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February 2010

Education Fair Will Feature Recruiters from More than 20 School Districts
Alumni Association Spotlights Alumna Kristee Bell (BS ’98)
University of Memphis Internship Guarantee Program
U of M Will Showcase Wonders of Ancient Egypt at Family Day Feb. 20
Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Education Fair Will Feature Recruiters from More than 20 School Districts

Grand Opening CelebrationMore than 20 school districts seeking teachers, counselors and administrators will participate in the 2010 Education Career Fair sponsored by the University of Memphis Career Services office and the College of Education.

The fair will be held Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre on the U of M campus. It is free to all U of M students and alumni seeking employment, information, and networking opportunities.

Those attending should bring copies of their resume and portfolios. Professional dress (business suit) is required.

More information is available from U of M Career Services at 901-678-2239 or online at www.memphis.edu/careerservices

 

Alumni Association Spotlights Alumna Kristee Bell (BS 98)

DeSoto County ReceptionUniversity of Memphis alumna Kristee Bell (BS ’98), Director of MemphisConnect for The Leadership Academy, has established herself as one of Memphis’ up-and-coming leaders, working to recruit and retain talent for our city and communicate the many positives our community has to offer.

Bell credits much of her success to training, experiences and contacts as an Emerging Leader and a leader in student organizations at the U of M. She started her career in the non-profit field as the U of M’s Assistant Director of Development for the College of Arts and Sciences, later working with U.S. Representative Steve Cohen before joining The Leadership Academy.

Through her ascent, Bell has remained dedicated to her University, supporting Emerging Leaders, the Donald K. Carson Leadership Scholarship, the Black Student Association, U of M LEAD programs and as a member of the Alumni Association.

Kristee is married to fellow alumnus Alvin Bell (BA ’98), and they have three young sons, future Tigers Kalil, Kaleb and Kyle. “The people and programs at the University are a primary reason I am who I am today,” Bell said. “It is such a great place and I will support it any way I can.”

University of Memphis Internship Guarantee Program

DeSoto County ReceptionThe University of Memphis is one of very few universities that guarantee internships for all eligible students. Each semester more than 2,000 U of M students are interning in schools, hospitals, businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. A high quality internship provides the key to a more meaningful education and a brighter future.

For additional information about the Internship Guarantee Program, visit http://www.memphis.edu/internships/guarantee.htm.

How Can Alumni and Friends Support Internships?
•Offer an internship. Recruit interns to assist in:
      •Conducting research
      •Marketing
      •Website construction/maintenance
      •Social networking
      •Planning and implementing special projects
      •Developing Reports
• Encourage your friends and colleagues to recruit interns for their organizations.
•Connect with internship contact persons across the campus  http://www.memphis.edu/internships/contacts.php.

Contact Dixie R. Crase drcrase@memphis.edu or Courtney Pierce cpierce2@memphis.edu for additional information about internships.


U of M Will Showcase Wonders of Ancient Egypt at Family Day Feb. 20

Egyptian Family Day Travel back in time and explore the wonders of ancient Egypt during the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology’s Ancient Egyptian Family Day at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Designed to introduce children to the art and culture of ancient Egypt in a fun and creative environment, the event will let kids write their name in hieroglyphs, draw like an Egyptian, make a copy of an ancient Egyptian amulet, or color a mask while learning about ancient Egyptian gods.

The popular “School for Scribes” will be available again this year. In an intensive one-hour workshop, older children and adults will learn about the ancient Egyptian language, how the ancient Egyptian language was rediscovered, and the role that the famous Rosetta Stone played in that discovery. To participate, children must be at least 10 years old. (Because the class size for the “School for Scribes” is limited, reservations are required; call 901-678-2649.)

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free parking is available in the Central Avenue parking lot; paid parking is available in the Fogelman garage on Innovation Drive, south of Central Avenue just east of Patterson Street. The Art Museum is located on the first floor of the Communication and Fine Arts Building, Room 142, on the U of M campus.

The Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology and the Art Museum of the University of Memphis (AMUM) maintain the largest public collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the Mid-South. More than 200 objects are on display, representing 4,000 years of ancient Egyptian history. Exhibits include mummies, royal statuary, amulets, jewelry, tomb furnishings, and items from everyday life. More information is available by phone at 901-678-2649 or online at www.memphis.edu/egypt/familyday.php

Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Distinguished Alumni Awards Save the Date: Distinguished Alumni Awards
The University of Memphis Alumni Association will be hosting the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards on Friday, April 23 at the Memphis Zoo. The event will begin in the Zoo’s newest exhibit, Teton Trek, then dinner and the awards presentation in Cat Country for the 2010: The Year of the Tiger gala.

