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September 2009

Homecoming 2009 True Blue Events
High School Seniors Can Sample College Life at Campus Day
Sustainable Technologies Awareness Day
Alumni Association Spotlights Education Alumnus Randy McPherson
Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Homecoming 2009 True Blue Events

Football!Homecoming 2009 will be the weekend of October 9 and 10 at the University of Memphis!

For a complete list of Homecoming Activities, visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/homecoming.php.

Alumni Association’s Homecoming Parade: Friday, October 9 at 5:30 p.m.
Join the Alumni Association for the annual Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 9 at 5:30 p.m., hosted by the Alumni Association and Student Activities Council. Special guests include President Shirley Raines and Athletic Director R.C. Johnson.  The 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 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Continue the Homecoming celebration at the Association’s Pep Rally on Friday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m., with special guest Coach Tommy West.  The parade route will be located at the Plaza Fountain near the Administration Building.  Hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings will be provided from the Thomas Boggs (BA ’72) Family of Huey’s Restaurants.  Parking is available at the Southern Ave. and Central Ave. parking lots.

U of M Tiger football vs. UTEP: Saturday, October 9 at 7 p.m. at the Liberty Bowl
Presentation by National Alumni Association President Mark Long (BSEE ’85) for the Parent of the Year Award and the True Blue Tradition Award. For tickets, visit www.gotigersgo.com.


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. 3, from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Attendees will hear from current University students, parents and U of M representatives as they talk about the admissions process, residence life, scholarships and financial aid, academic programs and student services.  Guests will also have a chance to visit academic departments of their choice, talk with faculty and tour the campus.

The event, which is open to students and their family members, is free, but registration is necessary.  Please RSVP by September 25, 2009.

Space is limited, so sign up online today by becoming a True Blue Tiger! If you do not have a True Blue Tiger account, creating one is easy!  Once you log into your account, simply reserve your spot for the Campus Day date of your choice.


 

Sustainable Technologies Awareness Day

Sustainable Technologies Awareness DaySustainable Technologies Awareness Day will be celebrated at the University of Memphis on October 6.  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.

Sustainable Technologies Awareness Day will encourage environmental awareness, inquiry, and activism among the U of M community. The campus-wide event will feature current and planned sustainability initiatives at the University of Memphis and by our partners.

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.

Other sponsors include the Herff College of Engineering, School of Public Health, Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Environmental Research Center, Public Health Student Association, Environmental Action Club and Student Government Association.


 

 

 

Alumni Association Spotlights Education Alumnus Randy McPherson

U of M Professional and Continuing Education

“We’re a U of M family,” explains Alumni Association member Randy McPherson (BSEd ’80, MS ’84, EdD ’93).

Dr. McPherson has three degrees from the College of Education, his wife Karen (BA ’78, MS ’83) has two degrees from the University of Memphis, and his son Tyler, an Emerging Scholar majoring in English and Pre-law will, like his parents, soon be another outstanding graduate of the University of Memphis.

“That’s why I wanted to give back to the University,” he adds. Dr. McPherson, a school counselor who was the first in Tennessee and among the first in the nation to achieve National Board Certification, saw a gap in support services for school counselors.

Because of that, he designed and now teaches a course to assist other counselors who want to become National Board Certified as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Education’s Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Research. 

“I want to help other counselors because I think it’s important to the kids in our schools,” he says. “I’m committed to making our community a better place and I’m glad to be able to do that through the U of M.” 


Alumni News and Upcoming Events

New Website!New Alumni Association Member Benefits
The University of Memphis Alumni Association has enhanced services with a new and improved benefits package! Discounts include both Memphis-area and national retailers and will consist of savings at the University of Memphis Bookstore, Tiger Bookstore, Tiger Gift Shop and many, many more!  Only current Alumni Association members will be able to take advantage of these discounts. To JOIN NOW, click here. 

True Blue Bus
Through a generous gift from the Jabie and Helen Hardin Charitable Trust, the Alumni Association and the University of Memphis are able to present the True Blue Bus. The bus, which has been wrapped and converted through funds in the trust, will be used at many Alumni Association events and University Recruitment events, including tailgates and pre-game parties both in Memphis and across the country. Watch for the True Blue Bus in your neighborhood! To view photos of the bus, both before and after the conversion, click here.

Pre-Game Football Fun
The Alumni Association will be hosting pre-game events for the upcoming football season: 

  • October 3 – Orlando, FL;  Memphis v. UCF (hosted by the Tampa/Orlando Alumni Club)
  • October 17 – Hattiesburg, MS;  Memphis v. Southern Miss (hosted by the Lower Alabama & Baton Rouge/New Orleans Alumni Clubs)
  • November 7 – Knoxville, TN;  Memphis v. Tennessee
  • November 21 – Houston, TX;  Memphis v. Houston (hosted by the Houston Alumni Club)

Be sure to click our “Go to the Game” button on the Alumni Association homepage for all the details and pricing information.

