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Spring 2010 Features


Saving Green
The right stride
Hall of enlightenment
Something to bank on
Soul power
Pools of courage

The Columns: Alumni Review
In the Green Zone

Club and Chapter News

For more information on any Alumni Association clubs, chapters or events, contact the Association at or 901/678-2586.

Arts & Sciences
The chapter hosted a reception in April for the Department of Philosophy’s presentation of Plato’s Apology in the new University Center.

The chapter hosted its alumni reception in February at the Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders. The chapter presented its Outstanding Alumna Award to Dr. Constance Qualls (PhD ’98), professor and chair of speech-language pathology at Buffalo State College, spring 2010 visiting professor of communication disorders at Texas State University-San Marcos, and American Speech- Language-Hearing Association vice president for science and research; and recognized Anna Kharlamova as Outstanding Student.

The chapter hosted the 2010 Mid-South Indoor Percussion and Color Guard Competition in March. This annual spring event assembled local high schools to showcase their specialized skills and talents.

Business & Economics
The FCBE chapter hosted a golf tournament in April. Golfers and sponsors enjoyed lunch followed by a shotgun start. The day concluded with an awards presentation. The tournament focused on the college and raised money for the chapter’s Building Renovation Fund.

The Herff College of Engineering alumni chapter hosted an alumni/ student mixer in February at the Alumni Center. Students and alumni networked and enjoyed the opportunity to catch up and connect with students and recent graduates.

The chapter honored Ron Driggers (BSEE ’84, MS ’86, PhD ’90), superintendent of the Naval Research Lab Optical Sciences Division and editor of Optical Engineering, the Naval Research Laboratory’s journal, at the Engineering Awards Dinner in March.

Future Alumni of Memphis (FAM), the Association’s new student group, hosted its inaugural Blue and Gray Ball at Central Station in downtown Memphis in February. Students enjoyed live entertainment from U of M alumni and friends, including Ingram Hill, Alexis Grace and Al Kapone.

The club hosted its spring mentorship mixer in March at the Alumni Center. Markova Reed (BA ’06), anchor for WREG-TV’s Daybreak, spoke with the group about the importance of community involvement.

The chapter, in collaboration with the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, hosted the Grand Opening Celebration of the new home of the Law School in January with nearly 2,000 in attendance. Guests enjoyed “Best of Memphis” cuisine and entertainment throughout the building. View photos and videos from the gala by visiting www. Law School reunions for various classes were held the same weekend as the gala.

The third annual Law School Legacy Luncheon was held in March to honor legacy relations in the Class of 2012. The luncheon provided Law Alumni board members, legacy relatives, faculty and students a time to share stories, advice and an opportunity to gather at the new Law School.

Luther C. McClellan
At the Black History Month closing ceremony, the LCM chapter awarded scholarships to senior political science and international studies major Terrance Stevenson and junior political science major James Johnson. These students have shown outstanding academic achievement, leadership qualities and community involvement.

Master of Public Administration
The club hosted a luncheon to honor the 2010 Pi Alpha Alpha class in March. A panel discussion featured Marcia Boyd (BS ’68, MPA ’80), quality manager in the Shelby County Mayor’s Office; William “Bo” Mills (MPA ’93), public services director for the City of Germantown; and Venita Walker (BA ’98, MPA ’01), policy development specialist with Memphis City Schools.

The Music Society and the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music celebrated Jazz Week in March with a wine and cheese reception prior to a performance in Harris Concert Hall. Many music alumni and friends gathered to share in a great night of music and socializing.

The Loewenberg School of Nursing Alumni Chapter honored Paula Dycus (BSN ’97), administrative director of professional practice and research at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Inc., and Paula Spears (BSN ’81), executive director of the Nursing Institute of the Mid-South, at its Outstanding Nursing Awards luncheon in April in the University Center.

Theatre & Dance
The club hosted an alumni night during a performance of Noel Coward’s Hay Fever in February on the Theatre and Communication Building’s main stage. Alumni Association members enjoyed the reception and final dress rehearsal performance.

The University of Memphis Association of Retirees recognized its scholarship recipient, senior psychology major Jessica Dawn Voyles, at its holiday luncheon in December. UMAR hosted many events this spring, including a Valentine’s Day dinner and play, lunch and tour of the Law School, two book club meetings, and a lunch and lecture series.

University College
The chapter awarded $500 book scholarships to University College students Angelica Hardin and Pianna Duerkes at the college’s annual awards ceremony in April.

Young Alumni Committee
The Young Alumni Committee hosted many local young alumni, fans and friends for a pre-game party before the Memphis vs. Gonzaga basketball game. Alumni Association members received special discounts and guests participated in giveaways.

The committee served as greeters, hosts and guides at the University Center preview event in March. Committee members helped to guide guests around the new UC and were on hand to show where many new student organizations are now housed.

The Atlanta Alumni Club held watch parties throughout the 2009- 10 basketball season and tournament games.

The Dallas Alumni Club hosted a pre-game lunch in late January before the Tigers took on SMU. The club enjoyed a barbecue buffet before the game.

The Denver Alumni Club hosted watch parties throughout the 2009-10 basketball season and tournament games. In February, the club gathered for a Memphis Grizzlies game to support former Tiger basketball standouts.

Houston Alumni Club leaders met with Alumni Association representatives to discuss upcoming events before the Tigers played Houston in late February.

The Nashville Alumni Club assisted in hosting football coach Larry Porter, men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner and women’s basketball coach Melissa McFerrin during the recent Tiger Tour at the Frist Center.

New Orleans/Baton Rouge
The New Orleans/Baton Rouge Alumni Club leaders had dinner with Association representatives before the Tigers played Tulane in February.

New York
The New York Alumni Club hosted watch parties throughout the 2009-10 basketball season and tournament games.

San Antonio/Austin
The San Antonio/Austin Alumni Club hosted a watch party for the Memphis vs. Gonzaga game in February.

St. Louis
The St. Louis Alumni Club hosted a watch party while the Tigers played Gonzaga in February.

Washington, D.C.
The Washington, D.C., Alumni Club hosted a watch party while the Tigers took on Houston in January.

The Alumni Association is looking to expand and form more TRUE BLUE Clubs across the country. If you’d like to assist in the expansion, contact the Alumni Association at or 800/678-8729 for more information on how you can get involved.

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