Memphis Matters May 2012




Club & Chapter News

Engineering Alumni Chapter
On Wednesday, May 16, at noon in the Alumni Center, the Engineering Chapter will  host a Professional Development Luncheon featuring Greg Maxted (MS '90), Executive Director of the Harahan Bridge Project. He will give a presentation about the conversion of the Harahan Bridge in downtown Memphis to a bicycle and pedestrian crossing. Click here to learn more about the project. The cost is $5 for Alumni Association members and $10 for not-yet members. Lunch will be provided, and a certificate will be issued to attendees for one professional development hour (PDH). Click here to RSVP online. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at or 901/678-1333.

Student Ambassador Board
Student Ambassador Board Members
with President Shirley Raines

May 2012
Luther C. McClellan Alumni Chapter
On Friday, May 18, at 6 pm in the Alumni Center, the Luther C. McClellan Alumni Chapter will host a reception to congratulate recent graduates and welcome our newest Black Alumni to the Chapter. Guests will learn more about our Chapter's annual activities and how to stay involved with the University after graduation. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at or 901/678-5016.

UMAR will host its annual Spring Picnic on Sunday, May 20, at the St. Columba Episcopal Conference & Retreat Center's Gates Pavilion, located at 4577 Billy Maher Road in Bartlett. Main dishes and drinks will be provided; guests are asked to sign up to bring a dish. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at or 901/678-1333.

On Tuesday, May 22, at 11 am, the UMAR Book Club will meet at Brother Juniper’s for breakfast before discussing the month’s selection, Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State and the Birth of Liberty by John Barry. The Book Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of every other month. The cost of breakfast is on your own. Contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at or 901/678-1333 for more information.

On Tuesday, June 5, at 9 am, the UMAR Breakfast Bunch will gather at the Perkins Restaurant & Bakery located in the Eastgate Shopping Center, at 5112 Park Avenue. This group meets for a casual breakfast on the first Tuesday of every month at 9 am. All UMAR members and U of M retirees are welcome. The cost of breakfast is on your own. Contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at or 901/678-1333 for more information.
On Thursday, June 14, at 11 am, UMAR members are invited to attend a Lunch & Learn at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in downtown Memphis. Guests will celebrate Flag Day and enjoy a guided tour, including a blacksmithing demonstration, followed by a boxed-lunch picnic at the River Bluff Pavilion overlooking the Mississippi River. Admission to the museum is $5 and lunch is $10 per person. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alumni Coordinator Connie Thiemonge at or 901/678-1333.

IMBA Alumni Club
On Wednesday, May 30, at 6 pm the IMBA Alumni Club will host a Happy Hour at 6 pm at Cafe Ole. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Alumni Coordinator Shannon Miller at or 901/678-3043.

Young Alumni
Young Alumni Committee
Tiger Basketball Watch Party

2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards
Please join the University of Memphis Alumni Association for the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards on Saturday, June 2, at 6:30 pm at the University of Memphis. The 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients include Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway (BPS '03), Claire Robinson (BA '99), Richard Glassman (BS '69, JD '72), William "Bill" H. Watkins, Jr. (BBA '67), John Stokes, Jr., RC and Melba Johnson, and Dr. Shirley Raines and Dr. Robert Canady. Click here for more information about the honorees and ticket information. Click here to purchase your tickets online today. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at or 901/678-ALUM.
FCBE Alumni Chapter
Save the Date: The FCBE Alumni Chapter will host its annual Golf Tournament on Friday, June 15, at Mirimichi Golf Course. More information to follow. For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Alumni Coordinator Shannon Miller at or 901/678-3043.

Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law 50th Anniversary Celebration
Save the Date: The Law School is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. To celebrate the Law Alumni Chapter will host a reunion weekend for alumni, faculty, staff and students, featuring a 50th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, October 27. More information to follow. To learn more about becoming a sponsor of this event, contact Alumni Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at or 901/678-1562.

Engineering Outstanding Alumni Awards
Herff College of Engineering Alumni Chapter
Outstanding Alumni Awards

Other University of Memphis News
The Commercial Appeal Alumni Spotlight
The Commercial Appeal is publishing a special section of the newspaper highlighting the University's Centennial Anniversary on September 9. If you are interested in learning how you can honor a family member, friend or U of M alumni employed by your company, please contact Liz at or 901/272-7278.

Vision for Victory Brick Campaign
Tiger fans, want to cement your name in Memphis Tigers history? You can, by purchasing a Vision for Victory Brick. Show your Tiger Pride by securing your own personalized brick, which will adorn the walkway to the Memphis Tigers Football Complex and brand new Indoor Practice Facility. Choose from one of three brick options to recognize alumni, the name of your company or your favorite Tiger memory. Quantities are limited, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to be a part of the historical first installment and to permanently reserve your place in Tiger Nation. To order, go online to or call 678-2334.

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