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UMparents E-news: May Edition

The time to plan for the future is now. If your student did not do as well academically as he or she had hoped to do during finals, encourage your student to evaluate the year. Look for ways they can improve next year.

Students should be proud of their accomplishments and use them to motivate themselves as they continue their college career.

What Parents Can Do:

  • If your student is enrolled in summer school, talk about the importance of effective time management
  • Encourage you student to keep his or her summer job or internship
  • Evaluate the need for changes and/or balance of time devoted to school, work, and recreation

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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 31: Full Summer, RODP, and 1st Summer Session Fee Payment Deadline

June 14: Submit Adjustments to 2013-2014 Financial Aid Awards

June 17-20: Frosh Camp I

June 30: Complete all financial aid requirements

July 4: University Closed in Observance of Independence Day

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Administrator Spotlight: Joy Stout

jstout Mrs. Joy R. Stout currently serves as the director of Adult and Commuter Student Services. Stout began her post-secondary career at LeMoyne-Owen College where she earned a BS Ed. Degree in Elementary Education.   It was after working in a summer job’s program as a counselor for teens that she realized her passion for helping and counseling others.   After completing a summer job at Girls Incorporate, the Girls Club of Memphis hired her as a full-time counselor in the Educational Talent Search Program.   During her employment at Girls Club, she inspired, counseled and assisted adults and high school students to enroll college or pursue career choices.   Later, she was offered an opportunity to work at Shelby State Community College now Southwest Tennessee Community College.  

While employed at Southwest, she was given the opportunity to counsel and advise both associate degree candidates and community college transfer students.  As she encouraged others, she realized that if she really wanted to advance in higher education she would have to obtain a Master’s degree.   She earned a MS Ed. degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Higher Education from The University of Memphis. While pursuing another job opportunity, a friend suggested that she apply for a position that would allow her to return to higher education. She did and joined the University of Memphis Academic Counseling Unit where she returned to counseling and advising college students before they entered a degree granting college. In 2003 she was named Director of Adult and Commuter Student Services. She oversees programs and services designed to enhance the educational experience of commuter and adult students while attending the U of M. Even in her role as director she continues to take time to provide preliminary advising for adults who have a desire to return to school.

Stout also participates in community service events to address adult audiences regarding the Adult and Commuter Student Services programs and services, serves on campus committees as an advocate for adult and commuter students, oversees the publication of a monthly e-newsletter, and coordinates life- long learning training seminars for the adult and commuter student population, collaborates with campus departments to engage in recognizing our veteran students, and provides an “Off Campus Housing Information Fair” to serve the housing needs of faculty, staff, and students. Stout believes that, “Everyone regardless to age should have an opportunity to engage in life- long learning.” She feels that she and her staff are the agents to make the transition a comfortable one for the returning adult student.

Remember that your experience counts too. If you or any of your friends want to visit our office to discuss the possibilities for continuing your education, you can feel free to contact Adult and Commuter Student Services at (901)678-2644. Commuters can also visit their website to become familiar with other amenities that are offered to adult and commuter students who are enrolled in classes on campus.

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Student Spotlight: Cheryl Smart

csmartCheryl Smart graduated from Middleton High School in Middleton, Tennessee in 1986. As a dislocated worker for the State of Tennessee, she began her college career as a Freshman at the University of Memphis in 2010. She is an Undergraduate student pursuing dual degrees in Philosophy and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Cheryl plans to attend Graduate School at the University of Memphis where she will work toward a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. 

 Cheryl is an active member of the Adult Student Association, and has traveled to the Lambuth Campus, in Jackson, TN to assist in creating its own  Adult/Commuter Students Association. In addition, she has traveled to Millington, TN as a part of the Experience Counts fair as an adult student representative and plans to do so again later this month.

Cheryl enjoys hiking, camping, Yoga, dancing, writing, and spending time with family and friends.  She is a mother of two grown children, Lindsay age 21 & Zach age 22, and a two-year old grand-daughter, Zoe. Her son, Zach, also attends the University of Memphis in the nursing program. Cheryl finds it to be a real treat to see each other on campus from time to time.

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General News

U of M in Top 10 for Graduate Online Business Programs for Veterans: U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Memphis ninth for online graduate business programs. Read more.

U of M Breaks Group on Community Health Building: The University of Memphis broke ground on a Community Health Building which will house the Loewenberg School of Nursing and the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders on the University’s Park Avenue Campus. Read more.

