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UMparent E-news: August (Back to School) Edition

Welcome Parents & Families!

We are excited to begin another new year and even happier to soon have your students on campus. The next few weeks will be an exciting time for students and we hope they will take advantage of all of the activities on campus, especially those highlighted during our Plug In to Blue Events.

As always, please call us at 901.678.2115 or email us at if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!

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

Lets get pUMped!!!!!

August is a very important time of the year. Student 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 to 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 your 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

To stay up to date on all upcoming dates and deadlines, please check out our UMparent calendar.

August 19: Deadline to sign up for e-Refunds (direct deposit)

August 22-24: Residence Hall Move-In

August 23: Fee Payment Deadline, 4:30 pm (All registered courses will be DELETED if not paid In full or signed up/paid on the Installment Payment Plan (IPP) by the Fee Payment Deadline)

August 23: Last Day of Regular Registration

August 23-October 9: Plug In to Blue Events

August 24: First Day of Classes, Fall 2013 Semester (Most classes begin on Monday, August 26)

August 24-29: Late Registration Period

August 26: New Student Convocation, 2:30 pm in Rose Theatre

August 29: Last Day to Add or Change Sections

September 2: University Closed in observance of Labor Day

September 3-7: National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Interest Week

September 4: "My Son/Daughter Wants to Join a fraternity/sorority? I need more information" Parent Chat, Noon, Click Here to Join

September 6: Last Day to Drop Course without Receiving "W" on transcript

September 7: Football vs. Duke, Liberty Bowl, 3:30 pm CT (Frosh Frenzy at start)

September 9-12: Interfraternity Council (IFC) Recruitment Week

September 11-14: Panhellenic Recruitment Week

September 18: Study Abroad Fair, 10 am to 3 pm, Student Plaza


General News

Get your FAMILY T-shirt!: At the suggestion of the Parent & Family Council, in an effort to raise funds for the Parent Fund, we have designed a t-shirt just for parents and family members. For those who donate $30 or more, a t-shirt will be mailed to you. For more information and to donate, please visit Thank you to all those who have purchased a shirt so far.  We have had a wonderful response and we hope you are enjoying them!

Save the Date: We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Alumni Affairs to host a tailgate before the first football game of the season vs. Duke University on Saturday, September 7 at the Liberty Bowl. The game is set for 3:30 pm CT. We will send out more details shortly. We hope you can join us to cheer on the Tigers!

New Student Convocation: Students who are new to the University of Memphis are invited to Tiger Training at New Student Convocation on the first day of class, Monday, Aug. 26 at 2:30 pm in the Rose Theatre. Freshman and transfer students will learn about U of M traditions and get advice on how to be successful in college. Alumni and current students will offer their strategies on how students can achieve their ultimate goal – earning a degree. Student will be part of the Class of 2017 photo and be treated to a special pep rally.  For more information, click here.

Study Abroad Fair: The Study Abroad Fair will be on September 18th from 10am to 3pm on the Student Plaza. Student will hear from past program participants, can ask faculty questions about particular destinations, learn about financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and win one of three $1000 scholarships toward a U of M study abroad trip!

Campus Card Office: The Campus Card Office is located on the 5th floor of Wilder Tower with a satellite office at the Lambuth campus in Varnell-Jones Hall. It is open 8:00-4:30, Monday through Friday. Students can manage their Campus (ID) Card online 24/7 at Online they can deactivate a lost, misplaced, or stolen card to prevent unauthorized use, activate a found card, view card balance(s) and meal plan (if applicable), and add additional funds to their card using a credit card.


Financial Aid

Incoming freshmen and continuing students who have already completed their 2013-2014 FAFSA may have already been awarded and/or have missing information preventing award. Check under Financial Aid Requirements for the Aid Year 2013-2014 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 2013-2014, 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 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who may qualify for the HOPE Lottery Scholarship must also complete the FAFSA by September 1, 2013 to receive the Fall award.

