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Journalism Alumni Club

Upcoming Events

Networking Mixer
Tuesday, April 28, 6:00-8:00 pm
Local on the Square, 2126 Madison Avenue
Journalism Alumni are invited to meet with graduating seniors. Hors d'oeurves will be provided. Cash bar available. For more information or to RSVP by April 25, please contact or 901-678-2333.

The Journalism Alumni Club is seeking nominations for its 2015 Outstanding Alumni Awards.

Nominations will be accepted for the following categories:

Charles E. Thornton Award for Outstanding Alumni

Herbert Lee Williams Award for former or current faculty members

Young Alumni Award for alumni under the age of 40

The deadline for submission of nominations is June 15Click here to download a nomination form.

The awards will be presented at the Outstanding Alumni Awards Luncheon this fall. For more information contact or 901-678-3043.

Alumni Board Meeting
The Journalism Alumni Club meets the second Thursday of each month at 12:30 pm in the Alumni Center. Please join us!

Recent Events

Outstanding Alumni Awards Luncheon
Joey Sulipeck
(BA '91), Chief Meteorologist of FOX13, hosted the luncheon on Friday, October 17. Bill Wellborn (MA '01) and David Williams (BA '75) were presented the Charles E. Thornton Awards. Rick Fisher was presented with the Herbert Lee Williams Award. The Outstanding Young Alumni Award was awarded to Marcus Matthews (BA '03, MAT '08.) The Emerging Journalist Award was awarded to current Journalism student, Kayla Stringer. View Photos

Journalism Alumni Happy Hour
Former classmates reconnected and met fellow Journalism alumni on Friday, April 4.
View Photos

2013 Outstanding Alumni Awards
Thank you to everyone who attended and to our guest speaker, Sonny Albarado, former president of the Society of Professional Journalists. The Charles E. Thornton Award was presented to Mark Henry (BA '82) and Bonnie Kourvelas (BA '81). Dan Lattimore received the Herbert Lee Williams Award and Angela Craig (BA '94) was presented with the Outstanding Young Alumna Award. Joshua Bolden received the Emerging Journalist Award. View Photos

2012 Outstanding Alumni Awards
Thank you to everyone who attended and to our guest speaker, Otis Sanford, former Commercial Appeal editor, current U of M professor and Hardin Chair of Excellence in Journalism. Also, we appreciate Action News 5 anchor Joe Birch for emceeing the event. The Charles E. Thornton Award was presented to Battle Vaughan (BS '65) and Rikki Boyce (BA '74). Gilbert Michael received the Herbert Lee Williams Award and Gary Parrish (BA '99) was presented with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Chelsea Boozer, current editor of The Daily Helmsman, received the Emerging Journalist Award.

Centennial Reunion Weekend Events
The Daily Helmsman
Former Newspaper Staff Reunion

The Journalism Alumni Club hosted a reunion for former student newspaper and yearbook staff members during the Centennial Reunion Weekend. The weekend's events included a panel discussion of former newspaper editors on First Amendment issues they encountered at the University. Guests were invited to observe classes in the Meeman Journalism Building on Friday, and then attended the unveiling of the Bronze Tiger Statue. The Club hosted a reception at the Fox & Hound Friday night and a dinner at Corky's BBQ on Saturday evening. View Photos

Get Involved

Watch this video by Greg Nelson (BA '88), recorded at Vision Forum 2014, to learn more about the Journalism Alumni Club and how you can get involved!

The Journalism Alumni Club, the School of Journalism and the University of Memphis wants to keep up with your employment and contact information. Please log on to the Alumni and Friends Self Service at to update your records today!

For more information or to get involved in the Journalism Alumni Club, contact Alumni Coordinator Shannon Miller at or 901-678-3043.

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