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October 2008

Homecoming 2008 True Blue Events
High School Seniors Can Sample College Life at Campus Day
The University of Memphis Preview Reception is Touring Tennessee!
Alumni News and Upcoming Events


Homecoming 2008 True Blue Events

Homecoming 2008Homecoming 2008 will be the weekend of October 24-25 at the University of Memphis! Join YOUR Alumni Association for a full weekend of True Blue Events! For a complete list of Homecoming Activities, visit http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/homecoming.php

Alumni Association’s Homecoming Parade: Friday, October 24, at 5:30 p.m.
Hosted by the Alumni Association and Student Activities Council. Special guests include University President Shirley Raines and Athletic Director R.C. Johnson. Parade route will be on the U of M campus. Parking is available at the Southern Ave. and Central Ave. parking lots.

Alumni Association’s Homecoming Pep Rally: Friday, October 24, at 6:30 p.m.
With special guest Coach Tommy West as well as the Alumni Association's True Blue Tradition Award and the Parent of the Year Award. Located at the end of the parade route at the Plaza Fountain near the Administration Building. Complimentary hot dogs, chips and cookies, provided by Huey's. Parking is available at the Southern Ave. and Central Ave. parking lots.

Tiger football vs. Southern Miss: Saturday, October 25, at 7 p.m. at the Liberty Bowl
Presentation by National Alumni Association President Martin Zummach for the Parent of the Year Award and the True Blue Tradition Award. For tickets, visit www.gotigersgo.com

Mighty “Old” Sound of the South Band Alumni Chapter
Join the Mighty “Old” Sound of the South Band Alumni Chapter on Saturday, October 25, when the Tigers take on the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss at 7 p.m.  The Homecoming Committee is finalizing the weekend plans, which will include a Friday night mix and mingle after the Homecoming parade. Please encourage anyone with whom you marched, or anyone you know who marched in the MSOS, to attend Homecoming 2008.  Mark your calendars for a great time of football, fun, and fellowship. For more information on Homecoming Alumni half-time performances, log onto http://www.tigerbandalumni.com

1958 Class Reunion Brunch
The Alumni Association is celebrating the 50th reunion for the Class of 1958 on Friday, October 24. Members of the class of 1958 are invited to a brunch at the home of University of Memphis President, Dr. Shirley C. Raines. The cost is $35 per person. Please RSVP with payment information to 901/678-1333 by October 17. For more information contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Golden Reception for Classes of 1958 and all Previous Graduation Years
A Golden Reception, hosted by the Half Century Club, will be held for the Classes of 1958 and all previous graduation years at the Alumni Center on the evening of Friday, October 24. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Luther C. McClellan Ol’ School Step Show
The Luther C. McClellan Chapterof the Alumni Association will be hosting its annual Ol’ School Step Show on Friday, October 24, immediately following the Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally.  Members of PHC fraternities and sororities will return to the Pep Rally site on the main campus to showcase their stepping skills once again.  For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016.

Frosh Camp Counselor Reunion
The Alumni Association will be hosting a Frosh Camp Counselor Reunion on Friday, October 24, at 8:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center on the U of M campus.  This event, during Homecoming Weekend, will be celebrating 15 years of Frosh Camp! The cost is $20 for not yet members of the Alumni Association, complimentary for members.  For more information, or to RSVP with payment information, contact Alumni Coordinator Shawn Carter at smcarter@memphis.edu or 901/678-5016.

Sigma Chi Fraternity Barbeque
Calling all Sigma Chi alumni! Join the brothers of Sigma Chi on Saturday, Oct. 25, at noon for their Homecoming pre-game barbeque for all Epsilon Kappa alumni. The party will be at the Sigma Chi house on Mynders Ave. For more information, contact John Hanna at jrhanna@memphis.edu

Phi Beta Sigma Alumni Tailgate
Calling all Phi Beta Sigma alumni! Join the brothers of the Delta Nu chapter of Phi Beta Sigma for a reunion tailgate at Tobey Field at noon on Saturday, Oct. 25. For more information, contact Mario Brown at mario.e.brown@gmail.com

University of Memphis Heritage Room
Make plans to reunite with fellow alums in this historic setting in the former John Willard Brister Library. The Heritage Room will be open on Friday, Oct. 24 from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Visitor parking is available in the Wilder Tower lot.

 

Out of Town Tiger Fans! Homecoming 2008 Events

San Antonio/Austin area
The University of Memphis Alumni Association is inviting all Tiger alumni, friends, and family in the San Antonio/Austin area to come out for a Watch Party with the recently launched San Antonio/Austin Club.  Saturday, October 25 is Homecoming in Memphis, but if you cannot make it back to the Bluff City, head over to Gatti's Town Pizza on South I-35 in Austin, TX.  The Tigers will host the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss. Party starts at 6 p.m., CT, and kick off is at 7 p.m.  Contact Club Leader Northern Sherrod (BA '99) at northernsherrod@templeinland.com for more information or to get involved!

