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U of M's Business College Undergraduate Advising Office Offers Help to Students University News
For release: September 2, 2010

For press information, contact Mercedes Langford, 901-678-2855

The Undergraduate Advising Office (UGAD) in the Fogelman College of Business & Economics at the University of Memphis UGAD is the new home of the College’s Office of Internships, Recruitment, and Scholarships. The office offers a single site where students have available to them a variety of programs and services for undergraduate business students, including advising, scholarships, and internships.

Students can make appointments with the associate director to explore internship opportunities through eRecruiting, add their resume to the resume book, and inquire about receiving up to six hours of academic credit for their related internship experiences.

Beginning this fall, students will be able to apply for academic internship credit online. The new online system allows students to submit their required documents and check the status of their application at their convenience, while faculty will be able to approve academic credit more quickly.

More than 100 FCBE students received academic credit for their internship experience during the 2009-2010 academic year. Popular internships sites included FedEx Services, UBS, International Paper, Watkins Uiberall, ServiceMaster, First Tennessee Bank, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Students are also welcome to visit the office to inquire about the more than 70 scholarships offered through the Fogelman College. Each year, high ability students are awarded merit-based and need-based scholarships. More than $300,000 has been awarded to students for the 2010-2011 academic year.

UGAD provides support to over 2500 students through academic advising every semester. It is staffed by three professional staff members and several graduate student assistants who together provide excellent academic advising to students. While most of the sessions are face-to-face, advisors also work with students via email to ensure that information is provided in as timely and convenient manner as possible.

There have been several changes recently to FCBE curricula. One of the most significant is the reduction in the number of credit hours required for students to be eligible to enroll in upper division business courses. The new number is 45 hours. The change is designed to create additional flexibility in students’ schedules and to assist them in completing their degree programs in a timely manner. These changes, along with other important information, are covered in the advising handbook that is given to every new business undergraduate student who attends New Student Orientation. This handbook is also linked online to the office website at

New students also may participate in a “Fresh Connections” learning community for future business leaders, in which they have an opportunity to take three courses with a cohort of students and learn about the importance of written and oral communication in business. Fall 2010 is the second year that this learning community will be offered to entering freshmen.

Students in the honors program will have a new, improved experience beginning this fall. UGAD will have a dedicated advisor for those students who are University Honors students or Business Honors students. The Fogelman College will continue to offer honors business courses and will create an Honors Student Lounge in the fall 2010 where students can study and network with each other.

More information about internships, scholarships, and recruitment is available from Whitney Brown by phone at 901-678-3905, or by email at For additional information about the other initiatives, please contact Mercedes Langford at 901-678-2855 or

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