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June 2005

Regents Approve U of M Border County Tuition Plan - Students in neighbor counties can qualify for in-state rate
Institute Helps Create Robot of Noted Sci-Fi Author
Save the Date - Vision Forum Set for August 20

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Regents Approve U of M Border County Tuition Plan

Appleby Beginning with the fall 2005 semester, academically qualified students from five counties in Arkansas and Mississippi will be able to pay in-state tuition to attend the University of Memphis.

At its quarterly meeting on June 10, the Tennessee Board of Regents approved a proposal that will allow residents of Crittenden County, Ark., and Desoto, Marshall, Tate, and Tunica counties in Mississippi to attend the U of M without paying out-of-state tuition.

Information about admissions requirements and enrollment under this new program is available by phone at 901/678-6721 or online at http://www.memphis.edu/border.pdf.

Currently, more than 600 students from those counties are enrolled at the University. U of M administrators estimate that under this new program, that figure will more than double within four years.

The program was initiated and advocated by the University of Memphis, with the support of the University's Board of Visitors and in concert with community business and political leaders, as part of the University's mission to serve the entire Mid-South region and to provide an educated workforce for that area.


Institute Helps Create Robot of Noted Sci-Fi Author

Noted sci-fi author Philip K. Dick will make an appearance at this year's WIRED magazine's NextFest in robotic form, thanks in part to the University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology. Together with Hanson Robotics, the Automation and Robotics Research Institute of the University of Texas at Arlington and other project supporters, the University's Institute for Intelligent Systems (IIS) created this "android-portrait" of the late author whose stories became the motion pictures Blade Runner, Minority Report, Total Recall and A Scanner Darkly (a major feature film to be released in 2006).

The IIS contributed the technology that will make the Philip K. Dick robot listen, understand and respond to someone talking to it or asking it a question. Through projects like AutoTutor and the Intelligent Distribution Agent (IDA) developed for the U.S. Navy, the IIS has become world-renowned for its work developing computer agents that respond to human conversation and commands.

NextFest will be held at Chicago's Navy Pier June 25-27. For more information on the NextFest visit http://www.nextfest.net. To learn more about the Phillip K. Dick robot and to read the project blog, please visit http://www.pkdandroid.com.

Save the Date - Vision Forum Set for August 20

The Alumni Association will hold its annual Vision Forum on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the FedEx Institute of Technology. U of M President Shirley Raines will be on hand to welcome the attendees and kick off the program at 9 a.m. Club and Chapter presidents will present their state of the club/chapter addresses, and the the Alumni Association will report on its progress of achieving the new vision of the Association. Continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Please make plans to attend by calling the Alumni Office at 901/678-ALUM or e-mailing alumnievents@memphis.edu.

Upcoming Alumni Events

There's still time for Law alumni to register for this Friday's CLE course and Redbirds game. The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and the Law Alumni Chapter are holding a three-hour CLE course on Friday, June 17, at the Radisson Hotel Downtown. Immediately afterward, we'll enjoy a night at AutoZone Park and watch the Redbirds take on the Albuquerque Isotopes at 7:05 pm. We'll enjoy dinner and drinks on the Union Avenue balcony. Your friends and family are welcome, so make plans to have them meet you at the park. Please fill out and return the form at http://www.memphis.edu/enews/law_cle_061705.pdf. For more information, please contact Emily Jones at 901/678-1782 or via e-mail at emilyjones@memphis.edu.

Nashville alumni are invited to meet and greet with members of your True Blue Tiger family the last Thursday of every month at Corky's, 100 Franklin Road in Brentwood. Alumni will gather for good times at 6 p.m. Can't wait to see you there! Would you like to receive e-mails about future events in Nashville? Contact Emily Jones at 800/678-8729 or via e-mail at emilyjones@memphis.edu and she will add you to the Nashville e-mail list.

The Fogelman College of Business and Economics Alumni Board will host a reception for all members of the FCBE Alumni Chapter on July 26. If you would like to become a card-carrying member of the Business Alumni Chapter, join the Alumni Association online at http://www.memphis.edu/alumni_online or by calling (901) 678-ALUM and get in on the fun.

Band directors Kraig Williams and Nick Holland are requesting help in purchasing 25 new color guard uniforms for the upcoming fall marching season. These new uniforms will cost $125 apiece and feature a great new look for the guard. To help fill this request, we are asking our alumni for volunteers to sponsor individual uniforms for our guard. Your tax-deductible donation of $125 will sponsor the purchase of one guard uniform for the upcoming marching season. To make your contribution or to view the newly designed uniform, visit our Band Alumni Web site http://www.tigerbandalumni.com. Please make all checks payable to the University of Memphis Band Alumni Chapter.

Mail all contributions to:
University of Memphis Alumni Association
Attn: Tammy Hedges
Alumni Center
635 Normal Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38152

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