U of M Receives Grant for Innovative Program for School Administrators: The Tennessee Department of Education has awarded the University of Memphis a $777,894 TN LEAD grant over the next year to conduct an intensive training program for principals and other school administrators. Read more.

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 Registrar's Office

Summer 2013 Classes:The Summer’s 1st Half, Full, and Regents parts of term (POTs) will be starting soon. Registration remains open until May 31. You can find a calendar of important Summer Dates and Deadlines here.

Fall 2013 Registration: Fall registration has been open since April 1. For registration deadlines, refer to the Fall 2013 Dates and Deadlines calendar here.

Fall 2013 Graduation: If your student intends to graduate in December, he or she should file an “Intent to Graduate” form by July 17. This form is available in the Dean’s Office of the college of your student’s major and should be filed with that office.

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Bursar's Office

Students should check their accounts online on TigerXpress (through the Account$ tab on the myMemphis portal) to ensure that they do not have a hold on registration or grades due to outstanding debt.

Invoices for Summer are available on TigerXpress and will be available in late July for Fall registrations. Emails will be sent to students and authorized users notifying them when invoices are available. Students remain responsible for completing the fee payment process by the appropriate fee payment deadline, even if they do not receive or open the fee invoice.

NEW FEE PAYMENT POLICY: The calendar for deletion of classes for non-payment will be changed to before the first day of class for the semester in order to remain in compliance with federal financial aid requirements. Carefully review the registration dates and the corresponding fee payment/deletion deadlines on the Bursar's semester calendar.

Fees can be paid by credit card or e-check online on TigerXpress.

Your student can enroll you as an Authorized User to enable you to receive email notification when invoices are available. If you are an authorized user, you can access your student's account on TigerXpress to view/pay fees through this log in here.

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Residence Life

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:

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

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Dining Services

Fall 2013 Meal Plans are NOW AVAILABLE!

Your student is going to have enough on their plate between classes, books, student organizations, and homework. So have your student keep things simple - never go hungry with a meal plan! With four different meal plans to choose from Tiger Dining, we are sure to match any student lifestyle. It is also a great way to save on dining as paying out of pocket, each and every day, will become costly.

2013-2014 Meal Plan Options:

  • All Access Meal Plan
  • 160 Block Plan
  • 80 Block Plan
  • 50 Block Plan - *NEW!*

All meal plans are accessible to the Fresh Food Company and come with Flex Bucks, which can be used at any Tiger Dining location! With a meal plan, you are completely covered!

DID YOU KNOW? You can apply your $300 Dining Dollars towards the purchase of a meal plan? By doing so, you will lower you meal plan price by $300! For more information on how to apply your Dining Dollars towards the purchase of a meal plan, please call Tiger Dining at 901-678-5202 or click here.

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Student Health & Wellness

Meningitis Vaccination

We are anticipating a new state law requiring new students residing on campus to have the meningitis vaccine.

For updates on the Tennessee Board of Regent's interpretation of this new law, please

Student Health Services encourages all college-age students to be immunized for meningitis. Our web site also includes information about local availability of vaccines and prices. Some vaccines are less expensive with our form and your student id card, and be sure to check with your medical insurance company about coverage.

For more information about meningitis please see:


Athletics 

For athletic schedules, click here.

To purchase tickets to UofM sporting events, click here.

Student-Athletes Recognized at Honors Assembly: Several student-athletes received recognition for their academic work recently at the University of Memphis honors assembly sponsored by the honor societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa. Read more.

Men's Basketball: Tigers Hoops Recommends Robert Kirby For Assistant Coach Post. Read more.

Men's and Women's Track and Field: Tigers to Send 18 Track and Field Athletes to the NCAA Postseason. Read more.

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We Would Like to Know...

Fill out our 2013 Parent Survey and be entered to win one of two $25 bookstore gift cards.  It is important that we hear from you to update and improve our services for you.  We look forward to hearing from you! Click here to fill out the survey.


Fun Fact and Quote

Fun Fact: Take a quick tour with fun facts of the University of Memphis here.

Quote: "Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela

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May 2013

Calendar and Dates

Administrator Spotlight

Student Spotlight

General News

Registrar's Office

Bursar's Office

Residence Life

Dining Services

Student Health & Wellness

Athletics

We Would Like to Know...

Fun Fact & Quote

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