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October 2007

Message from the President
Baptist Gift to Help Fund New Nursing and Audiology Building
Chinese Basketball Coaches Arrive on Campus
Podcast Central Is Latest Technological Advance in Teaching
University Seeks Nominations for Honorary Degree
U of M Resources Available to You
Alumni News & Events

Message from the President

Dr. Shirley RainesAs many of you know, the last two weeks have been troubling for our campus. Not only did we lose a popular student athlete, Taylor Bradford, on the evening of September 30 to a tragic act of violence, but we also lost another beloved student, Holland Simms, to sudden illness on October 5. She was a sorority sister and a student leader, someone who was engaged with both her campus and her community.

As we take time to reflect on these young lives lost so prematurely, I hope you will join me in reflecting on our mission. We are here to educate students and to help young people achieve their dreams. Our motto is Dreamers, Thinkers, Doers. Both of these young students were not only Dreamers and Thinkers, they were also Doers. They put their dreams and thoughts into action every day of their lives, and they touched countless people, both on and off this campus, by their example.

May each of us pick up the torches they left behind, never forgetting their smiles, their boundless energy, or the commitment they had to leave the world a better place than where they found it.

Shirley Raines

Baptist Gift to Help Fund New Nursing and Audiology Building

Check presentationBaptist Memorial Health Care has announced a $2 million gift to the University of Memphis, which will expand and enhance the nursing and audiology and speech-language pathology programs. The gift comes amid a critical need for nurses and other health care workers.

The U of M's Loewenberg School of Nursing enrolls more than 450 undergraduate and 150 graduate students. Space has limited program growth. Baptist's donation will support a proposed building to be shared by the Loewenberg School of Nursing and the School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. The 153,000-sq. ft. building will be located on the Park Avenue campus and is scheduled for completion in 2011.

Chinese Basketball Coaches Arrive on Campus

Fifteen Chinese basketball coaches arrived in Memphis last week as part of the University's latest formal exchange program with China an initiative that will benefit student athletes and coaches in both countries for years to come.

Provost Ralph Faudree and Coach John Calipari visited Beijing in September to formalize a five-year agreement with the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). One visiting coach will remain in Memphis for the duration of the basketball season to learn even more about one of this country's most successful programs. As part of the exchange, the CBA will send its top coaches to Memphis through 2012 to study Calipari's training methods. At the end of the current season, Calipari and the Tigers will travel to China to compete in exhibition games against several of that country's leading teams, providing international exposure for the U of M. Calipari will lead a team of Conference USA All-stars to China to play against its best teams in 2009-2012.

While basketball is the focus of this latest exchange program with China, the U of M will also be working to attract some of China's best and brightest students to the U of M.

Podcast Central Is Latest Technological Advance in Teaching

Podcast CentralU of M professors are now using iPods and MP3 players to supplement classroom lectures. Podcast Central makes new technology available to record lectures that can be downloaded by students, enabling professors to supplement and reinforce classroom experiences. "It is another tool to get information to students," said Steve Terry, director of Management Information Services. "If you have an at-risk student, he or she can listen to the lecture over and over again."

Lectures are recorded in real time, processed, and replayed in an MP3 format. The technology allows a professor to control who gets a certain Podcast and when it is available.

Podcasts available for public viewing can be sampled at https://podcasts.memphis.edu. Questions about Podcasts may be sent to podcastinfo@memphis.edu.

University Seeks Nominations for Honorary Degree

The University of Memphis seeks nominations for its honorary degree award, given to distinguished individuals who merit special recognition for their extraordinary achievements which have improved the community, contributed to society, and benefited the University. A nominee's career should reflect sustained, exceptional achievement in some field of scholarship, public service, or an artistic, literary, governmental, financial, professional, research, leadership, cultural affairs or other endeavor.

Nominations should be sent to: Honorary Degree Committee, Office of the Provost, 360 Administration Building, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152. The deadline is November 21. The U of M has awarded two honorary degrees to date - Dr. W. Harry Feinstone, a noted pharmaceutical researcher, and Rudi E. Scheidt, philanthropist and retired cotton industry executive.

U of M Resources Available to You

Have you ever had to make a speech about the U of M? Or perhaps you found yourself engaged in conversation and wished you had a few U of M tidbits to share? Tiger Pride facts are on our Web site at http://www.memphis.edu/tigerpride.htm. Show your Tiger Pride by equipping yourself with all the selling points of our great University!

If you need a speaker for your organization, or if you are looking for an expert in a particular field, please visit our online Experts List at http://www.memphis.edu/experts/.

Alumni News & Events

Save the date: The annual Distinguished Alumni Awards will be held at The Peabody in downtown Memphis on Friday, February 29, 2008. This year's theme is "Once in a Blue Moon." Look for more details in future e-news!

