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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
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
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.
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
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 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
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
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
The club hosted a pre-game event at Fuddruckers in February before they went to cheer
on the Tigers against the Rice Owls.
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.
The New York Alumni Club hosted several watch parties throughout the Tiger basketball
season at local hangouts Rogue and the Village Pourhouse.
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