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March 2010

Special Events Mark Opening of U of Mís New University Center
Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala Set for April 23rd
Alumni Association Spotlights Alumna Adrienne Hoeglund
Noted Journalist Clarence Page Will Speak at FOI Congress
Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Special Events Mark Opening of U of Mís New University Center

Grand Opening CelebrationThe University of Memphis marked the opening of the long-anticipated new University Center today with special events. Other celebratory events are scheduled throughout the week.

Monday morning's activities included a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting at the main entrance on the west side of the building, the opening of Tiger Dining’s Union Food Court, music and entertainment of various types, and tours of the building for the general public. Capping the day-long celebration will be “UnloCked,” a 6-10 p.m. presentation of music, food, games, comedy, and entertainment on all three levels of the building, sponsored by the U of M Student Activities Council.

Other events will include a “25 cent doughnut” special all day Tuesday at the UC’s Dunkin Donut outlet, a “Tiger Ice Brain Freeze” contest on Thursday, “Free Fountain Friday” for a free drink with any meal purchase, and faculty/staff appreciation throughout the week, which will give out free Community Coffee mugs, good for a free cup of coffee.

The building’s importance to the campus was stressed by Dr. Rosie Phillips Bingham, vice president for Student Affairs, who said, “We are very proud of this new University Center. Its opening is the culmination of a labor of love from so many people who love the students at the University, from Student Affairs to Business and Finance to the Tennessee Board of Regents. They know that our students have been without a student center for a long time, and the opening of this new building signifies a return to the idea of students as the central element of our campus. With its completion, our students take center stage, and the campus has a wonderful gathering place to build community among students, faculty, staff, and the Memphis community.”

To learn more about the New University Center and to view a schedule of events, click here.

Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala Set for April 23rd

Grand Opening CelebrationThe University of Memphis Alumni Association will be hosting the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards on Friday, April 23 at the Memphis Zoo. The event will begin in the Zoo’s newest exhibit, Teton Trek, then dinner and the awards presentation in Cat Country for the 2010: The Year of the Tiger gala. RSVP today by visiting http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/daa.php.

Congratulations to the following recipients:
Distinguished Alumnus: Ron Hart (BBA ’81, MBA ’83). Hart is the Managing Director of Investments at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and a syndicated columnist and author.

Distinguished Alumnus: Theopolis Holeman (BSET ’71). Holeman is the Group VP of U.S. Operations at Spectra Energy.

Outstanding Young Alumnus: Tre Hargett (BBA ’91, MBA ’92). Hargett is the Tennessee Secretary of State.  

Distinguished University Friend: Rita Sparks. Sparks is a Commodities Broker and Founder of Sparks Companies.

J. Millard Smith Illustrious Service to the Association: Bobby Wharton (BSET ’75). Wharton is the president and owner of G&W Diesel Services, Inc. and co-owner of Pro-Fire Equipment, LLC.

 

Alumni Association Spotlights Alumna Adrienne Hoeglund

DeSoto County ReceptionAdrienne Hoeglund (MS ’05, PhD ’09) is committed to the University of Memphis and to the College of Arts and Sciences Chemistry department. Adrienne is a Senior Analytical Scientist for AOC Resins and helped give back to Chemistry through her company. Adrienne saw a need and worked with the department chair, Abby L. Parrill, to coordinate the gift of a Perkin-Elmer Pyris One differential scanning calorimeter. This instrument is worth $44,000 and will help student and faculty research. Originally from Colorado, Adrienne has been in Memphis working at AOC in Piperton, Tennessee for 10 years. Adrienne is an annual member of the U of M Alumni Association and feels that it is the duty of a graduate to support her alma mater.

“I am incredibly proud of being a U of M graduate and want people to know where I went.  I cannot say enough good things about the Chemistry Department.  They are a group of people who live the meaning of TRUE BLUE and I am honored to be associated with them.”



Noted Journalist Clarence Page Will Speak at FOI Congress

Grand Opening CelebrationClarence Page, Chicago Tribune columnist and 1989 Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary, will be the featured speaker at the University of Memphis’ Freedom of Information Congress on Thursday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the theater of the new University Center. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

His topic will be “The Future of News: Holding Leaders Accountable in an Age of Do-It-Yourself Media.”

