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January 2003

U of M Closes 2002 with Pair of Major Gifts
Meet the 2003 Alumni Association Board
Nominations Sought for Briggs Teaching Award

Upcoming Alumni Events

U of M Closes 2002 with Pair of Major Gifts
Raines and Manning at Millington site

The U of M ended 2002 on a positive note, becoming the new owner of the former hospital at the Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, Tenn., and receiving a grant from the State of Tennessee for reworking Central Avenue and constructing a pair of pedestrian crosswalks.

The transfer of the facility was made official by U.S. Rep. John Tanner, who represents the Millington area in Congress. The six-story hospital and several smaller adjacent buildings, totaling 250,000 square feet on 38 acres of land, will be used for higher education programs and related activities. Programs could include continuing education and other distance education classes, and space will be used for offices for research labs and University-related operations.

The Millington site will also be useful in working with the U.S. Navy, which requires its mid-level and upper-level officers to hold master's degrees.

The University was also granted $775,000 from the State of Tennessee for re-working Central Avenue and for construction of two overhead crosswalks for pedestrians. The crosswalks will be built over Central Avenue between the campus and the large parking lot just north of Central.

One crosswalk will lead to the Herff College of Engineering and the other will lead to the plaza area near the College of Communications and Fine Arts. Central Avenue itself will be lowered along its path near the University. Planners estimate it will take two to three years to complete.

Meet the 2003 Alumni Association Board

Richard Glassman (BA '69, JD '72), president, is the senior partner of Glassman, Edwards, Wade and Wyatt P.C., where his practice focuses on representation of lawyers involved in the defense of malpractice and disciplinary actions and defense of commercial carriers in accident and business litigation. A civic and community leader, he has served on the boards of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Memphis and the Memphis and Shelby County Convention Center, and Glassman currently chairs the University's Distinguished Alumni Awards gala. This will be his second consecutive year as Alumni Association president.

Dawn Graeter (BBA '86), president-elect, has been a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2000 and served as treasurer in 2002. She has held positions on a number of local boards, including president of the Millington Area Chamber of Commerce. Graeter has chaired numerous special events, including the 1999 U of M Spring Fling and the U of M Golf Classic for the past five years. Graeter is currently the VP/Controller for Bank of Bartlett.

Claudia Barr ('73), treasurer, has been news co-anchor at WHBQ- TV in Memphis since the early 1980s. Barr's career has taken her to locales like Paris and St. Petersburg, Russia. Her current focus is on FOX 13's weekly "Building Better Minds" report on successful students from the Memphis area. In addition to the Alumni Association Board, she serves on numerous community and agency boards and frequently speaks to area schools and civic groups. Barr was the 2001 recipient of the Journalism Alumni Chapter's Charles Thornton Outstanding Alumni Award.

Patrick Lloyd (BBA '76), past president, is president of Physicians Advisory Company, a firm which provides practice consulting services for physicians. He has also served as CEO for UniPhy Healthcare of Memphis and president and CEO of Healthcare Strategies, Inc. Lloyd is a very active supporter of Tiger athletics. He is a past president of the Highland Hundred, a support group for U of M football, and has served on the board of Tiger Clubs.

Nominations Sought for Briggs Teaching Award

Do you remember a favorite professor from your days at the U of M? The development office is seeking nominations for the 2002-03 Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award. The Briggs award honors professors for outstanding undergraduate teaching and an overall commitment to undergraduate education.

Previous award recipients are:

  • 1996-97: Dr. Kevin Hagopian & Dr. Phillip Kolbe
  • 1997-98: Dr. Thomas Caplinger & Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman
  • 1998-99: Dr. Jack Grubaugh & Dr. Mark Timmons
  • 1999-2000: Dr. Julia Heath & Dr. Thomas D. Mason
  • 2000-01: Ms. Candace Justice & Dr. Robert Marchini
  • 2001-02: Dr. Melvin Beck & Dr. Charles Camp

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. 3, 2003.

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

Upcoming Alumni Events

U of M at TCU men's basketball watch party. Feb. 8, 2003, Ft. Worth, Texas. Pre-game gathering at 11 a.m., Dee J. Kelly Alumni and Visitors Center. The Alumni Association will provide refreshments, and parking will be available in the Visitors' lots. The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. For reception reservations and game ticket information, please call (901) 678-5314 or e-mail acantrll@memphis.edu. RSVP deadline is Feb. 3.

The University of Memphis Distinguished Alumni Awards gala will be held Saturday, Mar. 22 at the Peabody Hotel. To make reservations for this year's gala, please e-mail acantrll@memphis.edu or call (901) 678-5314.

Stay tuned for information on upcoming events in Nashville, Tampa, Houston, Birmingham, New York, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Details will be listed in future e-newsletters and on http://www.memphis.edu/alumnievents.html as they become available.

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