Congratulations to the following Distinguished Alumni Awards recipients:
Distinguished Alumnus: Ron Hart (BBA ’81, MBA ’83). Ron Hart is the author of No Such Thing as a Pretty Good Alligator Wrestler. He is a syndicated columnist and nationally ranked private investor.
Distinguished Alumnus: Theopolis Holeman (BSET ’71). Theopolis Holeman is the Group VP of U.S. Operations at Spectra Energy.
Outstanding Young Alumnus: Tre Hargett (BBA ’91, MBA ’92). Tre Hargett is the Tennessee Secretary of State.  
Distinguished University Friend: Rita Sparks. Rita Sparks is a Commodities Broker & Founder, Sparks Companies.
J. Millard Smith Illustrious Service to the Association: Bobby Wharton (BSET ’75). Bobby Wharton is the president and owner of G&W Diesel Services, Inc. and co-owner of Pro-Fire Equipment, LLC.

Alumni Association Members Eligible for Scholarships
Children and grandchildren of current Alumni Association members are encouraged to apply for the Alumni Association Scholarship. Applications are available now for this four-year scholarship worth $1000/year ($500/semester) for students who are planning to enter the U of M as first-time freshmen. 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, visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/scholarship.php. Application deadline is February 26.

New Alumni Association Member Benefits
The University of Memphis Alumni Association is proud to offer its members a full benefits package! Discounts include both Memphis-area and national retailers and consist of savings at Walt Disney World, Red Envelope, Sears, New York & Company, and many, many more!  Only current Alumni Association members are able to take advantage of these discounts. To JOIN NOW, click here.

Men’s Basketball Home Games
The University of Memphis Alumni Association will be hosting a membership table and collecting updated contact information at the last two remaining men’s home basketball games.  Stop by the table near the FedExForum entrance, give us your contact info, and collect your complimentary gift!  The True Blue Bus will be on hand with poms and face stickers before the Tigers take on SMU and Southern Miss.  Look for the Bus in the entrance plaza!

Atlanta Alumni Club Watch Party
The University of Memphis Alumni Association Atlanta Alumni Club will be hosting watch parties for most of the remaining Tiger basketball games at one or both of their traditional locations, Varner's Restaurant or Mazzy's Sports Grill.  Please check the Atlanta Alumni Club web page for the full Men’s Basketball Watch Party schedule.  For more information, or to get involved with the Atlanta Alumni Club, please contact club president Don Sparkman (BEE '87) at don.sparkman@earthlink.net or Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or 800/678-TRAX.

Theatre & Dance Alumni Club
Join the Theatre & Dance Alumni Club on Monday, February 22 for a pre-show Reception at 6:30 p.m. and final dress rehearsal performance at 8 p.m. of the play Hay Fever on the University of Memphis campus. The reception will be in room 235, and the performance will be on the Mainstage in the Theatre Building. This night is complimentary to all guests. Please RSVP to Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562. Alumni Association members may purchase half-priced tickets to all Theatre & Dance performances by calling the box office at 901/678-2576. 

AuSP Alumni Chapter Reception
The annual Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders will be Thursday-Friday, February 25-26. Join fellow AuSP alumni for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and fellowship at the AuSP Alumni Chapter Reception honoring Outstanding Alumna Dr. Constance Qualls, Professor and Chair, Speech-Language Pathology, State University of New York at Buffalo State College, and Spring 2010 Visiting Professor of Communication Disorders, Texas State University-San Marcos and ASHA Vice President for Science and Research, on Thursday, February 26, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.  For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901-678-4373.

University College Alumni Chapter Book Scholarship
The University College Alumni Chapter is looking for candidates for its 2010 Book Scholarship. Please visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/pdfs/ucbookapp10.pdf for the requirements and application; the deadline for submission is March 1. For more information, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

New York City Alumni Club Watch Party
The New York City Alumni Club is hosting a Basketball Watch Party on Saturday, March 6 as the Tigers take on Tulsa in the season finale.  The game tips-off at 11 a.m. EST, and the group will gather at Rouge on 6th Avenue to watch this Conference USA matchup.  For more information about this event or to get involved with the New York City Club, please contact Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or 800/678-TRAX.

Herff College of Engineering Awards Dinner
The Herff College of Engineering Awards Dinner will be held Tuesday, March 16 at the Holiday Inn, U of M. The Engineering Alumni Chapter will honor Ron Driggers (BEE ’84, MS ’86, PhD ’90), Superintendent, Optical Sciences Division, US Navy, with this year’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award. A silent auction will begin prior to the dinner with proceeds benefitting the Engineering Alumni Chapter’s book scholarship. If you have items to donate to the auction, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333. More details will be available soon.

UMAR Book Club Meeting
The University of Memphis Association of Retirees (UMAR) will host its next book club meeting on Tuesday, March 23 at 11:00 a.m. The featured book will be The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir. For more information, please contact Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Band Alumni Chapter Competition
The University of Memphis Alumni Association Band Alumni Chapter will be hosting its annual Mid South Indoor Percussion & Color Guard Competition at the Elma Roane Field House on Saturday, March 27.  For additional information please visit http://www.tigerbandalumni.com/.

Save the Date: Young Alumni Committee Baseball Cookout at FedEx Park
The University of Memphis Young Alumni Committee will be hosting a cookout at the new U of M baseball stadium, FedEx Park, on Saturday, May 8, as the Tigers take on UAB. More information will be available soon!

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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