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UMparent E-news: February 2013 February 2013

The semester is now almost midway through and this is often a very exciting and busy time for students. Many plan to go away for Spring Break. Parents should remind students to be safe while having fun. Keep in touch with those they travel with and keep in mind that classes will resume after break.

Remind your student that, while spring is a time for much social activity, balance is also important.

What Parents Can Do:

  • Keep in touch, but don't call everyday!
  • Use email, texts, and Facebook as an easy and convenient means of communication
  • Encourage your student to schedule an appointment with his or her advisor for the summer and fall semesters
  • Encourage your student to begin thinking about a summer job or internship
  • Advise your student to talk to his or her professors to assess course performance

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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.

March 1: 1st Installment Fee Payment Due

March 8: Classes End for 1st Session

March 10: Daylight Savings Begins

March 11-March17: Spring Break (Residence Halls except for Living Learning Complex and Carpenter Complex and ESP Closed)

March 15: Fee Payment Deadline (4:30 p.m.) for students who register for Second Part of Term ONLY between January 29 and March 15

March 18: Classes Begin for 2nd Session

March 27: Education Career Fair, 1:00-4:00 pm, UC Ballroom

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Administrator Spotlight: Daphne McFerren 

dmcferrenIn January 2008, Daphene R. McFerren became the director of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis.  In June 2006, McFerren was a Visiting Scholar at the Hooks Institute where she continued her work to compile primary source materials created by Fayette County civil rights activist from 1959 to approximately the early 1970s.  Additionally, during her time as a Visiting Scholar, McFerren worked on completing the copyright review process to enable public broadcast of the documentary, Freedom’s Front Line:  Fayette County, TN.  The collection of primary source materials from Fayette County civil rights activists are housed in Special Collections at the University of Memphis and are available to the public.  Beginning in September 2008, public television stations in Memphis, and later throughout the State of Tennessee, began broadcasting  Freedom’s Front Line.  McFerren’s parents, John and Viola McFerren, were two of the primary leaders of the Fayette County Movement.  In an article dated October 12, 1969, the New York Times called the Fayette County Movement the “longest sustained civil rights protest in the nation.”

Prior to joining the Hooks Institute, McFerren was in private practice in Washington, DC; was senior counsel in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; was counsel to former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno; and was later Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland prosecuting, among other cases, forced labor and involuntary servitude cases involving foreign victims.  McFerren is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.

The Hooks Institute's mission of teaching, studying, and promoting civil rights and social change is reflected in its programming, which includes funding faculty research and community service projects; hosting conferences, symposia, and lectures; and promoting and recognizing local and national scholarship on civil and human rights. Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1925, the late Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks rose from the segregated streets of Memphis to the national stage while advancing the cause of civil rights.  As he made clear in his last speech at the University of Memphis on November 4, 2009, our nation’s future depends upon our nation’s youth.  Through education and life experiences, they must be prepared to meet the challenges of their day, including advancing the nation’s principles of fairness and equality for all. 

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Student Spotlight: Jennifer Amido

jamidoJennifer Amido is a second year graduate student in the Division of Public and Nonprofit Administration with the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy. She will graduate in May with her Master of Public Administration with a Nonprofit concentration. In addition, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis in International Studies and in Spanish Language and Literature. Amido, a Memphis native, is the daughter of Stan and Mary Moore, and the wife of Emmanuel Amido, a local independent filmmaker. 

Currently, Jennifer Amido works at the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis as a graduate assistant. In addition to her experience at the Hooks Institute, she has experience working with local and international nonprofits. Her long-term career interest include: promoting social justice in women’s rights and refugees. She volunteers in numerous capacities throughout the city, such as interpreting and translating in Spanish, teaching ESL, and gathering qualitative data regarding refugee demographics in Shelby County.

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General News 

U.S. News & World Report Names U of M in Top Ten for Student Internships: The University of Memphis has one of the top 10 most successful internship programs of any college or university in the nation, according to the “Short List,” published by U.S. News & World Report. Read more.

Women's History Month Poster

March is Women's History Month: There are many great events on campus in March to celebrate Women’s History Month.  Be sure to check out the website and join us as we celebrate Women Making History Every Day.

Study Abroad Programs and Scholarships. The deadline to submit most Summer and Fall Semester Study Abroad Program and Scholarship Applications are March 1st. For more information click here or contact the office at tigersabroad@memphis.edu.

