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March 2004

Your Alumni Association is on the move, and we need your help! You are invited to the first-ever University of Memphis Alumni Association Vision Forum. This is your chance to provide input on programs, benefits and opportunities you would like to see the Alumni Association provide. Read on to see how you can be a part of this historic event.

Vision Forum Seeks Alumni Input - Help Us Set a New Course for the Alumni Association
Tigers' Move to FedEx Forum Would Boost Local Economy, Save Tax Dollars
Hear Nobel Peace Prize Winner F.W. de Klerk March 30 at the U of M
Get a Taste of Some Hot Topics at "Great Conversations"
It's a Winner!
- E-Newsletter Garners CASE Award

Vision Forum Seeks Alumni Input
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Would you like to help shape the future of your Alumni Association? If so, please plan to attend the University of Memphis Alumni Association Vision Forum on Saturday, March 27. On tap will be a best practices presentation, focus group discussions and best of all, a complimentary continental breakfast and lunch with fellow alumni who share your pride in the blue and gray. Also joining our alumni will be President Shirley Raines, faculty, staff and current students.

This forum will help create a new direction for the U of M Alumni Association, and we are bringing in a nationally recognized alumni consultant who will share alumni studies from other universities, benchmarking excellence and best practices. However, we need more than his expertise. We need you. Your support and input into the decision-making process will be invaluable.

The forum will take place from from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the U of M campus. If you can join us all day or part of the day, please RSVP by March 25 at acanders@memphis.edu or by calling 901/678-5314.

Thank you for showing your school spirit by participating in the Alumni Association Vision Forum!

Tigers' Move to FedEx Forum Would Boost Local Economy, Save Tax Dollars
Move Would Boost Memphis and Shelby County Economies

A study from The University of Memphis Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research supports a move for Tiger Basketball from the Pyramid to the FedEx Forum. The report notes that having Tiger Basketball in the FedEx Forum would generate $3.3 million annually in new tourism spending and $4.2 million in downtown spending from local residents. Most of the increase in spending would result from the proximity of the Forum to Beale Street and downtown hotels and entertainment venues. The study also notes that the Conference-USA Tournament scheduled for next March will have an $8.5 million positive economic impact on Memphis and Shelby County.

Move Will Save Taxpayers $800,000 Annually

A presentation given to the County Commission and the City Council shows that a University of Memphis move to the FedEx Forum will save Memphis and Shelby County tax dollars. The cost to maintain the Pyramid as a U of M basketball facility is estimated by city and county officials to result in a net operating loss of $1.3 million. If the building is not maintained for basketball, the operating loss is $500,000, for a net savings to taxpayers of $800,000.

Please call your County Commissioners at 901-545-4301 and City Council members at 901-576-6786 in support of the Tigers' move to the FedEx Forum.

If you have any questions or comments about this information, please contact Todd Richardson at rrichar@memphis.edu.

Hear Nobel Peace Prize Winner F.W. de Klerk March 30 at the U of M
F.W. de Klerk

Former South African President F.W. de Klerk initiated sweeping transformations across his country when he released political prisoner Nelson Mandela, lifted racially biased bans, arranged for a redrafted constitution and organized the first ever all-race election. This courageous leader will speak about the importance of education and health care in the pursuit of worldwide peace at a luncheon held in his honor on March 30. The luncheon will be held at the University Holiday Inn Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m, and tickets are $30 per person.

De Klerk's visit is part of Techsposium, an international conference on improving health and education through information technology. For more information on the luncheon and on Techsposium or to order your tickets today, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/techsposium or call 901/678-1618.

Get a Taste of Some Hot Topics at "Great Conversations"

What do pandas, homeland security, Provence and alternative medicine have in common? They will be four of the 28 topics of this year's "Great Conversations" event sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board. This year's edition of the popular dinner event will be held April 22 at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn.

At "Great Conversations," individual faculty from a wide variety of disciplines host their own tables, each table focusing on a discussion topic related to that faculty member's research. For a full list of this year's topics and more information on the event, please visit http://cas.memphis.edu/conversations/.

RSVP by April 16 at the Web site above or by calling 901/678-1618. Seats at each topic table are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve your spot soon!

It's a Winner!

The University of Memphis E-Newsletter recently won a Special Merit Award for Electronic Newsletters and Tabloids in the Council for Advancement and Support of Higher Education (CASE) District III awards competition.

CASE District III includes institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

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