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January 2004

With countless events already on the calendar for 2004, the new year is shaping up to be an exciting one at the U of M. We hope you'll connect with the University this year, whether it's through the arts, athletics or lectures by world-class speakers, on campus, in your city or from your home.

And don't forget about this year's Distinguished Alumni Awards on April 24 at the Peabody Hotel. More information about this year's gala will be available in upcoming issues of the e-newsletter. Here's just a sample of what else is in store in the coming months!

Reminder: Alumni scholarship applications due Jan. 31
Join us for upcoming alumni events in Atlanta, Charlotte and Nashville
Columbia University president to visit, mark 50th anniversary of Brown decision

Arts and technology merge in upcoming performance
PBS to broadcast professor's award-winning documentary

Reminder: Alumni scholarship applications due Jan. 31

Students planning to enter the U of M this fall 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 dues-paying Alumni Association members any time within the calendar year prior to the application deadline are eligible.

The Alumni Scholars Program encourages family of Alumni Association members to make the U of M their first choice for higher education. The application, which includes more detailed eligibility requirements, is available online at http://www.memphis.edu/AlumniScholarshipForm.pdf and is due on Jan. 31. Please call 901/678-3474 or e-mail thedges@memphis.edu for additional information.

Join us for upcoming alumni events in Atlanta, Charlotte and Nashville
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A watch party for the Louisville game is being planned for Charlotte on Feb. 28. For details, please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 901/678-5314 or ekwalker@memphis.edu.

The Atlanta Alumni Club will hold a watch party for the Cincinnati game on March 6, at Barnacle's on Tilly Mill off Peachtree Industrial Blvd. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 901/678-5314 or mspnhrst@memphis.edu.

The Nashville Alumni Club will hold a watch party for the Cincinnati game on March 6. Please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 901/678-5314 or ekwalker@memphis.edu for more information.

Columbia University president to visit, mark 50th anniversary of Brown decision

The University of Memphis will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown vs. Board of Education decision with a lecture by the president of Columbia University. Dr. Lee C. Bollinger will discuss the decision, which ended racial segregation in public schools, Thursday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m. in the Fogelman Executive Center, room 136. A reception will follow.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change.

Bollinger's teaching and research interests are focused on free speech and First Amendment issues. He has published numerous books, articles and essays on these subjects and others. Bollinger has received several awards for his strong defense of affirmative action in higher education, including the National Humanitarian Award from the National Conference on Community and Justice.

For more information, call 901/678-2769.

Arts and technology merge in upcoming performance

In a unique marriage of technology and the arts, the College of Communication and Fine Arts and the Center for Media Arts will host graphic designer/ interactive performance artist Elliott Earls this February. As part of a three-day residency at the U of M, Earls will perform at the FedEx Institute of Technology in "The Zone" on Friday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.

Earls is designer-in-residence and head of the 2-D design department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Earls experimentation with nonlinear digital video, spoken word poetry, music composition and design led him to form the Apollo Program after graduating from Cranbrook in 1993. The Apollo Program's commercial clients include Elektra Entertainment, Nonesuch Records, Scribner Publishing C., Elemond Casabella (Italy), The Cartoon Network (U.K.) and Janus Films.

As a typographer, Earls' original type design is distributed worldwide by Emigre Inc. Four of his posters are part of the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, and his latest enhanced CD/poster package was recently added to the Cooper-Hewitt's research file.

The performance is free and open to the public.

PBS to broadcast professor's award-winning documentary

Hoxie: The First Stand, a film directed by University of Memphis communication professor David Appleby and recent CINE Golden Eagle award winner, will air nationally on PBS Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. (CST).

Hoxie follows a 1955 decision by the school board of a small Arkansas town to integrate its schools voluntarily, setting off a confrontation with a growing Southern movement to resist the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown vs. Board of Education decision. Despite threats from outside agitators and local opposition, Hoxie school board members refused to rescind their decision. Instead, they sought the help of a lawyer whose legal strategy ultimately drew a reluctant federal Justice Department into the integration battle and led to the nullification of state segregation laws.

The Golden Eagle award recognizes excellence in documentary and other informational film and video production in semiannual competitions. CINE was founded in 1957 by a consortium representing business, education and government to depict American life and thought realistically to a global audience. Hoxie is Appleby's third CINE Golden Eagle award-winning documentary.

 


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