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UMparents E-news: April 2012 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 and identify 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 this semester.
  • Remind your students to register as early as possible in order to get the classes he or she wants for summer school and the fall semester.
  • Encourage your student to make time for exercise, healthy meals, and sleep.

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.  Below are a few other calendars that we think you might find helpful.

April 27-May 3: Exams

April 27-May 4: Residence Hall Check-out

May 5: Spring Commencement*

May 13: Mother's Day

May 14: 1st Day of Classes (Pre-Summer)

May 28: Memorial Day (University Closed)

May 31: Classes End (Pre-Summer)

June 1: Final Exams (Pre-Summer)

*Please see note in General News Section concerning possible date change

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      Administrative Spotlight: Ben Morton

Ben Morton

Ben Morton, Associate Dean of Students, has been working at Memphis since August of 2011.  A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he received undergraduate degrees from Clarion University and graduate degrees from West Virginia University and Florida State University.  Before coming to the University of Memphis, he worked at the University of Illinois including serving as Assistant Dean of Students. 

Ben was drawn to the University of Memphis because of its commitment to student affairs and its focus on student success.  After being on campus for the 2011/12 academic year, he's proud to be a Memphis Tiger and to work alongside many accomplished student affairs professionals, faculty and staff. 

During his 11 year career in student affairs, Ben is most proud of his involvement advising and mentoring students and student groups.  In his time here at Memphis, Dean Morton has appreciated the opportunity to work to help students learn from their mistakes and also being involved in the recent revisions to the University's Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities which created a more clear set of expectations for student behavior.  He considers one of his most important roles at Memphis to help keep the campus community safe for all students, faculty and staff so that they can engage in the educational opportunities available here at the University. 

Ben considers it a true honor to have been working at the University for its Centennial Celebration and to have been a part of all the historical events surrounding the 100th anniversary of the institution.   He's also very humbled by the gracious reception he and his family have received in coming to the University and the city of Memphis.  The kindness and generosity of the community have helped reinforce that it was a great decision to relocate to the mid-south. 

Message to Parents:  Coming to the University of Memphis is a great decision for a family looking to send their student to a school that tries very hard to create an environment that involves students and encourages both academic and personal growth.  In that process, there are sometimes missteps and within those missteps are great learning opportunities for our students.   My goal is to help keep campus safe and to create the kind of environment that is conducive to student success.

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    Student Spotlight: Christopher Sparrow

Christopher sparrow

Christopher Sparrow is the son of Clifton and Debra Sparrow. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Christopher graduated from Eastmoor Academy in 2006, and received his B.A. in Psychology from Ohio University in 2010. Currently, he is a Master's candidate in the Clinical Mental Health Program. Upon graduation, Christopher plans to become a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider designation. As a Discipline Officer in the Office of Judicial and Ethical Programs, Christopher assists in the adjudication of disciplinary issues. Utilizing valuable skills from his undergraduate and graduate program he effectively fosters an environment for students to develop in every aspect. Christopher's favorite thing about the U of M is the school spirit shown by everyone in the U of M community.

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  General News

Bronze Tiger

Dr. Shirley Raines, President, and Dr. Rosie Phillips Bingham, Vice President for Student Affairs, with our new Bronze Tiger!

For parents of students graduating Spring 2012. Commencement is currently set for Saturday, May 5, but due to the possibility of a conflict in the FedEx Forum, an alterative date has been set for Sunday, May 6. The commencement office will keep students abreast of any changes and the date will only be changed if absolutely necessary. For more information, visit the Commencement Office website.

Parent Survey Winners. We would like to thank everyone for participating in the Annual Parent Survey. Your feedback is invaluable to helping us provide each of you with the best experience while your student is here. The winners in our drawing this year were, Carolyn Cross, Susan Lumpkin, and Rene King.

 Creating a Century of Memories. On March 30, 2012 the U of M announced the list of items to be included in the centennial time capsule.  The time capsule contains four compartments, that will each be opened twenty five years after the previous.  The time capsule will represent 100 years of the University of Memphis' rich history.  For a list of items included in the first compartment of the time capsule please click here.

Women who Made a Difference.  The University of Memphis 100 remarkable women who have shaped its history over the past 100 years.  To read the full story please click here. For the complete list of honorees please click here.

Distinguished Alumni Awards. Each spring the University presents its highest honors, the Distinguished Alumni Awards, to alumni and friends in one of four categories. This year's event will be held Saturday, June 2nd at 6:30 pm.  For more information, click here.