Music Society Jam Session
The Alumni Association’s Music Society will be hosting a Jam Session on Tuesday, September 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the Memphis Drum Shop, owned by Jim Pettit. This event is complimentary and open to all recent music graduates and Alumni Association members. Light appetizers and wine will be served. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments to sit in with the house band. The House Band will include Jim Pettit, Gene Rush, David Pool (BM ’91, MA ’94, JD ’08), Sam Shoup (BM ’79), Rene Koopman, Brian “Breeze” Cayolle, Jeremy Shrader (BM ’01), Gerald Stephens, Richard Cesani  (BM ’84, MM ’86), Howard Lamb and Joyce Cobb (BS ’63). You can sit in if you wish or just come, relax, and have a good time. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the night. To RSVP, contact Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or call 901/678-1562 by Friday, September 11.

MPA Back to School Night
Join the Master of Public Administration Alumni Club to celebrate a Night Back at School featuring the faculty of the MPA Department on Tuesday, September 15 from 5-7 p.m. in the Alumni Center. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

2009 Parents of the Year
The University of Memphis Alumni Association will sponsor the annual Parent of the Year contest during Homecoming 2009.  Students are encouraged to nominate parents or guardians who have been an inspiration to them and others. All parents who are nominated by their students will receive a congratulatory letter and a copy of the essay submission.  Winners must be able to participate in the Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally on Friday, October 9, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. and recognition during the Homecoming game on Saturday, October 10, 2009 (kick off is 7:00 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium). Game tickets will be provided. Click here for an application. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18.  Nominators will be notified by Wednesday, September 23 if their nominee was selected as a winner.

Rebounders Golf Tournament
The University of Memphis Alumni Association is pleased to spread the word about the 2009 Memphis Rebounders Golf Classic, with proceeds supporting Memphis Men’s Basketball, on Monday, September 21. To find out more information, contact Harold Byrd (BBA ’71, MS ’75) at hbyrd@bankofbartlett.com or 901/382-6657.

UMAR Book Club Brunch Meeting
University of Memphis Association of Retirees (UMAR) is launching a Book Club, and this is the inaugural meeting! Join us on Tuesday, September 22 at 11 a.m. for breakfast followed by a discussion of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. Please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 to RSVP.

Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law: Dean Tour 2009
University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Dean Kevin Smith and Alumni Association staff will be traveling throughout Eastern Tennessee the week of September 29 – October 1. Stops include Knoxville, Johnson City, Chattanooga and Nashville. If you live in one of these areas, and would like to attend a special reception with the Dean, contact Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner
The College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter will host its 13th Annual Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 1, at The Racquet Club of Memphis. The Chapter will recognize James Morse (BS ’90, MS ’93), Keith Prewitt (BA ’81), Thomas Appleton (BA ’71) and Meah King (BA ’02).  Outstanding Friend of the College this year is Maurice Elliott.  For more information, 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 Friday, October 2 at 1:30 p.m.. 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.

Tampa/Orlando Pre-Game Party
The University of Memphis Tampa/Orlando Alumni Club invites all Tiger alumni, fans and friends to a pre-game tailgate on Saturday, October 3 at 1:30 p.m. ET prior to the 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff between Memphis v. UCF football game in Orlando, FL.  The True Blue Bus will be set up on the UCF campus near the baseball stadium (Jay Bergman Field) and close to Bright House Stadium. For more information on this event, contact Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or 800/678-TRAX (8723). Don't forget to wear Tiger Blue!

2009 Memphis Rebounders High Tops Party
The University of Memphis Alumni Association is pleased to spread the word about the 2009 Memphis Rebounders High Tops Party, on Thursday, October 8 from 5:30-7:30. To find out more information, contact Harold Byrd (BBA ’71, MS ’75) at hbyrd@bankofbartlett.com or 901/382-6657.

Dallas Alumni Club Gathering
The Dallas Alumni Club will be attending the Memphis vs. SMU Men’s Soccer game on Sunday, October 4 at 5:00 p.m.  All Dallas area alumni, fans and friends are encouraged to come out to Wescott Field to watch our Tigers play the Mustangs … don’t forget your Tiger Blue! Tickets may be purchased through the SMU Athletic Ticket Office by calling 214-SMU-GAME or through Ticketmaster by clicking here.  For more information on this event, or to get active in the Dallas Club, contact Club Coordinator Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu.

Alumni Association Class of 1959 Reunion Activities
The Alumni Association will honor the Class of 1959 on Friday, October 9 with a variety of activities throughout the day. Class of 1959 members will be invited to Brunch at the home of U of M President Shirley Raines, followed by a guided campus tour. Price is $35/person. Formal invitation to follow.

Half Century Club and Alumni Association Golden Reception
The Half Century Club and Alumni Association will host the Golden Reception for graduates of the class of 1959 and all previous years on Friday, October 9 at 5 p.m., at the Alumni Center.  To RSVP, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

LCM Black Alumni Reunion Weekend
The Luther C. McClellan Alumni Chapter is hosting its inaugural Reunion Weekend during this year’s Homecoming celebration.  The weekend will begin with the Homecoming Stepshow, showcasing stepping skills of current students and returning alumni, on Friday, Oct. 9, in the Rose Theatre, with proceeds benefiting the LCM Scholarship Fund, followed by an off-campus after party.  On game day, Saturday, Oct. 10, LCM will host a tailgate party in Tobey Park. Contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016 for details.

