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UMparent E-news: April 2013 Edition

The U of M offers a wide range of classes for students who are interested in getting ahead of the game. Taking a summer class is a great way for students to keep their academic skills sharp. Most classes last four to six weeks.

Although some students may find the rigorous pace of summer classes intimidating, the rewards of being closer to graduation can make it worth the extra effort.

What Parents Can Do:

  • Talk with your returning student ahead of time about your expectations while they are living at home.
  • Be sure your student has registered for fall and has made housing arrangements for the semester.
  • Welcome your student home for summer break!

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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 1: Classes End for Full Semester and 2nd Session Students

May 2: Study Day (Classes do not meet this day)

May 3-9: Final Exams

May 10: Residence Hall Check out Deadline

May 11: Commencement*

May 12: Mother's Day

May 16: Official Grades Available

May 27: Memorial Day (University Closed)

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Administrator Spotlight: Hsiang-te Kung

kung Hsiang-te Kung is a Professor and was the Chairman of the Department of Geography and Planning at The University of Memphis from 1992 to 2001. He is the Director of newly created Confucius Institute and Asian Studies and International Trade program since fall 2007. He received his B.S. with a geography major and geology minor from the University of Chinese Culture and received both his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He has co-authored three books, published more than seventy-five refereed articles in professional journals, and received more than 70 research grants. He has been a visiting professor and lecturer in China and at the University of Pittsburgh, Institute of Shipboard Education – Semester at Sea program. His major areas of interest are Water Resources, Urban Hydrology, Urban Physical Environment, Land-Surface System, Fluvial Geomorphology, Landform and Terrain Analysis, and Asia – China.

He was born in Wuhan, China, and is the 75th generation from Confucius. He was nominated for the distinguished teaching service award four times and received awards for Superior Performance in University Research (SPUR) for Outstanding Research Activities twice, the College of Arts and Sciences Meritorious Faculty Award, and the Dean’s Award for Advising Excellence.

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Student Spotlight: Stephen Coons

scoons Stephen (Steve) Coons is a senior at the    University of Memphis. He will be graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor of liberal studies in May, with a concentration in Asian Studies and International Trade and a minor in Chinese. Steve was raised by his mother Shannon Purvis, an air force veteran, and married his wife Alyssa Coons in August 2009. Steve and his wife are currently raising their two sons, Joshua, age 2 ½, and newborn Tyler.

Steve served a mission for his church from 2007-2009 in Taiwan, where he developed a love of the Chinese language and culture that has shaped his college experience here in Memphis. Presently, Steve works at the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis. His responsibilities include front end support, teaching Chinese classes offered through the Institute, and planning and participating in Chinese cultural awareness projects. In 2010, Steve was selected along with a co-worker by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in China to represent the University of Memphis at a conference in Beijing, China, where he participated in a televised broadcast of a multicultural piece of the 5th annual directors’ conference. His long-term career and personal interests include utilizing his business and marketing skills in conjunction with his Chinese language, as well as traveling and using his unique experiences to serve those around him.

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General News

Dr. Raines to Retire as President of University of Memphis. Shirley C. Raines, president of the University of Memphis, announced that she will retire from the U of M effective June 30. Read more.

Brad Martin to Serve as U of M Interim President as Campus Prepares for National Search. Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan has named R. Brad Martin, a member of the university’s Board of Visitors and retired chairman and CEO of Saks Incorporated, to serve as interim president of the University of Memphis effective July 1. Read more.

U of M is Named One of 100 Most Affordable Large Public Colleges in America. The University of Memphis has been named one of the “most affordable large public colleges” in the United States by the Affordable Colleges Online organization. Read more.

Leading Science Journal Publishes U of M Research About Language Development and Evolution. Research led by University of Memphis Professor Kimbrough Oller has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), one of the most prestigious scientific journals in the world. Read more.

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Registrar's Office


Final exams begin Friday, May 3 and run through Thursday, May 9. View the Spring 2013 Final Exams Schedule.


