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October 2006

New Partnership Launches Statewide K-12 Financial Literacy Program
Honor an Outstanding Professor with Distinguished Teaching Award
Nominations Sought for Honorary Degree Program

Alumni Chapter and Club News


New Partnership Launches Statewide K-12 Financial Literacy Program
Smart Tennessee check presentationMany Tennesseans' first exposure to "financial literacy education" comes from the school of hard knocks a bounced check, massive credit card debt, even phone calls from debt collectors. A unique partnership among the U of M, First Tennessee, and the State of Tennessee seeks to change that through a new initiative called Smart Tennessee.

Smart Tennessee is designed to infuse financial literacy education across the state at various levels of K-12 instruction. The recurring theme in this activities-based program is the importance of managing money saving, spending, and borrowing. A parents' guide is included so parents can learn simultaneously with their children.

Sponsored by First Tennessee, with additional first-year support from the State, Smart Tennessee will begin as a pilot program this year in grades 1 and 4 in elementary schools in Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville, with plans underway to train teacher education candidates in Chattanooga. The pilot program will be expanded to reach middle and high school students in years two and three, and it will gradually be expanded into other urban and rural communities.

At full capacity, Smart Tennessee will be able to serve 186 schools annually, including 108 elementary, 44 middle, and 34 high schools. The goal is to blanket the state in 10 years. Pilot school sites are being selected with help from local program partners and school systems.

For additional details, please see http://www.memphis.edu/releases/sept06/smarttn.htm.

Honor an Outstanding Professor with Distinguished Teaching Award

Did you have a professor at the U of M who was an exceptional teacher? The Alumni Association is soliciting nominations for awards recognizing faculty who are outstanding educators. Honorees are recognized at the annual Faculty Convocation held at the end of spring semester.

Alumni can nominate a former professor for the 2007 Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award , which recognizes and encourages excellence in teaching. Please go to the Distinguished Teaching Award Web site to make your nomination: http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/dta.html. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 27.

Nominations Sought for Honorary Degree Program

The University of Memphis now has the authority to award up to two honorary degrees each year to distinguished individuals who merit special recognition for extraordinary achievements that have improved the community they serve, contributed to society, as well as benefited the University of Memphis.

You are invited to nominate a person for his or her outstanding performance and to whom the University of Memphis can show its appreciation. The guidelines for awarding honorary degrees are located at http://policies.memphis.edu/UM1648.htm.

All nomination information should be sent by Nov. 22, 2006, to:
Honorary Degree Committee
Office of the Provost
360 Administration Building
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152

We look forward to receiving your nominations, and thank you for participating in this program to honor deserving recipients of these degrees.

Alumni Chapter and Club News

Are you a member of the Class of 1956 ? If so, make plans to attend your Golden Memphis State College Reunion Oct. 19-20. The weekend festivities will begin with a dinner Thursday, Oct.19, at the Holiday Inn on campus. Friday morning each attendee will be presented with a Half Century Medallion during brunch at the residence of President Shirley Raines. Attendees will be treated to a driving tour of campus, which will conclude with high tea in the Administration Building. Friday evening, all golden graduates are invited back for the Half Century Reception held at the Alumni Center. For more information, please contact Lauren Isaacman at 901/678-2333 or 800/678-2586.

The Journalism Alumni Club will host its annual Outstanding Journalism Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 19, at The Racquet Club of Memphis. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Alumni Michael Donahue of The Commercial Appeal and Bob Phillips of Thompson & Company will be honored with Charles E. Thornton Awards, and the charter class of the journalism department will be presented with the Herbert Lee Williams Award. Members of the charter class who will be in attendance include Pat O'Brien, Bill Burk, Franklin Burrell, Charles Holmes and Jerry Morris. Tickets for the dinner are $45 per person and $400 for a table of 10. Make reservations by contacting the Alumni Center at 901/678-3119.

The Chicago Alumni Club will get together to watch the Tigers face Tulsa on Saturday, Oct. 21. Please join us at a new location, Gamekeepers Tavern and Grill, 345 W. Armitage (corner of Lincoln and Armitage in the Lincoln Park area), Chicago, at 6 p.m. Gamekeepers will be our official meeting location. Come out and bring a friend to meet and greet fellow alumni. Please contact Jeniene Wiseman at jwiseman21@yahoo.com if you have questions, comments or concerns.

The annual Bandmasters Championship will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Liberty Bowl. The Band Alumni Chapter is seeking sponsors for the event to help cover the costs of adjudicator travel and honorarium, trophies, facilities and everything else that makes The Bandmasters Championship a first-class event each year. Whether you are an individual or a major corporation, there are opportunities for you to support the event. For more information, please visit our Bandmasters Sponsorship Web page at http://www.tigerbandalumni.com/Bandmasters/sponsorship.htm or contact Sponsorship Coordinator Greg Nelson at umgsn1@aol.com.

