Sharpens Alumni Vision
Alumni Association Taps Five for "True
Senior Nabs University's First Truman
Tigers Clear Another Hurdle in Venue Move
Faculty Convocation Honors Outstanding
Educators, Researchers, Advisers - Chang Earns Top
Upcoming Alumni Events
In an effort to revamp the University's Alumni Association,
the U of M held its first-ever Alumni Vision Forum
on March 27. More than 200 alumni and friends gathered at
the FedEx Institute of Technology to provide input.
of the forum are now available for your review at http://www.memphis.edu/visionforum.
From this site, you can also download consultant Bob Burdenski's
benchmarking presentation and provide your feedback about
the Vision Forum as it relates to the direction of your Alumni
gathered from the forum and from your e-mail feedback will
be used to create a proposal to determine the direction of
the Alumni Association. After the proposal is finalized, alumni
and friends will have the opportunity to review it, and Alumni
Association members will vote on the proposal.
University will have the new strategic plan in place by July
1 and involve clubs and chapters transitioned into that plan
by Jan. 1, 2005.
Five individuals will receive The University of Memphis Alumni
Association's highest honor this June, the Distinguished Alumni
Award. The gala, scheduled for June 12, will honor Harold
Byrd (BBA '71, MS '75), Margaret Craddock (MA '83,
JD '88) and Dan Palmer (BBA '66) as Distinguished Alumni;
the late Billy Hicks as Distinguished Friend; and Reggie
Howard (BBA '01) as Outstanding Young Alumnus.
in-depth look at this year's winners will appear in the Spring
issue of The University of Memphis Magazine. For a list of
all past award recipients, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/daa.html.
plan to join us for this evening of dinner and dancing, honoring
our alumni and friends. To make reservations for this year's
gala, or for more information, e-mail email@example.com
or call 901-678-5314 or 800-678-8729.
Former South African President F.W. de Klerk initiated
sweeping transformations across his country when he released
political prisoner Nelson Mandela, lifted racially biased
bans, arranged for a redrafted constitution and organized
the first ever all-race election. This courageous leader will
speak about the importance of education and health care in
the pursuit of worldwide peace at a luncheon held in his honor
on March 30. The luncheon will be held at the University Holiday
Inn Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m, and tickets are $30
Klerk's visit is part of Techsposium, an international conference
on improving health and education through information technology.
For more information on the luncheon and on Techsposium or
to order your tickets today, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/techsposium
or call 901/678-1618.
Memphis City Council voted on April 13 to endorse the University's
request to allow Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton terminate the
University's contract for use of the Pyramid as home to its
basketball program. The Shelby County Commission had given its
approval to the same request several weeks ago.
came after University President Shirley Raines told the council
that the University had secured private funding of the Tigers'
locker room "build-out" in the FedExForum. With
that development, the University withdrew its request for
use of $350,000 in excess interest from Forum construction
bonds to build-out the locker room.
final governing body that must approve the Tigers' move to
the new facility is the State Building Commission. The SBC
will vote on the matter on May 13 in Nashville.
year's annual Faculty Convocation, honoring top faculty and
advisers, will be held April 22. Among this year's honorees
is Dr. Cyril Chang, professor of economics, who will
receive the Board of Visitors Eminent Faculty Award.
This honor recognizes "exceptional and sustained contributions
to scholarly creative achievement, teaching and service, bringing
recognition to the University" and carries a $20,000 award.
who joined the U of M in 1981, teaches health care and Executive
MBA economics. He is a voluntary professor in the department
of preventive medicine in the College of Medicine and the
department of community nursing in the College of Nursing
at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
also is director of the Center for Health Care Economics,
housed in the U of M's Fogelman College of Business and Economics.
The Center was established last year to improve the efficiency
of governmental medical programs and study the impact of regional
and state trends in health care.
has received numerous awards, including the University's Distinguished
Teaching Award, Distinguished Research Award and the Suzanne
Downs Palmer Professorship.
awarded at convocation, the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation
Excellence in Teaching Award honors professors for outstanding
undergraduate teaching and an overall commitment to undergraduate
education. This year's winners are Dr. Charles Biggers,
professor of biology, and Mr. Stephen Hancock, assistant
professor of theatre and dance.
awards to be distributed at convocation include the Distinguished
Teaching Awards, Distinguished Research Awards, Distinguished
Advising Awards and the President's Allen J. Hammond Memorial
Award. Faculty Convocation is scheduled for 2 p.m. April 22
in the Michael D. Rose Theatre on campus and is free and open
to the public.
an effort to bridge the generation gap between alumni and students,
the Fogelman College of Business and Economics is holding
the first "Dinner at Eight" event at the home
of Eric (BBA '78) and Teresa Bolton. The event will be held
April 22 at 6 p.m. The Dinner at Eight concept invites faculty
members to facilitate discussions at informal dinners held in
local alumni homes, which will foster opportunities for career
shadowing, mentoring, and possibly future employment.
more information about Dinner at Eight, please contact Mindy
Spaunhorst at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 901/678-2333.
and Speech-Language Pathology Alumni will host a graduate
reception on May 1 to honor spring 2004 graduates. The reception
will be held at the Speech and Hearing Center, 807 Jefferson
Ave. at 8 a.m. Faculty and staff invited to attend as well
as family and friends of graduates. Contact Mindy Spaunhorst
at email@example.com or call 901/678-2333 for additional
alumni will judge senior student research projects at the
Senior Nursing Poster Competition and Career Fair April 19.
The event will be held at the Michael D. Rose Theatre on campus
at 8:30 a.m. and is open to the public.
Atlanta alumni: Coach Joe Lee Dunn is scheduled to
visit your area May 18. More information will be available
soon. Please contact Mindy Spaunhorst at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 901/678-2333 for details.