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August 2009

Get Ready For Tiger Football!
Vision Forum: True Blue Goes Green
Alumni Spotlights Engineering Alumnus Bobby Wharton
New Professional and Continuing Education Programs
Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Get Ready For Tiger Football!

Football!Season Kickoff: Tigers vs. Rebels

The Tigers kickoff the 2009-10 football season when they take on the Rebels of Ole Miss. The game is Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. CT at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Begin the season at the 28th Annual Bank of Bartlett Kickoff Party on Sunday, September 6 with the Kickoff Party beginning at 12:30 p.m. and our Tigers playing at 2:30 p.m.

On behalf of the Bank of Bartlett Companies, the University of Memphis Alumni Association and University of Memphis Athletic Department, we invite you to enjoy live Memphis Music, barbecue and trimmings from the Germantown Commissary and cold liquid refreshments under the shaded Livestock Barn adjacent to Liberty Bowl Stadium Gate 3, while having fun at what has been called the largest football pregame party in the South.


Vision Forum: True Blue Goes Green

Vision ForumThe Alumni Association will host its Vision Forum on Saturday, August 22 at the FedEx Institute of Technology live on the U of M campus and via web conferencing. The Alumni Association will report to all alumni and constituents on the state of the Association.  University President Dr. Shirley Raines will welcome Association leadership, and members and Men's Basketball Coach Josh Pastner will give opening remarks.

Our own former U of M student and “American Idol” top 13 finalist Alexis Grace will perform. A campus master plan will be presented, including updates on the new Law School, new residence hall, new University Center and more. New University marketing materials and signage will also be presented at the forum. Events for the 2012 Centennial Celebration will be discussed and attendees will have an opportunity to tour the nearly completed University Center. 

Vision Forum is open to Association members only. This event is currently sold out, but members may be added to a waiting list by contacting Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016.


 

Alumni Spotlights Engineering Alumnus Bobby Wharton

Bobby Wharton Bobby Wharton (BS ET ’75) defines what it means to be a True Blue Tiger. 

Bobby has given to Professorships in the University of Memphis Herff College of Engineering for almost ten years. His generosity provides critical support for an outstanding professor annually.

Bobby understands the importance of alumni involvement. He is a lifetime member of the University of Memphis Alumni Association and has served as president of the University of Memphis National Alumni Association. He currently serves on the Herff College of Engineering’s Alumni Board. In 2006 Bobby received the True Blue Tradition Award, which is awarded annually by the Alumni Association to those who have made significant contributions to creating and continuing traditions at the U of M.

Bobby’s commitment to the University’s Athletics Department is equally impressive. Bobby was the “godfather” and care provider for TOM II, he served as president of the Highland Hundred and he can be seen at every football game driving the Tiger football helmet.

Bobby’s passion for the University of Memphis is an inspiration to many. When asked why Bobby does so much for the University of Memphis, his response is, “I would not be where I am today without my University education and for that I owe it a debt of gratitude.”


New Professional and Continuing Education Programs

U of M Professional and Continuing Education

Brush up on your skills or learn something new this fall through U of M Professional and Continuing Education!

Courses range from "Public Relations Basics for Nonprofits" to "Travel Planning Using the Web" to "Conversational Italian." Also, a wide variety of online courses are available.

The catalog will be distributed at the U of M Visitor & Information Center, Burke's Bookstore, Davis-Kidd, and area libraries on August 21. You can also find the catalog in The Commercial Appeal on Sunday, August 23.

For additional information about Professional and Continuing Education, please visit http://umce.memphis.edu. A preview of the catalog will be on the website soon.


Alumni News and Upcoming Events

New Website!New Alumni Association Member Benefits
The University of Memphis Alumni Association has enhanced our services with a new and improved benefits package! Discounts include both Memphis-area and national retailers and will consist of savings at Target.com, Brooks Brothers, Classic Party Rentals, Coldwater Creek, Overstock.com, Panera Bread, Restaurants.com, Sports Authority and many, many more!  Only current Alumni Association members will be able to take advantage of these discounts. To JOIN NOW, click here.

