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December 2008

Student Artistís Work Chosen for Holiday Card
Make a Year-End Gift to Your University
Happy Holidays from the University of Memphis
Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Student Artistís Work Chosen for Holiday Card

Holiday Card ContestEach year, the University of Memphis Campus School has a holiday card contest, with students in grades one through six participating.   The winning entry becomes the official University of Memphis Holiday Card, which is sent electronically to 45,000+ faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the University.

This year, Nia James, a sixth grader in Dr. Hatcher’s class, was selected. Nia received a $200 U.S. savings bond, a bag of University-themed gifts, and her original artwork professionally matted and framed.  Nia is the daughter of Mia and Richard James of Memphis.

At a ceremony attended by University President Shirley Raines, the top three contest winners were announced, as were the top winners from each classroom at the Campus School.  The awards presentation was held at an assembly of all the students, the faculty, and students’ parents and guests.

Second place went to Kennedi Rachel, who is in Ms. Prevette’s second grade class.  She received her artwork matted and framed and a $100 U.S. savings bond.  She is the daughter of Kristin Young and Geroy Rachel of Memphis.

Third place was awarded to Kyoko Smith, a first-grader in Ms. McClendon’s class.  She received her artwork matted and framed and a $50 U.S. savings bond.  She is the daughter of Kelly Haney of Memphis.

Make a Year-End Gift to Your University

E-Day 2008Alumni and friends of the University of Memphis demonstrate their support in numerous ways throughout the year.  We appreciate and honor those of you who act on our behalf, cheer on our efforts and give of your time and resources for the University of Memphis.

We ask that you now consider making a year-end gift to your University. Your contribution is especially important this year and will make a difference in the lives of the many students who currently call this their University.

Are you looking for the perfect gift for someone special? Make a gift in their honor, and they will receive a note card letting them know you recognized them.  Additionally, your name and theirs will appear in next year’s Honor Roll of Donors.

You have many options for how you choose to give.  Cash gifts are as simple as writing a check to the U of M Foundation and mailing it to Dept. 238, P.O. Box 1000, Memphis, TN 38148-0001. To make a gift online using a credit card, visit www.memphis.edu/give.htm.  The University requests that all gifts made by credit card be submitted by noon December 31 to be processed in the 2008 calendar year. 

Gifts to the University of Memphis of appreciated securities may offer two benefits: you may be able to take a deduction for their full value, not just their original cost, and you may avoid the capital gains tax that would be incurred if you had sold the asset.
If you are age 70 ½ or older, gifts from your retirement funds may be a wise choice, especially from your IRA. For more information on recent legislation on giving from your IRA, go to www.memphis.edu/advance/giving/ira.html.

For additional information about making a gift, please contact Marianne Minton, Director of Annual Giving at 901-678-3955 or mrminton@memphis.edu or Dan Murrell, Director of Planned Giving at 901-678-2732 or dhmrrell@memphis.edu.

Thank you for your support in this season of giving.  Please accept our best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season! 

Happy Holidays from the University of Memphis

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from your University of Memphis Alumni Association!
On behalf of the Alumni Association and the entire University of Memphis family, best wishes for the holiday season and a very prosperous and joyous New Year!

We are looking forward to a new and exciting year with our Alumni Association members! We are planning a packed line-up of events, with new opportunities for in town and out of town members to keep in touch and be involved with their alma mater!

If you know someone who is not a member and you would like to give them something special this holiday season, consider giving them the gift of membership. It is the perfect gift to give someone who is missing out on all the benefits membership offers! Benefits include invitations to events, special discounts at area businesses and on campus, financial programs, career services, networking and more! Check out our benefits page to see all that YOUR Alumni Association has to offer!

Memberships begin at only $20, and dues go a long way, including sponsoring events such as the Homecoming parade, class reunions, student mentoring, NCAA pep rallies and other Alumni activities. Dues are also used to fund as many as 38 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.

Purchase a membership today by contacting the Alumni Association at 901/678-ALUM or click on “Join Now."

Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Photo GalleryU of M Minute: New U of M Weekly Videos!
Now you can keep up with the latest campus news and events right at your computer! U of M Minute is a weekly video that shows the week's happenings on campus. It is one minute long, highlighting department and student news, community events and much more! Visit http://www.memphis.edu/ to view the latest U of M Minute or our More News page to view past videos!

Join the Alumni Association for the inaugural magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl
Join the Alumni Association for the inaugural magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl in Florida on Saturday, Dec. 20.  The official pre-game True Blue Celebration and Pep Rally will begin at 2:30 p.m. EST at Tropicana Field in Parking Lot 7, adjacent to the Tailgate Extravaganza and Fan Fest.  Join fellow Tiger alumni and fans as we celebrate this exciting event with a True Blue Pep Rally featuring Memphis cheer and pom squads, Pouncer, and the Mighty Sound of the South Marching Band.  To RSVP or for more information, click here or contact Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or 901/678-1782.

Nationwide Watch Parties!
Meet and greet other Tiger friends and fans at many of our nationwide Watch Parties!  Read below to see the Alumni Clubs that are hosting parties, and be sure to visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/index.php and click on Clubs and Chapters to see what’s happening near you!

Alumni Association Members Eligible for Scholarships
Students planning to enter the U of M in fall 2009 as first-time, incoming freshmen may apply for the Alumni Association Scholarship. The award is a four-year scholarship worth $1000/year ($500/semester). Family of Alumni Association members who have paid their dues anytime within the calendar year prior to the application deadline are eligible. The scholarship program encourages family of Alumni Association members to make the U of M their first choice for higher education. For an application and details regarding eligibility, go to http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/scholarship.php.