Denver Alumni Club
Colorado alumni, friends and fans, please join the Denver Alumni Club for the last Colorado Watch Party of the Tiger Football season. On Saturday, October 25, let’s cheer on the Tigers as they take on the Golden Eagles from Southern Miss. The party will be at the Blake Street Tavern at Coors Field at 6:00 p.m., MT.  Wear your blue and gray, and get ready to celebrate a victory!  Please contact Club President Jason Smiley at jasmiley23@aol.com or Connor Morganti at connormorganti@verizon.net for more information.

Lower Alabama Club
It’s Tiger football season and the Lower Alabama Club is getting ready for a Homecoming Game Watch Party, Saturday, October 25. If you would like more information on this Watch Party or to get involved with the Lower Alabama Club, please contact club president Robert Murphree (BBA ’76) at robertmurphree@gulftel.com or check the ‘Events’ page at http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/ for further details.  

Eastern Pennsylvania Alumni Club
Join the Eastern Pennsylvania Alumni Club for a Watch Party on Saturday, October 25, at our new venue, the Field House, to watch the Tigers take on Southern Miss. Wear your Tiger Blue and bring your friends and family. It is Homecoming in Memphis, so if you cannot be there for the big game, join us here in the Keystone State!  Kick off is at 8:00 p.m. EST. The Field House will be validating parking so parking will only be $5.  Please contact Club President Connor Morganti at connormorganti@verizon.net for more information.

Washington D.C. Alumni Club
The Washington D.C. Alumni Club is hosting a watch party on Saturday, October 25, at The President’s Sports Bar in The Renaissance Hotel on 9th Street.  All University of Memphis alumni, family, and friends are encouraged to come out and celebrate Homecoming in our nation’s capitol.  If you cannot be in Memphis, then participate with us!  The game kicks off at 8 p.m., ET.  Please contact Club President Terry Rhea at terry.rhea@gmail.com for more information or to get involved in the Washington D.C. area.


High School Seniors Can Sample College Life at Campus Day

Campus DayFuture college students will find answers to their questions about college life when the University of Memphis holds Campus Day on Saturday, November 8, from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The event is free, but registration is necessary. Registration is available online at http://recruitment.memphis.edu. The deadline for reservations is October 31, 2008. 

The event, which is also open to students’ family members, will begin with a picnic lunch and entertainment by the University’s pop music group, Sound Fuzion. U of M President Shirley Raines will welcome the visitors to the campus. Throughout the day, University representatives will be on hand to provide visitors with information about admissions, residence life, scholarships and financial aid, student organizations, academic programs, and student services.  Guests also will have a chance to visit academic departments of their choice, talk with faculty, and tour the campus.

 A panel of U of M parents will give a presentation on how to help students make the transition to college life. A panel of current students also will be available to answer questions from their perspective. For more information, call 901-678-2169 or 800-669-2678.

The University of Memphis Preview Reception is Touring Tennessee!

University of Memphis Preview Reception Students and their families who are interested in learning more about the University of Memphis are invited to the University of Memphis Preview Reception that is touring Tennessee this fall. The reception will be visiting locations in East, Middle and West Tennessee. For a complete list of event locations and dates, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/recruitment/index.php

This is a great opportunity for high school students and transfer students to meet new people, enjoy great food and learn everything there is to know about the University of Memphis. University representatives will discuss the admissions process, financial aid and scholarships, academic programs, honors programs, residence life, student organizations, student services, and other aspects of life at the U of M.

Reservations can be made by visiting http://www.memphis.edu/recruitment/receptions/receptions.php or by calling 800/669-2678. All high school juniors and seniors, transfer students, parents and guests are welcome.

The Office of Recruitment and Orientation
The Office of Recruitment and Orientation is always looking for exceptional students, and we need your help. As a campus collaborative, we are asking that you share with us the names of prospective students so we can actively recruit them throughout this important period in their lives. Please provide us with the names of students you know who are involved in the college search process. These students may be friends, relatives, neighbors, or even your own children as they search for the right college. You may provide the contact information by using our online prospect card at http://www.memphis.edu/recruitment/info2.php or you may contact the recruitment staff directly.

Contact information for our recruiters and administrative staff can be found at http://recruitment.memphis.edu. We look forward to working with you to advance our institutional enrollment goals by reaching out to even more students with your assistance!


Alumni News and Upcoming Events

Journalism Alumni Club Journalism Alumni Club Outstanding Alumni Dinner
The Journalism Alumni Club will be honoring Outstanding Alumni at a dinner on Thursday, October 16, at the Racquet Club of Memphis. Join the club as they honor Walter Leavy (BA ’75), Paul Jewell (BA ’78) and Deanie Parker (BPS ’77, MPA ’88). For more information or to RSVP, contact Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-4373.

Little Rock Alumni Club Re-Launch
The University of Memphis Alumni Association is proud to announce the re-launching of the Little Rock Alumni Club.  The Club will host its first watch party in the River Market area on Saturday, October 18, as the Tigers take on East Carolina.  Alumni, families, fans, and friends are encouraged to bring tailgating gear and enjoy the game!  For more information about this event, or to get involved in the Little Rock area, contact Jim Woods at jimmywoodsjr@yahoo.com and show your True Blue spirit!

