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July 2009

New Alumni Association Website, E-Community and Member Benefits!
Alumni Association Spotlights CCFA Alumna Delores Kinsolving (BS 55, MME 73)
Online MBA Will Debut at the University of Memphis This Fall
Alumni News and Upcoming Events


New Alumni Association Website, E-Community and Member Benefits!

New Website!Updated Alumni Association Web Site
The University of Memphis Alumni Association is proud to introduce a newly redesigned web site, www.memphis.edu/alumni! Alumni, friends and fans are able to explore this enhanced site which features Association members, has a comprehensive list of benefits and a new “Go to the Game” link for a listing of all game day travel and activities.

University of Memphis E-Community
The University of Memphis online community for alumni and friends launched on July 1 through my.memphis.edu. Be sure to visit and log on to update your information, find classmates and tell us what you are doing! Alumni Association Members will be able to track membership status and view password protected special coupon codes for many retailers and benefits. Are you a member? If not, click here!

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 will consist of savings at AT&T, Verizon, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Memphis Redbirds Baseball, the Holiday Inn, U of M and many, many more!  Only current Alumni Association members are able to take advantage of these discounts. To JOIN NOW, click here.

Stay Connected with the U of M on Twitter!
Follow the U of M on Twitter! Visit the U of M's official Twitter sites, http://twitter.com/uofmemphis and http://twitter.com/TigersAthletics, to keep valuable and timely University news on academics and athletics right at your fingertips! Also visit http://twitter.com/memphisresearch to learn about the University's latest research activity and http://twitter.com/MemphisAlumni to receive updates from YOUR Alumni Association!


 
Alumni Association Spotlights CCFA Alumna Delores Kinsolving (BS 55, MME 73)

Delores KinsolvingDelores Kinsolving is an incredibly generous individual who has given to the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music with both time and an unwavering support of students.  She has largely contributed in support of the School’s Opera Program and in the areas of scholarship and faculty support. 

Delores’ devotion to excellence in music and musical performance is also exhibited by her generosity with Opera Memphis, the Germantown Performing Arts Center, Memphis Vocal Arts Ensemble and Memphis’ own operatic soprano Kallen Esperian.

The University of Memphis recently inducted Delores into The President’s Society for her philanthropic activities on campus and in school of music.  Delores is a lifetime member of the University of Memphis Alumni Association, on the Advisory Council for the Scheidt School of Music, the board of directors at GPAC and the board for Opera Memphis.

Delores Kinsolving is a true testament to a lifetime of giving back.  She is a retired teacher of music with the city of Memphis school system.  Her devotion to music and the arts as a whole spans more than 50 years.


Online MBA Will Debut at the University of Memphis This Fall

Online MBA Beginning this fall, the University of Memphis will offer the master of business administration degree online. The online MBA program is designed for busy professionals whose schedule or location makes it difficult to attend classes in person at the Fogelman College of Business & Economics.

The new, fully internationalized curriculum will utilize real-time chat, AV-enhanced PowerPoints, podcasts, blogs, threaded discussion boards, and Wiki collaboration tools. The program provides a strategic understanding of today’s business problems and the latest knowledge, best practices, and tools to solve those problems.

The online MBA is a 33-credit-hour program that consists of a 30 credit-hour core (common to all of the University’s MBA programs) plus one three-credit-hour elective. It features two on-campus residency sessions: creativity and innovation, and leadership and team-building. These courses are better suited to face-to-face interaction rather than online, and they are taught over a three-day period in the week before the fall semester.

“The Fogelman College of Business & Economics is tremendously excited to offer our new online MBA,” said Dr. Gregory Boller, director of MBA programs. “The business community and prospective students across the region have been eagerly awaiting our rollout of an innovative global business-focused online MBA.”

No prerequisite courses are required for the online MBA. The deadline to apply for the fall 2009 semester is Aug. 14. The residency courses will run Aug. 24-26.

