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May 2008

Bring in the New Alumni!
Electronic Recycling Effort by Apple, U of M, and YOU!
Keep Active with the U of M All Summer Long

Prestigious Awards Given to Nursing Alumni Chapter May 22
Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Bring in the New Alumni!

Commencement 2008Saturday, May 3rd, was a time of excitement and celebration as the University of Memphis awarded 1,650 degrees, including 36 doctorates, in a two-ceremony graduation at the FedExForum.

Fred Smith, Chairman, President and CEO of FedEx Corporation, was awarded an honorary doctorate during the afternoon Commencement for his philanthropic gifts to the University of Memphis. FedEx invested $5 million in the FedEx Institute of Technology at the U of M, which opened in 2003. Since then, FedEx has pledged another $5 million to support the Institute's teaching and research.

U.S. Representative Steve Cohen was the honorary speaker for both the morning and afternoon commencement ceremonies. In 1984, Cohen was elected to the Tennessee Senate, an office he held for 24 years. During his tenure, Cohen fought tirelessly to establish the Tennessee Lottery to help fund college scholarships. Since it was created in 2004, the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship has provided more than $800 million for tens of thousands of students continuing their education at the college level, giving them the opportunity to study at public and private universities across Tennessee.

For more information about Commencement, please see http://www.memphis.edu/releases/may08/commencement.htm

Congratulations May 2008 Graduates!
The Alumni Association and our National Board of Directors are excited about our graduates' accomplishments over their college tenure, and we hope they will continue to support OUR University as alumni. So if you or someone you know has graduated, membership to the Alumni Association makes the perfect graduation gift! Membership to the Alumni Association is only $20 per year for recent graduates and is the first step to being great alumni.  For more information on the Alumni Association and our benefits or to join now, visit www.alumni.memphis.edu.

Electronic Recycling Effort by Apple, U of M, and YOU!

GraduationThe University of Memphis, together with computer manufacturer Apple Computer Inc., is sponsoring a major electronic equipment recycling effort that is open to the public May 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus’ Southern Avenue parking lot (near the corner of Southern Avenue and Echles). The effort includes an opportunity for the public to dispose of old electronic equipment, including televisions and computers, for recycling. There is no cost for the service and no limit to the amount of items that can be dropped off. Professional movers will be on site to unload the equipment.

This is your opportunity to participate in a community cleanup without getting dirty! Along with many other serious issues facing our environment, the world is experiencing a crisis in electronic waste. Toxic materials such as lead, mercury, chlorine and bromine, which are commonly used in producing computers and other electronics, can be harmful when dumped into solid waste systems. The toxins can seep from landfills into groundwater or be released by incinerator emissions or ash. By recycling your worn-out electronic equipment, you not only rid yourself of clutter and mess safely and cleanly, but also put your efforts to a beautiful environment for the future!

Detailed information about the event, a full list of recyclable equipment and a map to the location can be found at http://www.memphis.edu/erecycling.htm.

Keep Active with the U of M All Summer Long

Noncredit Programs From young to old, from tall to small, the University of Memphis has something you’ll enjoy. Keep active with the U of M this summer through its noncredit summer programs.  Expand your expertise with adult seminars, or drop the kids off for fun in the sun. There’s simply something for everyone!

This summer the U of M is offering:
Community Music School (May-August): Programs that all ages can enjoy including Memphis Music Camp, Memphis Suzuki Institute, Flute Institute, Music and Art Camp, and Piano and Art Camp.
Continuing Education (June-August): Enhance both your professional and personal life by enrolling in our interesting and informative classes – classes you’re not likely to find elsewhere.
Girls Experiencing Engineering (June): A summer program designed to encourage more young women to become engineers. Through hands-on projects, middle and high school girls discover what engineers do and how skills such as creative thinking, problem solving and communication can contribute to their future success.
John Calipari Basketball School (June-July): Memphis Tigers Head Coach John Calipari and his staff will host various basketball camps, including the John Calipari Day Camp and the Mike Miller Shooting Camp.
Tommy West Football Camps (June): Memphis Tigers Head Football Coach Tommy West will host a variety of different football campus in June. The camps will range from grades 2-12 with a specific one just for seniors.
Orff Schulwerk Institute (July 21-August 1): The Orff Schulwerk Institute offers Level I, II and III training for teachers of the Orff Schulwerk approach to teaching music.  All three levels are available as credit or non-credit courses.

