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Football Watch Party Updates

It’s exciting that our football team has started off strong with wins over Colorado State and Central Arkansas, putting us undefeated through our first two games for the first time since 2008, the year before the Memphis Forever Buffs chapter was established.  Now with the devastating flooding in the Boulder area, ultimately leading to the cancellation of the Fresno State game last week, and the scheduled by this week, CU will enter Week 5 still undefeated as they open conference play at Oregon State on September 28!

Due to all of our games from Week 2 through to Week 6 being on the PAC-12 Network, our chapter has not been able to hold any watch parties since the season opener vs. Colorado State.  As much as we would have liked to ride the Buffs momentum to increase turnout at our watch parties, the dispute between DirecTV and the PAC-12 Network as severely worked against us.

Our next possible chance for a watch party will be October 12 when the Buffs travel to Tempe to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils.  As a result of the lack of opportunities to get together for football, our chapter is hoping for a change of pace this year.  The options right now to fill in the gaps are:  hold a watch party or two,  have “Buffs Night at the Brooks Museum”, and have an alum host a watch party potluck at their home for a PAC-12 Network game.

Please be patient with the chapter during this difficult season due to the limited ability to hold football watch parties.  There will be other events in the works to compensate and hopefully drawing an increase in participation in chapter events.

See you all soon and GO BUFFS!!!

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Memphis Forever Buffs Social Media Communities

Obviously everyone is connected on some sort of social media account nowadays.  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Foursquare are a few of the popular ones.  The Memphis Forever Buffs Alumni Chapter currently uses Facebook and Twitter which are kept up-to-date with breaking news out of Boulder as well as anything new occurring with the alumni chapter or the city of Memphis that might be of interest to the group.  At the moment, we’re very happy with the “membership” of the chapter’s Facebook page, 57/87 known members.  We just added 2 members this weekend and 2 others over the last couple weeks.  We’re making a big deal about this now because of football season and about some of the events we’ll be having over the next several months, both football and non-football related.

For those of you that have joined the Memphis Buffs’ Facebook Page or are planning to, consider adding the Chapter Leader’s Facebook Page as well.  We will post the events on the chapter page, but can only invite from his personal site; invitations can’t be made from the chapter page.  The alumni email which we rely on can easily be missed especially if you go out-of-town, or haven’t updated your new address with the university, and sometimes it goes to your spam folder.  Currently, the Chapter Leader for Memphis is Scott Seltzer and you can easily search that on Facebook.  We are all very careful about privacy and make it our A #1 priority, even on the social media sites.  So please keep that in mind when adding the Memphis Forever Buffs Facebook page to add the Chapter Leader’s page as well.  On Twitter, the chapter site is the same as the Facebook site, we like to keep things as consistent as possible.

For as many members as we have on Facebook though, it is very quiet.  We try asking poll-like questions on the page to get suggestions on different types of events as well as posting older pictures trying to get more activity on our site to no avail.  What can we do to help increase the activity on the social media platforms?

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Looking for Host Alum During PAC12 Network Games

The PAC-12 Network has  been partly responsible for low watch party turnout across the country.  With 3 of our first 5 games being on the family of PAC-12 Network channels, I was hoping to reach out to our chapter member to see if anyone has DISH or Comcast and is willing and able to host a watch party or two for us.  The Hanna family did it for us during the CU vs CSU game a few years back and it was a big success, we had 22 people (including kids) and had a great time.  We usually do it potluck style with each family bring a dish to fill in around the main dish of the host.  I will send out the emails and I will handle the address and phone number how the host wants me to.  It only goes to people serious about attending.  Just to let you know, all of the PAC-12 Network games are CU home games, and I know home games are a big deal for our chapter.  If anyone is interested in hosting, please email me at memphis@alumni.colorado.edu

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Medical Student Looking for a Host Family in Memphis!!

Hi to our Memphis Forever Buffs Family,

We are getting down to the wire here, just 13 days before he starts his rotation!  Please let’s show him and the rest of the Forever Buffs community what “southern hospitality ” is all about.  Let’s please step up Memphis!

I would like to welcome a fellow Forever Buff to Memphis!  He graduated in 2009 and is currently doing his residency at Rocky Vista University in Parker, CO.  He will be in Memphis from August 26th – September 20th to do a medical rotation at University of Tennessee Medical Center.  Because he will only be here for 4 weeks, he is looking for a family to host him…mainly a place to sleep and shower.  If you have a spare bedroom, or know someone who does, he will be eternally grateful and will be happy to sublet or help cover rent.

If you are willing and able to help him, please let me know.  Please email me at memphis@alumni.colorado.edu

Go Buffs!

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Colorado Victims Relief Fundraiser Results

The fundraising event to aid those Coloradans in need, after the worst fire in the state’s history in the Waldo Canyon area and the Aurora movie theater shooting, was a success.  Those that attended had an enjoyable time, and we received some donations from out-of-state, North Carolina and New York to be exact.  I want to again thank those that were able to attend and those that couldn’t make, but still were gracious enough to mail in a donation.  The event brought in $450 to this point, though we are waiting on possibly a couple more donations to arrive.  For an event that had 11 total attendees, I am very pleased with the response and the generous donations.

