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November 2008

Support the Young Alumni Committe at the First Tennessee True Blue 5k
Herff Engineering College Will Host Open House Nov. 21
Aspiring Fiction Writers May Apply for Free Workshop with Noted Author
Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Support the Young Alumni Committe at the First Tennessee True Blue 5k

True Blue 5KAre you True Blue?
The Young Alumni Committee will host the 2nd annual First Tennessee True Blue 5K on November 21 at 7 p.m. Runners and walkers will enjoy a course that winds through the beautiful University of Memphis campus. Proceeds from the race will support the work of the Young Alumni Committee and its commitment to building a stronger University and a stronger Memphis.

Students, alumni, and all Tiger supporters are invited to participate in the race. Join the Alumni Association for a Pep Rally before the race at 6:30 p.m. on campus, between Patterson Hall and Ellington Hall! The Pep Rally will feature the Mighty Sound of the South band and the U of M cheerleaders. The race will end with a post-race party that will include awards, refreshments, and music from the Soul Outsiders.  The celebration will continue November 22 as the Tigers take on C-USA football rival Central Florida. Join the Mighty Sound of the South, U of M cheerleaders and the Soul Outsiders as we cheer on our Tigers to victory before the 1:00 p.m. game on Saturday.

The True Blue title sponsor is First Tennessee Bank. Other race sponsors include Memphis Sport magazine, R.P. Tracks, ATC Fitness, Back Yard Burgers, Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals, Corky’s, Smoothie King, and Measures of Joy Catering. 

Anyone wishing to be a sponsor or volunteer should contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333. Online registration for the race is available at http://www.trueblue5k.racesonline.com/. The registration fee is $25. All racers will receive an official True Blue 5k t-shirt.

Herff Engineering College Will Host Open House Nov. 21

E-Day 2008The Herff College of Engineering at the U of M will open its doors to the community during its E-Day open house Friday, November 21, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event will showcase engineering activities and research being conducted at the Herff College, located along Central Avenue on the U of M campus.

Groups may take guided tours that include demonstrations of engineering activities that range from measurement of an EKG to making biodiesel fuel out of vegetable oil. Attendees can view exhibits of implant devices, see a real industrial robot in action, find out what can be learned from a “big bang,” see how infrared wavelengths are used, and learn more about earthquakes through the “Shake, Rattle, and Stand” presentation. Individuals and small groups may walk through and visit the exhibits and demonstrations at their own pace.

In addition to guided tours of the College, students may compete in a variety of competitions designed to build engineering and team skills. The winners will take home cash awards to be donated to their schools. Faculty, staff, students and alumni of the Herff College will be on hand to answer questions and discuss programs offered at the College. Events such as harnessing wind power, boat building, designing a kicking device, and constructing the strongest cardboard beam will be performed by middle and high school students. There will also be traditional wall- and bridge-building competitions.

Registration for the competitions is available online at www.ce.memphis.edu/EDAY2008. Groups may register for guided tours by calling 901-678-4933 or by e-mail at srmoses@memphis.edu

Aspiring Fiction Writers May Apply for Free Workshop with Noted Author

Moss Workshop in FictionAspiring fiction writers can polish their skills this spring during the Moss Workshop in Fiction led by award-winning author Richard Bausch. The free workshop at the U of M will be open to anyone in the Memphis area; the only criteria are talent and ability.

The workshop will meet on Mondays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Jan. 26 through April 27 in Patterson Hall.

Applicants must submit a manuscript of 10-14 pages by Dec. 15. Those selected will be notified by Jan. 14, 2009. Manuscripts should be sent to Richard Bausch, Moss Workshop, Department of English, 429 Patterson Hall, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tenn., 38152. A submission should include the writer’s name, phone number, and e-mail address.

Formerly professor of English and the Heritage Chair of Creative Writing at George Mason University, Bausch now holds the Lillian and Morrie A. Moss Chair of Excellence in English at the U of M. He holds a B.A. degree from George Mason University and an M.F.A. degree in creative writing from the University of Iowa. He is the author of 11 novels and seven collections of short stories, including Take Me Back (which was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award), The Last Good Time (which was made into a feature film), Mr. Field’s Daughter, Violence, The Selected Stories of Richard Bausch, In the Night Season, Thanksgiving Night, and Hello to the Cannibals.  Bausch’s most recent novel, Peace, was published last spring by Alfred A. Knopf. The author’s short stories have appeared in several prize-winning anthologies, including Best American Short Stories, O. Henry, and Pushcart. Awards he has received include a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award, and the Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters.

For more information on the workshop, contact Jan Coleman at 901-678-4692 or creativewriting@memphis.edu

Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Photo GalleryNew Alumni Video and Photo Gallery!
Have you seen YOUR Alumni Association’s latest video from Homecoming 2008? Visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/ to see it and other fabulous Alumni Association photos of the lastest events. The photo gallery includes photos from the Journalism Outstanding Alumni Awards 2008, the College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner 2008, the Striving for Excellence in the Law Alumni Dinner 2008 and more!

