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Arts & Sciences
College of Arts & Sciences alumni, students and faculty cheered on the Homecoming
Parade in September in a special section along the route hosted by Dean Henry Kurtz.
The alumni board hosted its 15th annual Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner in October.
The 2011 award recipients were Dr. Diane Allen (BA ’73), provost of Salisbury University;
Kirk Caraway (BA ’94, JD ’97), partner in Allen, Summers, Lillie & Gresham; Stacey
Greenberg (MA ’03), community relations coordinator for MLG&W and founder of Memphis
Rock & Romp; Darlene Winters (BA ’76, MA ’79), founder/choreographer of Company d;
and Friends of the College Carole and Emile (BA ’60) Bizot.
The chapter held its annual Bandmasters Championships in October at Liberty Bowl Memorial
Stadium. The event drew more than 30 high school bands from the Mid-South to compete
for the top honors.
Business & Economics
The chapter hosted its annual golf tournament in June at the Spring Creek Ranch Golf
Course in Collierville. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the chapter’s Building
The chapter also hosted its annual Alumni Day Luncheon in November at the U of M Holiday
Inn. The guest speaker was Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley. The Outstanding
Alumni Awards were presented to S. Morgan Morton (BBA ’63), retired senior vice president
of Pfizer, and Emily Greer (MBA ’06), chief of staff at ALSAC. The Distinguished Friends
of the College Awards were presented to Avron Fogelman, chair of Fogelman Properties,
and Douglas Browne, general manager/vice president of The Peabody.
Communication Sciences and Disorders
The chapter hosted receptions in May and August at the Memphis Speech and Hearing
Center for graduating students of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Graduates and their families gathered with faculty and staff of the School before
the commencement ceremonies.
Education alumni hosted a Re-Visioning Focus Group in July. More than 25 alumni representing
diverse fields of practice – including public and private school administrators, non-profit
executives, education practitioners and others – gathered to discuss ways in which
COE alumni can connect with and provide support for both their fellow alumni and the
College. Their goal was also to determine how alumni, who make up a majority of those
teaching in the city, can be ambassadors for the profession and the University.
The chapter hosted a professional development luncheon in June at the Alumni Center.
The guest speaker was U of M alumnus Mitch Jackson, vice president of environmental
affairs and sustainability at FedEx Corp. He discussed “Practical Environmentalism
The FedEx Way: Moving From Here to There More Sustainably.”
The Future Alumni of Memphis hosted an exclusive Peabody Rooftop Party in September
for members only. Students enjoyed a performance by Memphis’ own FreeSol and music
by DJ Drex from Q107.5. Members celebrated Homecoming 2011 by appearing on the Coach
Larry Porter radio show, walking in the parade and participating in the food drive
The Half Century Club enjoyed a full day of Homecoming activities including a meet-and-greet
at the Alumni Center, brunch and a medallion ceremony at the home of University President
Shirley Raines, a bus tour of campus with a visit to the Heritage Room, and a Golden
Reception at the Alumni Center with classmates from 1961 and all previous years.
The International MBA Alumni Club hosted the i2i: Union and Reunion in April, with
alumni and current students meeting to discuss new directions for the International
MBA program. Attendees enjoyed live music provided by current IMBA students, followed
by speakers Dean Rajiv Grover, Dr. Balaji Krishnan and Dr. Benwari Kedia.
The club has begun hosting Happy Hour events each month. The first was at the Fox
and Hound in August. IMBA graduates and alumni board members attended, allowing alumni
to reconnect with each other at this networking event.
The Journalism Alumni Club hosted its Outstanding Journalism Alumni Awards Dinner
in October at the U of M Holiday Inn. The guest speaker was CNN International anchor
Natalie Allen, and the emcee was Ron Childers of Action News 5. The Charles E. Thornton
Award was presented to Will King (BA ’74), senior operations director for CNN International,
and freelance broadcast journalist Richard Copley (BS ’69). The Herbert Lee Williams
Award was given to former U of M professor L. Dupre Long. Two new awards were also
given: the inaugural Outstanding Young Alumni Award was presented to author Johanna
Edwards (BA ’01) and the Emerging Journalist Award was given to student John Martin.
