Message from the President
Baptist Gift to Help Fund New Nursing and
Chinese Basketball Coaches Arrive on Campus
Podcast Central Is Latest Technological Advance
University Seeks Nominations for Honorary
U of M Resources Available to You
Alumni News & Events
As many of you know, the last two weeks have
been troubling for our campus. Not only did
we lose a popular student athlete, Taylor
Bradford, on the evening of September 30 to
a tragic act of violence, but we also lost
another beloved student, Holland Simms, to
sudden illness on October 5. She was a sorority
sister and a student leader, someone who was
engaged with both her campus and her community.
we take time to reflect on these young lives
lost so prematurely, I hope you will join
me in reflecting on our mission. We are here
to educate students and to help young people
achieve their dreams. Our motto is Dreamers,
Thinkers, Doers. Both of these young students
were not only Dreamers and Thinkers, they
were also Doers. They put their dreams and
thoughts into action every day of their lives,
and they touched countless people, both on
and off this campus, by their example.
each of us pick up the torches they left behind,
never forgetting their smiles, their boundless
energy, or the commitment they had to leave
the world a better place than where they found
Baptist Memorial Health Care has announced
a $2 million gift to the University of Memphis,
which will expand and enhance the nursing
and audiology and speech-language pathology
programs. The gift comes amid a critical need
for nurses and other health care workers.
U of M's Loewenberg School of Nursing enrolls
more than 450 undergraduate and 150 graduate
students. Space has limited program growth.
Baptist's donation will support a proposed
building to be shared by the Loewenberg School
of Nursing and the School of Audiology and
Speech-Language Pathology. The 153,000-sq.
ft. building will be located on the Park Avenue
campus and is scheduled for completion in
Fifteen Chinese basketball coaches arrived
in Memphis last week as part of the University's
latest formal exchange program with China
– an initiative that will benefit student
athletes and coaches in both countries for
years to come.
Provost Ralph Faudree
and Coach John Calipari visited Beijing in
September to formalize a five-year agreement
with the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).
One visiting coach will remain in Memphis
for the duration of the basketball season
to learn even more about one of this country's
most successful programs. As part of the exchange,
the CBA will send its top coaches to Memphis
through 2012 to study Calipari's training
methods. At the end of the current season,
Calipari and the Tigers will travel to China
to compete in exhibition games against several
of that country's leading teams, providing
international exposure for the U of M. Calipari
will lead a team of Conference USA All-stars
to China to play against its best teams in
While basketball is the
focus of this latest exchange program with
China, the U of M will also be working to
attract some of China's best and brightest
students to the U of M.
U of M professors are now using iPods and
MP3 players to supplement classroom lectures.
Podcast Central makes new technology available
to record lectures that can be downloaded
by students, enabling professors to supplement
and reinforce classroom experiences. "It is
another tool to get information to students,"
said Steve Terry, director of Management Information
Services. "If you have an at-risk student,
he or she can listen to the lecture over and
Lectures are recorded
in real time, processed, and replayed in an
MP3 format. The technology allows a professor
to control who gets a certain Podcast and
when it is available.
for public viewing can be sampled at https://podcasts.memphis.edu.
Questions about Podcasts may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Memphis seeks nominations
for its honorary degree award, given to distinguished
individuals who merit special recognition
for their extraordinary achievements which
have improved the community, contributed to
society, and benefited the University. A nominee's
career should reflect sustained, exceptional
achievement in some field of scholarship,
public service, or an artistic, literary,
governmental, financial, professional, research,
leadership, cultural affairs or other endeavor.
should be sent to: Honorary Degree Committee,
Office of the Provost, 360 Administration
Building, University of Memphis, Memphis,
TN 38152. The deadline is November 21. The
U of M has awarded two honorary degrees to
date - Dr. W. Harry Feinstone, a noted pharmaceutical
researcher, and Rudi E. Scheidt, philanthropist
and retired cotton industry executive.
Have you ever had to make a speech about the
U of M? Or perhaps you found yourself engaged
in conversation and wished you had a few U
of M tidbits to share? Tiger Pride facts are
on our Web site at http://www.memphis.edu/tigerpride.htm.
Show your Tiger Pride by equipping yourself
with all the selling points of our great University!
you need a speaker for your organization,
or if you are looking for an expert in a particular
field, please visit our online Experts List
Save the date: The annual Distinguished
Alumni Awards will be held at The
Peabody in downtown Memphis on Friday,
February 29, 2008. This year's theme
is "Once in a Blue Moon." Look for more details
in future e-news!
