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The chapter hosted its annual alumni reception in February at the annual Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders. Outstanding alumnus Peter J. Marincovich (PhD ’87) was recognized at the event.


After a successful Bandmasters competition with more than 8,000 participants, guests, fans and friends this past fall at the Liberty Bowl, the chapter hosted the Mid-South Indoor Percussion and Color Guard Competition at the Elma Roane Field House on the U of M campus in March.


The chapter hosted Educator’s Day at a fall football game. Outstanding Education Alumna Debra Robb (BS ’76, MS ’81) was recognized during an on-field ceremony, and Memphis-area educators received discounted admission to the game.


The chapter hosted its third annual Student and Alumni Mixer in January at the Alumni Center. More than 50 guests reconnected with friends and offered career advice to the many graduating seniors who attended. The Engineering Alumni Chapter honored Tom DeHart (BS ’68) as its Outstanding Engineering Alumnus at the 2009 Engineering Awards Dinner in March at the University Holiday Inn.

Frosh Camp

Frosh Camp counselors celebrated 15 years of Frosh Camp at a reunion during Homecoming last fall. More than 100 former counselors gathered for an evening of fun, food and fellowship, which included a slideshow of several hundred photographs.


The Journalism Department’s Outstanding Journalism Alumni Awards Dinner was held at The Racquet Club of Memphis in October. The honored alumni were Walter Leavy (BA ’75), former editor of Ebony magazine; Paul Jewell (BA ’78), director of marketing for The Commercial Appeal; and Deanie Parker (BPS ’77, MPA ’88), retired president and CEO of Soulsville. 


The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter hosted reunions in the fall for graduates of the classes of ’63, ’68, ’73, ’78, ’83, ’88, ’93, ’98 and ’03. Alumni and friends celebrated at Felicia Suzanne’s Restaurant in downtown Memphis and spent time mingling with current Law School faculty and staff.

The annual Judicial Reception was held at the home of U of M President Shirley Raines in November to honor 2008 School of Law graduates, justices of the Supreme Court of Tennessee and members of the federal, state and local judiciary. Law Alumni Association members, recent graduates, elected officials and Tennessee judiciary also attended.

The second annual Law School Legacy Luncheon was held in March to honor 18 legacy relations in the Class of 2011. The luncheon provided Law Alumni board members, legacy relatives, faculty and students a time to share stories, advice and gather on campus.

Luther C. McClellan

The Luther C. McClellan Alumni Chapter kicked off the fall with the Homecoming Step Show reunion. The annual step show, which featured University of Memphis NPHC Greek alums, followed the Homecoming Parade and pep rally. This year’s winners of the step show were the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. The chapter hosted a wine and cheese reception in February. Fellow alumni and friends had an opportunity to mix and mingle while talking about new ideas. The chapter awarded two $500 scholarships to undergraduate students this semester. Recipients were chosen based on academics, leadership experience and community service.


The Music Society and the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music celebrated Jazz Week in March with a wine and cheese reception prior to a performance by famed jazz musician Joyce Cobb in Harris Concert Hall. More than 20 music alumni and friends gathered to share a night of music and fellowship.

Theatre & Dance

The Theatre & Dance Alumni Club hosted a reception in February following a performance of the classic love story Cyrano. Nearly 100 alumni and friends enjoyed a romantic night with treats and champagne and the chance to mingle with actors, including alumnus Jerre Dye (BFA ’93), who starred as Cyrano.


The University of Memphis Association of Retirees had a night on the town this spring as they had dinner at Café 1912, followed by a journey to Circuit Playhouse for the play History Boys. UMAR members visited the Calvary Lenten Series in late February for a lecture and lunch.

University College

The University College hosted a holiday reception for alumni, faculty and staff. Alumni and faculty came out to reconnect with friends, network with each other, and enjoy the holiday season together. This spring, the chapter awarded a $500 book scholarship to a student in the University College.

