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December 2007

Happy Holidays from the University of Memphis
Downtown Post Office Changes Hands
Make a Year-End Gift to Your University
Give the Gift of Membership This Holiday Season
Alumni News and Events

Happy Holidays from the University of Memphis

Each year, the Campus School at the University of Memphis has a holiday card contest with students in grades one through six participating. The winning design is then used as an electronic holiday greeting which is sent to students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and supporters.

Congratulations to first place winner, Ann Nash, grade 5; second place winner, Vita Frazer, grade 4; and third place winner, Austin Blanton, grade 2. Each received a commemorative certificate and a savings bond.

Happy Holidays from your friends at the University of Memphis!

Downtown Post Office Changes Hands

Possession of the former U.S. Customs House/Post Office building in downtown Memphis has been formally transferred from the federal government to state government for its use as the new law school for the University of Memphis. The transfer took place December 3.

Renovation of the historic building, which sits at the intersection of Front Street and Monroe Avenue in Memphis, overlooking the Mississippi River, will begin immediately, with occupation by the 500 students and faculty of the University's Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law expected in the fall of 2009. Converting the building from its former use to a classroom building will cost approximately $42 million, funded by Tennessee as a capital outlay project.

A $12 million private development campaign has thus far raised commitments of $9.8 million from the legal and business communities of Memphis, as well as local foundations. That money will cover the cost of the move of the U.S. Postal Service operations from the old Post Office to different facilities in Memphis and will increase the law school's endowment fund.

Make a Year-End Gift to Your University

During this time of year, our campus is abuzz with students finishing final exams and everyone preparing for the beginning of a new semester and a new year. We know December is a busy month for you as well. In the midst of the excitement that surrounds this time of year, we hope you will consider making a gift to the University of Memphis. Contributions provide students with the opportunity to achieve success here and beyond. Gifts of any size make a difference.

While cash gifts are as simple as writing a check, donors have many options. To make a gift online using a credit card, visit www.memphis.edu/give.htm. The University requires that all gifts made by credit card be submitted by midnight December 28 to be processed in the 2007 calendar year.

Donors who make gifts using appreciated securities receive two benefits. First, they avoid paying capital gains tax. Secondly, they are entitled to a charitable deduction equal to the fair market value of the securities.

Also, the Pension Protection Act of 2006 allows individuals who have reached the age of 70 to contribute as much as $100,000 tax-free from their IRAs and exclude the gift amount from gross income.

For additional information about making a gift, please contact Marianne Minton, Director of Annual Giving at 901-678-3955 or mrminton@memphis.edu.

Give the Gift of Membership This Holiday Season

Looking for a gift for someone who has everything? Or do you need something special for that new graduate or Tiger fan? Consider the gift of membership in the Alumni Association. Your $35 annual dues go a long way. They are used to help sponsor activities like the Homecoming parade, class reunions, pre-game Barn Bashes and other Association activities. Dues are also used to fund as many as 34 student scholarships, as well as four Excellence in Teaching Awards, five Excellence in Research Awards and two Excellence in Advising Awards to University faculty and staff. Members receive many benefits, including invitations to events, discounts at area businesses and more. Purchase a membership today by contacting the Alumni Office at 901/678-ALUM.

Alumni News and Events

Please visit our Holiday Message from the University of Memphis Alumni Association by going to www.memphis.edu/alumni/flash_holiday07/. We invite you to pass along this great presentation to all University of Memphis friends, fans and supporters!

Join the Nashville Club on December 15, as it cheers on OUR Tiger basketball team when we take on MTSU in Nashville. The Alumni Association will host a party and Pep Rally from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Big Bang on 411 Broadway, across from The Stage and The Sommet Center! For more information, please contact Holly Beuke at habeuke@memphis.edu or 901/678-1782.

Join the Alumni Association for New Orleans Bowl Fun! Tiger Fans are invited to a True Blue Celebration on Thursday, December 20, at 8:00 p.m. at Jackson Square in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Our Mighty Sound of the South band and cheerleaders will lead us in True Blue Spirit! Then get your game face on and join us for a TRUE BLUE Pep Rally on Game Day, Friday, December 21, at 4:30 p.m. in front of the Superdome. Our event, sponsored by the Alumni Association and Tiger Scholarship Fund, will get you ready to fight like TIGERS! For more information about Bowl activities, including local and out of town game watches, please visit www.memphis.edu/releases/dec07/bowl.htm.

Save the date: Distinguished Alumni Awards, "Once in a Blue Moon," will be held at the Peabody in downtown Memphis on Friday, Feb. 29, 2008. Look for more details in next month's e-news!

Join the Alumni Association for fun pep rallies as the doors open at the FedExForum for each home conference game. Our pep squads will join our Mighty Sound of the South, and the Alumni Association will pass out True Blue giveaways!

Join the University of Memphis Alumni Association at the Daily Grill before each home basketball game. Get ready to cheer on the Tigers with Daily Grill Tiger Blue Margaritas all season long. Members of the Alumni Association will receive half-price Tiger Blue Margaritas when they show their membership card.

The Engineering Alumni Chapter will host its Student Alumni Mixer on January 31, 2008 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Alumni Center. Students can network with alumni at a casual reception. If you are an alum of the College of Engineering and you would like to participate, please RSVP by calling (901) 678-3119 or email alumnievents@memphis.edu.

Get prepared for OUT OF TOWN WATCH PARTIES! Looking for fellow alumni in the area to be TRUE BLUE with?

Atlanta Alumni Club meets at Barnacles on 6365 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Doraville

Chicago Club meets at Junior's Sports Lounge on 724 W. Maxwell Street (one block east (of Halsted, just south of Roosevelt)

Check out www.memphis.edu/alumniclub to see what's happening at the club or chapter closest to where you live!

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