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November 2007

Message from the President
Get in Holiday Spirit with Free Concert
Family of Alumni Association Members Eligible for Scholarships
Aspiring Fiction Writers May Apply for Free Workshop with Noted Author
U of M Alum and Popular Author to Speak as Part of TBR Activities
Women's Soccer Team Takes C-USA Title
Alumni News & Events

Message from the President

It was my privilege to travel with Governor Phil Bredesen and Matt Kisber, Commissioner of Business and Community Development, on a recent trade mission to China. Dr. Cyril Chang, director of the Methodist-LeBonheur Center for Health Care Economics in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics, and Dr. Sajjan Shiva, chair of our computer science department, were instrumental in helping the delegation accomplish its goals. In addition to helping us expand the study abroad program and student exchanges, Dr. Chang will lead a group of 50 health care administrators studying at the University of Memphis in collaboration with the U of M, Vanderbilt, and East Tennessee State on rural health and health care cost models. The agreement was signed with Governor Bredesen and the Chinese Ministry of Health.

Dr. Shiva gave three lectures on computer science in Beijing and in Hong Kong and recruited future students and faculty exchanges. Additionally, I met with the Bailain Group and agreed to continue the Fogelman College executive education program for the senior executives of their company, which has 7,400 stores in China. Also, the entire academic delegation met with the President of Fudan University of which professor Christine Jiang of the Fogelman College is a graduate.

In Bejing, I had the opportunity to have dinner with two of our successful alumni who are now leaders in China and the international community. Chi Jin Liu became an executive with the Wang Corp., headed Nokia-Asia and now leads companies in U.S. China ventures through the Asia-Pacifica Corporation. The latest success story is Wei Chin of Sunshine Enterprise, who he is the majority owner of a construction company which conducts business in Tennessee and throughout China. Other alumni on the trade delegation included Randy Camp of C & C Management Group, Michael Coots of Cargill Cotton, B. Lee Mallory of Mallory Alexander International Logistics, and Joseph Zorzoli of Pfizer.

The success of FedEx in China garnered the Tennessee delegation the attention and support we needed to be well received by Chinese and U.S. officials, as well as corporations and those developing business partnerships.

Get in Holiday Spirit with Free Concert

The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music will present a holiday concert at 12:35 p.m. on December 5. The performance will be in the Michael D. Rose Theatre. For more information, call 678-5400. It is free and open to the public.

"This is our gift to the community," said Dr. Patricia Hoy, director of the music school.

Family of Alumni Association Members Eligible for Scholarships

Students planning to enter the U of M in fall 2008 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 www.memphis.edu/alumni/scholarship.html.The deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2008. Recipients will be notified by the end of February, and must accept by April 15. Please contact Becky McCoy at 901/678-2930 or bmccoy@memphis.edu for more information.

Aspiring Fiction Writers May Apply for Free Workshop with Noted Author

Aspiring fiction writers can polish their skills this spring during the Moss Workshop in Fiction led by award-winning author Richard Bausch. The free workshop at the University of Memphis will be open to anyone in the Memphis area; the only criteria are talent and ability. The group will meet on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. beginning January 3 and ending March 6.

The workshop has openings for 10 students. To be considered, writers must each submit a fiction manuscript, no longer than 20 pages, by December 20. Those selected will be notified before Christmas. Manuscripts should be sent to Richard Bausch, Department of English, 429 Patterson Hall, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, 38152. A submission should include the writer's name, address, telephone number, and email address.

Bausch currently holds the Lillian and Morrie A. Moss Chair of Excellence in English at the U of M. He is the author of nine novels and five collections of short stories. His next novel, Peace, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in April. For more information on the workshop, call 901-678-4692 or e-mail creativewriting@memphis.edu.

U of M Alum and Popular Author to Speak as Part of TBR Activities

Speaking of fiction writers, author (and U of M alum) Johanna Edwards (BA '01) has graciously agreed to participate in a "coffee and conversations" event as part of the Tennessee Board of Regents quarterly meeting hosted by our campus December 6-7.

Edwards, author of three popular novels including her latest, How to Be Cool, will speak, answer questions and sign books at Davis-Kidd Booksellers at 9 a.m. on December 7. The event is part of the spousal activities of the quarterly meeting. The event is free and open to the public. Those who attend will receive a 20% off coupon for any one item.

