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June 2009

Celebrate People, History, and Culture of the Delta
Alumni Association Spotlights AuSP Alumna Ann Mitchell Horton, MA ’72
University of Memphis E-Community and New Alumni Association Website!
Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Celebrate People, History, and Culture of the Delta

The Delta – Everything Southern!

The fourth annual seminar celebrating the Mississippi Delta, its history, culture, and people will be held Thursday, June 18, at the University of Memphis. “The Delta – Everything Southern!” will run from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Fogelman Executive Conference Center on the U of M campus. The seminar will feature distinguished speakers, images and music in seven presentations by Delta experts.

Bill Luckett, a Memphis attorney and entrepreneur from Clarksdale, Miss., will discuss the resurgence of interest in music, food and businesses of the Delta. Forest archaeologist Sam Brookes will explore events during the time of Native Americans in the Delta, covering a time span of more than 7,500 years. Journalist Curtis Wilkie will relate how Hodding Carter created the Delta Democrat-Times newspaper in Greenville, Miss., and battled the conservative political establishment for three decades.

Filmmaker and author Willy Bearden will journey through the Delta as he produces a two-hour documentary on the Delta “beyond the Blues.” Blues pianist and vocalist Eden Brent will showcase the music of the Delta, from the boogie-woogie blues to today’s music. Owen Brooks, an oral historian for both the Smith-Robertson Museum and Cultural Center and the Margaret Walker Alexander National Research Center, will recall his fight to improve the educational, economic and political situation for African-Americans in the Delta. Dr. Carol Crown, professor of art history at the U of M, will examine the art of the Delta’s most famous self-taught artists.

Following the day’s presentations, there will be a panel discussion with the speakers.

Registration includes lunch, break fare, and parking in the adjacent Innovation Drive garage. The cost is $65 through June 1 and $75 thereafter. The symposium is sponsored by the Friends of the University Libraries.

For more information, contact Dr. Nicholas Gotten, event chairman, at 901-682-9955 or ngotten@aol.com, Tom Mendina at 901-678-4310 or tmendina@memphis.edu, or Kay Kroboth at 901-678-2209 or kroboth@memphis.edu.

Details about the seminar are also available online at exlibris.memphis.edu/delta.

Alumni Association Spotlights AuSP Alumna Ann Mitchell Horton, MA ’72

Ann Mitchell Horton

U of M Alumni Association Life Member Ann Mitchell Horton (MA ’72) has an inspiring perspective on alumni responsibility.  Challenged by a commencement speaker to support the universities that shaped her professional and personal success, Ann feels a genuine responsibility to give back to the University’s School of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology (AuSP).  As a result, Ann has generously contributed to AuSP and its alumni programs for more than a decade.  Her gifts have been instrumental in the continuation of many AuSP programs, including annual alumni publications and quarterly receptions for new graduates and their families.

Ann’s decision to annually support the alumni activities of AuSP comes as no surprise when considering her professional legacy.  Throughout her 32-year career in speech-language pathology and management with National Health Care (NHC Rehab) in East Tennessee, Ann provided guidance, support, and encouragement to other professionals.

Upon her retirement in June 2008, NHC Rehab established the Ann Horton Mentoring Award.  This annual award recognizes NHC Rehab managers who demonstrate outstanding mentorship of co-workers. 

Ann and her husband reside in Knoxville, where they enjoy spending time with family and supporting the U of M.


University of Memphis E-Community and New Alumni Association Website!

University of Memphis E-Community
The University of Memphis online community for alumni and friends will launch July 1 on 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 will be enhancing our services with a new and improved benefits package, beginning July 1! Discounts will include both Memphis-area and national retailers and will consist of savings at Target Online, Walt Disney World, Costco, Six Flags, Coldwater Creek, Dick’s Sporting Goods and many, many more!  Only current Alumni Association members will be able to take advantage of these discounts. To JOIN NOW, click here.

Updated Alumni Association Web Site
The University of Memphis Alumni Association is proud to introduce a newly redesigned web site, launching July 1, on www.memphis.edu/alumni! Alumni, friends and fans will be able to explore this enhanced site which features Association members, has a comprehensive list of Benefits for Association members and a new “Go to the Game” link for a listing of all game day travel and activities.

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 News and Upcoming Events

Photo GalleryCongratulations, Seniors, on Your Graduation!
The Alumni Association is pleased to provide an Associate Membership to our new graduates. This complimentary first year membership to the Association, mailed with your diploma, is given with hopes that you will take advantage of the more than 68 clubs, chapters and programs based on academics, geography or a specific interest. Get involved by mentoring a current student, sponsoring a scholarship or nominating a favorite professor for an award. Socialize with other Tigers at a True Blue Watch Party. Network at one of the hundreds of events and meetings that we sponsor throughout the year. But most importantly – Stay True Blue and continue your membership in the Alumni Association! Your membership information will be included with your diploma. For more information about the University of Memphis Alumni Association, visit us online at www.memphis.edu/alumni or call 800/678-TRAX.

University of Memphis Association of Retirees (UMAR)
On Tuesday, June 16, UMAR will host a summertime Mix and Match event, beginning at 10 a.m. The day will start at Clark Opera Center with a behind the scenes tour of opera production, continue with lunch at Villa Castrioti's, and end with a 1:30 p.m. visit to the Agricenter to meet with Melissa Peterson, editor of the magazine Edible Memphis who will present a program about the benefits of local foods and how to incorporate them into your life. Please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at 901/678-1333 or e-mail rjones1@memphis.edu to RSVP or to learn more.

College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter Night Back at School
Join the College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter to celebrate a Night Back at School featuring the faculty of the Biology Department on Tuesday, June 16 from 5-7 p.m. in the Alumni Center. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Fogelman College of Business and Economics Alumni Chapter
Join the Fogelman College of Business and Economics Alumni Chapter at the 2009 Summer Golf Tournament on Friday, June 26, held at Galloway Golf Course.  Proceeds will benefit the FCBE Alumni Chapter’s Building Renovation Fund.  To sign up your foursome, please contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Atlanta Alumni Club
The Atlanta Alumni Club is attending a Gwinnett Braves minor league baseball game as the Braves host the Louisville Bats on Sunday, June 28 at 2 p.m.  To join the Club at the game, please contact Alumni Coordinator Joe Biggers at J.Biggers@memphis.edu.

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 800/678-TRAX for more information on this event.

Vision Forum
The Alumni Association will host its Vision Forum on Saturday, August 22. It will be held 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. Keynote speakers will be announced in July’s E-News. 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.

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 Education Alumni Chapter
The College of Education Alumni Chapter is starting a new page in its history with the reformation of the chapter. If you would like more information about serving your alma mater on the Education Alumni Chapter Board, contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333. 

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 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.

Save the Date: 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.

Law Alumni Chapter
The Law Alumni Chapter has begun planning for the grand opening celebration for the new Downtown Law Building on Saturday, January 16, 2010. If you are interested in participating in this event as a sponsor, contact Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562. For updates and to see photos of the renovation visit the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law web site.

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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