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UMparent E-news: August 2012 Edition

 Welcome to all our parents!

We are excited to begin another new year and even happier to soon have your students back on campus again.  The next few weeks can be an exciting time for students and we hope they will take advantage of all of activities going on on campus, especially those highlighted during our Opening Week.  

As always, please call us at 901.678.2115 or email us at parents@memphis.edu if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!

Lindsey Bray, Meta Laabs, and Kyle Capstick
Parent Services Team


Getting Started...

August is a very important time of the year.  Students should take time to settle into their new classes and make sure they get the books and supplies they need to succeed during this semester in college.

College students experience much greater freedom than in high school.  However, they are also held more accountable for their actions and decisions.  Rarely does a professor ask twice for assignments or question absences.  With an increased opportunity for distractions, time management becomes more important.  Encourage your student to be responsible for his or her education.  There is no better time than now to get your student off to a good start.

What parents can do...

  • Encourage your student to always go to class, and use a day planner to keep up with assignments.  Students can get a free planner at the beginning of each semester with their student ID in the University Center.
  • Remind them that attending study groups can be a fun and interactive way to get prepared.
  • Let your student know that professors are available during their office hours, and they are there to help.
  • If you student lives away from home, be understanding when he or she feels overwhelmed or homesick.  Encourage your student to spend a month or more acclimating to college before returning home for the weekend.

Calendar and Dates

Below are a few of the important upcoming dates and deadlines. To stay up to date on all dates, deadlines, and University events, please check out our UMparents Calendar.

August 20: Deadline to Signup for eRefunds

August 23-25: Residence Hall Move-In

August 24: Fee Payment Deadline, 4:30 pm

August 24: Last Day of Regular Registration

August 24-September 1: Opening Week Events

August 25: First Day of Classes, Fall 2012 Semester (Most classes begin on Monday, August 27)

August 25-30: Late Registration Period

August 27: New Student Convocation, 2:15 pm in Rose Theatre

August 30: Last Day to Add or Change Sections

September 3: Labor Day (University Closed)

September 7: Last Day to Drop Course without Receiving "W"

September 13: Study Abroad Fair, 10am to 2pm, Student Plaza

September 17: Panhellenic Sorority Formal Recruitment Orientation Meeting for Parents, UC 7:00 pm

September 17-23: Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment

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Administrator Spotlight 

Angie NorwoodAngie Norwood is the Coordinator of Student Activities at the University of Memphis. For nearly 12 years she has worked with community service programs, student organizations, and student activities at the U of M. Prior to the U of M, Angie served as an activities advisor at Texas Tech University, where she also advised student activities and community service programs. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Eastern New Mexico University and a Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas. There, she held a graduate assistantship working with community service and leadership programs.

Angie has been a long-time advisor for the Student Activities Council, but is currently transitioning to focus primarily on Community Service programs and the Student Event Allocations process. In her previous work with Community Service programs, Angie helped to revive the Alternative Spring Break program, now having completed its 10th consecutive year of community service trips, and is working to expand the program. She also initiated the creation of Students Advocating Service (SAS), a student organization dedicated to providing community service opportunities for the campus community. SAS is now entering its 12th year and sponsors a monthly Service on Saturday opportunity, as well as three weekly community service opportunities for students, staff, and faculty. Angie also serves as one of the advisors for Frosh Camp and organizes the Frosh Frenzy program, a freshman tradition at the first home football game.

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Student Spotlight

Ali CampAlexandria "Ali" Camp is the daughter of Timothy M. and Dawn A. Camp. She is a graduate of Millington Central High School which is located in the Memphis community. In addition to being a double major in mathematical sciences and physics, Ali is actively involved in Tigers Teach. She serves as the vice president of the student organization; participates in the internship program by tutoring elementary students; works in the office; and coordinates the Tigers Learning Community. Ali joined Tigers Teach in the fall of 2011 because she desires to become a high school math teacher that not only teaches content but also prepares students with skills and knowledge that they can use for the rest of their lives. Tigers Teach is a "perfect fit" for Ali because she can major in the subject she loves, math, and teach which she has been doing since the seventh grade. Ms. Ruby Lastinger, her algebra teacher, inspired her to teach because she was helpful and cared about her students.

