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UMparents E-news: March Edition

Your student's year is coming to an end. This is the most important time for students, as they prepare for final exams. The term is drawing to a close which means your student may soon be coming home for summer break.

After students receive their grades, they should ask themselves if they are happy with their academic performance. The semester break is a great time to assess their performance, identifying areas for possible improvement.

What Parents Can Do:

  • Stress the wisdom of approaching finals with the attitude of doing the very best he or she can, not worrying about what has or has not happened so far in the semester.
  • Remind your student to register as early as possible in order to get the classes they want for the summer and fall semesters.
  • Encourage your student to make time for exercise, healthy meals, and sleep.

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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.

May 1: Classes End for Spring Semester

May 3-9: Exams

May 11: Commencement*

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Administrator Spotlight: Lynda Sagrestano

lyndas Lynda M. Sagrestano, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Research on Women and an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Memphis. She earned a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and held NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellowships at UCLA and the University of Illinois, Chicago. Prior to coming to the University of Memphis, she was on the faculty at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her research interests include barriers to economic self sufficiency for women, maternal and prenatal health, adolescent sexual behavior, teen pregnancy, HIV prevention, and sexual harassment in school. Her work is oriented toward applying psychological theory to understand and intervene on social problems and advance theory development. She collaborates with individuals in health and community agencies, to highlight the role of contextual factors in health processes and outcomes, with the goal of taking a more integrated approach to prevention and intervention in the public health sector. Sagrestano serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council for Research on Women.

The mission of the Center for Research on Women (CROW) is to conduct, promote, and disseminate scholarship on women and social inequality. Researchers at the Center examine problems of social inequality as they relate to gender, race, class, and sexual orientation. Founded in 1982, this nationally recognized Center collaborates with scholars and researchers in psychology, history, sociology, anthropology, economics, health sciences, public administration, and other fields. CROW's brand of action-oriented, community-based research strengthens the public's understanding of women's experiences in Memphis and contributes to local, regional, and national policy discussions.

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Student Spotlight: Mel Pillard

mpillardMeliqua “Mel” Pillard is the daughter of Jennifer Pillard and Gary Summerall. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and moved to Memphis as a child. She is a graduate of White Station High School located in East Memphis. She decided to attend The University of Memphis to be closer to family. Mel is a senior Journalism major with a concentration in Public Relations. After graduating in Fall of 2013, she would like to become a public relations (PR) representative for a non-profit organization.

She currently interns with Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region, working with their PR department. This internship has opened many doors for her by allowing her to meet new people, share her ideas, and become the president of a campus organization. She is the president of the UofM Voices for Planned Parenthood (VOX) chapter, which advocates sexual health and reproductive rights awareness on campus and in the Memphis community.

Mel knows the importance of hard work. Not only is she a student, but she is also a dedicated mother. She raises a two-year-old son while going to school full time. Her main priority is to set a positive example for her son and to become someone he is proud of. She knows the only way to achieve her goals is through hard work and dedication.

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  General News

Calling All Incoming Freshmen Parents!: It is New Student Orientation time, and we would love to meet you there! Orientation at The University of Memphis is mandatory for all incoming freshmen students, and information should hit your mailboxes soon. We want to encourage you and your student to sign up for orientation early; it is best to participate in one of the early sessions if at all possible to ensure your students register for the classes they want and need. Additionally, we have a special program just for parents, and our hope is that you will attend with your student. Learn more.

U of M Professor Wins American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Music: University of Memphis composition professor Kamran Ince has received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Music. Read more.

New “Green” Initiative Will Provide U of M Students with Bicycles for Temporary Check-out: With a fleet of 50 bicycles, the Tiger Bike Share Program got underway March 18. Read more.

U of M Honors Students Will Present Research at National Conference April 11-13: Thirteen University of Memphis honors students will present their research projects at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Read more.

International Artists Will Perform at U of M’s Classical Guitar Festival April 5-7: Performances by virtuoso artists Lily Afshar, David Mozqueda, and Daekun Jang will highlight the Annual Memphis International Guitar Festival at the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. Read more.

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Registrar's Office

Summer and Fall Registration: Students may now view both Summer and Fall course offerings online through their myMemphis portal; registration opens for both terms on April 1. Students register according to their student classification. 

1st Day to Register for Summer and/or Fall

  • Graduate Students (degree-seeking), Honors Students, Veterans: April 1
  • Seniors: April 2
  • Juniors: April 3
  • Sophomores: April 4
  • Freshmen: April 8

Complete Summer and Fall Dates and Deadlines calendars are available here.

If your students have not seen an adviser, encourage them to make an appointment ASAP. All degree-seeking students must be advised before they can register. The sooner students register, the more course selections they can choose from.

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Bursar's Office

For students who enrolled in the installment payment plan for the Spring 2013 term, the second and final installment is due April 1, 2013. A $25 late payment fee will be assessed for both tuition and housing (if included in the plan), if payment is not received by the University on or before the due date.

