Alumni Association - University of Memphis
Memphis Matters November 2010

Ned R. McWherter Library

November 2010

True Blue Basketball Pre-Game
Join the U of M Alumni Association at this season's Basketball Pre-Game Events in Tupelo and NYC!
Tigers Around Town
The Alumni Association is celebrating the University's Centennial with Tigers Around Town!

Alumni Association Spotlight
Meet Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality & Resort Management alumna Tamara Wardell (BBA '10).
Visit Our Photo Gallery!
Did you attend any True Blue events this year? See if you can spot you and your friends in our photo gallery!

Association Club and Chapter News and Events
Click here to view the upcoming activities and events with Association Clubs and Chapters.

Join the Alumni Association!
Take advantage of the discounts our benefit partner Savings Connection has to offer this holiday season! Save on hotels and airfare by going to the "Association Members" tab in myMemphis.
Click here to view the entire list of Benefits!


True Blue Basketball Pre-Game

The U of M Alumni Association invites you to this season's Basketball Pre-Game Events in Tupelo and NYC! All Alumni, fans and friends are welcome to come support our team. Don't forget to wear Tiger Blue!

Memphis Tigers vs. LSU Tigers
Sunday, November 21, 2 pm CT
BancorpSouth Arena - Meeting Room 1 (West Side of Stadium) - Tupelo, MS
Admission is complimentary to those with a valid ticket to the game. Complimentary food, drinks and a cash bar will be available. You won't want to miss appearances by the Mighty Sound of the South, the cheer squad and Pouncer!

Jimmy V Classic Pre-Game Event
Memphis Tigers vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Tuesday, December 7, 5 pm ET
The Club Bar & Grill in Madison Square Garden - New York
Admission is complimentary to those with a valid ticket to the game. Complimentary Italian buffet, drinks and a cash bar will be available.

 

For more information, please contact Alumni Coordinator Bret Bilbrey at bjbilbry@memphis.edu or 800/678-TRAX.

Need Game Tickets? For ticket information, call the Athletic Ticket Office at 1-888-867-UOFM or tickets can be ordered online HERE at the Tiger Ticket Center. Select the Jimmy V Classic, enter the number of tickets you want to purchase, and in the 'Special Handling' area of the order form put in the code NYCALUMNI. This will allow all Alumni members to sit in the same block with each other in the Memphis section. Tickets start at $75.

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Tigers Around Town

The year 2012 marks the centennial anniversary of the University of Memphis. The University is now engaged in strategic planning to commemorate this historical milestone. Celebrations and events will officially kick-off in the fall of 2011, with numerous other programs and initiatives occurring through the end of 2012.

The University of Memphis Alumni Association is bringing Tigers Around Town to the greater Memphis community. To celebrate the University's Centennial, the Alumni Association will place life-size Tiger statues all around town, with each statue being uniquely decorated with artwork by local artists, students and alumni. The goal of the campaign is to not only recognize the Centennial of the University of Memphis, but to impressively illustrate the city's rich history and relationship with the U of M. Tiger statues will be sponsored by local fans, alumni and businesses and will be on display at their chosen locations throughout the 2012 Centennial Year!

On September 10, 2011 (9-10-11 at 12 pm), the Tigers Around Town Grand Unveiling Gala will take place on the University of Memphis campus. At this event ALL of the Tiger statues will be gathered on campus for the community to see together in one place. Community members, local press, alumni, students and friends will all have the unique, one-time opportunity to view the Tigers in one location at this Gala. After remaining on campus through the holidays, the Tiger statues will make their way to their respective locations throughout the town and will remain there throughout 2012 to remind the city of the University of Memphis' 100 year anniversary. It is our hope that this campaign will not only bring many alumni back to campus but that it will also help build awareness of the integral relationship between the University and the city of Memphis.

Tigers Around Town Centennial Celebration Call to Artists
The University of Memphis Alumni Association is accepting artwork proposals for Tiger Statues that will be featured in the Tigers Around Town Centennial Celebration. If you are an interested artist, please click here for more information. Download an Artist information packet here.

For additional information, visit here or contact the Alumni Association at alumniassociation@memphis.edu or 901/678-2568.

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Alumni Association Spotlight: Tamara Wardell (BBA '10)

The Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality & Resort Management is proud to have Tamara Wardell (BBA ’10) as an alumna. A native of Memphis, and a graduate of Tresvant High School, Tamara, is the first person in her immediate family to go to college and is already a leader for the young Wilson School that opened in 2002. Tamara completed a six month internship at Disney World in Orlando as part of her hospitality curriculum. Disney officials told KWS faculty that they were most impressed by her work ethic and professionalism.