IMPORTANT: Adjusting a student's schedule could affect their financial aid and scholarship eligibility. Please remind your student to check with the office before making changes to their schedule; especially if they are dropping down in hours.

If your student has any financial questions or concerns, they can call the Financial Aid office at (901) 678-4825, email them at, or visit them at Room 103 in Wilder Tower. If it is a scholarship inquiry, including the HOPE Lottery Scholarship, please contact the Scholarships Office at (901) 678-3213, via email at, or go to Room 201 in Wilder Tower.


Bursar Office

Fall Fee Payment Deadline is August 23, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. Do not let your student lose their classes by missing the fee payment deadline. Students who register for classes through August 23 will need to satisfy fee payment requirements by the fee payment deadline above to avoid deletion of their registered classes. For additional Fee Payment Deadline Information, please go to the Bursar's Undergraduate/Graduate fall calendar.

Please note that unless your student's financial aid, scholarship and/or sponsorship covers 100% of their enrollment fees, remaining fees MUST be paid in full or through the Installment Payment Plan (IPP) by the fee payment deadline. To take advantage of the IPP, students may pay a minimum 50% of the remaining balance and sign up for the Installment Payment Plan (IPP) on TigerXpress. For more information, click here.

Please reference the Bursar calendar for important dates and deadlines for your student.

Financial Aid/Scholarship
Deadline to sign up for eRefunds (direct deposit) is August 19, 2013. The fastest way to receive excess financial aid/scholarships is for students to sign up for eRefunds (direct deposit) on TigerXpresseRefunds will post to the students' bank accounts beginning August 23, 2013.

Students that do not sign up for eRefunds will have their refund check mailed to their local address on file with the University beginning August 30, 2013. Please remind your student to sign up for eRefunds on TigerXpress through the Account $ tab on their myMemphis portal. For additional information on financial aid/scholarship disbursements, click here.


Registrar's Office

Fall registration has been open for all students since April 1. Click here for the Fall 2013 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. If your student is unsure of their advisor, encourage them to visit the Find My Advisor page.

The last day of regular registration is August 23. 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 and even do a dry run if they are new to campus. 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.


Residence Life

Main Campus Fall 2013 Check-In
The residence halls will be open during the following hours for check-in:

  • Thursday, August 22, 2013 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 23, 2013 10 AM – Noon
    • Residents of Rawls Hall
  • Friday, August 23, 2013 and Saturday, August 24, 2013 1 PM – 4:30 PM
    • All other residents

Student who are not able to check-in by 4:30 PM on Saturday, August 24 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 2013 Room Change
The Room Change period will be Thursday, August 29 and Friday, August 30 from 1 PM until 4 PM. Students will receive information regarding room change with they check-in. Students are expected to occupy their Fall 2013 housing assignment until the official paperwork has been completed during the room change period.

Meningitis Vaccine Documentation
Tennessee State Law now requires all students new to the University and living on campus to be immunized against meningococcal disease before moving into the residence halls or on campus housing. In order to properly comply with this regulation, you must get the Meningitis vaccine and submit the appropriate documentation to the Student Health Center. If you have questions, please contact the Student Health Center at 901-678-2287.


Dining Services

Hungry? Let's Talk Food

Meal Plans include All-You-Care-to Eat meals (in the remodeled Tiger Den-formally the Fresh Food Company) plus Flex Bucks you can use at any Tiger Dining Location.

  • All Access – Eat as many times a day as you like!
  • 160 Block – an average 10 meals per week
  • 80 Block – an average 5 meals per week
  • 50 Block – Perfect for Commuters and light eaters!

Sign up or get more details at

Don't forget! All full time students have $300 in dining dollars on their Student ID! These can be used at any Tiger Dining location or applied to your meal plan purchase.


Parking Services

Priority Parking and On-Campus Resident Permit Sales for Students began on Tuesday, August 6th. Parking access can be purchased online by using TigerPark.