Updated Alumni Association Web Site and E-Community
Be sure to visit the Alumni Association's newly redesigned web site, www.memphis.edu/alumni! The enhanced site features Association members, has a comprehensive list of benefits and a new “Go to the Game” link for a listing of all game day travel and activities.
Also, The U of M online community for alumni and friends launched on July 1 through my.memphis.edu. Be sure to visit and log on to update your information, find classmates and tell us what you are doing! Alumni Association Members will be able to track membership status and view password protected special coupon codes for many retailers and benefits. Are you a member? If not, click here!

Nashville Alumni Club
The Nashville Alumni Club will host their annual Nashville Tiger Golf Classic on Saturday, August 15. The four-person scramble will be played at Gaylord Springs Golf Links and proceeds will benefit the Nashville Alumni Club Scholarship.  Visit www.nashvilletigergolf.com to register.  Please contact Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at J.Biggers@memphis.edu or 901/678-TRAX for more information about this event.

The University of Memphis Alumni Association and the Nashville Alumni Club are hosting a tailgate prior to the Memphis vs. MTSU game on Saturday, September 12 at 4 p.m. game kickoff at 6 p.m.  The tailgate, open to all Tiger alumni, fans and friends, will be in the parking lot of the Tennessee Livestock Center on the Northern side of the MTSU campus.  Cost for the barbeque buffet for Alumni Association members is $8, and $12 for “not yet” Association members.  RSVP soon – limited space is available for walk-ups! To RSVP, for more information or to secure your ticket to the Nashville Alumni Club’s tailgate, please click here or email alumni coordinator Joe Biggers at J.Biggers@memphis.edu.

School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Chapter
The School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Chapter will host a graduation reception for graduating students on Sunday, August 16 at the Memphis Speech and Hearing Center for graduating students.  If you are interested in attending or becoming involved, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

The School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Chapter is also seeking nominations for the 2010 Outstanding Alumnus Award to be presented at the 2010 Mid-South Conference.  Nominees should be graduates who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their personal and professional activities, academic pursuits, research activities, service to the University or community involvement. A nomination form is available online by clicking here.

Alumni Association Life Member Party
The University of Memphis Alumni Association will be hosting a party for Association Life Members at an indoor/outdoor barbeque on Friday, August 28 at the home of Life Members Susan (BA ’75) and Richard (BS ’69, JD ’72) Glassman. Special guest University President Dr. Shirley Raines will be in attendance, as will guests of honor football coach Tommy West, men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner, women’s basketball coach Melissa McFerrin and baseball coach Daron Schoenrock. Please RSVP to Jennah Marino at alumniassociation@memphis.edu or 901/678-5314 by August 24. Location and parking information will be provided upon RSVP.

Atlanta Alumni Club Dual Watch Parties
The Atlanta Alumni Club will be kicking off the 2009 football season with dual watch parties on Sunday, September 6, kickoff at 3:30 p.m. EST. Watch the Tigers take on Ole Miss at Varner’s Restaurant & Tavern in Smyrna and Mazzy’s Sports Bar & Grill in Norcross.  All U of M fans, friends, and alumni are encouraged to come out, wear Tiger Blue and cheer for our Tigers!  For more information on this event, please contact Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu.

Eastern PA Alumni Club Watch Party
The Eastern PA Alumni Club will be gathering on Sunday, September 6 at the Brickyard Sports Pub in Lancaster, PA to watch the Tigers take on rival Ole Miss, nationally televised on ESPN. The Club will meet at 3:00 p.m. EST, with kickoff at 3:30 p.m. EST.  All Tiger fans, friends, and alumni in the Eastern PA area are encouraged to come out wearing Tiger Blue!  To RSVP for this event contact, Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or for more information, contact Eastern PA Club President Connor Morganti (BA ’96) at connormorganti@verizon.net.

College of Education Alumni Chapter
The College of Education Alumni Chapter is looking for new members for open positions on its board. If you would like more information about serving your alma mater on the Education Alumni Chapter Board, contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 for an application.

