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Spring 2010 Features


Leaping forward
Spin cycle
Flight patterns
Man on a mission
The unvanquished

The Columns: Alumni Review
Brush strokes
That perfect season
Club and Chapter News

For more information on any Alumni Association Clubs, Chapters or events, please contact the Association at or 901/678-2586.

Runners old and young alike took part in last year�s True Blue 5K run, held on campus. This year�s event is Nov. 5. Contact Ryan Jones at 901/678-1333 for more information.
Runners old and young alike took part in last year’s True Blue 5K run, held on campus. This year’s event is Nov. 5. Contact Ryan Jones at 901/678-1333 for more information.
Arts & Sciences
Join the chapter for its Outstanding Alumni Awards Thursday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. The honorees are Leigh Baim Mansberg (BA ’91, MAT ’92), English Department chair and Katherine Neely Chair of Excellence at St. Mary’s Episcopal School; Robert R. Milner (BS ’67), industrial real estate broker and logistics consultant with Wilkinson and Snowden Inc.; Dr. Larry Robinson (BA ’79), assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and Edward L. Stanton III (BA ’94, JD ’97), U.S. attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. For more information, contact Chelsea Dubey at or 901/678-1562.

The chapter enjoyed a Mid-Summer Mixer in Downtown Memphis in July. Chapter members enjoyed mixing and mingling with fellow alumni and community peers.

The 2010 Bandmasters Championships will be held Saturday, Oct. 23, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. For information and to view photos and videos of past Bandmasters Championships, visit or contact Joe Biggers at or 901/678-1782.

Business & Economics
The chapter will host its annual Alumni Day Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn. To RSVP, or for more information, contact Fariss Adams Ivey at or 901/678-4373.

The chapter hosted a professional development seminar for Memphis area engineers in August. The topic was “Compliance with Environmental Air Quality Regulations” and was presented by Bob Rogers (BSME ’82, MS ’89), manager of pollution control for the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department.

Future Alumni of Memphis enjoyed spending time with the Young Alumni Committee at a Tiger baseball game in May at FedEx Park. Students mingled with alumni while enjoying burgers and hot dogs. FAM, the Association’s new student group, attended each New Student Orientation throughout the summer to promote awareness and membership. FAM is the fastest-growing paid student organization at the U of M.

Frosh Camp
In July the Alumni Association’s newest club, the Frosh Camp Alumni Club, provided gifts and supplies to current Frosh Camp counselors through the “Grandparents” program. Alumni donated items that counselors normally pay for out of pocket and “spoiled” the students with additional treats and special surprises.

Half Century Club
The Half Century Club and Alumni Association will host the Class of 1960 Golden Reunion Friday, Oct. 29. Activities throughout the day will include brunch at the home of U of M President Shirley Raines, a tour of the U of M campus and a Golden Reception with members of the class of 1960 and all previous years. Contact Ryan Jones at or 901/678-1333 for more information.

The club will host its Mentorship Mixer Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 5:30 p.m. at the Alumni Center. Join the Journalism Alumni Club to celebrate its Outstanding Alumni Awards Thursday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn. The 2010 honorees are Jesse Bunn (BA ’74), director of marketplace communications at FedEx Corp.; John Koski (BA ’88), vice president and general manager of WHBQ-TV Fox 13; and Candace “Candy” Justice (MA ’92), assistant professor of journalism at the U of M and general manager of The Daily Helmsman. For more information, or to RSVP for these events, contact Fariss Adams Ivey at or 901/678-4373.

The chapter hosted its annual student, faculty and board reception at former chapter president Richard Carter’s home in April. Several members of the chapter’s board participated in the Admitted Student Open House in April to welcome incoming law students. Carter (JD ’80) read names of graduates at the commencement ceremony in May. In July, the chapter hosted a CLE workshop on criminal law at the Law School, followed by a reception. Presenters at the CLE were Leslie Ballin (JD ’77), William Massey (JD ’81), Steve Mulroy and Brian Faughnan (JD ’98).

The Law School Scholarship Luncheon will be held Tuesday, Oct. 19. The event will honor donors and student scholarship recipients. The Law Alumni Chapter Judicial Reception will be Wednesday, Nov. 3. Both events will be in the Cecil C. Humphreys Law Reception Room. For more information, or to RSVP for these events, contact Chelsea Dubey at or 901/678-1562.

Luther C. McClellan
The chapter held a meeting and social event in May. Topics discussed included upcoming events and Homecoming. The chapter also met in July for a social event.

The Loewenberg School of Nursing Alumni Chapter hosted its biannual Career Fair in April in the University Center. More than 55 graduating seniors presented their final projects. 

Theatre & Dance
The club welcomed incoming freshmen in August with a luncheon during the department’s orientation. Parents, faculty, staff and students were able to meet club members and alumni staff. The club’s Big Red Celebration will honor Gloria Baxter and Susan Chrietzberg Saturday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 5, at 11:30 a.m. at the Big Red Theatre in the Theatre & Dance Building. Both professors retired Dec. 31, 2008, and continue to teach as professors emeriti until spring 2012. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Chelsea Dubey at or 901/678-1562.

U of M Association of Retirees members enjoyed their annual spring/summer picnic in May at the Meeman Biological Field Station in Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park. The group enjoyed a potluck lunch, raffle and musical entertainment throughout the afternoon. In June, the group hosted a Mix and Match event with a trip to the new WKNO facilities in Cordova and lunch with featured speaker Melissa Peterson, editor of Edible Memphis magazine. Members met in July to discuss their most recent Book Club Discussion Group work. In August they had a four-course wine dinner.

University College
The chapter hosted an awards reception in May to honor Mary Brignole (BPS ’99, MS ’03), academic adviser in the U of M’s Academic Counseling Center and past president of the University College Alumni Chapter, as the Outstanding Alumni Award recipient for 2010 and Susanne Darnell (MA ’70), former interim dean and former associate dean of the University College, as the winner of the Outstanding Service Award for 2010.

Young Alumni Committee
The Young Alumni Committee, in collaboration with the Future Alumni of Memphis, hosted a spring cookout at a May baseball game at FedEx Park. The group’s annual True Blue 5K will be Friday, Nov. 5, on the U of M campus. For more information, contact Ryan Jones at 901/678-1333 or Online registration for the race is available at

New York
The New York Alumni Club joined with other C-USA alumni clubs for a mixer in April and enjoyed friendly rivalry and socializing.

St. Louis
St. Louis Alumni Club leadership met with Alumni staff members in July.

Washington, D.C.
The Washington, D.C., Alumni Club hosted a watch party while the Tigers took on Houston in January.

The Alumni Association is looking to expand and form more TRUE BLUE Clubs across the country. If you are interested in assisting with expansion, contact the Alumni Association at or 800/678-8729 for more information on how you can get involved.

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