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July 2008

U of M One of Safest Public Institutions in Tennessee
Meet YOUR New Alumni Association Staff!
Tiger Treks Worldwide Educational Tours
Alumni News and Upcoming Events

U of M One of Safest Public Institutions in Tennessee

Campus SafetyThe University of Memphis is committed to providing an environment to support the success of our students.  To this end, the University annually ranks as one of the safest universities “anywhere” in Tennessee. 

In 2007, the University of Memphis had a 14.3% decrease in reported crimes and had the lowest overall incident rate compared to other schools in the state with more than 5,000 students.  While statewide statistics reflect the safety of our campus, we are not content to rely on our statistical success.  We continuously strive to enhance campus safety through technology (e.g., the TigerText mass text-messaging notification system), emergency telephones, surveillance towers, web-based digital cameras and other advancements.

University of Memphis students, parents, faculty and staff can take comfort that campus safety and security is a continual concern and that provisions are in place which will help keep our campus one of the safest in the state. To learn more about our campus safety, please visit bf.memphis.edu/police.

Meet YOUR New Alumni Association Staff!

New StaffYOUR Alumni Association has three new changes to its team! Lauren Isaacman has been named Assistant Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations, and Hannah Newsom and Ryan Jones are new Alumni Affairs Coordinators.

Lauren earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication from the U of M. Lauren continues her relationship with the Alumni Association after her tenure as Coordinator, where she planned meetings and events for the Fogelman College of Business Alumni Chapter, Nursing Alumni Chapter, Half Century Club, Fraternity Alumni Advisory Council, Student Ambassador Board, Parents Club and all on-campus student/alumni activities. Lauren also helped plan events such as Homecoming, the Distinguished Alumni Awards, athletic events and NCAA tournaments. Prior to her experience at the U of M, Lauren was the sales coordinator for the Memphis Redbirds AAA baseball team.

Hannah Newsom has worked as the assistant to Alumni Association Director, Tammy Hedges, for the past three years, where she was the liaison to the National Alumni Board of Directors. Hannah also helped plan events such as Homecoming and the Distinguished Alumni Awards. Hannah is a native Memphian and earned her bachelor’s degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS.

Since receiving a B.A. in Journalism with a Public Relations concentration from the U of M, Ryan Jones has been a Communications intern for the Stax Museum of Soul Music and its respective foundations. During his time at Stax, Ryan participated in the planning and development of many large-scale events and activities that all focused on soul music and the non-profit foundation work of Stax. Ryan has also helped organize large events and various celebratory affairs for Memphis restaurants, done freelance public relations projects for organizations like the Animal Protection Association of Memphis and is a published freelance writer.

To check out what else YOUR Alumni Association is up to, please visit http://alumni.memphis.edu/.

Tiger Treks Worldwide Educational Tours

Tiger TreksThe U of M Alumni Association is bringing alumni and friends together to explore new places and experience different cultures through exciting travel opportunities. Take advantage of the great savings and conveniences when traveling through us. You can select from daily optional excursions or experience these destinations on your own!

The trips that are currently available are:

"Best of Tuscany & the Italian Riviera" September 19 - 27, 2008
Montecatini, ideally situated in the heart of Italy, is surrounded by the exquisite beauty of the Tuscan landscape and the seaside resort of San Remo basks in the wonderful climate of the sun- drenched Italian Riviera.

"Spectacular Swiss Alps & Salzburg" October 3 - 11, 2008
From the medieval rooves of Salzburg to soaring mountain peaks and tranquil lakes, Switzerland and Austria offer a kaleidoscope of inspiring delights to discover.

"Dynamic Beijing" November 13 - 20, 2008
China's capital, Beijing, is the pulsing heart of this ancient and diverse land. Visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the magnificent Great Wall, and enjoy an optional two-day visit to historic Xi'an.

For more information about these packages, please visit http://alumni.memphis.edu/travel.htm.

Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Nashville PicnicInaugural Nashville Tiger Golf Classic
On Saturday, July 26, 2008, the Nashville Alumni Club will be holding their Inaugural Nashville Tiger Golf Classic in conjunction with their annual summer picnic.  The golf tournament will be a 4-person scramble and will be held at Gaylord Springs Golf Links.  Proceeds from the tournament will go toward the Nashville Alumni Scholarship.   For more information or to join the Tigers in Music City mailing list contact Club President Mike Dodd at gotigersgo@nashvilletigers.com.  

