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July 2005

Make Plans to Attend Annual Alumni Vision Forum
U of M Alumna Named International Sigma Chi Sweetheart
Construction Begins on New Residence Life Units

Upcoming Alumni Events

Make Plans to Attend Annual Alumni Vision Forum
 

The Alumni Association will hold its annual Vision Forum on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the FedEx Institute of Technology. U of M President Shirley Raines will be on hand to welcome the attendees and kick off the program at 9 a.m. Club and Chapter presidents will present their state of the club/chapter addresses, and the Alumni Association will report on its progress of achieving the new vision of the Association. Continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Please make plans to attend by calling the Alumni Office at 901/678-ALUM or e-mailing alumnievents@memphis.edu.

 

U of M Alumna Named International Sigma Chi Sweetheart
Jackson

Amy Jackson , a recent University of Memphis graduate, was selected by Sigma Chi Fraternity as its new International Sweetheart at the fraternity's Grand Chapter meeting last month in Cincinnati, where the fraternity celebrated its 150th anniversary.

Jackson was one of three finalists for the honor. Candidates are selected on the basis of their involvement with their university campuses and local Sigma Chi chapters, their community service, academic performance, character, and personality.

Jackson is also the sweetheart of the U of M Sigma Chi chapter and the reigning Miss University of Memphis. She was awarded the Gov. Ned McWherter Scholarship, and she was a finalist for the prestigious Truman Scholarship last year. She was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa honor society and graduated summa cum laude. She is employed with the marketing department at ALSAC/St. Jude.

Construction Begins on New Residence Life Units

Carpenter groundbreakingThe University of Memphis officially began construction in late June of four new student residences just west of the existing Carpenter Complex between Central and Poplar Avenues. The units, which will accommodate 72 people, will be the on-campus home to students involved in a living/learning community.

Units will also house members of sororities with chapters on the University of Memphis campus. The sororities will also have meeting space in the new buildings.

Each of the four buildings will contain two residential units. Each unit will consist of nine bedrooms, three baths, a large kitchen and a common area. One of the existing townhouses in the Carpenter Complex will be remodeled into a similar configuration.

The $3,850,000 project is being funded by bonds that will be retired by the rental of the units. Construction is expected to be completed in April 2006.

Upcoming Alumni Events

New York-area alumni: Join the Alumni Association on Sunday, July 17, at 2 p.m. for a Southern-style reception at the Museum of Biblical Art. Celebrate U of M art history professor Carol Crown's exhibition Coming Home! Self-Taught Artists, the Bible and the American South on view through July 24 at the museum. Admission is free. For more information on the exhibit, please visit http://www.mobia.org .

The Fogelman College of Business and Economics Alumni Board will host a reception for all members of the FCBE Alumni Chapter on July 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Fogelman Executive Center. If you would like to become a card-carrying member of the Business Alumni Chapter, join the Alumni Association online at http://www.memphis.edu/alumni_online or call (901) 678-ALUM and get in on the fun.

Also for FCBE Alumni , save the date - the 13th Annual Alumni Day is scheduled for Sept. 27. The keynote speaker for the Alumni Day luncheon is Charles Burkett , president of First Tennessee Financial Services. More details will be available in upcoming issues of the e-news.

Join other U of M friends and alums living in Middle Tennessee on the last Thursday of every month. The crew always meets at Corky's, 101 Franklin Road, in Brentwood around 6 p.m. The next meeting will be Thursday, July 28. Be there for True Blue fun!

Nashville -area alums are also invited to attend a summer picnic on Sunday, July 31. Join other Memphis Alumni at Edwin Warner Park, Picnic Pavilion #11 at 2 p.m. for food, fellowship and fun. Bring your families! For additional information, or to RSVP, please contact Nashville Alumni Club President Mike Dodd at mdodd@taylorcos.com or call the Alumni Office at 800/678-8729. RSVP deadline is July 22.

The Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Chapter will host a reception for their August graduates at the Speech and Language Center on Sunday, Aug. 14, at 12:30 p.m. If you are a graduate and would like to become more involved in the chapter, please contact Mindy Gregory at mindygregory@memphis.edu or call 901/678-ALUM.

The School of Law Alumni Chapter will host their Second Annual "Celebration of the Law" Dinner Aug. 19. The dinner will be held at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis at 6 p.m. Congressman Harold Ford Jr. is this year's special guest speaker. Make your reservations today by calling 901/678-3119 or by e-mailing alumnievents@memphis.edu .

Band directors Kraig Williams and Nick Holland are requesting help in purchasing 25 new color guard uniforms for the upcoming fall marching season. These new uniforms will cost $125 apiece and feature a great new look for the guard. To help fill this request, we are asking our alumni for volunteers to sponsor individual uniforms for our guard. Your tax-deductible donation of $125 will sponsor the purchase of one guard uniform for the upcoming marching season. To make your contribution or to view the newly designed uniform, visit our Band Alumni Web site http://www.tigerbandalumni.com . Please make all checks payable to the University of Memphis Band Alumni Chapter. Mail all contributions to
University of Memphis Alumni Association
Attn: Tammy Hedges
Alumni Center
635 Normal Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38152

Mark your calendars: Homecoming Weekend set for Oct. 21-22.


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