half-price Tiger Blue beverages when you show your membership card.

Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Education Fair U of Mís Annual Education Career Fair
The U of Mís annual Education Career Fair will be February 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre. As many as 30 school districts seeking teachers, counselors and administrators are expected to attend. The fair is free to all alumni and U of M students who are seeking jobs, career-related information and networking opportunities. Those who attend should bring copies of their resumes and portfolios. Professional dress is required. For more information, call 901/678-2239 or go online to http://saweb.memphis.edu/ces.

First Annual Scholarship Reception
The Luther C. McClellan Chapter invites all LCM members, students, alumni and friends to its First Annual Scholarship Reception on Thursday, February 28, at 7 p.m. in the Rose Theater Lobby. Part of the Universityís Black History Month festivities, the event honors LCM Scholarship recipients and Michael D. ďMikeĒ Neal (BBA í96, MA í98), U of M National Alumni Association Vice President for Finances and business strategist for FedEx Express. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Alumni Association at 901/678-3119 or alumnievents@memphis.edu.

Music Society Celebrates Jazz Week
The Music Society will celebrate Jazz Week at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music with a wine and cheese reception on Saturday, March 1st at 6:30 p.m. prior to a performance by the Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra with internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist David Sanchez and his quartet. All alumni, friends and music lovers are invited to be guests of the School of Music for the reception and the performance in Harris Concert Hall. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Alumni Association at 901/678-3119 or alumnievents@memphis.edu.

Herff College of Engineering Awards Dinner
The Herff College of Engineering Awards Dinner will be held on Tuesday, March 11 at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn. This year the alumni awards will begin with a social hour at 6:00 followed by dinner at 6:30. Theopolis Holeman (BS í71, Senior Vice President of Power Delivery at Duke Energy) will be honored as the Outstanding Alumnus for 2007. Rick Voyels, Debi Scott and Melanie James will be presented with the Outstanding Staff Award. Stephanie Ivey will receive the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award and Gary Qi will be given the Outstanding Faculty Research Award. Mark Askew and Carl Ring will accept the Distinguished Service in Engineering Award. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 901/678-3119 or alumnievents@memphis.edu.

AUSPís Annual Alumni Reception
The AUSP Alumni Chapter will host its annual alumni reception on Thursday, March 27 at 5 p.m. at the Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders at the Hilton East. Each year the chapter takes this opportunity to name the winner of the Outstanding Alumnus Award. Make plans to attend today! For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 901/678-2333.

2008 Mid-South Indoor Percussion and Color Guard Competition
The Band Alumni Chapter is proud to announce that the 2008 Mid-South Indoor Percussion and Color Guard Competition is tentatively set for Saturday, March 29, 2008. For updates or more information, visit www.tigerbandalumni.com.

Save the Date: College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Events
The College of Arts and Sciences will host its seventh annual community event, Great Conversations. This yearís event will be Thursday, March 27, 2008 at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn. Great Conversations is a unique dinner party where alumni and community friends gather to discuss hot topics that are selected by the guest in advance. Tickets are $75 per person and $65 for U of M Alumni Association Members.

The Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter needs your nomination for the 2008 Outstanding Alumni Award. Each year the chapter presents this award to a deserving Arts & Sciences graduate at its fall alumni awards dinner. We encourage you to nominate any graduate who demonstrates outstanding achievement in academic pursuits, research activities or community involvement. Please provide a nomination letter that addresses the nominee's professional accomplishments and the impact and influence on his or her business profession, a letter of support from one other individual unrelated to the candidate that addresses professional and/or community contribution criteria, and any additional information that would reflect on the nominee's achievements, character or contributions to the larger community. Members of the Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter board of directors are not eligible. The deadline for nominations is March 31. Download the nomination form here.

Save the Date: Parents Club Family Weekend 2008
Calling all U of M families! Join us for Family Weekend 2008, April 12-13, presented by the Parents Club. Events will include the Blue-Gray spring football game, Tiger softball games, the Presidential Leadership Recognition Awards, a reception by the Parents Club with University staff and All-Sing. Tickets for the entire weekend are only $20/person or $50/family. For more information, please contact Lauren Isaacman at 901/678-2333 or lauren.isaacman@memphis.edu.


