This time of year can be very stressful for students as the semester comes to a close.
If students need help, they should look to those who have experience with
tests, be it their parents, brothers and sisters who have taken the same class, friends,
or a tutor. The University has a dedicated staff of advisors who will do everything
they can to help with scheduling, registration, and academic issues.
You and your student may feel excited and anxious. It is important to remember that
students keep their own schedule at school. This may cause conflict with
parental expectations about family activities, so it is helpful to discuss these expectations
prior to your student returning home.
What Parents Can Do:
- Send a “Coping with Finals” package with your student’s favorite snacks or goodies.
- Remember that although we want our students to call home everyday and tell us their
triumphs and tribulations, there may be times when they need to sort through things
- Ask questions and offer advice, but avoid telling them what to do.
- Welcome your student home for winter 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.
December 1: Residence Hall $200 Spring Semester rental prepayment due
December 5: Classes End for Full Semester and 2nd Session Courses, ESP Closes
December 6: Study Day (classes do not meet)
December 7-13: Final Exams
December 11: Priority and On-campus Resident Permit Sales begins, 9:00 am
December 14: Residence Hall Check-out deadline
December 16: Fall 2012 Commencement
December 20: Official Grades Available
December 24-January 1: Holiday Break (University closed)
January 15-16: Residence Hall Check-in
January 16: Spring 2013 Fee Payment Deadline, 4:30 pm
January 17: First Day of Classes, Spring 2012
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Administrator Spotlight: Julie Johnson
Julie Johnson is the Vice President for Advancement at the University of Memphis.
She has served as Vice President since 2005. The Advancement Division is responsible for all University, college and school fundraising, oversight of the University's Foundation, alumni and constituent programming and other support activities. The Division also
works very closely with the Board of Visitors and U of M Foundation Board of Trustees
providing administrative and advisory support to its officers and members.
The Development unit coordinates and implements fundraising programs through annual giving, major
gifts and planned gifts. The comprehensive Alumni & Constituent Relations program promotes lifelong meaningful connections between alumni and their alma mater
and engages community friends and supporters. In partnership with and under the auspices
of the University of Memphis Foundation, the division maintains, stewards and invests private resources and distributes them
to University programs in accordance with donor directives.
Johnson participates in professional development initiatives offered by the Council
for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the National Society of Fund-Raising
Executives (NSFRE). She holds the professional designation of Certified Fund Raising
Executive (CFRE), conferred by the international organization of the same name. The
organization certifies fundraising professionals who demonstrate the knowledge, skills,
and commitment to the highest standards of ethical and professional practice in serving
the philanthropic sector.
As Vice President of the Advancement Division, Johnson takes pride in the continued growth of fundraising and alumni participation,
currently at an institutional high. The Advancement team continues to build fundraising
capacity, to provide exceptional donor relations and stewardship, to inspire and cultivate
alumni affinity and involvement, and to enhance the image and reputation of the University
Message to Parents: “College is a time of exploration and learning for both students and families. At
the University of Memphis, we welcome parents as integral, vital members of the University
community and recognize that parents are an important partner in student success.”
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Student Spotlight: Hunter Dawson, Class of 2013
Hunter Dawson is the son of Jimmy Dawson and Lisa and Jonathon Marshall. He is a native
of Tipton County and graduate of Brighton High School. Hunter is a senior, Criminology and Criminal Justice major and Legal Thought minor. After graduating from the University of Memphis in the spring of 2013, Hunter plans
to continue his education at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.
Hunter believes that through hard work and determination that his dreams can come
true. Hunter has been involved in over ten different organizations at the University
of Memphis including: the Student Ambassador Board, Tiger Elite, Student Government Association, Freshman Senate, Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature, Up till Dawn, Zeta Beta Tau, Mock Trial, Christian Student Center, Student Grade Appeal Board, Blue Crew, Future Alumni of Memphis (FAM), Spanish Club, and College Republicans. Hunter also applies the skills he has obtained
at the University of Memphis as a dedicated and enthusiastic tour guide to encourage
potential students to attend the University that will give them the opportunity to
truly become dreamers, thinkers and doers. Hunter says, “I love the University of
Memphis and it has transformed my life in remarkable ways. I believe that nothing
good comes easy, and anything worth having is worth standing up and fighting for.