Registration loans are due by 4:30 p.m. April 1, 2013 in order to avoid a $25 late payment fee.

Fees can be paid by credit card or eCheck online on TigerXpressIf you are an authorized user, you can access your student’s account to view/pay fees here.

Registration holds for Summer 2013 and Fall 2013 semesters will be set on March 29, 2013, for students who have an outstanding debt at that time. Students should check their accounts online through TigerXpress to ensure that they do not have charges that would prevent them from registering.

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Residence Life 

Spring 2013 Check-Out: May 10, 2013 

First Summer Check-In: May 31, 2013, 1 PM – 4 PM

  • First Summer rent is due May 31 and payable to the Bursar’s Office.  Installment plans are not available for the summer sessions. 

Second Summer Check-In: July 8, 2013

  • Second Summer rent is due July 8 and payable to the Bursar’s Office.  Installment plans are not available for the summer sessions.

Fall Cancellation Deadline: June 1, 2013

  • The deadline for students to cancel their Fall room assignments is June 1 and not be responsible for the $200 rental prepayment.

University College

Your Experience Counts!

Through degree completion and experiential learning credit programs offered through the University College, we can help you get where you want to be. Start your degree, and you may find that you have already earned credit with your work and life experiences. Finish your degree whether you started here or somewhere else, or earn another degree.

Come to one of our spring information sessions near you!

 All times 5 – 7 p.m. Free parking at all locations.

 Meet with university representatives from:

  • Admissions
  • Adult & Commuter Services
  • University & Departmental Advising
  • Experiential Learning
  • Financial Aid
  • Veterans Educational Benefits & Certification

For more information, call 901.678.2716 or email univcoll@memphis.edu.

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Educational Support Program

Students should schedule their appointments with Tutoring @ ESP Learning Specialist, Fredrika Cowley, for individual consultations on strategies to finish the semester strong.  Consultation topics can include how to improve academic success, as well as time management, study strategies, and test preparation.  Ms. Cowley is in Mitchell 207 everyday and can be contacted at 901/678.5226 or via email fcowley@memphis.edu

All Tutoring @ ESP learning center tutors are working with students to prepare for the next test and for final exams.  Encourage your student to “Come Study with Us” today!

Now is the time to make sure students who are interested in becoming tutors submit their name to Dr. Barbara Bekis (bbekis@memphis.edu) to be included on the tutor training email list.

Tutoring @ ESP weekly interactive seminars continue to be underway!  The entire spring 2013 Tutoring @ ESP seminar schedule can be found here.  Encourage your student to attend! 

For more information regarding Tutoring @ ESP, or any ESP services, contact Dr. Barbara Bekis, Coordinator, at 901.678.2704, or via email bbekis@memphis.edu. 

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Alumni Association Scholarships

Current U of M graduate or doctorate students that attended the U of M as an undergraduate are eligible to apply for the Young Alumni Legacy Scholarship. The deadline is Friday, May 17. Learn more.

All current Herff College juniors and seniors are invited to apply for the Alumni Chapter's Book Scholarship. Up to 2 scholarships can be awarded in the amount of $500 each. The deadline to apply is 12 noon on Friday, April 26, 2013. CLICK HERE to download an application. Contact Alumni Coordinator Brandon Hoyer at bhoyer@memphis.edu or 901/678-1333 for more information.

The Student Ambassador Board is currently accepting applications for 2013-2014. SAB is the liaison between the administration, alumni, the current student body, prospective students and the Memphis community. Applications are due Monday, April 22, by 4:30 pm. Click here to learn more and download the application. Contact jpsavell@memphis.edu or 901/678-3119 for more information.

 

Blue Crew is accepting applications for the Executive Board. Applications are due Friday, April 12. Download an application here. For more information, contact twilson2@memphis.edu or 901/678-5686.

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Information Technology

 

 

Encourage your student to keep up with technology on campus by connecting to umTech on Facebook and Twitter.  Technology topics related to college, Helpdesk and Computer Lab holiday hour changes, and a variety of other topics related to the University of Memphis are posted.

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Athletics

For athletic schedules, click here.

To purchase tickets to UofM sporting events, click here.

Men's Basketball: Memphis Falls to Michigan State, 70-48, in Third Round of NCAA Tournament. Read more.

Women's Tennis: Women's Tennis Shuts Out South Alabama, Southern Illinois. Read more.


Fun Fact and Quote: 

Fun Fact: Memphis' official school colors of Blue and Gray were selected in the early 1900s as an effort to show unity in a nation that was still recovering from the effects of the Civil War. The student body felt that by sporting the colors of the North and the South, the school would demonstrate a togetherness among all students.

Quote: "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." - Mahatma Gandhi

March 2013

Calendar and Dates

Administrator Spotlight

Student Spotlight

General News

Registrar's Office

Bursar's Office

Residence Life

New Student Orientation

University College

Educational Support Program

Alumni Association Scholarships

Information Technology

Athletics

Fun Fact & Quote

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