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UMparent E-news: September Edition

This time of year, students begin experiencing exciting and challenging situations that they need to learn to handle on their own.  As a parent, try to avoid rushing in; instead, think of the college experience as your student's job. Offer support, answer questions and point them toward the right resources.  Parents should use the opportunity to help their student become more independent.

What Parents Can Do...

  • Encourage your student to ask for help when needed.
  • With mid-terms approaching, make sure your student sets time aside to study. Remind your student about free tutoring services offered by the U of M's Educational Support Program.
  • Students who consider dropping classes should remember their financial aid status, scholarship status (including HOPE), and the ability to stay on their parents' health insurance, may be affected.
  • Remind your student to see his or her advisor before spring registration which will begin November 12.

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.

September 25: Fall Career and Internship Expo

October 1: 1st Installment Fee Payment Deadline to avoid $25 Late Payment Fee for students enrolled in the Installment Payment Plan

October 3:  Student Health Fair 

October 13-16: Fall Break

October 16: Fee Payment Deadline (4:30 p.m.) to avoid $100 Late Payment Fee for students who register for Second POT ONLY between September 5 - October 16, 2012

October 18: Last Day to Add or Change Sections (2nd Part of Term Classes)

November 1: 2nd Installment Fee Payment Deadline to avoid $25 Late Payment Fee for students enrolled in the Installment Payment Plan

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Administrator Spotlight: Dr. Robert Connolly

Robert ConnollyDr. Robert Connolly currently serves as the Director of the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa, is a member of the Advisory Board of the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology.  After spending his early adult life in travel and service, in his mid-30s he began a 10-year period of college studies ultimately earning a PhD degree in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.   Public engagement in cultural heritage institutions and service organizations is a keen interest for Dr. Connolly.  He currently serves as the Chair of the Public Education Committee of the Society for American Archeology where he leads national initiatives on outreach and engagement. Through his commitment to community service learning he serves as the University of Memphis representative to Tennessee Campus Compact.  Dr. Connolly has written and published extensively on public participation and engagement in cultural heritage institutions.

Message to Parents

A component of the educational program at the University of Memphis that particularly meshes with my own approach is the applied or real-time opportunities available to students.  For example, at the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa, each semester we host several undergraduate and graduate student interns who receive training and participate in real-time projects.  My goal is for each intern to have a responsibility in the creation of a final product.  I enjoy watching students take on challenges at Chucalissa where they move from hesitancy and doubt in their own abilities to group problem solving and creating a solution.  I routinely note to Chucalissa visitors, that for the most part, students created everything they see during their visit that is new and innovative at our Museum.  In this way, our Museum functions as a research laboratory for University of Memphis students.  I firmly believe in this applied approach and am proud to work at an institution that shares this commitment.  Perhaps my greatest satisfaction is working with students who as undergraduates are uncertain of their career direction but by the time they graduate, because of applied experiences such as internships, have a more clear direction for their future careers. 

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Student Spotlight: Mallory Bader

Mallory BadgerMallory Bader is the daughter of Romney Grandi and Robert Bader. She was born and raised in Memphis, TN.  After attending undergraduate at Hendrix College in Conway, AR, she worked for the Arkansas Archaeological Survey. Mallory moved home in August 2011 to further her education at the University of Memphis where she is working on her Masters degree in Applied Anthropology, with a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies. She is a graduate assistant at the C. H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa.

As a graduate student, Mallory's interests are cultural heritage and community service learning. Her work at the museum has included community engagement, exhibit creation and volunteer recruitment. Currently, she is working on her Masters Practicum research with an AmeriCorps NCCC team that is being hosted by the C.H. Nash Museum.

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  General News

Join us for Brunch! Parents, we would like to invite you to a Brunch on Saturday, October 27th from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm in the University Center on the Main Campus. We invite you to join us to discuss the University of Memphis and get your insight on parent involvement on our campus. After the event, we hope you will visit with your student. Please click here to RSVP. Reservations must be made by noon on Friday, October 19th. We look forward to seeing you!

Memphis State Eight. The Memphis State Eight, who integrated the University in 1959, were honored with a historical marker on campus as part of the University of Memphis' Centennial Celebration. Click here to view a short video on the ceremony.  

Commencement. The Fall 2012 commencement will be held on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. For further details, visit the Commencement website.

Campus Card Office. Students can manage their Campus (ID) Card online 24/7 at 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.