Go Blue, Go Grey, Go Tigers."
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New Diversity Director Named at University of Memphis. Dr. Karen Weddle-West, Vice Provost for Graduate Programs, has been appointed director
of Diversity Initiatives at the University of Memphis. Read more here..
U of M President Shirley Raines Named "Woman of Achievement". U of M President Shirley Raines has received the Woman of Achievement Award from Women
in Higher Education in Tennessee (WHET). Read more here...
Noted Professor Will Discuss Her Approach to World Peace at U of M. Dr. Valerie Hudson will reveal her groundbreaking conclusions about how to promote
peace in the modern world during a lecture at the U of M. Read more here...
Campus Card Office. Students can manage their Campus (ID) Card online 24/7 at the Campus Card Office website. If their card is misplaced, lost or stolen, they need to immediately log in to deactivate their card to prevent unauthorized use. If they find their misplaced card, log in
to activate it. View card balance(s) and meal plan balances (if applicable). Students can also
add additional funds to their card using a credit card.
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Registration for Spring '13 is up and running! Students who have outstanding debts
may have a hold on their student account, preventing them from registration or accessing
grades. Students should check their accounts online on TigerXpress (through the Account$ tab on the myMemphis portal) to ensure that they do not have charges that would prevent them from registering.
For important fee payment deadlines and other important information, please click here to visit our website. 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.
Fees are now available for viewing on TigerXpress. Invoices will be available online on TigerXpress beginning December 10, 2012. Emails will be sent to students and authorized users notifying them when invoices
Students will be able to sign up for the installment payment plan for the Spring '13 term, beginning December 10, 2012.
Please encourage your student to enroll in eRefunds (direct deposit) on TigerXpress for earliest refund of Spring excess financial aid/scholarship. Students should sign
up for direct deposit before January 12, 2013, in order for funds to be disbursed by direct deposit.
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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The $200 Spring Semester rental prepayment is due by December 1, 2012. The remainder
of the Spring 2013 rent must be paid by January 15, 2013, for the 2013 Spring Semester.
Payments may be paid in advance online through TigerXpress, by mail to The University of Memphis, Bursar's Office, P. O. Box 1000, Department
313, Memphis, TN 38148-0313 or in person in 115 Wilder Tower. If a resident is receiving
financial aid or is unable to make payment in full, the resident may be placed on
an installment plan. There is an additional charge of $40.00 added to your account
if you are placed on the installment plan. If you are receiving financial aid or scholarships
for the Spring 2013 Semester, all aid will be applied toward any debts owed the University,
such as rent.
Fall 2012 Closing
The University of Memphis residence halls will close for the Semester Break on Friday, December 14, 2012, at
3 PM. All residents are required to leave the residence halls 24 hours after their final
exam, unless they are involved in Commencement Exercises.
Residents of Carpenter Complex and the Living Learning Complex do not have to vacate
their rooms during the Semester Break unless their Spring 2013 room assignment has
Residents required to vacate their rooms during Semester Break will not be allowed
to remain or be readmitted to the buildings during the Semester Break. The residence
hall staff will not be available to permit reentry into the buildings after closing.
Residents of Richardson Towers, Rawls, Smith, South, and Mynders are required to sign
up for an appointment to check out and surrender their room keys to their resident
advisors before they leave. Residents of the Living Learning Complex and Carpenter
Complex should sign up for a room inspection.
Students who are not returning to the residence halls in the Spring must officially
check out of the room no later than 3 PM on December 14 and cancel in writing with
the Residence Life and Dining Services Office in 011 Richardson Towers.
Students who are returning for the Spring are not required to remove their belongings
from their rooms during the break; however, they should take all valuables and possessions
needed during this time period.
