Contact: Gabrielle Maxey
April 2, 2014 - The Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis will
celebrate its Golden Jubilee Friday, April 11, at the Memphis Botanic Garden. A reception
and silent auction will start at 6:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at
7:30 p.m. and dessert and entertainment at 8:30 p.m.
Joe Royer (BSCE '71, MS '75), a professional engineer turned entrepreneur, will be
honored as Outstanding Alumnus. Royer is founder, co-owner and president of Outdoors
Inc. An avid mountain climber, cyclist and kayaker, he established the Outdoors Inc.
Canoe & Kayak Race. Royer helped plan and design the canoe and kayak whitewater course
for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He also has worked for the Shelby County Health
Department and served as vice president of Hayden-Wegman Engineers of New York City.
Herff Honor Awards for Distinguished Service will be presented to: Ring Companies;
Don Colvin, vice president of properties and facilities for FedEx; Doug Cook, vice
president of operations planning and engineering for FedEx; and posthumously to Theopolis
Holeman and Edward F. Williams III. Faculty and staff awards also will be presented.
Tickets are $60 per person. For more information on the event, call 678-2171.