The Law Alumni Board hosted its Pillars of Excellence Dinner in August at the U of
M Holiday Inn. Award recipients included Leo Bearman Jr., David E. Caywood, W.J. Michael
Cody, Robert L. Green, John Paul “Jack” Jones, Russell B. Sugarmon, and Friend of
the Law School Charles T. Tuggle. More than 500 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception
followed by an awards ceremony, which included a tribute video featuring stories from
each of the evening’s honorees. The Pillars of Excellence Award was created in 2007
by the Law Chapter of the U of M Alumni Association to recognize attorneys in the
Memphis-area legal community who have made significant contributions to the practice
of law in their civic and professional lives.
The chapter also offered a continuing legal education (CLE) session in October at
the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. The all-day CLE was concluded with an evening
The chapter hosted a reunion weekend in October for classes ending in 1 or 6. Law
alumni celebrated the kickoff of Tiger basketball season with a Memphis Madness cocktail
party at the Westin downtown and also enjoyed a Family Day Picnic at the Law School.
Law Alumni Chapter honored members of the Supreme Court of Tennessee; members of the
federal, state and local judiciary; and recent graduates of the School of Law at its
annual Judicial Reception held at the Law School in November.
The Luther C. McClellan Black Alumni Chapter kicked off Homecoming 2011 with the Homecoming
Step Show. The annual step show, which featured Memphis NPHC Greek alums, was held
in the Rose Theatre. Immediately following the event, the chapter hosted its official
after party at 409 South Main. Proceeds from both events benefited the LCM Scholarship
The Master of Public Administration Alumni Club hosted a luncheon in May at the University
Center to honor the 2011 Pi Alpha Alpha inductees. There also was an alumni discussion
panel featuring Craig Locke, director of development for United Housing; Angela Lamb,
human resources administrator at Lifeblood; and Michelle Fowlkes, executive director
for the Memphis-Shelby County Crime Commission.
The club also hosted its “Back to School Night” in September at the Alumni Center.
Alumni, current MPA students and staff enjoyed getting to know each other at this
Music alumni gathered for an Alumni Happy Hour at Jim’s Place in October. Guests enjoyed
drinks and hors d’oeuvres while catching up with friends and Rudi E. Scheidt School
of Music faculty.
Student Ambassador Board
The Student Ambassador Board hosted its annual fundraising event, Mudball at Tiger
Beach (the Richardson Towers north lawn), in October. Teams competed by participating
in a volleyball tournament held in six inches of mud, along with a muddy game of tug-of-war.
All proceeds from the event benefit the J. Wayne Johnson Memorial Scholarship.
The University of Memphis Association of Retirees hosted many events this summer,
including two book club meetings, lunches and tours. UMAR hit the road on a bus trip
to Tipton County in July, where members enjoyed a naturalist-guided pontoon boat tour
of scenic Reelfoot Lake and a tour of the R.C. Donaldson Memorial Museum and Nature
Center at Reelfoot Lake State Park. The group then met for lunch at Boyette’s Dining
In September, UMAR held its annual Coffee & Conversation brunch at the home of President
Raines. The guest speaker was Dr. Thomas Fagan, recipient of the 2011 Willard R. Sparks
Eminent Faculty Award.
UMAR members and friends also met for dinner at Felicia Suzanne’s before attending
the Centennial Kickoff Concert featuring Grammy Award-winning artist Aaron Neville
and the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.
UMAR took to the road by bus again in October, this time for a day trip to the 14th
annual Ames Plantation Heritage Festival in Grand Junction, Tenn. Members enjoyed
folk artists, historical interpreters, musicians and Civil War re-enactors as well
as music and lunch on the grounds.
The chapter board enjoyed dinner at the home of Dean Dan Lattimore in August.
The Alumni Association hosted its annual Vision Forum at the FedEx Institute of Technology
in August. Club and chapter leaders, prominent alumni and UMAA members were treated
to a Tigers Around Town sneak peek, a visit from Coach Josh Pastner and an update
on the University’s centennial events.
Young Alumni Committee
The Young Alumni Committee hosted a tailgate party at Tiger Lane before watching the
Tigers defeat Austin Peay State University.
The committee hosted its 5th annual True Blue 5K in November on the U of M main campus.
All proceeds from the race went toward the Young Alumni Legacy Scholarship.
The watch party tradition continued throughout the fall as the Atlanta Alumni Club
hosted several watch parties during the Tiger football season that were attended by
alumni and friends in the Atlanta area.
The True Blue Bus was on the road again visiting Nashville alumni prior to the Memphis
vs. MTSU game in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
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