Page’s column is syndicated in more than 200 newspapers around the country, including The Commercial Appeal. He also is an author and frequent guest on news programs such as ABC’s This Week and PBS’s The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

Page has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Black Journalists, and he was part of a team of reporters that won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for a Chicago Tribune series on voter fraud in Illinois.

The FOI Congress is held annually to emphasize the need to protect open access to government records, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. The event is sponsored by the University of Memphis Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the U of M Department of Journalism, and the Student Events Allocation Committee.

Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage or in the Southern Avenue parking lot.

For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Hrach at 901-678-4779 or thrach@memphis.edu

Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Distinguished Alumni AwardsCheer on our Tigers!
Join the University of Memphis Alumni Association as we cheer on our Tigers through the NIT. First round action will be on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at the FedExForum. For updates as we roar through the brackets, follow the Association on our web site, Facebook and Twitter.

Alumni Association Member Benefits
The University of Memphis Alumni Association is proud to offer its members a full benefits package! Discounts include both Memphis-area and national retailers and consist of savings at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, exTaxReturn.com, FlagCenter.com and many, many more!  Only current Alumni Association members are able to take advantage of these discounts. To JOIN NOW, click here.

UMAR Lenten Lunch
On Tuesday, March 16 at 11:30 a.m., UMAR will take a trip to see Rabbi Micah Greenstein at Calvary Episcopal Church as part of Calvary’s 2010 Lenten Noonday Preaching Series. After the program, the group will have lunch onsite. Please contact Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 if interested in attending.

Graduate and Professional School Recruitment Fair
The University of Memphis will be hosting a Graduate and Professional School Recruitment Fair on Tuesday, March 16, from 1 – 5 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre on the U of M campus.  The event is free for all U of M students and alumni interested in learning about doctoral degrees, master’s degrees, graduate certificates, Education Specialist degrees and the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.  First South Bank and Balfour Rings will also be on hand to speak to students regarding their specific services. For more information, visit www.memphis.edu/truebluefuture or call 901/678-4212.

Law Legacy Luncheon
On Tuesday, March 16, the Law Alumni Chapter and the Law School will honor 20 first-year law students and their relatives who graduated from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at an annual Legacy Luncheon. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

Engineering Awards Dinner
The Herff College of Engineering Awards Dinner will be held Tuesday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, U of M. The Engineering Alumni Chapter will honor Ron Driggers (BEE ’84, MS ’86, PhD ’90), Superintendent, Optical Sciences Division, US Navy, with this year’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award. A silent auction will begin prior to the dinner with proceeds benefitting the Engineering Alumni Chapter’s Book Scholarship. For more information, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

LCM Alumni Chapter General Meeting
Calling University of Memphis Black Alumni: Luther C. McClellan Alumni Chapter will gather for a general meeting on Thursday, March 18 at the Fox and the Hound (Sanderlin location) from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Agenda items include Homecoming, the Chapter’s scholarship endowment and upcoming events. For more information, please contact Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016.

UMAR Book Club Meeting
The University of Memphis Association of Retirees (UMAR) will host its next Book Club meeting on Tuesday, March 23 at 11:00 a.m. The featured book will be The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir. For more information, please contact Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.
 
Journalism Mentorship Mixer
The Journalism Alumni Club will host its spring Mentorship Mixer on Tuesday, March 23 at the Alumni Center. Markova Reed (BA ’06), anchor on New Channel 3’s Daybreak will speak to the group about the importance of community involvement. For more information, please contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Education Symposium
Join St. George’s Independent School for "Cultivating Citizens: How Schools Can Promote Civic Engagement in the 21st Century," March 26-27 in Memphis, TN.  This education symposium is organized by St. George's Independent School in honor of its 50th anniversary with U of M President Dr. Shirley Raines participating. Information about other participating speakers, schedule and cost is available at www.sgis.org. Seating is limited. Registration deadline is March 22.

Band Alumni Chapter Competition
The University of Memphis Alumni Association Band Alumni Chapter will be hosting its annual Mid South Indoor Percussion & Color Guard Competition at the Elma Roane Field House on Saturday, March 27. This annual spring event assembles local high schools to showcase their specialized skills and talents. For additional information, please log on to http://www.tigerbandalumni.com/.

