For release: April 4, 2012
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
From Friday through Sunday, April 20-22, the University of Memphis will host a Centennial
Reunion Weekend that is open to the thousands of U of M alumni, faculty, staff, and
students from around the world. A spring carnival and the unveiling of an iconic campus
statue are among the dozens of events scheduled.
A highlight of the weekend will be the unveiling at 1 p.m. on April 20 of a bronze
tiger statue modeled on U of M mascot TOM. The life-size tiger will be located on
the west side of the University Center. The public is invited to the unveiling. Everyone
is invited to rub the tiger’s paw for good luck, or pose next to it for photos.
Created by noted sculptor David Alan Clark, the 1,000-pound statue will stand on an
inclined surface, symbolizing the value of obtaining a college degree. Inside the
statue’s base will be a time capsule filled with items representing the University’s
One of the most visible on-campus events will be staged April 21 from noon to 4 p.m.
The Student Activities Council (SAC) will hold a free Spring Fling Centennial Carnival
on the Alumni Mall and Student Plaza for alumni, faculty, staff, students, and their
families. Complete with rides, food, games, a petting zoo, and carnival acts, it will
be one of the largest spring events SAC has ever hosted.
In conjunction with Reunion Weekend, the Department of Anthropology will host a weekend
of events celebrating the program’s 35th anniversary. The department will host the
Anthropology Anniversary Gala Dinner at The Peabody in downtown Memphis on the evening
of April 21. Guests are invited to bid at the silent auction, taste exotic flavors
from a Moroccan feast, and watch a tribal dance exhibition.
Other Reunion Weekend events include the Spring Opera by the Rudi E. Scheidt School
of Music; Faculty Convocation; a College of Education, Health and Human Sciences open
house; a Loewenberg School of Nursing alumni reception; a Young Alumni Council “Blue
Moon Masquerade” on the Madison Hotel Rooftop; a buffet at Corky’s for journalism
alumni who served on the student newspaper or yearbook staff; and a Black Alumni Mixer
Details about Reunion Weekend and all Centennial events can be found online at www.memphis.edu/centennial/events.php.