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March 2007

New Orleans Events and Local Watch Parties Set
Celebrating 50 Years of Soul at the Distinguished Alumni Awards
Calling All Tiger Fans in Mississippi
Alumni News and Events

New Orleans Events and Local Watch Parties Set

blue crewA number of activities are scheduled for Tiger fans headed to New Orleans for the NCAA tournament, as well as those staying behind to cheer on the Tigers. All events are sponsored by the University of Memphis Alumni Association. All New Orleans events will be held at the team hotel, the Wyndham New Orleans at 100 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA 70130.

From 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, Tiger fans should come by the Welcome Table in the lobby of the Wyndham to pick up their pom-poms, Mardi Gras beads and U of M temporary tattoos.

On Friday, March 16, a pre-game Pep Rally will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the 12th floor ballroom at the Wyndham. Complimentary pastries and coffee will be served. The Tigers tip off against North Texas at 11:30 a.m.

Two hours before Sunday's tip off (game time not set yet), there will be another Pep Rally in the 12th floor ballroom at the Wyndham with complimentary snacks and coffee provided.

For those Tiger fans who can't make the trip, a number of local Watch Parties are being sponsored by the U of M Alumni Association. During game times, food and drink specials are available at most locations. Arrive early, pick your spot and cheer the Tigers to victory!

Bartlett
East End Grill, 7457 Highway 64

Collierville
Johnny Brusco's, 225 New Byhalia Road

Cordova
T.J. Mulligan's, 8071 Trinity Road

Germantown/East Memphis
The Cockeyed Camel, 6080 Primacy Parkway

Olive Branch
Buffalo Wild Wings, 7995 Craft-Goodman Frontage Road

Midtown Memphis
Newby's Bar and Grill, 539 S. Highland Street
Watch Party site hosted by the Young Alumni Committee.

Millington
Chili's, 8526 Highway 51

For those out-of-town alumni who want to gather with fellow Tiger fans, the following Watch Parties are being sponsored by the U of M Alumni Association:

Atlanta
Barnacles, 6365 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Doraville

Chicago
Home of Memphis Alum, Michael La Haie, 175 N. Harbor Dr., Apt. 1815, Chicago, IL 60601 (Parking garage available in the building).
Please RSVP to Jeniene Wiseman at jwiseman21@yahoo.com

Houston
SRO Sports Bar & Café at Northwest Mall, 444 Northwest Mall (West 18th Street at West Loop 610)

Nashville
The Athletic Club, 820 Crescent Centre Drive in Franklin

And, if you still want to make the trip to New Orleans, transportation is available on the Bank of Bartlett Charter hosted by the U of M Alumni Association through Bartlett Travel. The chartered flight leaves on the evening of Thursday, March 15. For more information, contact Bartlett Travel at 901/373-5400.

Celebrating 50 Years of Soul at the Distinguished Alumni Awards

DAA logoJoin us for the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Awards, Saturday, April 14, at the Gibson Guitar Factory. The music will be hot, the drinks cold and the parking absolutely free. The event begins at 7:30 p.m.

Get ready to party with music from four bands and a variety of food and drinks throughout the venue. Dress is black tie with soul. Fun and funky.

James W. Ayers (B.B.A. '65), Marguerite B. Cooper (M.S. '68, Ph.D. '74), Barbara K. Lipman (B.S.Ed. '83) and H. Frank Ricks Jr. (B.S.E.T. '77) will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Isaac Hayes and David Porter will be recognized as Distinguished University Friends. David Kustoff (B.B.A. '89, J.D. '92) will be named Outstanding Young Alumnus, and Louis J. Strasberg (B.B.A. '68) will receive the J. Millard Smith Illustrious Service to the Association Award.

Below are sponsorship levels and ticket information:

Platinum Record VIP Table for 8 ($5,000), which includes invitation only VIP reception with the recipients from 6:30-7:30 p.m., platform lounge seating, parking, individual gifts for each VIP, program recognition and premium champagne in lounge area.

Gold Record VIP Table for 8 ($2,575) or Gold Record VIP Individual ($275), which includes invitation only VIP reception with the recipients from 6:30-7:30 p.m., choice table placement and parking.

Chart Topper Table for 8 ($1,575) or Chart Topper Individual ($175), which includes parking.

Please make your reservations by April 6, 2007. Call 901/678-4373. For more information, visit www.memphis.edu/alumni/daa.html

Calling All Tiger Fans in Mississippi

Have you always wanted to show your Tiger spirit in Mississippi with a specialty license plate? Now's your chance! Orders are now being accepted for a University of Memphis special tag in Mississippi.

