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September 2008

High School Seniors Can Sample College Life at Campus Day
Vice President for Business and Finance Search
You're Invited to the First Ever Sustainable Technologies Awareness Day
Alumni News and Upcoming Events


High School Seniors Can Sample College Life at Campus Day

Campus DayFuture college students will find answers to their questions about college life when the University of Memphis holds its annual Campus Day on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The event is free, but registration is necessary. Online registration is available at http://recruitment.memphis.edu. The deadline for reservations is Sept. 26. 

The event, which is also is open to students’ family members, will begin with a picnic lunch and entertainment by the University’s pop music group, Sound Fuzion. U of M President Shirley Raines and basketball head coach John Calipari will welcome the visitors to the campus. Throughout the day, University representatives will be on hand to provide visitors with information about admissions, residence life, scholarships and financial aid, student organizations, academic programs, and student services.  Guests also will have a chance to visit academic departments of their choice, to talk with faculty, and to tour the campus.

 A panel of U of M parents will give a presentation on how to help students make the transition to college life. A panel of current students also will be available to answer questions from their perspective. For more information, call 901-678-2169 or 800-669-2678.

Vice President for Business and Finance Search

Vice President for Business and FinanceThe University of Memphis invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Business and Finance. This position is responsible for a critical division within the university, working directly with the President to accomplish the vision and mission of the University of Memphis to become one of America’s great metropolitan research universities. The Vice President will serve on the President’s Council, along with the Provost, four other Vice Presidents, and the Athletic Director. The Division of Business and Finance is responsible for the management of University fiscal, physical, and human resources within a University annual operating budget of nearly $400 million.

Please visit http://www.memphis.edu/vpbf/announcement.htm for more information. You may also contact Meta Laabs mlaabs@memphis.edu 901-678-5271 or Richard Warder, Search Committee Chair, rcwarder@memphis.edu 901-678-5445 for additional information. The committee will begin reviewing applications on October 1, 2008 and may continue until the position is filled.

 

You're Invited to the First Ever Sustainable Technologies Awareness Day

Sustainable Technologies Awareness DaySustainable Technologies Awareness Day will be celebrated at the University of Memphis on Tuesday, Oct. 7.  The free event will be held on the Student Plaza, directly in front of the Administration Building, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The campus-wide event will encourage environmental awareness, inquiry, and activism among the U of M community. 

It is sponsored by the Center for Biofuel Energy & Sustainable Technologies (BEST), a group of faculty from various U of M colleges who want to promote causes that will improve the quality of life for future generations through sustainable energy systems and practices. 

Sustainable Technologies Awareness Day will feature current and planned sustainability initiatives at the University of Memphis and by our partners. These include BEST’s Biodiesel Production Unit, that will convert recycled cooking oil from the Tiger Den dining facilities into biodiesel fuel for use in university generators, vehicles, and the Physical Plant. Residence Life will showcase plans for the new West Hall, the first and most sustainable (“green”) public building to be constructed in the state of Tennessee.

Other participating organizations from off-campus will include the West Tennessee Center for Clean Cities Coalition; the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department; the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy; Memphis Light Gas and Water (MLGW); the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA); and the University Neighborhood Development Corporation.

For more information on Sustainable Technologies Awareness Day, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/releases/sep08/technology.htm.


Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Homecoming 2007 Homecoming 2008
Homecoming 2008 will be the weekend of October 24-25 at the University of Memphis! For a complete list of Homecoming Activities, visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/homecoming.php

Our True Blue Events include:
Alumni Association’s Homecoming Parade: Friday, October 24 at 5:30 p.m.
Hosted by the Alumni Association and Student Activities Council. Special guests include University President Shirley Raines and Athletic Director R.C. Johnson. Parade route will be on the U of M campus. Parking is available at the Southern Ave. and Central Ave. parking lots.
Alumni Association’s Homecoming Pep Rally: Friday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m.
With special guest Coach Tommy West as well as the Alumni Association's True Blue Tradition Award and the Parent of the Year Award. Located at the end of the parade route at the Plaza Fountain near the Administration Building. Complimentary hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings provided by Huey's. Parking is available at the Southern Ave. and Central Ave. parking lots.
U of M Tiger football vs. Southern Miss: Saturday, October 25 at 7 p.m. at the Liberty Bowl
Presentation by National Alumni Association President Martin Zummach for the Parent of the Year Award and the True Blue Tradition Award. For tickets, visit www.gotigersgo.com

True Blue Pep Rallies
Join the University of Memphis Alumni Association for True Blue Pep Rallies, 2 hours before the Louisville and Southern Miss Homecoming games! Bring your tailgating supplies and meet us at Tobey Field to enjoy the music of the Soul Outsiders, cheer and pom, and the Mighty Sound of the South Marching Band. Please note: due to logistics with the Mid-South Fair, the True Blue Barn Bashes will not occur this year. Remember to join us for True Blue Pep Rallies at Tobey Field on Friday, October 10, and Saturday, October 25!