Alumni Association Awards for Outstanding Contributions
The Alumni Association would like to recognize our Eye of the Tiger recipients for the 2008 year.  The Eye of the Tiger is a mark of distinction given to those clubs and chapters that help maintain and create new connections between our alumni base and the University of Memphis.  The Alumni Association has three categories of honor in which to recognize the outstanding service and commitment of these groups.
• The Band Alumni Chapter is the Alumni Associationís Eye of the Tiger Recipient for Chapter of the Year in the Affinity Category.
• The Cecil C. Humphreys Law School Alumni Chapter is the Alumni Associationís Eye of the Tiger Recipient for Chapter of the Year in the Academic Category.
• The Nashville Alumni Club is the Alumni Associationís Eye of the Tiger Recipient for Club of the Year in the Out of Town Category. We thank our Eye of the Tiger honorees for all they do for the University of Memphis and the Alumni Association.

Attention Alumni: 2009 Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award Nominations
Nominate your most deserving professor for the 2009 Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award. Those honored will receive a financial reward and a plaque recognizing their achievement, and their photographs will be displayed for the coming year in the Administration Building. You may nominate one or two of your professors for this prestigious award by visiting http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/DTA.php. The nomination deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19. Thank you for suggesting deserving professors for this award.

Family of Alumni Association Members Eligible for Scholarships
Students planning to enter the U of M in fall 2009 as first-time, incoming freshmen may apply for the Alumni Association Scholarship. The award is a four-year scholarship worth $1000/year ($500/semester). Family of Alumni Association members who have paid their dues anytime within the calendar year prior to the application deadline are eligible. The scholarship program encourages family of Alumni Association members to make the U of M their first choice for higher education. For an application and details regarding eligibility, go to http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/scholarship.php.

College of Education Alumni Chapter Education Day
The College of Education Alumni Chapter is hosting an Education Day at the Nov. 22 football game against the University of Central Florida. Memphis area educators receive discounted admission to the game and will be present to cheer on Outstanding Education Alumna Debra Robb (BS ’76, MS ’81), retired Memphis City School teacher during an on-field award ceremony. For your discounted admission form, click on http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/clubs/education_chapter.php or contact Alumni Coordinator, Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Loewenberg School of Nursing will hold its Fall Nursing Career Fair
The Loewenberg School of Nursing will hold its Fall Nursing Career Fair on Monday, Nov. 24 from 9-11:45 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis.  Graduating seniors will be showcasing their final projects with representatives from local healthcare facilities in attendance.  For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator, Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Get in Holiday Spirit with Free Concert
The Music Society of the Alumni Association are inviting all alumni to the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music Holiday Concert at 12:35 p.m. on December 3. An annual tradition, the concert features holiday favorites performed by ensembles and soloists from throughout the School of Music. The performance will be in Harris Concert Hall, Music Building, 3775 Central Ave. For ticket information, call 678-5400. It is free and open to the public.

University College Alumni Chapter Holiday Reception
The University College Alumni Chapter will host a Holiday Reception to mix and mingle with some Jingle Bell FUN on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Alumni Center.  Enjoy complimentary wine and cheese while you catch up with friends and classmates during the holiday season! For more information or to RSVP, please contact Alumni Coordinator, Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333. 

Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research Employer Report
In 2008, the Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the U of M conducted focus groups that included about 40 regional employers from private and public sector organizations as well as educators from private, public, and independent school districts. Each focus group met at the U of M to identify characteristics that local employers consider important when hiring and evaluating professional employees. A project report was created from this research to assist the completion of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) Employer Satisfaction Project. The report outlines the results from each focal group and evaluates the importance of internship partnerships between the U of M and employers. The report stresses the need for students to participate in internships before they graduate, evaluates U of M graduates on the skills and talents that employers look for in prospective professional employees, and gives feedback to the U of M on the relevance of current academic programs and how they are preparing students for life after graduation. To learn more about this project or to access the report, please click here.

Save the date: Distinguished Alumni Awards
“Take the M Train” and join the Alumni Association for the Distinguished Alumni Awards on Friday, February 20, 2009.  Jump on board for a night full of true blue fun in downtown Memphis at Central Station. Watch future issues of the E-Newsletter for more details on this event.

Looking for fellow alumni in the area to be TRUE BLUE with? Check out our Events page or visit our Clubs and Chapters page and click on the club or chapter closest to where you live for more details.

Membership Matters!
The University of Memphis Alumni Association would like to thank all of our current life and annual members. We are proud that membership is at an all time high.  The Association has set forth an ambitious goal for the year 2012 to have more than 10,000 members in the Association. We are on our way, but we need YOUR help to achieve this goal.

Annual membership to the Alumni Association is only $35/year. Your membership fees help fund student scholarships, faculty and staff awards, and many of University-wide events, such as Homecoming and the Distinguished Alumni Awards. Additionally, the nearly 65 clubs and chapters, both locally and nationally, help raise over $30,000 in scholarships for students in related fields.

Join the Alumni Association today and make a TRUE BLUE difference in YOUR University!  Visit http://memphis.edu/alumni or call 901/678-ALUM.


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