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February 2006

U of M Team Unearths Tomb in Valley of the Kings
Enjoy Dinner, Spicy Conversation at Arts and Sciences Event
Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala Set for April 29
Moot Court Team Places Second Nationally
Upcoming Alumni Events

U of M Team Unearths Tomb in Valley of the Kings

U of M team at KV 63 site University of Memphis researchers, in collaboration with the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, have discovered a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the first such discovery in the Valley of the Kings since Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922. The discovery was made by a U of M-sponsored expedition, the Amenmesse Tomb Project, led by Dr. Otto Schaden, a research associate with the University's Institute for Egyptian Art and Archaeology (IEAA).

Dr. Schaden, IEAA Director Dr. Lorelei Corcoran and U of M graduate student Sharon Nichols have been in Egypt since mid-December. Excavation began at the site on Christmas Day. The team was uncovering a group of huts belonging to the workmen who carved and decorated the tombs of the Royal Necropolis when they came upon the top of a shaft carefully cut into the rock. Approximately 12 meters below surface level they found the top of a doorway that leads to the burial chamber.

The newly discovered shaft tomb is located approximately 25 meters south of Tutankhamun's tomb. A blocked doorway concealed the burial chamber that contains five wooden coffins and numerous pottery vessels. As the clearance of the tomb continues, further evidence should provide the rank, names and titles of the individuals found in the tomb.

"The Valley of the Kings is one of the most popular monument sites in Egypt. It's amazing to think that such a significant find lay beneath the feet of hundreds of thousands of visitors," said Dr. Corcoran.

Enjoy Dinner, Spicy Conversation at Arts and Sciences Event

The topics are always hot at Great Conversations, and this year is no exception. Earthquakes, human cloning, Shelby Farms and nanotechnology are among the 30 topics to choose from at the fifth-annual installment of this popular College of Arts and Sciences event.

Great Conversations will be held at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis, Thursday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. For reservations, contact Nell Blair at jblair@memphis.edu. You can also make reservations online, view a complete list of topics and learn more about the event at the Great Conversations Web site: http://cas.memphis.edu/conversations.

Seats at each topic table are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve your spot soon!

Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala Set for April 29

DAA 2005Four individuals will receive the University of Memphis Alumni Association's highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award, on Saturday, April 29. This year's awards celebrate the achievements of Ken May (BBA '83), Deanie Parker (BPS '77, MPA '88) and Dorothy Johnson Pounders (BSD '76, JD '81), who will be honored as Distinguished Alumni and Robert Stephens (BEE '90), who will be named Outstanding Young Alumnus.

Join us as we celebrate at a new and unique venue, the Air National Guard located off of Democrat Road. A champagne reception outside of a massive C-5 plane will kick off the elegant evening at 6:30 p.m.

To reserve your tickets to this black tie indoor/outdoor event, please contact the Alumni Office at 901/678-3119 or 800/678-8729.


Moot Court Team Places Second Nationally

Moot Court team and adviserThe Moot Court team from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law finished second in the National Moot Court competition finals in New York City in January. The U of M team defeated the University of Pennsylvania, Fordham University, George Washington University and Wake Forest University before falling to Duke University.

Team member Mark Thompson was named Best Oral Advocate in the final round. The other team members are Todd Richardson and Shannon McKenna. All three are second-year law students. They competed primarily against third-year students at nationals.

The last time a Memphis team went to the national finals was 1999; that team finished in the top eight.


Upcoming Alumni Events

The AUSP Alumni Chapter will host its Annual Alumni Reception on Monday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m. during the Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders held at the Hilton East. The 2006 Outstanding Alumnus Award will be presented at the event. There is no cost to attend the reception. To RSVP, please contact alumnievents@memphis.edu or 901/678-3119.

Join the Chicago Alumni Club on March 2 and 11 for Tiger Basketball watch parties. We'll watch the Tigers take on the UAB Blazers at 8:30 p.m. on March 2, then reconvene March 11 for the CUSA Championship game (time TBA). If you plan on attending or need more information, please contact Jeniene Wiseman ('03) at jwiseman21@yahoo.com. All events will take place at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 1 West Grand Avenue (corner of State Street and Grand Avenue), Chicago.

Birmingham -area alumni are invited to a pre-game rally before the UAB game Thursday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. Join us at The Canteen, 2839 7th Ave. South. Tip-off for the game is at 8:30 p.m. To RSVP for this event, please contact Emily Jones at emilyjones@memphis.edu or 800/678-TRAX.

The Band Alumni Chapter is proud to host the 2006 Mid-South Indoor Percussion and Color Guard Competition. This year's competiton will be held Saturday, March 4, at the Elma Roane Field House on the U of M campus starting at 11 a.m. To register you ensemble, please visit http://www.tigerbandalumni.com/Alumni/indoor_reg.htm.

The Loewenberg School of Nursing needs your help. Our nursing students are traveling to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip the first week of March, and they need supply donations. The students will provide much-needed healthcare and medical resources. A list of suggested items is available at http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/wishlist.pdf. Donations can be dropped off at Newport Hall near the Alumni Center on campus. For directions, please contact Brenda Fortney at 901/678-2020.

The Herff College of Engineering will host its Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 16, at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis. This year's Outstanding Alumnus Award will be presented to Robert Jamison (BEE '87), deputy director of the Transportation Security Administration. Distinguished Service in Engineering Awards will go to Dr. Steven J. Bares, president and executive director of Memphis Bioworks Foundation; Mark Darty, executive vice president of research, development and manufacturing at Luminetx; Edward F. Williams, III (P.E.), founder of E. F. Williams & Associates and president of Enviromental Testing & Consulting of the Americas, Inc.; and Harry B. Rike, III (P.E.), who served as President of Ellers, Oakley, Chester & Rike for over 20 years. Please join us in the celebration by reserving your seat today. To RSVP, call 901/678-ALUM by March 10.

Mark your calendars - the Memphis Law Drive for Downtown Golf Classic is scheduled for Monday, June 5, at Spring Creek Ranch. Cost is $500/player, $2,000 per team. Hole sponsorship levels begin at $500. To sign up or become a sponsor, contact Committee Chair Will Zoccola at 901/526-8382 or wzoccola@zlawfirm.com, or Alumni Coordinator Leah Prost at 901/678-4299 or lprost@memphis.edu

Before you head to the FedExForum for Tiger basketball, join Memphis fans for pre-game parties at Pat O'Brien's on Beale Street. Show your Alumni Association membership card and receive 10 percent off your bill. The fun begins two hours before every home game.

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