Your Inner Blue: Attend the Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala
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1,600 New Alumni Minted at Spring Commencement
- Gov. Bredesen Addresses Graduates
Distinguished Alumna Publishes Book on
Welcome New Staff to the U of M Family
Once again, it's time for the University family to don its
formalwear and to celebrate the achievements and support of
our alumni and friends at the annual Distinguished Alumni
Awards gala. This year, we're celebrating all things "True
Blue" with an evening of music, merriment and memories
at the Peabody Hotel.
addition to honoring Dan Palmer (BBA '66), Margaret
Craddock (MA '83, JD '88), Harold Byrd (BBA '71,
MS '75), Reggie Howard (BBA '01) and the late Billy
Hicks, the evening will feature a silent auction and a
retro-inspired performance by The Blueffants (aka the Bouffants).
year, special pricing is being introduced for our young alumni
who are 30 and under. Please contact the alumni office (information
below) for details.
silent auction and cocktail hour will kick off at 6:30 p.m.,
with dinner and awards following at 7:30 p.m. To make reservations
for this year's gala, or for more information, e-mail email@example.com
or call 901/678-5314 or 800/678-8729.
Thanks again to everyone who participated in the Alumni
Vision Forum in March. Your feedback has been invaluable
and will play a significant role in the Alumni Association's
new strategic plan, to be in place by July 1.
of the forum are available for your review at http://www.memphis.edu/visionforum.
From this site, you can also fill out a brief alumni survey.
The survey will end on May 31, so visit soon to let your voice
Governor Phil Bredesen gave sage advice to the 1,600
spring graduates of the University of Memphis, and he asked
President Shirley Raines to invite him back to speak at a
future ceremony, when he hopes to have good news about the
funding of higher education in the state.
the graduates, Bredesen recalled how, on the occasion of his
own graduation from Harvard, he wrote a list of life lessons
that have since served him well:
a few genuine relationships, and treasure them
hard to overcome obstacles and attain goals
open to change and to the education that results from life's
more back into life than you take from it
also said the newly instituted state lottery may mean that
more students will take advantage of education on the state's
campuses, and some people are worried that that will put more
pressure on an already strapped state higher-education system.
a problem I'd love to have," Bredesen said, "and
I'm certainly going to step up and support these institutions."
than 300 students graduated with honors - 68 summa cum laude,
115 magna cum laude and 122 cum laude.
Tina Santi Flaherty, past recipient of the Distinguished
Alumni Award, has published her third book, What Jackie
Taught Us: Lessons from the Remarkable Life of Jacqueline
Kennedy Onassis. She will be in Memphis in June for
a series of events, including a book signing at Davis-Kidd
Flaherty is an accomplished businesswoman - she was the first
female elected as a vice president at three of America's leading
companies: Colgate-Palmolive, GTE and Grey Advertising. She
also is the founder and CEO of Image Marketing International
in New York and has been described by BusinessWeek as one
of America's top corporate women. Her two other books are
The Savvy Woman's Success Bible and Talk Your Way
to the Top.
this remarkable alumna at Davis-Kidd in the Laurelwood Shopping
Center on June 21 at 6 p.m.
alumni: Fogelman College of Business and Economics Dean John
Pepin is anticipating an Atlanta visit from June 8-11. He
is looking forward to meeting business alumni in the area. More
information about this event will be forthcoming.
University of Memphis Association of Retirees recently
visited the Memphis Zoo and will tour Elmwood Cemetery on
June 15. For more information, contact Emily Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Memphis Society will meet in the Alumni
Center for wine and cheese and to vote on UMS constitutional
revisions June 22 at 5 p.m. For more information, contact
Emily Jones at email@example.com or 901/678-1782.
Half Century Club Board will meet May 20 from 3 p.m.
to 5 p.m. in the Alumni Center to discuss the 2005 Reunion.
New classes added to the Half Century Club for the 2005 reunion
will be the classes of '54 and '55. All those interested in
joining the committee, please contact Emily Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
join us in welcoming three new staff members to the alumni office:
Alumni and Constituent Programs Coordinators Drew Hensarling
and Emily Jones and Office Associate Tonya Gray.
received his Master's in communication from Auburn University,
and later served as a lecturer on public speaking at Clemson.
Jones ('98) is a graduate of the U of M College of Arts and
Sciences. She comes to us from Hilton Hotels Corporation where
she managed their national recognition programs. Gray is pursuing
a degree in graphic design and art history from the University
and most recently worked at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens.