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January 2007

Scholarships Available to Children and Grandchildren of Alumni
BancorpSouth Makes $50,000 Gift to U of M's Millington Center
Professor Receives Prestigious Award for St. Jude Documentary
U of M Hosts Fiction Workshop in France
Upcoming Alumni Events

Scholarships Available to Children and Grandchildren of Alumni

Students planning to enter the U of M in Fall 2007 as first-time, incoming freshmen may apply for the Alumni Association Scholarship. The award is a four-year scholarship worth $1,000/year ($500/semester). Children and grandchildren of Alumni Association members who have paid their alumni dues any time within the calendar year prior to the application deadline are eligible. An application and details regarding eligibility are available at http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/scholarship.html. The application deadline is January 31. Recipients will be notified by the end of February and must accept by April 15. Please contact Becky McCoy at 901/678-2930 or bmccoy@memphis.edu for more information.



BancorpSouth Makes $50,000 Gift to U of M's Millington Center

BancorpSouth has made a gift of $50,000 to the University of Memphis' Millington Center. The Center, which currently enrolls 630 students, offers undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from business administration to education. It may eventually become home to grant-funded research projects, extended learning classes and a small-business incubator program. The second phase of the Millington Center, which opened in October, encompasses 40,000 square feet on the ground floor of the former Navy Hospital. It holds 26 classrooms, including two computer labs, four private study rooms, a long-distance learning room and three rooms that, when combined, create a 100-seat lecture area; that area is now sponsored by BancorpSouth.


Professor Receives Prestigious Award for St. Jude Documentary

Memphis filmmaker Craig Leake has won the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award for his recent documentary about school teachers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Leake, an assistant professor at the University of Memphis, produced the half-hour film, The Chemo Ate My Homework, for public television. It has been broadcast several times on WKNO-TV and will appear on other PBS stations this year. CINE awards are recognized internationally as symbols of the highest production standards in filmmaking and videography. Leake's winning entry tells the intimate and memorable story of a small group of dedicated teachers who work with cancer patients at St. Jude. In the safety of the classroom, away from surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy, the students teach the teachers how to cope with grief, live for the day and value the life of the mind.

Leake has won the CINE award twice before: In 1990 for Peter Jennings Reporting: Guns, a one-hour ABC News documentary about the gun control debate in California, and in 1995 for Tycoon, an NBC News Special with Tom Brokaw about Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Other past recipients include directors Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard.

U of M Hosts Fiction Workshop in France

The University of Memphis will have a "French connection" in the summer of 2007, as it hosts its first annual Loire Valley Fiction Conference in the beautiful river valley of Angers, just 180 miles southwest of Paris. The conference takes place June 15-24 and will feature noted authors Richard Bausch, Charles Baxter, Ann Beattie, Bobbie Ann Mason and Robert Stone. Bausch is the author of ten novels and currently holds The Moss Chair of Excellence in the Writing Program at the U of M.

The workshop has openings for 16 to 20 participants, who will have one-to-one conferences with the authors and sightseeing excursions from the conference site. Cost is $4,500, which includes lodging, meals and day-trip transportation within France. The workshop is a not-for-credit course and is open to anyone meeting the admissions criteria. Interested writers should submit a manuscript of up to 20 pages of their fiction along with two letters of recommendation. Letters and manuscripts should be sent to Jan Coleman, MFA Program, Patterson Hall, Room 471, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152, no later than April 1, 2007. More information is available by e-mail at creativewriting@memphis.edu, online at http://cipsweb.memphis.edu/loire.htm or by calling 901/678-4692.


Upcoming Alumni Events

On Thursday, Jan. 25, meet other Herff College of Engineering alumni to share career advice and life-after-college tips with senior engineering students at the inaugural Student and Alumni Mixer. This casual social event will include light appetizers and refreshments. Come see old friends and meet current students Jan. 25 from 6-8 p.m. at the Alumni Center, 635 Normal Street. To RSVP or for more information, contact Gwen Cook at 901/678-3119 or at alumnievents@memphis.edu by Jan. 23.

