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July 2006

U of M Wins National Award for Fundraising
FedEx Honored by Regents for Philanthropy
Alumni Association Launches Me & 3 Campaign

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Upcoming Alumni Events

U of M Wins National Award for Fundraising

CASE logoThe U of M has received a prestigious Circle of Excellence Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Only 27 institutions from a field of 504 were chosen to receive recognition for overall improvement in fundraising with the CASE-Wealth Engine Award for Educational Fundraising.

Institutions cannot apply for this award. Instead, CASE processes data available from the Council for Aid to Education on higher education institutions and conducts its own extensive analysis, basing the award on three years of performance.

Accomplishments from the three years judged by CASE include improved funding and improved donor and constituent relations programs, highlighted by a newly branded and re-energized alumni association.

CASE is an international organization for advancement professionals who work in alumni relations, communications and development.

FedEx Honored by Regents for Philanthropy

FedEx Corp. has received the Regents Award for Excellence in Philanthropy from the Tennessee Board of Regents. The Memphis-based company has demonstrated its world-class spirit of generosity through multiple contributions to the University of Memphis.

The company's gift of $5 million in 2001 produced the public-private partnership that has become the FedEx Institute of Technology. In 2002 FedEx donated $250,000 to launch the Institute's Center for Supply Chain Management.

In 2005 the University announced an additional gift of $5 million over five years for the Institute to support research, facilitate the recruitment of internationally recognized faculty and fund initiatives such as the visiting speakers' series and residency program for innovators, artists and CEOs.

In addition to monetary contributions, FedEx leaders have helped to shape the Institute by providing leadership, expertise and influence. FedEx has led numerous companies, including Fortune 500 organizations, to become involved with and support the Institute.

Alumni Association Launches Me & 3 Campaign

The U of M Alumni Association has kicked off its first-ever Me & 3 campaign. We are asking the entire alumni membership to bring in three new members. Our goals are to become the largest and most vibrant alumni association in Conference USA and to help raise the University's ranking in U.S. News and World Report. Before kicking off the campaign, membership was up 40 percent. Our goal is to be up 100 percent by next June, so we need you to ask someone to join today!

The Alumni Association is a non-profit organization that exists to advance the University of Memphis. Alumni Association dues are used:

  • to fund student scholarships
  • for Excellence in Research, Teaching and Advising awards given to faculty and staff members
  • to help fund our 45-plus alumni clubs and chapters located across the country
  • for Homecoming activities and recognition events

Join online today at http://www.memphis.edu/alumni_online.

Apply Today for U of M Affinity Card

Credit CardsShow your Tiger pride and support the programs of the University of Memphis by applying for the new University of Memphis Visa® Card from Chase. A portion of each purchase you make with your U of M Visa® supports the University at no cost to you.

Among other benefits, the U of M Visa® has a low introductory interest rate and no annual fee, and you can choose between two card designs - the V. Lane Rawlins Clock Tower or the Tiger Athletics logo.

Call 1-888-215-3049 and reference code 44JT to apply.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Calling all True Blue Tigers: We need your blood! The U of M is squaring off against Ole Miss in a blood drive prior to the big game on Sept. 3. Donors should tell the Lifeblood staff they are giving on behalf of the University of Memphis. More information is available by phone at 901/529-6320 or on the Lifeblood Web site at http://www.lifeblood.org. Show your Tiger Pride and save lives at the same time!

Save yourself the hassle of driving and parking in Oxford on Sept. 3, and ride in style with the Alumni Association. Game ticket, boxed lunches, snacks, soft drinks and entertainment will be provided. The Ole Miss Tiger Trek package is $130 for Alumni Association members and $140 for those who are not yet members. For details and a registration form, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/tigertrek.html. Contact Emily Jones for more info at 901/678-1782 or emilyjones@memphis.edu.

With football season around the corner, the Alumni Association is already making plans to tailgate with our Tiger family at our popular pre-game Barn Bashes. Join us before every home game for Germantown Commissary BBQ, beverages and True Blue fun. Live music will be provided by The Soul Outsiders. For dates and details, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/tigertrek.html.

Fogelman College of Business and Economics alumni, be sure to save the date for the 14th Annual Alumni Day - Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis. The outstanding alum and outstanding friend of the College will be named and guest professors will speak at various FCBE classes. Contact the Alumni Association at 901/678-2586 or alumnievents@memphis.edu for details.

The Nursing Alumni Chapter will host their first Forensic Nursing Conference at Methodist Hospital on Friday, Sept. 15. Topics will include the past, present and future of forensic nursing science, as well as societal and medial myths and misinformation about forensic nursing. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 901/678-2586 or alumnievents@memphis.edu.

The College of Arts and Sciences will hold its 10th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon will be held at The Racquet Club of Memphis and honors outstanding graduates and friends of the college. For details, please contact Emily Jones at 901/678-1782 or emilyjones@memphis.edu.

Are you a parent of a current U of M student or incoming freshman? If so, join the ranks of the Alumni Association Parents Club. Membership in the Parents Club is free for Alumni Association members. If you're not currently an Alumni Association member, you can join the Alumni Association and Parents Club for just $35. E-mail Lauren Isaacman at lauren.isaacman@memphis.edu for details.

Are you a local Tiger alum living in Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Cordova, Covington, Germantown, Millington or North Mississippi? If so, we need your help. The Alumni Association is looking for volunteers to host watch parties at local restaurants in their part of town. All we need you to do is greet, meet and eat! If you are interested in serving as a host, please contact Emily Jones at 901/678-1782 or by e-mail at emilyjones@memphis.edu.

Make plans to travel this fall with fellow U of M alumni and friends on one of our new global Tiger Treks. For additional information including costs and dates, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/tigertravel.html. Trips include "Treasures of Italy" and "Lake Como and Lake Lucerne."

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