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April 2005

Fly Into the Blue at Alumni Awards Gala
Faculty Convocation Honors Top Educators, Researchers, Advisers
Sensing Technologies Topic of FedEx Institute Event
Reminder: Celebrate the Season in the University District Tomorrow

Upcoming Alumni Events

Fly Into the Blue at Alumni Awards Gala
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There's still time to reserve your seat for the Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala . Fly "Into the Blue" on Friday, April 22, and join us in honoring Tom Watson as Distinguished Alumnus, Marla Johnson Norris as Distinguished Alumna, Jon McGlothian as Outstanding Young Alumnus and Rudi Scheidt as Distinguished University Friend.

The reservation deadline of April 18, 2005 quickly approaches, so please make your reservations now by visiting http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/daa.html or by calling our office at 901/678-ALUM.

Don't miss this one! Come fly with us to tunes provided by the New Memphis Hepcats. Tour private planes while browsing through our True Blue silent auction. Helicopter arrivals are expected!



Faculty Convocation Honors Top Educators, Researchers, Advisers

The University community will gather April 28 to honor its own at the annual Faculty Convocation , which recognizes outstanding teachers, researchers and advisers. Among this year's honorees is David Appleby , professor of communication and award-winning filmmaker, 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.

Appleby has been making documentary films for almost 30 years. He joined the U of M in 1977, teaching and producing films which have raised awareness of issues of importance in the Mid-South. Last year Appleby's film Hoxie: The First Stand won a string of prestigious honors: a Peabody Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, a Mid-South Regional Emmy Award for non-news writing and a CINE Golden Eagle. Hoxie follows a 1955 decision by the school board of a small Arkansas town to integrate its schools voluntarily in the face of strong opposition.

Also 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. William Jermann , professor of electrical and computer engineering and Dr. John Hanneken , associate professor of physics.

Other 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. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre on campus and is free and open to the public.

Sensing Technologies Topic of FedEx Institute Event

Cameras that can see through walls? Invisible sensors that can detect poisons in the air? Electronic chips to track furniture, files and people? These aren't ideas pulled from a science fiction story but research projects being developed at the University of Memphis.

Learn about the future of sensing technologies Wednesday, April 20, 2 to 4 p.m. at the University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology. On tap for the afternoon:

  • Steven Griffin and Carl Halford from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will discuss their projects developing visual sensors, including cameras that can see through clothes and walls to detect objects like weapons.
  • Lee McCauley and Aaron Robinson from the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering will talk about sensors that can track objects and sensors for your office that will know where you are and be able to respond to your commands appropriately.
  • Eugene Pinkhassik, Sanjay Mishra and Erno Lindner from the Departments of Chemistry, Physics and Biomedical Engineering will explain their research in nanotechnology-based sensors that can't be seen by the human eye but can detect poisons, diseases and other substances in the human body or in the environment.
  • Brian Janz and Medhi Amini with the Departments of Management Information Systems and Marketing and Supply Chain Management will explain how sensing technologies will change the way we do business.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 901/678-5105 or visit http://fedex.memphis.edu.

Reminder: Celebrate the Season in the University District Tomorrow

U of M President Shirley C. Raines will kick off the University District Spring Fest on Saturday, April 16, at 11 a.m. This new family-and-music-oriented event will take place on Walker Street between Highland and Brister until 10 p.m. Admission is free, and there will be entertainment for all ages and food for all tastes.

The Mason YMCA on Walker will offer swimming pool games, 3-on-3 pickup basketball games, a moon bounce and more. The Memphis Grizzlies will bring their van and offer a variety of basketball-oriented activities. The University of Memphis mascot, Pouncer, and the U of M pom pon squad will be on hand from 11 a.m. to noon.

The evening hours will showcase a variety of local jazz and blues artists, including Eddie Smith, Free World and others performing on the main stage. The Spring Fest Street Party is sponsored by the University District Inc. All proceeds from the event will be used for community development projects in the neighborhoods surrounding the U of M.

Upcoming Alumni Events

The Loewenberg School of Nursing Alumni Chapter will host the Spring Nursing Career Fair on Monday, April 25, in the University Center Ballroom. This event, sponsored by the Nursing Alumni Chapter, is designed to showcase graduating seniors' final projects to their School of Nursing peers while also presenting an opportunity for health-care recruiters to meet the students. If you are interested in attending or would like to become involved in the Nursing Alumni Chapter, please contact Emily Jones at emilyjones@memphis.edu or 901/678-ALUM.

The University College Alumni Chapter will be honor Richard B. Arwood (BPS '81, MPA '83) as its 2005 Outstanding Alumnus at a reception Sunday, May 1, at the Ridgeway Country Club. Arwood is currently serving as Director of City of Memphis Fire Services and is a career firefighter. The University College is proud to honor the achievements of Chief Arwood and hopes you will make plans to attend. There is no cost to attend this event; however, the chapter requests a $10 donation with all the proceeds benefiting the University College. For more information, please contact Gwen Cook at 901/678-ALUM or via e-mail at alumnievents@memphis.edu .

Tuesday, May 10, is Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Night at Nat Buring Baseball Stadium. Bob Dinkelspiel, President of the School of Law Alumni Chapter, will throw out the first pitch of the game at 6:30 p.m. as the Tigers take on the Arkansas State Indians. All members of the Alumni Association receive a discounted ticket price of $2 at the gate - just show your Alumni Association membership card. Be there and be True Blue!

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