Everyone is invited to come by Newby's Bar and Restaurant Saturday, Feb. 17, to watch the Tigers take on the University of Houston. Come see the game on the big screen in a True Blue atmosphere. Tip-off is at 5 p.m. and the fun begins at 4:30 p.m. Are you a young alum and not receiving invitations to our events? Send your e-mail address to Lauren Isaacman at Lauren.Isaacman@memphis.edu and join the mailing list.

The Young Alumni will also be hosting a watch party at Newby's on Saturday, March 3, to watch the Tigers face off against SMU. Tip-off is at 8:30 p.m., and the fun begins at 8 p.m.

Come out Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. and Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. for Memphis Basketball Watch Parties with other Nashville-area Tigers. We will meet at The Athletic Club, 820 Crescent Centre Drive in Franklin (located inside the Embassy Suites) and watch the Tigers. Hope you can join us. The Nashville Alumni Club meets for most games. Join our mailing list today by e-mailing your e-mail address to Emily Jones at emilyjones@memphis.edu.

Orlando-area alumni and friends are invited to a pre-game reception Wednesday, Jan. 31, before Memphis takes on the University of Central Florida. Tip-off for the game is at 6:30 p.m. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Emily Jones by e-mail at emilyjones@memphis.edu or by phone at 800/678-TRAX. If you can't attend this event, but want to be added to the Orlando/Tampa mailing list, contact Emily Jones at the address above with your updated e-mail address.

The Alumni Association, in conjunction with Tiger Athletics, will be sponsoring a Fun Zone before all C-USA home basketball games at the FedExForum this season. We will be stationed in the main lobby. Come by and get your temporary Tiger tattoo or blue and silver Mardi Gras beads.

Are you an alumni living in Little Rock who would like to get together for watch parties and other true blue Memphis events? If so, please contact Alumni Coordinator Emily Jones by phone at 800/ 678-TRAX or by e-mail emilyjones@memphis.edu.

Are you an alumni living in Jackson, Miss., who would like to get together for watch parties and other true blue Memphis events? If so, please contact Alumni Coordinator Emily Jones by phone toll-free at 800/ 678-TRAX or by e-mail emilyjones@memphis.edu.

Are you a true blue alum or fan living in Lower Alabama? If so, join us for our Lower Alabama Alumni Club basketball watch party on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m. We will be watching the Tigers take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the home of Lower Alabama President Robert Murphree in Foley. Tip-off is at 5 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Alumni Coordinator Emily Jones by e-mail at emilyjones@memphis.edu or phone at 901/678-1782.

Join the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Chapter for an evening "Back at School" Thursday, Feb. 22, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the University of Memphis Alumni Center. Join us for wine, appetizers and stimulating conversation with other graduates of the sociology department. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Gwen Cook at 901/678-3119 or by e-mail at alumnievents@memphis.edu.

Save the Date: Monday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m., the AUSP Alumni Chapter will host its annual alumni reception at the Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders at the Hilton East. Each year the chapter takes this opportunity to name the winner of the Outstanding Alumnus Award. Make plans to attend today. For more information, please contact Emily Jones at 901/678-1782 or by e-mail at emilyjones@memphis.edu.

The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter will host reunions for the classes of 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 on Saturday, March 3. The event will be held at the Cadre Building in downtown Memphis beginning at 7:30 p.m. and will feature The Soul Shockers. All graduates from these classes, along with family, friends and any other graduates of the School of Law are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Reunion Committee chairpersons Darryl Gresham at dgresham@allensummers.com or Phyllis Gardner at phyllis.gardner@shelbycountytn.gov, or Alumni Coordinator Kelly Davis at kdavis9@memphis.edu or 901/678-4299.

The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter will team with the U of M Journalism Department, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee and the Memphis Bar Association to host the second annual Law School for Journalists Saturday, March 3. The event will be held at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and is highlighted by keynote speaker John Seigenthaler. For more information, please contact Alumni Coordinator Kelly Davis by e-mail at kdavis9@memphis.edu or by phone at 901/678-4299.

This year's Distinguished Alumni Awards will be held on Saturday, April 14.
More information coming soon
. Check the alumni Web site for more information on this year's recipients and the event location. More details should be available Monday, Jan. 23 at http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/daa.html


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