Young Alumni

The Young Alumni Committee hosted its second annual First Tennessee True Blue 5k run on a crisp evening in late November. The Mighty Sound of the South, U of M spirit squads and Pouncer cheered on hundreds of runners and volunteers as they trekked through the U of M campus. The committee hosted a watch party for the U of M vs. UAB football game at Patrick’s in the fall. The house was packed with more than 100 fans as everyone watched the Tigers tackle the Blazers. The committee also threw a watch party for the U of M vs. UT basketball game in January. More 100 alumni, fans and friends came out to watch the Tiger victory.

For information about all out-of-town clubs and events, contact the Alumni Association at or 800/678-8729.


The Atlanta Alumni Club hosted a watch party for every basketball game during the 2008-09 season and made a road trip to Birmingham to watch the Tigers live as they battled UAB.

Boston/New England

The Boston/New England Alumni Club held a basketball watch party in February at the home of club vice president Diane Gold (BA ‘94). A spirited group of New England-area alumni and fans gathered to enjoy an exciting afternoon of Tiger basketball and camaraderie.


The Chicago Alumni Club cheered on former Tiger basketball greats Derrick Rose and Rodney Carney as they played against each other in an NBA game in January. The club had a group of more than 30 Tiger fans to support the fellow alumni. Chicago-area alumni continued to meet at Junior’s Sports Lounge throughout the NCAA tournament.

Dallas/Ft. Worth

The Dallas Alumni Club hosted a pre-game tailgate on the SMU campus during football season this past fall before the Tigers took on the Mustangs. The club also hosted more than 100 fans at the pre-game party at its favorite Memphis-style barbeque restaurant before the C-USA basketball matchup this spring.


The Houston Alumni Club hosted a pre-game reception at the Houston University Hilton prior to the Memphis vs. Houston basketball game in March. The club gathered for fun, food and fellowship before heading over to watch the big game.

Little Rock

The newly re-formed Little Rock Alumni Club enjoyed an outdoor watch party during football season. Several alumni, fans and friends joined alumni staff in the scenic River Market area in downtown Little Rock.

Lower Alabama

The Lower Alabama Alumni Club took a road trip to Hattiesburg, Miss., to watch the Tigers take on Southern Miss. The club was in the Mardi Gras spirit, decked out with blue and silver beads while cheering on the Tigers. The club also took in a Tiger baseball game in March when the team visited South Alabama for a two-game set.


The Nashville Alumni Club hosted a watch party as the Tigers took on Gonzaga in February. More than 75 Tiger alumni and friends turned out for this fun event.

New York City

The New York City Alumni Club gathered at Rogue for watch parties throughout the basketball season. The Big Apple Tigers met regularly to watch the team play when televised.

San Antonio/Austin

The San Antonio/Austin Club hosted watch parties during the regular season and C-USA Tournament. This newly expanded club is creating a buzz in the area and is looking for more alumni and fans to come out and join the True Blue fun.

St. Louis

The St. Louis Alumni Club welcomed fellow alumni, fans, friends and alumni staff at a watch party at Fox & Hound Chesterfield in February. The club watched as the Tigers took down a nationally ranked opponent and enjoyed an evening of True Blue fellowship. Alumni and fans continued to gather during March Madness to cheer on the Tigers.


Tampa/Orlando alumni and friends joined the Alumni Association before the Tigers played in the St. Petersburg Bowl. The Mighty Sound of the South, Tiger spirit squads and Pouncer joined the True Blue Celebration as the Association helped more than 500 fans enjoy the festivities in sunny Florida.

Washington, D.C.

The Washington, D.C., Alumni Club hosted a pre-game party for alumni and friends in the D.C. area before the Tigers took on Georgetown in late December. Tiger fans enjoyed mixing and mingling at the Verizon Center.


We are looking to expand and form more True Blue clubs across the country. If you live in Jackson, Miss., Jackson, Tenn., or San Francisco, please contact the Alumni Association at or 800/678-8729 for more information on how you can get involved.

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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