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March 2003

The end of March will mark the culmination of our 90th Anniversary Celebration. Since our alumni are a vital part of U of M past, present and future, we hope you will make plans to join us for the festivities, which include an outdoor festival on the new Student Plaza at 3 p.m. on March 27. The festival will feature live music, commemorative CDs, food and games that will be surely be fun for all. A schedule of events is available online at http://www.memphis.edu/90th/events.html.

If the Tigers are at Play, Catch the Action at DAA!
Methodist Healthcare, U of M Announce Health Care Economics Center
Business, Engineering, Arts and Sciences Colleges Hold April Events
Events Set for Carson Retirement

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If the Tigers are at Play, Catch the Action at DAA!

DAA silent auction As you know, this has been exciting year for University of Memphis basketball. Our Tigers are headed to the NCAA tournament, and should they happen to be playing in the tournament on March 22, the night of our Distinguished Alumni Awards gala (and we hope they will be!), you can rest assured that we will accommodate those Tiger fans who don't want to miss a moment of action. We will have video screens in the ballroom to catch all of the action as part of our alumni celebration as we honor Eugene K. Cashman, Jr., Eric Jerome Dickey, Frank L. Flautt, Jr., Allie J. Prescott III, and the late Christie Watts Kelly.

This year's gala promises to be lots of fun as we honor amazing individuals and raise money for much needed scholarships through our silent auction. If you require addition information concerning the details of the Distinguished Alumni Awards, please feel free to contact us at (901) 678-5314 or acantrll@memphis.edu.

Methodist Healthcare, U of M Announce Health Care Economics Center

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and the U of M have joined forces to create the Methodist Le Bonheur Center for Health Care Economics. The Center, made possible by a $1 million gift from LHS, Inc., will focus on improving the efficiency of governmental medical programs and study the impact of regional and state trends in health care.

Dr. Cyril Chang, professor of economics at the U of M and a voluntary professor in the department of preventive medicine in the College of Medicine and department of community nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has been named director of the Center.

According to Dr. Chang, the Center will tackle issues affecting Memphis and the state of Tennessee, including TennCare, high costs of health care and insurance premiums and mental health care needs of high-need individuals.

"The Center will serve both as a catalyst for health care research within the university community and a bridge between the University of Memphis and the external communities it serves," Dr. Chang said.

This project launches phase 2 of a five-year, $5 million partnership between LHS and the U of M. Phase 1 was the successful launch of the Maurice Elliott Leadership Institute. See http://www.memphis.edu/releases/mar03/healthcare.html and http://www.memphis.edu/releases/dec01/methodist.html for more information.

Business, Engineering, Arts and Sciences Colleges Hold April Events

The Fogelman College of Business and Economics chapter of the U of M Alumni Association will host Alumni Day on April 14. During the Alumni Day luncheon, William H. Watkins, managing partner of Watkins Uiberall, PLLC, CPAs, will receive the college's Outstanding Alumnus Award and Willard R. Sparks, CEO of Sparks Companies, Inc. will be named Friend of the College for his contributions to the advancement of the University, especially the Fogelman College. Vicki Palmer, senior vice president and treasurer of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Atlanta, will be the keynote speaker. Proceeds from the luncheon will support scholarships at Fogelman College. For more information, call (901) 678-1618.

Herff College of Engineering will hold its Annual Awards Dinner on April 1. This year's Outstanding Alumnus is Rick A. Smith, M.D. Dr. Smith graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Herff College of Engineering in 1979 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He is currently an associate physician of the Mid-South Urology Group. Recipients of this year's Herff Honor Awards for Distinguished Service in Engineering include Donald O. Barber '83, senior vice president for air operations for FedEx Express; Carol Ferguson, retired academic advisor for the Herff College of Engineering; and George Cates, William Rudner and R. Eugene Smith, who are being honored for their service as trustees of the Herbert Herff Trust. Awards will also be presented to Paul Palazolo for Outstanding Faculty Teaching, Jae Rho (posthumously) for Outstanding Faculty Research, and Trish Vasser for Outstanding Staff. For more information, call (901) 678-2538 or e-mail nlejuwan@memphis.edu.

The College of Arts and Sciences will host its second annual Great Conversations dinner event April 10. Attendees have the opportunity to choose from a number of topics, ranging from "Gangs in Memphis" to "The Astrophysics of Black Holes," then enjoy an evening of dinner and conversation with an expert in that area. More information about this event is available online at http://cas.memphis.edu/conversations/ or by calling (901) 678-1618.

Events Set for Carson Retirement

Dr. Donald K. CarsonAfter 26 years of service to the University of Memphis, Dr. Donald K. Carson, Vice President of Student Affairs, will be retiring. We will all be sad to see Dr. Carson leave, so a few events have been planned during the month of April to honor him.

All are invited to attend a reception to be held on April 24 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. in the Administration Building Atrium.

"An Evening with Doc," a retirement dinner honoring Dr. Carson is also planned for the evening of April 25. The dinner will be held in the University Holiday Inn's Wilson Ballroom. Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased by April 18. Please contact Meta Laabs at (901) 678-5271 or mlaabs@memphis.edu for further information.

A tax-deductible contribution may also be made to the Donald K. Carson Leadership Scholarship. Donations received by April 18th will be acknowledged at the retirement dinner.

Did You Know?
According to the January 2003 issue of the Observer, the communication tool for the American Psychological Society, the U of M Department of Psychology ranked 8th in the nation for federally financed research and development expenditures in that year.


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