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Spring 2011 Features


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Club and Chapter News

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Arts & Sciences
The chapter hosted its annual Holiday Reception in mid-December at the home of chapter board member Marcia Boyd (BS ’68, MPA ’80).

The chapter hosted a reception in February at the 41st Annual Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders to honor Outstanding Alumna Dr. Kim Schairer (MA ’98, PhD ’00), assistant professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Wisconsin.

The chapter hosted the 2011 Mid-South Indoor Percussion and Color Guard Competition in late March at Briarcrest High School. This annual spring event assembled local high schools to showcase their specialized skills and talents.

Business & Economics
The FCBE chapter hosted its golf tournament in late April at Mirimichi Golf Course. Golfers and sponsors enjoyed a pre-round lunch followed by a shotgun start, and concluded with an awards presentation. The tournament raised money for the chapter’s Building Renovation Fund.

The Herff College of Engineering alumni board hosted a mixer in mid-February at the Alumni Center for engineering alumni, seniors and graduate students. The attendees enjoyed light appetizers and refreshments, and received career advice and “life after graduation” tips from engineering alumni. Also, the Herff College of Engineering annual awards dinner was held in March at the U of M Holiday Inn. The chapter presented its Outstanding Alumni Award to John Pafford (BSET ’87) and hosted a silent auction benefiting its book scholarship fund. 

The Future Alumni of Memphis hosted the second annual Blue & Gray Ball at the Central Train Station in late March. FAM members dressed to impress in their finest Tiger Blue and Gray cocktail attire, and enjoyed a special performance by Academy Award-winning Three 6 Mafia.

The chapter participated in the 2011 Legacy Luncheon at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Reading Room. The luncheon was held in honor of recent graduates and first-year law students. The chapter hosted its annual spring reception at the home of board member Martin Zummach (BA ’85, JD ’93) in mid-April. The guest list consisted of faculty, personnel, student leaders and board members of the law alumni chapter. The Law Alumni Board also sponsored the Student Bar Association’s Race Judicata in early April to help benefit Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS), a free legal service to the elderly and low-income families.

Luther C. McClellan
The chapter presented the winners of the 2011 Luther C. McClellan Alumni Chapter Scholarship at the Black History Month closing ceremony. The 2011 recipients are senior Joya Smith and junior Rachel Anderson. These students have shown outstanding academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. That evening, members of the chapter gathered at the Mix & Mingle Jazz Lounge for a mixer.

Club members joined MIFA, Clean Memphis, the UrbanArt Commission and the city of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development to place beautifully painted plywood panels over the windows and doors of two abandoned buildings in Memphis in March.

Music Society
In January, members of the Music Society loaded up the True Blue Bus and headed to New Orleans to celebrate the work of U of M faculty member Dr. Jack Cooper and his Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra at the Second Annual Jazz Education Network Conference. In March, the group gathered at a wine and cheese reception to celebrate Jazz Week at The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. The reception featured a performance by the Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra with guest artists Rashaan Barber and El Movimiento. The Music Society also hosted its annual Jam Session at the Memphis Drum Shop in May. The Jam Session included a house band that performed along with guest musicians and recent graduates who brought their own instruments to perform.

UMAR hosted many events this past winter, including two book club meetings, lunches and tours. UMAR’s “A Soul-Full Day” Mix ‘n’ Match event was held in late January. Members toured the STAX Museum, enjoyed lunch at the Four Way, then visited the campus of LeMoyne-Owen College. UMAR hosted a Valentine’s Day dinner and a play featuring an a cappella performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Playhouse on the Square. In March, UMAR toured Caritas Village to learn more about its mission to promote cultural harmony in the Memphis community. They enjoyed lunch at the on-site café then learned from Urban Farms’ manager Mary Phillips about their efforts to improve access to healthy food, create market and employment opportunities and serve as a resource for neighborhood gardeners.

University College
The UC Alumni Chapter hosted its annual holiday reception at the Alumni Center in early December. Guests had a chance to catch up with friends, alumni, faculty, staff and graduating seniors while enjoying complimentary wine and appetizers, as well as participating in a silent auction.

Young Alumni Committee
The Young Alumni Committee cheered on our Tigers at two watch parties this season at Fox and Hound and Brookhaven Pub & Grill. They then gathered to celebrate a great Tiger basketball season at a post-game party at Alfred’s on Beale after the last home contest. The committee hosted a meet-and-greet reception at the Alumni Center in March so current and potential members could find out more about how to get involved with the Committee.

The watch party tradition continued throughout the winter as the Atlanta Alumni Club hosted several watch parties during the Tiger basketball season that were attended by alumni and friends in the Atlanta area. Alumni met at Fado’s with alumni from other Conference USA schools in February to talk about academics, athletics and other conference concerns.

Boston/New England
Alumni and friends in the Boston/New England area met at the home of club president Bob Canfield (BBA ’59) for a Tiger basketball watch party before the Memphis vs. Tulane game.

The Dallas Alumni Club hosted its annual “Hungry Tiger” BBQ Dinner Pre-Game Event at Red, Hot & Blue before the Tigers played the SMU Mustangs.

Alumni and friends in the Denver area attended several watch parties at the Denver Alumni Club’s official watch party spot, the Blake Street Tavern, during the Tiger basketball season.

The club hosted a pre-game event at Fuddruckers in February before they went to cheer on the Tigers against the Rice Owls.

Lower Alabama
Club members gathered for a Tiger basketball watch party at the home of club president Robert Murphree (BBA ’76) during the Memphis vs. Gonzaga game in February.

Alumni and friends in the Nashville area met in February to cheer on the Tigers as they defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

New York
The New York Alumni Club hosted several watch parties throughout the Tiger basketball season at local hangouts Rogue and the Village Pourhouse.

Washington, D.C.
Alumni and friends in the Washington, D.C., area continued the search for the best barbecue in the District at Capital Q. They met for a networking lunch to catch up with Tigers alums in the area. New Washington Alumni Club president Michelle Whyte (BA ’01) also got the club together at Bailey’s Sports Grille for a watch party in late November.

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