Homecoming 2007 will be the weekend of November 2 - 4 at the University of Memphis! Our True Blue Events include:

  • Homecoming Parade: Friday, November 2 at 5:30 p.m.


  • Homecoming Pep Rally: Friday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m.


  • True Blue Barn Bash: Saturday, November 3 at 11 a.m.


  • Football game v. East Carolina: Saturday, November 3 at 1 p.m.


  • Luther C. McClellan Family Picnic: Saturday, October 27 at 11 a.m.


  • Half Century Club Brunch: Friday, November 2 at 10:30 a.m.


  • Half Century Club Golden Reception: Friday, November 2 at 5 p.m.


  • Parents Club Brunch: Saturday, November 3 at 9 a.m.
For more information on these great Homecoming events and others, please go to www.memphis.edu/alumni/homecoming.html

True Blue Barn Bashes: Join us two hours before every home game for BBQ, beverages, live music, and True Blue fun. Come visit the Alumni Association at the big silver barn near Gate 3 at all home football games and prepare to cheer on our Tigers! Admission is $5 for members, $7.50 for not yet members. Everyone is welcome!

Join the College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter to celebrate a Night Back at School featuring the outstanding faculty of the Physics Department Wednesday, October 24 , from 5 7 p.m. in the Alumni Center. RSVP to alumnievents@memphis.edu or by calling (901) 678-3119

Join the University of Memphis New Orleans Alumni Club for two True Blue events when the Tigers travel to Tulane on Saturday, October 27. First, enjoy a complimentary Continental breakfast and a Tiger Pep Rally the morning of the game at the team hotel, the Wyndham New Orleans at Canal Place. Then, do not miss the exclusive opportunity to watch YOUR Tigers in style with a package that includes: one admission ticket, a fully catered suite and True Blue Spirit! $40 for Alumni Association Members / $50 for Not-Yet Members. Suite tickets are limited, so call now! For more information or to RSVP contact the Alumni Association at (901) 678-3119 or alumnievents@memphis.edu.

Fogelman College of Business & Economics alumni: join us for the 15th Annual Alumni Day luncheon on Wednesday, October 17, at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. Debbi Fields-Rose, of Mrs. Fields Cookies, will be the keynote speaker. Eric Bolton, President and CEO of Mid-America Apartment Communities, will be honored as Outstanding Alumnus of the College. Carolyn Hardy, majority owner of Hardy Bottling, will be honored as Entrepreneur of the Year. Contact Lauren Isaacman at 901/678-2333 or lauren.isaacman@memphis.edu for details.

The Journalism Alumni Club hosts its annual Outstanding Journalism Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 18, at the Racquet Club of Memphis. The reception will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. Award winners are Lynne Rooker '89, Michael Finger '76 and Bob Winn '75. For more information, contact Stephanie Galloway at sgallowa@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter will host reunions for Law School classes of 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007 on Saturday, October 20, at the Memphis Botanic Garden. For more information, contact Kelly Davis at 901/678-4299 or kdavis9@memphis.edu.

The annual Bandmasters Championship, sponsored by the Band Alumni Chapter, is Saturday, October 20 at the Liberty Bowl. For more information on the event, please visit www.tigerbandalumni.com.

The University College Alumni Chapter hosts its Awards Reception on Thursday, November 8 at the STAX Museum of American Soul Music. Honorees are Bill Baker ('79, MFA '92) and Diane Reed ('85). For more information, contact Holly Beuke at 901/678-1782 or habeuke@memphis.edu.

The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter will host its annual Judicial Reception on Monday, November 12 at 5 p.m. at the home of President Shirley C. Raines. The event honors Tennessee Supreme Court Justices, members of the federal, state and local judiciary and recent graduates of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. All alumni and friends of the School of Law are invited to attend. For more information, contact Kelly Davis at 901/678-4299 or kdavis9@memphis.edu.

Join the College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter to celebrate a Night Back at School featuring the Outstanding Faculty of the Psychology Department on Thursday, November 5 from 6 8 p.m. in the Alumni Center. RSVP to alumnievents@memphis.edu or by calling 901/678-3119.

Alumni, prospective students and their families, current students, and the general public are invited to attend E-Day at the Herff College of Engineering on Friday, November 16. This annual event showcases engineering activities, as well as the research of the College. To RSVP or to sign up as a tour guide, please call 901/678-4933. Deadline for registration is November 10.

The Young Alumni Committee will host its inaugural First Tennessee True Blue 5K on Friday, November 16 at 7 p.m., around the U of M campus. Alumni, students and friends are invited to join in on this fun event, as well as the Barn Bash before the Memphis vs. UAB game the following day as we celebrate our young graduates. To register for the race online, visit www.trueblue5k.racesonline.com or for more information, call 901/678-2586.




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