Get Prepared for More Watch Parties!


Memphis BasketballLooking for fellow alumni in your area to be TRUE BLUE with? As the Tiger Basketball Team progresses through the rest of the season, check out www.memphis.edu/alumniclub and click on the club or chapter closest to where you live for more details. Below are a few of the Alumni Watch Parties that may be near you!

Chicago Area Alumni
Attention Chicago Area Alumni! Join alumni, friends and U of M Alumni staff for a TRUE BLUE watch party while YOUR Tigers take on the Tennessee Volunteers February 23. The club will meet at Juniorís Sports Lounge located at 724 W. Maxwell St. in Chicago. (www.juniorschicago.com). A reasonable parking garage is located just southeast of Junior's on Maxwell Street. Street Parking is also available on Halsted. For more information, contact Club President Jeniene Wiseman at jwiseman21@yahoo.com.

St. Louis Area Tigers
Calling all St. Louis Area Tigers! YOUR St. Louis Club and Alumni Association staff will be hosting a TRUE BLUE watch party as the Tigers take on the Volunteers February 23. Join fellow Tigers at the Fox & Hound Pub & Grille at 17416 Chesterfield Airport Rd in Chesterfield. RSVP to 1-800/678-8729 or alumnievents@memphis.edu. For more information, contact Club President Dennis Breakstone at Dennis.Breakstone@UCB-group.com.

New York City Alumni
New York City Alumni are invited to a TRUE BLUE watch party as YOUR Tigers take on the Tennessee Volunteers. Alumni will meet at Rogue located at 757 6th Avenue in New York, www.roguenyc.com. Rogue is located between 26th and 27th St. For more information, contact local alumna Janet Griffin at 646-342-4897 or jgriffin1002@yahoo.com.

Baldwin County, AL, Mobile, AL and Pensacola, FL
Alumni and friends in Baldwin County, AL, Mobile, AL and Pensacola, FL are invited to cheer on the Tigers as they take on Tennessee February 23. The Club will meet at Baumhower's Wings Restaurant, 6880 Hwy 90, in Daphne, AL. For more information, contact Club President Robert Murphree at rmurphree@gulftel.com or (251) 948-8893.

Washington, D.C. Area Alumni
All Washington, D.C. Area Alumni are invited to gather at Top Shelf to watch the Tigers take on Tennessee February 23. Come cheer on YOUR Tigers with other fans at 639 Indiana Avenue NW in Washington, DC (www.shelfdc.com). For more information, visit http://groups.google.com/group/UofMDCAlumni.

Charlotte Area Alumni
Charlotte Area Alumni are invited to watch the Tigers take on the Volunteers on February 23. The Charlotte Club is starting back up and will meet at Jillian’s located at 200 E. Bland Street, in Charlotte. For more information, contact Club President John Bradford jrbradfo@us.ibm.com.

Dallas/Ft. Worth U of M Alumni
All TRUE BLUE Dallas/Ft. Worth U of M Alumni are invited to cheer on YOUR Memphis Tigers as they take on the SMU Mustangs, Wednesday, March 5. We will enjoy a Memphis BBQ buffet at Red, Hot & Blue – 9810 N. Central Expressway, #600, in Dallas – before the game at Moody Coliseum on the SMU campus.  For more information on the BBQ and tickets, contact Club President Gary Crooms at TexasTigers@gmail.com.

 

Are you TRUE BLUE?  The University of Memphis in some way has touched us all, giving each of us a special feeling of pride. It's a pride we call TRUE BLUE, and we know you have it. You don't have to be U of M alumni to join the University of Memphis Alumni Association. Membership dues go toward funding scholarships, social events, awarding outstanding faculty and students and connecting members with the University. Become part of U of M tradition, pride and excellence and JOIN TODAY by going to www.memphis.edu/alumni or calling 901/678-2586. 

 

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