U of M Graduates earning more. Graduates in health fields at the University of Memphis (with average starting salary of $59,570) earn more than graduates in any major in any public college in Tennessee and nearly $5,000 more than graduates in the same programs at Middle Tennessee State University. Read more...

U of M is Named a "Military Friendly School" by Victory Media Inc. Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has included the University of Memphis on its Military Friendly Schools ® list for 2013. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. Read more...

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  Registrar's Office

Click here for the Fall 2012 Dates and Deadlines Calendar. 

Summer Incompletes: Please remind your student that any undergraduate student who received an I grade (Incomplete) in a Summer 2012 course has until September 26 to satisfy the instructor’s course requirements. If the work is not completed by this date, the “I” will be changed to “F.”

Fall Break: October 13-16, is the next major registration calendar event. Shortly after the break, Spring class offerings will be available on myMemphis and the Spring Dates and Deadlines calendar will be available on the Registrar’s website

When the break arrives, you may want to ask your student questions such as, “What do you think you will take next term?” and “Have you made an advising appointment?” Spring 2013 registration opens November 12.

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Bursar's Office

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

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 authorized user log in.

Upcoming deadlines/key dates:

  • October 1: 1st Installment Fee Payment Deadline (4:30 p.m.) for students who utilized the Installment Payment Plan for the Fall 2012 term
  • October 16: Fee Payment Deadline (4:30 p.m.) for students who register for Second Part of Term ONLY between September 5 and October 16
  • November 1: 2nd Installment Fee Payment Deadline (4:30 p.m.) for students who utilized the Installment Payment Plan for the Fall 2012 term

For additional dates and deadlines, please reference the Calendar on our web site.

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Financial Aid Office

Please have your student continue to monitor their myMemphis account for updates throughout the semester.  There are several new rules affecting Federal aid for the 2012-13 aid year.  Check out the “What’s New For 2012-13” box on our website for more details.

IMPORTANT!! Remind your student that all aid, including scholarships, is determined by enrollment.  If they are considering dropping a class they should always check with our office first to see how it may affect their current, or future, eligibility.

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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, 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 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 by mail to The University of Memphis, Bursar’s Office, P. O. Box 1000, Department 313, Memphis, TN  38148-0313 or may be paid in person in 115 Wilder Tower or online at  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

Hungry? Let’s talk some food.

It’s time to “Load Up” your student's Flex Bucks!

Now through Friday, September 28th, load up your student’s Flex Bucks and receive a bonus! We’ll add $10 Flex Bucks to every $100 Flex Bucks your add to your student’s account.* Visit to “Load Up” today!

Commuting to campus? It’s not too late!

Is your student commuting from home? It’s not too late to have a meal plan! We currently offer three different meal plans for our commuter students. Your student can enjoy exceptional quality and countless options at our “Fresh Food Company” and “Just 4 U” (located in Richardson Towers). Click here to sign up for your commuter meal plan today!  

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2012 Centennial Homecoming

Join us as we celebrate homecoming and our centennial! Click Here for full details for the whole weekend.

Alumni Association's Centennial Homecoming Parade
Friday, October 19 at 5:30 pm

Join the Alumni Association for the annual Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 19, 5:30 pm, hosted by the Alumni Association and Student Activities Council. Special guest includes President Shirley Raines. Click here for the Parade route. Parking is available at the Southern Ave. and Central Ave. parking lots. For more information or to enter a float, click here or contact Alumni Coordinator Terez Wilson at or 901/678-5686.

Alumni Association's Centennial Homecoming Pep Rally
Friday, October 19 at 6:30 pm
Continue the Homecoming celebration at the Association's Pep Rally featuring 100 entries for 100 years on Friday, October 19, 6:30 pm, with special guests Coach Justin Fuente, Athletic Director Tom Bowen, and University President Shirley Raines, as well as the Alumni Association's True Blue Tradition Award (awarded annually to those who have made significant contributions to creating and continuing traditions at the U of M) and the Parent of the Year Award (presented to parents of current students through a nomination process). Located at the end of the parade route at the Plaza Fountain near the Administration Building. Food provided from the Thomas Boggs (BA '72) Family of Huey's Restaurants and drinks provided by Pepsi. Parking is available at the Southern Ave. and Central Ave. parking lots.