This program is unique in that students have the opportunity to teach starting with the first course, Step 1. Students begin their field experience in an elementary classroom, move to a middle school, and then they teach in a high school. Ali loves the fact that "they start us small and let us build our confidence before we get to the high school students". In addition to the program there is also the Tigers Teach Student Society, T2S2, and the Tiger Learning Community. T2S2 is open to all students enrolled in the program. The student society hosts social events, tutoring opportunities, and service projects. The first service project for Fall 12 is a book drive on September 5 in the University Center for Hanley Elementary. The Tiger Learning Community is a mentor program where new students are paired with older students of the same major to assist the new students with writing lesson plans, discussing classes, or becoming involved in campus events. According to Ali Tigers Teach is a wonderful program that offers a vast amount of opportunities.

Tigers Teach accepts all STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors. Even if students do not want to pursue a teaching license they can gain communication skills, effective presentation techniques, and knowledge of learning styles. This information assists students in being productive and successful while at the University By completing the entire program students can receive a teaching license for grades 7-12. With a STEM degree and a teaching license students are prepared for multiple employment opportunities upon graduation.

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General News

New U of M Students Will Begin College Adventure at Convocation Aug. 27th. New students at the University of Memphis will start their college adventure this year with music, school spirit, encouragement, and information. It's all part of New Student Convocation, set for Monday, Aug. 27, at 2:15 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre. Read more...

Campus Card Office. If you need to add money to your student's Tiger Funds or Dining Dollars visit our website and select Visitor Access. All you need to know is their University user name and date of birth! Tiger Funds can be used to make purchases in the University Bookstore or to purchase food at any of our dining and vending locations. Dining Dollars can only be used to purchase food on campus in any of our dining facilities, at our vending locations, or in the University Bookstore Café.

University of Memphis Study Abroad Fair. Study abroad gives students a chance to obtain inspiration for a future career, learn cross-cultural skills, enhance their resume, gain a global perspective, and network and make new friends! International Programs will be holding a study abroad fair on Thursday, September 13 from 10am to 2pm on the Student Plaza. Click here for more information.

Political Perspectives Centennial Luncheon. Students have a unique opportunity to hear from James Carville, CNN contributor, on Friday, September 14 at 1:30 p.m after the Political Perspective Centennial Luncheon.  Sponsored by the Student Government Association with funds from student activity fees, Political Perspectives Q & A with James Carville is FREE for U of M students. Seating will be on "first-come" basis and admission is subject to room capacity regulations. Read more...

The Future is Now. To get the most out of their college experience, students have to remember a lot along the way. Should they study abroad? When should they start thinking about an internship? Are they on track to graduate on time? Just a few quick clicks will help them stay on top of all of the important deadlines in the future. By liking Future You on Facebook (www.facebook.com/uofmfutureyou) or following on twitter (@uofmfutureyou) they can receive reminders to do many of the important things over the next four years. The idea behind Future You is that you're getting messages from yourself, from the future. Future You also offers a Top 10 list for every year of their college career. The lists are available at www.memphis.edu/futureyou. We know your student is going to have a great year. How do we know? We've seen the future.

Lambuth Parents. For those parents who have students on the Lambuth Campus, we will soon have new resources on our website just for you.  The UofM Lambuth website is a great resource or please feel free to contact us with your questions.  

Parent Giving. Our annual fundraising campaign will begin soon.  If you a receive a call, please consider making a donation to the Parent Fund.  With the donation you can honor your student or anyone else.  Our Parent Fund helps to continue our Parent Services we bring to you.  

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Registrar's Office

Fall registration has been open for all students since April 11. Click here for the Fall 2012 Dates and Deadlines Calendar. 

Please remind your students that they must be advised before they can register; the registration system will not allow a degree-seeking student to register if he or she has not been cleared by an advisor.

The last day of regular registration is August 24. Students who register after this date will be subject to late registration and late payment fees. Encourage your students to print and review their class schedules before their first day of classes. Building and room assignments are sometimes changed at the last minute; let's make sure that everyone is where he or she is supposed to be.

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Bursar's Office

Fall 2012 Important Dates
  • Deadline to sign up for eRefunds (direct deposit) for excess financial aid/scholarships is August 20, 2012.
  • Fee Payment Deadline is August 24, 2012, at 4:30pm to avoid a $100 late payment fee. Don't forget we offer the Installment Payment Plan (IPP).
  • eRefunds for excess financial aid/scholarships begins August 24, 2012.
  • 100% fee adjustment/credit for dropping/withdrawing from classes is August 26, 2012.
  • Late Registration with a $100 penalty is from August 25-August 30. The fee payment deadline is August 30, 2012, at 5:30pm to avoid a $100 late payment fee.
  • Checks for excess financial aid/scholarships will be mailed August 31, 2012.
  • Last day to pay for tuition and fees is September 4, 2012, by 5:30pm. Classes will be cancelled for non-payment after 5:30pm.