Again, thanks for showing your Buff and heartfelt spirit for this worthy cause.

GO BUFFS!!!

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Happy 4th of July From the Memphis Buffs!

I hope everyone has had a safe and happy Independence Day!  This is of course a time to celebrate our nation’s birthday with friends, but it is also time to take a minute and thank those that have sacrificed and also given their lives for the freedom we all hold near and dear to our hearts.  As the son of a veteran, that means as much to me as it does to have fun on this day!  Thank you and GO BUFFS!!

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The Lady Buffs Golf Team is Heading to TN for their 1st Ever National Championship Tourny!

Congratulations to the #11-ranked Lady Buffs Golf Team for turning in a record performance to finish 4th in the West Regionals, thus qualifying for their 1st-ever trip to the National Championship Women’s Golf Tournament.  By qualifying for the national championship, it will bring a CU Buffs team to Tennessee for the 1st time since the Buffs Football Team came to Memphis to play in the Liberty Bowl.  The National Championship Women’s Golf Tournament is being hosted by Vanderbilt University at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, TN.  The Lady Buffs will tee-off at 12:58 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22 in a 24-team field beginning their pursuit of a National Championship.  They will be paired with #2-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide and #12-ranked Tennessee Vols.  In round 2 on Wednesday, May 23, the trio will tee-off at 8:25 a.m. and round 3 on Thursday will be determined by the team’s place after 2 rounds of play.

I am excited to be planning an alumni event around the Lady Buffs for their trip to Tennessee.  The event will be coordinated with the Nashville Alumni Chapter and CU’s Athletic Department.  As soon as the details are figured out, the event will be posted on all of the Memphis and Nashville Chapters’ sites.  Let’s show CU how proud Tennessee is of our alma mater and cheer the Lady Buffs on to a National Championship!

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Looking for Summer Send-off Host for 2012

I hope everybody has had a great year so far.  For those that didn’t catch it last month, Assistant Professor Leigh Holman (DMA Mus ’03) sang the National Anthem for President Obama during his visit to CU.  She is in the College of Music and director of the opera program.  I bring this up because she is a native west Tennessean from just up the road in Trenton.

I can’t believe this academic year has flown by so fast, because it seems like only a couple of months ago that our last Summer Send-off was held and we had a great time. Well it is that time of year again and we are looking for someone to host the send-off this year and need to know by May 15th!  Last year it was held on July 31st, and CU has found the most successful events have occurred on weekends between late July and mid August.

I would like to continue this event and make this a tradition as it’s very worthwhile for both the soon-to-be students and parents as well as the alumni.  Alumni are always happy and willing to share their stories of their time back in Boulder with new students.  And anytime we can get that back and forth going with this chapter, the better.

If you are interested in hosting, this is what we will need to know from you:

1. Name of Host/Hostess

2. If Host(s) are CU Alumni … year(s) of graduation

3. Name of CU Boulder student/expected graduation year

4. Contact Information (Home/Work/Mobile/Fax/Email)

5. Would you like this information available to recipients who RSVP that will be attending ? Y or N

6. Distance you feel families will travel to your send-off event

7. Tentative date of event (or even just a week or a month)

8. Time of event

9. Type of event : snacks, bbq, swim party, etc.

10. Location (address/city/state/zip code)

11. Shipping Address: to ship CU gear and party box for the event

Also, just know that CU’s Parent Association’s budget isn’t big enough to reimburse every city across the county who is doing a send-off for expenses, so keep it simple.  Last year the alumni that attend brought some snacks with them.  CU will send a box of goodies to share with the guest and “Welcome to CU” gifts so to speak and CU will also handle all of the mailings of the invitations and RSVP’s.  They will leave you with the easy part.

So please, if you are interested in hosting this year’s Summer Send-off, let us know by contacting your Memphis Forever Buffs Chapter Leader.

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Memphis Forever Buffs Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund was created in 2011 out of the Chauncey Billups Meet & Greet with the Memphis Grizzlies.  It was our chapter’s first ever fund raiser, raising just short of $500, and had our largest turnout with 30 alumni, family and friends.  The meet and greet will continue to be in place with the Grizzlies, so that we can build our scholarship fund, and we will rotate our alumni in the NBA.

The scholarship was created to help qualified incoming freshman from the Memphis metropolitan area, under the umbrella of the Memphis Forever Buffs Alumni Chapter.  The area covers, specifically the city of Memphis, northern MS, north eastern AR, the bootheel of MO, and west TN.  If there isn’t a qualified candidate in that area, then it will open up to the whole state of TN.

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Alec Burks Meet & Greet Scholarship Fund Raising Event

Title: Alec Burks Meet & Greet Scholarship Fund Raising Event CANCELLED!!
Location: Fed Ex Forum
Description: I am sorry to inform you that the Memphis Forever Buffs Scholarship Fundraiser with Alec Burks is cancelled this year.  We unfortunately did not have the interest or the numbers to be able to hold the event and roll over the deposit on this year’s event to next year.  The event was for a great cause as proceeds were to go towards the Memphis Forever Buffs Scholarship Fund which benefits qualified incoming freshman to CU from the Memphis surrounding area.

Date: 2012-04-14

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