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The chapter wished graduates farewell with a celebratory reception prior to the August Commencement. On Sept. 17, the 2007-08 chapter board of directors held its first meeting of the year at the Alumni Center. If you are interested in volunteering with the chapter, call 901/678-2586.

More than 25 bands competed in the chapter’s annual Bandmasters Championship in October at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Bandmasters was televised on WKNO for the second year.

The chapter will host its Student Alumni Mixer Jan. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Alumni Center.  Students will network with alumni at a casual reception. If you are a graduate of the Herff
College of Engineering and would like to attend, call 901/678-2586.

Half Century Club
The Memphis State College class of 1957 celebrated its golden anniversary during Homecoming Weekend in November. The occasion was marked with a Coffee and Conversation brunch at President Shirley Raines’ home and a campus tour. More than 100 graduates attended the Half Century Homecoming Reception held at the Alumni Center.

Meeting The Half Century Club celebrated Homecoming with a reunion brunch at the home of President Shirley Raines in November. Members of the class of 1957 were honored guests. Those attending included (front row, from left): Eleanor Peckham, Shirley Walker Moser, Marie Hayden, Peggy Hilbun, Dr. Raines, Nan Landess, Carol Currey, Barbara Parker and Louis K. Wheatley. Back row, from left, are Jim Chumney, Frank Dawson, Louis Hayden, Larry Hilbun, Olin Atkins, James H. Allen, Jim Shepherd, John Moffatt, Dr. Jerry Phillips, Joe Patterson, Joe Phillips, Charlie Perkins and Edgar Currier. Photo by Lindsey Lissau.







The chapter hosted its annual Striving for Excellence at the Law Alumni Dinner in August. A record crowd of more than 650 attended as the chapter honored 16 Pillars of Excellence from the Memphis legal community. The group of honorees from America’s Greatest Generation included: Irvin Bogatin, James. D. Causey, W. Frank Crawford, Charles M. Crump, Lewis R. Donelson III, Hal A. Gerber (LLB ’49), Frank J. Glankler Jr. (LLB ’52), Benjamin L. Hooks, H.T. Lockard, Frances Grant Loring, James M. Manire, Thomas R. Prewitt, S. Shepherd Tate, William M. Walsh, Roane Waring Jr. and Harry W. Wellford.

The chapter held reunions for the Classes of 1962, ’67, ’72, ’77, ’82, ’87, ’92, ’97 and 2002 in October at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

The Law Alumni Chapter hosted its annual Judicial Reception in November at the home of President Shirley Raines. The event honored members of the Tennessee Supreme Court, members of the federal, state and local judiciary and 2007 graduates of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, as well as current students who are recipients of Law Alumni Board scholarships.

Luther C. McClellan Chapter
The chapter held a Family Reunion Picnic for all African-American alumni and their families at Audubon Park in October, with food, music and activities for the kids.
The chapter also hosted a Homecoming Step Reunion Nov. 2 immediately following the Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally.

Music Society
In November the Music Society and the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music hosted a wine and cheese reception prior to a performance by the U of M Jazz Combos.

More than 100 individuals participated in the chapter’s second Forensic Nursing Conference at the U of M Holiday Inn in September. The featured speaker was Rachell Copeland, founder and president of Global Forensic Solutions Inc. Join the chapter by contacting club coordinator Lauren Isaacman at or 901/678-2333.

Parents Club
Each fall the Parents Club invites U of M students to nominate parents or guardians whose lives have been an inspiration to their student and to others as the Parents of the Year. Bruce and Amy Hagan of Pulaski, Tenn., were named the 2007 winners. If you would like to become a member of the Parents Club, contact Lauren Isaacman at 901/678-2586 or

Theatre and Dance
Theatre and Dance held its Big Red Reunion Weekend Aug. 31-Sept. 2. In addition to viewing a performance at Playhouse on the Square, they watched a student and alumni performance, enjoyed festivities and had a picnic on the main stage.

University College
The chapter hosted its Awards Reception Nov. 8 at the STAX Museum of American Soul Music. Honorees were Bill Baker (BLS ’79, MFA ’92) and Diane Reed (BPS ’85).

Young Alumni Committee
The Young Alumni Committee hosted its inaugural First Tennessee True Blue 5K Nov. 16 around the U of M campus. The festivities continued the following day as alumni and race participants joined the Alumni Association at the Barn Bash before the Memphis-UAB football game.

On Sept. 1 the club kicked off its watch party season with its first fall event at Barnacles. The club will continue to meet for every televised Tiger sporting event. If you would like to be added to the club’s e-mail list, contact club president Don Sparkman (BSEE ’87) at

Join the Tigers in Massachusetts mailing list by contacting club president Bob Canfield (BBA ’59) at

The club met to watch the Tigers take on Southern Miss in November at Junior’s Sports Lounge located in University Village. Plans are underway for basketball watch parties. Contact Jeniene Wiseman (BSME ’03) at to join the Tigers in Chicago mailing list.

The Dallas club will meet to watch the Tigers battle the SMU Mustangs March 5. Join the Tigers in Texas mailing list by contacting club president Gary Crooms (’81) at or calling the Alumni Office at 800/678-8729.

Eastern Pennsylvania
Eastern Pennsylvania alumni and friends met to watch the Tigers take on Ole Miss in September in Bethlehem, Pa. Join the club Feb. 13 to watch former Tiger Rodney Carney of the Philadelphia 76ers take on the Memphis Grizzlies. Discounted tickets are available. For more information, or to be added to the club mailing list, contact Connor Morganti at

Club members met to watch the U of M-Rice game in October. Join the Tigers in Texas mailing list by contacting club president Robert Stephens (BSEE ’90) at Plans are underway for basketball pre-game events.

Jackson, Miss.
Attention Jackson-area alumni and friends: A new alumni club is forming in your area. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, contact club coordinator Holly Beuke at or at 800/678-8729.

Jackson, Tenn.
More than 150 Jackson-area alumni and friends gathered at the Pinson, Tenn., farm of Tenn. Rep. Jimmy Eldridge for an old-fashioned “Boots, Brims and BBQ” hoedown in October. If you are interested in getting involved in the Jackson Club, contact alumni coordinator Holly Beuke at

Little Rock
The club is looking for leadership. If you’re in the Little Rock area and would like to get together for watch parties and other U of M-related events, contact Holly Beuke at 800/678-8729 or

Lower Alabama
The Lower Alabama Tigers met Nov. 10 in Hattiesburg, Miss., to watch the Tigers take on Southern Miss. Basketball watch parties are planned. To get information or to be added to the mailing list, contact club president Robert Murphree (BBA ’76) at or the Alumni Office at 800/678-8729.

The Nashville Club held its annual picnic in July at Edwin Warner Park. The Nashville Tigers also met to cheer on the Memphis Tigers as they played UCF, Marshall and Southern Miss at The Athletic Club at the Embassy Suites in Franklin. Nashville-area alumni met for a pre-game reception before the Tigers-MTSU Blue Raiders game in December. To join the mailing list or to hear about other events in the Nashville area, contact club president Mike Dodd (JD ’01) at

New Orleans
The New Orleans Club met for the U of M-Tulane game in October at the Superdome. Join the group’s mailing list by contacting club president Steve McCullar (BBA ’97) at

Orlando/Tampa alumni met before the Tigers took on UCF in September at Houlihan’s in Orlando. Join the group’s mailing list by contacting Katie Perrine at or Bob Riggins at

St. Louis
Join the Tigers in St. Louis mailing list by contacting club president Dennis Breakstone at

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