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October 2005

Join True Blue Alumni and Friends at Homecoming - Events scheduled for this weekend
U of M to Host Earthquake Panel and Public Forum Oct. 28
Tiger Trek and Tailgate Planned for Knoxville

Alumni Awards Recognize Initiative, Parents

Major Gift Will Support Work of FedEx Institute of Technology
Upcoming Alumni Events

Join True Blue Alumni and Friends at Homecoming
 

Homecoming Come home to campus and celebrate Homecoming 2005 on Oct. 21 and 22. Join True Blue alumni, students and friends for the Homecoming parade around campus on Friday afternoon, featuring floats, the Mighty Sound of the South Marching Band, Tiger athletic teams and more. For details on the parade route and traffic adjustments on campus during the parade, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/releases/oct05/traffic.htm

Following the parade, a pep rally will take place on the Fogelman College of Business and Economics North Lawn at the corner of Central and Patterson, with appearances by President Shirley Raines and Coach Tommy West, spirit squads, Tom II and Pouncer.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, make sure you attend the pre-game Barn Bash in the barn at the west end of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The festivities begin at 12:30 p.m., and $5 gets beverages, BBQ and live music. The Homecoming game against East Carolina University follows at 2:30 p.m.

We hope you'll plan to attend these and other activities scheduled for Homecoming. Please visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/homecoming.html for details on all Homecoming events.

U of M to Host Earthquake Panel and Public Forum Oct. 28

How will a major earthquake affect Memphis? How will first response agencies react? How can scientists help prepare for the inevitable? What should individuals do for their own survival? These questions will be the topics of a public forum Friday, Oct. 28, at the University of Memphis beginning at 7 p.m. in the Rose Theatre. The forum is free and open to the public.

Panelists at the meeting will include political leaders, heads of crisis response agencies and U of M faculty members with expertise in earthquakes, crisis response and related areas.

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton, Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton, State Senator Mark Norris and U.S. Representative Harold Ford Jr. will participate.

Representing response agencies will be Joseph Rachel, earthquake program manager, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region IV; Eddie Boatwright, deputy director, Tennessee EMA; James Bolden, director, Department of Homeland Security, District 11; and Claude Talford, director, Memphis-Shelby County EMA. Glenn Curole, president, Mid-South Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners, and Rick Howe, a private consultant, will also join the agency panel.

U of M professors will include Dr. Arch Johnston, director, Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI); Dr. Brian Waldron, Ground Water Institute; Dr. Richard Janikowski, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Mr. Gary Patterson, CERI; and Dr. Arleen Hill, Department of Earth Sciences.

The panel discussions will be moderated by Dr. Buddy Schweig, Central and Eastern U.S. coordinator, Earthquake Hazards Program office, U.S. Geological Survey. Following the panel discussions, the session will be open to questions from the audience.

Tiger Trek and Tailgate Planned for Knoxville

Join the Alumni Association Friday, Nov. 11, as we travel to Knoxville to watch our Tigers take on the Vols at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 12. The package includes game ticket, two nights hotel stay, and transportation to and from Knoxville. Additional details (including a registration form), as well as dates and times for all Alumni Association football events, are online at http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/tigertrek.html.

If you're already in the Knoxville area, join us before the game for a True Blue Tiger Tailgate at noon in Market Square. There's power in numbers, so don't tailgate alone - we will have plenty of BBQ and beverages available for purchase and live music will keep the mood fun and festive! Bring your friends, your blanket and wear blue.

Alumni Awards Recognize Initiative, Parents

The Alumni Association will present two awards at halftime of this Saturday's Homecoming game: the True Blue Tiger Tradition Award and the Parent of the Year Award.

The True Blue Tiger Tradition Award is given to a friend or alum of the U of M who has made significant strides in beginning a tradition. This year's recipients are Dr. and Mrs. George Mayo. The Mayos have made many great contributions to the University, perhaps most significantly the Heritage Room. The Heritage Room officially opened in October 2003 and contains a treasure trove of items pertaining to U of M history.

In conjunction with the Parents Association, we will present the 2005 Parent of the Year Award to Tony Yeargin, father of senior public relations major Laurie Yeargin.