Students will be able to view their final, official Spring 2013 grades online beginning Thursday, May 16. 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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Fee Policies for Summer and Fall Semester

Please be aware of fee payment deadlines for Summer and Fall 2013. The Fee Payment Deadline is the day prior to the first day of classes. For example, the Summer 2013 fee payment deadline is Friday, May 10 and the Fall 2013 fee payment deadline is Friday, August 23. Students who have not met the fee payment deadline as posted on the Bursar webpage will have the courses for which they are registered deleted. Beginning with the first day of Late Registration, May 11 for Summer 2013 and August 24 for Fall 2013, students will be able to re-register for courses that have available space, but will be assessed a $100 Late Registration Fee in addition to regular tuition and fees.

Students will be allowed to adjust their schedule until the end of the late registration period. Students not paid by the close of the late registration period will have an additional $100 late payment fee assessed. If still unpaid at close of business on the day AFTER the close of late registration, students will have all their classes deleted from their schedule. Students whose classes are deleted for non-payment after the late registration fee payment deadline, and whose request to be reinstated is approved, must prepay all fees in full, including the assessment of a $100 Late Registration Fee and a $100 Late Payment Fee. Students who receive permission to register after Late Registration from the Dean of their major must prepay all fees in full, including the assessment of a $100 Late Registration Fee and a $100 Late Payment Fee, prior to being registered.

Information regarding fee payment is available on the Bursar’s webpage

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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 will be available on TigerXpress in late April for Summer and 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.

The Summer Fee Payment Deadline is dependent upon what day your student registers for any summer part-of-term courses, and not when the courses will actually meet.  For students who register for pre-session only or pre-session and any other part-of-term courses from April 1-May 10, 2013, all fees are due May 10, 2013, by 4:30pm to avoid deletion of classes. 

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.

If your student is expecting to receive excess financial aid/scholarships, they should enroll in eRefunds (direct deposit) on TigerXpress by May 27, 2013, for earliest refund of Summer excess financial aid/scholarships.

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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Campus Card


Beginning Sunday, April 28, students who were assessed Dining Dollars for the spring 2013 semester will be able to login to their Campus Card account to request their Dining Dollars refund.

Refund requests may be submitted online from Sunday, April 28 through Friday, May 10. Once submitted, students will receive an email confirmation.

Dining Dollars will be available for spending through Friday, May 10 even if the refund request is submitted April 28.

Dining Dollars will not be available for spending after May 10.

Refunds will be completed by Friday, May 24 (eRefunds will post to accounts May 24 and checks will be mailed May 24).

The refund 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. Students are encouraged to sign up for eRefund on TigerXpress.

Any unused Dining Dollars will automatically roll to the student’s Tiger Funds account at the end of the spring semester unless a refund is submitted during the specified period.

If a refund request is submitted and the balance is $5.00 or less, that balance will be transferred to the student’s Tiger Funds 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.

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For May 2013 Graduating Students

Official Commencement date is Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the FedEx Forum

  1. 10:00 a.m.-(Arts and Sciences, University College, Communication and Fine Arts, and the doctoral hoodings for these colleges)--arrive at 9:00 a.m.
  2. 2:00 p.m.-(Business, Education, Health and Human Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, School of Public Health, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and doctoral hoodings for these colleges and schools)--arrive by 1 p.m.

Alternate date if Forum occupied on Saturday by Grizzlies due to basketball Playoffs is Sunday, May 12, 2013 at the FedEx Forum

  1. 12 p.m. (noon)-(Arts and Sciences, University College, Communication and Fine Arts, and the doctoral hoodings for these colleges)--arrive at 11:00 a.m.
  2. 4:00 p.m.-(Business, Education, Health and Human Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, School of Public Health, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and doctoral hoodings for these colleges and schools)--arrive by 3 p.m.

For more information regarding Commencement activities, click here.

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University College

Your Experience Counts!

