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March 2005

Alumni Association to Honor Four at Awards Gala
Johnson Tapped to Lead Advancement Division
Law School E-Newsletter Debuts in April
University District Celebrates with Spring Fest
Tiger Baseball for Alumni and True Blue Fans

Upcoming Alumni Events

Alumni Association to Honor Four at Awards Gala
DAA05 honorees

Four individuals will receive the University of Memphis Alumni Association's highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award, on Friday, April 22. The awards will be presented at the Distinguished Alumni Awards gala at the Wilson Air Center, celebrating the achievements of Marla Johnson Norris (BA '81) and James Thomas "Tom" Watson (BBA '70), who will be honored as Distinguished Alumni; Rudi E. Scheidt , who will be recognized as Distinguished University Friend; and Jon McGlothian (MBA '97), who will be named Outstanding Young Alumnus.

The aviation-themed event will begin with a silent auction at 6:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7:30.

Additional information, including a reservation form, will be available online at http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/daa.html. For phone reservations, call 678-3119 or 800-678-8729.

Johnson Tapped to Lead Advancement Division

The University of Memphis has appointed Julie Johnson the new Vice President for Advancement. Johnson has led the division in an interim capacity since last July. As vice president, she will direct the fund-raising, alumni relations, marketing and communications functions of the University and oversee a division made up of almost 50 employees.

Immediately before joining the University of Memphis administration, she had served as Director of Institutional Advancement for Albertson College of Idaho. Johnson's career in college advancement also includes stints at Roanoke College in Salem, Va., where she was Director of Development Operations from 1996 to 1999 and Director of Development Services and Special Projects from 1991 to 1995.

Johnson began her career in higher education with a dual appointment as Assistant Director of the Honors Program and Assistant Director of the Governor's School of South Carolina at the College of Charleston, positions she held from 1984 to 1991.

She holds a BA degree in political science from the College of Charleston and an MA degree in liberal studies, humanities from Hollins University in Virginia.

Law School E-News Debuts in April

The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will launch a new, quarterly e-newsletter in April. Each issue will include the most current information about events, programs and resources at the law school. Alumni and friends interested in receiving this publication should visit the law school Web site at http://www.law.memphis.edu and look for the sign-up form.

The first issue is scheduled to be sent on April 15, so be sure to sign up prior to that date to receive your copy!

University District Celebrates with Spring Fest

The First Annual Highland Spring Fest will be Saturday, April 16, on Walker between Highland and Patterson. Sponsored by the University District and the U of M, the festival will include live music, children's activities, booths, an art contest and a songwriting contest. The event begins at 11 a.m. The music headliner is the Gamble Brothers. Join us for this fun neighborhood event.

Tiger Baseball for Alumni and True Blue Fans

The Tiger baseball team will take on Ole Miss at AutoZone Park on Tuesday, March 22. Live music and other pre-game festivities will start at 5:30 at AutoZone Plaza. The game starts at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, April 1 is Fogelman College of Business and Economics Alumni Night at Nat Buring Stadium. The Tigers will take on Southern Miss. at 6:30 p.m., and FCBE Alumni President Kim Barnett will throw out the first pitch. All FCBE Alumni members receive $2 ticket prices.

Wednesday, April 13 is Band Alumni Night at Nat Buring Baseball Stadium. Come socialize with fellow alumni and watch one of your own throw out the first pitch at 6:30 p.m. The Tigers will be taking on the Austin Peay Governors. All Alumni Association members receive the $2 ticket price. Hope to see you at this fun, family friendly event.

Tuesday, May 10 is Law Alumni Night at Nat Buring Baseball Stadium. Come watch the Tigers as they play the Arkansas State Indians at 6:30 p.m. Law Alumni President Bob Dinkelspiel will throw out the first pitch. All Alumni Association members receive the $2 ticket price.

Saturday, May 21 is Life Member Appreciation Day at the Nat Buring Stadium. All Alumni Association Life Members get in FREE! Be there at 1 p.m. to see the Tigers take on the Charlotte '49ers.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Artificial intelligence, Shelby Farms, stem cells and the Unsinkable Molly Brown are just a few of the topics to choose from at this year's Great Conversations Dinner Event held by the College of Arts and Sciences . Great Conversations will be held Thursday, April 7, at 5:30 p.m. at the University Club on Central Avenue. Tickets for this event are $75 per person. To make reservations, contact Kathleen Rider at 901/678-1335 or by e-mail at krider@memphis.edu . You can also make reservations online, view a complete list of topics, and learn more about the event at the Great Conversations Web site: http://cas.memphis.edu/conversations .

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Chapter will host its annual alumni reception Thursday, March 17. The event will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Nashville Room of the Downtown Memphis Marriott during the Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders. The chapter will recognize the 2005 Outstanding Alumni of the Year and will honor the classes of '65, '70, '75, '80, '85, '90, '95 and 2000. Please RSVP to alumnievents@memphis.edu or call 901/678-1782.

Law school alumni who are Redbirds fans can earn CLE credit and take in a game, all in a day's work. The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and the Law Alumni Chapter will be holding a three-hour CLE course on Thursday, April 7, at the Radisson Hotel downtown. Immediately afterward, we'll enjoy opening night at AutoZone Park and watch the Redbirds take on the Oklahoma RedHawks at 7:05 pm. Dinner will be included. 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_040705.pdf . Seating is limited so make plans to attend today!

The Journalism Alumni Chapter is starting a mentorship program. To celebrate the first group of mentors and student participants, the Journalism Alumni Board of Directors will host a mentor mixer on March 24 at Signature Advertising.

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