“My education at the Wilson school prepared me to enter every aspect of the business of hospitality, and I am most grateful for the opportunity.”  While a student Tamara was a member of the Kemmons Wilson Society, volunteered at the Fogelman College Promise Day and recently attended the annual Alumni Day luncheon for the College of Business. Tamara is employed by Marriott Corporation and is poised to excel in management with continuing her education in entrepreneurship.  She will serve on the Wilson School Centennial Committee.  

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Visit Our Photo Gallery!

Did you attend any True Blue events this year? See if you can spot you and your friends in our photo gallery! And be sure to check back often to catch up on any events that you missed!

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Association Club and Chapter News and Events

Atlanta Alumni Club
The University of Memphis Alumni Association Atlanta Alumni Club invites all alumni, fans, and friends in the Atlanta area to its upcoming Basketball Watch Parties this season.   The first watch party is Monday, November 15 – Memphis vs. Miami (FL).  The party starts at 11 pm at Mazzy's Sports Bar & Grill, and the Tigers tip-off at 12 am ET.  The entire Atlanta Watch Party schedule is online at the Atlanta Alumni Club web page. For more information on these events or to get involved with the Atlanta Alumni Club, please contact Club President Don Sparkman (BEE '87) at don.sparkman@gmail.com or Alumni Coordinator Bret Bilbrey at bjbilbry@memphis.eduor 901/678-3873.

UMAR Downtown Historical Tour
The University of Memphis Association of Retirees is taking a trolley on a guided, historical tour of Downtown Memphis on Tuesday, November 16 at 10 am. Memphis Heritage Executive Director, June West will be the guide on this interesting tour of Downtown. After the tour has concluded, the UMAR group will have lunch at the Arcade Restaurant at G.E. Patterson and Main St. and guests will participate in a Q & A session with June West. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

2010 Distinguished Teaching Award
Attention Alumni: Nominate your most deserving professor for the 2010 Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award. Those honored will receive a financial reward and a plaque recognizing their achievement, and their photographs will be displayed for the coming year in the Administration Building. You may nominate one or two of your professors for this prestigious award by visiting clicking here. The nomination deadline is Friday, November 19.

Denver Alumni Club
The Denver Alumni Club invites all alumni, fans and friends in the Denver area to its upcoming Basketball Watch Parties this season. The first watch party is Sunday, November 21 – Memphis vs. LSU at 3:00 pm MT.  The entire Denver Watch Party schedule is online at the Denver Alumni Club webpage.  All parties will be held at the official Watch Party Location, Blake Street Tavern.  For more info on these events or to get involved with the Denver Alumni Club, please contact Club President Jason Smiley (BS '98, MA '03) at jasmiley23@aol.com or Alumni Coordinator Bret Bilbrey at bjbilbry@memphis.eduor 901/678-3873.

Tupelo Pre-Game Party
The University of Memphis Alumni Association will host a pre-game reception at the Bankcorp South Arena prior to the Memphis vs. LSU basketball game on Sunday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m.  Complimentary snacks and drinks will be provided along with a cash bar.  The Mighty Sound of the South, cheer squad, and Pouncer are all scheduled to appear prior to the game tipping off at 4:00 p.m. For more information on this event please contact Alumni Coordinator Bret Bilbrey at bjbilbry@memphis.eduor 901/678-3873.

Washington D.C. Alumni Club Basketball Watch Party
The Washington D.C. Alumni Club invites all alumni, fans and friends to the "Battle of the Tigers" Watch Party on Sunday, November 2 at 5 pm at Bailey's Sports Grille. For more information on this event or to get involved with the Washington D.C. Alumni Club, please contact Club President Michelle Whyte (BA '01) at info@experienceambiance.com or Alumni Coordinator Bret Bilbrey (BA '05) at bjbilbry@memphis.edu or 800/678-TRAX.

UMAR Book Club Meeting
The University of Memphis Association of Retirees will have a book club meeting at Brother Juniper’s on Tuesday, November 23 at 11 am. The book for discussion will be Interstate 69, a new book by Matt Dellinger. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Nursing Alumni Chapter
The Loewenberg School of Nursing Alumni Chapter will be hosting a Career Fair on Monday, November 29 from 9 am – 12 pm in the University Center Ball Room.  Graduating Seniors from the Nursing School will be presenting their final projects.  Contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016 for more information.


