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September 2007

U of M Alum Running for President
Early Enrollment Figures Are Positive
Gifts Benefit Nursing, Kemmons Wilson School, Freight Transportation Research
National Safety Council Honors Teen Driving Program
New Learning Environment to Open September 19
Alumni News & Events

U of M Alum Running for President

Fred ThompsonAs most of the country knows by now, former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson is making a bid for the Presidency. What many people don’t know is that Thompson is a graduate of the University of Memphis, having received his bachelor’s degree in political science here in 1964. While the University of Memphis does not endorse political candidates, we are proud to know that one of our alumni is running for the nation’s highest office.

Early Enrollment Figures Are Positive

StudentsAlthough final enrollment figures for the U of M have not been released, early indicators have administrators feeling positive about this academic year. Of particular importance is that 20 percent of the freshman class (over 400 students) is comprised of honors students. The average ACT score for this group is 28 with more than one-fifth of them having a 30 or above. "We have been putting extra emphasis on recruiting high ability students because we are the type of university that can meet their academic expectations and because we benefit from the academic excellence they bring with them," said President Shirley C. Raines. "The University has elevated its admissions requirements over the last few years so that students who are accepted here are prepared to succeed. We are seeing proof of the success of our efforts, and I am very, very pleased." Graduate enrollment and transfer numbers are also up though final numbers are still being tabulated. Additionally, 20 National Merit/Achievement finalists are enrolled for fall.

Gifts Benefit Nursing, Kemmons Wilson School, Freight Transportation Research

The U of M received three significant gifts recently. The Lichterman-Loewenberg Foundation pledged a $1 million donation to help the U of M fund the Loewenberg School of Nursing's new building, which will also house the School of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. The Metropolitan Memphis Hotel and Lodging Association made a $100,000 donation to the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management to fund scholarships for hospitality students. Additionally, the DeHart Group has entered into a $100,000 partnership agreement with the University to support intermodal freight transportation research initiatives. The DeHart Transportation Fund will support work in advanced technology applications used in container freight and supply chain security systems and warehouse and freight yard management.

National Safety Council Honors Teen Driving Program

The National Safety Council has honored the University of Memphis' "Alive at 25" teen driver safety program with its Best Performance Award. The award recognizes organizations that lead the way in training safer drivers. This is the second year the NSC has recognized the University's work with teenage drivers. "Alive at 25" is offered to freshmen at a dozen area high schools, including Germantown, Collierville, Houston, Memphis University School, Millington, Bolton and Christian Brothers. More than 1,700 students complete the training each year. The program was created by the NSC and is administered through the U of M's Department of Professional and Continuing Education. The program stresses driver responsibility and the impact that poor driver judgment can have on parents, passengers, siblings and victims in other vehicles.

New Learning Environment to Open September 19

The U of M will host a grand opening for the McWherter Learning Commons Wednesday, September 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. Located in the Ned R. McWherter Library, the Learning Commons is a place of enhanced individual and collaborative study, offering students and faculty an exciting blend of information resources and information technology. The Commons introduces more computers, peripheral equipment, group workstations in clusters of five and six computers and group study rooms with white boards. Users have 24/7 access to computers and reference materials, and staff are on site to offer research and technical assistance.

Alumni News & Events

Everyone welcome! With football season upon us, the Alumni Association wants you to tailgate with your Tiger family at our popular pre-game True Blue Barn Bashes. Join us two hours before every home game for BBQ, beverages, live music and True Blue fun. Come visit the Alumni Association at the big silver barn near Gate 3 at all home football games and prepare to cheer on our Tigers! Everyone welcome: $5 for members, $7.50 for not yet members.

If you haven't already seen the second Alumni Association flash e-mail, please do so by visiting http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/flash_aug07/memphis.html. We invite you to pass along this great presentation to all University of Memphis friends, fans and supporters!

Y'all are invited to Boots, Brims and BBQ on Saturday, October 6, from 2 to 4 p.m.! Round up your family and friends for fun on the farm of Tennessee State Representative Jimmy Eldridge for an ole fashioned hoe down! We will have horseshoe pitchin', bluegrass playin', Memphis BBQ eatin', face paintin' and hay ridin' for all! We've gathered up a bunch of special folks from the Bluff City, including University of Memphis President Shirley Raines and Head Basketball Coach John Calipari. Wrangle up your Wranglers, boots and don't forget your BLUE! To RSVP, holler back to (901) 678-3119 or alumnievents@memphis.edu by October 1 for this great event hosted by your Alumni Association and the University of Memphis Office of Government Relations!

Save the date! Homecoming 2007 will be held the weekend of November 2-4 at the University of Memphis! The Homecoming Parade is Friday, November 2, and other great events, including the football game against East Carolina, will be held Saturday, November 3. We look forward to seeing all of our True Blue supporters! For more information on Homecoming activities, call the Alumni office at (901) 678-2586.

The Alumni Association seeks nominations for its 2008 Distinguished Alumni Awards. These awards honor alumni and friends who have brought honor and distinction to the U of M. Award winners will be recognized at a black-tie gala held in their honor in early 2008. Categories are Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Friend and Outstanding Young Alumni. A nomination form is available online at www.memphis.edu/alumni/daa_nom.pdf. The deadline for nominations is September 30. Watch future issues of the e-newsletter for more details on this event.

