MEMPHIS MATTERS is the NEW E-News!
The University of Memphis Alumni Association is pleased to present the first edition
of Memphis Matters, the enhanced version of Alumni and Friends E-News. This complimentary
electronic newsletter will be sent on the 15th of each month and will contain information about upcoming Alumni Association events,
key alumni spotlights and more! Click here for E-News archives and to subscribe or unsubscribe.
Congratulations, May Graduates!
||The University of Memphis celebrated the largest Commencement in its history in early
May, awarding a total of 2,036 degrees in two ceremonies at FedExForum. The U of M
also presented an honorary doctor of letters degree to iconic civil rights leader
and educator Maxine Smith at the afternoon session. The Cecil C. Humphreys School
of Law held its graduation Sunday, May 9, at 3 p.m. at the Cannon Center for the Performing
The Alumni Association is pleased to provide an Associate Membership to our new graduates. This complimentary first year membership to the Association,
mailed with your diploma, is given with hopes that you will take advantage of the
more than 68 clubs, chapters and programs based on academics, geography or a specific
interest. Get involved by mentoring a current student, sponsoring a scholarship or
nominating a favorite professor for an award. Socialize with other Tigers at a True
Blue Watch Party. Network at one of the hundreds of events and meetings that we sponsor
throughout the year. But most importantly – Stay True Blue and continue your membership
in the Alumni Association!
Your membership information will be included with your diploma. For more information
about the University of Memphis Alumni Association, visit our Web Page at www.memphis.edu/alumni or call 800/678-TRAX (8729).
Alumni Association Spotlight: Kathryn Hicks Simpson (BSEE ’99)
|University of Memphis alumna Kathryn Hicks Simpson (BSEE ’99), Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs at Medtronic, is on the cutting
edge of new product safety in the biomedical industry. The Food and Drug Administration
has the responsibility of ensuring that all medical devices are safe for public use.
Simpson has been on the forefront of leading Medtronic’s compliance and approval efforts
in this area.
Since graduating from the U of M, Simpson earned a doctorate in bioengineering from
Rice University. She is married to fellow alumnus, James Simpson (BSCE ’99), and they
have a son, future Tiger, William.
In addition to being a lifetime member of the Alumni Association, a regular guest
speaker for the Society of Women Engineers and biomedical engineering program, and
volunteering with the Frosh Camp Alumni Club, Simpson is also the former president
of the Engineering College’s Alumni Chapter. “I value the education and experiences
I received at the University of Memphis,” says Simpson. “I want to stay involved
and do my part to make the U of M an even better place for current and future students.”
10,000 Members by 2012
The University of Memphis Alumni Association has a goal of reaching 10,000 Association members by 2012. Currently, our membership is at 9,619. With YOUR help, we can reach our goal two years early! Click here to join the Alumni Association - your membership matters!
Association Club and Chapter News
Alumni Today Directory Project
On behalf of the University of Memphis Alumni Association, and in preparation for
the University's Centennial Celebration, you will be contacted over the next few months
by Harris Connect in order to update your information for the Alumni Today directory
that will be sold just before the University's Centennial Celebration. Should you
have any questions or concerns, please contact the Alumni Association at email@example.com, 901/678-2333 or 800/678-TRAX (8729).
Frosh Camp Alumni Club
One of the Alumni Association’s newest clubs, the Frosh Camp Alumni Club, will be
collecting donations for supplies for this summer’s Frosh camp counselors. Any former
Frosh Camp counselor or camper is welcome to participate and join the Club. Contact
Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901/678-1562 for more information.
Young Alumni Committee
The U of M Young Alumni Committee is accepting nominations for new board members!
If you are an alumnus of the University of Memphis under the age of 35 and are interested
in serving on the board of the Young Alumni Committee, please submit your application
soon! You may click here to download an application with instructions on how to submit it after completion.
Are you a parent of a current U of M student or incoming freshman? If so, join the
ranks of the Alumni Association Parents Club! Membership in the Parents Club is included
in Alumni Association regular membership. If you are not currently an Alumni Association
member, you can join the Alumni Association and Parents Club for just $35. Join now
by clicking here or contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at 901/678-5016 or email@example.com for details.
2011 School of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Outstanding Alumni Award Nominations
The School of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Chapter is seeking nominations
for its 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient. This award will be presented to a
deserving AuSP graduate at the Alumni Reception at the Mid-South Conference on Communicative
Disorders in February. Deadline for submission is September 1. For a nomination form
or more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901/678-4373.
Save the Date: Theatre & Dance Reunion and Retirement Weekend
Theatre & Dance Alumni, save the date for Labor Day Weekend 2010! Long-time faculty,
Gloria Baxter and Susan Chrietzberg, will be honored at a weekend-long retirement
celebration. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at email@example.com or 901/678-1562.
Save the Date: College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Alumni Awards
The College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter will host its annual Outstanding Alumni
Awards dinner on Thursday, October 14 in the University Center. For more information,
contact Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901/678-1562.
Save the Date: Outstanding Journalism Alumni Awards
The Journalism Alumni Club will host its annual Outstanding Journalism Alumni Awards
dinner on Thursday, October 21. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss
Adams Ivey at email@example.com or 901/678-4373.
Save the Date: Homecoming 2010
The University of Memphis Alumni Association will be hosting our annual Homecoming
Parade and Pep Rally on Friday, October 29! On Saturday, October 30, our Memphis Tigers
will be taking on the Houston Cougars, game time 6 p.m. Mark your calendar and get
ready to cheer on our Tigers!
GradMed® short-term medical insurance provides protection from the major expenses
associated with an accident or illness. An ideal product for new graduates and alumni
between jobs, coverage can begin as early as the day after receipt of your application.
Click here to find out more.
Join the Alumni Association!
|Click here to view a video from Association member and actor William Sanderson (BBA '68, JD '71) on the importance of joining the Alumni Association.
The University of Memphis Alumni Association is proud to offer our members a full
benefits package! Discounts include both Memphis-area and national retailers and consist
of savings at Target.com, Lexington Hotel Group, Flag Center and many, many more! Only current Alumni Association members will be able to take
advantage of these discounts. To JOIN NOW, click here.
Membership Matters! The University of Memphis Alumni Association would like to thank all of our current
life, annual and associate members. If you are not yet a member, please join now.
The University of Memphis Alumni Association needs your support!
Join the Alumni Association and make a TRUE BLUE difference in YOUR University! Visit
www.memphis.edu/alumni or call 901/678-ALUM.