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April 2007

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Faculty Convocation Honors Top Educators, Researchers, Advisers
Tiger Scholarship Fund Spring Tour Announced
Get Your Tiger Gear from the Alumni Association Online Store
Alumni Association Seeking Nominations for the National Executive Board of Directors
Alumni News and Events

Faculty Convocation Honors Top Educators, Researchers, Advisers

convocationThe University community celebrates the accomplishments of its own on Thursday, April 19, at the 20th annual Faculty Convocation. The ceremony recognizes faculty members for outstanding teaching, research and service.

Grammy Award-winning blues scholar Dr. David Evans of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music has been named the recipient of the 2007 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award. With a $20,000 stipend, the award recognizes exceptional and sustained contributions to scholarly-creative achievement, teaching and service as well as the bringing of recognition to the University.

Four professors will be honored with the Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award. Receiving the $2,000 award will be Dr. Leigh Anne Duck, associate professor of English, Dr. Jack Grubaugh, associate professor of biology, Dr. Monika Nenon, professor of foreign languages and literatures, and Dr. Robin Poston, assistant professor of management information systems.

The U of M Alumni Association will present awards for Distinguished Research, Excellence in Engaged Scholarship and Creative Achievement. Recipients of the $2,000 award are Robert Hetherington for achievement in the creative arts; Dr. Catherine Martin for the humanities; Dr. Shannon Blanton for social sciences and business; Dr. Carl Halford for the sciences, engineering and math; and Richard Janikowski and Dr. Phyllis Betts for excellence in engaged scholarship.

This year's recipients of the Distinguished Advising Awards are Dr. Melvin Beck, professor of biology, and Donna Huddleston, an instructor and adviser in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Each will receive a $2,000 award.

Dr. Dennis Laumann and Margaret A. "Peggy" Quinn will each receive the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes teaching excellence at the undergraduate level and overall commitment to undergraduate education.

Margery Stoever will receive one of the U of M's most prestigious honors for service to the University – the Allen J. Hammond Presidential Award. The Hammond Award is not presented every year; it is reserved for special recognition of people who have extraordinarily significant service to the University.

Faculty Convocation will take place at 2 p.m. in the Rose Theatre. Faculty members, dressed in full academic regalia, will walk in procession to the Rose Theatre from the College of Communication and Fine Arts beginning at 1:40 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Tiger Scholarship Fund Spring Tour Announced

tiger scholarship fundThe Tiger Scholarship Fund will make six stops throughout the Mid-South as part of the 2007 Tiger Spring Tour. Fans can meet and hear from head coaches about the future of Tiger Athletics and the benefits of supporting the Tiger Scholarship Fund.

Downtown Memphis, April 24, 12 p.m. at the Peabody Hotel in the Skyway Room, 149 Union Ave.
Kickoff Luncheon hosted by Morgan Keegan & Company

Bartlett/Cordova/Arlington, April 26, 5:30 p.m. at the Bank of Bartlett Wolfchase Branch, 7984 Highway 64
Hosted by Harold & Bobby Byrd

Millington, May 1, 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 5010 West Union
Hosted by Price Ford

Southaven, Miss., May 3, 5:30 p.m. at the Desoto Civic Center, 4560 Venture Dr.
Hosted by Chuck Roberts Commercial Real Estate

Jackson, Tenn., May 10, 5:30 p.m. at the Jackson Country Club, 31 Jackson Country Club Lane
Hosted by Bank of Jackson

Germantown/Collierville, May 22, 5:30 p.m. at the Ridgeway Country Club, 9800 Poplar Avenue
Hosted by Bill Ray of AT&T

Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided. Fans are encouraged to bring a guest. To RSVP, call 901/678-2334 or e-mail dlarivir@memphis.edu one week prior to each event.

Get Your Tiger Gear from the Alumni Association Online Store

Alumni Association membership at the University has increased 60 percent since 2005. What better way for members to show their True Blue spirit than by purchasing and proudly wearing or displaying official Alumni Association merchandise?

The U of M Alumni Association's online store has polos, dress shirts, hoodies and more. The merchandise, from Champion Awards, can be ordered with the official Alumni Association logo, or with logos from individual alumni clubs and chapters.

A portion of the proceeds goes back to the Alumni Association.

To view the selection, visit gotigersonline.com

Alumni Association Seeking Nominations for the National Executive Board of Directors

Nominations are being taken for positions on the Alumni Association National Executive Board of Directors. For requirements, expectation guidelines and directions for sending in your nominations, please visit www.memphis.edu/alumni/nominations.html. The deadline for nominations is May 1.

From May 15 to June 15, Alumni Association members will be asked to go to www.memphis.edu/alumni to vote on the slate of candidates. This information will be e-mailed to the Alumni Association Membership.

Alumni News and Events

clockThe Alumni Association won the 2007 Golden Sphinx award given at the Memphis Advertising Federation's ADDY Awards for interactive media. Click here to view the award-winning flash presentation created by John Donnelly, graduate student.

Join the Education Alumni Chapter for "Celebrating the Class of 2007" on Wed., April 18, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Alumni Center. This reception will commemorate the achievements of the senior class and alumni of the College of Education. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. To RSVP, call 901/678-3119 or e-mail alumnievents@memphis.edu

Thursday, April 26, at 4 p.m., join FCBE Alumni Chapter for a Global Etiquette Lesson. Learn from Dr. Lillian H. Chaney on "Practical Lessons for Effective Business Relationships," based on the book Global Business Etiquette by Drs. Jeanette S. Martin and Lillian H. Chaney. Dr. Chaney will be available to sign books after the seminar. Books may be purchased online at Amazon.com or at Davis-Kidd, Borders or Bookstar. The event will be held at the Memphis Area Home Builders Association (776 North Germantown Parkway). The cost is $20 per person. To RSVP, call 901/678-3119 or e-mail alumnievents@memphis.edu

Thursday, April 19, at 6 p.m., in the Fogelman Executive Center, come hear Kathleen Finch, senior vice president of Scripps Network and general manager of the DIY, as she discusses "Networking Your Life: Managing Your Personal & Professional Priorities." Finch was recently named one of the "100 Industry Innovators to Watch" by Time magazine and was featured in Broadcasting & Cable magazine as part of "The Next Wave," B & C's Annual Salute to Women Who Make a Difference. Call 901/678-2586 (ALUM) to register. The cost to attend is $20 per person/$10 per student.

The Luther C. McClellan Chapter will host a 20th Anniversary Celebration and 2007 Commencement Reception, themed "Remember the Past, Celebrate the Present, Focus on the Future," on Friday, April 20, from 6 – 9 p.m. All former LCM members are invited to join current members and 2007 minority graduates for a reception to celebrate the chapter's 20th anniversary and Spring Commencement. The event will be held at the Alumni Center, 635 Normal Street, with appetizers and beverages provided. To RSVP or for more information, contact Kelly Davis at 901/678-4299 or kdavis9@memphis.edu 

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies group and the University College Alumni Chapter will host the second annual MALS Reception on Thursday, May 10, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Alumni Center, 635 Normal Street.  All MALS alumni and current students are invited to join fellow alumni and faculty/staff members for hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. To RSVP or for more information, contact Kelly Davis at 901/678-4299 or kdavis9@memphis.edu




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