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UMparent E-news May 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 he/she is 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!

Calendar & 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.

May 31: Last Day of Classes (Pre-Summer)

June 1: Final Exams (Pre-summer)

June 3: 100% Tuition Refund Deadline (Full, 1st, and RODP Summer Sessions)

June 4:  First Day of Classes (Summer Session)

June 18-21: Frosh Camp, Session I

July 4: Independence Day (University Closed)

July 5: Last Day of Classes (1st Summer Session)

July 6: Final Exams (1st Summer Session)

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  Administrator Spotlight

Jane ClementDr. Jane B. Clement is the Director of the Center for Counseling Learning and Testing. She received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Memphis State University. She also received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Memphis State University. Dr. Clement has worked at the Counseling Center since 1985. She was a psychology intern at the Counseling Center and has also worked as a career counselor and a staff psychologist. She served as Assistant Director/Internship Training Director since 1995 before becoming the Director of the Center this year. Dr. Clement has two daughters who are University of Memphis alumni.

Dr. Clement is a member of the American Psychological Association, Association for University College Counseling Center Directors, and Association for Counseling Center Training Agents. Dr. Clement and her staff provide services for students to address needs in areas of emotional, academic, and testing. Counseling, Tutoring and Testing, made up of the Career and Psychological Counseling Center, the Educational Support Program, and the Testing Center, is a comprehensive student development agency committed to providing a seamless set of services to assist students in actualizing their maximum potential.

The Educational Support Program provides academic assistance for classes that students are currently taking at the U of M. ESP's free services are available to graduate and undergraduate students. Both free and paid tutoring are available as well.

The Testing Center Main Office is in the John W. Brister Building in Room 112. In addition to the U of M Prometric Center, accessing several thousand computer-based tests, the Testing Center assists in a full range of student assessment needs.

The Career and Psychological Counseling Center provides individual, group, couples, and crisis counseling. The center does psychological and educational assessment for students concerned with ADHD and learning disorders and other issues. Students are seen for various issues which include family, relationships, stress, grief, alcohol and drugs, depression and anxiety and academic concerns.

Message to Parents: Our goal is to help your student become the most effective, self-aware, and competent individual they can be so that they will have success and joy in their future endeavors. Please encourage your student to seek out our assistance with any need they may have.

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Student Spotlight

Christina BrownChristina Brown is a junior Nursing major at the U of M. She is the daughter of Roy Brown and Angela Simmons. Christina is a native of Cordova, TN and a graduate of Harding Academy. Her natural ability to help and care for others is seen in her work as a Resident Advisor, Student Ambassador, and Summer Conference Assistant. Christina's commitment to academic achievement and community involvement is made evident by her membership with Black Scholars Unlimited, Golden Key International Honor Society, and the Helen Hardin Honors Society. In recognition for her academic scholarship and campus involvement, she was chosen as the 2012 Donald Carson Scholarship. Upon graduation Christina plans to continue her education and one day open a clinic that provides affordable quality healthcare for working families who are uninsured. Her favorite thing about the U of M is "the pride we share. Tiger Pride runs through the blood of the students, faculty, and the community. It motivates students to work harder, study longer, and scream louder because we have a feeling of belonging and know that we are a part of something great! Here, at the U of M, we bleed BLUE"

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General News

Frosh Camp. Frosh Camp is a four day camp exclusively for incoming freshmen. It gives new students an upper hand on their first year by teaching them what to expect inside and outside of class, introducing them to all that the University of Memphis has to offer, tons of Tiger spirit, connections with upperclassman and 250 fellow freshmen, fun, memories, and lots of new friends! This year there will be three sessions, June 18 - 21, July 16 – 19, and July 30 - August 2, 2012. Students should sign up early to secure a spot as it fills up quickly. For more information, CLICK HERE.

U of M Summer School. The University of Memphis offers undergraduate and graduate courses in eight colleges and professional schools and more than 30 departments. Attending summer school is a great way for students to get ahead or retake courses that they did not do so well in. For more information, click here.

2012 Noncredit Summer Programs.  Each summer the U of M hosts several summer learning opportunities for individuals of all ages.  Ranging from music lessons to learning a foreign language, there is a program for everyone.  For more information, 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!

U of M News.  With all of the exciting things happening at the University, it can be difficult to stay up to date on everything.  The U of M Media Room offers frequent and current news regarding the campus and community.  Please click here to visit site.

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Registrar's Office


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:


Students were 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 at anytime.

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 the MyMemphis portal.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.

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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 and Dining Services

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.

Summer Flex Bucks

Summer Flex Bucks are now available! Add convenience to your summer schedule. Flex Bucks are accessible to any of our dining locations! Use your Flex Bucks at the Fresh Food Company and receive $1.00 off the door rate!

Add Any Amount!

Add $200 and get $25

Add $100 and get an additional $10

Visit the following lin for more information:

Flex Bucks will activate on Monday, May 14th.

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Lynwood Leaps into NCAA Outdoor Championships. Sophomore high jumper Darius Lynwood set a new school-record and qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at the NCAA East Preliminary. Lynwood finished tied for eighth in the semifinal round clearing the bar at 2.19m (7'2.25"). Read more...

Memphis Heads West for NCAA Golf Championships. The University of Memphis golf team is set to travel to Pacific Palisades, Calif. to compete in the NCAA Championships for the second time in school history. Memphis fought back from a back nine deficit to finish fifth in the NCAA Bowling Green Regional and secure a berth in the 2012 NCAA Championships on May 29 - June 3 at Riviera Country Club.

Ten Home Games Highlight Challenging 2012 Women's Soccer Schedule. Coming off an incredible 22-1-1 season, University of Memphis women's soccer head coach Brooks Monaghan announced a challenging schedule for the 2012 season. The Lady Tigers will play two preseason games before opening the season on August 17. On Friday, August 10, the U of M will travel to 2011 NCAA Tournament participant Illinois State for a preseason match. Read more...

Coach Justin Fuente Football Camp Starts Next Week In Memphis. University of Memphis head coach Justin Fuente's football camp opens in Memphis next week, and those youth participating in the camp will be some of the first to see the on-going renovations at the Billy J. Murphy Complex. Read more...


Fun Fact & Quote

Fun Fact: The Golf Team recently advanced to the 2012 NCAA Championships being held in Palisades, CA (May 29-June 3).  The Tigers advanced to the finals at NCAA Championship for the only time in school history in 1988 when they were led by All-American Steve Metz. Memphis finished 28th in the championship.  Let's wish them luck as they try to make history again!!! GO TIGERS GO!!!

Quote:  My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can. -Cary Grant

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May 2012

Calendar and Dates

Administrator Spotlight

Student Spotlight

General News

Registrar's Office

Financial Aid Office

Residence Life and Dining Services

Fun Fact and Quote

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