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May 2006

New Program Brings Einstein's Dreams to U of M Community
Mathematics Program Recognized by U.S. News & World Report
Alumni Association Board of Directors Voting Begins May 29

Certificate Programs Offer Focused Learning Opportunities
Upcoming Alumni Events

New Program Brings Einstein's Dreams to U of M Community
 

Memphis ReadsThis fall's incoming freshmen will experience an exciting new program at the U of M before they even set foot on campus. "Memphis Reads" is the University's new reading program in which all incoming students read a designated book during the summer. The book is required reading for certain courses and will be the topic of discussions, lectures and other events on campus. This year's selection is Einstein's Dreams by native Memphian Alan Lightman.

The reading program is designed to inspire community spirit and a sense of identity with the University. Similar reading programs have been instituted by other colleges and universities, including Cornell, Duke, Indiana, Marquette, North Carolina, Temple, Tennessee and Middle Tennessee.

Each year's book will focus on a general theme (in this case "time") that will serve as a common thread in courses throughout the curriculum as well as in extracurricular lectures, discussions and activities.

We invite you to read the book this summer and to think of it as a point of connection linking you with others at the University of Memphis. For more information on the program, please visit memphisreads.memphis.edu.

Mathematics Program Recognized by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the U of M's program in discrete mathematics and combinatorics as one of the top graduate programs in the nation. The ranking was listed in the magazine's "Best Graduate School Programs 2007" issue.

The ranking places the U of M in prestigious company - other universities on the list include MIT, Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Illinois, Cal Tech and UCLA.

"The [Combinatorial Mathematics] Center has an international reputation as one of the strongest and most productive research groups, and provides graduate students an opportunity of study under a number of internationally known professors," said Provost Ralph Faudree. "The University of Memphis is very pleased to have quality faculty and programs like this one."

Alumni Association Board of Directors Voting Begins May 29

From May 29 to June 15, Alumni Association members will be asked to go to www.memphis.edu/alumni to vote on the slate of candidates for the National Alumni Association Executive Board. Information about voting will also be e-mailed to the Alumni Association membership. Please be a part of the process and get involved in your Alumni Association today.

Certificate Programs Offer Focused Learning Opportunities

Are you looking to change careers or to sharpen your skills? Graduate Certificate Programs at the U of M may be the solution for you. We currently offer eight Graduate Certificate Programs designed to teach students practical skills needed for careers in demand.

You can earn a Certificate in only four to six courses (half of those needed for a Master's degree) in the following disciplines:

  • Women's Studies
  • Museum Studies
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Instructional Computing ApplicationsCollege Teaching
  • Community College Teaching and Leadership
  • Family Nurse Practitioner

Graduate Certificate Programs at the University of Memphis are the solution for college graduates in search of a more fulfilling career. For more information, visit www.memphis.edu/gradcert.htm.

Upcoming Alumni Events

The next Luther C. McClellan Alumni Chapter meeting will be Tuesday, May 23, at 6 p.m. in the Alumni Center. The chapter will also host a wine and cheese event on Friday, June 9, at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Center. Please RSVP to 901/678-3119 before Monday, May 22. If you have any questions, please contact Vanessa Peterson at 901/678-4373 or vgray1@memphis.edu.

The Education Alumni Chapter will host the University of Memphis Tiger Baseball game on Saturday, May 20, at 1 p.m. at Nat Buring Stadium. This event is open to all U of M Education alumni, Tiger fans and friends. For ticket information, contact Vanessa Peterson at 901/678-4373 or vgray1@memphis.edu.

The Memphis Law Drive for Downtown Golf Classic presented by Stanford Financial Group is scheduled for Monday, June 5, at Spring Creek Ranch. Proceeds will benefit the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. For sponsorship information, please visit the Law School Web site at www.law.memphis.edu. For more information, contact Leah Prost at 901/678-4299 or lprost@memphis.edu.

Alumni Association member and author Dwight Fryer (BBA '80) will debut his novel The Legend of Quito Road, at the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis on Saturday, June 10, at 2 pm. Please RSVP to 901/678-5105 or online at fedex.memphis.edu to reserve your seat in the Methodist Presentation Theatre and to reserve your copy of The Legend of Quito Road. A reading, signing and reception follows in the lobby.

The Fogelman College of Business and Economics Alumni Chapter is hosting an Alumni Golf Tournament on Monday, June 12, at Quail Ridge Golf Course. Bill Watkins will serve as Honorary Chair of the tournament. Teams are $500/foursome. Sponsorship levels are $500, $1,500 and $2,500. Proceeds from the tournament benefit academic scholarships at Fogelman College. For more information, contact Leah Prost at 901/678-4299 or lprost@memphis.edu.

If you are an Architecture or Interior Design alum, then the Architecture and Interior Design Alumni Club wants to build a relationship with you. For more information contact Vanessa Peterson at 901/678-4373 or vgray1@memphis.edu.


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