Education Alumni Chapter Award
The College of Education Alumni Chapter is accepting applications for this year’s Educator of the Year award, awarded to an alumnus of the U of M. The award recipient will be honored at an on field award ceremony at a fall football game. For a nomination form, due October 12, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Tiger Trek to Southern Miss
The University of Memphis Alumni Association is Tiger Trekking to Hattiesburg, MS on Saturday, October 17 as the Tigers take the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.  Prices for the trip are $55.00 for Alumni Association members and $60.00 for Not Yet Association Members, which includes roundtrip bus transportation to and from the game and a boxed lunch and snacks on the bus.  GAME TICKETS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE. Register now for the Tiger Trek by clicking here.  The deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 30 and a minimum of 50 people must register. For more information on this event and other football season plans, contact Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or 901/678-1782.

2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards Nominations
The Alumni Association seeks nominations for its 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards. These awards honor alumni and friends who have brought honor and distinction to the University of Memphis. Award winners will be recognized at a black-tie gala held in their honor in the spring of 2010. Categories are Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Friend and Outstanding Young Alumni. A nomination form is available online at http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/pdfs/daa_nom.pdf.  The deadline for nominations for 2010 award consideration is October 1. Watch future issues of the E-Newsletter for more details on this event.

Young Alumni Committee True Blue 5K
The Young Alumni Committee will host the 3rd Annual First Tennessee True Blue 5K on Friday, October 23. The evening race around the University of Memphis campus will have lots of great food, fun and awards! Proceeds benefit a newly established Young Alumni Committee Scholarship.  Pre-registration fee, completed by October 16, is $25 for a chip timed race and $18 for the fun run (untimed race). Registrants receive a $3.00 discount for MRTC member, U of M students, faculty, staff and Alumni Association members.  Visit http://trueblue5k.racesonline.com/ to register online or contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 for more information and sponsorship opportunities.

Education Alumni Chapterís Educatorís Day
The College of Education Alumni Chapter will host an Educator’s Day at the October 27 football game, as the Tigers take on ECU. The Educator of the Year will be honored with an on-field award presentation and anyone who shows their school credentials, proving that they are a local area educator (i.e. Memphis City Schools ID badge, Shelby County Schools ID badge, etc), may enjoy pre-paid reduced admission of $5 per ticket. To purchase these reduced price tickets, please contact Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-2333.

Fogelman College of Business and Economics Alumni Day Luncheon
Join the FCBE Alumni Chapter at our 17th annual Alumni Day luncheon on Wednesday, October 28, 11:30 a.m., at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. Our keynote speaker is B. Lane Carrick (BS ’03), Chairman and CEO, Sovereign Wealth Management and Chairman, Trustmark Bank. Ben Watkins (BBA ’78) will be named as Outstanding Alumnus, Gary Wunderlich (MBA ’95), CEO of Wunderlich Securities, will be this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year and Chris Chu (BBA ’00), Strategic Sales/Co-Founder, EVS Corporation, will be named Outstanding Young Alumnus. Joe DeVivo, President of Smith & Nephew's Orthopedic Reconstruction Division, will be honored as Distinguished Friend of the College. Please e-mail Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or call 901/678-4373 for more information.

Band Alumni Chapter
The Band Alumni Chapter will host their annual Bandmasters Champions at the Liberty Bowl on Saturday, October 31. For updates and to see photos of past Bandmasters Championships, please visit the Band Alumni Chapter web site.

Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Board Judicial Reception
The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Board will host the annual Judicial Reception at the residence of University President Shirley Raines on Tuesday, November 3. Recent School of Law Graduates, Justices of the Supreme Court of Tennessee and members of the Federal, State and Local Judiciary will be honored. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or call 901/678-1562.

Save the Date: Journalism Alumni Club
The Journalism Alumni Club will be honoring Outstanding Alumni with a dinner on Thursday, November 5 at the Racquet Club of Memphis. The Club will recognize Jerry Klein (BA ’94), Owner/Principal, Kossman-Klein & Company, David Waters (BA ’81), Columnist, the Washington Post, and Kini Kedigh Plumlee (BA ’76) Editor, Le Bonheur Magazine and Communications Specialist, Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Save the Date: Law School Grand Opening Gala
The Law Alumni Chapter, in collaboration with the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, is hosting the Grand Opening Celebration of the newly renovated building on Saturday, January 16, 2010. The Grand Opening will take place throughout the entire building and will feature performers from the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. Gourmet food and beverage stations will offer “Best of Memphis” small plates from local restaurants. Law school students will administer building tours and will be honored with a late-night gathering after the conclusion of the event. For additional information and ticket prices, visit www.memphis.edu/alumni/lawgala or contact Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

Membership Matters!
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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