Fogelman College of Business & Economics Alumni Day will be held Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn on the U of M campus. G. Douglas Edwards (BBA '74), CEO of Morgan Keegan, will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $55 per person or $500 for a table of 10. Make your reservations today by contacting the Alumni Office at 901/678-3119 or alumnievents@memphis.edu.

The University of Memphis Music Society and the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music will host a Wine and Cheese Reception prior to a performance by the Ceruti String Quartet on Monday, Nov. 6. Graduates and friends of the School of Music are invited to join Music Society board members and U of M faculty and staff at 6:15 p.m. for wine and cheese in Music Building room 113 prior to the performance in Harris Concert Hall. For more information, call 901/678-4299.

The Law Alumni Chapter will host its annual Judicial and Scales Reception on Monday, Nov. 13, at 5 p.m. The event honors Tennessee Supreme Court justices, members of the federal, state and local judiciary and principals of schools participating in the SCALES Program, as well as recent graduates of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. For more information call 901/678-4299.

The College of Education Alumni Chapter is hosting "Getting Together to Give Back" on Monday, Nov. 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Alumni Center. The event will begin the season of thanks and giving and celebrate the kickoff of National Education Week. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. The College of Education Alumni Chapter requests that guests bring the gift of a hardbound book for children in grades K-8 that will be donated to local schools in need. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Gwen Cook at 901/678-3119, 800/678-8729 or alumnievents@memphis.edu. Please RSVP by Monday, Nov. 6.

The Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter invites you to an evening with international studies alumna Mary Craig. Craig has had an interesting career, including two years in the Peace Corps, time at Columbia studying to earn her master's, and a current position with the Federal Government. Join us Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 5:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center for wine, cheese and stimulating conversation. Please RSVP to 901/678-3119 or alumnievents@memphis.edu.

The Herff College of Engineering will hold its annual "Eday" open house on Friday, Nov. 17. Everyone is invited to attend the event, which will be held at the Engineering Administration Building, 3795 Central Ave., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Alumni are encouraged to attend and speak with prospective students or serve as tour guides. Eday attendees can discover the impact of engineers and engineering technologists on society and find out about the variety of degree programs and research at the College. For information about Eday, visit http://www.engr.memphis.edu/eday2006 or contact Charles Bray at 901/678-4933, e-mail c-bray@memphis.edu.

Travel with the Tigers to the Maui Invitational in November. The Maui Invitational travel package includes hotel, airfare, transfers from the hotel to the arena and tickets to all three games. Packages start at $2,900 for one adult. For additional pricing info, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/tigertrek.html or contact the Tiger Scholarship Fund at 901/678-2334.

The Herff College of Engineering Alumni Chapter is currently accepting nominations for the 2007 Outstanding Alumnus Award . If you know of an exceptional Herff graduate, nominate them today. Download the nomination form at http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/eng_oaa.pdf. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 1, 2006.

The School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Chapter is seeking nominations for the 2007 Outstanding Alumni Award . Each year the chapter presents this award to a deserving AUSP graduate at the Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders. We encourage you to nominate any graduate who demonstrates outstanding achievement in academic pursuits, research activities or community involvement. To nominate someone or get more details, including eligibility requirements, download the nomination form: http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/ausp_oaa.pdf. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 1, 2006.

Attention Jackson, MS-area alumni and friends: A new alumni club is forming in your area. Watch parties and alumni events are currently being planned, and all Tigers living in Jackson are asked to contact club president Phillip Crisp (BBA '90) at pcrisp@landerscorp.com or contact the Alumni Office at 800/678-8729 to be added to the mailing list.

A new alumni club is being formed in Lower Alabama . To get information on watch parties and other alumni events, all Tigers in Lower Alabama are asked to contact club president Robert Murphree (BBA '76) at rmurphree@asix.us or contact the Alumni Office at 800/678-8729 to be added to the mailing list.

The Little Rock Alumni Club is re-launching. If you're in the Little Rock area and would like to get together for watch parties and other U of M-related events, please contact Emily Jones at 800/ 678-8729 or emilyjones@memphis.edu.

Don't forget to join us for True Blue Barn Bashes this football season. We'll be at the large silver barn (located near Gate 3) two hours before every home game with live music, BBQ and true blue fun. Bring your whole family - all are welcome. Admission is $5 for Alumni Association members and $7.50 for not yet members. Check http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/tigertrek.html for additional details.


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