The buildings will reopen at 1:00 pm on January 15, 2013.
Spring 2013 Check-In Dates
Tuesday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 16, 1 PM – 4:30 PM
All assigned rooms must be claimed by 4:30 PM on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. Residents failing to properly check into their rooms by the above stated deadline
will forfeit their room assignment and their $200 rent prepayment. In order to prevent
the room and rent prepayment from being forfeited, the student must contact the Residence
Life and Dining Services Office, 011 Richardson Towers, 901-678-2295 and request to
be placed on the Late Arrival’s List if the student will be late checking into the
Spring 2013 Room Cancellation
Fall contracts are for both the fall and spring semesters. Students who are not returning
for the Spring 2013 Semester were required to cancel in writing by November 1. Residents
who cancel now are responsible for the $200 Spring rent prepayment. All cancellations
must be submitted in writing to the Residence Life and Dining Services Office in 011
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The end of the Fall Semester is not too far away. Load up your student's Dining Dollars
and fuel them up for Finals! You can add Dining Dollars to your daughter or son's
campus card by clicking here. Don't forget to visit www.tigerdining.com for information on our location hours and meal plans for the Spring Semester.
Meal Plan Information
Spring Semester Meal Plans are now available! Three different meal plans are offered
to fit any lifestyle on campus. These include the All Access Meal Plan, 160 Block
and 80 Block. Each come with an set amount (or unlimited with the All Access) of meals
to the Fresh Food Company along with $200 Flex Bucks (which can be used at any Tiger
Dining location on campus)! Click here to learn more about these particular meal plans!
The All Access Meal Plan is your student's "VIP status" to dining on campus. With
unlimited meals to the Fresh Food Company, your student will also receive FREE CHICK-FIL-A
each week for the Spring Semester! You're student will also receive a VIP Coupon Book
worth $115.00 as well! To sign up, upgrade or any questions about this NEW offer,
please call 901-678-5202.
Spring 2013 residents will have the opportunity to make adjustments to their meal
plans until January 16, 2013.
Residents who have a meal plan and would like their $300 Dining Dollars applied to
the cost of their meal plans, may request this through the Campus Card office, until January 16, 2013. After the request is submitted online, the amount will be
credited to the account balance on TigerXpress.
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THE DINING DOLLARS REFUND PERIOD FOR FALL 2012 IS NOVEMBER 26 - DECEMBER 13
Beginning November 26, students who were assessed Dining Dollars for the fall 2012
semester will be able to login to their Campus Card account to request their Dining Dollars refund.
Fall refund requests may be submitted online from November 26, 2012 - December 13,
2012. Once submitted, students will receive an email confirmation.
Dining Dollars will be available for spending through December 13, 2012 even if the
refund request is submitted November 26.
Refunds will be processed from December 14, 2012 through December 21, 2012. During
this time, Dining Dollars will not be available for spending. Refunds will be completed by December 21, 2012 (eRefunds will post to accounts 12/21/12
and checks will be mailed12/21/12). 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. Sign up for eRefund on TigerXpress.
Any unused Dining Dollars will remain on the student’s account for use unless a refund
request is submitted during the specified period.
If a refund request is submitted and the balance is $5.00 or less, that balance will
remain on the student’s Dining Dollars 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.
For additional information, click here.
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Educational Support Programs (Tutoring)
Only a few weeks remain in the semester and Tutoring @ ESP is here to help your student finish academically strong! Tutoring is available for
all students and all subjects! Your student is encouraged stop by to meet Fredrika
Cowley, ESP Learning Specialist, any time Monday through Friday, 8:00-4:30 in the
Academic Enhancement Learning Center, Mitchell 207, for consultation on academic improvements including:
- Study Strategies
- Note Taking
- Time Management and
- Test Preparation
Weekly seminars cover topics relevant to the time of the semester. Schedules for tutoring
at other ESP Learning Centers can be found by visiting the ESP website. ESP can be contacted via email at email@example.com or via telephone
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Each year about 5,000 University of Memphis students participate in internships. The
National Association of Colleges and Employers and the National Survey of Student
Engagement highlight the value of high quality internships. U of M students representing
various majors receive academic credit for internships including the Green Internships
Program and the Washington Center Internships Program.