Luther C. McClellan Alumni Chapter Step Show
Friday, October 19, immediately following the pep rally
The Luther C. McClellan Black Alumni Chapter will join in the Centennial Homecoming fun with their annual Alumni Step Show showcasing stepping skills of current students and returning alumni on Friday, October 19 in the Rose Theatre. The cost is $10 for Alumni Association members and students (with Membership Card or Student ID) and $15 for not-yet-members. Proceeds benefit the LCM Scholarship Fund.

U of M Tiger Football vs. UCF Golden Knights
Saturday, October 20 at 7 pm at the Liberty Bowl
Presentation by National Alumni Association President Allie Prescott (BA '69, JD '72) for the Parent of the Year Award and the True Blue Tradition Award. For tickets, visit

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Career Services

Is your student looking for a job or internship, or just wondering was careers are available to them?  Encourage them to attend the Career and Internship Expo on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 from 10 am to 3 pm in the University Center Ballroom. Employers representing numerous industries are recruiting all majors.  This event is open to U of M students and alumni.  Professional dress is expected. Tell your student to bring their resume. 

Lunch and Learn Series

  • October 10: Social Media in the Job Search, presented by Shea Houze, University of Memphis
  • October 24: Networking How To’s, presented by Ashley Pennington, ServiceMaster

Events are for University of Memphis students and Alumni. Held in the UC Bluff Room from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Pizza and drinks are served.

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Health Center

The parent’s issue of Student Health 101 is a monthly e-journal about student life and health. Students receive Student Health 101 each month at their “” email address. Encourage them to look at it!  In the Parent’s Perspective Student Health 101 each article has tips on how to support your student.

Flu season is quickly approaching and we are prepared with scheduled Flu Shots on campus. CLICK HERE for the schedule, cost and other information. Please help us keep a healthy campus by encouraging your student to get a flu shot!   

10th Annual Student Health Fair
Wednesday, October 3, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Student Activities Plaza by the Fountain

Exhibits by campus departments and community agencies with information about physical, emotional-mental, social, spiritual and intellectual health.

Students can participate in interactive learning experiences, health screenings, information on where to get specific help, conversations with organ recipients, learning about how to volunteer to help your favorite organization, prizes, free food and drinks!


If your student would like to become more fit and learn about a healthy lifestyle, we have many FREE programs available:

  • Mondays at 7 am and again at 11:30 am: Desk to 5K training on the field house track.
  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays we have Tigers Feel GRRREAT!!! Fitness Program, a 10 week exercise and education program. We welcome new students, tell them to please call 901-678-3461 for details.
  • Wednesdays at noon: ZUMBA in the University Center.
  • Thursdays at 11:30: 45 minute nutrition seminars & discussion in the UC Beale Room.
  • We also have several FunRun/Walks and biking events scheduled:
    • October 2: Bike to Campus Day
    • October 3: Student Health Fair FunRun/Walk
    • November 10: Tour de Tigre – ride bikes from campus to the Liberty Bowl to watch the TIGERS!
    • November 16: Desk to 5K FunRun/Walk on campus  

Go to our website for more information!

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For athletic schedules, click here.

To purchase tickets to UofM sporting events, click here.

Memphis Tigers Partner with Memphis City Schools to Collect 10,000 Books on September 1st. The Memphis Tigers PAWS (Preparing Athletes for Winning Success) program announced a goal to collect 10,000 books at the Tigers' first football game on Sept. 1. The campaign has been termed "10,000 Books from Tiger Fans." All books collected will be donated to seven Memphis City Schools deemed "Innovation Zone" schools. These are schools with limited resources that are identified as needing help to succeed at a higher level. Read more...

October Two for One Tickets Available for Tiger Football. Memphis fans can take advantage of an October ticket special when the Tigers open Conference USA play during the month with games against Rice (Oct. 6) and UCF (Oct. 20). Read more...

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  Fun Fact & Quote

Fun Fact: Washington Monthly magazine ranked the University of Memphis 61st among 281 schools based on their contributions to the public good in social mobility, research, and service.  The publication rated U of M fifth in the service category.

Quote: "Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do.  Where there's love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong. -Ella Fitzgerald


September 2012

Calendar and Dates

Administrator Spotlight

Student Spotlight

General News

Registrar's Office

Bursar's Office

Financial Aid

Residence Life

Dining Services

Centennial Homecoming

Career Services

Health Center


Fun Fact & Quote

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