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October 2009

Support the Young Alumni Committee at the First Tennessee True Blue 5k
The University of Memphis Preview Reception is Touring Tennessee!
Alumni Association Spotlights Wilson School Alumna Kathryn Downey Smith
Alumni News and Upcoming Events

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

True Blue 5kAre you True Blue?
The University of Memphis Young Alumni Committee will host the third annual First Tennessee True Blue 5k Friday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. on the University’s main campus. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Alumni Association and its work to engage, connect and advance the University’s students, alumni and campus community, as well as the newly established Young Alumni Committee Scholarship for graduate students.

Runners and walkers will enjoy a Memphis Runners Track Club-certified racecourse that winds through the U of M campus. A post-race celebration will feature food, music and an awards ceremony.

U of M students, alumni and all Tiger supporters are invited to participate. Racers may register online at http://trueblue5k.racesonline.com or by calling 901-678-1333. Registration is $25 for a chip-timed race.

MRTC members, U of M Alumni Association members, students and staff receive a $3 discount if they register by Oct. 16. An untimed fun run costs $18.

Race day registration and packet pickup will be held from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. on the lawn between Patterson and Ellington Halls on the U of M campus. Parking will be available in the Southern Avenue lot across from the registration area.

This year’s title sponsor is First Tennessee Bank. Other sponsors include Smoothie King, ATC Fitness, Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals, and Delivered magazine.

The University of Memphis Alumni Association is a non-profit organization with the primary purpose of engaging alumni, former students and friends in three areas: advocating the ideals of the University, advancing its welfare and fostering life-long relationships with the institution.

For more information, contact alumni coordinator Ryan Jones at 901-678-1333 or rjones1@memphis.edu


The University of Memphis Preview Reception is Touring Tennessee!

Preview ReceptionStudents and their families who are interested in learning more about the University of Memphis are invited to the University of Memphis Preview Reception that is touring Tennessee this fall. The reception will be visiting locations in East, Middle and West Tennessee. For a complete list of event locations and dates, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/recruitment

This is a great opportunity for high school students and transfer students to meet new people, enjoy great food and learn everything there is to know about the University of Memphis. University representatives will discuss the admissions process, financial aid and scholarships, academic programs, honors programs, residence life, student organizations, student services and other aspects of life at the U of M.

Reservations can be made by visiting http://www.memphis.edu/recruitment/receptions/receptions.php or by calling 800/669-2678. All high school juniors and seniors, transfer students, parents and guests are welcome.


 

Alumni Association Spotlights Wilson School Alumna Kathryn Downey Smith

Kathryn Downey SmithKathryn Downey Smith (BBA '06, ‘07) originally attended the University of Memphis immediately out of a Memphis-area high school to stay close to home and her family. After several semesters, she left the University for the next 18 years as she helped raise four children.  Kathryn said, “It was time for a change and I wanted my four children to go to college, so Mama needed to have her degree too!”

In 2004, Kathryn returned to the University of Memphis and completed her first degree in management. She continued on to complete her second degree in the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management.

When a destructive tornado hit the restaurant in which she was working and 50 guests escaped injury, Kathryn said, “I received a commendation from the corporation and accolades from the guests for that night.  No one was going to be injured on my watch.  My Wilson School experience was phenomenal and opened my eyes to see the world beyond Memphis. The hands-on experience you get there is the key to your success.”

A proud member of the Alumni Association, Kathryn is Service Manager at the Red Lobster Wolfchase.


Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Photo GalleryNew Alumni Association Member Benefits
The University of Memphis Alumni Association has enhanced its services with a new and improved benefits package! Discounts include both Memphis-area and national retailers and will consist of savings at Target.com, Office Depot, Toshiba, Red Envelope, and many, many more! To view all of the Alumni Association membership benefits, click here. 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.

Association Membership Benefit: COSTCO WHOLESALE
The Alumni Association wishes to invite all members to COSTCO WHOLESALE on October 23-25. That weekend, members may show their Alumni Association membership card at the membership counter to sign in and shop without needing a COSTCO membership, in addition to receiving a bag with samples from Kirkland Signature. COSTCO WHOLESALE has two Memphis-area locations, 3775 Hacks Cross and 2431 N. Germantown Road.

