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October 2004

U of M Earthquake center sends researchers to Mount St. Helens
King opera set for debut next week
Alumni Association to hold pre-game "barn bashes"
College of Engineering to hold open house, alumni reception

Upcoming alumni events

U of M Earthquake center sends researchers to Mount St. Helens

When Mount St. Helens began showing signs of life earlier this month, the University's Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) was invited to send a deployment to help monitor the seismic activity of the area. Dr. Steve Horton, CERI Research Scientist, and Thomas Brackman, a geophysics graduate student, left Memphis Oct. 2 to assist the Cascadia Volcano Observatory and the University of Washington's Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network by "collecting important perishable data that increase our knowledge of earthquake patterns, especially at Mount St. Helens," according to Horton.

The two are scheduled to return to Memphis today, but will visit the site again in November. The CERI equipment will remain at Mount St. Helens through spring 2005.

You can learn more about the project, read Brackman's online journal and view a photo gallery on CERI's Mount St. Helens Deployment Web site at http://www.ceri.memphis.edu/msh/.

King opera set for debut next week
Next weekend marks the debut of The Promise, an opera based on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Written by University of Memphis composer and professor Dr. John Baur, the opera not only explores an intimate and unseen side of Dr. King, but also celebrates him and tells his compelling story to generations 36 years removed from his untimely death on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

The opera is a collaboration between composer Dr. John Baur, the University's Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, Germantown Performing Arts Centre and the U of M Department of Theatre and Dance.

The Promise will run Oct. 22-23 and 29-30. Tickets are available by calling 901/757-7256 or on the Web at http://www.gpacweb.com.

Alumni Association to hold pre-game "barn bashes"
You're invited to join us for True Blue Barn Bash & BBQs prior to the remaining Tiger home games, including tomorrow's game against Tulane. Alumni, friends, fans and their guests are welcome to gather at the livestock barn on the west side of the Liberty Bowl two hours before every home football game to mingle, enjoy beverages and BBQ and cheer on Coach West and the team!

Upcoming Barn Bashes
Oct. 16, 11 a.m. - U of M v. Tulane
Nov. 4, 4:30 p.m. - U of M v. Louisville
Nov. 12, 5 p.m. - U of M v. Southern Miss

Bring a $5 donation per person and lots of Tiger Spirit! For more information call (901) 678-ALUM.

College of Engineering to hold open house, alumni reception

The Herff College of Engineering, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is holding two special events this November, the Fall 2004 Alumni Reception and the Annual Open House, E-day.

The reception will take place Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the University's FedEx Institute of Technology. Engineering alumni are invited to visit with former classmates, professors, and friends of the College and tour the FedEx Institute. Please contact Ginger Jordan at 901/678-1537 or gjordan1@memphis.edu before Nov. 4 if you plan to attend.

E-day is a chance for prospective students, their parents and the public to experience engineering and what's going on at the Herff College. Displays, demonstrations, lab tours and more reveal the wide world of engineering. Last year's open house set an attendance record, and we hope to see you this year. E-day is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Upcoming alumni events

Travel with us to the East Carolina and South Florida football games on our Tiger Treks series! Visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/tigertrek.html for trip details.

Football watch parties are being held for the Nov. 4 Louisville game in the Chicago area and in Little Rock. The Chicago watch party will be held at The Avenue Alehouse in Oak Park at 6:30 p.m. Little Rock Tiger fans will gather at the Embassy Suites in West Little Rock at 5:30 p.m. Come out and cheer on your Tigers!

Members of the Charlotte Alumni Club are planning to meet the Alumni Association for fun and fellowship before the East Carolina game on Nov. 20. For more information, please contact Drew Hensarling at ahnsrlng@memphis.edu or 800/678-8729.

The Sport and Leisure Commerce program is celebrating its 10th birthday with a series of events Nov. 18-20. Attendees can get a special deal on the national Sport Marketing Association conference, which will be held in Memphis on the same dates. For more information, visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/slcreunion.html.

Basketball season is drawing near, and the Alumni Association is planning pre-game parties in Springfield, Mass., in conjunction with the Nov. 26 Tip-Off Classic and in New York City before the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 7. Stay tuned to future e-newsletters for more information on these events.

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