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UMparents E-news: January 2013 Edition

We are excited to have your students back on campus soon! Many students think of January as a new beginning, a time to improve upon the previous semester. Your student's new freedom will also require new responsibilities, especially when it comes to managing finances.

Talk with your student about these responsibilities often. Having a checking account or credit card may be a completely new experience for your student. You may want to have a conversation about budgeting expenses, spending habits and paying for their education.

What Parents Can Do....

  • Make sure you student knows what books he or she will need for classes this semester
  • Talk with you student about his or her financial needs for the spring semester
  • Review the events of the past semester with your student
  • Evaluate the need and/or benefits of a part-time job

As always feel free to contact via email at parents@memphis.edu or via phone at 901.678.2115.


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.

January 15-16: Spring Semester Residence Hall Check-In

January 16: Last Day of Regular Registration

January 16: Fee payment deadline to avoid the assessment of $100 Late Payment Fee

January 17: First Day of Classes, Spring 2013

January 21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (University Closed)

January 23: Last Day to Add or Change Sections

January 31: Extended Fee Payment Deadline

January 26: Drops on or after this Date Receive "W" Grades

February 1: Financial Aid Priority Deadline

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General News

Study Abroad. The Spring Study Abroad Fair will be held on Thursday, January 24th from 10am to 2pm at the University Center Ball Room (3rd Floor). Stop by to hear from past program participants, ask faculty leaders questions about particular programs, and learn about financial aid and scholarship opportunities. We will be giving away three $1,000 scholarships toward a University of Memphis Study Abroad Program.

For parents of students graduating Spring 2013. Commencement is currently set for Saturday, May 11, but due to the possibility of a conflict in the FedEx Forum, an alternate date has been set for Sunday, May 12. The commencement office will keep students abreast of any changes and the date will only be changed if absolutely necessary. For more information, visit the Commencement Office website.

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U of M Will Host Recruitment Reception in Southaven January 24th. Representatives from the U of M's Office of Recruitment and Orientation Services will be there to provide students and their families with information about the application and admissions process, the in-state tuition waiver that is available to students in Desoto, Marshall, Tate and Tunica counties in Mississippi, and the many scholarship opportunities offered through the University. Read more...

AmeriCorps Service Award Recognizes C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa. The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa received the New Sponsor of the Year award from AmeriCorps (a part of the National Civilian Community Corps, or NCCC) during the winter graduation ceremony at the Southern Region campus in Vicksburg, Miss., Read more...

Help Memphis Beat Ole Miss and Miss State in the Million Meals Challenge. From now until May 2013, the University of Memphis is competing in the Million Meals Challenge (sponsored by Kroger) against Ole Miss and Mississippi State. This is a competition to see which school can donate the most food goods, service hours, and fund donations to the Mid-South Food Bank. Donate today at http://themillionmealchallenge.com/ or take donations to the Mid-South Food Bank.

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Registrar

Spring 2013 Registration

Spring registration has been open for all degree-seeking students since November 19. Refer to the Spring Dates and Deadlines calendar for important information.

The last day of regular registration is January 16. Students who register after this date will be subject to late registration and late payment fees.

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.

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. Also, some students mistakenly sign up for course sections not realizing that they are being offered at remote locations (Millington, Collierville, Lambuth, etc.) rather than the main campus. Let's make sure that everyone is where he or she is supposed to be.

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Financial Aid

It is time to RENEW your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on-line at http://www.fafsa.gov for the Aid Year 2013-2014!! The application is for the Fall 2013, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014 semesters. The University of Memphis' federal school code is 003509.

Complete the FAFSA early! Our PRIORITY DEADLINE is February 1. Don't lose out on limited federal campus-based dollars and state aid, including the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) Award, as awards will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds are depleted.

Be aware that completion of the FAFSA is required for students receiving the Tennessee HOPE Lottery Scholarship. HOPE recipients are encouraged to complete the FAFSA by February 1, but no later than September 1 to still meet lottery requirements.

While the application will require income tax information for the 2012 tax year, you can estimate your income to meet the priority deadline. Two weeks after you electronically file your income tax return, you can go back to your FAFSA and utilize the Data Retrieval Tool that will directly transfer your income information from the IRS database on to your FAFSA.