Through degree completion and experiential learning credit programs offered through the University College, we can help you get where you want to be. Start your degree, and you may find that you have already earned credit with your work and life experiences. Finish your degree whether you started here or somewhere else, or earn another degree.

Come to one of our two remaining spring information sessions near you!

All times 5 – 7 p.m. Free parking at all locations.

Meet with university representatives from:

  • Admissions
  • Adult & Commuter Services
  • University & Departmental Advising
  • Experiential Learning
  • Financial Aid
  • Veterans Educational Benefits & Certification

For more information, call 901.678.2716 or email
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Residence Life

Spring 2013 Check-Out: May 10, 2013

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: June 1, 2013

  • 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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Dining Services

Hungry? Let’s talk some food!

Finals are just around the corner! Have your student finish their semester strong by becoming a Tiger Dining Rewards member. Your student will enjoy ten (10) meals to the Fresh Food Company as well as unlimited fountain drink re-fills for the remainder of the semester! Sign up by visiting here.

Fall 2013 Meal Plans are now available! Tiger Dining is offering four different meal plans that are sure to fit any campus lifestyle. Whether your student is looking for a full meal and an outstanding atmosphere with friends or something on-the-go to bring back to their dorm room or home, Tiger Dining has you covered. Click here to view all of our options.

Never go Hungry. Always have a plan!

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Tutoring @ESP

Final exams are just around the corner, and students should schedule their appointments with Tutoring @ ESP Learning Specialist, Fredrika Cowley, for individual consultations on strategies to finish the semester strong. Ms. Cowley can assist students in developing individual study plans to ensure time to adequately prepare for final exams. Ms. Cowley is in Mitchell 207 every day and can be contacted at 901/678.5226 or via email

All Tutoring @ ESP learning center tutors are working with students to prepare for the next test and for final exams. The Academic Enhancement Center will be open throughout finals week. Encourage your student to "Come Study with Us" today!

Reminder: You can like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get the latest news and updates from Tutoring @ ESP!

For more information regarding Tutoring @ ESP, or any ESP services, contact Dr. Barbara Bekis, Coordinator, at 901/678.2704, or via email

Alumni Relations

On Tuesday, May 7, at 11:30 am in the University Center, the MPA Alumni Club will host a luncheon recognizing the 2013 Pi Alpha Alpha inductees and honoring students in the Division of Public and Nonprofit Administration.

There will be a discussion panel including Anna Kathryn Word, Chief Fund Development Officer at the Junior League of Memphis, Dorcas Young, Administrator of the Shelby County Ryan White program, and Eva Mosby, Vice President of Workforce Development at BRIDGES. Tickets are $25 per person and include parking in the Zach Curlin Parking Garage.

Please contact Alumni Coordinator Shannon Miller at or 901/678-3043 for more information.

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For athletic schedules, click here.

To purchase tickets to UofM sporting events, click here.

Memphis Athletics Director Named to BCS Advisory Board: University of Memphis athletics director Tom Bowen, who has already begun implementing his plan for the future of Tigers athletics, will also be involved in planning for the future of the BCS. Read more.

Memphis Softball is Victorious in Extra Innings: University of Memphis softball pitching combined for 17 strikeouts in a 2-1, 10-inning victory at Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday evening. Read more.

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Fun Fact and Quote

Fun Fact: The university has changed names five times. The school began in 1912 as West Tennessee State Normal School. The first name change was in 1925 when it became West Tennessee State Teachers College. From 1941 to 1957 the school was known as Memphis State College. The next change, to Memphis State University, occurred in 1957 and lasted for a longer period. In 1994 the last change occurred when the school gained its current name: the University of Memphis.

Quote: "Education is not preparation for life; Education is life itself." ~ John Dewey

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April 2013

Calendar and Dates

Administrator Spotlight

Student Spotlight

General News

Registrar's Office

Fee Policy Change

Bursar's Office

Campus Card


University College

Residence Life

Dining Services

Tutoring @ ESP

Alumni Relations


Fun Fact & Quote

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