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May 2003

Spring Commencement Produces More Than 1,600 New Alumni
U of M Holiday Inn Earns Top Marks
Wilder Tower Becomes One-Stop Student Services Shop
U of M Joins Breast Cancer Center of Excellence Network

Upcoming Alumni Events

Spring Commencement Produces More Than 1,600 New Alumni

Spring grads, including Penny Hardaway One professional basketball star, one mayor and 1,648 graduates gathered with family, friends and University faculty and staff on May 11 to celebrate Spring Commencement at The Pyramid.

Among the graduates was former Tiger basketball standout Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, who earned his bachelor's degree in professional studies 10 years after leaving the U of M to pursue NBA stardom.

Also crossing the stage were 58 summa cum laude, 131 magna cum laude and 160 cum laude graduates.

Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton was the featured speaker.

U of M Holiday Inn Earns Top Marks

After its first year of operation, the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis has plenty to celebrate. For the first quarter of 2003, the hotel ranked No. 1 in guest total satisfaction for the geographic region. It also is a candidate for the prestigious Holiday Inn Newcomer of the Year Award.

The 82-suite hotel is home to the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management, the legacy of late Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson. Wilson made a $15 million gift to the University to build the hotel for the purpose of giving students practical experience in the hospitality industry.

In addition to the suites, the hotel boasts a 1,000-seat banquet room, an exercise facility, a restaurant and classrooms.

For reservation information, call 901/678-3700.

Wilder Tower Becomes One-Stop Student Services Shop

Wilder Tower May has been a month of transition at the U of M as several campus offices are relocating to the newly renovated Wilder Tower. Originally home to the campus library, Wilder Tower and Brister Hall will now serve as a one-stop shop for student services on campus.

Student services, which had been scattered across campus, will be under one roof, including admissions, registration, financial aid, student relations and continuing education. To assist students, the new "Ask TOM" Student Answer Center will be housed in the lobby. The answer center will provide a coordinated network of core student service information and will serve prospective, new and continuing students as well as faculty, staff, alumni and the public.

Also included in the new Wilder Tower/Brister Hall Complex will be the Heritage Room, featuring historical U of M photos, books and memorabilia. The Heritage Room will be free and open to the public.

U of M Joins Breast Cancer Center of Excellence Network

The University of Memphis W. Harry Feinstone Center for Genomic Research has been designated a Breast Cancer Center of Excellence as part of a major award from the U.S. Department of Defense. It is one of fewer than 10 such centers in the United States.

The U of M will receive $900,000 to study breast cancer prevention and the role estrogen plays in causing cancer.

The University will provide genome analyses for the entire Breast Cancer Center of Excellence network. Other participating institutions include the University of Virginia Medical Center, the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia and the Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research in Houston.

"I'm very excited about this research," said Dr. Thomas Sutter, professor of microbiology, holder of the Feinstone Chair of Functional Genomics, and director of the Feinstone Center, "because it will have an important impact on women's health. We will be able to prevent breast cancer without blocking the beneficial effects of estrogen."

Upcoming Alumni Events

The Atlanta alumni chapter will hold a potluck luncheon featuring Corky's barbecue June 14 at 1 p.m. For details, call 901/678-5314 or e-mail acantrll@memphis.edu. Please RSVP by June 9.

The Office of Alumni and Special Events is planning spring events for alumni in Nashville and New York City. For more information, please contact acantrll@memphis.edu or call 901/678-5314.


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