For additional information on financial aid/scholarship disbursements, please click here

For important fee payment deadlines and other important information, please visit our website by clicking here

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Financial Aid Office

Incoming freshmen and continuing students who have already completed their 2012-2013 FAFSA may have already been awarded and/or missing information may be preventing award. They should check under Financial Aid Requirements for the Aid Year 2012-2013 to determine if additional forms/documents are needed. To access award information, please follow the steps listed below.

  • Log on to myMemphis
  • Click on the Account$ tab
  • Scroll down, then click on the Financial Aid Awards link
  • Select the Aid Year 2012-2013, then Submit
  • Read important information under the General Information tab
  • Click on the Terms & Conditions tab, then select Accept/Do Not Accept
  • If student selects Accept, the Accept Award Offer tab will get activated, allowing the student to 'accept', 'accept partial' or 'decline' their federal student loans (from a drop down box)

Students can still apply for federal financial aid by completing the 2012-2013 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who may qualify for the HOPE Lottery Scholarship must also complete the FAFSA by September 1, 2012 to receive the Fall award.

If your student has any questions or concerns, please have them call the office at (901) 678-4825, email at financialaid@memphis.edu, or visit the office in Room 103 in Wilder Tower. If your student has a scholarship inquiry, including the HOPE Lottery Scholarship, please contact the Scholarships Office at (901) 678-3213, email at scholarships@memphis.edu, or go to Room 107 in Wilder Tower.

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Residence Life

Fall 2012 Check-In

The residence halls will be open during the following hours for check-in:

Thursday, August 23, 2012 1 PM – 4:30 PM
Freshmen First Program Residents who are assigned to the 7th floor of Richardson Towers and Emerging Leaders and Honors Residents of the Living Learning Complex

Friday, August 24, 2012 10 AM – Noon
Residents of Rawls Hall

Friday, August 24, 2012 and Saturday, August 25, 2012 1 PM – 4:30 PM
All other residents

Student who are not able to check-in by 4:30 PM on Saturday, August 25 should contact the Residence Life and Dining Services Office at 901-678-2295 and be placed on the Late Arrival List to avoid the forfeiture of the $200 rental prepayment and the loss of the housing assignment.

Fall 2012 Room Change
The Room Change period will be Thursday, August 30 and Friday, August 31 from 1 PM until 4 PM. Students will receive information regarding room change with they check-in. Students are expected to occupy their Fall 2012 housing assignment until the official paperwork has been completed during the room change period.

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Dining Services

LET'S TALK SOME FOOD!

Tiger Dining has three different meal plans that are sure to fit any campus lifestyle! Whether your student wishes to have lunch or dinner with some friends or simply looking for something on the go, our meal plans certainly provide fantastic convenience with just a swipe of a student I.D. Our meal plans will allow your student to have accessibility to all fifteen dining locations at the University of Memphis!

What if your student is commuting from home? Not a problem. Our meal plans are available to all commuters as well. In fact, we now offer EZ Payment Plans to help you and your student save some cash each semester.

For more information, log onto www.tigerdining.com or call Tiger Dining at 901-678-5202.

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Educational Support Program

University of Memphis Tutoring @ ESP welcomes all students back to the University of Memphis for the 2012-2013 school year. Tutors are available at ten (10) different learning centers across the main and satellite campuses. The main campus learning centers include the following: The Academic Enhancement Center, Business Learning Center, English Learning Center, Math Learning Center, and Science Learning Center. Also on the main campus, ESP provides evening tutoring at learning centers in both the Richardson Towers and the Living Learning Complex. Satellite learning centers are located at the Collierville, Millington, and Lambuth locations.

Your student might want to get a jump start on the semester by visiting the Academic Enhancement Center, located in 207 Mitchell. Fredrika Cowley, Learning Specialist, is available for student consultations on topics such as note taking, study skills, time management, etc. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Fredrika Cowley via email at fcowley@memphis.edu or via phone at 901.678.5226.

If you have any questions regarding ESP or any of its services contact Fredrika Cowley or Dr. Barbara Bekis, Coordinator, at 901.678.2704 You may also visit Educational Support Program's website for learning center schedules.

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Student Leadership and Involvement 

Student Leadership and Involvement is ready to kick off the fall semester with many fun and engaging programs. We want to highlight and ask you to encourage your son or daughter to join our Tiger Leadership Institute and Professional Connections programs or one of our many other activities.

Tiger Leadership Institute is an eight week program that provides participants with leadership and success skills. Level I is designed especially for new students and addresses personal awareness and self-management through exciting activities and discussion. Participants will broaden their network of peers and will be motivated to become involved college students! Applications are due Friday, September 7th. For more information, please click here.