UMAR Dinner and a Story Program
Please join the University of Memphis Association of Retirees (UMAR) for a Dinner and A Story Event on Friday, October 23 at 5:15 p.m. Enjoy dinner at Jarrett’s Restaurant followed by a program featuring renowned storyteller, Donald Davis, at Balmoral Presbyterian Church. Dinner is $35 (plus tax and tip) and the storyteller program is complimentary. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 by October 16.

Education Alumni Chapter’s Educator’s Day
The College of Education Alumni Chapter will host an Educator’s Day at the October 27 football game, as the Tigers take on ECU. The Educator of the Year will be honored with an on-field award presentation and anyone who shows their school credentials, proving that they are a local area educator (i.e. Memphis City Schools ID badge, Shelby County Schools ID badge, etc), may enjoy pre-paid reduced admission of $5 per ticket. To purchase these reduced price tickets, please contact Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-2333.

NYC Alumni Club Watch Party
The University of Memphis Alumni Association New York City Alumni Club will be hosting a joint Watch Party on Tuesday, October 27, 8:00 p.m. ET, with the East Carolina University NYC Club.  Come out to Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, next to Penn Station, as the Tigers host the Pirates for a nationally televised game on ESPN.  Don’t forget to wear Tiger Blue! For more information about this event or to get involved with the NYC Alumni Club, please contact Club President Janet Griffin (BS ’95) at jgriffin1002@yahoo.com or Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or 800/678-TRAX.

Atlanta Alumni Club Watch Party
The University of Memphis Alumni Association Atlanta Club will be hosting a Tiger Football Watch Party on Tuesday, October 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET.  Memphis will host the visiting East Carolina University Pirates and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN. All Atlanta area fans and alumni are invited to come out to Mazzy’s in Norcross wearing Tiger Blue!  For more information about this event or to get involved with the Atlanta Alumni Club, please contact Club President Don Sparkman (BEE ’87) at don.sparkman@earthlink.net or Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or 800/678-TRAX.

Fogelman College of Business and Economics Alumni Day Luncheon
Join the FCBE Alumni Chapter at our 17th annual Alumni Day luncheon on Wednesday, October 28, 11:30 a.m., at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. Our keynote speaker is B. Lane Carrick (BPS ’03), Chairman and CEO, Sovereign Wealth Management and Chairman, Triumph Bank. The Chapter will recognize Outstanding Alumnus Ben Watkins (BBA ’78), Member, Watkins Uiberall, PLLC, Outstanding Young Alumna Chris Chu (BBA ’00), Co-Founder/Strategic Sales, EVS Corporation, Entrepreneur of the Year Gary Wunderlich (MBA ’95), Chief Executive Officer, Wunderlich Securities, and Distinguished Friend of the College, Joseph DeVivo, President, Orthopaedics, Smith & Nephew, Inc. Please e-mail Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or call 901/678-4373 for more information.

Bandmasters
The Band Alumni Chapter will host their annual Bandmasters Championship at the Liberty Bowl on Saturday, October 31. Bandmasters has established itself as the pinnacle of high school marching competition in the Memphis/Mid-South region - the place where top bands from Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri and beyond converge to be crowned "Best of the Best." For information and to view photos and videos of past Bandmasters Championship, please visit the Band Alumni Chapter’s Bandmasters web site.

Judicial Reception
The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Board will host the annual Judicial Reception at the residence of University President Shirley Raines on Tuesday, November 3. Recent School of Law Graduates, Justices of the Supreme Court of Tennessee and members of the Federal, State and Local Judiciary will be honored. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

Journalism Alumni Club Awards
The Journalism Alumni Club will be honoring Outstanding Alumni with a dinner on Thursday, November 5 at the Racquet Club of Memphis. The Club will recognize Jerry Klein (BA ’94), Owner/Principal, Kossman/Klein & Company, David Waters (BA ’81), Columnist with The Washington Post, and Kini Kedigh Plumlee (BA ’76), Communications Specialist/Editor of Le Bonheur Magazine. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Theatre & Dance Alumni Night
The Theatre & Dance Alumni Club invites all Alumni Association Members to an Alumni Night performance of Blood Brothers on Friday, November 13 at 8:00 p.m. on the Mainstage at the Theatre and Communication Building (3745 Central Ave). Alumni Association members may purchase half-priced tickets by calling the Box Office at 901/678-2576. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562. For additional performance dates, click here.

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

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 will take place throughout the entire building and will feature entertainment from the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music and other regional favorites. 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: The Marston Group, PLLC, Parkway Properties, Inc., Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Baptist Memorial Health Care and 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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