UMAR Coffee & Conversations
Join University of Memphis Association of Retirees (UMAR) for their annual Coffee and Conversations at the home of University President Dr. Shirley Raines on Tuesday, September 8 beginning at 10 a.m. The program will honor the 2009 recipient of the University of Memphis Eminent Faculty Award, Dr. Robyn Cox. Light breakfast and refreshments will be served; $10/person. To make reservations, or for more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Journalism Alumni Club Mentorship Mixer
Join the Journalism Alumni Club for a Mentorship Mixer on Thursday, September 10 from 5-7 p.m. in the Alumni Center.  Meet and greet Journalism mentors, students and faculty.  For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

4th Annual Law School for Journalists
Join journalists and lawyers at the 4th Annual Law School for Journalists on Saturday, September 12 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. at University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. The class will explore how the new technology, from websites to blogs to Twitter, is changing the way journalism is practiced, and how the law and legal system are adapting.  Contact Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562 for more information.

Fastbreak Club Golf Tournament
The University of Memphis Alumni Association is pleased to spread the word about the Fastbreak Club Golf Tournament, with proceeds supporting Memphis Women’s Basketball, on Friday, September 11. For more information, contact Gaylon Hall at ghall65068@aol.com.

Tiger Trek to MTSU
The University of Memphis Alumni Association is trekking to MTSU on Saturday, September 12 as the Tigers take on the Blue Raiders. Prices for the trip are $45 for Alumni Association members and $50 for not yet members, which includes roundtrip bus transportation to and from the game and admission to the Alumni Association Tailgate with BBQ Buffet.  For more information about this event and other football season plans, contact Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or 901/678-1782.

MPA Alumni Club Night Back at School
Join the Master of Public Administration Alumni Club to celebrate a Night Back at School featuring the faculty of the MPA Department on Tuesday, September 15 from 5-7 p.m. in the Alumni Center. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Music Society
The Alumni Association’s Music Society will be hosting a Jam Session on Tuesday, September 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the Memphis Drum Shop. This event is complimentary and open to all recent music graduates and Alumni Association members. Light appetizers and wine will be served. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments to sit in with the house band. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the night. To RSVP, contact Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or call 901/678-1562 by Friday, September 11.

UMAR Book Club Brunch Meeting
University of Memphis Association of Retirees (UMAR) is launching a Book Club, and this is the inaugural meeting! Join us at Brother Juniper’s on Tuesday, September 22 at 11 a.m. for breakfast followed by a discussion of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. Please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 to RSVP.

2009 Memphis Rebounders Golf Classic
The University of Memphis Alumni Association will be participating in the 2009 Memphis Rebounders Golf Classic, with proceeds supporting Memphis Men’s Basketball, on Monday, September 21. To find out more information, contact Harold Byrd at hbyrd@bankofbartlett.com or 901/382-6657. Hope to see you there!

2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards Nominations
The Alumni Association seeks nominations for its 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards. These awards honor alumni and friends who have brought honor and distinction to the University of Memphis. Award winners will be recognized at a black-tie gala held in their honor in the spring of 2010. Categories are Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Friend and Outstanding Young Alumni. A nomination form is available online here.  The deadline for nominations for 2010 award consideration is October 1. Watch future issues of the E-Newsletter for more details on this event.

2010 Herff College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni Award Nominations
The Herff College of Engineering Alumni Chapter is seeking nominations for its 2010 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient. This award will be presented to a deserving engineering graduate at the Engineering Awards Dinner in the spring. Deadline for submission of nominations is October 1. For a nomination form or more information, click here or contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Sustainable Technologies Awareness Day
Sustainable Technologies Awareness Day will be celebrated at the University of Memphis on October 6.  The free event will be held on the Student Plaza, directly in front of the Administration Building, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The campus-wide event will encourage environmental awareness, inquiry, and activism among the U of M community. Watch future issues of the E-Newsletter for more details about this event.

Young Alumni Committee True Blue 5K
The Young Alumni Committee will host the 3rd Annual First Tennessee True Blue 5K on Friday, October 23. The evening race around the University of Memphis campus will have lots of great food, fun and awards! Proceeds benefit a newly established Young Alumni Committee Scholarship.  Pre-registration fee, completed by October 9, is $20.00 and $18.00 for Alumni Association Members, MRTC members, and current University of Memphis students. Visit http://trueblue5k.racesonline.com/ to register online or contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 for more information and sponsorship opportunities.

