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Alumni Day Event Offers Message of Hope

For release:  November 10, 2011

In a time of national crisis, opportunity abounds. That’s the message keynote speaker and Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley delivered to more than 550 community leaders, business professionals, alumni and friends at the Fogelman College of Business & Economics’ 19th Annual Alumni Day Luncheon. The event took place Nov. 2 at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis.

At the ceremony, S. Morgan Morton (BBA ’63) and Emily Greer (MBA ’06) were recognized by the college as Outstanding Alumni. Morton, retired senior vice president of Pfizer Corp., received the award from presenter Philip O’Malley (BBA ’10, MBA ’11), the beneficiary of a scholarship in his name. Greer, chief of staff of ALSAC, the fund-raising organization of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, accepted her award with the words, “I am making a commitment right now and here to support the University of Memphis."

Also at the ceremony, Avron B. Fogelman and Douglas Browne were honored with the college’s Distinguished Friend Awards. Fogelman, chairman of Fogelman Properties, said he is proud to be a friend of the college and of the strides it has made. Browne, general manager and vice president of the Peabody Hotel, added that he appreciates how the college is reaching out to the Memphis business community.

In his keynote speech, Heisley noted that “the current economic situation in this country is something we are all deeply concerned about.” He provided a message of encouragement to alumni and audience members, however, adding that in times of turmoil and desperation, the greatest opportunities are created.

“That’s what I have to say to young people just starting out in your careers,” he said. “It may be difficult to see it, it may not necessarily be presented to you on a silver platter, but great opportunity is here. Now is the time to be looking for investments. When people’s attitudes are down, opportunities are up.”

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