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November/December 2013 Edition

By this time of the year, exams and papers may begin piling up. Students can sometimes acquire poor eating or sleeping habits, increased stress and other factors that may require the help of Student Health Services. Keep in mind that an active mind needs a healthy body, so encourage your student to find ways of relieving stress, keeping active and staying healthy while at college.

Remember, there are people at the U of M who want to help. Parents and students should talk about challenges that come up.

What Parents Can Do...

  • Be there! Students will often turn to the safety of family when times are tough, and it is important to know that you will always be there for them.
  • Encourage your student to make time for exercise, healthy meals, and sleep.
  • If you student is feeling physically ill, encourage a visit to the Student Health Center for a medical checkup.
  • Make sure your student has registered for the spring semester.

Calendar and Dates

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

November 28-December 1: Thanksgiving Holiday (University Closed)

December 4: Last day of classes

December 5: Study Day (Classes do not meet)

December 6-12: Exams

December 13: Residence Halls Close

December 14: Fall 2013 Commencement

December 24-January 1: Holiday Break (University Closed)

January 16: First Day of Classes, Spring 2014


General News

Tiger Holiday Gifts. Are you looking for a Tiger gift for yourself, your student, friends or family? We have a great opportunity to give to the Parent Fund and get some Tiger items too. As another fundraiser for our Parent Fund, we are offering three different levels of gift options with multiple choices in each. Click here for more information. If you have any trouble or questions, please email us at or call us at 901.678.2115.

Tiger Holiday Gifts

Finals Care Packages. Thanks to all the parents and family members who ordered a Finals Care Package for your student! Members of the Parent & Family Council and Residence Hall Council along with other staff members had a lovely evening putting the packages together and watching the Tiger Men's Basketball team.  If you ordered a bag for your student, they will receive an email on Monday, December 2 with pick up information.

Parent Chat Transcript. Thanks to all our parents who joined us for the Parent Chat, Careers and Internships: Getting your Student Prepared, on Tuesday, November 12. If you were unable to join us, click here to review the transcript.

University of Memphis to Hold Tuition Flat for 2014-2015. The University of Memphis announced that it will not recommend or support a tuition increase for the 2014-2015 school year. Read more...

Confucius Institute at U of M Offers Classes in Chinese Language and Culture. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to offer classes each semester to members of our community,” said Dr. Hsiang-te Kung, CIUM director. Read more...


Article Spotlight

What to Consider When Your Student Wants to Study Abroad...

The value of a college education extends far beyond mere book learning. One of the biggest benefits of college life is learning about and connecting with people from all walks of life. Studying abroad can be an even bigger opportunity for growth-and a great way to enhance a college education. Read more...

(Resource from University Parent)



Fall 2013 Final Exams

Final exams begin Friday, December 6 and run through Thursday, December 12. Click to view the Fall  2013 Final Exams Schedule.

Parents and Grades

Students will be able to view their final, official Fall 2013 grades online beginning Thursday, December 19. So, they will also be able to show you their grades starting on that date.

But is there some way you, instead of my student, can show me his or her grades? This may surprise you, but No, we aren’t allowed to do that. Federal law prevents us from releasing a student's education record to anyone but the student unless (1) we have the student’s written consent to do so, or (2) you can show us that your student is still a dependent for federal income tax purposes. The specific law is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

We recommend that you follow this procedure and that you talk to your student at each stage:

  • Ask your student to show you his or her grades on Student Self Service.
  • If this isn't practical, ask your student to complete a “Student Consent to Release Education Record” form that would permit the Registrar to release a copy of the grades to you. For further information, including a link to the form, see Student Consent to Release Education Record.
  • If your student is unwilling to complete the consent form, you can complete a “Request for Disclosure of Education Record Information” form, provided your student is a dependent for tax purposes. For further information, including a link to the form, see Parent Access to Student Education Record.

Spring 2014 Registration

Spring registration has been underway since November 11. If your student plans to register for Spring, they should do so shortly to avoid paying late fees. Click to view Spring registration dates and deadlines.


  Bursar's Office

Registration for Spring ’14 is up and running!  Students who have outstanding debts may have a hold on their student account, preventing them from registering or accessing grades. Students should check their accounts online on TigerXpress to ensure that they do not have charges that would prevent them from registering. For important fee payment deadlines and other important information, click here.

Spring fees will be available for viewing on TigerXpress beginning November 22, 2013. eBills (fee invoices) will be available online on TigerXpress beginning December 11, 2013. Emails and/or text messages (if signed up on TigerXpress) will be sent to students and authorized users notifying them when eBills are available. Fee Payment Deadline for Spring 2014 is January 15, 2014. 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. 

Student will be able to sign up for the installment payment plan for Spring 2014 beginning December 11, 2013.

Please encourage your student to enroll in eRefunds (direct deposit) on TigerXpress for earliest refund of Spring excess financial aid/scholarship.  Students should sign up for eRefunds before January 11, 2014, in order for funds to be disbursed by direct deposit.

Students can enroll you as an Authorized User so that you can receive email notification when invoices are available.  You can also view and pay the outstanding balances on TigerXpress!


Residence Life

Fall 2013 Closing

The University of Memphis residence halls will close for the Semester Break on Friday, December 13, 2013, at 3 PM. All residents are required to leave the residence halls 24 hours after their final exam, unless they are involved in Commencement Exercises.

Residents of Carpenter Complex, Park Ave. Apartments, and the Living Learning Complex do not have to vacate their rooms during the Semester Break unless their Spring 2014 room assignment has been canceled.