Bandmasters Championship
The Band Alumni Chapter is proud to host the annual Bandmasters Championship at the Liberty Bowl on Saturday, October 18. 21 bands will compete for the Grand Champion trophy, including Munford High School, winner of 2007 Bandmasters.  Band alumni are encouraged to come out to watch and enjoy a great day of competition.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jeremy Stinson at jeremymstinson@aol.com or 901/870-4629.

Mighty Sound of the South Commemorative Throw Pillow
The Mighty Sound of the South uniform jacket used from 1996-2007 has been retired and is now being made into a one-of-a-kind commemorative throw pillow.  Each pillow will represent the front and back of the uniform jacket.  The cost is $45.00/pillow for current members of the Alumni Association, and $50.00/pillow for non-members.  All proceeds will go towards the Band Alumni Chapter.  Pillows will be available in late October and during Homecoming.  Order your pillow TODAY; only 100 are being produced, so quantities are limited.  To order, go to www.tigerbandalumni.com and click on the link to own a piece of history.

Fogelman College of Business & Economics Alumni Day Luncheon
Join the Fogelman College of Business & Economics Alumni Chapter at the 16th annual Alumni Day luncheon on Wednesday, October 29, at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. Keynote speaker will be Dr. William Evans, CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Wei Chen (IMBA ’98), Chinese-born logistics entrepreneur is this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Dan Palmer (BBA ’66), former CEO of Concord EFS Incorporated is this year’s Outstanding Alumnus of the College, and David Sullivan (BS ’64), Chairman of Sullivan Investments, LLC and a member of the Board of Directors for Choice Hotels, will be receiving this year’s Distinguished Friend of the College Award. Please e-mail Alumni Coordinator Fariss Adams Ivey at fadams@memphis.edu or call 901/678-4373 for more information.

Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Board Judicial Reception
The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Board will be hosting a Judicial Reception at the residence of U of M President Shirley C. Raines on Monday, November 3, at 5 p.m. to honor 2008 School of Law Graduates, Justices of the Supreme Court of Tennessee and members of the Federal, State and Local Judiciary. All Law Alumni Association Members and recent graduates, elected officials and Tennessee Judiciary are encouraged to attend. The evening is a great opportunity for networking. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served. For more information or to RSVP contact Alumni Coordinator Chelsea Dubey at ctdubey@memphis.edu or 901/678-1562.

College of Education Alumni Chapter
The College of Education Alumni Chapter is seeking nominations for outstanding alumni in any field of education to be honored during a special event this fall. Nominees should be graduates who have achieved outstanding success in their personal and professional activities, scholarly pursuits, research activities, service to the University or community involvement. The deadline for submission of nominations is Monday, November 3. For a nomination form or more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333.

Dallas Alumni Club Pre-Game Tailgate Party
On Saturday, November 8, the Dallas Alumni Club will be hosting a Pre-Game Tailgate party near Ford Stadium.  Come out and enjoy a great afternoon of fun, friends and football with U of M President Dr. Shirley C. Raines and fellow Tigers as the SMU Mustangs host the U of M Tigers at Ford Stadium on SMU’s campus.  The University of Memphis Alumni Association will have a special reserved block of tickets on the 40-yard line, $20.00 each. Place your order over the phone by calling Bethany Tiffin direct at 214/768-2376. Limited number of seats available, so order your tickets TODAY!  Contact Club President Gary Crooms at gary@seniorinformation.com for more information on this event or to join the Tigers in Dallas e-mail list.  

Young Alumni Committee 2nd annual First Tennessee True Blue 5K
The Young Alumni Committee will host the 2nd annual First Tennessee True Blue 5K on November 21, at 7 p.m. The course will wind its way throughout the beautiful University of Memphis campus and will conclude with an awards presentation. Anyone wishing to be a sponsor or volunteer should contact Alumni Coordinator Ryan Jones at rjones1@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333. Online registration for the race is available at http://www.trueblue5k.racesonline.com/.

Attention Alumni: 2009 Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award Nominations
Nominate your most deserving professor for the 2009 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 http://www.memphis.edu/alumni/DTA.php. The nomination deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19. Thank you for suggesting deserving professors for this award.

Membership Matters!
The University of Memphis Alumni Association would like to thank all of our current life and annual members. We are proud that membership is at an all time high.  The Association has set forth an ambitious goal for the year 2012 to have more than 10,000 members in the Association. We are on our way, but we need YOUR help to achieve this goal. Annual membership to the Alumni Association is only $35/year. Your membership fees help fund student scholarships, faculty and staff awards, and many of University-wide events, such as Homecoming and the Distinguished Alumni Awards. Additionally, the nearly 65 clubs and chapters, both locally and nationally, help raise over $44,000 in scholarships for students in related fields. Join the Alumni Association today and make a TRUE BLUE difference in YOUR University!  Visit http://memphis.edu/alumni or call 901/678-ALUM.

 

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