Alumni Association Reflects on Recent Successes
New Professional and Continuing Education Catalog Coming Soon
Freshmen Begin College Journey with Convocation
Upcoming Alumni Events
Two years ago, the Alumni Association embarked on a major transformation. We completely overhauled our programs, structure, policies and communications processes. We are delighted to report that the relaunched Alumni Association has made tremendous strides in the past two years.
As a result of these successes, the National Executive Board of the Alumni Association has unanimously voted to hold the Vision Forum on an as-needed basis and will not call for a forum this fall. Looking back on the past two years, we have a long list of achievements worth celebrating:
- Membership in the Alumni Association has grown by 65 percent since July 1, 2004 and nearly 150 percent since July 1, 2003.
- Thirteen new and rechartered Alumni Association Chapters and Clubs have been launched.
- The Alumni Association was recognized with a Grand Award for Overall Alumni Relations Program by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III.
- Materials produced in collaboration with Sossaman + Associates have won awards from CASE, the Tennessee College Public Relations Association, the University and College Designers Association and the Memphis Advertising Federation.
- Alumni Association Chapters and Clubs have launched philanthropic efforts for scholarships and academic programs.
- We've introduced new programs for Alumni including Barn Bashes, travel abroad packages and career shadowing programs.
- Homecoming activities have returned to campus: Mark your calendars for Friday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m. for this year's parade, pep rally and party.
And we're continuing to grow and improve. This fall, you will hear more about the new official University of Memphis class ring, online store, a Homecoming 5K sponsored by the Young Alumni Club and much more!
Thanks to the National Executive Board, Club and Chapter leaders, and all Alumni Association members for advancing the Alumni Association and making the University an even better place for future Tigers!
Brush up on your skills or learn something new this fall through U of M Professional and Continuing Education. Courses range from "American Sign Language" to "Writing Your Will," and a wide variety of online courses is also available. Look for the catalog in the Memphis Business Journal on Friday, Aug. 25, in The Commercial Appeal on Sunday, Aug. 27, and in area libraries. To preview the catalog or get additional information about Professional and Continuing Education, please visit http://umce.memphis.edu.
Fall semester begins in less than two weeks, marking a new stage in the lives of our incoming freshmen. The U of M will celebrate that beginning at Freshman Convocation on Monday, Aug. 28, at 2 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre.
During the ceremony, now in its fourth year, participants will learn about our traditions and hear advice on becoming successful students. Alumni, students and friends of the University will share their stories of life at the U of M. Other speakers will include President Shirley Raines, Provost Ralph Faudree, and Vice President for Student Affairs Rosie Bingham.
Following Convocation, there will be a picnic, entertainment and games on the Alumni Mall.
Help the U of M claim victory in Blood Bowl 2006 and give blood between now and the Ole Miss game on Sept. 3. You can donate at any area Lifeblood Center — just be sure to let them know your donation is on behalf of the University of Memphis. For more information and a list of Lifeblood locations, please visit http://www.lifeblood.org. Show your Tiger Pride and save lives at the same time!
Join the other Atlanta Tigers Thursday, Aug. 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. for happy hour at East Andrews Restaurant in Buckhead. The evening will include complimentary hors d'oeuvres, $5 martini specials and live music. If you can attend or would like more information, please contact Atlanta Alumni Club President Fariss Adams (BBA '00) at email@example.com or call the Alumni Office at 800/678-2586.
Travel to Oxford with the Alumni Association for this year's Memphis-Ole Miss game. The package is $95 for Alumni Association members and $100 for those who are not yet members. Transportation, game ticket, boxed lunches, snacks, soft drinks, and entertainment will be provided. For details and a registration form, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/tigertrek.html. Contact Emily Jones for more info at 901/678-1782 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nursing Alumni Chapter will host its first Forensic Nursing Conference at the Holiday Inn on the University of Memphis campus Friday, Sept. 15, from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Registration is $20 for students and $35 for professionals. All attendees will receive 4.2 contact hours for attending the entire conference. Space is limited so register today by calling the Alumni Association at 901/678-3119.
The Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Chapter needs volunteers for its programs and activities. The commitment is small, but the impact of the alumni board's work on current students and alumni is tremendous. If you are interested, please join us for an information session and reception at the Alumni Center on Monday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m. Please let us know if you can attend by contacting Emily Jones before Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 901/678-1782 or email@example.com.
The 10th Annual College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Recognition Luncheon will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28 at The Racquet Club of Memphis. Michael Demster (MPA '04), Barbara I. Ingram (BS '56), Timm Stubbs (BS '71, MA '95), and Philip F. Donovan (BBA '78, MBA '82) are this year's honorees. Single tickets can be purchased for $25 by contacting the Alumni Office at 901/678-1782 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fogelman College of Business & Economics Alumni Day has been rescheduled. Mark your calendars for the new date: Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn on the U of M campus. G. Douglas Edwards (BBA '74), CEO of Morgan Keegan, will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $55 per person or $500 for a table of 10. Make your reservations today by contacting the Alumni Office at 901/678-3119 or email@example.com.
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 free for Alumni Association members. If you're not currently an Alumni Association member, you can join the Alumni Association and Parents Club for just $35. E-mail Lauren Isaacman at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Alumni Association Watch Parties
The Alumni Association is kicking off football season with watch parties across the Mid-South and the rest of the country. Join one of our Alumni Clubs on Sunday, Sept. 3 to watch the Tigers battle it out with the Ole Miss Rebels. Kick off is at 3:30 p.m. central time.
East Memphis Alumni Club
The Cockeyed Camel, 6080 Primacy Parkway. Want 50 percent off appetizers? Bring your Alumni membership card the day of the game! Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Young Alumni Club
Newby's Restaurant, 539 S. Highland Street. Please RSVP by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Atlanta Alumni Club
Barnacles Seafood Oysters & Sports, 6365 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Please RSVP by e-mail to Atlanta Club President Fariss Adams (BBA '00) at email@example.com.
Boston Alumni Club
Sheraton Needham, 100 Cabot Street. Please RSVP by e-mail to Boston Alumni Club President Bob Canfield (BBA '59) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Orleans Club
Buffalo Wild Wings, 7524 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge. Please RSVP by e-mail to New Orleans Club President Steve McCullar (BBA '97) at email@example.com.
Dallas Alumni Club
Humperdinks, 3820 Beltline Road, Addison. Enjoy happy hour prices from 4-7 and children eat for $1. Please RSVP by e-mail to Dallas Club President Gary Crooms ('81) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Houston Alumni Club
SRO Sports Bar & Café at Northwest Mall, 444 Northwest Mall (W. 18th Street @ West Loop 610). Please RSVP by e-mail to Houston Club President Robert Stephens (BSEE '90) at email@example.com.
Nashville Alumni Club
The Athletics Club Bar & Grill, Embassy Suites Hotel Nashville - Cool Springs, 820 Crescent Centre Drive, Franklin. Please RSVP by e-mail to Nashville Club President Mike Dodd (JD '01) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Louis Alumni Club
Flannery's Pub, 1320 Washington Avenue. Please RSVP by e-mail to St. Louis Club President Tim Loyd (BLS '05) at email@example.com or 314/409-1239.