Law Donor Open House
Donors of the Law School Capital Campaign are invited to attend an Open House on Sunday, March 28, from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The building’s official ribbon cutting and public opening will be held on Friday, April 23. For more information contact Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

Master of Public Administration Luncheon
The Master of Public Administration Alumni Club will hold its luncheon to honor the 2010 Pi Alpha Alpha class on Wednesday, March 31. A panel discussion will feature Marcia Boyd (BS ‘68, MPA ’80), Quality Manager, Shelby County Mayor’s Office, William “Bo” Mills (MPA ’93), Public Services Director, City of Germantown and Venita Walker (BA ‘98, MPA ’01), Policy Development Specialist, Memphis City Schools. For more information, please contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter Outstanding Alumni Award Nominations
The College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter is seeking nominations for its 2010 Outstanding Alumni Awards.  Please visit http://www.memphis.edu/cas/out_alum_aw.htm for the nomination form; the deadline for submission is March 31, with the awards dinner in the fall. For more information, please contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Race Judicata
The Law Alumni Chapter is a proud sponsor of the Student Bar Association’s Race Judicata on Saturday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. To register, visit www.racejudicatamemphis.org. All proceeds benefit Memphis Area Legal Services.

UMAR visits the University Center & West Hall
The University of Memphis Association of Retirees (UMAR) invites members and former co-workers and friends to a luncheon and tour of the new University Center on Tuesday, April 13 at 11:30 a.m. After a tour and guest speaker, the group will walk to the new West Hall Dorm Complex for a tour. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Law Spring Reception
The Law Alumni Chapter, law school faculty, staff and students will gather on Thursday, April 15, from 6-8 p.m. at the home of the chapter president for an annual spring reception. For more information contact Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

College of Arts & Sciences Reception
The College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter will host a reception on Friday, April 16 for the Philosophy Department’s presentation of Apology at the new University Center. For more information, please contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

FCBE Alumni Chapter Golf Tournament
The FCBE Alumni Chapter will host its Golf Tournament on Friday, April 16 at the Links at Galloway. Lunch and registration will begin at noon with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. The tournament will focus on the College and raise money for the Alumni Chapter’s building renovation fund. For more information, please contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Nursing Career Fair
The Loewenberg School of Nursing Alumni Chapter will be hosting its Career Fair on Friday, April 23 at 9:00 a.m. in the University Center. Over 75 graduating seniors will be presenting their final projects.  For more information, please contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016.

Nursing Alumni Chapter Awards Luncheon
The Loewenberg School of Nursing Alumni Chapter will be honoring Dr. Paula Dycus (BSN ’97), Administrative Director of Professional Practice and Research, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Inc. and Dr. Paula Spears (BSN ’81), Executive Director, The Nursing Institute of the Mid South, at their Outstanding Nursing Awards luncheon on Tuesday, April 27 at 11:30 a.m. in the University Center. For more information, please contact Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016.

Save the Date: Young Alumni Committee Baseball Cookout at FedExPark
The University of Memphis Young Alumni Committee will be hosting a cookout at the new U of M baseball stadium, FedExPark, on Saturday, May 8, as the Tigers take on UAB. More information will be available soon!

Save the Date: University College Alumni Chapter Awards Reception
The University College Alumni Chapter will host an Outstanding Alumni Awards Reception on Thursday, May 20 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Racquet Club of Memphis. Susanne Darnell (MA ’70), former Dean of University College, and Mary Brignole (BPS ’99, MS ’02), University of Memphis academic counselor and longtime University College Alumni Chapter board member, will be the featured honorees for the evening. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Save the Date: Theatre & Dance Reunion and Retirement Weekend
Theatre & Dance Alumni, save the date for Labor Day Weekend 2010! Long-time faculty Gloria Baxter and Susan Chrietzberg will be honored at a weekend-long reunion celebration. For more information contact Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

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The University of Memphis Alumni Association would like to thank all of our current life, annual and associate members. If you are not yet a member, please join now. The University of Memphis Alumni Association needs your support!

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