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December 2009

The Grand Opening Celebration of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
True Blue Beale Street Pep Rally
Make a Year-End Gift to Your University
Alumni Association Spotlights Nursing Alumna Jessica Edwards
Alumni News and Upcoming Events

The Grand Opening Celebration of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Grand Opening Celebration The Law Alumni Chapter, in collaboration with the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, is hosting the Grand Opening Celebration of the new home of the Law School on Saturday, January 16, 2010. The grand opening gala will take place throughout the entire building and will feature entertainment from the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music and other local legends. Gourmet food stations will offer “Best of Memphis” cuisine from local restaurants. During a brief formal program Governor Phil Bredesen, University President Shirley C. Raines, Capital Campaign Chairman Charles Tuggle, and President and CEO of FedEx Express David Bronczek will collectively tell the story of the “Countdown to Downtown — Vision to Reality.” Law school students will lead building tours and will be honored with a late-night gathering after the conclusion of the event. For additional information and ticket prices, visit www.memphis.edu/alumni/lawgala or contact Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

Thank you to our generous sponsors. VIP Reception Presented by SunTrust. Member Sponsors: Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects / Fleming Associates Architects Joint Venture and Sedgwick CMS. Student and Young Lawyer Late Night Party Sponsored by Court Square Center, LLC. Associate Sponsors: Alpha Reporting Corporation, Baptist Memorial Health Care, Classic Party Rentals,  The Marston Group, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Metro 67, Parkway Realty, Regions Bank, The Stern Cardiovascular Center, The U.S. District Court for the Western District of TN, Wright Medical Technology, Inc. Junior Sponsors: Amro Music, Morrow & Associates, Barnes & Noble, RSVP Magazine, Rhodes Lauck & Associates Inc., SpringHill Suites by Marriott Downtown, Summit Document Services, U of M Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, USI of Tennessee, Vital Records Control Inc., The Westin Memphis Beale Street. Food & Beverages Sponsors: Automatic Slims, Bangkok Alley, Bardog Tavern, Ernestine & Hazel’s, Felicia Suzanne’s, Firebirds, Flight, Glassman, Edwards, Wade & Wyatt, P.C. , Grill 83, Ground Zero Blues Club, Itta Bena, Judd Grisanti’s “JG’s”, La Baguette, McEwen’s on Monroe, Mesquite Chop House, Muddy’s Bakeshop, Owen Brennan’s, Papa Pia’s, Ruth’s Chris, Sekisui/Blu Fin, Spindini, Hunt Phelan, Rendezvous, Victor L. Robilio Co., Inc., Wade & Company Catering

True Blue Beale Street Pep Rally

Pep Rally!Join your University of Memphis Alumni Association on Thursday, December 31 at 1 p.m. at W.C. Handy Park on historic Beale Street for a Pre-Game True Blue Pep Rally before our Tigers take on UT!

Join the Memphis Blues Queens as they give out beads on behalf of the Association. Elvis will be in the house to entertain us before the Pep Rally gets going! Cannons will be shooting t-shirts with a specially designed Memphis basketball image. After the Pep Rally, join the Young Alumni Committee at the Hard Rock Café and stop by the True Blue Bus in front of the FedExForum to pick up your pom poms and face stickers.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at alumniassociation@memphis.edu.


Make a Year-End Gift to Your University

Year-End GiftAlumni and friends of the University of Memphis demonstrate their support in numerous ways throughout the year.  We appreciate and honor those of you of who act on our behalf, cheer on our efforts and give of your time and resources for the University of Memphis.

We ask that you now consider making a year-end gift to your University. Your contribution is especially important this year and will make a difference in the lives of the many students who currently call this their University.

Are you looking for the perfect gift for the special people in your life? Make gifts in their honor, and they will receive note cards letting them know you recognized them.  Additionally, your name and theirs will appear in next year’s Honor Roll of Donors.

You have many options for how you choose to give.  Cash gifts are as simple as writing a check to the U of M Foundation and mailing it to Dept. 238, P.O. Box 1000, Memphis, TN 38148-0001. To make a gift online using a credit card, visit www.memphis.edu/development

Gifts of appreciated securities may offer two benefits.  You may be able to take a deduction for their full value, not just their original cost, and you may avoid the capital gains tax that would be incurred if you had sold the asset. If you are age 70 ½ or older, gifts from your retirement funds may be a wise choice, especially from your IRA. For more information on recent legislation on giving from your IRA, visit http://www.memphis.edu/yearendgiving.

For additional information about making a gift, please contact Marianne Minton, Director of Annual Giving at 901-678-3955 or mrminton@memphis.edu or Dan Murrell, Director of Planned Giving at 901-678-2732 or dan.murrell@memphis.edu.

Thank you for your support in this season of giving.  Please accept our best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season! 


