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U of M Magazine

April 2002

Welcome to our first issue of The University of Memphis alumni and friends e-newsletter, a monthly publication designed to give you quick updates on what's happening at your University.

We've had an especially exciting year with the arrival of our 11th president, Dr. Shirley C. Raines. The excitement continues as we prepare for a weeklong "Celebration of Learning," including the inauguration of Dr. Raines. For more details, check below.

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President Raines to be Formally Inaugurated April 16 - Find out about events marking this "Celebration of Learning"
Wilson Hotel Opens - Classes to begin this fall
U of M Honors 4 at Distinguished Alumni Awards

President Raines to be Formally Inaugurated April 16

Dr. RainesA new era begins on April 16 when Dr. Shirley C. Raines is officially inaugurated as the 11th president of The University of Memphis. Dr. Raines has held the post since July 1, 2001.

The president's investiture take places Tuesday, April 16 at 4:40 p.m. Before the inauguration ceremony, faculty convocation starts at 3 p.m. at the Michael D. Rose Theatre Lecture Hall. Fred Smith, chair, president and CEO of FedEx Corp., is the featured speaker. An academic processional will follow at 4:15 p.m. and make its way to the library rotunda for the investiture ceremony.

The U of M will make the most of inauguration festivities by combining them with faculty convocation and other on-campus events for "A Celebration of Learning" week April 14-21.

Many of this special week's events, including the inauguration ceremony, are free and open to the public. Other highlights include:

  • Campus-wide Celebration of Learning displays

  • Opera production of Menotti's The Consul

  • University of Memphis Society Banquet

  • Three-day powwow at Chucalissa

  • Cybill Shepard cabaret show

A detailed schedule of "Celebration of Learning" events is available at http://www.memphis.edu/presweb/inauguration/schedule.html.

All inaugural events are being funded entirely through private and corporate gifts. For more information on these events, please call (901) 678-5314.

Wilson Hotel Opens

Holiday Inn/Wilson SchoolA new landmark graces Central Avenue! The recently completed 82-suite hotel will be home to the new Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management, set to begin classes this Fall. The school is the legacy of Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson, who made a $15 million gift to the University to build the hotel for the purpose of giving students practical experience in the hospitality industry.

The hotel itself opened in mid-March and is busily booking luncheons, receptions, seminars and sleeping rooms. In addition to the 82 suites, the hotel boasts a 1000-seat banquet room, an exercise facility, a restaurant and classrooms.

Housed within the Fogelman College of Business and Economics, the Wilson School will provide students with hospitality skills and core business knowledge, including training in marketing, accounting, finance and management.

U of M Honors 4 at Distinguished Alumni Awards

Judge Childers and Dr. RainesOver 600 University alumni and friends, faculty and staff gathered at the Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis on March 2 for the 23rd Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala.

Even Elvis (honoree Judge Robert "Butch" Childers) made an appearance at the black-tie affair, which honored University of Memphis alumni and friends.

This year's award recipients were Childers (BBA '71, JD '74), Distinguished Alumni Achievement; Kemmons Wilson and Carlotta Watson, Distinguished Friends; and Elliot Perry (BBA '91), Outstanding Young Alumnus.

In addition to the awards ceremony and banquet, attendees participated in a silent auction and enjoyed post-dinner dancing to the Don McMinn Band.

Please consider joining us at next year's Distinguished Alumni Awards. Event details will appear in a future issue of the e-newsletter.

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