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November 2009

Alumni and Friends Step Up to the Alumni Gift Challenge
U of Mís Herff College of Engineering Will Host Open House Nov. 20
Alumni Association Spotlights Law School Alumna Kerryann Cook
Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Alumni and Friends Step Up to the Alumni Gift Challenge

Alumni Gift ChallengeThe University of Memphis is committed to a goal of 12% alumni giving participation by the 100th Anniversary in 2012. In an effort to reach our goal of increasing alumni participation, the following Challenge Gifts have been issued:

  • A College of Arts & Sciences alumnus has issued a Challenge 2 You! Each new gift from College of Arts & Sciences alumni will be matched by the anonymous donor, up to a total gift of $25,000. Take this opportunity to double your gift and increase the College’s alumni participation!  For more information, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/supportcas/challenge2you.htm.
  • A School of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (AuSP) graduate, who wishes to remain anonymous, has issued The AuSP ChallengeFor each new and returning donor who makes a gift to one of the School’s five funds by June 30, 2010, the donor will give $50, up to a total gift of $5,000!  For more information, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/supportausp/index.htm.
  • The College of Communication and Fine Arts (CCFA) Advisory Board has issued a challenge to CCFA alumni – Double Up!  Members will DOUBLE each gift which new and long-lapsed alumni provide to the College, up to $5000.  For more information, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/ccfa/doubleup.php.

As the U of M improves its alumni participation rate, we can continue to move up in national rankings. Gifts from alumni help to attract high-quality students, recruit outstanding faculty, and improve key programs. Strong alumni participation is central to our ability to increase financial support from foundations, corporations and other donors like you. Making a gift now to the University of Memphis is more important than ever.  We need alumni and friends to step forward – participation is what counts!  By making such a gift today, you help us continue to be one of the leading universities in this region and beyond.

For more information on how to make your gift, please visit www.memphis.edu/annualgiving. You can make your gift online at www.memphis.edu/giving

U of Mís Herff College of Engineering Will Host Open House Nov. 20

E-Day 2008The Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis will open its doors to the community and to hundreds of middle school, high school, and community college students during its E-Day open house Friday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event will showcase engineering activities and research being conducted at the College, which is located on Central Avenue near the Zach Curlin intersection. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the Herff College will be on hand to answer questions and discuss programs offered at the College.

Groups may take guided tours that include demonstrations of engineering activities ranging from measurement of an EKG to making biodiesel fuel out of vegetable oil. Individuals and small groups may walk through and visit the exhibits and demonstrations at their own pace.

In addition to the tours, students may compete in a variety of competitions designed to build engineering and team skills. The winners will take home cash awards in the form of donations to their schools. Middle and high school teams will compete in such events as harnessing wind power, boat building, designing a kicking device, and constructing the strongest cardboard beam, along with the traditional wall- and bridge-building competitions.

Registration for the competitions is available online at www.ce.memphis.edu/EDAY2009.

Groups may register for guided tours by calling 901-678-4933 or by e-mail at srmoses@memphis.edu.

The Herff College of Engineering offers undergraduate programs in biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering and in engineering technology. Graduate programs are offered in biomedical engineering (in partnership with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center) and in computer, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering and engineering technology. The College also houses the Ground Water Institute, a center of expertise on ground water research and management. Other research centers include The Center for Advanced Sensors and the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute.

Alumni Association Spotlights Law School Alumna Kerryann Cook

Kerryann Cook Kerryann Cook (JD ‘03) is a Partner and the Managing Attorney of McGivney & Kluger, P.C.’s sizeable New York City Asbestos Department, concentrating primarily on toxic torts, products liability, general casualty defense and sports law.  Kerryann is a 2003 graduate of Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where she served as the Chief Justice of the Moot Court.  Kerryann is admitted to bars of New York State and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. She is actively involved in the legal community, and co-authored an article entitled Unpaid Interns in Sport: Are They Legal?, which was published in the July 2007 edition of the International Journal of Sport Management.  Kerryann also serves as panel counsel to a leading non-profit institution that advocates against discrimination in sport.

Although busy and hundreds of miles away from her law school alma mater, Kerryann stays True Blue through her membership in the Alumni Association and answering questions from current law school students considering a move to the Big Apple.

Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Photo Gallery Basketball Pre-Game Event in Saint Louis
The St. Louis Alumni Club invites all Tiger fans and alumni traveling to the Scottrade Center to watch Memphis vs. Kansas basketball to a pre-game party and pep rally at Bud Light Zone in the Club Level of the arena. The doors open at 5 p.m. and the pep rally starting at 6 p.m. Complimentary food, drinks, and a cash bar will be available.  The game tips off at 9 p.m. and you must have a ticket to the game in order to enter the arena and/or Bud Light Zone.   For more information on this event please contact Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or by calling 800/678-TRAX.

Atlanta Alumni Club Reception with President Raines
The Atlanta Alumni Club invites you to a complimentary reception with University President Dr. Shirley C. Raines on Saturday, November 21, 1 p.m. E.T., at Villa Christina at Perimeter Summit. All Atlanta area alumni and fans are encouraged to come out wearing Tiger Blue to greet our University of Memphis President and to cheer on the Memphis football team as we take on Houston. Complimentary food, drinks and a cash bar will be available. Please RSVP for this event by contacting Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or by calling 800/678-TRAX. Please include your name, the name(s) of any guest(s) attending with you, a contact email and telephone number with your RSVP.

