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September 2005

U of M Opens Doors in Hurricane Relief Effort
Mark Your Calendars for True Blue Homecoming Oct. 21-22
Major Gift Will Support Work of FedEx Institute of Technology

Join Us for Fall Football Fun
- Includes Tiger Trek to Knoxville
Upcoming Alumni Events

U of M Opens Doors in Hurricane Relief Effort
 

Since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, the University of Memphis has been involved in relief efforts, especially as they concern college students displaced from their home campuses by the storm. To help students whose academic careers were affected by Hurricane Katrina, the University opened its admission process to students from all colleges damaged by the storm and took the lead in a statewide initiative for the same purpose. The University of Memphis' Admissions Office was chosen by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to be a central clearinghouse for calls from students in the affected areas.

As of Monday morning, Sept. 12, more than 527 calls had been received by the Admissions Office, 293 students had been admitted to the U of M, and 234 students had been enrolled. As we are now in the third week of the semester, enrollment of displaced undergraduate, graduate and professional students for Fall 2005 is currently being conducted on an exception-only basis. For inquiries, contact the Admissions Office at 901/678-2111.

The University has posted a list of relief organizations and current campus relief efforts, including the canned food drive at this Saturday's football game against UT-Chattanooga, at http://www.memphis.edu/katrinarelief/aid.htm. Thank you for your generosity.

Mark Your Calendars for True Blue Homecoming Oct. 21-22

Homecoming Show your True Blue pride by taking part in this year's Homecoming celebration! A parade, pep rally and a party will highlight this year's festivities, followed by the big game against ECU at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The campus will come alive Friday afternoon, Oct. 21, as the parade hits the streets, ending in the Central Avenue parking lot. A pep rally will follow with appearances by President Shirley Raines and Coach Tommy West, the Pom and Cheer Squads, Tom II and Pouncer.

Alumni interested in performing with the band during halftime can find details for participating in this year's homecoming and a registration form online at http://www.tigerbandalumni.com/Alumni/hc05.htm.

Alumni interested in performing on the field with current spirit squad members should contact spirit squad coordinator Frankie Conklin at 901/355-9425.

The Heritage Room will have extended hours for Homecoming. Displaying more than 150 items from the University's history, the Heritage Room is truly a must-visit spot for U of M alumni. Housed in Brister Hall (formerly Brister Library), the Heritage Room will be open Friday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Major Gift Will Support Work of FedEx Institute of Technology

FedEx Institute The University of Memphis has announced a recent gift of $5 million from FedEx Corp. over five years to support the work of the University of Memphis' FedEx Institute of Technology . The money will help build the infrastructure for conducting key research, facilitate the recruitment of new faculty members and support Institute initiatives such as its Vision Speakers Series and a residency program for innovators, artists and CEOs.

The gift will provide capital that will enable the Institute to offer leading innovators the resources to expand their research by moving to the University of Memphis and the Institute. Through a combination of the FedEx gift and University support, the Institute will actively recruit internationally recognized research talent, giving innovation in this region a major boost and University students the opportunity to work at the forefront of technology development.

The FedEx Institute of Technology is the South's premier interdisciplinary research laboratory system, where Fortune 500 companies and other businesses pool people, technical resources and research dollars in a concerted effort to solve modern challenges. Artificial intelligence, biotechnology, experiential design, geospatial analysis, multimedia arts, nanotechnology these fields and others are the focus of the FedEx Institute of Technology, which is dedicated to finding and delivering innovations, and innovators, to the world.

For more information about the FedEx Institute of Technology visit the Institute online at http://fedex.memphis.edu.

Join Us for Fall Football Fun

The Alumni Association has planned a series of True Blue events in conjunction with the 2005 football season. Barn Bashes are on tap for each home game - BBQ, music, fun and fellowship two hours before kickoff. For the UCF, Houston and UTK games, we'll be serving up True Blue Tailgates. And for the UTK game, we're also planning Tiger Trek. Join us Nov. 11 as we travel to Knoxville to watch our Tigers take on the Vols at Neyland Stadium on Nov. 12. Seating is first come, first serve, and space is going fast! UTK Tiger Trek 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 .

Upcoming Alumni Events

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology alumni interested in joining the AUSP Alumni Chapter board of directors are invited to attend our first fall alumni board meeting. We will meet for dinner and a brief meeting Monday, Sept. 19, at the Medallion Restaurant in the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis. Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. and we ask that you RSVP before Sept. 16 by contacting Mindy Gregory at 901/678-2333 or mindygregory@memphis.edu.

The College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter will recognize the achievements of three distinguished professionals at its Ninth Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 22. The event will be held at The Racquet Club of Memphis and will honor Robert E. Sweeney (MBA '82, MS '97), President and Chief Executive Officer of Challenger Corporation; Anita Vaughn (BA '77, MPA '82), Chief Executive Officer and Administrator of Baptist Women's Hospital; and Gene Cashman , President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Child Institute. If you would like to attend, please contact the Alumni Office at 901/678-3119 or alumnievents@memphis.edu.

The Student Ambassador Board will host its annual mud volleyball tournament on Saturday, Sept. 24, outside of Richardson Towers-North. The event raises money to help support the J. Wayne Johnson Scholarship Fund. If you are interested in sponsoring this fun-filled event or participating with an alumni team of your own, please contact Mindy Gregory at 901/678-2333 or mindygregory@memphis.edu.

Join other U of M alumni and friends living in Middle Tennessee on the last Thursday of every month. The crew always meets at Corky's, 101 Franklin Road, in Brentwood around 6 p.m. The next meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 29. For more information, e-mail Nashville Alumni Club President Mike Dodd at mdodd@taylorcos.com or contact Emily Jones at 800/678-8729. Visit the Nashville Club's Web site today, and find out what fun is planned for the fall: http://www.memphis.edu/alumniclub/nashville_club.htm.

Houston -area alumni are welcome to join the Houston Alumni Club 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Canyon Cafe to discuss plans for spring, socialize, and elect leadership positions. For directions, please visit the Canyon Cafe Web site: http://www.canyoncafe.com/texgalleria.htm. If you'd like to join the Houston club's alumni list, please contact Robert Stephens (BSEE '90), Houston Club President,by e-mail at robert.stephens@tracksoftware.net or contact the alumni office at 800/678-TRAX and let us know you want to be in the loop.

The Journalism Alumni Club will honor three distinguished professionals during an awards banquet Thursday, Oct. 13, at The Racquet Club of Memphis. A cash bar opens at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Shirley Downing (BA '71), reporter for The Commercial Appeal , and Jarvis Greer (BA '79), Sports Director for WMC-TV, will receive the Charles E. Thornton Outstanding Journalism Alumni Award. Al Westland , retired professor of journalism at the U of M, will receive the Herbert L. Williams Award for outstanding contributions to the journalism department. Tickets for the banquet are $40 each. Proceeds go to the chapter's scholarship enrichment fund. For more information, contact Paul Jewell at 901/529-2219 or e-mail jewell@commercialappeal.com.

Young Alumni will host a football watch party at Newby's on the Highland strip for the Houston game Saturday, Oct. 15, beginning at 4 p.m. Come out and cheer on your Tigers!

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.

Are you a Law Alum living in Nashville? The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter has approved the formation of the Nashville Law Alumni Club. The club will provide Nashville area law graduates with networking opportunities and allow them to stay connected with the University of Memphis. Alumni and friends who would like more information on activities of the Nashville Law Alumni Club may contact Leah Prost at 901/678-4299 or at lprost@memphis.edu.


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