If your student does not wish to purchase priority parking or on-campus resident parking, their parking permit and semester validation sticker for General Permit Parking will be mailed to their permanent address on file. Vehicles without the proper semester validation stickers are subject to receiving a citation.

It is your student's responsibility to make sure their permit is current. If, for any reason, they do not receive the permit and/or semester validation sticker in the mail prior to the first day of class, they must come to Parking and Transportation Services, 505 Zach Curlin Parking Garage, Room 120 to obtain their parking permit. For more information, please visit the Parking Services Website.


Meningitis Records

Don't Let Your Student Get Locked Out!

On July 1, 2013, a new State of Tennessee law took effect. The law requires all new students under the age of 22 who will be living in a University of Memphis residence to be immunized against meningococcal disease on or after their 16th birthday and provide proof of receiving the immunization before moving into their residence. That means your student will not be allowed to move into their dorm room unless their vaccination documentation has been registered with Student Health Services! Click here for the Immunization Form and instructions.

Please note that you may have submitted your student's proof of Meningitis record before the state clarified that the vaccine had to have been received on or after their 16th birthday. Please ensure that your student has submitted proof of the Meningitis vaccination that meets this criteria.

Meningococcal meningitis is a rare but serious infection. It causes inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Each year, approximately 1,000 people in the U.S. get meningococcal disease, which includes meningitis and septicemia (blood infection). Meningococcal meningitis can be fatal or cause great harm without prompt treatment. Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) -- Menactra or Menveo, protect young adults against meningitis. The vaccination is available at many health care provider's offices and the Public Health Department.

For additional information about meningitis click here and here.

Your Student Health Services will post any news received about this new law on their web site, Facebook: UofMSTUDENTHEALTH or Twitter: @Healthy_Tigers

For questions or more information, contact Student Health Services via email at or via phone at 901.678.2287. 


Student Involvement

Studies show that students who are engaged and involved on campus have a better GPA and graduate faster. Encourage your student to attend some of the events below and get involved. 

Plug in to Blue
The University of Memphis provides a wide array of activities for your University Memphis student to get connected, get involved and make the most of their college experience. We call that program Plug Into the Blue and it begins the first week of school and runs through October. We highly encouraged your student to take advantage of this program it will help them make new friends, acquire new resources and enhance their learning and community experience at the U of M.. Click here for the comprehensive calendar.

Fraternity & Sorority Life

For any questions, please contact Tori Griffith at

  • NPHC Stroll-Off, August 26: Come witness Memphis' 9 historically Black sororities/fraternities compete for a $1,000 prize in the Second Annual NPHC Stroll-Off. Pre-sale tickets are $5 and can be purchased from any member of a NPHC organization. Event starts at 7pm, doors open at 6pm.
  • Fraternity/Sorority Affairs Spotlight, August 26: Memphis fraternities and sororities are busy in the University Center. Stop by the University Center between 11-2 to learn what the community has to offer!
  • NPHC Interest Week, September 3-7: Memphis is one of the nation's only campuses with all nine of the "Divine Nine" (historically Black Fraternities/Sororities). The NPHC Interest Week will give students the opportunity to learn about the fun, history and impact of these organizations on our community. 
  • IFC Interest Week, September 9-13: Fraternity Life at Memphis is fun, vibrant, and helps students create lasting friendships and life-skills. Want to learn more about the 9 IFC Fraternities (Alpha Tau Omega, Kappa Alpha Order, Lambda Chi Alpha, Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Chi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Zeta Beta Tau)? Attend the IFC Interest Week Events to learn more.
  • PAN Formal Recruitment, September 9-15: Does your student want to become a part of Sorority Life at Memphis? Memphis has six Panhellenic sororities (Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Delta Gamma, Kappa Delta, Phi Mu, and Pi Beta Phi) which all do great work at the University! To join a Panhellenic Sorority, students must attend Formal Recruitment. Visit to sign up! 


