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UMparent E-news: October Edition

During this time of year, exams and papers may begin piling up.  Students can sometimes acquire poor eating or sleeping habits, increased stress and other factors that my 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.

What parents can do:

  • Be there! Student 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 your 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.

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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.

November 1: 2nd Installment Plan Dee Payment Deadline

November 1: Parent Chat, Noon to 1:00 pm, Click here to join

  • Topic: Getting your Student Prepared: Financial Aid and Career Services

November 6: Election Day

November 11: Veterans Day

November 12-19: Spring 2012 registration begins

November 14: Undergraduate Intent to Graduate in May 2013 Form Deadline

November 22-25: Thanksgiving Break

December 1: Spring Semester rental prepayment due

December 7-13: Final Exams

December 14: Residence Hall Check-out


December 16: Fall 2012 Commencement

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Administrator Spotlight: Dr. Sylverna Ford  

FordDr. Ford holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Library and Information Science. Her doctoral course of study focused on library administration. She is currently Dean of University Libraries at the University of Memphis. She has held this position since Fall of 2000. In this position she is responsible for providing leadership for the University Libraries system consisting of a main library and four branch libraries, including the Communication Sciences Library, the Math Library, the Music Library, and the recently added Lambuth Campus Library. The main Library, McWherter Library, serves both undergraduate and graduate students. The libraries’ collections consist of more than 1,500,000 print volumes; over 8,000 current subscriptions; more than 3,000,000 microform items; 23,000 audio-visual items; and hundreds of online databases. In addition, as the Regional Depository for the state of Tennessee in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), the collection contains more than 500,000 government publications.

Dean Ford is active in professional Library Associations on the local, state , and national levels. She is currently serving as co-chair of the evaluations committee for the 8th National Conference of African American Librarians to be held in Northern Kentucky in August of 2013. She is 2013/14 chair-elect of the Women Administrators’ Discussion Group of the Library Administration and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association.

Message to Parents: I encourage all students to learn how to make the best use of the library and its varied collections. The library is not only a valuable resource that can make a difference in the educational experience of students but a gateway to lifelong learning.

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Student Spotlight: Jessica L. Chavers

jchaversJessica L. Chavers is the daughter of Dianna Hollingsworth a retired deputy jailer and Marvin L. Chavers a local logistics worker. She was born and raised in Memphis, TN. After attending New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico for two years, Chavers decided to come back to Memphis to finish up her undergraduate studies in Journalism with a concentration in broadcast and multimedia. She works at the University of Memphis McWherter Library in User Assistance as a Research Instructional Services Assistant, which helps foster her communication skills.

In addition to her work at the library, the Insight News anchor is the founder of MentorMe, a mobile mentoring program for the youth of Memphis. The National Association of Black Journalists member is a correspondent to the video-newsmagazine The Conversation. She has interviewed individuals from the likes of politicians to national newsmakers.

Chavers is a Tiger who bleeds true blue; she loves her job in assisting fellow Tigers with their literary needs. She is a proud example of a Dreamer. Thinker. Doer.

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General News

Parent Chat, November 1st. Please join us for our next Parent Chat on Thursday, November 1 from Noon to 1:00 pm. Our topic will be Getting your Student Prepared: Financial Aid and Career Services.  We will have representatives from Financial Aid, Career Services, and Parent Services on the chat to discuss the topic and answer your questions. We hope to "see" you there! Click here to join. If you are unable to join, please visit the Parent Communication page and we will link to a transcript of the chat within a week of the chat.

Parent Brunch. Thank you to everyone who signed up to attend the Parent Brunch on October 27.  We look forward to talking with you and getting your input about the future of Parent Services.

Campus Card Office. Students can manage their Campus (ID) Card online 24/7 at the Campus Card Office website. If their card is misplaced, lost or stolen, they need to immediately log in to deactivate their card to prevent unauthorized use. If they find their misplaced card, log in to activate it. View card balance(s) and meal plan balances (if applicable). Students can also add additional funds to their card using a credit card.

Noted Historian Will Explore “What Black Women Want”: “What do black women want?” Acclaimed historian Deborah Gray White will address this question during her lecture “Brown Sugar Melts: African-American Women at the Turn of the Millennium” on Thursday, Nov. 1, in the University Center Theatre on the University of Memphis campus. Read more...

U of M President Speaks at White House: University of Memphis President Dr. Shirley Raines spoke at the White House on Oct. 1, discussing innovative and entrepreneurial ideas that she has implemented during her U of M presidency. Read more...

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Registrar’s Office

Spring 2013 Registration

Students may now view Spring’s course offerings online through their myMemphis portal; registration opens November 12. Students register according to their student classification. Refer below for your student’s first day to register for Spring classes:

  • November 12: Graduate Students (degree-seeking), Honors Students, Veterans
  • November 13: Seniors and Honors Students
  • November 14: Juniors
  • November 15: Sophomores
  • November 19: Freshmen

Click here for the complete Spring 2013 Dates and Deadlines calendar.

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

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Bursar's Office

Spring 2013 registration begins November 12, 2012. Bursar registration holds will be set on November 9, 2012, 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.

