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December 2005

Motor City, Here We Come! - Celebrate the Blue and Gray with the Alumni Association
New Legislation Creates Extra Tax Incentives for Charitable Giving in 2005
Family of Alumni Association Members Eligible for Scholarship
Upcoming Alumni Events
Happy Holidays from the University of Memphis

Motor City, Here We Come!

Pouncer and cheerleaders The Tigers are bound for the Motor City Bowl in Detroit and so is the Alumni Association! Read on for travel and ticket info and details about True Blue festivities!

TICKETS
Please be sure to support the U of M by ordering your bowl tickets through the Tiger Ticket Office. Call 901/678-2331 or visit http://www.gotigersgo.com to order your tickets today.

HOTELS
Marriott at the Renaissance Center (football team hotel)
$109 plus tax single or double
313/568-8000
Ask for the Motor City Bowl Rate

Westin Southfield (marching band hotel)
$95 plus tax single or double
248/827-4000
Ask for the University of Memphis Block with the Motor City Bowl Rate

TRAVEL
A charter flight to and from Detroit is being offered by Bartlett Travel with refreshments provided by the Alumni Association. The cost is $465 per person roundtrip and includes the flight and transportation to and from the game. The flight departs Memphis International Airport at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 26 (gameday) and returns directly after the game. The cost does not include game ticket. Please call Bartlett Travel at 901/373-5400 to reserve your seat today. Deadline for reservations is noon on Monday, Dec. 12.

ACTIVITIES
The Alumni Association and Tiger Scholarship Fund will host a pep rally on Dec. 26. Details will be available soon.

Staying in Detroit? Come to the Alumni Association's pre-game party Dec. 25, location TBA.

For updated info, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/bowl.html.

New Legislation Creates Extra Tax Incentives for Charitable Giving in 2005

There's never been a better time to give to the University of Memphis. Donations to the University of Memphis Foundation made between Aug. 28 and Dec. 31, 2005 qualify for special tax treatment under the Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act (KETRA).

KETRA created temporary tax incentives for gifts of cash to any public charity made between Aug. 28 and Dec. 31, 2005. This includes gifts to the University of Memphis Foundation. Through Dec. 31, 2005, individuals can make cash gifts to the University of Memphis Foundation and deduct those gifts up to 100 percent of their adjusted gross income rather than the usual 50 percent. More details about KETRA are available at http://www.memphis.edu/katrinarelief/ketra.htm.

As 2005 comes to a close, please keep your alma mater in mind and consider making a gift to support one of our many academic programs. Contributions of any size can and do make a difference to the University of Memphis. To make a gift online, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/giving.


Family of Alumni Association Members Eligible for Scholarship

Students planning to enter the U of M in Fall 2006 as first-time, incoming freshmen may apply for the Alumni Association Scholarship. The award is a four-year scholarship worth $1,000/year ($500/semester). Family of Alumni Association members who have paid their dues anytime within the calendar year prior to the application deadline are eligible.

The scholarship program encourages family of Alumni Association members to make the U of M their first choice for higher education.

For an application and details regarding eligibility, go to http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/scholarship.html. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2006. Recipients will be notified by the end of February, and must accept by April 15. Please contact Becky McCoy at 901/678-2930 or bmccoy@memphis.edu for more information.

Upcoming Alumni Events

The Boston Area Alumni Club will travel to Rhode Island on Dec. 10 for a pre-game party before the Tigers play Providence at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. If you would like to attend or would like to be involved in the Boston Area Area Club, please contact Emily Jones at 800/678-TRAX or emilyjones@memphis.edu.

The Nashville Alumni Club will gather one last time in 2005 to watch the Tigers give us an early present... a victory over the Ole Miss Rebels! Join us 2 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Cool Springs Embassy Suites Athletic Club. We will also have a drawing for a few Tiger holiday presents. The club will resume Box Seat watch parties after the holidays. Please RSVP by contacting Mike Dodd, club president, at mdodd@taylorcos.com or call Emily Jones at 800/678-TRAX.

If you can't make it to Detroit on Dec. 26, join the Young Alumni Club at Newby's, 539 South Highland, for a Motor City Bowl watch party. See the Tigers play on the 20-foot big screen. Kick off against Akron is at 3 p.m, and admission is free. If you would like to join the Young Alumni e-mail list and hear about upcoming events, send your name to alumnievents@memphis.edu.

Join U of M President Shirley Raines for lunch on Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Jackson, Tenn. If you are in the Jackson area and would like to attend this event, please contact Emily Jones for event details at 800/678-TRAX or emilyjones@memphis.edu.

Before you head to the FedExForum for another season of Tiger basketball, join Memphis fans and friends for pre-game parties at Pat O'Brien's. Show your Alumni Association membership card and receive 10 percent off your bill. See you there starting two hours before every home game.

The Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its 2006 Distinguished Alumni Awards. These awards honor alumni and friends who have brought honor and distinction to the U of M. Award winners are recognized at a black-tie gala held in their honor in the spring. A nomination form and a complete list of past recipients are available online at http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/daa.html. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 15, 2006.

Happy Holidays from the University of Memphis

Holiday Card 2005 On behalf of the Alumni Association and the entire University of Memphis family, best wishes for a joyful holiday season!

Thank you for your support of the University of Memphis, and have a True Blue new year!

 





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