Message from the President
Get in Holiday Spirit with Free Concert
Family of Alumni Association Members Eligible
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
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.
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.
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
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.
is our gift to the community," said Dr. Patricia
Hoy, director of the music school.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.