Houston Alumni Club Pre-Game Watch Party
The University of Memphis Alumni Association Houston Alumni Club invites you to a Pre-Game Tailgate at Robertson Stadium on Saturday, November 21 before the Memphis Tigers take on the Houston Cougars. The Tailgate starts at 10:00 a.m., kickoff is at noon. Price for admission is $5.00 for Alumni Association Members (with card) and $10.00 for "not yet members," and catering is included. To RSVP, click here or contact Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or 800/678-TRAX (8729).

New Alumni Association Member Benefits
The University of Memphis Alumni Association has enhanced our services with a new and improved benefits package! Discounts include both Memphis-area and national retailers and consist of savings at Brooks Brothers, Orpheum Memphis, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, and many, many more!  Only current Alumni Association members will be able to take advantage of these discounts. To JOIN NOW, click here.

True Blue Bus
Through a generous gift from the Jabie and Helen Hardin Charitable Trust, the Alumni Association and the University of Memphis are able to present the True Blue Bus. The Bus, which has been wrapped and converted through funds in the trust, will be used at many Alumni Association and University Recruitment events, including tailgates and pre-game parties both in Memphis and across the country. Watch for the True Blue Bus in your neighborhood! To view photos of the bus, both before and after the conversion, click here.

2010 Alumni Association Distinguished Advising Award
Do you know an outstanding undergraduate academic advisor at the University of Memphis? Faculty and professional staff members who advise undergraduate students may be nominated for the Distinguished Advising Award. This award, sponsored by the University of Memphis Alumni Association, was established to recognize excellent advising on our campus.  It has been a great benefit to our campus that, over the years, so many faculty and professional advisors have been recognized by students, alumni, peers and supervisors for excellence in advising. You may nominate an advisor by clicking here. The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 29, 2010. More information about the award is available at http://www.memphis.edu/provost/distadvaward.php

UMAR Annual Holiday Luncheon
On Tuesday, December 1 at the U of M Holiday Inn, the University of Memphis Association of Retirees (UMAR) will host its Annual Holiday Luncheon. Check in begins at 10 a.m., followed by an informative program about Student Life, with Dean William Porter from 10:30 – 11:30 am. The lunch program will begin at 12 p.m. and will feature remarks from President Shirley Raines as well as music provided by students from the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. The price is $25 for UMAR members & their guests, $30 for non-members. Please contact Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu to RSVP.

University College Alumni Chapter Holiday Reception
The University of Memphis Alumni Association University College Alumni Chapter invites you to a Holiday Reception on Thursday, December 3, 5:30 p.m., at the Alumni Center. The University College Holiday Reception will feature music throughout the evening from world renowned classical guitarist, Lily Afshar. Enjoy complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres while catching up with friends and classmates during the holiday season! Click here to view a sample of the silent auction items up for bid. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

UMAR Holiday Concert - Christmas Pops Concert with Calvary & the Arts
On Wednesday, December 9 at 12 p.m. UMAR will travel to Calvary Episcopal Church to attend the Christmas Pops concert and eat a homemade lunch of Beef Burgundy after the concert. The concert is complimentary and lunch is $7. Please join us as we celebrate the holiday season at this festive daytime concert! Please contact Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 to let him know if you would like to attend.

Basketball Pre-Game Parties: Save the Dates
The University of Memphis Alumni Association will be traveling on the road this December with the Men’s Tiger Basketball Team!  The True Blue Bus will be in Little Rock, AR on December 12 for the game against UA-LR and to Boston, Mass on December 19 for the game against UMASS.  Check the Alumni Association’s website and events calendar for more info on these upcoming events.  For any additional information, please contact Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or 800/678-TRAX (8729).

UMAR Book Club
University of Memphis Association of Retirees (UMAR ) will host its next Book Club meeting on Tuesday, November 24 at 11:00 am. The literary work being discussed will be Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel, Persepolis. For location information please contact Alumni Coordinator, Ryan Jones, at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Nursing Career Fair
On Monday, November 30, 2009, the Loewenberg School of Nursing and the University of Memphis Nursing Alumni Chapter will be hosting a Career Fair for our nursing students at the Michael D. Rose Theatre, University of Memphis from 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  We expect attendance from at least 100 students with 45 graduating seniors presenting their final projects.  For more information, please contact Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016.

The Grand Opening Celebration of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
The Law Alumni Chapter, in collaboration with the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, is hosting the Grand Opening Celebration of the new home of the Law School on Saturday, January 16, 2010. The Grand Opening Gala will take place throughout the entire building and will feature entertainment from the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music and other local legends. Gourmet food stations will offer “Best of Memphis” cuisine from local restaurants and caterers. Law school students will administer building tours and will be honored with a late-night gathering after the conclusion of the event. For additional information and ticket prices, visit www.memphis.edu/alumni/lawgala or contact Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

Thank you to our generous sponsors: VIP Reception Presented by SunTrust, Member Sponsors: Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects / Fleming Associates Architects Joint Venture and Sedgwick CMS, Associate Sponsors: Alpha Reporting Corporation, Baptist Memorial Health Care, Classic Party Rentals, The Marston Group, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Metro 67, Parkway Realty, Regions Bank, The Stern Cardiovascular Center, The U.S. District Court for the Western District of TN, Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Junior Sponsors: Amro Music, Morrow & Associates, RSVP Magazine, Rhodes Lauck & Associates Inc., SpringHill Suites by Marriott Downtown, Summit Document Services, U of M Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, USI of Tennessee, The Westin Memphis Beale Street. Opportunities are still available; see the Grand Opening Sponsorship Package to learn more.

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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