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Bursar

Bursar's Fee Payment News

The Spring 2013 Fee Payment Deadline for classes is January 16, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. A $100 Late Payment Fee may be assessed to students who do not meet the fee payment deadline requirement. The Extended Fee Payment Deadline for Spring 2013 classes is January 28, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. Registration of classes will be cancelled if students have not satisfied fee payment requirements including late fees by this deadline.

Students remain responsible for payment of fees by the fee payment deadline, even if they did not receive or open their eBill. They also remain responsible for payment of fees if their financial aid, scholarship, and/or sponsorship are not in place by the fee payment deadline.

Please note that unless financial aid, scholarship, and/or sponsorship covers 100% of enrollment fees, students MUST pay in full or sign up for the Installment Payment Plan on TigerXpress. For more information about the Installment Payment Plan, click here. Students and their authorized users can pay their accounts with echeck or credit card (MasterCard/Visa/Discover/AMEX); verify their account balance and sign up for the Installment Payment Plan on TigerXpress.

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Residence Life

Spring 2013 Check-In Dates
Tuesday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 16
1 PM – 4:30 PM

All assigned rooms must be claimed by 4:30 PM on Thursday, January 16, 2013. Residents failing to properly check into their rooms by the above stated deadline will forfeit their room assignment and their $200 rent prepayment. In order to prevent the room and rent prepayment from being forfeited, the student must contact the Residence Life and Dining Services Office, 011 Richardson Towers, 901-678-2295 and request to be placed on the Late Arrival's List if the student will be late checking into the room.

Spring 2013 Room Change
Thursday, January 24 and Friday, January 25

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Dining Services

Never go hungry. Always have a plan.


Dining ServicesWhether your student is living on campus or commuting from home, Tiger Dining has a meal plan fit for any lifestyle! With the All Access Plan, 160 Block Plan or 80 Block Plan, your student can enjoy an ultimate dining experience while also saving so much of your hard earned cash!

We even have new features this Spring! By having an All Access meal plan, students receive FREE Chick-fil-A for each week of the upcoming Spring Semester! That's right – FREE! Additionally, your student will receive a V.I.P Coupon Book worth $115 for all Tiger Dining locations – another way to help you save more money as they dine at the University of Memphis.

For more information, please visit the Tiger Dining Website or you can call Tiger Dining at 901-678-5202 or e-mail Armstrong-Sean@aramark.com.

On Campus Residents

Spring 2013 on-campus residents will have the opportunity to make adjustments to their meal plans until January 16, 2013.

On-campus residents who have a meal plan and would like their $300 Dining Dollars applied to the cost of their meal plans, may request this until January 17, 2013. Residents may login to the Bursar's Office website and complete the form requesting the Dining Dollars be applied to the meal plan charge. After the request is submitted online, the amount will be credited to the account balance on TigerXpress.

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Tutoring @ ESP

Starting today, your student can get a jump start on the semester by visiting the Academic Enhancement Center, located in 207 Mitchell. Fredrika Cowley, Learning Specialist, is available 8:00am-4:30pm Monday through Friday 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.

Beginning January 28th, tutors for all subjects will be available at our ten (10) different learning centers. On the main campus, evening tutoring is available at learning centers in both the Richardson Towers and the Living Learning Complex. Tutoring@ESP satellite learning centers are located at the Collierville, Millington, and Lambuth.
For more information regarding Tutoring @ ESP, or any of its services, contact Dr. Barbara Bekis, Coordinator, at 901.678.2704, bbekis@memphis.edu.

You can "Like" our Facebook page University of Memphis- Tutoring at ESP and follow us on Twitter @TutoringAtESP!

Visit the Tutoring @ ESP website for learning center schedules.


Involvement Opportunities

January RSO Fair

It's not too late in the year for your Tiger to get involved in one of our 200+ Registered Student Organizations! Joining an RSO is a great way to learn leadership skills, get practical application to what is learned in the classroom, and network with peers, faculty, staff, and community members. A great way for your student to connect with over 50 of these organizations is the Join in January RSO Fair! It will be held Wednesday, January 23 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the University Center Ballroom.