Parents Club
Parents Club members are welcome to a members-only Homecoming Brunch honoring Parents of the Year and nominees in the Alumni Center on Saturday, October 25. For more information on how to join the Parents Club and reservations, contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016.

2009 Herff College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni Award Nominations
The Herff College of Engineering Alumni Chapter seeks nominations for its 2009 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient. This award will be presented to a deserving engineering graduate at the Engineering Awards Dinner in the spring. Nominees should be graduates who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their personal and professional activities, academic pursuits, research activities, service to the University, or community involvement. Deadline for submission of nominations is Monday, September 29. For a nomination form or more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

2008 Career and Internship Expo
The University of Memphis Career Services department will host the 2008 Career and Internship Expo on Wednesday, September 24.  A variety of employers will be on campus to recruit new talent in the Holiday Inn Ballroom from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Alumni business owners and executives are encouraged to participate. The event is complimentary to attend for University of Memphis students and alumni.  For more information, please visit the Career Services website at http://saweb.memphis.edu/ces.

College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter
The College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter will host its 12th annual Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 2, at The Racquet Club of Memphis. The Chapter will be recognizing Dr. Hortenese Spillers (BA ’64, MA ’66), Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor, Vanderbilt University, Maura Black Sullivan (BA ’89, MA ’97), Assistant Superintendent, Planning and Student Services for Shelby County Schools, and Jamie Lee McMahan (BS ’65), National and International Portrait Artist. For more information or to get involved, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Student Ambassador Board Mudball
The Student Ambassador Board will be hosting its annual fundraising event, Mudball, at Tiger Beach (Richardson Towers North Lawn) on Saturday, October 4, at noon. Mudball is a volleyball tournament played in six inches of mud.  All proceeds from the event benefit the J. Wayne Johnson Memorial Scholarship. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016.

Calling all Tiger Alumni and Fans!
The Lady Tigers Volleyball Team will be hosting an Alumni Weekend on Sunday, October 5.  Come out and watch our Lady Tigers take on the visiting UTEP Miners at the Elma Roane Field House, 1:00 p.m.  To thank our alumni and fans for their support, the first 150 people through the door get COMPLIMENTARY ICE CREAM!  Show your Alumni Association membership card or bring a group of 10 or more for complimentary admission!   For more information on this event, contact Tim Kemp with Memphis Athletics Marketing at thkemp@memphis.edu.

Loewenberg School of Nursing
The Loewenberg School of Nursing is sending 88 alumni, students and faculty to the Dominican Republic on October 8-13 to treat up to 500 patients per day in makeshift clinics.  Participants will be taking much needed basic hygiene items and medications to this underprivileged country.  Additional supplies are still needed.  To make a donation or for the supply list, please contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu.  Donations should be submitted by October 1, and all supplies must be within their expiration dates.

St. Louis Alumni Club Watch Party
The St. Louis Alumni Club will be hosting a Watch Party on Friday, October 10, as the Tigers take on the Cardinals of Louisville.  To learn more information about the Watch Party for this nationally televised game, visit the Alumni Association website at http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/ and click on the Events page.  Please contact St. Louis Club President Dennis Breakstone at dbreakst@yahoo.com for all the details or to get involved.

The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Class Reunion
The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter will be hosting a Class Reunion for the Law School graduates of ‘63, ‘68, ‘73, ‘78, ‘83, ‘88, ‘93, ‘98 and ’03 on Saturday, October 11, at Felicia Suzanne’s Restaurant in downtown Memphis beginning at 7:30 p.m. Cost for the reunion is $60 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine and entertainment by The Soul Outsiders. This is a great opportunity for alumni to connect with former classmates and mingle with current Law School faculty and staff! If you are interested in attending, contact Law Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562 by October 3.

Journalism Alumni Club Outstanding Alumni Dinner
The Journalism Alumni Club will be honoring Outstanding Alumni at a dinner on Thursday, October 16, at the Racquet Club of Memphis. Join the club as they honor Walter Leavy (BA ’75), Paul Jewell (BA ’78) and Deanie Parker (BPS ’77, MPA ’88). For more information or to RSVP, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Little Rock Alumni Club Re-Launch
The University of Memphis Alumni Association is proud to announce the re-launching of the Little Rock Alumni Club.  The Club will host its first Watch Party in the River Market area on Saturday, October 18, as the Tigers take on East Carolina.  Alumni, families, fans, and friends are encouraged to bring tailgating gear and enjoy the game!  For more information about this event, or to get involved in the Little Rock area, contact Jim Woods at jimmywoodsjr@yahoo.com and show your True Blue spirit!

