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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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.