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The Columns: Alumni Reviews

 

Club and Chapter News

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The Alumni Association hosted pep rallies before all Conference USA home basketball games at FedExForum and supported the Tigers throughout March Madness by sponsoring more than 20 watch party sites for each U of M game in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. A few of the places where official watch parties were held include: Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Eastern Pennsylvania, Houston, Lower Alabama, Nashville, New York City, Orlando, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., Bartlett, Collierville, Cordova, Germantown/East Memphis, Olive Branch, Miss., Midtown Memphis and Millington.

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

Arts and Sciences
Save the date: The 2008 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Awards Dinner has been set for Thursday, Oct. 2.

AUSP
The chapter hosted its annual alumni reception March 27 at the Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders at the Hilton East. This year the chapter honored two students from the School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

Band
The Band Alumni Chapter hosted the 2008 Mid-South Indoor Percussion and Color Guard Competition March 29 at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse on the U of M campus.

Engineering
The Herff College of Engineering Alumni Chapter hosted its Student Alumni Mixer Jan. 31 at the Alumni Center. The casual reception provided an opportunity for students to network with alumni, friends and engineering faculty and staff.

Fogelman College of Business & Economics
On Feb. 21 alumni and friends were invited to a reception honoring John Pepin, former dean of the Fogelman College, with the naming of the new entrance to the College on Innovation Drive as the Pepin Portal. The chapter hosted a panel discussion for surviving with a family in the corporate world in May.

Half Century Club
Attention 1958 graduates: the Half Century Club will host its annual brunch at Homecoming this year. Those who graduated in 1958 will be honored with a special medallion ceremony. For more information regarding the Homecoming festivities, contact the Alumni Association at 901/678-2586.

Journalism
The Journalism Alumni Club hosted its annual Mentorship Mixer March 31 at the Alumni Center. Mentors and students who participated in the club’s Mentorship Program had the opportunity to mix, mingle and network with U of M journalism alumni, faculty, staff and recent retirees.

Law
The Law Alumni Chapter, the Alumni Association and the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law teamed to host a VIP reception in the new Law School Plaza on Feb. 29, prior to the Distinguished Alumni Awards. The event, themed to complement DAA, celebrated a “Once in a Blue Moon” occasion: the beginning of renovation at the former Customs House and Post Office, which will be home to the Law School beginning in fall 2009.

Luther C. McClellan
The chapter held its first annual Scholarship Reception Feb. 28 in the Rose Theatre. Part of the University’s Black History Month festivities, the event honored Michael D. “Mike” Neal (BBA ’96, MA ’98), Alumni Association vice president of finance and a business strategist for FedEx Express, and LCM Scholarship recipients Carlissia Graham and Renee Wills.

Music Society
The Music Society celebrated Jazz Week at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music with a wine and cheese reception March 1 prior to a performance by the Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra with internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist David Sanchez and his quartet.

Nursing
The Loewenberg School of Nursing Alumni Chapter will recognize two accomplished alumni at its first Outstanding Alumni Luncheon May 22 at the University Holiday Inn. Sam Maceri (AA ’76, MPA ’80, BSN ’99), director of nursing education at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Betty Sue McGarvey (BSN ’85), president of Baptist College of Health Sciences, were honored.

Young Alumni
The Young Alumni Committee hosted a daylong pregame party at Pat O’Brien’s on Beale Street prior to the Tiger basketball game against Tennessee. Guests enjoyed specials, discounts, door prizes and fun with fellow Tiger fans and our band and cheer squads, while getting ready for the big game.
The Young Alumni Committee also hosted watch parties at Newby’s Bar and Grill throughout February and March to support the Tiger basketball team.

Atlanta
The Atlanta Alumni Club met throughout January, February and March to watch Memphis basketball and support the Tigers. On March 8 the club traveled to Athens, Ga., to watch the Tigers take on Georgia in baseball. To get involved or hear about other events, contact club president Don Sparkman (BSEE ’87) at don.sparkman@earthlink.net.

Charlotte
The Charlotte Alumni Club gathered at Jillian’s Restaurant to watch the Tiger basketball game against Tennessee. If you would like to get involved with the Charlotte Alumni Club, contact club president John Bradford (MBA ’00) at jrbradfo@us.ibm.com.

