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August 2007

Chinese Partnership Results in Creation of Confucius Institute at the U of M
U of M Unveils John Wilder Sculpture
Emergency Alert Text Messaging System Launched
Alumni E-News and Events

Chinese Partnership Results in Creation of Confucius Institute at the U of M

ConfuciusIt was announced earlier this week that the University of Memphis has been selected to house the Confucius Institute, one of only 24 such institutes in the United States and one of just over 100 created since the initiative began in 2004 with an institute in Seoul, Korea. The U of M was chosen after a highly competitive selection process. It is being established with funds provided by the Beijing-based Office of Chinese Language Council International. Dr. Hsiang-te Kung, a 75th generation descendant of Confucius and a U of M professor, will head the Institute.

The Institute will be instrumental in fostering closer ties between mainland China and the United States. Its specific goals are to promote understanding of the Chinese language and culture among Americans, to assist in developing friendly relations between the two countries, to accelerate the expansion of multiculturalism, and to provide opportunities for students to study the Chinese language.

The local Institute will work closely with the University's new Asian Studies and International Trade Program. That program, which begins this fall, will provide students with the critical skills that more and more international companies are seeking in their employees, such as foreign language proficiency, cultural sensitivity, experience abroad, and knowledge of international business. The Asian studies program was funded by a gift of $1 million from an anonymous donor.

In announcing the creation of the Institute, U of M President Shirley Raines said, "Housing the Confucius Institute on our campus will make the University of Memphis a key player in the bilateral efforts to improve relations between the Chinese and United States governments and relations between the Chinese and American people."

Confucius is the Latinized name of legendary Chinese thinker and philosopher K'ung Fu-tzu, who lived and taught in China 551-479 BC. His teachings and philosophy have deeply influenced thought and life in China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. He emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. A school of philosophy based on his teachings has come to be called Confucianism.

Kung is a professor of geography at the University of Memphis, where he has taught since 1981. He was born in China and grew up in Taiwan before coming to the United States in 1969.

More information about the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis is available by phone at 901/678-3550 or online at http://cium.memphis.edu

U of M Unveils John Wilder Sculpture

Wilder and McGowanIn honor of John S. Wilder's many years of service to the people of Tennessee, the citizens of his native Fayette County have given the University of Memphis a bronze bust of the former lieutenant governor for permanent display just inside the main entrance of the John S. Wilder Tower.

Wilder served in Tennessee's 81st and 85th-105th General Assemblies. He was speaker of the Senate from 1971 to 2006 and in that capacity also served as the state's lieutenant governor.

The tower was built in 1967 as the University's library, with more than 100,000 square feet of space. After the new Ned R. McWherter Library opened in 1994, the tower was designated for its current use. Partly through the efforts of Wilder, the University obtained state funding to renovate the building to accommodate all student services, including admissions, registration, financial aid and bursar's office. The reconfigured building was formally dedicated as the John S. Wilder Tower in 2003.

The sculpture was created by Bartlett artist Ellen McGowan, who is still sculpting at age 82. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the U of M. McGowan creates works in a wide variety of materials, including bronze, concrete and clay. Her award-winning pieces are included in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the United States and abroad. She works by commission and also designs garden sculptures for Mid-South Ornamental Concrete.

Emergency Alert Text Messaging System Launched

TigerTextTo enhance our ability to communicate during a crisis, the University of Memphis now offers a free emergency alert text messaging service to students, faculty and staff. This optional service will only be used in the event of an on-campus emergency, an unscheduled university closing, or a delay or cancellation of classes due to, for instance, inclement weather. There is no charge for signing up; however, standard text messaging rates apply.

The TigerText text messaging service is just one of the methods the University will use to communicate emergency information to students, faculty and staff. We will continue to use a variety of other methods as appropriate, including e-mail, telephone and, beginning the fall 2007 semester, an outdoor emergency warning system. For more information about emergency planning at the University of Memphis, visit http://www.memphis.edu/crisis. Students, faculty and staff can sign up for TigerText at http://tigertext.memphis.edu.

Alumni E-News and Events

The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter will host its annual Striving for Excellence in the Law Alumni Dinner on Aug. 18, 2007, at the U of M Holiday Inn. Please join the Law Chapter in honoring 16 of our legal community's Pillars of Excellence from America's greatest generation as well as other alumni and friends of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Kelly Davis, alumni coordinator, at 901/678-4299 or kdavis9@memphis.edu.

Travel to Jonesboro with the Alumni Association for this year's Memphis-Arkansas State game on Sept. 8. The package is $75 for Alumni Association members and $85 for those who are not yet members. Transportation, game ticket, boxed lunch, snacks, soft drinks and entertainment will be provided. To sign up, contact Holly Beuke at 901/678-1782 or habeuke@memphis.edu.