 
Alumni Association Spotlights Nursing Alumna Jessica Edwards

Jessica EdwardsIt is no surprise that U of M alumna and Alumni Association annual member Jessica Edwards (BS ’02), BSN, RN-BC, is furthering her career by pursuing an executive master’s degree in nursing administration (E-MSN) from the Loewenberg School of Nursing.  As a BSN student, Jessica served as vice president of the Student Nurses Association, working closely with faculty and students to convey the standards and ethics of nursing and develop the skills needed to be responsible and accountable nurses. 

After graduating in May 2002, Jessica began her nursing career at Methodist Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center.  After becoming a board certified pediatric nurse in 2007, Jessica was named the patient care coordinator for the Neuroscience Unit in May 2008, a 20-bed neurology/neurosurgery unit with ICU stepdown capabilities and a seven-bed epilepsy monitoring unit.  In her current role, Jessica manages patient flow, staffing, education, clinical support, and research activities for children with brain tumors, seizures, head injuries, and spinal abnormalities. 

The Loewenberg School of Nursing Alumni Chapter is proud of Jessica’s professional accomplishments. The chapter is most grateful for her dedicated service and leadership as secretary, vice president, and president of the Chapter since 2002.

Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Happy Holidays Happy Holidays from your University of Memphis Alumni Association!
On behalf of the Alumni Association and the entire University of Memphis family, best wishes for the holiday season and a very prosperous and joyous New Year! If you know someone who is not a member and you would like to give him or her something special this holiday season, consider giving the gift of membership. Membership benefits include invitations to events, special discounts at Memphis-area and national businesses and on campus, financial programs, career services, networking and more! Memberships begin at only $20, and dues go a long way, including sponsoring events such as the homecoming parade, class reunions, student mentoring, NCAA pep rallies and other Alumni activities. Dues are also used to fund as many as 38 student scholarships, as well as 11 awards to University faculty and staff. Purchase a membership TODAY by contacting the Alumni Association at 901/678-ALUM or click on “Join Now."

New Alumni Association Member Benefits
The University of Memphis Alumni Association has enhanced its services with a new and improved benefits package! Discounts include both Memphis-area and national retailers and consist of savings at Target.com, Restaurants.com, SportsAuthority.com, DicksSportingGoods.com, and many, many more!  Only current Alumni Association members will be able to take advantage of these discounts. To JOIN NOW, click here.

Alumni Association Members Eligible for Scholarships
Children and grandchildren of current Alumni Association members are encouraged to apply for the Alumni Association Scholarship. Applications are out now for this four-year scholarship, worth $1000/year ($500/semester) for students who are planning to enter the U of M as first-time freshmen. 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, visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/scholarship.php. Application deadline is February 26, 2010.

Young Alumni Committee Memphis vs UT Pre-Game Party
Join the Young Alumni Committee at the Hard Rock Café on Beale Street on Thursday, December 31 at 1:30 p.m. for a pre-game party before the Memphis vs UT game! All Tiger fans are invited after the True Blue Beale Street Pep Rally to enjoy some great Tiger pre-game fun! Alumni Association members will receive food and drink specials with their membership cards. The game will be broadcast live throughout the restaurant, so stay and cheer on our Tigers if you don’t have a game ticket! For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Atlanta Alumni Club Watch Parties
The University of Memphis Alumni Association Atlanta Alumni Club will be hosting Watch Parties on Dec. 19, 28 and 31. Join us at Varner’s Restaurant and/or Mazzy’s as we watch the Tigers take on UMass, IUPUI and UT. Visit the Atlanta Alumni Club web page for more information and exact watch party locations or contact Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or 800/678-TRAX.

New York Alumni Club Watch Parties
The University of Memphis Alumni Association New York Alumni Club will be hosting several Watch Parties at Rogue throughout the season. The next upcoming watch party will be on December 19 as the Tigers take on UMass; tipoff at 6 p.m.ET. Click here to view more dates or contact Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or 800/678-TRAX.

Boston/New England Alumni Club Pre-Game Event
The University of Memphis Alumni Association Boston/New England Alumni Club will host a pre-game event on Saturday, December 19, 4:30 p.m. ET in the West End Room on Level 2, inside the TD Garden.  Complimentary food and drinks will be provided to all Tiger fans who stop by (game ticket required for entry).  Our Memphis Tigers take on the UMass Minutemen at 6 p.m. ET.  For more information on this event, please contact Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or 800/678-TRAX.

Chicago Alumni Club Watch Party
The University of Memphis Alumni Association Chicago Alumni Club will be hosting a watch party at Junior’s Sports Lounge on December 19 as the Tigers take on UMass; tipoff at 5 p.m. CT.   For more information about this event, or to get involved with the Chicago Alumni Club, please contact cub president Erica Walker (BA ‘07) at ericakwalker@yahoo.com or Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or 800/678-TRAX.

