Congratulations, Seniors, on Your Graduation!
U of M and Apple Will Host Major Recycling Effort
Keep Active with the U of M All Summer Long
Alumni Association Spotlights Martin Zummach
Alumni News and Upcoming Events
Saturday, May 9th was a time of excitement and celebration as the University of Memphis awarded 1,521 degrees, including 41 doctorates during spring Commencement ceremonies.
Robert F. “Bobby” Fogelman, Memphis businessman and philanthropist, was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree during the afternoon Commencement ceremony. Fogelman has been an unqualified success in business while simultaneously serving Memphis’ higher education, arts, and health communities. He is president of Fogelman Investment Company and a former director of numerous private and public companies. Fogelman served as the University of Memphis’ Board of Visitor's first chairman in 1989 and is also a past president of the U of M Foundation Board of Trustees. In 1987, the Fogelman College of Business & Economics was named after the Fogelman family and Bobby Fogelman was honored as a Distinguished Friend of the University of Memphis.
Recently Fogelman and his wife, Martha, donated more than 180 pieces of sub-Saharan African art to the University of Memphis Art Museum. This diverse collection features such objects as a beaded Yoruba priest’s tunic, a cast metal Benin head from Nigeria, and a wooden Fang funerary mask from Gabon. These works provide a rich core of valuable research and study material for students and visitors to the museum.
Don Hutson was the honorary speaker for the commencement ceremonies. Hutson successfully worked his way through the University of Memphis, graduating in 1967 with a degree in marketing. Today Hutson’s client list is primarily Fortune 1000 companies, and he has been featured in more than 100 training films. He is chairman and CEO of U.S. Learning and makes some 75 speaking appearances a year. Additionally, he is chairman of the board of Executive Books and is on the advisory board of Success magazine. Hutson is regularly featured on the television networks PBS and TSTN.
For more information about Commencement, please see http://www.memphis.edu/releases/apr09/commencement.htm
Congratulations May 2009 Graduates!
The Alumni Association is pleased to provide an Associate Membership to our new graduates. This complimentary first year membership to the Association, mailed with your diploma, is given with hopes that you will take advantage of the more than 68 clubs, chapters and programs based on academics, geography or a specific interest. Get involved by mentoring a current student, sponsoring a scholarship or nominating a favorite professor for an award. Socialize with other Tigers at a True Blue Watch Party. Network at one of the hundreds of events and meetings that we sponsor throughout the year. But most importantly – Stay True Blue and continue your membership in the Alumni Association!
Your membership information will be included with your diploma. For more information about the University of Memphis Alumni Association, visit us online at www.memphis.edu/alumni or call 800/678-TRAX.
A major recycling event co-sponsored by Apple Inc. and the University of Memphis that resulted in tons of old and unused electronic equipment being properly disposed of last year is returning to campus this Saturday.
The public will be able to drop off e-recyclables on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the U of M’s Southern Avenue parking lot near the Recreation Center. Professional movers will be on hand to unload recyclable items from vehicles.
The May 16 public day will offer an opportunity to recycle CPUs, all-in-one computer systems, laptop/notebook computers, televisions, cameras, printers, copiers, PDAs, keyboards, computer monitors, speakers, audio devices, FAX machines, cell phones and pagers, and other related equipment.
All items including hard drives will be ground down to confetti-like material to ensure information security prior to being recycled.
The world is experiencing a crisis in electronic waste. Toxic materials such as lead, mercury, chlorine and bromine are commonly used in producing computers and other electronics, and if these devices are dumped into solid waste systems after they have outlived their usefulness, the toxins can seep from landfills into groundwater.
About 50 to 90 percent of e-waste collected in the United States is often sent to developing countries for recycling. Once there, local laborers, who are paid only a few dollars a day to extract the precious metals from these materials, compromise their personal health and pollute their local environments by the release of toxins, a by-product of their extraction process which involves the burning of this e-waste material.
Contact Steve Terry at 901-678-2194 for additional information on the electronic equipment recycling effort. Also, visit http://www.memphis.edu/greencampus/erecycling for more details.
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 offered this summer include Memphis Music Camp, Memphis Suzuki Institute, Flute Institute, Music and Art Camp, and Piano and Art Camp. For more information, download the 2009 Summer Brochure or visit http://www.memphis.edu/music/cms.htm
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. For a complete list of classes and schedules and how to register or contact us, please visit our website at http://umce.memphis.edu.
Discovering Architecture Summer Camp, (June): Discovering Architecture is an exciting summer day camp developed for high school students who are interested in learning more about the art and science of design. The camp is jointly sponsored by the Architecture Program at the University of Memphis and the Memphis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. For more information, visit http://architecture.memphis.edu/ or download the information flyer and application.
Josh Pastner Basketball Academy, (June): Memphis Tigers Head Coach Josh Pastner and his staff will host various basketball camps. The camps will include the Josh Pastner Memphis Madness, Summer Swish and Drills and Skills Day Camps. For more information concerning dates and registration information, visit http://www.camppros.com/register/default.aspx?OrgId=4.
Girls Experiencing Engineering, (June): Girls Experiencing Engineering (GEE) is 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 like creative thinking, problem solving and communication can contribute to their future success. For more information, visit http://www.ce.memphis.edu/GEE/
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. Visit the Athletics Camp website for information and details concerning the camps.