Professional Connections is a great experience for all students looking to expand their professional network. Participants will hear real life perspectives on what it means to be a leader and experiences from members of specific professions. Professional Connection holds three lunchtime meetings during the fall semester. Lunch is free and spots are limited to 25 students. Encourage your student to apply today on our website!

Your student may contact us at studentleadership@memphis.edu or (901) 678-8679.

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Campus Recreation 

The Campus Recreation Intramural Services staff hopes your students will have a wonderful school year, and we are here to help them achieve that by offering excellent facilities, programs, and services that promote wellness and relieve stress. Any student enrolled in six or more hours has free access to our Student and Recreation Center. We offer a wide array of state-of-the-art equipment, including brand-new cardio equipment, as well as tennis, basketball, racquetball, table tennis, and golf courts; a new rowing studio; weight room; fitness studio; indoor and outdoor pools; sauna, whirlpool, and steam room; and free group fitness classes, including Yoga, Zumba, Cycle, and much more.

Full-time students are also invited to enroll in a Student Household Membership, through which they may sponsor one adult who lives in the same household as the student, as well as any children aged 21 or younger who are in the student's custody. For membership appointments, students may call 678-3459. Students may also bring one guest per visit for $5 per visit.

Our department also offers a wide variety of intramural and club sports to help engage your student in campus life and promote an active lifestyle. These sports include flag football, soccer, basketball, table tennis, and much more! For more information about our facilities and programs, please click here.

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Disability Resources for Students

Disability Resources for Students at the University of Memphis encourages students to be proactive rather than reactive. Parents of students with disabilities are encouraged to make certain that their son/daughter is fully registered with Disability Resources for Students (SDS) as they begin at the University of Memphis. In addition to providing disability-related accommodations in the classroom and on tests, SDS has a number of helpful programs to assist students and prepare them for academic success. For further information, contact the SDS office at 901-678-2880.

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Information Technology

Computer Software and Hardware for Students

The University has great resources for our students who need software for their personal computers. We have discounts on a variety of software ranging from Microsoft to Adobe products. Click here to visit our Student Software site for more information

Computer discounts are also available for students. Click here for information about Dell and Apple discounts.

For more information, contact the University umTech Helpdesk at (901) 678-8888. The Helpdesk is available by phone 24x7.

Computer Labs on Campus

The University Center (UC) is the center of student life on campus. Located within the UC (Room 265) is our state-of-the-art Technology Hub. This lab is available for students to use 24 hours a day/7days a week. In addition to the Technology Hub, there are computer labs located across campus to serve the needs of your student. Click here for a list of labs, hours of operation, and number of computers. 

New Resources on Campus Include...

  • Campus Network: SafeConnect software will need to be installed on your student's personal computer in order to access the campus network. For information, click here.
  • Email: The University uses Outlook.com as its email provider. Students can access their email on their mobile devices. For email set up information, click here

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Athletics 

For athletic schedules, click here.

To purchase tickets to UofM sporting events, click here.

The Tigers kick off the 2012 football season against UT Martin on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m., at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Come out and support your Tigers! Tickets start at just $10, and U of M Students get in FREE to all home games with a valid ID. Get your tickets now at GoTigersGo.com.

Memphis Tigers Partner with Memphis City Schools to Collect 10,000 Books on September 1st. The Memphis Tigers PAWS (Preparing Athletes for Winning Success) program announced a goal to collect 10,000 books at the Tigers' first football game on Sept. 1. The campaign has been termed "10,000 Books from Tiger Fans." All books collected will be donated to seven Memphis City Schools deemed "Innovation Zone" schools. These are schools with limited resources that are identified as needing help to succeed at a higher level. Read more...

Hawkins Selected Preseason All-Conference USA. On Wednesday, Conference USA released the preseason coaches' poll and the 2012 All-Conference USA Preseason team. The Tigers were picked to finish seventh in the league while senior outside hitter Altrese Hawkins was selected to the All-Conference USA preseason team. Read more...

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Fun Fact & Quote

Fun Fact: With more than 1,850 participants, the Helen Hardin Honors Program is in its 37th year. The program is the largest in the state of Tennessee.

Quote: 

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
-William Butler Yeats

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August 2012

Calendar and Dates

Administrator Spotlight

Student Spotlight

Financial Aid

Bursar's Office

Registrar's Office

Residence Life

Dining Services

Educational Support Programs

Student Leadership & Involvement

Campus Recreation

Disability Resources for Students

Information Technology

Athletics

Fun Fact & Quote

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