To order yours, fill out the application and mail a check for $51 to the address on the form by May 1, 2007. Once 200 Mississippians submit applications and the fee, the Mississippi State Tax Commission will approve the tag and it will be put into production. You will be contacted when the tags are available for pickup.

Go to www.memphis.edu/alumni/miss_license_plates.pdf to download the application.

For more information, contact Harold Alexander at 662/781-1108 or hba1943@aol.com

Alumni News and Events

Music Society Reception
Monday, March 19, the University of Memphis Music Society and the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music will host a wine and cheese reception prior to a performance by the U of M Symphony Orchestra. Graduates and friends of the School of Music are invited to join Music Society members and U of M faculty and staff at 6:30 p.m. in the Music Building, room 113 prior to the performance in Harris Concert Hall. For more information, please contact Kelly Davis at 901/678-4299 or kdavis9@memphis.edu

Herff College of Engineering Awards Dinner
Tuesday, March 20, the Herff College of Engineering will honor Laura Whitsitt, vice president of research and development at Smith & Nephew's Orthopedic Reconstruction Division, as the Outstanding Alumna at their annual alumni awards dinner. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the University Holiday Inn. For reservations or more information, call 901/678-3119.

Journalism Alumni Mentorship Mixer
Enjoy an evening of mixing, mingling and networking with journalism alumni, faculty and students on Monday, March 26, at 6 p.m. at the Alumni Center. Meet all the mentors and students who are participating in the Alumni Club's Mentorship Program and meet our special guest, Bob Levey, award-winning columnist for The Washington Post for over 25 years and the Journalism Department's current Hardin Chair of Excellence. To register, call 901/678-3119 or e-mail alumnievents@memphis.edu

Indoor Percussion and Color Guard Competition
The Band Alumni Chapter is proud to be the host of The 2007 Mid-South Indoor Percussion and Color Guard Competition at the Elma Roane Field House on Saturday, March 24, 2007.  For more information, visit http://www.tigerbandalumni.com/

Education Alumni Chapter
Join the Education Alumni Chapter for "Celebrating the Class of 2007" on Wed., April 18, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Alumni Center. This reception will commemorate the achievements of the senior class and alumni of the College of Education. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. For more information or to RSVP, contact Gwen Cook at 901/678-3119 or e-mail alumnievents@memphis.edu

FCBE Alumni Chapter
Thursday, April 26, at 4 p.m., join the Fogelman College & Business Economics Chapter for a Global Etiquette Lesson. Learn from Dr. Lillian H. Chaney on "Practical Lessons for Effective Business Relationships," based on the book Global Business Etiquette by Drs. Jeanette S. Martin and Lillian H. Chaney. Dr. Chaney will be available to sign books after the seminar. Books may be purchased online at Amazon.com or at Davis-Kidd, Borders or Bookstar. The event will be held at the Memphis Area Home Builders Association (776 North Germantown Parkway). The cost is $20 per person which includes a dessert reception. To RSVP, call 901/678-3119 or e-mail alumnievents@memphis.edu

Thurs., April 19, at 6 p.m., in the Fogelman Executive Center, come hear Kathleen Finch, senior vice president of Scripps Network and general manager of the DIY, as she discusses "Networking Your Life: Managing Your Personal & Professional Priorities." Finch was recently named one of the "100 Industry Innovators to Watch" by Time magazine and was featured in Broadcasting & Cable magazine as part of "The Next Wave," B & C's Annual Salute to Women Who Make a Difference. Call 901/678-2586 (ALUM) to register. The cost to attend is $20 per person/$10 per student.

Arts and Sciences Seeking Nominations for Outstanding Alumnus Award
The Arts and Sciences Alumni Chapter needs your nomination for the 2007 Outstanding Alumnus Award. Each year the chapter presents this award to a deserving Arts and 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 and Sciences Alumni Chapter board of directors are not eligible. The deadline for nominations is March 31. Download the nomination form.

Travel China
Whether you're going to China for business or pleasure, this course is a must. Learn about different customs, what to expect on a menu, how to ask for basic services, and more. Taught by an experienced traveler, this course will meet prior to the trip sponsored by the Alumni Association to Shanghai and Beijing. Course #: RTR00201, Fee: $45
Sat., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., April 7, one session
Registration: http://umce.memphis.edu/register.htm




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