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February 2007

Distinguished Alumni Awards Set for April 14
Nothing Complements Dinner Like Great Conversations
Seeking Nominations for Teaching Award
Alumni News & Events

Distinguished Alumni Awards Set for April 14

alumni awardsGet down and party with this year's honorees at the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Awards, Saturday, April 14, at the Gibson Guitar Lounge. The music will be hot, the drinks cold and the parking absolutely free. Invitation-only reception at 6:30 p.m.; event at 7:30 p.m.

James W. Ayers (B.B.A. '65), Marguerite B. Cooper (M.S. '68, Ph.D. '74), Barbara K. Lipman (B.S.Ed. '83) and H. Frank Ricks Jr. (B.E.T. '77) will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Isaac Hayes and David Porter will be recognized as Distinguished University Friends. David Kustoff (B.B.A. '89, J.D. '92) will be named Outstanding Young Alumnus, and Louis J. Strasberg (B.B.A. '68) will receive the J. Millard Smith Illustrious Service to the Association award.

Below are sponsorship levels and ticket information:

  • Platinum Record VIP Table for 8 ($5,000) which includes invitation-only VIP Reception, premium choice table placement, special parking, individual gifts for each VIP, program recognition and premium champagne tableside
  • Gold Record VIP Table for 8 ($2,575) or Gold Record VIP Individual ($275) which includes invitation-only VIP Reception, choice table placement and special parking
  • Chart Topper Table for 8 ($1,575) or Chart Topper Individual ($175)
For reservations or more information, call 901/678-4373.

Nothing Complements Dinner Like Great Conversations

With that in mind, the College of Arts and Sciences will host its sixth annual community event, Great Conversations, Thursday, April 19, at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn.

Great Conversations is much like a dinner party. Tables of eight to 10 are set for alumni and community friends to discuss hot topics of college research. The topics are selected by guests in advance. A College of Arts and Sciences faculty member or administrator with special expertise on the topic leads each table's discussion.

Tickets are $75 per person. Wine and a buffet meal will be served at 5:30 p.m., followed by coffee, dessert and conversation at 6:30 p.m. For reservations or more information, call 901/678-1435.

Seeking Nominations for Teaching Award

Did you have a professor at the U of M who was an exceptional teacher? The U of M seeks nominations for the 2006-07 Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award. Two awards, in the amount of $5,000 each, will be presented at Faculty Convocation on April 19.

The Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes professors for outstanding undergraduate teaching and an overall commitment to undergraduate education. Award nominees must be full-time faculty members at the University of Memphis and must be currently teaching undergraduate courses. Tenure status is not required for nomination. The nomination deadline is 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22.

To download the nomination form, go to: www.memphis.edu/briggs.htm

Alumni News & Events

The U of M Alumni Association won the Grand Award at CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) District III conference for the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Awards. This was the University's first win in this category.

On Saturday, Feb. 17, show your true blue spirit at an Alumni Sponsored Basketball Watch Party in Memphis, Atlanta, Nashville, Chicago or Lower Alabama. The 8th-ranked Tigers take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs in Spokane, Wash., at 5 p.m. CST. Details on each location are below.
  • Young Alumni will meet at Newby's Bar and Restaurant at 4:30 p.m. The Young Alumni will also be hosting a watch party at Newby's on Saturday, March 3, to watch the Tigers face off against SMU. Tip-off is at 8:30 p.m. and the fun begins at 8 p.m. Are you a young alum and not receiving invitations to our events? Send your e-mail address to lauren.isaacman@memphis.edu to join the mailing list.

  • Atlanta Alumni Club will meet at Barnacles, 6365 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Doraville at 4 p.m. EST.

  • Nashville Alumni Club will meet at The Athletic Club, 820 Crescent Centre Drive in Franklin (located inside the Embassy Suites) at 5 p.m.

  • Chicago Club will meet at Junior's Sports Lounge, 724 W. Maxwell Street (1 block east of Halsted, just south of Roosevelt ) at 5 p.m. For more information on this event or other Chicago Alumni activities, contact Jeniene Wiseman at jwiseman21@yahoo.com.

  • Lower Alabama Alumni Club will meet at the home of Lower Alabama President Robert Murphree in Foley, Ala., at 4 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, contact Emily Jones at (901) 678-1782 or emilyjones@memphis.edu.
The University of Memphis Education Career Fair
On Wednesday, Feb. 21, approximately 30 school districts seeking teachers, counselors and administrators will attend the 2007 Education Career Fair sponsored by the University of Memphis Career and Employment Services and the College of Education. The event is from 1 – 4 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre. It is free to all U of M students and alumni seeking employment or career-related information and networking opportunities. Those attending should bring copies of their resumes and portfolios. Professional dress is required. For more information, contact Clay Woemmel at 901/678-2239 or cwoemmel@memphis.edu.

College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Chapter
Join the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Chapter for an evening Back at School on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Alumni Center. Join us for wine, appetizers and stimulating conversation with other graduates of the Sociology Department. For more information or to RSVP, contact Gwen Cook at 901/678-3119 or alumnievents@memphis.edu.

Audiology and Speech Pathology Alumni Reception
Monday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m., the AUSP Alumni Chapter will host its Annual Alumni Reception at the Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders at the Hilton East. For more information, contact Emily Jones at 901/678-1782 or emilyjones@memphis.edu.

Law School Reunions
The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter will host reunions for the classes of 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 on Saturday, March 3. The event will be held at the historic Cadre Building in downtown Memphis beginning at 7:30 p.m. and will feature The Soul Shockers, as well as hors d'oeuvres from the Rendezvous and complimentary drinks. All graduates from these classes, along with family, friends and any other graduates of the School of Law, are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Darryl Gresham at dgresham@allensummers.com, Phyllis Gardner at phyllis.gardner@shelbycountytn.gov, or Kelly Davis at kdavis9@memphis.edu or 901/678-4299.

John Seigenthaler to Speak at Law School for Journalists
The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter will team with the U of M Journalism Department, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee and the Memphis Bar Association to host the second annual Law School for Journalists on Saturday, March 3. The event will be held at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and is highlighted by keynote speaker John Seigenthaler. Lunch is included and participants will enjoy a morning mock trial and writing session with "role-reversal" of lawyers and journalists and afternoon panel discussions. Contact Kelly Davis at 901/678-4299 or kdavis9@memphis.edu.

Herff College of Engineering Awards Dinner
Tuesday, March 20, the Herff College of Engineering will honor Laura Whitsitt (BSME '87, MS '88) as the Outstanding Alumna for 2007 at its annual alumni awards dinner at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn. For more information, contact Stephanie Galloway at sgallowa@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Travel Italy
Traveling to Italy? If so, take some time to familiarize yourself with customs, travel etiquette and basic phrases that you should know and use. This course completes just in time for departure of the University-sponsored trip to Rome and Florence. Course #: PTR00101, Fee: $45
Mon. and Wed., 7 – 8:30 p.m., Feb. 26 – Mar. 5, three sessions
Registration: http://umce.memphis.edu/register.htm

Travel China
Whether you're going to China for business or pleasure, this course is a must. Learn about different customs, what to expect on a menu, how to ask for basic services, and more. Taught by an experienced traveler, this course will meet prior to the trip sponsored by the Alumni Association to Shanghai and Beijing. Course #: RTR00201, Fee: $45
Sat., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., April 7, one session
Registration: http://umce.memphis.edu/register.htm

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