Engineering Alumni Chapter Professional Development Seminar
The Herff College of Engineering Alumni Chapter will host a Professional Development Seminar on Wednesday, December 1 from 12 noon – 1 pm at the Alumni Center. Lunch will be provided for attendees and the price for attendance is $5 for Alumni Association members and $10 for non-members. The topic focuses on Transportation Engineering and is entitled "Walk-able Communities:  National Best Practices and Applications in Memphis, TN" presented by Dr. Stephanie Ivey, assistant professor from the U of M Herff College of Engineering. To RSVP, please contact Alumni Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at wsumner1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

University College Holiday Reception
Join the University College Alumni Chapter for their Annual Holiday Reception at the Alumni Center on Thursday, December 2 at 5:30 pm. Guests will have a chance to catch up with friends, alumni, faculty/staff and graduating seniors while enjoying complimentary wine and appetizers, as well as participating in a silent auction. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Alumni Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at wsumner1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

FAM Advisory Board Holiday Party
The FAM Advisory Board will have their holiday party at the home of Tammy Hedges on Thursday, December 2 at 6 pm. The party will include great holiday food, tacky sweaters, gift exchanges, and discussions of upcoming FAM activities. Contact the FAM at fam@memphis.edu or 901/678-3028 for more information.

 

UMAR Holiday Luncheon
UMAR will host its annual Holiday Luncheon on Friday, December 3 at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn on Central Ave. Check in begins at 10:00 am with the pre-program starting at 10:30 am and the formal luncheon beginning at 12:00 pm. Price is $25 for UMAR members and their guests and $30 for non-members. To RSVP, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Save The Date: New York Alumni Club
The New York Alumni Club will host a pre-game event at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, December 7.  The Tigers tip-off against Kansas at 7:00 pm ET.  For ticket information, call the Athletic Ticket Office at 901-678-2331/1-888-867-UOFM or tickets can be ordered online HERE at the Tiger Ticket Center.  Select The Jimmy V Classic, enter the number of tickets you want to purchase, and in the ‘Special Handling’ area of the order form put in code NYCALUMNI.  This will allow all Alumni members to sit in the same block with each other in the Memphis section.  Tickets start at $75.00.  For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Bret Bilbrey at bjbilbry@memphis.eduor 901/678-3873.

Herff College of Engineering Alumni Chapter
The Herff College of Engineering Alumni Chapter is accepting applications for this year’s Herff College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni Award. If you know of an Engineering Alumni that is deserving of this honor, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu for a nomination form and follow the instructions for submission. The winner of this year’s Outstanding Alumni Award will be honored at the next Herff College of Engineering Awards dinner, to be held in early 2011. To RSVP, please contact Alumni Coordinator Wendy Sumner-Winter at wsumner1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

FCBE Alumni Chapter Challenge Gift
The Alumni Board of the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis has issued a challenge to all alumni of the College:  For every dollar given to the Fogelman College between now and Dec. 31, 2010, by a person who did not donate to the College last year, the Alumni Board will match those donors’ gifts dollar for dollar, up to $25,000. To make arrangements for other methods of donation, or for more information about the Match Challenge, donors may call 901-678-3953.

Parents Club
Are you a parent of a current U of M student or incoming freshman? If so, join the ranks of the Alumni Association Parents Club. Membership in the Parents Club is included in Alumni Association regular membership. If you are not currently an Alumni Association member, you can join the Alumni Association and Parents Club for just $35. Join now by clicking here or contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at 901/678-5016 or smcarter@memphis.edu for details.

Tigers Around Town Centennial Celebration Call to Artists
The University of Memphis Alumni Association is accepting artwork proposals for Tiger Statues that will be featured in the Tigers Around Town Centennial Celebration. If you are an interested artist, please click here for more information. Download an artist information packethere.

Young Alumni Committee
If you participated in the Young Alumni Committee’s True Blue 5K, presented by First Tennessee and you would like to view or purchase pictures taken at the race, please click here!

The U of M Young Alumni Committee is accepting nominations for new board members! If you are an alumnus of the University of Memphis under the age of 35 and are interested in serving on the board of the Young Alumni Committee, please submit your application soon! You may click here to download an application with instructions on how to submit it after completion.

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Join the Alumni Association!

Take advantage of all the benefits of being an Alumni Association member, including the Savings Connection program, while you travel this holiday season! Savings Connection offers discounts on hotels and airfare, as well as many other national retailers! Click here to view some of our benefit partners. To access the full list of retailers included in Savings Connection, visit my.memphis.edu and login with your UID and password. If your account is not activated, select "Alumni & Friends: Sign Up". Next Association members can select the "Association Members" tab at the top (follow the white arrow in the picture to the left). Next select "click here" (follow the blue area in the picture on the left). Not a member yet? Click here to JOIN NOW and start saving!

Join the Alumni Association and make a TRUE BLUE difference in YOUR University!  Visit www.memphis.edu/alumni or call 901/678-ALUM.

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