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February 2005

Celebrate basketball homecoming 2005
Nominations sought for teaching awards
Apply today for U of M affinity card

Upcoming alumni events

Celebrate basketball homecoming 2005

"True Blue Through and Through" will be the theme of the University of Memphis' basketball homecoming at noon, Saturday, Feb. 12, as the Tigers take on Tulane at FedExForum. With hopes that basketball homecoming will become a True Blue tradition, Student Government officials are spearheading the effort. Activities planned this year are geared toward students and student groups and include:

  • Lunch on the Alumni Mall Friday, Feb. 11
  • Banner competition to be displayed at the FedExForum
  • A game attendance competition for student groups
  • Crowning of Homecoming King and Queen
  • Fund-raising competition to benefit Up 'til Dawn and tsunami relief
The student section will be there - loud and proud - and encourages alumni and Tiger fans to come out and make basketball Homecoming a slam dunk for the U of M.

All fans, former students, friends and alumni are invited to the post game Homecoming party at Pat O'Brien's on Beale. As with all home games, Alumni Association members get 10% off their total bill when they show their membership cards. Join the Alumni Association online today at http://www.memphis.edu/alumni_online or join the day of the game at Pat O'Brien's.

Nominations sought for teaching awards

Did you have a professor at the U of M who was an exceptional teacher? The Alumni Association and the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation are soliciting nominations for awards recognizing excellence in teaching. Honorees are recognized at the annual Faculty Convocation held at the end of spring semester.

Alumni who graduated within the last three years can nominate a former professor for the 2005 Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award , which recognizes and encourages excellence in teaching. Please go to the Distinguished Teaching Award Web site to make your nomination: https://css.memphis.edu/dta/ . The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 18.

The Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award honors professors for outstanding undergraduate teaching and an overall commitment to undergraduate education. Award nominees must be full-time faculty members at the University of Memphis and must be currently teaching undergraduate courses. Past recipients are not eligible. The nomination deadline is 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28.

More details about the Briggs Award and a link to the nomination form are available online at http://www.memphis.edu/briggs.html .

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Upcoming alumni events

Mark your calendars! This year's Distinguished Alumni Awards will be held Saturday, April 23, at Wilson Air Center on Winchester. We hope you'll join us for the aviation-themed gala. Stay tuned to next month's e-news for details on this year's honorees and ticket information.

The Herff College of Engineering will host its Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 17, at the University Holiday Inn. Stephen P. Liberto will receive this year's Outstanding Alumnus Award, and Distinguished Service in Engineering Awards will go to George D. Barnes , Lee R. Nyman , James M. Phillips and Jeffrey E. Schryver . Tickets are $35 per person. Please RSVP by calling 901/678-ALUM by March 10.

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Chapter will host its annual alumni reception Thursday, March 17. The event will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Nashville Room of the Downtown Memphis Marriott during the Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders. The chapter will recognize the 2005 Outstanding Alumni of the Year and will honor the classes of '65, '70, '75, '80, '85, '90, '95 and 2000. Please RSVP to alumnievents@memphis.edu or call 901/678-3119.

Don't miss the 2005 Mid-South Indoor Percussion and Color Guard Competition on Saturday, March 5. Organized by the Band Alumni Chapter , the competition will begin at noon inside the Elma Roane Fieldhouse on campus. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 18, and children under 6 are free. All proceeds go to the Sidney J. McKay Fellowship. For information on registering as a participant, please visit http://www.tigerbandalumni.com/news/2005indoor.htm or contact Jeremy Stinson at (901) 377-7020 or via email at jeremymstinson@aol.com if you have any questions.

Birmingham -area alumni: Come support fellow Tiger alumni Earl Barron and Cedric Henderson as the Huntsville Flight take on the Roanoke Dazzle Saturday, Feb. 26. U of M alumni have the opportunity to attend a special meet-and-greet session with both former Tigers after the game. Tickets for the 2 p.m. game are only $6 for U of M alumni. Call Chris Johnson at 256/429-1013 for ticket information.

Party with the Alumni Association at Pat O'Brien's on Beale Street ! If you're taking in a Tigers game at the FedExForum, join us at Pat O'Brien's after the Homecoming game (details above), at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26, or Saturday, March 5, immediately following the game.

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