The University of Memphis Youth Soccer Camp, (June): The University of Memphis Soccer Program will conduct its annual Youth Soccer Camps for boy’s and girl’s ages of 5 to 14 for two weeks this summer. This camp will utilize the games skills to focus on player development; with sessions consisting of passing, receiving, dribbling, shooting, and heading. For a brochure and registration information, please visit the website at http://www.gotigersgo.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/
Other programs include: Girls in Manufacturing (GiM), Richie Grant Soccer Camp, Melissa McFerrin Hoop School, Memphis Opera and Song Academy, Memphis Softball Summer Camps, Swim School, and Orff Schulwerk Institute. For more information about these events, please visit www.memphis.edu/noncredit09.htm
Martin Zummach (BA ’85, JD ‘93), a life member of the University of Memphis Alumni Association, has spent the last two years serving the Alumni Association as National President. Prior to his role as president, Martin was an active member of the Executive Board, operating in many capacities for several years.
Martin’s involvement with the University does not stop with the Alumni Association. He and his wife Becky (BSEd ’80, MEd ’93), also a life member of the University of Memphis Alumni Association, have established book scholarships to assist students enrolled in the College of Education.
Martin has been active in the U.S. Army and Tennessee Army National Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel and Judge Advocate General Corps. Martin is currently practicing law at Sparkman Zummach PC Law Firm. The Zummachs and their daughter reside in Germantown.
Don't forget to check out our Photo Gallery! Visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/gallery.php to see fabulous Alumni Association photos!
Congratulations, Contest Winners!
Congratulations to iPod contest winners! The winner of the True Blue Goes Green contest is Kristin Wrather, BA ’01. The March Madness contest winner is John Griffin, BA ’79. Thank you to everyone who participated in all of the Alumni Association contests during the NCAA tournament time. Special thanks to Ms. Jane Williams and her 4th grade class at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School for watching the games and sending in True Blue pictures.
Alumni Association National Executive Board of Directors
From May 15 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay involved in YOUR Alumni Association today!
University of Memphis Association of Retirees (UMAR)
Join the University of Memphis Association of Retirees (UMAR) on Sunday, May 17 at 3:00 p.m. for their Annual Picnic at “Plum Nelly”, the country estate of Agnes Stark. There will be “pickin’ and singin’” from a guest musician as well as a raffle of donated items! This year’s fare will be fried chicken and each guest will be asked to bring a small side item to accompany the main dish. Remember to bring your own lawn chairs and/or blankets! Please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at email@example.com or 901/678-1333 to RSVP.
On Tuesday, June 16, UMAR will host a summertime Mix and Match event, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The day will start at Clark Opera Center (opera TBA), continue with lunch at Villa Castrioti's, and end with a 1:30 p.m. visit to the Agricenter to meet with Melissa Peterson, editor of the magazine Edible Memphis. Please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at 901/678-1333 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or to learn more.
College of Nursing Alumni Chapter
Join the Nursing Alumni Chapter on Friday, May 22 as they honor Jan Young (BSN ’83) and Mary Hammond (MSN ’06) as Outstanding Nursing Alumni. The luncheon will be in the Fogelman Executive Center. To learn more about this event, contact Fariss Adams Ivey at email@example.com or 901/678-4373.
Young Alumni Committee
The Young Alumni Committee is currently accepting applications for open positions on the Committee! If you are a young alumni (age 35 or under) and are interested in serving on the Young Alumni Committee, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901/678-1333 for more information and the application. Application deadline is June 2.
College of Education Alumni Chapter Welcome Reception
Join the College of Education Alumni Chapter on Thursday, June 4 at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center on the U of M campus for a Welcome Reception for Dr. Donald Wagner, Dean of the College of Education. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at email@example.com or 901/678-1333.
Fogelman College of Business and Economics Summer Golf Tournament
Join the Fogelman College of Business and Economics Alumni Chapter at the 2009 Summer Golf Tournament on Friday, June 26, held at Galloway Golf Course. Proceeds will benefit the FCBE Alumni Chapter’s Building Renovation Fund. To sign up your foursome, please contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901/678-4373.
Atlanta Alumni Club
The Atlanta Alumni Club is gauging interest from U of M alumni, fans and friends about attending a Gwinnett Braves minor league baseball game as the Braves host the Louisville Bats on Sunday, June 28 at 2:00 p.m. If you are interested, please contact Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at J.Biggers@memphis.edu.
Save the Date: Nashville Alumni Club Tiger Golf Classic
The Nashville Alumni Club will host their annual Nashville Tiger Golf Classic on Saturday, August 15. The 4-person scramble will be held at Gaylord Springs Golf Links and proceeds will benefit the Nashville Alumni Club Scholarship. More information coming soon!
Save the Date: Vision Forum
The Alumni Association will host its Vision Forum on Saturday, August 22 at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the U of M campus where the Alumni Association will report to all alumni and constituents on the State of the Association. All out of town alumni who wish to participate will be able to via web conferencing. More information to follow.
Save the Date: Band Alumni Chapter Bandmasters Champions
The Band Alumni Chapter will host their annual Bandmasters Champions at the Liberty Bowl on Saturday, October 31. For updates and to see photos of past Bandmasters Championships, please visit the Band Alumni Chapter web site.
Mighty Sound of the South Commemorative Throw Pillow
The Mighty Sound of the South uniform jacket used from 1996-2007 has been retired and has been made into a one-of-a-kind commemorative throw pillow. Each pillow will represent the front and back of the uniform jacket. The cost is $45.00/pillow for current Alumni Association members and $50.00/pillow for non-members. All proceeds will go towards the Band Alumni Chapter. To order, go to www.tigerbandalumni.com and click on the link to own a piece of history.
Law Alumni Chapter
The Law Alumni Chapter has begun planning for the grand opening celebration for the new Downtown Law Building. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, contact Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at email@example.com or 901/678-1562. For updates and to see photos of the renovation visit the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law web site.
The University of Memphis Alumni Association would like to thank all of our current life and annual members. If you are not yet a member, please join now. The University of Memphis Alumni Association needs your support!
Join the Alumni Association and make a TRUE BLUE difference in YOUR University! Visit www.memphis.edu/alumni or call 901/678-ALUM.