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Sept. 30 Gala to Launch Year of Celebration
Signs of the time: University of Memphis Centennial Celebration banners are rapidly appearing on light poles around campus. (Photo by Rhonda Cosentino)
Signs of the time: University of Memphis Centennial Celebration banners are rapidly appearing on light poles around campus. (Photo by Rhonda Cosentino)

Grammy-Award winning artist Aaron Neville and the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music are ready to say “Happy 100th!” to the University of Memphis as the school launches into its year-long centennial celebration with a kick-off extravaganza Sept. 30 at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. This is one of many signature centennial events scheduled for the next 16 months — more are listed below.

U of M faculty, staff and students are being offered a very limited number of $12 tickets for the event Sept 6-16 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the on-campus Harris Box Office. Call 678-1651 for more details.

The evening of entertainment will include performances by the University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble, Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra, Sound Fuzion, the University Singers and the U of M Opera.

The program will also feature the debut of two original compositions, “Centennial Fanfare” and “Presidential Portraits,” written by longtime U of M music professor James Richens.

Grammy Award-winning artist Aaron Neville will be among the many performers at the Sept. 30 Centennial Celebration kickoff event at the Cannon Center in downtown Memphis.
Grammy Award-winning artist Aaron Neville will be among the many performers at the Sept. 30 Centennial Celebration kickoff event at the Cannon Center in downtown Memphis.

Neville has had a successful career as a solo artist and as a member of the Neville Brothers. His hits include “Tell It Like It Is,” “Don’t Know Much,” “All My Life” and “Everybody Plays the Fool.”

Regular price tickets are $28 and $20, plus fees, available through Ticketmaster and at the Cannon Center box office.

Other events:

Tigers Around Town: You may feel “on safari” Sept. 10 if you visit the U of M campus: 100 tigers are set for “release” as part of the U of M Alumni Association’s “Tigers Around Town” centennial celebration. The Association offered 100 of the uniquely designed, life-size tiger statues to alumni, businesses and fans for sponsorship. The statues will be unveiled at noon in the Student Plaza adjacent to the Administration Building.

The family event will include hot dogs, soft drinks, inflatable bouncers and entertainment by the Soul Outsiders.

Each tiger statue, based on the measurements of mascot TOM II, stands about 6 feet high, 3 feet wide and weighs around 600 pounds. While the pose for each statue is the same, some of the Mid-South’s finest artists showed off their talents to make each Tiger distinctive. 

Each sponsor selected a year between 1912 and 2012 for their Tiger.

“Each tiger will represent one of the 100 years of the University,” said Tammy Hedges, executive director of the Alumni Association. “A historical fact about the U of M for that year will appear on a plaque that accompanies each statue.”

After being displayed on campus through 2011, the statues will appear at locations around the greater Memphis area beginning in early 2012.

Homecoming: The Memphis Tigers take on SMU Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. at the Liberty Bowl in the annual homecoming game.

Homecoming weekend will again include a huge campus parade, this year set for Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m. followed by a pep rally with Larry Porter at 6:30 p.m. The parade will be around the exterior of the U of M campus with parking available at the Southern and Central Ave. parking lots. President Shirley Raines and athletic director R.C. Johnson are special guests for the event, which includes marching bands, Pouncer, floats and cheerleaders. Food for the event is provided by Huey’s Restaurants.

Noted Memphis historian Jimmy Ogle will lead several tours of the University of Memphis community. See story for details.
Noted Memphis historian Jimmy Ogle will lead several tours of the University of Memphis community. See story for details.

Jimmy Ogle neighborhood lecture and tours: Noted Memphis historian Jimmy Ogle will present a University Neighborhoods” lecture Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. in the University Center Beale Room. He will also lead several “University of Memphis: Know Your Neighborhood” walking tours: Sept. 21, separate tours at noon and 1:30 p.m., assemble at south entrance to the Administration Building; Sept. 25, separate tours at 2 and 3:30 p.m., assemble at south entrance to the Administration Building.

Banned Books Week: Banned Books Week returns to campus from 1 to 2:30 p.m. daily in the McWherter Library.

Tiger Blue Goes Green: The University’s largest annual sustainability event, Tiger Blue Goes Green, is scheduled for Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Student Plaza. It will include dozens of booths and activities designed to increase “green” awareness. For more information, call 678-4514.

Song of Silk with Peking Opera: The U of M’s Confucius Institute helps the University celebrate its centennial with the “Song of Silk” concert Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Rose Theatre. The program includes the Peking Opera, Chinese dance solos, instrumental music, folk songs, art songs and piano performances. For more information, call 678-3166.

Memphis Research Expo: U of M researchers get into the act with the Memphis Research Expo, set for Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the FedEx Institute of Technology. The Expo will showcase the research and work done by leading scientists from the U of M, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Admission is free. Call 678-1041 for more details.

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