The Half Century Club 50th Reunion
The Half Century Club is celebrating the 50th reunion for the Class of 1958 on Friday, October 24. Members of the class of 1958 are invited to a brunch at the home of University of Memphis President, Dr. Shirley C. Raines. The cost is $35 per person. Please RSVP with payment information to 901/678-5314 by October 17. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Golden Reception for Classes of 1958 and all Previous Graduation Years
A Golden Reception will be held for the Classes of 1958 and all previous graduation years at the Alumni Center on the evening of Friday, October 24. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP to 901/678-5314 by October 17. For more information please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Luther C. McClellan Olí School Step Show
The Luther C. McClellan Chapter of the Alumni Association will be hosting its annual Ol’ School Step Show on Friday, October 24, immediately following the Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally.  Members of PHC fraternities and sororities will return to the Pep Rally site on the main campus to showcase their stepping skills once again.  For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016.

Frosh Camp Counselor Reunion
The Alumni Association will be hosting a Frosh Camp Counselor Reunion on Friday, October 24, at 8:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center on the University of Memphis campus.  This event, during Homecoming Weekend, will be celebrating 15 years of Frosh Camp! The cost is $20 for not yet members of the Alumni Association, complimentary for members.  For more information, or to RSVP with payment information, contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016.

Fogelman College of Business and Economics Alumni Day Luncheon
Join the FCBE Alumni Chapter at our 16th annual Alumni Day luncheon on Wednesday, October 29, at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. William Evans, CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Wei Chen (MBA ’98), Chinese-born logistics entrepreneur is this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Dan Palmer (BBA ’66), former CEO of Concord EFS Incorporated is this year’s Outstanding Alumnus of the College, and David Sullivan (BS ’64), Chairman of Sullivan Investments, LLC and a member of the Board of Directors for Choice Hotels will be receiving this year’s Distinguished Friend of the College award. Please e-mail Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or call 901/678-4373 for more information.

Career Services
The University of Memphis Career Services department will host a Lunch and Learn Workshop Series this fall.  At each lunch, employers from the community will present their expertise on various career-related issues, including resume writing, interview skills, and transitioning from a student to a professional.  Career Services is looking for U of M alumni presenters for these workshops. Admission to Lunch and Learn is complimentary for U of M students and alumni, and lunch is provided.  To get involved, please contact Alumni Coordinator, Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016.

Internship Program
New college graduates looking for a job are likely to have an edge over their competition if they have participated in an internship, according to a 2008 survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Employers consistently name the Internship Program as one of the most effective tools they have for hiring new college graduates. If your company or agency is interested in sponsoring an intern, contact Courtney Pierce, Career Services Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Internships at cpierce2@memphis.edu or call 901/678-2239.

College of Education Outstanding Alumni Nominations
The College of Education Alumni Chapter is seeking nominations for outstanding alumni in any field of education to be honored during a special event this fall. Nominees should be graduates who have achieved outstanding success in their personal and professional activities, scholarly pursuits, research activities, service to the University or community involvement. The deadline for submission of nominations is Monday, November 3. For a nomination form or more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Dallas Alumni Club Pre-Game Tailgate Party
Save the Date: On Saturday, November 8, the Dallas Alumni Club will be holding a Pre-Game Tailgate party near Ford Stadium.  Come out and enjoy a great afternoon of fun, friends and football with fellow Tigers as the SMU Mustangs host the University of Memphis Tigers at Ford Stadium on SMU’s campus.  The University of Memphis Alumni Association will have a special reserved block of tickets on the 40-yard line, $20.00 each. Place your order over the phone by calling Bethany Tiffin direct at 214/768-2376. There are a limited number of seats available, so order your tickets TODAY!  Contact Club President Gary Crooms at gary@seniorinformation.com for more information on this event or to join the Tigers in Dallas.  

Young Alumni Committee 2nd annual First Tennessee True Blue 5K
The Young Alumni Committee will host the 2nd annual First Tennessee True Blue 5K on November 21 at 7 p.m. The course will wind its way throughout the beautiful University of Memphis campus and will conclude with an awards presentation. Anyone wishing to be a sponsor or volunteer should contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333. Online registration for the race is available at http://www.trueblue5k.racesonline.com/.

Save the Date:†Lady Tigers Reunion
The University of Memphis Alumni Association and the University of Memphis Athletic Department are proud to be host the first Lady Tigers Reunion on April 3-4, 2009.  This reunion is for all former female athletes who have ever competed in a sport at the University or worked with an athletic team as a coach, manager, or trainer.  If you have been part of one of the teams at the U of M, please contact Charlotte Peterson with Women’s Athletics at 901/734-0262 or cepetrsn@memphis.edu for more information about the reunion.

Membership Matters!
The University of Memphis Alumni Association would like to thank all of our current life and annual members. We are proud that membership is at an all time high.  The Association has set forth an ambitious goal for the year 2012 to have over 10,000 members in the Association. We are on our way, but we need YOUR help to achieve this goal. Annual membership to the Alumni Association is only $35/year. Your membership fees help fund student scholarships, faculty and staff awards, and many of University-wide events, such as Homecoming and the Distinguished Alumni Awards. Additionally, the nearly 65 clubs and chapters, both locally and nationally, help raise over $30,000 in scholarships for students in related fields. Join the Alumni Association today and make a TRUE BLUE difference in YOUR University!  Visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/ or call 901/678-ALUM.

 

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