For additional information about internships, contact Dixie R. Crase, Director of
Academic Internships, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Winter Break To-Do List
Winter Break is truly just around the corner, and after a period of well-deserved
relaxation, here are some suggestions for your student to be proactive while they
are away from the University.
- Update their resume, or if they don't have one, use the time to create one. For assistance,
visit the Career Services Resume Writing Tips webpage for tips and help.
- Encourage your student to start looking for an internship or co-op position for the
summer. They can begin with the Office of Academic Internships for more information.
- Students may continue to explore what they wish to major in or research possible options
within their major of choice using the Focus 2 system available through Career Services.
- Is your student considering graduate school? Students can learn about the offerings
at the University of Memphis through the Graduate School.
- Has your student reflected on their skill set lately? Do they have the skills they
need for the jobs they wish to pursue? Now is the time to make a plan to develop those
- Does your student need interview attire as they prepare for job fairs and interviews for spring semester? Winter Break is a perfect time to go shopping, or perhaps this
could be a holiday gift!
Please encourage your student to visit Career Services for any of their career development needs.
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Print Funds… Adding Pages to a Student Account
As the end of the semester approaches, some students have used their printing allotment
of 500 pages/semester. If your student finds they need to add print funds to their
account, two methods are available.
Online Store – Pay for Printing (allow up to 48 hours)
- Funds can be purchased by visiting the Pay For Printing online store. Please allow up to 48 hours to process your order.
- At the Pay for Printing website students can securely purchase pages with a credit
card at $0.05 each in 100 page increments.
On campus option available during business hours
- Students need to go to the Bursar's Cashier window in Wilder Tower to purchase additional
pages and obtain a receipt.
- The receipt from the Bursar should then be taken to the umTech Helpdesk in the Administration
Building, Room 100.
For additional information click here.
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Campus Recreation Intramural Services and CCLT
To help students cope with end-of-semester stress, Campus Recreation Intramural Services
and the Counseling, Tutoring and Testing Partnership are hosting two free Stress Relief
events at The University of Memphis Student Recreation and Fitness Center, 620 Echles
A High-Energy Stress Reliever Workout will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec.
- This event will help students work off end-of-semester stress through a fun, high-energy
cardio workout, led by Fitness Instructor Jaime Jones.
A Relaxation Stress Reliever Workout will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec.
- This relaxing, yoga-based workout will be led by Yoga Instructor Steve Black. Students
are encouraged to attend one or both of these workouts to learn healthy ways to manage
stress. For more information, call the Recreation Center at 678-2811 or click here.
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For athletic schedules, click here.
To purchase tickets to UofM sporting events, click here.
Men's and Women's Soccer Net Team Academic Awards. Both the University of Memphis men's and women's soccer programs earned the National
Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) College Team Academic Award for the
2011-2012 academic year. Read more...
Tiger Football: The University of Memphis football team (4-8, 4-4 C-USA) ended the 2012 season with
their best offensive outing in 20 games, totaling nearly 450 yards of offense, to
get their third-straight victory for the first time since 2008 and hand Southern Miss
(0-12, 0-8 C-USA) a 42-24 loss. Read more...
Men's Basketball: After trailing by as many as 14 in the first half, the Memphis men's basketball team
(3-2) went on a 25-6 run to push past Northern Iowa (3-3) in the final game of the
Battle 4 Atlantis. Read more here...
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Fun Fact & Quote
Fun Fact: Each semester more than 200 U of M students provide volunteer note taking services to
fellow students with disabilities. Their generosity helps the University keep costs
down, while providing quality accommodations to disabled students.
Quote: "The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." - B.B.
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