Other programs include: Girls in Manufacturing (GiM), Memphis Softball Summer Camps, Richie Grant Soccer Camp, April Jauregui’s Volleyball Camp, Discovering Architecture Summer Camp, The University of Memphis Youth Soccer Camp, Swim School. For more information about these events, please visit www.memphis.edu/noncredit08.htm

Prestigious Awards Given to Nursing Alumni Chapter May 22

Nusing Awards width= The Loewenberg School of Nursing Alumni Chapter invites you to join us for our inaugural Outstanding Awards Luncheon. For the first time, two graduates will be honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award, Sam Maceri (A.A. '76, M.P.A. '80, B.S. '99) and Betty Sue McGarvey (B.S. '85).  The luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 22 at 11:30 a.m. at the Fogelman Executive Center on the University of Memphis main campus.  Admission at the door is $25.00 per person.

Maceri is the director of education and support for Patient Care Services at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he is responsible for the ongoing orientation, competency evaluation, staff development, in-service, and continuing education for nursing. In addition to his duties at St. Jude, Maceri is an adjunct faculty member at many local colleges and universities including the U of M. McGarvey was appointed president of Baptist College of Health Sciences in August 2005. Prior to being appointed president, McGarvey received her doctorate in nursing from the University of Alabama and her master of science in nursing administration degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. While she was earning her masters she was an assistant professor and led the College in the process of receiving accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Alumni Website

Alumni Association Flash Presentations
Have you seen YOUR Alumni Association’s latest Flash Presentation recognizing OUR Men’s Basketball team and Tiger fans around the country?  Visit http://alumni.memphis.edu/betrueblue.htm to see it and other fabulous Alumni Association Flash campaigns.  

Become a Member of the Alumni Association Parents Club
Are you a parent of a current U of M student or incoming freshman? If so, join the ranks of the Alumni Association Parents Club. Membership in the Parents Club is free for Alumni Association members. If you are not currently an Alumni Association member, you can join the Alumni Association and Parents Club for just $35. Visit the Parents Club website or e-mail Lauren Isaacman at lauren.isaacman@memphis.edu for details.

National Alumni Association Executive Board of Directors
From May 19 to May 30, Alumni Association members are asked to visit www.memphis.edu/alumni to review and affirm the slate of candidates for the National Alumni Association Executive Board of Directors. Information will also be e-mailed to the Alumni Association membership. Affirmations and comments should be sent to alumniassociation@memphis.edu. Stay involved in YOUR Alumni Association today!

Law School Activities with Memphis Redbirds
The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter will team with the Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association to host their annual CLE/Redbirds event on Thursday, June 26. The day's activities will begin with a CLE opportunity from 2 to 6 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Memphis and will be followed by Happy Hour with the YLD at AutoZone Park as the Redbirds host the New Orleans Zephyrs at 7:05 p.m. For more information, contact Kelly Davis at 901/678-4299 or kdavis9@memphis.edu.

Boston/New England Alumni Club Cookout
The Boston/New England Alumni Club will host a cookout on Saturday, June 28 at the home of Club Co-President Bob Canfield in Boston.  All alumni and friends in the New England area are invited to enjoy an afternoon of food, fun and fellowship with other Tigers in the Northeast.  For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 901/678-2586 or alumnievents@memphis.edu

Inaugural Nashville Tiger Golf Classic
On Saturday, July 26, the Nashville Alumni Club will be holding their Inaugural Nashville Tiger Golf Classic in conjunction with their annual summer picnic.  The golf tournament will be a 4-person scramble and will be held at Gaylord Springs Golf Links.  Proceeds from the tournament will go toward the Nashville Alumni Scholarship.   For more information or to join the Tigers in Music City mailing list contact Club President Mike Dodd at gotigersgo@nashvilletigers.com

Striving for Excellence in the Law Alumni Dinner
The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter will host its annual Striving for Excellence in the Law Alumni Dinner on Saturday, August 16 at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis.  For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Kelly Davis at 901/678-4299 or kdavis9@memphis.edu.

College of Arts and Sciences’ Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner
The College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter will host its 12th annual Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 2 at The Racquet Club of Memphis. For more information or to get involved, contact Alumni Coordinator Paula Espy at 901/678-4373 or pmespy@memphis.edu.

Outstanding Journalism Alumni Awards Dinner
The Journalism Alumni Club will host its annual Outstanding Journalism Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 16 at The Racquet Club of Memphis. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Paula Espy at 901/678-4373 or pmespy@memphis.edu.


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