Women's Soccer Team Takes C-USA Title

The women's socccer team will make its first appearance in the NCAA tournament Friday after claiming its first ever C-USA title. The Lady Tigers upset top-seeded UCF to take the title and the tournament berth. We congratulate Coach Brooks Monaghan and the team on their outstanding season and we wish them well in the tournament!

Alumni News & Events

Calling all Tigers in the New York area: Join YOUR University of Memphis Alumni Association and Athletics Department on Thursday, November 15, in Madison Square Garden's Play by Play room, for a TRUE BLUE Cocktail Reception, from 5 - 7 p.m., before the first game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

Save the date: Distinguished Alumni Awards, "Once in a Blue Moon," will be held at The Peabody in downtown Memphis on Friday, Feb. 29, 2008. Look for more details in next month's e-news!

True Blue Barn Bashes: Join us two hours before our last two home games for BBQ, beverages, live music and True Blue fun. Come visit the Alumni Association at the big silver barn near Gate 3 and prepare to cheer on our Tigers! Cost is $5 for members, $7.50 for not yet members. Everyone welcome!

Join the University of Memphis Alumni Association at the Daily Grill before each home basketball game. Prepare to cheer on the Tigers with us one hour prior to tip-off at the FedExForum. Members of the U of M Alumni Association will receive half-price Tiger Blue Margaritas when you show your membership card.

The Young Alumni Committee hosts its inaugural First Tennessee True Blue 5K on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., around the U of M campus. Alumni, students and friends are invited to join in on this fun event, as well as the Barn Bash before the Memphis v. UAB game the following day as we celebrate our young graduates. To register for the race online, visit www.trueblue5k.racesonline.com or call 901/678-2586 for more information.

On Tuesday, November 20 , the University of Memphis Alumni Association Music Society and the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music will host a wine and cheese reception prior to a performance by the U of M Jazz Combos. Graduates and friends of the School of Music and Alumni Association members are invited to join the Music Society and U of M faculty and staff for wine and cheese at 6:30 p.m. in the Music Building. The performance will follow at 7:30 p.m. in Harris Concert Hall. Both events are free for graduates, friends and Alumni Association members. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Alumni Association at 901/678-3119 or alumnievents@memphis.edu.

Will you be cheering on the Tiger basketball team in New York for the Jimmy V Classic? If so, join YOUR Alumni Association on Monday, December 3 at the InterContinental The Barclay (111 East 48th St) for a TRUE BLUE Dessert and Coffee Reception at 9 p.m. in the Park Avenue Room. The Tigers take on USC on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Join the Nashville Club on December 15 as they cheer on YOUR Tiger basketball team when they take on MTSU in Nashville. Pre-game activities are in the works! For more information, please contact Holly Beuke at habeuke@memphis.edu or 901/678-1782.

The Engineering Alumni Chapter will host its Student Alumni Mixer on January 31, 2008 from 6 - 8pm in the Alumni Center. Students will network with alumni at this casual reception. If you are an alumnus of the College of Engineering and you would like to participate, please contact the club's coordinator, Stephanie Galloway, by e-mail at sgallowa@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Get prepared for OUT OF TOWN WATCH PARTIES! Looking for fellow alumni in the area to be TRUE BLUE with? Check out www.memphis.edu/alumniclub and click on the club or chapter closest to where you live for more details.

M Club Members: University of Memphis Athletic Department and the M Club will host the Tigers vs. Arkansas State Luncheon on Tuesday, November 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis, with special guest speaker Tiger Men's Basketball Head Coach John Calipari. This is for M Club members only. For more information or to register, please contact Rebecca Harris at 901-678-1610 or rjharri@memphis.edu.

Attention Alumni: Nominate your most deserving professor for the 2008 Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award. Those honored will receive a financial reward and a plaque recognizing their achievement, and their photographs will be displayed for the coming year in the Administration Building. You may nominate one or two of your professors for this prestigious award by visiting www.memphis.edu/dta_alumni. The nomination deadline is 11:59 P.M. on Sunday, November 18. Thank you for suggesting deserving professors for this award.

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