Nominations Sought for Teaching Awards

Did you have a professor at the U of M who was an exceptional teacher? The Alumni Association is soliciting nominations for awards recognizing faculty who are outstanding educators. Honorees are recognized at the annual Faculty Convocation held at the end of spring semester.

Alumni can nominate a former professor for the 2006 Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award, which recognizes and encourages excellence in teaching. Please go to the Distinguished Teaching Award Web site to make your nomination: https://css.memphis.edu/dta/. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Before you head to the FedExForum for another season of Tiger basketball, join Memphis fans and friends for pre-game parties at Pat O'Brien's. Show your Alumni Association membership card and receive 10 percent off your bill. The first pre-game party will be on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m., and we will be there before every home game.

Did you graduate from Memphis State College in 1954 or 1955? If so, you are one of our Golden Graduates. Please make plans to attend your 50th Reunion planned in conjunction with Homecoming. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Leah Prost at 800/678-TRAX.

Did you graduate from Memphis State College before 1955? If so, you are a Golden Graduate and you are invited to attend this year's Half Century Golden Reception. The reception will be held on Oct. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Alumni Center. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Leah Prost at 800/678-TRAX.

The 2005 Bandmasters Championship, sponsored by the Band Alumni Chapter, will be held Oct. 29 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. If you would like more information about The Bandmasters Championship, or if you have any specific questions, please e-mail us at events@tigerbandalumni.com.

Fogelman College of Business and Economics and University College alumni are are invited to the Alumni Association Barn Bash on Tuesday, Nov. 1, before the UAB game. Board members from both chapters will be present and look forward to meeting fellow alumni.

The Houston Alumni Club is holding watch parties for the UAB and UT games at SRO Sports Bar & Cafe in the Northwest Mall. The Nov. 1 UAB party will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the UT watch party will be on Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. For directions to SRO, please visit http://www.srosportsbar.com.

Law School class reunions are planned for the classes of '70, '75, '80, '85, '90, '95, '00 and '05 for the weekend of Nov. 4 and 5. For event details, including a CLE opportunity, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/lawreunion.html

The Nashville Law Alumni Club will hold its first club-sponsored event on Nov. 10. Join us for a reception at the offices of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, PLLC, to honor those graduates who were recently admitted to the bar. For more information about the Nashville Law Alumni Club, contact Leah Prost at 901/678-4299 or lprost@memphis.edu.

The Dallas Alumni Club is holding watch parties for the UT and Marshall games at Stadium Cafe in Addison (4872 Beltline Road). The Nov. 12 UT party will begin at 2:30 p.m., and the Marshall watch party will be on Nov. 26 at 12:30 p.m. For directions to Stadium Cafe, please visit http://www.stadiumcafe.com. For more information on these activities or on the club itself, please contact one of our Dallas alumni contacts: Regina Burns at rburns@harvestreapers.com, Ken Kimble at kkimble@bsamail.com, or Emily Jones in the Alumni Office at 800-678-TRAX.

Young Alumni will gather at Newby's on the Highland strip for the UT and Southern Miss games. The Nov. 12 UT party will begin at 3 p.m., and the Southern Miss watch party will be on Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

The Herff College of Engineering will hold its annual "Eday" open house on Friday, Nov. 18. Alumni, prospective students and friends of the College are invited to attend the event, which will be held at the Engineering Administration Building, 3795 Central Ave., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eday attendees can discover the impact of engineers and engineering technologists on society and find out about the variety of degree programs and research at the College. Faculty, staff and current students will be on hand to answer questions and guide visitors through displays and interactive exhibits, including a flight simulator. For information about Eday, visit http://www.engr.memphis.edu/eday2005 or contact Patty Simonton at 901/678-4933, e-mail psiminton@memphis.edu.

The School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Chapter is seeking nominations for the 2006 Outstanding Alumni Award. Each year the chapter presents this award to a deserving AUSP graduate at the Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders. We encourage you to nominate any graduate who demonstrates outstanding achievement in academic pursuits, research activities or community involvement. Applications are online at http://www.ausp.memphis.edu/outstand.html.


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