New Campus Shuttle-bus Service. To assist people in getting from place to place and from class to class on its largely pedestrian campus, the University of Memphis will institute a new shuttle-bus service, The Blue Line. Read more...

Follow Us on Facebook and Twitter! To get the most up to date dates, deadlines, and information "Like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @UMparents.  We look forward to "seeing" you there!

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  Registrar's Office


Final exams begin Friday, April 27 and run through Thursday, May 3. View the Spring 2012 Final Exams Schedule.


Students will be able to view their final, official Spring 2012 grades online beginning Thursday, May 10. 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.


Summer registration and Fall registration are now underway. If your student plans to register for Summer, they should do so shortly to avoid paying late fees. To view registration dates and deadlines, visit one of these calendars:

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  Financial Aid Office

Summer 2012

If your student plans to attend the Summer 2012 semester, you can still complete the 2011-2012 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available on-line at   Listing The University of Memphis' 6-digit federal school code, 003509, will allow our office to receive an electronic copy of the FAFSA results. If you have already completed the 2011-2012 FAFSA for another school, you can go back to your application and add our school code. Be reminded that your student also needs to be admitted as degree-seeking to receive any type of federal financial aid, including student loans.

Because Summer is an optional semester, we have a separate form (Summer 2012 Update Form) available on our website and in our office for students to complete. For most federal aid programs, students must be enrolled in at least half time at The University of Memphis to qualify. Remaining Summer eligibility is determined on aid awarded during the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters at The University of Memphis or at any other institution.


We encourage EARLY APPLICATION for the 2012-2013 year, so please go on-line to complete or renew your student's FAFSA using your 2011 income information. It is highly recommended that you utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool provided when completing the FAFSA to expedite the process. This option is available two weeks after you electronically file your 2011 income taxes with the IRS. Students who qualify for the federal Pell Grant and who are a Tennessee resident may also qualify for the state grant.

There are a LOT of NEW federal regulation changes effective the 2012-2013 academic year. Stay informed by visiting our website at Scroll down to "What's New for 2012-2013?" Please take the time to read through this, as it may affect your student's current and/or future federal financial aid eligibility.

If your student has any questions or concerns, please have him/her call our office at (901) 678-4825 or visit us at Room 103 in Wilder Tower.

If you have a scholarship inquiry, including the HOPE Lottery Scholarship, please contact the Scholarship Office directly at (901) 678-3213 or go to Room 107 in Wilder Tower.  

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  Residence Life

Spring 2012 Check-Out

May 4, 2012

First Summer Check-In

June 1, 2012

1 PM – 4 PM

First Summer rent is due June 1 and payable to the Bursar's Office. Installment plans are not available for the summer sessions.

Second Summer Check-In

July 9, 2012

Second Summer rent is due July 9 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 and not be responsible for the $200 rental prepayment.

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   Campus Card Office

Dining Dollars Reminder:  Refunds or transfer requests for unused dining dollars may be submitted online from April 23 2012 through May 11, 2012 at the Campus Card website.

  •  Go to the Campus Card Web site at        
  •  Login and select Request Dining Dollars Refund.        
  •  You will receive a confirmation email once your request has been received.       

  If you have questions please email or phone 901-678-CARD (2273).

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Centennial Celebration

100 Women. 100 Years. Preserving a Legacy

As part of the University's Centennial Celebration and its 30th Anniversary Celebration, the Center for Research on Women, together with African and African American Studies and the Department of History, will host an event on Friday, April 27 celebrating 100 women who inspired our first century. 

Bronze Tiger

The new Bronze Tiger was unveiled on campus on the west side of the University Center on Friday, April 20th during the Centennial Reunion Weekend.  To view a video of the unveiling, click here.

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Fun Fact & Quote

Fun Fact: Ramesses II, also known as Ramesses the Great, ruled as one of Egypt's youngest pharaohs (1279 B.C.-1219 B.C.).  On April 22, 2012 the only official replica of the original Ramesses statue was moved to the U of M campus from its former home, the Pyramid Arena.

Quote: Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.- Carl Sandburg

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April 2012

Calendar and Dates

Administrator Spotlight

Student Spotlight

General News

Registrar's Office

Financial Aid Office

Residence Life

Campus Card Office

Centennial Celebration

Fun Fact & Quote


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