Lambuth Campus

Residence Hall Move-in

The newly renovated Carney-Johnson Residence Hall is ready to open! Residents can check-in on Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24 from 1:00 – 4:30 pm.Warm Welcome volunteers will be there to help your student move in! For more information or questions, contact Beth Ann Simpson at

Welcome Week

Click here for a full schedule of Welcome Week activities and other student activities on campus. A few highlights to encourage your student to participate in.

  • New Student Convocation on Tuesday, August 27 at 11:00 am in the Chapel, followed by Picnic on the Quad, Rec Fest, and Student Involvement Fair until 1:00 pm
  • Community Service Project on Wednesday, August 28 in the neighborhood!
  • There will be several academic department Meet & Greets as well as a Progressive Ice Cream Meet & Greet on August 29 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm for students to become oriented to campus services and staff!
  • Movie on the Lawn – Friday, August 30 at 8:00 pm

Dining Services

New Dining Hall coming to campus this Fall!

  • Opening in the Student Union Dining Hall on August 26, first day of classes.
  • Students can utilize their Dining Dollars for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday – Thursday. Breakfast and lunch on Fridays.
  • Students can sign up for meal plans (80-block or 100-block) through their housing application, or for those commuting click here to sign up!
  • For questions, contact Michele Little via email at or visit her in the Dining Hall, Wilder Student Union, Lambuth Campus.


Information Technology

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. The Technology Hub is open 24 hours most of the time except for inclement weather or extenuating circumstances. In addition to the Technology Hub, there are computer labs located across campus to serve the needs of your student. Click here for more information and locations.

Resources on Campus Include...

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 Dell and Apple discounts.

For more information, contact the University umTech Helpdesk at (901) 678-8888. The Helpdesk is available by phone 24/7.



For athletic schedules, click here.

To purchase tickets to UofM sporting events, click here.

Tigers Debut Uniforms During Football by Fuente: A sold out evening in which the Tigers' female football fans received insight and a new perspective about the sport culminated in a fashion show which featured the debut of the team's new uniforms. A vote between two options was conducted by the University of Memphis Alumni Association, leading to an overwhelming response of approval for the apparel unveiled Thursday at the Billy J. Murphy Athletic Complex. Read more...

Three Lady Tigers Garner Preseason Honors From College Sports Madness: College Sports Madness announced their preseason picks for the American Athletic Conference on Tuesday and three University of Memphis women's soccer standouts were first team selections. Two-time Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year Christabel Oduro, along with midfielder Kylie Davis and defender Diamond Simpson, were chosen to the American Preseason All-Conference squad. College Sports Madness has counted down the top-44 teams in women's soccer and pegged the Lady Tigers No. 30. Read more...

Old Spice Classic Tickets Go On Sale: The University of Memphis basketball squad is ready to travel to Orlando, Fla., Thanksgiving weekend to play in the 2013 Old Spice Classic, and now Tigers fans can buy their tickets to their team in action over that holiday. Tickets for the Old Spice Classic went on sale Thursday, Aug. 15 and can be purchased three ways. Read more...

ESPN GameDay Officially Announces Memphis As A 2014 Stop: On Wednesday, ESPN officially announced its 2013-14 college basketball GameDay lineup, and the University of Memphis is scheduled to be a part of it. The Feb. 8, 2014, ESPN Gameday appearance will be the Tigers' fourth overall and the third time Memphis has hosted the event. The Tigers are hosting Gonzaga at FedExForum as ESPN's featured contest that night. Read more...


Fun Fact and Quote

Fun Fact: U.S. News and World Report, in conjunction with the National Council on Teacher Quality, has ranked the elementary and secondary teacher preparation programs at the University of Memphis among the Honor Roll in its first Teacher Prep Review. To see more Tiger Pride, click here.

Quote: Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. - Malcom S. Forbes


August 2013


Lets get pUMped!

Calendar & Dates

General News

Financial Aid

Bursar Office

Registrar's Office

Residence Life

Dining Services

Parking Services

Meningitis Records

Student Involvement

Lambuth Campus

Information Technology


Fun Fact & Quote

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