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Fall 10 Features


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The Columns: Alumni Review
Honor roll of donors

Alumni Association Annual Report
Club and Chapter News

For more information on any Alumni Association Clubs, Chapters or events, please contact the Association at or 901/678-2586.

Athletic Events
The University of Memphis Alumni Association hosted home tailgates this football season to celebrate Tiger Lane and the Larry Porter era. Tiger alumni and family were on hand during the MTSU game in September, the Houston Homecoming game in October and the UT game in November. The tailgates, sponsored by Classic Party Rentals and D. Canale, included food, live music and pep rallies put on by the Mighty Sound of the South and the cheer squad.

The chapter held its annual Bandmasters Championships in late October at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Munford High School was the Grand Champion and Arlington High School was Reserve Grand Champion.

Business & Economics
The chapter hosted its annual Alumni Day Luncheon in early November at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. The chapter recognized Outstanding Alumnus George Johnson (BBA ’70), president of BJB Administrative Services; Outstanding Young Alumnus Andrew Bailey (BBA ’00, EMBA ’05), marketing specialist adviser for FedEx Corp; and Entrepreneur of the Year J. Austin Baker III (BBA ’04), president of EServ Benefits; and Distinguished Friend of the College Harry Smith, former chair and CEO of Schilling Enterprises. Keynote Speaker was Anita Vaughn (BA ’77, MPA ’82), CEO of Baptist Women’s Hospital.

The Future Alumni of Memphis was highlighted on the Coach Larry Porter Radio Show in September. The show, which aired live on WREC 600, provided great conversation about how students can become involved with the FAM.

 FAM also commandeered a riverboat and hosted a “ghostly” costume party in late October on the Mississippi River. FAM members dressed in their favorite Halloween attire and boarded the riverboat, which was equipped with a DJ and plenty of candy.

The alumni board hosted its annual Judicial Reception in November to honor 2010 School of Law graduates, justices of the Supreme Court of Tennessee and members of the federal, state and local judiciary. Members of the alumni chapter, recent graduates, elected officials and Tennessee judiciary were in attendance for this event held at the Law School.

Luther C. McClellan
The chapter was selected as the Alumni Association’s Chapter of the Year and received the Eye of the Tiger Award in a pregame, on-field ceremony at the MTSU game in September. Chapter president Andrew Bailey (BBA ’00, EMBA ‘05) and vice president Lofton Wilborn (BBA ’02) were on hand to accept the award.

 LCM hosted its fifth annual Alumni Step Show during Homecoming week. New to the show was an old school showcase and Greek spirit competition. The chapter also hosted an after party on Homecoming night. In the spirit of the harvest season, the event was branded a masquerade party. Proceeds from the step show and the party are being used to advance the aim of endowing the LCM scholarship.

Master of Public Administration
The club held a service project in November in conjunction with American Humanics students. The project took place at the Youth Villages campus and provided much-needed assistance to the children in foster care.

The chapter hosted a career fair in November at the University Center Ballroom. Graduating seniors from the Nursing School presented their final projects during the event.

Theatre & Dance
Theatre & Dance alumni enjoyed a reunion and retirement celebration over the Labor Day weekend. Longtime faculty members Gloria Baxter and Susan Chrietzberg were honored at the two-day event that included a reception and family-style barbecue. More than 100 alumni and friends came together to commemorate their years of service to the department.

UMAR hosted a book discussion group in September at Brother Juniper’s. The featured book was American Lion by Jon Meacham. UMAR hosted this year’s Willard Sparks Eminent Faculty Award winner, Dr. Erno Lindner, at it’s fall Coffee and Conversation at the home of President Shirley Raines. Lindner gave an overview of his book and guests met informally with the president.

 UMAR traveled to the Memphis Botanic Gardens in October for a guided tour of the exhibit “My Big Backyard,” followed by a lunch at Fratelli’s. In early November, UMAR hosted a downtown trolley tour focusing on historic Memphis with a special tour presented by June West, executive director of Memphis Heritage. After the tour, members and their guests were treated to a Q&A session with West as well as lunch at the historic Arcade Restaurant on South Main.

 The group also held its annual Holiday Luncheon in early December at the U of M Holiday Inn. They enjoyed a performance from the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music student choir ensemble and recognized UMAR scholarship recipients.

University College
The chapter hosted a special holiday reception at the Alumni Center in early December. Students, alumni, faculty and staff mixed and mingled with some holiday cheer while everyone enjoyed food and fun. A silent auction was also held to help raise money for the chapter’s annual book scholarship award for a deserving University College student.

The club had several watch parties attended by alumni and friends in the Atlanta area to support the Tiger football team this past season.

Club members held a football watch party in September for Coach Larry Porter’s first win against MTSU.

New York
The club hosted a pre-game event at Madison Square Garden prior to tip off of the Jimmy V Classic against Kansas in early December. Members dined on Italian food with fellow Tiger alumni and fans before the big game.

St. Louis
The club was on hand as the St. Louis Rams honored former University of Memphis Football player and St. Louis Rams great Isaac Bruce (BPS ’03) in October. Club members got to see the retirement ceremony for Bruce’s jersey before kick-off.

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