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January 2009

Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala Set for February 20
2008-2009 Teaching Award Deadlines
Attention all Tiger Fans! Celebrate Memphis Basketball!
Alumni News and Upcoming Events


Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala Set for February 20

DAA 2009All Aboard the M Train!
Join us for the Distinguished Alumni Awards, “Take the M Train,” on Friday, February 20, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.  Jump on board for a night full of True Blue fun in downtown Memphis at Central Train Station as we recognize our alumni and friends for their accomplishments. Enjoy dinner, dancing and more as we celebrate our distinguished honorees. 

This year's Distinguished Alumni are:

Thomas Boggs* (B.A. '72)
Restaurateur and Community Leader

Walter Leavy (B.A. '75)
Co-Managing Editor, Ebony Magazine

Lynn Norment (B.A. '73)
Co-Managing Editor, Ebony Magazine

Bill Rhodes (M.B.A. '88)
Chairman, President & CEO, AutoZone, Inc. 

This year’s Distinguished Friend of the University is:

Henry Turley
President, Henry Turley Company. 

Space is limited and we are anticipating a sell out event.  Please RSVP today! For more information or to make your reservations, contact Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or  901/678-1562.

*This award will be given posthumously.


2008-2009 Teaching Award Deadlines

Teaching Awards

Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award
Did you have a professor at the U of M who was an exceptional teacher? Nominations currently are being accepted for the 2008-09 Thomas W. Briggs Foundation’s Excellence in Teaching awards.  The award was established by the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation to recognize 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.  You may download a nomination form by going to http://www.memphis.edu/briggs.htmThe nomination deadline is 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, 2009.

University of Memphis Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award
The Distinguished Teaching Award Committee is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2008/2009 Distinguished Teaching Award.  Funded and sponsored by The University of Memphis Alumni Association, this award annually recognizes excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

As part of its final review process, the Distinguished Teaching Award Committee invites University of Memphis faculty, students, and alumni to submit letters in support of the finalists.  Letters of support must be delivered to the University Honors Program Office in 204 Scates Hall or submitted electronically to the Distinguished Teaching Award Co-Chair, Melinda Jones, at mljones6@memphis.edu.

The deadline for receipt of letters is Feb. 1, 2009. To view the 2008/2009 Distinguished Teaching Award finalists, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/DTA.php.           

Attention all Tiger Fans! Celebrate Memphis Basketball!

Memphis Area Events!Tiger Fans!
Join the Alumni Association as we Paint the Town Blue!  Several Watch Parties will be hosted in the Memphis area on Saturday, Jan. 24, for the 2:30 p.m. tip-off as your U of M Tigers take on in-state rival UT.  Alumni Association members receive great food specials and beverage discounts by showing your membership card at all locations.  Click here if you are not yet a member. Grab your Alumni Association card, pick a party and cheer on our Tigers! 

Arlington:  Game Time Sports Grill & Wings
Bartlett:  East End Grill, Highway 64
Collierville:  Johnny Brusco’s NY Style Pizza
Cordova:  T.J. Mulligan’s, Trinity Road
Downtown Red Rooster Bar & Music Hall
East Memphis:  Brookhaven Pub & Grill
Germantown:  East End Grill, Winchester Road
Olive Branch, MS:  John Daly’s Restaurant & Bar
Millington:  Chili’s Bar & Grill

The University of Memphis Alumni Association is hosting a joint potluck-style Watch Party with the UT Alumni Chapter of Haywood County.  Let’s make sure our Tigers are well represented; don’t forget to wear Tiger Blue! For more information or to RSVP, please contact Alumni Association Coordinator Joe Biggers at J.Biggers@memphis.edu or 901/678-1782.

The Young Alumni Committee will host a True Blue Watch Party at The Fox & Hound on Sanderlin on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2:30 p.m. as YOUR University of Memphis Tigers take on the UT Volunteers! Make sure to bring your Alumni Association membership card to enjoy great food and drink specials! For more information or to RSVP, contact Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

 

Out of Town Watch Parties!

Chicago Alumni Club
The Chicago Alumni Club is gathering for a Watch Party at Junior’s Bar & Sports Lounge to root on the Tigers as they battle in-state rival University of Tennessee.  The festivities include food and beverage specials and begin at 2 p.m. CST on Saturday, Jan. 24.  For more information about this event or to get involved with the Chicago Alumni Club, contact Alumni Association Coordinator Joe Biggers at J.Biggers@memphis.edu or 901/678-1782.

Lower Alabama Alumni Club
The Lower Alabama Alumni Club is excited about the remaining basketball schedule and will be gathering at The Hang-Out in Gulf Shores on Saturday, Jan. 24 to watch our Tigers take on in-state rival Tennessee.  The festivities begin at 2 p.m. and tip-off is at 2:30 p.m.  For more information about this event or to get involved with the Lower Alabama Alumni Club, contact Alumni Association Coordinator Joe Biggers at J.Biggers@memphis.edu or 901/678-1782.