Eastern PA Alumni Club Watch Party
The University of Memphis Alumni Association Eastern PA Alumni Club will be hosting a watch party at Champps Sports Bar on December 19 as the Tigers take on UMass; tipoff at 6 p.m. ET.   For more information about this event, or to get involved with the Eastern PA Alumni Club, please contact club president Connor Morganti (BA '96) at connormorganti@verizon.net or Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or 800/678-TRAX.

Menís Basketball Home Games
The University of Memphis Alumni Association will be hosting a membership table and collecting updated contact information at all men’s home basketball games.  Stop by the table near the FedExForum entrance, give us your contact info, and collect your complimentary gift!  The True Blue Bus will be on hand before the Tigers take on UT, Gonzaga and all C-USA games with poms and face stickers.  Look for the bus in the entrance plaza!

Law Class Reunions for Years Ending in 4, 9, 5, 0
The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter would like to encourage classes scheduled to have reunions in 2009 and 2010 to attend the Grand Opening Gala on January, 16, 2010 as a group and also gather during the weekend for a reunion event. If you would like to lead the reunion efforts for your class, contact Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562. To date, the following classes have scheduled reunion details (e-mail ctdubey@memphis.edu to RSVP and for additional information):
Class of 1984: Friday, January 15, 6-9 p.m. Reunion at the Rendezvous.
Class of 1999: Saturday, January 16, post-gala reception at Ernestine and Hazel’s.
Class of 2000: Friday, January 15, 7-10 p.m. Reunion at Madison Hotel. Saturday, Jan. 16, post-gala reception at Flight Restaurant.

University of Memphis Association of Retirees
The University of Memphis Association of Retirees (UMAR) will host an outing on Friday, January 22, 2010 to visit the new Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law building, located in downtown Memphis. The group will be treated to an informative tour detailing the building's many new features, its history, and the many advantages the Law School will be able to take advantage of with their new facility. Before the tour the UMAR group will meet for lunch at a nearby restaurant. Exact details will be available soon, so check the UMAR website often for more information.

UMAR Book Club Meeting
The University of Memphis Association of Retirees (UMAR) will host its next book club meeting on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. The featured book will be The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. For more information, please contact Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

2010 Alumni Association Distinguished Advising Award
Do you know an outstanding undergraduate academic advisor at the University of Memphis? Faculty and professional staff members who advise undergraduate students may be nominated for the Distinguished Advising Award. This award, sponsored by the University of Memphis Alumni Association, was established to recognize excellent advising on our campus.  It has been a great benefit to our campus that, over the years, so many faculty and professional advisors have been recognized by students, alumni, peers and supervisors for excellence in advising. You may nominate an advisor by clicking here. The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 29, 2010. More information about the award is available at http://www.memphis.edu/provost/distadvaward.php

Austin Alumni Club Watch Party
The University of Memphis Alumni Association Austin Alumni Club will be hosting a watch party at Third Base - Downtown on February 6 as the Tigers take on Gonzaga; tipoff at 3 p.m. CT.   For more information on this event, or to get involved with the Austin Alumni Club, please contact club president Northern Sherrod (BA '99) at memphisalumniatx@gmail.com or Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at j.biggers@memphis.edu or 800/678-TRAX.

Save the Date: Engineering Alumni Chapter Alumni/Student Mixer
The Herff College of Engineering Alumni Chapter will host their annual Student/Alumni Mixer on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Save the Date: AuSP Alumni Chapter Reception
The annual Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders will be Thursday-Friday, February 25-26, 2010. Join fellow AuSP alumni for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and fellowship at the AuSP Alumni Chapter Reception honoring Outstanding Alumna Dr. Constance Qualls, Professor and Chair, Speech-Language Pathology, State University of New York at Buffalo State College, and Spring 2010 Visiting Professor of Communication Disorders, Texas State University-San Marcos and ASHA Vice President for Science and Research, on Thursday, February 26, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.  For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901-678-4373.

Save the Date: Engineering Awards Dinner
The Herff College of Engineering Awards Dinner will be held Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at the Holiday Inn, U of M. The Engineering Alumni Chapter will honor Ron Driggers (BEE ’84, MS ’86, PhD ’90), Superintendent, Optical Sciences Division, U.S. Navy, with this year’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award. More details will be available soon.

Save the Date: Band Alumni Chapter Competition
The University of Memphis Alumni Association Band Alumni Chapter will be hosting its annual Mid South Indoor Percussion & Color Guard Competition at the Elma Roane Field House on Saturday, March 27.  For additional information please log onto http://www.tigerbandalumni.com/.

Membership Matters!
The University of Memphis Alumni Association would like to thank all of our current life, annual and associate members. If you are not yet a member, please join now. The University of Memphis Alumni Association needs your support!

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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