Join us for our Out of Town Pre-Game Tailgate Events to support our Tigers!
Orlando – September 22 – U of M @ UCF
Houston – October 20 – U of M @ Rice
New Orleans – October 27 – U of M @Tulane
To RSVP, contact Holly Beuke at habeuke@memphis.edu or (901) 678-1782.

The College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter will honor its outstanding alumni and friends at a dinner Thursday, September 20 at The Racquet Club. Dr. Reed Baskin (BS '65), Eric Robertson (BS '03) and Peggy Turley (BA '85) will be honored as outstanding alumni, and Wallace Bruce and Olivia Bruce will be honored as outstanding friends. For more information, contact Holly Beuke at (901) 678-1782 or habeuke@memphis.edu.

The University of Memphis M Club will host the 19th annual "Clash of the Tigers Golf Classic" at the Links at Galloway Golf Club Monday, October 1. Cost is $75 per person, including lunch, green fees, cart and two mulligans. Prizes include tickets to selected Tiger football and men's basketball games. For more information, contact Tim Duncan at (901) 678-4878 or at taduncan@memphis.edu.

Alumni Association members can get ready for an exciting weekend of Tiger Volleyball as you and a guest will receive FREE admission (with membership card) to a pair of Conference USA matches. Come out and support OUR Tigers as we take on Southern Mississippi at 7 p.m. October 5 and UCF at 1 p.m. October 7. Wear Tiger Blue, bring your membership card, and get ready for a weekend full of exciting volleyball action!

Join the Alumni Association in showing appreciation for our annual and life members at the October 13 Barn Bash before Memphis takes on MTSU! Alumni Association members who show their card will receive free admission; only card-carrying members will receive free entrance! There will be limited space, so first come, first serve! Everyone welcome: $7.50 for not yet members.

The Journalism Alumni Club will host its annual Outstanding Journalism Alumni Awards Dinner Thursday, October 18, at The Racquet Club of Memphis. The reception begins at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. Award winners are Lynne Rooker ('89), Michael Finger ('76) and Bob Winn ('75). For more information, contact Stephanie Galloway at sgallowa@memphis.edu or (901) 678-4373.

Fogelman College of Business & Economics alumni: join us for the 15th Annual Alumni Day luncheon Wednessday, October 17, at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. Debbi Fields-Rose, of Mrs. Fields Cookies, will be the keynote speaker. Eric Bolton, President and CEO of Mid-America Apartment Communities, will be honored as Outstanding Alumnus of the College. Carolyn Hardy, majority owner of Hardy Bottling, will be honored as Entrepreneur of the Year. Contact Lauren Isaacman at (901) 678-2333 or lauren.isaacman@memphis.edu for details.

The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter will host reunions for Law School classes of 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007 on Saturday, October 20, at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Get ready for a fun-filled evening with classmates and friends as we enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres while dancing to Memphis' finest music. For more information, contact Kelly Davis at (901) 678-4299 or kdavis9@memphis.edu.

The annual Bandmasters Championship, sponsored by the Band Alumni Chapter, will be held Saturday, October 20, at the Liberty Bowl. For more information on the event, please visit www.tigerbandalumni.com

The University College Alumni Chapter hosts its Awards Reception on Thursday, November 8, at the STAX Museum of American Soul Music. Mark your calendars and enjoy a fun-filled evening of food, music and awards with fellow graduates and friends. For more information, contact Holly Beuke at (901) 678-1782 or habeuke@memphis.edu.

Save the Date - The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter will host its annual Judicial Reception on Monday, November 12, at 5 p.m. at the home of President Shirley C. Raines. The event honors Tennessee Supreme Court Justices, members of the federal, state and local judiciary and recent graduates of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. All alumni and friends of the School of Law are invited to attend. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Kelly Davis at (901) 678-4299 or kdavis9@memphis.edu

The Young Alumni Committee will now host its first True Blue Tigers to the Tailgate 5K on the evening of Friday, November 16, around the U of M campus. Alumni, students and friends are invited to join in on this fun event, as well as the Barn Bash before the Memphis-UAB game the following day as we celebrate our young graduates. For more information, call (901) 678-2586.

Five $100 book scholarships sponsored by the Alumni Association were awarded in a drawing of students from Parents Club members who joined this summer at New Student Orientation. They are: Sherri Tipton, mother of Danielle Tipton; Deb Disney, mother of Haileigh Disney; Neva Kirksey, mother of Christopher Awad; Bill Davis, father of Houston Davis; and Marcia Watson, mother of Cameron Watson. Congratulations to all of our winners!

University of Memphis Career and Internship Expo – Career and Employment Services (CES) will host the 2007 Career and Internship Expo on Wednesday, September 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. This great event is free to U of M students and alumni. For more information, visit the CES website at http://saweb.memphis.edu/ces or call the CES office at (901) 678-2239. If you are an employer who would like to hire a U of M student or graduate, please consider registering for the Career and Internship Expo. Online employer registration is available on the CES Web site in the "News and Announcements" section.

Travel the world with other Tigers! Join U of M alumni and friends on one of a variety of trips offered in 2008, including trips to Paris, Spain, Ireland, the Swiss Alps and many more! To learn more, visit www.memphis.edu/alumni/tigertravel.html

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