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Club and Chapter News

For more information on any Alumni Association clubs, chapters or events, call 901/678-2586 or visit http://alumni.memphis.edu.

Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences’ Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner was held at The Racquet Club of Memphis in October. The honored alumni were Dr. Hortense Spillers (BA ’64, MA ’66), Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University; Maura Black Sullivan (BA ’89, MA ’97), assistant superintendent of Planning and Student Services for Shelby County Schools; and portrait artist Jamie Lee McMahan (BS ’65). Contact alumni coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373 for more information.

Business and Economics

Join the FCBE Alumni Chapter at the 16th annual Alumni Day luncheon Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis. The keynote speaker will be Dr. William Evans, director and CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Logistics entrepreneur Wei Chen (IMBA ’98) is this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Dan Palmer (BBA ’66), former CEO of Concord EFS Inc., is this year’s Outstanding Alumnus; David Sullivan (BS ’64), chair of Sullivan Investments and a member of the board of directors for Choice Hotels, will be receiving this year’s Distinguished Friend of the College Award. Contact alumni coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373 for more information.

Half Century Club

The Half Century Club will celebrate the 50th reunion for the Class of 1958 Friday, Oct. 24. Members are invited to a brunch at the home of U of M President Shirley Raines. The cost is $35 per person. RSVP with payment information to 901/678-5314. For more information, contact alumni coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.
A Golden Reception will be held for the Class of 1958 and all previous graduation years at the Alumni Center on the evening of Friday, Oct. 24. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. RSVP to 901/678-5314. For more information, contact alumni coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapterís annual awards
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander was keynote speaker at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapterís annual awards dinner at the Holiday Inn on campus. John Stokes and President Shirley Raines were honored as the 2008 Friends of the Law School.
Law

In August, the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter hosted its annual Striving for Excellence in the Law Alumni Dinner. John Stokes and University President Shirley Raines were honored as the 2008 Friends of the Law School and Sen. Lamar Alexander was the keynote speaker. W. Emmett Marston, Lee Winchester, John Thomason and Walter Bailey were recognized as the 2008 Pillars of Excellence. Janet Richards (BSEd ’69, JD ’76) received the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award. For more information, contact alumni coordinator Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

Parents Club

The Parents Club was represented at New Student Orientation this summer, and was able to bring in more than 150 new members. The club allows parents of current students to get involved with the University and stay informed about happenings on campus. Members also receive book discounts, exclusive invitations to events, and automatically become members of the Alumni Association. Contact alumni coordinator Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016 for more information.

Young Alumni

The Young Alumni Committee hosted its second annual summer symposium, “Step Up to the Plate,” with U of M head baseball coach Daron Schoenrock in July at the Alumni Center. Schoenrock was the featured speaker for the program. Attendees were treated to the coach’s baseball stories, feelings on alumni and community involvement, and plans for the future of the baseball program. For more information, contact alumni coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Alabama

Be on the lookout, Tiger alumni! The U of M Alumni Association is putting out the call to interested alumni in the Birmingham area. If you are willing to provide leadership or just want to be involved, contact alumni coordinator Joe Biggers at jwbggers@memphis.edu or 901/678-1782.

Boston/New England

The Boston/New England Club held a summer alumni cookout in June at the home of club president Bob Canfield (BBA ’59). Tiger friends, fans and alumni from throughout the New England area enjoyed a relaxing afternoon of food, fun and fellowship.

Charlotte

The Charlotte Alumni Club will gather at Jillian’s during Tiger football season for some True Blue watch parties. Stay tuned and sign up for the Alumni and Friends E-Newsletter at www.memphis.edu/enews to get the latest details. If you would like to get involved with the Charlotte Alumni Club, contact club president John Bradford (MBA ’00) at jrbradfo@us.ibm.com.

Chicago

The Chicago Alumni Club is looking forward to the rest of the Tiger football season with watch parties and get-togethers. Get involved with the group by contacting club president Jeniene Wiseman (BS ’03) at jwiseman21@yahoo.com.

Dallas/Ft. Worth

The Dallas/Ft. Worth Alumni Club attended a “Tigers Night at the Ballpark” to watch the hometown Texas Rangers take on the Seattle Mariners. It was a relaxing night of baseball coupled with a picnic and True Blue Tiger friends and family. For more information on the Dallas/Ft. Worth Club or scholarship information, contact club president Gary Crooms at TexasTigers@gmail.com.

Denver

The Mile High City is looking forward to the second half of the Tiger football season. A picnic and watch party is already in the works. If you would like to get involved with the expanding Denver/Colorado Club, contact Connor Morganti (BA ’96) at connormorganti@verizon.net.

Eastern Pennsylvania

Eastern Pennsylvania wants you to get involved. If you are willing to provide leadership or just want to be part of the True Blue spirit, contact alumni coordinator Joe Biggers at jwbggers@memphis.edu or 901/678-1782.

Lower Alabama

It’s Tiger football season and the Lower Alabama Club is focusing on the remaining games on the schedule. If you would like to get involved with the Lower Alabama Club, contact club president Robert Murphree (BBA ’76) at robertmurphree@gulftel.com.

Nashville

The Nashville Alumni Club hosted its inaugural Nashville Tiger Golf Classic in conjunction with its annual summer picnic in July. The golf scramble, silent auction and luncheon were held at Gaylord Springs Golf Links. Join the Tigers in Music City mailing list by contacting club president Mike Dodd (JD ’01) at gotigersgo@nashvilletigers.com.

New Orleans

The club is geared up for Tiger football, and is gathering throughout the season for the six regional/national broadcasts available throughout the season. For more information and to join in on the fun, contact club president Steven McCullar (BBA ’97) at smccullar2@cox.net.

New York City

The New York City Alumni Club is spreading True Blue Tiger spirit all across the Big Apple. To join fellow Tigers in NYC or to get information on club events, contact club president Janet Griffin (BS ’95) at jgriffin1002@yahoo.com.

San Antonio/Austin

The U of M Alumni Association is expanding to the Lone Star State again in the San Antonio/Austin area. The Tigers’ Final Four run in Texas set the area abuzz and now we are chartering a new club. If you are willing to provide leadership or just want to be involved, contact Marcus Jones (BSEE ’87) at MarcusJones@remax.com for San Antonio or Northern Sherrod (BA ’99) at NorthernSherrod@templeinland.com for the Austin area.

St. Louis

The club is planning watch parties during the remaining football season as well as a Family Night gathering. Check the Alumni and Friends E-Newsletter and the Events page on the alumni Web site, http://alumni.memphis.edu, to stay in the loop. If you would like to get involved with the club, contact club president Dennis Breakstone (BBA ’92) at dbreakst@yahoo.com.

Tampa/Orlando

The Orlando Alumni Club loves Tiger football. 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. Club is in the midst of another bowl-caliber season from Tommy West and the team. To get involved with the D.C. Club, contact club president Terry Rhea (BA ’00) at terry.rhea@gmail.com or visit the club’s group page 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-ALUM for more information on how you can get involved: Little Rock, Jackson, Miss., Jackson, Tenn., and San Francisco.

 
 

 

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