Off Campus Housing Fair. We invite you and your son or daughter to attend the upcoming Off-Campus Housing Information Fair on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Rose Theatre. Hosted by Adult and Commuter Student Services, the purpose of the fair is to provide students and parents with an opportunity to speak face-to-face with leasing representatives to obtain information about various housing options in the community. For more information, click here.

Tenant Rights Seminar. The Adult and Commuter Student Services Office is hosting a Tenant Rights seminar on Monday, March 4, 2013 from 12:40p – 2:05p in UC 308 (Poplar Room). Attorney Larry Baer will cover topics such as understanding a lease agreement and the general do's and don'ts of renting an apartment.

Letsou Is Names Dean of U of M Law School: Peter Letsou has been named dean of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. Read more.

U of M Confucius Institute: The Confucius Institute at the U of M (CIUM) will offer high school students the chance to visit China with the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp. Read more.

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Bursar's Office

For students who enrolled in the installment payment plan for the Spring 2013 term, the first installment is due by March 1, 2013. 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 April 1, 2013. Fees can be paid by credit card or eCheck online on TigerXpress.

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!

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Residence Life

Closing for Spring Break

The University of Memphis residence halls, with the exception of the Living Learning Complex and Carpenter Complex will close as 12 Noon on Saturday, March 9 and will reopen on Sunday, March 17 at 1 PM. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO REMAIN, OR BE READMITTED TO THE RESIDENCE HALLS DURING THIS TIME. Residents are not required to move their belongings out of the halls; however, residents should take all valuables with them when they leave.

Fall 2013/Spring 2014 Room Request

For priority assignment, current residents have the ability to request a room for the Fall 2013/Spring 2014 semesters through February 22. Current residents may apply after February 22; however, assignments are made on bases of availability and date of application.

If there is a financial or judicial hold on the student’s account, the student will not be able to request a room until these holds are cleared.

Requesting a room is a binding agreement. The student is responsible for any and all deadlines and rental prepayments associate with the room request. The student will be receiving information via e-mail and at the permanent address, with specific room assignment information and the prepayment deadline. Cancellations for the Fall 2013/Spring 2014 Semester housing reservation, must be made by June 1, 2013, in order to not be responsible for the $200 rental prepayment. Students canceling after June 1 will still be responsible for the $200 rental prepayment.

Summer 2013 Room Request

Summer housing will be available in Carpenter Complex. Current residents may request Summer 2013 housing beginning March 18. For assignment priority, current residents should submit the application for housing by April 1, 2013.

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Registrar's Office

Spring Break, March 11-17, is the next major registration calendar event. Shortly after the break, Summer and Fall class offerings will be available on myMemphis.  For dates and deadlines calendars click here.

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?” Registration for both Summer and Fall 2013 opens April 1.

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Education Support Programs (Tutoring)

Tutoring @ ESP weekly seminars are now underway!  Tutoring @ ESP Learning Specialist, Fredrika Cowley, presents seminars on a wide variety of academic related topics.  Upcoming seminar topics include “Bridging Learning Styles and Study Strategies” in which students will explore ways to study for how they learn, and “Mastering Midterms” in which they will learn techniques to prepare for midterm exams. The entire spring 2013 Tutoring @ ESP seminar schedule seminar can be found here.  Encourage your student to attend these interactive seminars!

Tutoring @ ESP is sponsoring a presentation on “How to Use Library Resources” on March 20th at 3:30 pm. 

For more information regarding Tutoring @ ESP, or any of its services, contact Dr. Barbara Bekis, Coordinator, at 901.678.2704, or via email bbekis@memphis.edu.

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  Athletics

For athletic schedules, click here.

To purchase tickets to UofM sporting events, click here.

Women's Soccer: Jamaica U20 Star Nugene Nugent Signs with U of M Women's Soccer. Read more.

Men's Track and Field: Montana high school product signs to run for Memphis Men's Track and Field in 2013-2014. Read more.

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Fun Fact & Quote 

Fun Fact: University of Memphis began under the name of West Tennessee State Normal School.

Quote: "Ensuring quality higher education is one of the most important things we can do for future generations." -Ron Lewis

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February 2013

Calendar and Dates

Administrator Spotlight

Student Spotlight

General News

Bursar's Office

Residence Life

Registrar's Office

Educational Support Program

Athletics

Fun Fact & Quote

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