More information, including details on the application process, is available online at memphis.edu/onlinemba

The U of M offers online degrees in a wide range of disciplines, including nursing, education, information technology, English, history, and journalism.  For more information about online degree programs at the U of M, please visit ecampus.memphis.edu.


Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Vision ForumBecome a Member of the Alumni Association 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 free for Alumni Association members. If you are not currently an Alumni Association member, you can join the Alumni Association and Parents Club for just $35.  Visit the Parents Club website or e-mail Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu for details.

Boston Club
Calling all Boston-area alumni and friends! Boston Club President Bob Canfield (BBA ‘59) will be hosting a cookout at his home on Saturday, July 25. To RSVP, please contact Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at J.Biggers@memphis.edu or 800/678-TRAX.

Nashville Alumni Club
The Nashville Alumni Club will host their annual Nashville Tiger Golf Classic on Saturday, August 15. The 4-person scramble will be played at Gaylord Springs Golf Links and proceeds will benefit the Nashville Alumni Club Scholarship.  Visit www.nashvilletigergolf.com to register.  Please contact Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at J.Biggers@memphis.edu or 901/678-TRAX for more information on this event.

School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Chapter
The School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Chapter will host a graduation reception on Sunday, August 16 at the Memphis Speech and Hearing Center for graduating students.  If you are interested in attending or getting involved, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Vision Forum
The Alumni Association will host its Vision Forum on Saturday, August 22 at the FedEx Institute of Technology live on the U of M campus and via web conferencing where the Alumni Association will report to all alumni and constituents on the State of the Association.  University President Dr. Shirley Raines will welcome Association leadership and members and Men's Basketball Coach Josh Pastner will give opening remarks. Also our own former U of M student and “American Idol” top 13 contestant Alexis Grace will perform. Vision Forum will be open to Association members only, due to an anticipated “sell-out” crowd. All alumni and friends are welcome to join via web conferencing. To participate in the web conferencing, contact Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Fastbreak Club Golf Tournament
The University of Memphis Alumni Association is pleased to spread the word about the Fastbreak Club Golf Tournament, with proceeds supporting Memphis Women’s Basketball, on Friday, September 11. To find out more information, contact Gaylon Hall at ghall65068@aol.com.

UMAR Book Club Brunch Meeting
UMAR (University of Memphis Association of Retirees) is launching a Book Club, and this is the inaugural meeting! Join us at Brother Juniper’s on Tuesday, September 22 at 11:00 am for breakfast followed by a discussion of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. Please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 to RSVP.

UMAR Coffee & Conversation
Join UMAR (University of Memphis Association of Retirees) for their annual Coffee and Conversations at the home of President Shirley C. Raines on Tuesday, September 8, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The program will honor the 2009 recipient of the University of Memphis Eminent Faculty Award, Dr. Robyn Cox. Light breakfast and refreshments will be served, $10/person. To make reservations, or for more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Tiger Trek
The University of Memphis Alumni Association is trekking to MTSU on Saturday, September 12 as the Tigers take on the Blue Raiders for the first Tiger Trek of the season. Prices for the trip are $45.00 for Alumni Association members and $50.00 for Not Yet Association Members, which includes roundtrip bus transportation to and from the game and admission to the Alumni Association Tailgate with BBQ Buffet.  GAME TICKETS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE. Register now for the Tiger Trek by clicking here.  For more information on this event and other football season plans, click on the “Go to the Game” button on the Alumni Association webpage or email Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at J.Biggers@memphis.edu.

2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards Nominations
The Alumni Association seeks nominations for its 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards. These awards honor alumni and friends who have brought honor and distinction to the University of Memphis. Award winners will be recognized at a black-tie gala held in their honor in the spring of 2010. Categories are Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Friend and Outstanding Young Alumni. A nomination form is available online at http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/pdfs/daa_nom.pdf.  The deadline for nominations for 2010 award consideration is October 1. Read future issues of the E-Newsletter for more details on this event.