Dallas Alumni Club's TIGER NIGHT
Join the Dallas Alumni Club and other Texas Tigers on Monday, July 28 for TIGER NIGHT at the BALLPARK when the Texas Rangers host the Seattle Mariners.  Game tickets PLUS food and beverage in a family style picnic setting will be available for a group rate at $28/person.  To RSVP, fill out this form or contact Rangers group coordinator, Jeremy Christopher, at 817/273-5173, and be sure to let him know that you are with the Memphis Tigers Alumni group in order to receive your special pricing.  E-mail Club President Gary Crooms at gary@seniorinformation.com for more information on this event or other Dallas Alumni Club involvement.

Young Alumni Committee Summer Symposium
The University of Memphis Young Alumni Committee will host their 2008 Summer Symposium, Step up to the Plate …with featured speaker U of M Baseball Head Coach Daron Schoenrock, on Thursday, July 31 at 5:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center. Come out for a fun evening with “Coach Rock” and fellow young alumni!  Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided along with door prizes. Please RSVP to 901/678-5314 or alumnievents@memphis.edu by July 25, 2008. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Become a Member of the Alumni Association Parents Club
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 are not currently an Alumni Association member, you can join the Alumni Association and Parents Club for just $35.  Visit the Parents Club website or e-mail Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu for details.

Attention Young Alumni!
The Young Alumni Committee is on the prowl for new Board members to assist with Young Alumni activities, including the True Blue 5K. Contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at 901/678-1333 or rjones1@memphis.edu for an application and to get involved!

Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter
The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter will host its annual Striving for Excellence in the Law Alumni Dinner on Saturday, August 16 at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. Please join the Law Chapter as we hear from our featured speaker, Senator Lamar Alexander, and honor John Stokes as a Friend of the Law School. The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Hannah Newsom at hnewsom@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

2009 Distinguished Alumni Awards Nominations
The Alumni Association seeks nominations for its 2009 Distinguished Alumni Awards. These awards honor alumni and friends who have brought honor and distinction to the University of Memphis. Award winners will be recognized at a black-tie gala held in their honor in early 2009. Categories are Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Friend and Outstanding Young Alumni. A nomination form is available online at www.memphis.edu/alumni/daa_nom.pdf. The deadline for nominations for 2009 award consideration is October 1. Watch future issues of the E-Newsletter for more details on this event.

College of Arts and Sciences’ Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner
Save the Date: The College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter will host its 12th annual Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 2 at The Racquet Club of Memphis. For more information or to get involved, contact Alumni Coordinator Paula Espy at 901/678-4373 or pmespy@memphis.edu.

Sustainable Technologies Awareness Day
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 7th when the University of Memphis celebrates “Sustainable Technologies Awareness Day,” a campus-wide event to encourage environmental awareness, inquiry, and activism among students, faculty, and staff. The event will feature an array of current and planned initiatives that have been developed on campus and by our community partners. This free event will be held in the Student Plaza, directly in front of the Administration Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Half Century Club 50th Reunion
Save the Date: The Half Century Club is celebrating the 50th reunion for the class of 1958 on Friday, October 24, 2008. Activities will include a brunch at the home of University of Memphis President, Dr. Shirley C. Raines, and a Golden Reception at the Alumni Center. The cost is $35 per person and shuttle service from the Alumni Center to the President’s home will provided free of charge. Please RSVP with payment information to 901/678-5314 by October 17, 2008. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Save the Date: Fogelman College of Business and Economics
Join the FCBE Alumni Chapter at our 16th annual Alumni Day luncheon on Wednesday, October 29 at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Bill Evans, CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Wei Chen (MBA ’98), Chinese-born logistics entrepreneur, is this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Dan Palmer (BBA ’66), former CEO of Concord EFS Incorporated, is this year’s Outstanding Alumnus of the College, and David Sullivan (BS ’64), Chairman of Sullivan Investments, LLC and a member of the Board of Directors for Choice Hotels, will be receiving this year’s Distinguished Friend of the College award. Please contact Alumni Coordinator Paula Espy at pmespy@memphis.edu or 901/678-ALUM for more information.


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