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January 2006

Law School Plans Move to Historic Downtown Location
Raines to Speak in Jackson, Tenn. on Jan. 24
U of M Unveils Honorary Degree Program
Upcoming Alumni Events

Law School Plans Move to Historic Downtown Location

Customs House and Post Office U.S. Senator Bill Frist (R., Tenn.) announced last week that the United States Postal Service (USPS) has agreed to transfer the Memphis Post Office Front Street Station so that the University of Memphis School of Law can establish its new campus at the facility.

The University of Memphis has been involved in negotiations with the USPS since March 2005 in an effort to acquire the old downtown Post Office building for the law school. Senator Frist has been a close partner to the negotiations and helped broker the final agreement. 

With this agreement, the University will now begin working with the Tennessee Board of Regents and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission on future plans for that purpose. While details of the plans for the move will be announced at a later time, we anticipate that classes will be offered in the new law school in the fall of 2009.

Future law students at the University of Memphis will be able to study in a beautiful, historic building that has a background closely associated with the law. They will also be taking their classes in close proximity to the offices of lawyers and judges and the courts in downtown Memphis. The University is grateful to the U.S. Post Office for its cooperation in making this unique opportunity possible.

Additional information is available at http://www.law.memphis.edu/building.

Raines to Speak in Jackson, Tenn. on Jan. 24

Jackson-area residents will have an opportunity to hear Dr. Shirley Raines, president of the University of Memphis, discuss the University when she speaks at a lunch meeting Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Jackson.

The meeting, sponsored by the U of M Alumni Association, will be held at Premier Place, 2644 North Highland Avenue, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost to attend is $15 per person, which includes the meal.

Reservations are necessary and must be made no later than Wednesday, Jan. 18, by calling the U of M Alumni Office at 800/678-TRAX (8729) or e-mailing Emily Jones at emilyjones@memphis.edu

U of M Unveils Honorary Degree Program

The University of Memphis now has the authority to award up to two honorary degrees each year to distinguished individuals who merit special recognition for extraordinary achievements that have improved the community they serve, contributed to society, as well as benefited the University of Memphis.

You are invited to nominate a person for his or her outstanding performance and to whom the University of Memphis can show its appreciation. The guidelines for awarding honorary degrees are located at http://policies.memphis.edu/UM1648.htm.

All nomination information should be sent by Feb. 1, 2006 to:
Honorary Degree Committee
Office of the Provost
360 Administration Building
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152

We look forward to receiving your nominations, and thank you for participating in this program to honor deserving recipients of these degrees.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Distinguished Alumni Awards recipients will be named later this month. Check http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/daa.html next week for this year's recipients and event details.

Reminder - Alumni Association Scholarship applications are due Jan. 31, 2006. For details about the scholarship, including eligibility requirements, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/scholarship.html.

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.

Make sure you tune into UPN30 (WLMT) on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. for the annual Tiger Television Auction. If you don't live in the Memphis area, you can still check out Tiger auction items online at http://gotigersgo.collegesports.com - the auction will be streaming live on the Internet.

Join the Arts and Sciences Alumni Chapter Thursday, Jan. 26, at the FedEx Institute of Technology at 7 p.m. for a reading with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alison Lurie. Lurie's novels have often been described as social satire, and she has published a collection of ghost stories, Women and Ghosts; a book on the psychology of fashion, The Language of Clothes; and a collection of essays on children's literature and folklore. If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP to alumnievents@memphis.edu or 901/678-3119.

Houston-area alumni and friends are invited to a pre-game party Saturday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m. at Fuddruckers before Memphis plays Rice. Tip-off for the game is at 6:05 p.m. Sit with fellow Memphis fans at the game - get your tickets through the Alumni Office by contacting Emily Jones at emilyjones@memphis.edu or 800/678-TRAX. Tickets are $15. Fuddruckers is located at 3929 Southwest Freeway, Houston.

The Chicago Alumni Club has named Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery as the official University of Memphis home bar. Join other Tigers at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, to watch the nationally ranked Memphis Tigers take on the UTEP Miners. The club will enjoy a fun-filled evening with great food, great people and great door prizes. If you plan on attending or need more information, please contact Jeniene Wiseman ('03) at jwiseman21@yahoo.com. The group will reconvene on March 2 and March 11 for more basketball watch parties. All events will take place at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 1 West Grand Avenue (corner of State Street and Grand Avenue), Chicago.

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. Make plans to attend today. For more information, please contact Leah Prost at 800/678-TRAX or by e-mail at lprost@memphis.edu.

Are you an alum living in Dyersburg, Paris, Union City, Chattanooga, Knoxville or Clarksville ? Would you like to get together a few times a year with other Tiger fans to watch football or basketball games? If you answered yes to any of these questions then we need you. The Alumni Association is looking to form a club in your area. For more information, please contact Emily Jones at 800/678-TRAX or emilyjones@memphis.edu.

Are you Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law graduate living in Chattanooga, Dyersburg, Jackson or Knoxville ? If you're interested in becoming part of a professional organization for law graduates in your area, please contact Leah Prost at 901/678-4299 or lprost@memphis.edu.

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