Alumni Association - University of Memphis
Memphis Matters April 2011

April 2011

Spring Game & Tiger Tour
Sad basketball season is over? Get your Tiger Sports fix at the Blue-Gray Football Classic and Tiger Tour!
Tigers Around Town
Sponsor your own Tigers Around Town statue and make a statement as ferocious as your love for the University of Memphis.

Alumni Association Spotlight
Meet School of Communication Sciences and Disorders alumna Lauren Powers (MA '02)
2011 Faculty Convocation
Congratulations to the recipients of the Distinguished Advising, Research and Teaching Awards sponsored by the Alumni Association!

Association Club and Chapter News and Events
Click here to view the upcoming activities and events with Association Clubs and Chapters.

Join the Alumni Association!
As a member of the U of M Alumni Association, you could receive exclusive savings on your auto and home insurance with our new affinity partner, Liberty Mutual.


Spring Game & Tiger Tour

2011 Blue-Gray Football Classic Spring Game Pre-Game Hospitality Tent
Saturday, April 16, 11 am

Tiger Lane - Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Join the U of M Alumni Association & Tiger Scholarship Fund at the 2011 Blue-Gray Football Classic Spring Game Pre-Game Hospitality Tent! Enjoy complimentary BBQ and all the fixings or take part in the Blue & Gray BBQ Contest. Please RSVP to Donna LaRiviere at dlarivir@memphis.edu or 901/678-4585 by April 13. Must present Association Membership Card to enter.

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2011 Tiger Tour
Nashville - Tuesday, April 26 - 6 pm - Frist Center
Memphis - Thursday, April 28 - 5:30 pm - U of M Athletic Office - Banquet Room


Enjoy appearances by Coach Josh Pastner, Coach Larry Porter, Coach Melissa McFerrin, R. C. Johnson and other athletic administration. Hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine and soft drinks will be provided. The cost is $15 per person.

To make reservations online visit www.gotigersgo.com or call 901/678-4585.

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Tigers Around Town

Meet the True Blue Tiger!
Stop by any of the locations below to see the life-size Tiger statue and to learn more about how you can purchase or design your own Tiger!

Scheduled Appearances:

  • Saturday, April 16, 11 am - Tiger Lane - Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
    Stop by the Blue-Gray Football Classic Pre-Game Hospitality Tent and eat some BBQ and meet the Tiger!
  • Thursday, April 28, 5:30 pm - U of M Athletic Office
    Attend Tiger Tour to meet Coach Josh Pastner, Coach Larry Porter, Coach Melissa McFerrin, and, of course, the True Blue Tiger!
  • Or come visit us at the Alumni Center any day Monday-Friday from 8-4:30 pm

The Tiger statues are on sale now and going quickly! Contact the Alumni Association at alumniassociation@memphis.edu or 901/678-2568 to purchase yours today!

Tigers Around Town Centennial Celebration Call to Artists
The University of Memphis Alumni Association is accepting artwork proposals for Tiger Statues that will be featured in the Tigers Around Town Centennial Celebration. If you are an interested artist, please click here for more information. Download an Artist information packet here.

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Alumni Association Spotlight: Lauren Powers (MA '02)

Receiving my masters from the School of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology was truly a life changing experience. Attending the University of Memphis enabled me to learn a variety of skills which improved my ability to help those with special needs. While the graduate school is highly acclaimed, the professors are nationally known, and the supervisors are among the best in the area, the school also provides a sense of acceptance and family atmosphere that allows students to learn and grow into their own professional style.

Through my clinical practicums, I was encouraged to work with all populations. During my practicums at the Boling Center and St. Jude I found my love for working with children who have special needs. Currently, I am practicing at Therapy Hut, where I see children with a variety of disabilities. I will always be grateful for the education I received while attending the University of Memphis. 

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2011 Faculty Convocation

On April 8, the University of Memphis honored faculty members’ contributions to research, teaching, and advising during the 24th Annual Faculty Convocation.

The University of Memphis Alumni Association awards $22,000 annually to outstanding University of Memphis teachers, researchers and advisors. The awards and stipends are presented during Faculty Convocation.

The four Distinguished Research Award winners are as follows: Cary Holladay for Distinguished Achievement in the Creative Arts; Lorelei H. Corcoran for Distinguished Research in the Humanities; Dr. Charles D. Blaha for Distinguished Research in the Social Sciences, Business and Law; and Dr. Abby L. Parrill for Distinguished Research in Science, Engineering and Mathematics.

The 2011 Distinguished Teaching honorees include Emin Babakus, professor in the Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management; Cathy Dice (BA '89, MA '91), instructor of English; Antonio de Velasco, assistant professor in the Department of Communication; and Margaret Vandiver, professor of criminology and criminal justice.