Herff College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni Award Nominations
The Herff College of Engineering Alumni Chapter is seeking nominations for its 2010 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient. This award will be presented to a deserving engineering graduate at the Engineering Awards Dinner in the spring. Deadline for submission of nominations is October 1. For a nomination form or more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Young Alumni Committee
The Young Alumni Committee is currently accepting applications for open positions on the Committee! If you are a young alumni (age 35 or under) and are interested in serving on the Young Alumni Committee, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 for more information and the application. Applications will be accepted throughout the summer.

College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter
The College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter will host its 13th annual Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 1, at The Racquet Club of Memphis. The Chapter will recognize James Morse (BS ’90, MS ‘93), Keith Prewitt (BA ’81), Thomas Appleton (BA ’71) and Meah King (BA ’02, MAT ’05).  Outstanding Friend of the College this year is Maurice Elliott.  For more information or to get involved, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Save the Date: Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally
The University of Memphis Alumni Association will host the annual Parade and Pep Rally on Friday, October 9.  Follow the Parade around campus beginning at 5:30 p.m., then join us immediately after in the Plaza (on the east side of the Administration Building) for a Pep Rally with complimentary food, sponsored by Huey’s.  More details and events will be in upcoming editions of E-News.

Luther C. McClellan Alumni Chapter
The Luther C. McClellan Alumni Chapter is hosting its inaugural Reunion Weekend during this year’s Homecoming celebration.  The weekend will begin with the Homecoming Stepshow, showcasing stepping skills of current students and returning alumni, on Friday, Oct. 9, in the Rose Theatre, with proceeds benefiting the LCM Scholarship Fund, followed by an off-campus after party.  On game day, Saturday, Oct. 10, LCM will host a tailgate party in Tobey Park. Contact Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016 for details.

Half Century Club Class of 1959 Reunion
The Alumni Association will honor the Class of 1959 on Friday, October 9 with a variety of activities throughout the day. Class of 1959 members will be invited to Brunch at the home of U of M President Shirley Raines, followed by a guided campus tour. Formal invitation to follow.

Save the Date: The Half Century Club Golden Reception
The Half Century Club and Alumni Association will host the Golden Reception for graduates of the class of 1959 and all previous years on Friday, October 9.  The reception will be at the Alumni Center; more information to follow.

Save the Date: True Blue 5K
The Young Alumni Committee will host the 3rd Annual True Blue 5K on Friday, October 23. The evening race around the University of Memphis campus will have with lots of great food, fun and awards! Proceeds benefit a newly established Young Alumni Committee Scholarship.  Further details on start time, registration and prices will be announced soon. Contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 for more information.

Band Alumni Chapter
The Band Alumni Chapter will host their annual Bandmasters Champions at the Liberty Bowl on Saturday, October 31. For updates and to see photos of past Bandmasters Championships, please visit the Band Alumni Chapter web site.

Journalism Alumni Club
The Journalism Alumni Club will be honoring Outstanding Alumni at a dinner on Thursday, November 5, at the Racquet Club of Memphis. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Law Alumni Chapter
The Law Alumni Chapter, in collaboration with the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, is hosting the Grand Opening Celebration of the newly renovated building on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010. The Grand Opening will take place throughout the entire building and will feature performers from the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, as well as internationally renowned jazz performer, Joyce Cobb. Gourmet food and beverage stations will offer “Best of Memphis” small plates from local restaurants. Law school students will administer building tours and will be honored with a late-night gathering after the conclusion of the event. For additional information and ticket prices, contact Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

Commemorative Throw Pillows
The Mighty Sound of the South uniform jacket used from 1996-2007 has been retired and made into one-of-a-kind commemorative throw pillows.  Each pillow will represent the front and back of the uniform jacket.  The cost is $45.00/pillow for current Alumni Association members and $50.00/pillow for non-members.  All proceeds will go towards the Band Alumni Chapter. To order, go to www.tigerbandalumni.com and click on the link to own a piece of history.

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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