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Empowering the Dream
The Columns: Alumni Review
Honor Roll of Donors

State of the Association 2010 - 2011 Annual Report

The Columns: Alumni Review
Club and Chapter events
Air Force captain’s gift to U of M has special meaning
Alumni centennial reflections
Class Notes
In memoriam
Club and Chapter News

For more information on any Alumni Association Clubs, Chapters or events, contact the Association at or 901/678-2586.

Arts & Sciences
College of Arts & Sciences alumni, students and faculty cheered on the Homecoming Parade in September in a special section along the route hosted by Dean Henry Kurtz.

The alumni board hosted its 15th annual Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner in October. The 2011 award recipients were Dr. Diane Allen (BA ’73), provost of Salisbury University; Kirk Caraway (BA ’94, JD ’97), partner in Allen, Summers, Lillie & Gresham; Stacey Greenberg (MA ’03), community relations coordinator for MLG&W and founder of Memphis Rock & Romp; Darlene Winters (BA ’76, MA ’79), founder/choreographer of Company d; and Friends of the College Carole and Emile (BA ’60) Bizot.

The chapter held its annual Bandmasters Championships in October at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The event drew more than 30 high school bands from the Mid-South to compete for the top honors.

Business & Economics
The chapter hosted its annual golf tournament in June at the Spring Creek Ranch Golf Course in Collierville. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the chapter’s Building Renovation Fund.

The chapter also hosted its annual Alumni Day Luncheon in November at the U of M Holiday Inn. The guest speaker was Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley. The Outstanding Alumni Awards were presented to S. Morgan Morton (BBA ’63), retired senior vice president of Pfizer, and Emily Greer (MBA ’06), chief of staff at ALSAC. The Distinguished Friends of the College Awards were presented to Avron Fogelman, chair of Fogelman Properties, and Douglas Browne, general manager/vice president of The Peabody.

Communication Sciences and Disorders
The chapter hosted receptions in May and August at the Memphis Speech and Hearing Center for graduating students of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Graduates and their families gathered with faculty and staff of the School before the commencement ceremonies.

Education alumni hosted a Re-Visioning Focus Group in July. More than 25 alumni representing diverse fields of practice – including public and private school administrators, non-profit executives, education practitioners and others – gathered to discuss ways in which COE alumni can connect with and provide support for both their fellow alumni and the College. Their goal was also to determine how alumni, who make up a majority of those teaching in the city, can be ambassadors for the profession and the University.  

The chapter hosted a professional development luncheon in June at the Alumni Center. The guest speaker was U of M alumnus Mitch Jackson, vice president of environmental affairs and sustainability at FedEx Corp. He discussed “Practical Environmentalism The FedEx Way: Moving From Here to There More Sustainably.”

The Future Alumni of Memphis hosted an exclusive Peabody Rooftop Party in September for members only. Students enjoyed a performance by Memphis’ own FreeSol and music by DJ Drex from Q107.5. Members celebrated Homecoming 2011 by appearing on the Coach Larry Porter radio show, walking in the parade and participating in the food drive contest.

Half Century
The Half Century Club enjoyed a full day of Homecoming activities including a meet-and-greet at the Alumni Center, brunch and a medallion ceremony at the home of University President Shirley Raines, a bus tour of campus with a visit to the Heritage Room, and a Golden Reception at the Alumni Center with classmates from 1961 and all previous years.

The International MBA Alumni Club hosted the i2i: Union and Reunion in April, with alumni and current students meeting to discuss new directions for the International MBA program. Attendees enjoyed live music provided by current IMBA students, followed by speakers Dean Rajiv Grover, Dr. Balaji Krishnan and Dr. Benwari Kedia.

The club has begun hosting Happy Hour events each month. The first was at the Fox and Hound in August. IMBA graduates and alumni board members attended, allowing alumni to reconnect with each other at this networking event.

The Journalism Alumni Club hosted its Outstanding Journalism Alumni Awards Dinner in October at the U of M Holiday Inn. The guest speaker was CNN International anchor Natalie Allen, and the emcee was Ron Childers of Action News 5. The Charles E. Thornton Award was presented to Will King (BA ’74), senior operations director for CNN International, and freelance broadcast journalist Richard Copley (BS ’69). The Herbert Lee Williams Award was given to former U of M professor L. Dupre Long. Two new awards were also given: the inaugural Outstanding Young Alumni Award was presented to author Johanna Edwards (BA ’01) and the Emerging Journalist Award was given to student John Martin.