Anna Bess Sorin, coordinator of the Biology Advising and Resource Center, and Marion Chiles Powless (BA '83, MA '07), academic advising coordinator for the Department of Psychology, each received the Distinguished Advising Award.

Congratulations to all of our award recipients! To learn more about the awards presented by the Alumni Association click here.

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Association Club and Chapter News and Events


Student Ambassador Board President
Jonathan Chandler with
President Shirley Raines

"100" Centennial Photo
Alumni, students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a centennial photo on Monday, April 18 from 12:30-1 pm. The University needs your smiling face to be in a special cover photo for the centennial keepsake edition of the University of Memphis magazine which will be printed in August. To illustrate the centennial, you will be arranged in a "100" shape on the Alumni Mall in front of the Administration Building. All participants should wear Tiger Blue or gray above the waist. Please meet on the west side of the University Center at 12:30 pm. Only the first 400 people who arrive will be in the photo, so it is important that you arrive on time so you can assure your place in this historical photograph. For more information contact Laura Fenton at lmfenton@memphis.edu or 901/678-5389.

Win a Golf Trip to Myrtle Beach
Play it Forward Golf and Myrtle Beach Golf have partnered with the University of Memphis Alumni Association to offer Alumni Association members an opportunity to win a fantastic golf getaway to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This package is valued at more than $2,000. Click here for information. 

Blue-Gray Spring Classic Pre-Game Hospitality Tent
Join the U of M Alumni Association & Tiger Scholarship Fund in Tiger Lane at the 2011 Blue-Gray Football Classic Spring Game Pre-Game Hospitality Tent! Enjoy complimentary BBQ and all the fixings or take part in the Blue & Gray BBQ Contest. Please RSVP to Donna LaRiviere at dlarivir@memphis.edu or 901/678-4585 by April 13. Must present Association Membership Card to enter.

Law Alumni Chapter
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter will attend the Annual Admitted Student Open House on Saturday, April 16 at 12 pm. Each spring the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law hosts an Annual Admitted Student Open House to help admitted students learn more about the Memphis Law experience. This program is essential to the year-to-year success of helping admitted student finalize their decision to attend the University of Memphis school of Law. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at wsumner1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

IMBA Alumni Club
The International MBA Alumni Club is hosting i2i: Union and Reunion, a networking event, at Equestria Restaurant on Wednesday, April 20 at 6 pm. All Alumni, students and faculty are invited. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided. There will be live music, and Dean Grover and Dr. Balaji Krishnan, the new head of the IMBA program, will speak. For more information on this event contact Alumni Coordinator Shannon Miller at semiller@memphis.edu  or 901/678-3043.

Nursing Alumni Chapter

The Loewenberg School of Nursing Alumni Chapter will host a Career Fair on Monday, April 25 from 9am – 12pm in the University Center Ball Room. Graduating Seniors from the Nursing School will be presenting their final projects. Contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016 for more information.

FCBE Alumni Chapter Golf Tournament
The Fogelman College of Business and Economics Alumni Chapter will host a golf tournament the afternoon of Monday, April 25 at Mirimichi Golf and Country Club. Lunch is at 12 noon, and the shotgun start begins at 1 pm. For details on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Alumni Coordinator Shannon Miller at semiller@memphis.edu or 901/678-3043.


UMAR Mix & Match
UMAR will host its Spring “Mix & Match” event in the Rose Theatre Entertainment Lobby on Tuesday, April 26 at 11 am. Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice Dr. Wayne Pitts will discuss “Consumer Fraud:  How to Avoid Becoming a Victim.” At noon there will be a BBQ lunch buffet. Lunch will be followed by a 12:30 presentation on “Sustainability on Campus and at Home” by Amelia Mayahi, University of Memphis Green Initiative Sustainability Coordinator. A tour of campus “green” efforts including the community urban garden, campus recycling efforts and biofuel center follows her presentation. Guests may attend one or both presentations at no cost. Lunch is $14 per person.  Contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at cthmonge@memphis.edu or 901-678-1333 to RSVP.

Tiger Tour 2011 – Nashville & Memphis

Join YOUR Alumni Association and Tiger Scholarship Fund for the 2011 Spring Tiger Tour, featuring football coach Larry Porter, women’s basketball coach Melissa McFerrin and men’s head basketball coach Josh Pastner along with special guests from the Alumni Association and Athletic Department. Show your True Blue spirit and join us in Nashville on Tuesday, April 26 at 6 pm at the Frist Center and in Memphis on Thursday, April 28 at 5:30 pm at the Athletic Office Banquet Room. To purchase tickets online click here or call 901/678-4585.