2007 will be the weekend of November
2 - 4 at the University of Memphis!
Our True Blue Events include:
more information on these great Homecoming
events and others, please go to www.memphis.edu/alumni/homecoming.html
Parade: Friday, November 2 at 5:30 p.m.
Pep Rally: Friday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Blue Barn Bash: Saturday, November 3 at 11
- Football game v. East
Carolina: Saturday, November 3 at 1 p.m.
C. McClellan Family Picnic: Saturday, October
27 at 11 a.m.
- Half Century
Club Brunch: Friday, November 2 at 10:30 a.m.
Century Club Golden Reception: Friday, November
2 at 5 p.m.
- Parents Club Brunch:
Saturday, November 3 at 9 a.m.
Blue Barn Bashes: Join us two hours
before every home game for BBQ, beverages,
live music, and True Blue fun. Come visit
the Alumni Association at the big silver barn
near Gate 3 at all home football games and
prepare to cheer on our Tigers! Admission
is $5 for members, $7.50 for not yet members.
Everyone is welcome!
Join the College
of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter to celebrate
a Night Back at School featuring
the outstanding faculty of the Physics
Department Wednesday, October
24 , from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Alumni
Center. RSVP to email@example.com
or by calling (901) 678-3119
University of Memphis New Orleans
Alumni Club for two True Blue events
when the Tigers travel to Tulane on Saturday,
October 27. First, enjoy
a complimentary Continental breakfast and
a Tiger Pep Rally the morning of the game
at the team hotel, the Wyndham New Orleans
at Canal Place. Then, do not miss the exclusive
opportunity to watch YOUR Tigers in style
with a package that includes: one admission
ticket, a fully catered suite and True Blue
Spirit! $40 for Alumni Association Members
/ $50 for Not-Yet Members. Suite tickets
are limited, so call now! For more
information or to RSVP contact the Alumni
Association at (901) 678-3119 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
College of Business & Economics alumni:
join us for the 15th Annual Alumni Day luncheon
on Wednesday, October 17,
at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis.
Debbi Fields-Rose, of Mrs. Fields Cookies,
will be the keynote speaker. Eric Bolton,
President and CEO of Mid-America Apartment
Communities, will be honored as Outstanding
Alumnus of the College. Carolyn Hardy, majority
owner of Hardy Bottling, will be honored as
Entrepreneur of the Year. Contact Lauren Isaacman
at 901/678-2333 or email@example.com
Alumni Club hosts its annual Outstanding
Journalism Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday,
October 18, at the Racquet
Club of Memphis. The reception will begin
at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. Award
winners are Lynne Rooker '89, Michael Finger
'76 and Bob Winn '75. For more information,
contact Stephanie Galloway at firstname.lastname@example.org
C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter
will host reunions for Law School
classes of 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987,
1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007 on Saturday, October
20, at the Memphis Botanic Garden.
For more information, contact Kelly Davis
at 901/678-4299 or email@example.com.
annual Bandmasters Championship,
sponsored by the Band Alumni Chapter, is Saturday,
October 20 at the Liberty
Bowl. For more information on the event, please
University College Alumni Chapter
hosts its Awards Reception on Thursday,
November 8 at the STAX
Museum of American Soul Music. Honorees are
Bill Baker ('79, MFA '92) and Diane Reed ('85).
For more information, contact Holly Beuke
at 901/678-1782 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni
Chapter will host its annual Judicial
Reception on Monday, November 12 at
5 p.m. at the home of President Shirley C.
Raines. The event honors Tennessee Supreme
Court Justices, members of the federal, state
and local judiciary and recent graduates of
the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. All
alumni and friends of the School of Law are
invited to attend. For more information, contact
Kelly Davis at 901/678-4299 or email@example.com.
the College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter
to celebrate a Night Back at School
featuring the Outstanding Faculty
of the Psychology Department
on Thursday, November 5
from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Alumni Center. RSVP
or by calling 901/678-3119.
prospective students and their families, current
students, and the general public are invited
to attend E-Day at the Herff College
of Engineering on Friday, November
16. This annual event showcases engineering
activities, as well as the research of the
College. To RSVP or to sign up as a tour guide,
please call 901/678-4933. Deadline for registration
is November 10.
Young Alumni Committee will
host its inaugural First Tennessee True Blue
5K on Friday, November 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 vs. UAB game the following day
as we celebrate our young graduates. To register
for the race online, visit www.trueblue5k.racesonline.com
or for more information, call 901/678-2586.