The Law Alumni Board hosted its Pillars of Excellence Dinner in August at the U of M Holiday Inn. Award recipients included Leo Bearman Jr., David E. Caywood, W.J. Michael Cody, Robert L. Green, John Paul “Jack” Jones, Russell B. Sugarmon, and Friend of the Law School Charles T. Tuggle. More than 500 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception followed by an awards ceremony, which included a tribute video featuring stories from each of the evening’s honorees. The Pillars of Excellence Award was created in 2007 by the Law Chapter of the U of M Alumni Association to recognize attorneys in the Memphis-area legal community who have made significant contributions to the practice of law in their civic and professional lives.

The chapter also offered a continuing legal education (CLE) session in October at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. The all-day CLE was concluded with an evening cocktail reception.

The chapter hosted a reunion weekend in October for classes ending in 1 or 6. Law alumni celebrated the kickoff of Tiger basketball season with a Memphis Madness cocktail party at the Westin downtown and also enjoyed a Family Day Picnic at the Law School.

Law Alumni Chapter honored members of the Supreme Court of Tennessee; members of the federal, state and local judiciary; and recent graduates of the School of Law at its annual Judicial Reception held at the Law School in November.

The Luther C. McClellan Black Alumni Chapter kicked off Homecoming 2011 with the Homecoming Step Show. The annual step show, which featured Memphis NPHC Greek alums, was held in the Rose Theatre. Immediately following the event, the chapter hosted its official after party at 409 South Main. Proceeds from both events benefited the LCM Scholarship Fund.

The Master of Public Administration Alumni Club hosted a luncheon in May at the University Center to honor the 2011 Pi Alpha Alpha inductees. There also was an alumni discussion panel featuring Craig Locke, director of development for United Housing; Angela Lamb, human resources administrator at Lifeblood; and Michelle Fowlkes, executive director for the Memphis-Shelby County Crime Commission.

The club also hosted its “Back to School Night” in September at the Alumni Center. Alumni, current MPA students and staff enjoyed getting to know each other at this mentoring mixer.

Music Society
Music alumni gathered for an Alumni Happy Hour at Jim’s Place in October. Guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres while catching up with friends and Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music faculty.

Student Ambassador Board
The Student Ambassador Board hosted its annual fundraising event, Mudball at Tiger Beach (the Richardson Towers north lawn), in October. Teams competed by participating in a volleyball tournament held in six inches of mud, along with a muddy game of tug-of-war. All proceeds from the event benefit the J. Wayne Johnson Memorial Scholarship.

The University of Memphis Association of Retirees hosted many events this summer, including two book club meetings, lunches and tours. UMAR hit the road on a bus trip to Tipton County in July, where members enjoyed a naturalist-guided pontoon boat tour of scenic Reelfoot Lake and a tour of the R.C. Donaldson Memorial Museum and Nature Center at Reelfoot Lake State Park. The group then met for lunch at Boyette’s Dining Room.

In September, UMAR held its annual Coffee & Conversation brunch at the home of President Raines. The guest speaker was Dr. Thomas Fagan, recipient of the 2011 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award.

UMAR members and friends also met for dinner at Felicia Suzanne’s before attending the Centennial Kickoff Concert featuring Grammy Award-winning artist Aaron Neville and the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.

UMAR took to the road by bus again in October, this time for a day trip to the 14th annual Ames Plantation Heritage Festival in Grand Junction, Tenn. Members enjoyed folk artists, historical interpreters, musicians and Civil War re-enactors as well as music and lunch on the grounds.

University College
The chapter board enjoyed dinner at the home of Dean Dan Lattimore in August.

Vision Forum
The Alumni Association hosted its annual Vision Forum at the FedEx Institute of Technology in August. Club and chapter leaders, prominent alumni and UMAA members were treated to a Tigers Around Town sneak peek, a visit from Coach Josh Pastner and an update on the University’s centennial events.

Young Alumni Committee
The Young Alumni Committee hosted a tailgate party at Tiger Lane before watching the Tigers defeat Austin Peay State University.

The committee hosted its 5th annual True Blue 5K in November on the U of M main campus. All proceeds from the race went toward the Young Alumni Legacy Scholarship.

The watch party tradition continued throughout the fall as the Atlanta Alumni Club hosted several watch parties during the Tiger football season that were attended by alumni and friends in the Atlanta area.

The True Blue Bus was on the road again visiting Nashville alumni prior to the Memphis vs. MTSU game in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

For more information on any Alumni Association Clubs, Chapters or events, contact the Association
at or 901/678-2586.


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