St. Louis Alumni Club
The St. Louis Alumni Club is gearing up for their dual watch party of pigskin and hardwood on Saturday, December 20.  They will start the afternoon off watching the Tigers take on the Bulls from USF in the inaugural magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl at 3:30 p.m. CST and follow it up by watching the Tigers host Syracuse at 5:00 p.m. CST.  The St. Louis Tigers will be at The Fox & Hound in Chesterfield all afternoon and encourage all True Blue fans to come out and cheer.  For more information about this event or to get involved with the St. Louis Alumni Club, contact Club President Dennis Breakstone (BBA ’92) at dbreakst@yahoo.com

Atlanta Alumni Club December Watch Parties
The Atlanta Alumni Club will finish out the 2008 year in True Blue style with multiple watch parties throughout the month of December.  They will meet at their NEW official home, Varner’s Restaurant and Tavern in Smyrna, on the following dates to cheer on the Tigers:  Saturday, Dec. 20:  magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl (4:30 p.m.) and Syracuse vs. Memphis Basketball (6:00 p.m.), Monday, Dec. 29:  Cincinnati vs. Memphis Basketball (9:00 p.m.) and Wednesday, Dec. 31:  Northeastern vs. Memphis Basketball (2:00 p.m.) For more information about these events or to get involved with the Atlanta Alumni Club, contact Atlanta Club President Don Sparkman (BEE ’87) at don.sparkman@earthlink.net

Denver Alumni Club Monday Night Basketball Watch Party
The Denver Alumni Club is hosting a Monday Night Basketball Watch Party on Dec. 29 as the Tigers take on the Bearcats of Cincinnati.  The game tips-off at 7 p.m. MST and the group will gather at their favorite hangout, The Blake Street Tavern at Coors Field, to watch the big non-conference match-up.  There will be drink and food specials so come on out after work wearing your Tiger Blue.  For more information on this event or to get involved with the Denver Alumni Club, contact Club President Jason Smiley (BS ’98, MA ‘03) at jasmiley23@aol.com

Chicago Alumni Club
The Chicago Alumni Club is having a True Blue Alumni outing to the United Center on Saturday, January 3 to watch two former Tigers battle it out on the hardwood.  Rodney Carney and the Minnesota Timberwolves visit Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls at 7:30 p.m. CST.  The group will be receiving Derrick Rose “goodies” and will also be shown on the Jumbotron during the game.  For more information about this event or to get involved with the Chicago Alumni Club, contact Club President Erica Walker (BA ’07) at ericakwalker@yahoo.com

Luther C. McClellan Alumni Chapter
The Luther C. McClellan Alumni Chapter will hold a Mass Planning Meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009 at 5:45 p.m. in Wilder Tower, Room 220.  Hot topics at this meeting will include: Black History Month, Scholarship Reception, fundraisers and the long awaited Black Alumni Reunion.  Join us as we kick off the New Year with fresh ideas and great expectations. For more information about this Alumni Club, contact Club Coordinator Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016.

The Herff College of Engineering Student & Alumni Mixer
The Herff College of Engineering Alumni Chapter will host its 3rd annual Student & Alumni Mixer on Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 6:00 pm at the Alumni Center. Come share career advice with Engineering seniors and catch-up with old friends while you enjoy complimentary food and drinks in a casual setting.

Save the Date: Music Wine and Cheese Reception
Save the Date: Join the Music Society and the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music for a complimentary Wine and Cheese Reception on Friday, March 6, prior to a performance by famed jazz musician Joyce Cobb during the annual School of Music Jazz Week. Alumni, friends and music lovers are invited to the reception and the fabulous performance in Harris Concert Hall. Please contact Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562 for more information.

Save the Date: Theatre & Dance Alumni Club
Save the Date: Theatre & Dance Alumni Club members and alum are invited to an after-party following a romantic performance of Cyrano at Theatre Memphis on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is complimentary for friends and alumni and you are encouraged to bring your sweetheart for a special pre-Valentine’s Day treat! The after-party will take place immediately following the performance and will last an hour. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be available as well as a chance to mingle with the actors. Please contact Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562 for more information.

Save the Date: Distinguished Alumni Awards
“Take the M Train” and join the Alumni Association for the Distinguished Alumni Awards on Friday, February 20, 2009.  Jump on board for a night full of true blue fun in downtown Memphis at Central Station. Watch future issues of the E-Newsletter for more details on this event.

Save the Date: Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders
The annual Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders will be Thursday-Friday, Feb. 26-27, 2009 at the Memphis Hilton. Join fellow AUSP alumni for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and fellowship at the AUSP Alumni Chapter Reception, Thursday, Feb. 26, at 5:30 p.m.  For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901-678-4373.

Membership Matters!
The University of Memphis Alumni Association would like to thank all of our current life and annual members. We are proud that membership is at an all time high.  The Association has set forth an ambitious goal for the year 2012 to have more than 10,000 members in the Association. We are on our way, but we need YOUR help to achieve this goal.

Annual membership to the Alumni Association is only $35/year. Your membership fees help fund student scholarships, faculty and staff awards, and many of University-wide events, such as Homecoming and the Distinguished Alumni Awards. Additionally, the nearly 65 clubs and chapters, both locally and nationally, help raise over $30,000 in scholarships for students in related fields.

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


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