College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter
The College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter will host its 13th Annual Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 1, at The Racquet Club of Memphis. The award recipients are: James Morse (BS ’90, MS ’93), Manager of EH&S and Laboratory, Ciba Corporation; Keith Prewitt (BA ’81), Deputy Director, United States Secret Service; Thomas Appleton (BA ’71), Professor, Eastern Kentucky University; and Meah King (BA ’02 MAT ‘05), English Teacher, East High School.  Outstanding Friend of the College this year is Maurice Elliott, Chief Executive Officer Emeritus, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.  For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Alumni Association's Family and Friends Homecoming Parade
Join the Alumni Association for the annual Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 9, 5:30 p.m., hosted by the Alumni Association and Student Activities Council. Special guests include President Shirley Raines and Athletic Director R.C. Johnson.  Parade route will be on the U of M campus.  Parking is available at the Southern Ave. and Central Ave. parking lots.

Alumni Association's Homecoming Pep Rally
Continue the Homecoming celebration at the Association’s Pep Rally on Friday, October 9, 6:30 p.m., with special guest Coach Tommy West as well as the Alumni Association's True Blue Tradition Award Recipient (an award given annually to those who have made significant contributions to creating and continuing traditions at the U of M) and the Parent of the Year Award Recipient ( an award presented to parents of current students through a nomination process). Located at the end of the parade route at the Plaza Fountain near the Administration Building.  Food provided from the Thomas Boggs (’72) Family of Huey’s Restaurants.  Parking is available at the Southern Ave. and Central Ave. parking lots.

Luther C. McClellan Reunion Weekend: Homecoming Stepshow and Tailgate Party
The Luther C. McClellan Alumni Chapter is hosting its inaugural Reunion Weekend during this year’s Homecoming celebration.  The weekend will begin with the Homecoming Stepshow, showcasing stepping skills of current students and returning alumni, on Friday, Oct. 9, in the Rose Theatre, with proceeds benefiting the LCM Scholarship Fund, followed by an off-campus after party.  On game day, Saturday, Oct. 10, LCM will host a tailgate party in Tobey Park. Contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016 for details.

Half Century Club Class of 1959 Reunion
The Alumni Association will honor the Class of 1959 on Friday, October 9 with a variety of activities throughout the day. Class of 1959 members will be invited to Brunch< at the home of U of M President Shirley Raines, followed by a guided campus tour. Price is $35/person. Formal invitation to follow.

The Half Century Club Golden Reception
The Half Century Club and Alumni Association will host the Golden Reception for graduates of the class of 1959 and all previous years on Friday, October 9 at 5 p.m., at the Alumni Center.  To RSVP, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Band Alumni Chapter
The Band Alumni Chapter will host their annual Bandmasters Champions at the Liberty Bowl on Saturday, October 31. For updates and to see photos of past Bandmasters Championships, please visit the Band Alumni Chapter web site.

Save the Date: Journalism Alumni Club
The Journalism Alumni Club will be honoring Outstanding Alumni with a dinner on Thursday, November 5 at the Racquet Club of Memphis. The Club will recognize Jerry Klein (BA ’94), David Waters (BA ’81) and Kini Kedigh Plumlee (BA ’76). For more information or to RSVP, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Law Alumni Chapter
The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Board will host the annual Judicial Reception at the residence of University President Shirley Raines on Tuesday, November 3. Recent School of Law Graduates, Justices of the Supreme Court of Tennessee and members of the Federal, State and Local Judiciary will be honored. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or call 901/678-1562.

The Law Alumni Chapter, in collaboration with the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, is also hosting the Grand Opening Celebration of the newly renovated building on Saturday, January 16, 2010. The Grand Opening will take place throughout the entire building and will feature performers from the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. Gourmet food and beverage stations will offer “Best of Memphis” small plates from local restaurants. Law school students will administer building tours and will be honored with a late-night gathering after the conclusion of the event. For additional information and ticket prices, contact Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

Membership Matters!
The University of Memphis Alumni Association would like to thank all of our current life, annual and associate members. If you are not yet a member, please join now. The University of Memphis Alumni Association needs your support!

Join the Alumni Association and make a TRUE BLUE difference in YOUR University!  Visit www.memphis.edu/alumni or call 901/678-ALUM.

 

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