For students who enrolled in the installment payment plan for the Fall 2012 term, the second and final installment is due by November 1, 2012. 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.

Fees can be paid by credit card or eCheck online on TigerXpress.

If you are an authorized user, you can access your student’s account to view/pay fees through the Parent/Authorized User log in

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Residence Life

Spring 2013 Cancellation Deadline

Fall contracts are for both the fall and spring semesters.  Students who are not returning for the Spring 2013 Semester must cancel in writing by November 1 in order to not be responsible for the $200 Spring rent prepayment.  Residents who cancel after November 1 will be responsible for the $200 Spring rent prepayment. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to the Residence Life and Dining Services Office in 011 Richardson Towers.

Fall 2012 Closing

The University of Memphis residence halls will close for the Semester Break on Friday, December 14, 2012, 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 and the Living Learning Complex do not have to vacate their rooms during the Semester Break unless their Spring 2013 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, South, and Mynders are required to sign up for an appointment to check out and surrender their room keys to their resident advisors before they leave.  Residents of the Living Learning Complex and Carpenter Complex should sign up for a room inspection. 

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 14 and cancel in writing with the Residence Life and Dining Services Office in 011 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 1:00 pm on January 15, 2013.

The $200 Spring Semester rental prepayment must be paid by December 1, 2012.  The remainder of the Spring 2013 rent must be paid by January 15, 2013, for the 2013 Spring Semester.  Payments may be paid in advance online through TigerXpressby mail to The University of Memphis, Bursar’s Office, P. O. Box 1000, Department 313, Memphis, TN  38148-0313 or in person in 115 Wilder Tower.  If a resident is receiving financial aid or is unable to make payment in full, the resident may be placed on an installment plan.  There is an additional charge of $40.00 added to your account if you are placed on the installment plan.  If you are receiving financial aid or scholarships for the Spring 2013 Semester, all aid will be applied toward any debts owed the University, such as rent.

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 Wednesday, 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.

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Dining Services

The end of the Fall Semester is not too far away. Load up your student's Dining Dollars and fuel them up for Finals! You can add Dining Dollars to your daughter or son's campus card by clicking here. Don't forget to visit for information on our location hours and meal plans for the Spring Semester.

Meal Plan Information: Spring 2013 residents will have the opportunity to make adjustments to their meal plans until January 16, 2013.

Residents who have a meal plan and would like their $300 Dining Dollars applied to the cost of their meal plans, may request this through the Campus Card office, until January 16, 2013. After the request is submitted online, the amount will be credited to the account balance on TigerXpress.

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Educational Support Programs (Tutoring)

Only a few weeks remain in the semester and Tutoring @ ESP is here to help your student finish academically strong! Tutoring is available for all students and all subjects! Your student is encouraged stop by to meet Fredrika Cowley, ESP Learning Specialist, any time Monday through Friday, 8:00-4:30 in the Academic Enhancement Learning Center, Mitchell 207, for consultation on academic improvements including:

  • Study Strategies
  • Note Taking
  • Time Management and
  • Test Preparation

Weekly seminars cover topics relevant to the time of the semester. Schedules for tutoring at other ESP Learning Centers can be found by visiting the ESP website. ESP can be contacted via email at or via telephone at (901)678-5226.

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  Information Technology

Responsible Printing Initiative (RPI) – also known as Print Balance

The Responsible Printing Initiative (RPI) is an SGA/ITD cooperative designed to fairly distribute printing resources, reduce waste and eliminate abuse.

Printing constitutes more than just paper. Printing costs cover everything from paper and toner to software and maintenance.

How does the Print Balance affect your student? To fairly distribute printing resources on campus:

  • Your student receives an allotment of 500 pages per semester – unused pages are not refundable.
  • The semester allotment is added the weekend before the first day of class for each semester.
  • Additional pages can be purchased.

How does your student get more paper?

  • Students need to go to the Bursar's Cashier window in Wilder Tower to purchase additional pages and obtain a receipt.
  • The receipt from the Bursar should then be taken to the umTech Helpdesk in the Administration Building, Room 100.

For additional information click here.

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To purchase tickets to UofM sporting events, click here.

Men's Basketball: Four University of Memphis basketball players were named to the 2012-13 preseason All-Conference USA teams, the league office announced Thursday. Junior Tarik Black earned preseason All-C-USA first team honors, while fellow juniors Chris Crawford and Joe Jackson and sophomore Adonis Thomas all were named to the preseason All-C-USA second team. Read more...

Tiger's Book Drive:The University of Memphis' Athletic Department has teamed up with Memphis City Schools and The Booksellers at Laurelwood for a "Bring It" Book Drive, which will run Oct. 15-31. Donors may give new or gently used books suitable for children in grades K-8. The goal is to collect 10,000 books. Read more...

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Fun Fact & Quote

Fun Fact: The University of Memphis has 25 endowed Chairs of Excellence, more than any other single campus in the state.

Quote:"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow."- Anthony J. D'Angelo

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October 2012

Calendar and Dates

Administrator Spotlight

Student Spotlight

General News

Registrar's Office

Bursar's Office

Residence Life

Dining Services

Educational Support Program (Tutoring)

Information Technology


Fun Fact & Quote

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