Meeting

The M Club inducted former athletes into its Hall of Fame and recognized individuals for their support of Tiger athletics at a banquet in September at the University Holiday Inn. The honorees included (front row, from left): Billy Smith, basketball; Paul Haire (BBA 79), golf; Larry Porter, football; and Danton Barto, football. Back row, from left, are: Dwight Boyd, basketball, the Billy J. Murphy Award; Terry Pressgrove, baseball; Christy Caswell (BA 99), soccer; Brooks Monaghan (BBA 97), soccer; Chuck Roberts, voice of the Tigers, the Dr. C.C. Humphreys Golden Tiger Award; and Jimmy Hayslip (BS 56, MA 61), the Ralph Hatley Silver M Award.

Chicago
The Chicago Alumni Club joined Alumni Association staff at Junior’s Sports Lounge to watch the Tiger basketball game against Tennessee and continued to meet at Junior’s to watch the Tigers throughout March Madness. Get involved with the Chicago Alumni Club by contacting club president Jeniene Wiseman (BSME ’03) at jwiseman21@yahoo.com.

Dallas/Ft. Worth
The club cheered on the Tigers as they took on the SMU Mustangs March 5. The group enjoyed a Memphis BBQ buffet at Red, Hot & Blue before attending the game at Moody Coliseum on the SMU campus. The club also raised money for their Texas Tigers Scholarship Fund. For more information on the Dallas/Ft. Worth Club or scholarship information, contact club president Gary Crooms (’81) at TexasTigers@gmail.com.

Eastern Pennsylvania
Eastern Pennsylvania alumni and friends gathered throughout the season to watch the Tiger basketball games. If you would like to get involved with the Eastern 
Pennsylvania Alumni Club, contact club president Connor Morganti (BA ’96) at connormorganti@verizon.net.

Houston
The Houston Alumni Club gathered for a pregame reception with Alumni Association staff before Memphis defeated the Houston Cougars on their turf at Hofheinz Pavilion. Join the Houston Alumni Club for more events this fall. For more information, contact club president Robert Stephens (BSEE ’90) at robert.l.stephens@accenture.com.

Lower Alabama
Robert and Janet Murphree hosted local alumni in their home for Tiger basketball watch parties in February. If you would like to get involved with the Lower Alabama Alumni Club, contact club president Robert Murphree (BBA ’76) at robertmurphree@gulftel.net.

Nashville
The Nashville Alumni Club met throughout January, February and March to watch Memphis basketball and cheer on the Tigers.
Save the date: On July 26, the club will hold its inaugural Nashville Tiger Golf Classic in conjunction with its annual summer picnic. The tournament will be a four-person scramble at Gaylord Springs Golf Links. Proceeds from the tournament will go toward the Nashville Alumni Scholarship. Join the Tigers in Music City mailing list by contacting club president Mike Dodd (JD ’01) at gotigersgo@nashvilletigers.com.

St. Louis
The St. Louis Alumni Club joined Alumni Association staff to watch the Tiger basketball game against Tennessee. If you would like to get involved with the St. Louis Alumni Club, contact club president Dennis Breakstone (BBA ’92) at dbreakst@UCB-group.com.

Tampa/Orlando
The Orlando Alumni Club met throughout the season to watch Memphis basketball. Join other Tigers in the Sunshine State by contacting co-presidents Katie Perrine (BA ’98) in Orlando at kschwie@hotmail.com or Bob Riggins (BBA ’70, MS ’80) in Tampa at bbriggins@msn.com.

Washington, D.C.
The D.C. Alumni Club met throughout January, February and March to watch Memphis basketball games. Join others in the Washington area for fun Memphis events. Contact club president Terry Rhea (BA ’00) at terry.rhea@gmail.com or visit the group’s Web site at http://groups.google.com/group/UofMDCAlumni.

We are looking to expand and form more True Blue Clubs across the country. If you live in the following areas, contact the Alumni Association at 901/678-2586 for more information on how you can get involved: Boston, Denver, Little Rock, New York City, Jackson, Miss., Jackson, Tenn., and San Francisco.

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