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June 2008

Tennessee's Budget Reduction Affects U of M
New U of M Website Launched
U of M Adds Three to Advancement Division

Rearchers at U of M Discover Earthquake Data Along the Mississippi River
Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Tennessee's Budget Affects U of M

President Shirley RainesThe State of Tennessee’s appropriation for higher education has been reduced by $56 million for the 2008-2009 fiscal year, which commences on July 1, 2008. The University of Memphis’ share of the overall reduction is $6.7 million. What does this mean to our students, faculty, staff and supporters?

First and foremost, we will protect the integrity of our academic programs and will continue to fund research and strategic initiatives that define an urban, research university. There are measures we must make sure are in place during difficult economic times that allow us to optimize the resources available to us. Operationally, those measures may include delaying filling vacant positions; reexamining operations and programs that might realize a savings or efficiency from consolidation; limiting position reclassifications; searching for savings in facilities operations and costs; and limiting travel.

It is appropriate that we continue to seek advice, guidance and leadership from our supporters and Boards in identifying funding strategies for our academic initiatives.

To our students and parents, we pledge to pass along the most modest tuition increase possible. At this writing, 7% has been identified as the tuition increase that will preserve the environment that allows the excellence in education our students expect and deserve. This is an increase of $163 per semester for a full-time student. For more detailed tuition information, visit http://bf.memphis.edu/finance/bursar/tuition.php

Shirley Raines

New U of M Website Launched

Brand New WebsiteVisit our New Main Website!
Everyone within the University of Memphis community shares a passion for high quality educational experiences and the pursuit of knowledge. That is why the University has launched a new main website to reflect its passion for excellence through research, artistic expression, and scholarship. The new site is complete with upgraded features and content that showcase the work of our students, faculty, staff and alumni.

On the new site you will find key events and student profiles from across campus, as well as new articles featuring the University's cutting edge research. Not to mention you will have valuable and timely University news right at your fingertips. Keep in touch with the U of M by visiting the interactive site, and be sure to check back often for the latest information!


U of M Adds Three to Advancement Division

Noncredit Programs The Advancement Division at the University of Memphis has added three new members to its team. Kelly Davis has been named director of development for University initiatives, and Shawn Carter and Joseph “Joe” Biggers are new alumni affairs coordinators.

Davis will be responsible for recruiting donors for initiatives in the Graduate School, University College, Student Affairs, and University Libraries. Additionally, he will work on projects that have University-wide scope and impact. Davis had most recently been serving as an alumni affairs coordinator for the University, and before that as graduate assistant/intern for the Athletics Department. He has been with the University for almost four years, after receiving his bachelor’s degree in health and human performance from the University of Tennessee at Martin and a master’s degree in sport and leisure science from the U of M.

Carter graduated from the U of M with both a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in education. She worked for the University as a recruiter in the Office of Recruitment and Orientation Services for seven years, but left in 2006 to become a technical recruiter at Cook Systems International.

Before joining the University, Biggers worked as a special events intern for the East Carolina University Pirate Club, where he assisted with planning, recruiting, and development. His operations background in sports management also allowed him to work the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament in Raleigh, N.C. Most recently he was a teacher, coach and athletics director in the North Carolina public schools system. Biggers received both his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science and master’s degree in sports management and administration from East Carolina.

Rearchers at U of M Discover Earthquake Data Along the Mississippi River

Mississppi River ProjectA Seismic Experiment in the Mississippi Embayment
Since that day in 1541 when Hernando Desoto and his men first saw the Mississippi, western civilization has been interested in mapping the mighty river.  More than 450 years later, those who deal with the Mississippi River on a daily basis—river pilots, engineers, scientists, and others—are intimately familiar with the surface of the Mississippi and the land that surrounds it; however, little is known about what lies beneath the surface.

This summer, with the help of the U. S. Corps of Engineers, a group of researchers from the University of Memphis and the University of Texas at Austin plan to lift the veil of mystery that lies underneath the stretch of the Mississippi River between Helena, Arkansas and Caruthersville, Missouri.  The researchers hope to begin answering the following questions:

  • Do as-yet undiscovered, active fault lines run under the Mississippi River?
  • Water seeks the lowest point.  Does the Mississippi river flow the way that it does because fault lines running the length of the river have shaped where those lowest points are?
  • How do the Mississippi River and the aquifer interact with each other?

Follow the researchers on their journey as they post photos and journal entries at www.memphis.edu/riverproject/.

Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Alumni Website

“Jazz in June” Radiothon with a tribute to the late Dr. Bob McDowell
WUMR, the radio voice of the University of Memphis, will wrap up its eight-day “Jazz in June” Radiothon with a tribute to the late Dr. Bob McDowell, who served as the station’s general manager for 25 years. “An Evening of Jazz with Bill Easley and Friends” is set for Sunday, June 29, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Owen Brennan’s, Poplar at Ridgeway. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 387 Perkins Extended. For more information please visit www.memphis.edu/releases/may08/mcdowell.htmm 

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 contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at 901/678-5016 or 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 team with the Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association to host their annual CLE/Redbirds event on Thursday, June 26. The day's activities will begin with a CLE opportunity focusing on the Tennessee Waltz cases from 2 - 6 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Memphis.  Afterwards, head across the street to AutoZone Park and join the YLD for Happy Hour as the Redbirds host the New Orleans Zephyrs at 7:05 p.m.  For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Hannah Newsom at hnewsom@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

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.  For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Hannah Newsom at hnewsom@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

Denver Alumni Club
The Denver Alumni Club will be attending a Colorado Rockies game on Sunday, June 22, 2008.  Tiger Alumni and Friends will start the afternoon off at Blake Street Tavern in Denver at 11 a.m., and then head over to Coors Field at 1 p.m. to see the Rockies take on the New York Mets.  Eastern Pennsylvania Club President Connor Morganti is helping to coordinate this event and urges all who attend to wear their Tiger Blue.  For more information on this event or to get involved with the Alumni Club in Colorado contact Connor Morganti at connormorganti@verizon.net

Inaugural Nashville Tiger Golf Classic
On Saturday, July 26, 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

Boston/New England Alumni Club Cookout
The Boston/New England Alumni Club will host a cookout on Saturday, June 28 at the home of Club Co-President Bob Canfield in Boston.  All alumni and friends in the New England area are invited to enjoy an afternoon of food, fun and fellowship with other Tigers in the Northeast.  For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at 901/678-1782 or jwbggers@memphis.edu.

College of Arts and Sciences’ Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner
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.

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 901/678-4373 for more information.


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