Memphis Matters July 2013



    Club & Chapter News

UMAA Football Tailgates
The Alumni Association is excited about the upcoming Tiger football season! Please join us for live music, food and fun at the Association's True Blue Tailgates before each home football game in the Pipkin Building located next to Tiger Lane. The cost is $10 per game, or purchase your 7 game season tailgate pass in advance for $55. More details to follow. For more information, contact Terez Wilson at or 901-678-5686.

Young Alumni Spring Mixer
Young Alumni Spring Mixer

July 2013

Enjoy breakfast with the UMAR Book Club on Tuesday, July 23 at 11 am at The Green Grove before discussing this month's literary work, The Last Segregated Hour: The Memphis Kneel-Ins and the Campaign for Southern Church Desegregation by Stephen R. Haynes. The book club meets on the fourth Tuesday of every other month. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Brandon Hoyer at or 901-678-1333.

Join UMAR for a Mix & Match on Friday, July 26, at 10 am at the Collierville Library. Hear Riverboat Captain Jim Turner speak about life on the river! Lunch will be on your own following at Ronnie Grisanti's. Members will then visit the latest exhibit at the Morton Museum of Collierville History. Please RSVP to or 901-678-1333 by July 22. To carpool: Meet at the Alumni Center at 8:30 am for an 8:45 am departure.

On the first Tuesday of each month, the UMAR Breakfast Bunch gathers at 9 am for a casual breakfast at the Perkins Restaurant & Bakery located in the Eastgate Shopping Center, at 5112 Park Avenue. The next meeting will be Tuesday, August 6. All UMAR members and U of M retirees are welcome. The cost of breakfast is on your own.

Law Alumni Chapter
Click here to purchase your commemorative 50th Anniversary merchandise! Available merchandise includes tees, hats, decals, Tervis Tumblers, commemorative posters, bottle stoppers and a documentary of the history of the School of Law. Quantities are limited. Shipping is available. Proceeds benefit the Law Alumni Chapter programs. For more information contact or 800/678-TRAX.
Join the Law Alumni Chapter for a Continuing Legal Education Seminar: All Things Housing on Friday, July 26, at the Law School. Participants will receive 6 hours of CLE credit (1.0 Dual and 5.0 General). Speakers include Sapna Raj, Webb Brewer, Anne Viner, Roger Stone, Donny Blackwell, Lucian Pera and James Stock. Click here to learn more about the schedule of presentations and speakers. Click here to register for the event. Lunch will be provided the Marston Group and Just For Lunch. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Kaylee Heathcott-Pierce at or 901-678-2905.
Engineering Alumni Awards
Engineering Alumni Chapter
Outstanding Alumni Awards
On Saturday, August 3, the Law Alumni Chapter will hold its Pillars of Excellence Dinner presented by Ballin, Ballin & Fishman at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn.  This year the Chapter will honor five Pillars of Excellence from within the Memphis law community including: Marvin E. Ballin (JD ’63), Marion “Boots” Boyd, R. Grattan Brown, Jr., Hon. Ronald Lee Gilman, and Hon. Charles O. McPherson (BS ’64, JD ’65). The Belz Family will be honored as Friends of the Law School. Click here for more information. To RSVP, contact Alumni Coordinator Kaylee Heathcott Pierce at or 901-678-2905.

Thank you to the following 2013 Pillars of Excellence sponsors: Title  Sponsor: Ballin, Ballin & Fishman, PC; Cocktail Sponsors: Glassman, Edwards, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox, P.C., Gossett Audi, and Farris Bobango PLC; Pillars Sponsors: Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP, Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare, and Alex’s Tavern; Gold Sponsor: BankTennessee; Silver Sponsor: Littler Mendelson P.C.

Meet the new Law School Dean, Peter Letsou, and fellow Law alumni at the annual Dean's Tour. Learn more about Dean Letsou's vision for the future and how you can be a part of it. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served at each event. RSVP by July 31 to Paula Bethge at or 901-678-4922. The schedule is as follow:

Knoxville, TN
Monday, August 5, 5:30-7:30 pm
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, 950 Volunteer Landing Lane

Chattanooga, TN
Tuesday, August 6, 5:30-7:30 pm
Public House, 1110 Market Street

Nashville, TN
Wednesday, August 7, 5:30-7:30 pm
Location TBD

Hispanic Alumni Council
Save the Date: On Friday, September 6, HAC will attend the Tigers men's soccer game for a game day mixer and to cheer on the Tigers. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alumni Coordinator Jacki Rodriguez at or 901-678-3119.

FCBE Alumni Chapter
Save the Date: The FCBE Alumni Chapter will host its 2013 Alumni Day Luncheon on November 13 at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn. Submit your nominations for the Outstanding Alumni, Outstanding Young Alumni or Entrepreneur of the Year by filling out this form and returning to Alumni Coordinator Shannon Miller at or 901-678-3043.

MPA Luncheon
MPA Alumni Club Luncheon
and Pi Alpha Alpha Induction
Student Ambassador Board
Save the Date: On Friday, October 4, SAB will host its annual Mudball Tournament at 1 pm on Tiger Beach at Richardson Towers. Everyone, including students, faculty, staff and alumni, are invited to form teams of 6 to play volleyball and tug-of-war in the mud. Proceeds benefit the J. Wayne Johnson Scholarship Fund. Click here to learn more and sign up today. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Jacki Rodriguez at or 901-678-3119.

Young Alumni
Save the Date: The Young Alumni True Blue 5K will be Friday, November 1, at 7 pm on the U of M campus. More details to follow.

Band Alumni Chapter
Save the date for the Bandmasters Championship on Saturday, November 2, at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. For more information on this annual marching band competition, click here or contact Alumni Coordinator Emma Elliott at or 901-678-1562.

Save the Date: Homecoming 2013
Saturday, November 9
Cheer on your Tigers at the 2013 Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally, sponsored by the Alumni Association and Student Activities Council, on Saturday, November 9, at 10:30 am at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Join in the fun by entering a float or walking in the parade. Click here to download a parade packet. Don't miss the True Blue Pep Rally on Tiger Lane featuring Athletic Director Tom Bowen, the Mighty Sound of the South and many more! For more information contact Terez Wilson at or 901-678-5686.

Out of Town Clubs
Attention Out of Town alumni: If you live in one of the following cities and are interested in meeting fellow Tiger fans in your city, we need you to help us build an alumni club!

Birmingham, AL
Cincinnati, OH
Denver, CO
Los Angeles, CA
New York City, NY
Philadelphia, PA
San Francisco, CA
Tampa, FL

We want you to be connected to our Tiger family no matter where you live! For more information about how you can get involved, contact Alumni Coordinator Emma Elliott at or 800-678-8729 (TRAX).
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