Residents required to vacate their rooms during Semester Break will not be allowed to remain or be readmitted to the buildings during the Semester Break. The residence hall staff will not be available to permit reentry into the buildings after closing.

Residents of Richardson Towers, Rawls, Smith, and South, are required to sign up for an appointment to check out and surrender their room keys to their resident advisors before they leave.

Students who are not returning to the residence halls in the Spring must officially check out of the room no later than 3 PM on December 13 and cancel in writing with the Residence Life and Dining Services Office in Richardson Towers.

Students who are returning for the Spring are not required to remove their belongings from their rooms during the break; however, they should take all valuables and possessions needed during this time period.

The buildings will reopen at 1 PM on January 14, 2014.

Spring 2014 Check-In Dates

Tuesday, January 14 and Wednesday, January 15, 1 pm – 4:30 pm

All assigned rooms must be claimed by 4:30 PM on Thursday, January 15, 2014. 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 2014 Room Change

Thursday, January 23 and Friday, January 24


 Dining Services

Meal Plan Information

Meal plan cancellations for the spring semester must be made by January 14, 2014, and any changes to the meal plans must be made by January 24, 2014.

Residents who have a meal plan and would like their $300 Dining Dollars applied to the cost of their meal plans, may request this by going to


  New Student Orientation

Spring 2014

New Student Orientation at the University of Memphis is designed to help your student make a smooth transition into college life. The spring orientation program for new students will take place on Tuesday, January 14th from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the University Center on the University of Memphis campus. The program includes informative presentations about various campus resources and will afford your student many opportunities to meet other new students. The fee for spring orientation is $35 for students and no charge to any parents or guests. If you are interested in attending, please click here. You can direct any other questions to (901) 678-5513.


Campus Card & Dining Dollars

The Dining Dollars Refund period for Fall 2013 is Monday, November 25 through Friday, December 13. Click here for details. 

Any unused Dining Dollars will remain on the student’s account for use unless a refund request is submitted during the specified period.

Beginning Monday, November 25, students who were assessed Dining Dollars for the Fall 2013 semester may log in to their Campus Card account to request their Dining Dollars refund.

Fall refund requests may be submitted online through Friday, December 13. If submitted correctly, students will receive an email confirmation.

Dining Dollars will be available for spending through Friday, December 13.

Refunds will be processed from December 14 through December 20. During this time, Dining Dollars will not be available for spending. Refunds will be completed by Friday, December 20, 2013. eRefunds will post to accounts Friday, December 20, 2013 and checks will be mailed Friday, December 20.

Refunds will be processed to the student’s eRefund (direct deposit) account through TigerXpress. If no refund payment profile exists in TigerXpress, a check will be mailed to the address on file with the University. Sign up for eRefund on TigerXpress.

If a refund request is submitted and the balance is $5.00 or less, that balance will remain on the student’s Dining Dollars account.

Please note that any amount owed to the University will be deducted from the student’s available balance in the account prior to the processing of a refund or transfer.


Alpha Lambda Delta, Freshmen Honor Society

Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First-Year Students invites students with outstanding academic performance during their first semester to join.  The minimum requirements for consideration is a 3.50 GPA achieved in the first semester at the UofM and full-time status. Your student will be notified in January if she/he meets these requirements.

Alpha Lambda Delta has been on campus for over 50 years and the national organization has celebrated its 80th anniversary.  With more than 200 chapters across the country, the society has a well-established reputation for leadership and support of academic excellence in colleges and universities.  It offers national scholarships for continued study and expects members to assume productive positions of responsibility in the community. 

Should they be asked to join, we urge you to encourage your student to consider affiliation with Alpha Lambda Delta. Application and dues must be received by March 21, 2014 in 800 Wilder Tower, Memphis, TN  38152 (Commencement Office). Lifetime dues are $45 and can be paid with a check or money order payable to Alpha Lambda Delta. Click here for more information.



Fall 2013 Commencement: Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • 10:00 a.m.-Arts and Sciences, Communication and Fine Arts, University College, Law and Doctoral Hoodings for these colleges. Arrive by 9:00 a.m.
  • 2:00 p.m.-Business, Education, Engineering, Nursing, Public Health and Doctoral Hooding for these colleges and schools, as well as School of Communication Sciences and Disorders Doctoral candidates. Arrive by 1:00 p.m.

Cap and Gown Distribution: Thursday, December 12 from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm and Friday, December 13 from 8:30 am to 4;00 pm in 220 Brister Hall

Click here to view the December Commencement Program

Undergraduate: Last Day to File for Degree

  • Spring 2014: Deadline has passed
  • Summer 2014: April 9, 2014
  • Fall 2014: July 16, 2014



For athletic schedules, click here.

To purchase tickets to UofM sporting events, click here.

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Hearn scores a career-high 26 in victory.


Fun Fact & Quotes

Fun Fact:The origin of the tiger nickname dates to a 1914 football game parade, where several students shouted, “We fight like Tigers!” The nickname was born, and was adopted as the official nickname of the University of Memphis in 1939. Today, the tiger nickname is synonymous with the University and is widely used across campus and during sporting events. 

Quote: "Curiosity is the high-test fuel for the engine of learning." -Robert Kegan & Lisa Lahey


November/December 2013

Calendar & Dates

General News

Article Spotlight


Bursar Office

Residence Life

Dining Services

New Student Orientation

Campus Card & Dining Dollars

Alpha Lambda Delta, Freshmen Honor Society 



Fun Fact & Quote

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