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May 2010

Congratulations, Seniors, on Your Graduation!
Keep Active with the U of M All Summer Long
Alumni Association Spotlights CCFA Alumna JoAnne Paschall
Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Congratulations, Seniors, on Your Graduation!

CommencementThe University of Memphis celebrated the largest Commencement in its history Saturday, May 8, awarding a total of 2,036 degrees in two ceremonies at FedExForum. The U of M also presented an honorary doctor of letters degree to iconic civil rights leader and educator Maxine Smith at the afternoon session.

“The University of Memphis is very pleased that this year we had the largest graduating class in our history, even larger than the record we set last year,” said Provost Ralph Faudree. “Over the past two academic years, we have awarded more than 7,500 degrees, with more than 250 of those awarded to doctoral students who completed degree requirements during this time.”

There are two reasons for the rise, Faudree said. “One is that we have increased our entrance standards, and we have had more students apply and enter the University. The second is that our retention efforts have been successful, so more students are moving through the programs and completing them.”

Honorary degree recipient Maxine Smith has been a tireless civil rights leader and advocate for education in Memphis for more than 50 years. Born in Memphis in 1929, she was denied admission to then-Memphis State University in 1957 because of her race. That rejection helped spark a career of advocacy for civil rights and education.

Speaker for both ceremonies was J. Stanley Rogers, a senior partner with the Rogers & Duncan law firm in Manchester and a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents since 1994. Admitted to practice law in Tennessee in 1964, Rogers is a member of the Coffee County, Tennessee, Federal, and American Bar Associations, the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Rogers is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He served in the Tennessee House of Representatives for six years, and was majority leader during the 88th and 89th General Assemblies.

For more information about Commencement, please see http://www.memphis.edu/commencement/may10/

Congratulations May 2010 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.

Keep Active with the U of M All Summer Long

Noncredit ProgramsFrom 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): The Community Music School offers programs for all ages, from infants to adults. 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, visit http://www.memphis.edu/music/cms.htm
Confucius Institute (CIUM) Summer Camps (June-July): The Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis (CIUM) will partner with local schools to host the second annual Chinese summer immersion camps in June and July. The “All Roads Lead to China” camps will feature enrichment activities focusing on the Chinese language and culture. For more information, visit http://www.memphis.edu/cium/cium_events/2010SummerCamp.php.
Swim School (May - August): The Campus Recreation and Intramural Services at the University of Memphis are offering Swim Schools for children ages 4 to 14 years, beginners to advanced and also a Swim School program for Adults. For more information about both programs offered by Campus Recreation and Intramural Services, please visit their website or contact Suzanne French at sfrench@memphis.edu or 901-678-3461.
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/.
Larry Porter Football Camps (June): Memphis Tigers Head Football Coach Larry Porter 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.
Paul Revere Williams Summer Institute: The Paul Revere Williams Summer Institute is an opportunity for teachers of various disciplines to enhance their professional development by learning about architectural design. This year’s institute will include interactive sessions as well as reflective presentations by past participants showing implementation of PRW and Design Education in K-12 classrooms. For more information, visit http://www.paulrwilliamsproject.org/education/.

Other programs include: Girls in Manufacturing (GiM), Discovering Architecture Summer Camp, Richie Grant Soccer Camp, Melissa McFerrin Hoop School, University of Memphis Youth Soccer Camp, and Orff Schulwerk Institute. For more information about these events, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/noncredit10.htm


Alumni Association Spotlights CCFA Alumna JoAnne Paschall

JoAnne Paschall For artist and U of M Alumni Association member JoAnne Paschall (BFA ’71), life and work are one. She received her BFA in 1971 in printmaking and followed with her MFA at the University of Georgia in 1974. She later received her MSLS in Art and Architecture Librarianship at Atlanta University.

Paschall's talents as printmaker and teacher have been recognized at the Atlanta College of Art where she established a rare books collection, and at UGA’s School of Art in Cortona, Italy, where she regularly teaches printmaking and was recently named the first member of the Cortona Alumni Hall of Fame. She has been a guest lecturer in the U of M art department, and is a former member of the Atlanta Alumni Club Board.

For 14 years, JoAnne directed Nexus Press, a non-profit visual arts press that published artists’ fine books. Cited by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of 12 Outstanding Women in the Arts in Georgia, she is most proud of having received a major grant from the 1996 Olympics to publish five artists’ books, one by an artist from each of the five continents of the Olympics rings.


Alumni News and Upcoming Events
Memphis Matters

Join us next month as Alumni and Friends E-News becomes Memphis Matters!

Alumni Association Member Benefits
The University of Memphis Alumni Association is proud to offer our members a full benefits package! Discounts include both Memphis-area and national retailers and consist of savings at Brooks Brothers, Disney World, car rentals and hotels for summer travel and many, many more!  Only current Alumni Association members will be able to take advantage of these discounts. To JOIN NOW, click here.

Alumni Association National Executive Board of Directors
From June 1-June 15, 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!

Young Alumni Legacy Scholarship
The Young Alumni Committee is now accepting applications for its Young Alumni Legacy Scholarship for University of Memphis graduate students. This first-time scholarship has been funded by the Young Alumni Committee with the hope of helping a deserving graduate student/s of the U of M in his or her studies. The deadline for application submittal is May 14. Click here to find the application online.

University of Memphis Association of Retirees (UMAR) Spring Picnic
UMAR will host its annual Spring Picnic at 3 pm on Sunday, May 16 at Meeman Shelby Forest State Park, at the Meeman Home/Edward J. Meeman Biological Field Station. UMAR members are asked to bring a dish for the potluck as well as any wonderful items that might be sold in the silent auction. Directions can be found at http://www.memphis.edu/meeman/directions.htm. Please contact Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 to RSVP.

Luther C. McClellan Black Alumni Meeting
The U of M Black Alumni: Luther C. McClellan Alumni Chapter will meet on Thursday, May 20 at 6 p.m. to discuss upcoming events and future plans of the organization. Topics of discussion will include the 2011 and 2012 Homecoming reunions and the LCM Scholarship endowment.  All alums are welcome to join us after the meeting for a social event. For more information and locations, please contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678.5016.

University of Memphis Association of Retirees (UMAR) Book Discussion Group
UMAR will meet on Tuesday, May 25 at 11 a.m. to discuss the New York Times Bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by U of M professor Rebecca Skloot. For more information, please contact Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Save the Date: University College Alumni Chapter Awards Reception
The University College Alumni Chapter will host an Outstanding Alumni Awards Reception on Thursday, May 20 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Racquet Club of Memphis. Susanne Darnell (MA ’70), former Dean of University College, and Mary Brignole (BPS ’99, MS ’02), University of Memphis academic counselor and longtime University College Alumni Chapter board member, will be the featured honorees for the evening. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

2011 School of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Outstanding Alumni Award Nominations
The School of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Chapter is seeking nominations for its 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient. This award will be presented to a deserving AuSP graduate at the Alumni Reception at the Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders in February. Deadline for submission is September 1. For a nomination form or more information, click here or contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Save the Date: Theatre & Dance Reunion and Retirement Weekend
Theatre & Dance Alumni, save the date for Labor Day Weekend 2010! Long-time faculty, Gloria Baxter and Susan Chrietzberg, will be honored at a weekend-long retirement celebration. For more information, contact Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

Save the Date: College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Alumni Awards
The College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter will host its annual Outstanding Alumni Awards dinner on Thursday, October 14 in the University Center (please note date change). For more information, contact Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

Membership Matters! 
The University of Memphis Alumni Association would like to thank all of our current life, annual and associate 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.


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