Service on Saturdays

Service on Saturday, a monthly program sponsored by Students Advocating Service (SAS), is designed to give students, staff and faculty a quick and easy way to volunteer in the community with no long-term commitment. The program usually offers about 6-8 different community service opportunities to choose from. Participants who sign-up in advance online, get their choice of these projects. Programs generally begin at 8:30 a.m. with free breakfast and end around 1:00 p.m. with free lunch. Encourage your student to participate on January 26, February 23, March 23, or April 20.

Tiger Leadership Institute

Do you want your student to get involved on campus but don't know where to tell him or her to start? Would you like your student to develop skills outside of the classroom that will be beneficial for years to come? Tiger Leadership Institute (TLI) can help! We are looking for interested students to join Tiger Leadership Institute this semester so please encourage your student to apply!

Tiger Leadership Institute is an 8-week educational program that helps future leaders become more involved on campus. Through exciting activities and discussions, TLI helps students...

  • Develop self-awareness
  • Explore their values
  • Improve communication
  • Understand organizational change
  • Expand self-management skills to help in and out of the classroom

There are three levels to the program, each with a different focus. Ideally students will progress through the full program but can choose to complete only one. For more information on dates and times, click here.

The application deadline is this Tuesday, February 12th. Click here for the application.

If you or your student had any questions about TLI, contact Kay Barkoh at kbarkoh@memphis.edu.

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Campus Card Office

Dining Dollars
All full-time undergraduate students enrolled in 12 or more hours will automatically have $300 in Dining Dollars charged to their account. These funds will be available for use at campus dining and vending locations beginning the first day of classes.

Parents – if you need to add money to your child's Tiger Funds or Dining Dollars account, visit the Campus Card website and select Visitor Access. (You need to know their University user name and date of birth to use Visitor Access).

  • 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 University Bookstore Café. Click here for the Dining Dollars FAQ.

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Health Services

This year influenza (the FLU) has begun with an early and intense onset. The tracking map from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows nearly epidemic sickness in 41 states. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/usmap.htm.

With students coming back to campus next week from across the US and the world, it will be important to make sure they have gotten a flu shot. The immunization takes about 10 days for immunity to develop in a person, so the sooner someone is immunized, the better. Therefore, the University of Memphis Student Health Services is highly recommending:

  • All students get a flu shot AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, if they did not get one during Fall 2012.
  • Flu shots are available at:
    • Your primary care provider's office
    • Many clinics and pharmacies
    • Your Health Department. Shelby County Health Department is offering FREE flu shots at their clinic locations. Click here to see our blog for further information and clinic locations
    • ON CAMPUS, Tuesday, January 22, 10 am – 1 pm in the UC Poplar Room (308). The cost is $20, payable by cash, credit card, or check to Methodist Le Bonheur. Be sure to wear clothes with easy access to your upper arm.

REMEMBER:

  • WASH YOUR HANDS with soap and water.
  • COVER YOUR COUGH with your elbow.
  • STAY AWAY FROM CROWDS when influenza is present.

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Information Technology

Computer Software and Hardware Resources

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. Please visit our Student Software site for more information.

Computer discounts are also available for students. Dell and Apple discounts can be found at the Student Discounts website. Click here for more information

Windows 8

If you or your student is looking for information regarding Windows 8 we encourage you to go to the Microsoft Windows 8 website. Take note of the Support link near the top of the page for specific task oriented information.

The University of Memphis umTech Helpdesk is available extended hours at (901) 678-8888.

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Athletics

For athletic schedules, click here.

To purchase tickets to UofM sporting events, click here.

Help Memphis win Best Road Trip Destination in College Basketball!

The University of Memphis is nominated for "Best Road Trip Destination in College Basketball presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car", Intersport announced today. Voting for the 10 finalists opened today with the winner to be completely fan-determined through Facebook voting at: Facebook.com/BestofCollegeBasketball. Fans can vote once per day until January 25. The winning school will be featured in GEICO Best of College Basketball on Saturday, April 6 on CBS.

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Fun Fact and Quote

Fun Fact: Our audiology program is ranked 12th and speech-language pathology is ranked 15th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its Best Graduate Schools 2013 issue.

Quote: "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."         ― Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

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January 2013

Calendar and Dates

General News

Registrar

Financial Aid

Bursar

Residence Life

Dining Services

Tutoring @ ESP

Involvement Opportunities

Campus Card Office

Health Services

Information Technology

Athletics

Fun Fact and Quote

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