Law Alumni Chapter
The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Externship and Adjunct Appreciation Reception will be held Thursday, April 28 at 5:30 pm on the John S. Porter Terrace, North Side, Level 2, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. The event will feature Dean Kevin H. Smith, Associate Dean, David S. Romantz, Professor Jodi L. Wilson, and Professor Daniel Schaffzin. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at wsumner1@memphis.edu  or 901/678-1562.

Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter
The CAS Alumni Chapter will be celebrating the careers of nine retiring faculty members from The College of Arts & Sciences at the home of Dean Kurtz on Friday, April 29 at 4:30 pm.  For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at wsumner1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

Engineering Alumni Chapter Scholarship

The College of Engineering Alumni Chapter is accepting applications for its book scholarship through April 29 and will meet on May 10 to select the recipients. For more information on applying, contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at cthmonge@memphis.edu or 901-678-1333.

1962-1965 University of Memphis Track Team Reunion
The University of Memphis Alumni Association is partnering with M-Club to co-host a reunion weekend for the 1962-1965 track teams. The team will participate in a meet and greet mixer on Friday, April 29 from 6-9 pm at the Penny Hardaway Hall of Fame banquet hall.On Saturday, April 30, at 9:30 am, those attending the reunion will receive a campus tour of the university. Later that afternoon the M-Club will provide a hospitality tent at the University of Memphis South campus where our Tiger track team will be competing. Show your Tiger spirit and support our Tiger track team in their last home meet of the season. For more information on this event contact Alumni Coordinator Terez Wilson at twilson2@memphis.edu or 901/678-5686.


College of Arts & Science Alumni Chapter
Chemistry Department Reception

Music Society
The Music Society will host a Jam Session & Award of Distinction Ceremony at the Memphis Drum Shop on Tuesday, May 3 at 6 pm.  Light appetizers and wine will be provided. We will also present Gene Rush, professor emeritus of jazz and studio music at the University of Memphis, with the Award of Distinction. A house band will set the beat with a keyboard, guitar and trap drums, and musicians are encouraged to bring their own instruments to play along. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the night. Admission is complimentary for Association members and $10 for not-yet members. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alumni Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at wsumner1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562 by Tuesday, April 19.

Law Alumni Chapter
The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter will participate in the Kenneth M. Cox Ceremony & Black Law Alumni Reception, at Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Wade Auditorium on Friday, May 6 at 6:30 pm. The Chapter will be honoring law graduates with the traditional donning of the Kente cloth. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at wsumner1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

Communication Sciences & Disorders Chapter
The AuSP Alumni Chapter is now the Communication Sciences & Disorders Alumni Chapter!

The CSD Alumni Chapter will host a graduate reception at the Speech and Hearing Center at 807 Jefferson Avenue on Saturday, May 7 for graduating students at 11:30 am, before graduation at the FedEx Forum. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Shannon Miller at semiller@memphis.edu or 901/678-3043.

Nursing Alumni Chapter

The Loewenberg School of Nursing Alumni Chapter will be celebrating Florence Nightingale's birthday with a wine and cheese party on Thursday, May 12 at 7 pm in the Alumni Center. A wine expert will give a presentation and light hors d'oeuvres will be provided. The cost is $20 per person. All alumni, family and friends are welcome. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016.

UMAR
UMAR will host its annual summer potluck picnic at Plum Nelly, the country estate of Agnes Stark on Sunday, May 15 at 3 pm. Guests are asked to sign up to bring a side item, bread or dessert. Drinks will be provided. Please remember to bring your own lawn chairs. There will also be a silent auction of donated items, a wine tasting and an informal conversation offering tips about travelling abroad. Contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at cthmonge@memphis.edu or 901-678-1333 to RSVP.

UMAR invites you to their next book club discussion group on Tuesday, May 24 at 11 am at Brother Juniper's. Enjoy breakfast with the group before discussing this month's literary work House of Prayer No. 2 by Mark Richard. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at cthmonge@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Save the Date: Wei Chen Send-Off Celebration
Join the U of M Alumni Association, St. Jude, and the Greater Memphis Chamber for an exciting send-off celebration as Chinese Memphian Wei Chen (MBA '98) sets off on his flight around the world to become the first Chinese Earthrounder. The celebration takes place on Saturday, May 21 at 6 pm at Wilson Air Center. All proceeds from the Send-Off Celebration, sponsored by the Greatest Member Chamber, will benefit St. Jude. Wei's personal goal is to raise $250,000 for the children of St. Jude. For more information about this event, to donate to St. Jude, or to purchase your tickets, please visit www.stjude.org/weichen.

Tigers Around Town Centennial Celebration Call to Artists

The University of Memphis Alumni Association is accepting artwork proposals for Tiger Statues that will be featured in the Tigers Around Town Centennial Celebration. If you are an interested artist, please click here for more information. Download an artist information packet here.

 

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