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UMparents Enews March 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 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 in the semester.
  • Remind your student to register as early as possible in order to get the classes he or she wants for the summer and fall semesters.
  • 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 1: Check Summer 2012 Financial Aid Eligibility

April 2: Summer and Fall 2012 Registration Begins

April 12-14: The Arabian Nights (Mainstage)

April 19-21: The Arabian Nights (Mainstage)

April 20:  Unveiling of Tiger Sculpture @ 1:00 p.m. (West side of the University Center)

April 20-22: Reunion Weekend

Administrator Spotlight: Susan Te Paske

Susan Te PaskeSusan C. Te Paske has served as Director of Disability Resources for Students at the University of Memphis since 2003.  Ms. Te Paske has spent her entire career in the field of education. She has worked as a teacher, counselor, and school administrator in grades 7-12. She has made numerous presentations and conducted special workshops for students, -parents, and fellow educators on topics including study and test preparation strategies, parenting skills, teaching methods and strategies, and various disability-related topics. Ms. Te Paske loves the "wonderful diversity of the student body" at the University of Memphis.  She received her B.A. in Speech and Dramatic Art and Teacher Education and her M.A. in Counseling and Human Development from the University of Iowa. She previously served as the Learning Disabilities/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Coordinator and Assistant Director of Disability Resources for Students at the University of Memphis. Ms. Te Paske enjoys the world of plants and is a Master Gardener, in addition she enjoys reading, traveling, interior design, and learning new things.

  Student Spotlight: Alida Gage

Alida GageAlida Gage is a native Memphian and the daughter of Paula Baugh and Michael Novarese. After graduating from St. Agnes Academy, Alida received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of the South and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Appalachian State. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Memphis. Upon graduating in May 2013, Alida hopes to practice in a treatment facility in the area of addictions. She also wants to one day open her own treatment center. As a research member of the Masculinity and Health Research team, she has presented at the 2011 American Psychological Association Convention in Washington, D.C. Her research focused on the predictors of health responsibility, stress management, and physical activity in American men. In the Fall of 2012, Alida will begin her doctoral internship at the Hazelden Foundation in Center City, Minnesota. Alida says this about the U of M "Working with the students at Disability Resources for Students has really enriched my life – supporting them, seeing them improve and achieve their educational and life goals is very rewarding. I have especially enjoyed developing our Social Skills Group for students with social challenges with my colleague Heather Dannison."

General News

Save the Date for the University of Memphis Alumni Association Centennial Reunion Weekend Friday, April 20 - Sunday, April 22, 2012. Click here for more information. To register, click here.

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 is absolutely necessary. For more information, visit the Commencement Office website.

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.

U of M doctoral students helps prepare journalists through Teen Appeal. Each year, hundreds of students apply for the 75-100 positions on staff. Selected students attend a week long camp, hosted at the U of M, to get a crash course in journalism.  Click Here to Read More... 

Tiger Teach program readies potential teachers for "real world". Classroom management and teaching tips didn’t come from an education class lecture, they were learned on the job. Click Here to Read More...

Parent Giving. Fundraising efforts recently began for our 2011-12 Parent and Family Fund campaign, and – if you have not already – you will be receiving a phone call or mailing asking for your support. We hope you will make a gift in honor of your student to a meaningful area of the University. Your gifts provide increased opportunities for students and make our University greater, propelling us – and our entire U of M Community – to an ever brighter future! If you are interested in giving, please click here for more information.

Registrar Office

The Fall and Summer semester schedules are now available to view through the myMemphis portal.  Students can begin to register for classes as early as Monday, April 2nd depending on their current class status. Below is when each classification of student can register.

All students are required to be advised each semester and cannot register for classes until they have been advised. Students may also not be able to register for classes if they have holds on their account, such as parking or library fines.  Your student should check their account this week to ensure they will have no issues registering.

  • Degree Seeking Graduate & Post Bacc. April 2, 2012
  • Seniors & Honors Students April 3, 2012
  • Juniors April 4, 2012
  • Sophomores April 5, 2012
  • Freshmen April 9, 2012
  • Non-Degree Seeking April 11, 2012

For more information, please visit the Registrar Office website or call 901.678.2810.

Residence Life

Summer Room Request

Summer housing will be available in Carpenter Complex. Students may go to and log into MyMemphis to apply for First and/or Second Summer Housing. If housing is required during the break between the Spring Semester and First Summer opening, students may request this in the Residence Life and Dining Services Office after April 1. Accommodations will be available in Richardson Towers until First Summer check-in on June 1, 2012, for an additional cost. If only Second Summer housing is required, the student must complete a request online for Second Summer Session.

Centennial Celebration

Spring Fling Centennial Carnival

Saturday, April 21, 2012 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. UC Alumni Mall,Student Plaza (Sponsored by Student Activities Council (SAC))

In conjunction with the University of Memphis' Centennial Celebration, SAC will transform the southeast corner of campus in the carnival of the century!!!  We invite you and your family to come out and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of carnival rides, games, food, petting zoo, and entertainers. Free and open to all students, alumni, faculty, and staff. We hope to see you there!!!

100 Women. 100 Years.

As a 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. A welcome reception begins at 6:00 p.m., and the dinner and program will begin at 7:00 p.m. – both in the Central Ballroom at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn, 3700 Central Avenue. Individual Reservations are $60, and a table of 10 can be reserved for $600. Cocktail attire requested. To RSVP online, visit For more information, please call 901.678.2770.   

Information Technology

The Responsible Printing Initiative (RPI) also known as Print Balance 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 the following:

  • Paper
  • Toner
  • Printers
  • Software
  • Servers
  • Maintenance

For additional information go to:

Fun Fact & Quote

Fun Fact:  The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences (formerly The College of Education) was the founding college of the University of Memphis (then Memphis State) in 1912. Today, CEHHS has 13 nationally recognized programs and offers degrees in health and sports sciences, as well as counseling.

Quote: "Never limit yourself because of others' limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination." Mae Johson, Astronaut

March 2012

Calendar and Dates

Administrator Spotlight

Student Spotlight

General News

Registrar's Office

Residence Life

Centennial Celebration

Information Technology

Fun Fact & Quote

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