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University of Memphis Recognizes Distinguished Alumni
For release: April 11, 2006
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The University of Memphis announced today this year's Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. They include Kenneth A. May, Deanie Parker and Dorothy Johnson Pounders. Robert Stephens has been named the Outstanding Young Alumnus for 2006. Honorees will be formally recognized at a gala on April 29 at the Tennessee Air National Guard.

Each year, Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented in the categories of achievement and service. The purpose behind the awards is to publicly acknowledge alumni for distinguished personal and career accomplishments and for exemplary contributions to our society that bring credit to the university.

May (BBA '83) is president and CEO of FedEx Kinko's Office and Print Services, where he is responsible for strategic direction. He also manages growth and development for more than 1,500 locations, comprising 20,000 employees across 11 countries. He joined FedEx in 1982 as a super hub manager and was promoted to senior manager in 1986. In 1994, May became managing director over global operations control and coordination. Prior to his current position, he had served as executive vice president and COO for the company.

May sits on the national board of trustees for the March of Dimes and also acts as vice chair and board member for Youth Villages. Additionally, he is a former executive board member and vice president at-large for the American Trucking Association.

Parker (BPS '77, MPA '88) is president of the Soulsville Foundation, the nonprofit organization created to build and develop the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Stax Music Academy. Through the years, she has held a variety of positions with Stax, including singer and composer, photographer, editor and press correspondent. As director of publicity, she has worked with Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MGs, as well as Rufus and Carla Thomas. Before joining Soulsville, Parker was the marketing director for the Memphis in May International Festival for nearly 10 years and served as vice president of communications and marketing for The MED from 1995-2000.

Parker sits on the boards of the Rock 'n Soul Museum and the Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission. In 2003, she earned the University College Alumni Achievement Award.

Pounders (BS '76, JD '81) is managing partner with the Pounders-Coleman law firm, where she specializes in family law, litigation, arbitration and mediation. She was the first woman to win the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer's Lawyer Award and the first female president of the Memphis Bar Association. Additionally, Pounders was the first female partner with the Glankler Brown law firm and is the first woman to ever serve as chair of the Tennessee Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

Pounders is a Fellow with the Tennessee Bar Foundation, the American College Trial Lawyers and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She also has been honored with the Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award for her contributions to the legal profession.

Stephens (BS '90) is senior vice president and COO of Management Controls, Inc., one of the foremost eBusiness software vendors. Prior to his current position, he was the senior director of business development with SAP Labs.

Early in his career, Stephens worked in the oil and gas industry managing capital projects and IT implementations with Shell Oil and Equilon Enterprises. He is president of the University of Memphis ' Houston Alumni Club, one of the largest and most active out-of-town chapters.

"The Distinguished Alumni Awards are the highest awards given to alums of the University of Memphis. The recipients have excelled in their professional accomplishments and their personal lives," said Shirley Raines. "The University's image and reputation are enhanced because we are linked forever as they are our graduates."

Last year's recipients included Marla Johnson Norris and Tom Watson. The Outstanding Young Alumnus was Jon McGlothian, and Rudi Scheidt was honored as a Distinguished University Friend.

About the Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala

When: Saturday, April 29, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Tennessee Air National Guard, 2815 Democrat Road
Contact: The Office of Alumni and Constituent Programs, 901-678-2586

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