With football season around the corner, the Alumni Association is making plans to tailgate with our Tiger family at our popular pre-game True Blue Barn Bashes. Join us before every home game for BBQ, beverages and live music. Come visit the Alumni Association at the big silver barn near Gate 3 at all home football games and prepare to cheer on our Tigers! Everyone is welcome: $5 for members, $7.50 for not yet members.

Join us for our Out of Town Pre-Game Tailgate Events to support our Tigers!
Orlando – Sept. 22 – U of M at UCF
Houston – Oct. 20 – U of M at Rice
New Orleans – Oct. 27 – U of M at Tulane
More details to come. Questions? Contact Holly Beuke at habeuke@memphis.edu or 901/678-1782.

Join the Herff College of Engineering for the Women in Engineering Dessert Party on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Alumni Center. Help the women students in the Herff College of Engineering start the new school year off on a sweet note with a dessert bar and light refreshments. For more information or to RSVP by Sept. 11, contact Carolyn Oldenburg at 901/678-1537 or coldenbu@memphis.edu.

The second annual Forensics Conference will be held on Friday, Sept. 14, at 8 a.m. at the U of M Holiday Inn, sponsored by the Loewenberg School of Nursing Alumni Chapter. Keynote speaker is Rachell Copeland, president and founder of Global Forensics Solutions, Inc., and guest speakers are Belinda Pratcher, Julie Coffee, Hon. Phyllis Gardner, Sgt. Faith Cunningham and Pat Bader. Contact hours are available for an additional fee. E-mail Lauren Isaacman at lauren.isaacman@memphis.edu for details or to register.

The College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter will be celebrating outstanding alumni and friends at a dinner on Thursday, Sept. 20 at The Racquet Club. Dr. Reed Baskin (BS ’65), Eric Robertson (BS ’03) and Peggy Turley (BA ’85) will be honored as outstanding alumni, and Wallace Bruce and Olivia Bruce will be honored as outstanding friends. For more information, contact Holly Beuke at 901/678-4299 or habeuke@memphis.edu.

Get ready for an exciting weekend of Tiger Volleyball! Alumni Association members and a guest will receive FREE admission (with membership card) to a pair of Conference USA matches on Friday, Oct. 5, and Sunday, Oct. 7. The Tigers take on Southern Miss at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5 and UCF at 12 p.m. on Oct. 7. Wear Tiger Blue, bring your membership card and get ready for some exciting volleyball action!

Fogelman College of Business and Economics alumni, save the date for the 15th Annual Alumni Day luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the U of M Holiday Inn. Debbi Fields-Rose, of Mrs. Fields Cookies, will be the keynote speaker. Eric Bolton, president and CEO of Mid-America Apartment Communities, will be honored as Outstanding Alumnus of the College. Carolyn Hardy, majority owner of Hardy Bottling, will be honored as Entrepreneur of the Year. Contact Lauren Isaacman at 901/678-2333 or lauren.isaacman@memphis.edu for details.

Save the date: The Journalism Alumni Club will host its annual Outstanding Journalism Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 18, at The Racquet Club of Memphis.

The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter will host reunions for law school classes of 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007 on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Get ready for a fun-filled evening with classmates and friends as we enjoy complimentary drinks, hors d'oeuvres and music. For more information, contact Kelly Davis at 901/678-4299 or kdavis9@memphis.edu.

Please Note Date Change: The University College Alumni Chapter will host its awards reception on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the STAX Museum of American Soul Music. Mark your calendars and enjoy a fun-filled evening of food, music and awards with fellow graduates and friends. For more information, contact Holly Beuke at 901/678-1782 or habeuke@memphis.edu.

The Young Alumni Committee will host its first True Blue Tigers to the Tailgate 5K on the evening of Friday, Nov. 16, around the U of M campus. Alumni, students and friends are invited to celebrate the beginning of football season and the school year in this race. For more information, call 901/678-2586.

Career/Job Search Resources for Alumni: Career and Employment Services (CES) is available to alumni as well as students! In addition to individual assistance, CES provides hundreds of job listings to the U of M community each year through their online eRecruiting system. To browse the job listings, visit http://saweb.memphis.edu/ces and click on the "eRecruiting Student Login" link in the "Features" section. If you need help using the online system or would like to schedule an appointment with a staff member, contact the CES office at 901/678-2239.

Travel the world with other Tigers! Join U of M alumni and friends on one of a variety of trips being offered in 2008, including trips to Paris, Spain, Ireland and the Swiss Alps. To learn more, visit www.memphis.edu/alumni/tigertravel.html or contact the Alumni Association at 901/678-2586.

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