Dallas Alumni Club
The Dallas Alumni Club is going out for a Tigers Night on the Town as the Men’s Basketball team travels to SMU on Wednesday, Feb. 4.  Kick off the night with Memphis-style BBQ at the Dallas Club’s traditional pre-game spot, Red, Hot, & Blue at 6 p.m., then head to the 8 p.m. game.  Tickets for the game are available through the SMU ticket office, Bethany Tiffin, 214/768-2376. Mention that you are with the University of Memphis alumni group to sit with the other Tiger fans.  For more information about this event or to get involved with the Dallas Alumni Club, contact Alumni Association Coordinator Joe Biggers at J.Biggers@memphis.edu or 901/678-1782.

Atlanta Alumni Club
The Atlanta Alumni Club is starting off the year in True Blue style with multiple basketball watch parties throughout the month of January.  This Alumni club will meet at their official home, Varner’s Restaurant and Tavern in Smyrna, for all games on the following dates to cheer on the Tigers: 
Saturday, Jan. 17:  UAB vs. Memphis (8 p.m. EST)
Wednesday, Jan. 21:  Rice vs. Memphis (9 p.m. EST)
Saturday, Jan. 24:  Memphis at Tennessee (2:30 p.m. EST)
Wednesday, Jan. 28:  Memphis at East Carolina (7 p.m. EST)
Saturday, Jan. 31:  Houston vs. Memphis (1 p.m. EST)
For more information about these events or to get involved with the Atlanta Alumni Club, contact Alumni Association Coordinator Joe Biggers at J.Biggers@memphis.edu or 901/678-1782.

Denver Alumni Club
The Denver Alumni Club is gathering at the Blake Street Tavern at Coors Field for a Watch Party on Saturday, Jan. 24, as the Tigers take on Tennessee.  Tip-off is at 1:30 p.m. MST.  For more information on this event or to get involved with the Denver Alumni Club, contact Alumni Association Coordinator Joe Biggers at J.Biggers@memphis.edu or 901/678-1782.

Be sure to visit the Alumni Association Events Page, http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/events.php, for further updates on Club and Chapter Watch Parties.


Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery!
Don't forget to check out our Photo Gallery! Visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/gallery.php to see fabulous Alumni Association photos!

Herff College of Engineering Alumni Chapter
The Herff College of Engineering Alumni Chapter will host its 3rd annual Student & Alumni Mixer on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m. at the Alumni Center. Come share career advice with Engineering seniors and catch up with old friends while enjoying complimentary food and drinks in a casual setting. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Alumni Coordinator, Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Theatre & Dance Alumni Club
Theatre & Dance Alumni Club members and alums are invited to an after-party following a romantic performance of Cyrano at Theatre Memphis on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is complimentary for friends and alumni; come for a special pre-Valentine’s Day treat! The party will take place immediately following the performance and will last an hour. Mingle with the actors over wine and hors d’oeuvres. Please contact Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562 for more information.

AuSP Alumni Chapter Reception
Join fellow AuSP alums at the AuSP Alumni Chapter Reception, Thursday, Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. following the first day of the annual Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders, Thursday, Feb. 26, and Friday, Feb. 27, at the Memphis Hilton. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

University College Alumni Chapter
The University College Alumni Chapter is looking for applicants for its Spring 2009 Book Scholarship. If you are a student from the University College in need of extra money to help pay for books or if you know of someone who is, please submit an application for this award by contacting Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or at 901/678-1333. You may also stop by the University College office, room 218 of Brister Hall, to pick up a copy. The deadline for applications is Friday, Feb. 27.

Alumni Association Members Eligible for Scholarships
Students planning to enter the U of M in fall 2009 as first-time, incoming freshmen may apply for the Alumni Association Scholarship. The award is a four-year scholarship worth $1000/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.php.

Herff College of Engineering Alumni Chapter
Please join the Herff College of Engineering Alumni Chapter as they honor this year’s Outstanding Engineering Alumnus, Tom DeHart (B.S. ’68), at the 2009 Engineering Awards Dinner on Tuesday, March 3, at 6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis.  A silver ticket is $50, which helps sponsor an outstanding student’s attendance, and a standard ticket is $35. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones by Feb. 24 at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333. For table sales information, contact Carolyn Oldenburg at 901/678-1537.

Music Society
Save the Date: Join the Music Society and the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music for a complimentary Wine and Cheese Reception on Friday, March 6, prior to a performance by famed jazz musician Joyce Cobb during the annual School of Music Jazz Week. Alumni, friends and music lovers are invited to the reception and the fabulous performance in Harris Concert Hall. Please contact Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562 for more information.

Save the Date: Vision Forum
The Alumni Association will host its Vision Forum on Saturday, August 22, at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the U of M campus where the Alumni Association will report to all alumni and constituents on the State of the Association.  More information to follow.

Membership Matters!
The University of Memphis Alumni Association would like to thank all of our current life and annual members. We are proud that membership is at an all time high.  The Association has set forth an ambitious goal for the year 2012 to have more than 10,000 members in the Association. We are on our way, but we need YOUR help to achieve this goal.

Annual membership to the Alumni Association is only $35/year. Your membership fees help fund student scholarships, faculty and staff awards, and many of University-wide events, such as Homecoming and the Distinguished Alumni Awards. Additionally, the nearly 65 clubs and chapters, both locally and nationally, help raise over $30,000 in scholarships for students in related fields.

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

 

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