Students often utilize the month of September to explore campus and get involved.
Joining clubs and organizations looks great on a resume and can build great friendships
that will last a lifetime. The University of Memphis currently has more than 180
Registered Student Organizations (RSO) and the numbers grow every day.
Your student needs ongoing encouragement as he or she goes through the college experience.
As a parent, you know your student better than professors, peers or college staff,
and you know his or her limitations. You are often in the best position to encourage
and support positive behaviors.
Lindsey Bray, Meta Laabs, and Tara Martchek
Parent Services Team
Calendar and Dates
Below are a few of the important upcoming important 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.
September 23-24: Homecoming Events
September 28: SGA Town Hall Meeting, Beale Room, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
September 29: Lunch with a Leader- Nora Campbell, Rose Theatre, 12:30 pm
September 30: Centennial Gala at the Canon Center
October 1: 1st Installment Plan Fee Payment Deadline
October 4: Tiger Blue Goes Green Fair, Student Plaza, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
October 5: Student Health Fair, Student Plaza, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
October 6: "Discover You Major Day", UC Ballrooms, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
October 6: Respect Day: Civility Kickoff Picnic, Student Plaza, Noon to 2:00 pm
October 7: MudBall, Richardson Towers, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
October 8: Campus Day for High School Seniors
October 12: Lunch with a Leader- Amy Howell, Iris Room, 12:30 pm
October 19: All-Day Parent Chat, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
October 22: Service on Saturday
October 25: Lunch with a Leader- Dr. Morris, Fountain View Room, 12:30 pm
November 1: 2nd Installment Plan Fee Payment Deadline
U of M Centennial Events Calendar
Student Activities Council Calendar
Greek Affairs Events Calendar
Administrator Spotlight: Dr. Rosie Phillips Bingham
Dr. Rosie Phillips Bingham, Vice President for Student Affairs, is a native Memphian.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology/Education from Elmhurst College
in Elmhurst, Illinois and received a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Guidance
and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University. Dr. Bingham
was selected as Vice President for Student Affairs for the University of Memphis in
2003. Dr. Bingham has articulated a division mission of “Students Learning through
Engagement and Involvement.”
Dr. Bingham is a dedicated, resourceful, and challenging academician and scholar who
publishes in leading journals and writes book chapters and has one co-edited book,
Career Counseling with African Americans (2001) with Walsh, Brown, and Ward. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American
Psychological Association and on the Executive Committee of the Council of Student
Affairs for the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. Dr. Bingham also
holds a diplomate (ABPP) in Counseling Psychology and is a Fellow of the American
Psychological Association. She has served as president of the Association of University and College Counseling
Center Directors, the International Association of Counseling Services, and the APA
Society of Counseling Psychology.
Dr. Bingham was the co-founder of Black Scholars Unlimited at the University of Memphis
and initiated a Hispanic Academic Enrichment Group at the University of Florida during
her tenure there. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Baptist Women’s Hospital
and The Leadership Academy. She is also the past Chair of the Board of Directors for
the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis and has made it a personal mission to
improve the lives of women and children in the Memphis community.
Message to Parents: "Here at the University of Memphis, we are preparing your students for a new global
world. We are helping students to think in the future tense. This is being accomplished
both through academia and campus involvement. Students are learning more about themselves,
becoming culturally aware, and gaining confidence in their abilities. I encourage
parents to foster love, patience, tolerance, and discipline while students are seizing
opportunities during college."
Along with our Facebook page, UMparents now has a presence on Twitter! You can follow us to get updates from
campus on dates, deadlines and events @UMparents. Follow us today by clicking here!
We are excited to announce that we now have a Parent Fund accepting donations. These
funds will support parent programs and will provide book scholarships and other initiatives
which a group of parents will select. Please consider making a donation. You can
do it at http://www.memphis.edu/umparents/parentfund.htm.
These donations can be made in honor of someone or in memory of someone – a birthday,
a holiday gift, a death memorial. It is a special honor to know that funds were given
in your name to the Parent Fund at the University of Memphis! Questions? Call 678-2115.
Flu Shots-Cost of the flu shot: $ 20.00
- Payment may be made by cash, credit card, or check – made out to Methodist Le Bonheur
- Please wear clothing which allows easy access to your upper arm area.
- CIGNA insurance will be accepted for payment. Receipts will be given for you to file
with other insurance companies.
Career Services: "Discover Your Major Day" will take place on Thursday, October 6, 2011, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm in the University Center Ballroom. This event is open to all students who are interested
in gathering information about available majors from faculty and advisors.
Mynders Hall Centennial Photo Exhibit Opening
University faculty, staff, students and the Memphis community are invited to join
the Division of Student Affairs for the public unveiling of twenty one historical
photos in the hallway and living room of the newly renovated Mynders Residence Hall
living spaces. The historical photos on display showcase student life through the
University’s history. Drs. Janann Sherman, Chair of the Department of History and
Beverly Bond, Associate Professor of History and Director of the African and African
American Studies Program, authors of Dreamers. Thinkers. Doers. A Centennial History
of the University of Memphis, will be in attendance to give a brief history of Mynders
Hall and sign the book. The reception will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 2011
from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Mynders Residence Hall Living Room. For more information,
please call Lindsey Bray at 901.678.2115.
Alumni Association Membership: Inside we are all True Blue. If you are a U of M graduate, a former or current student,
a friend, or a loyal Tiger fan, then you bleed True Blue! You, your friends and your
family are all welcome to join the University of Memphis Alumni Association.
The UofM Civility Campaign will kickoff on October 6th from noon to 2:00 pm in the
Student Plaza with the Respect Day: Civility Kickoff Picnic. Students, faculty and
staff are invited to sign the Civility Pledge, learn about civility from various organizations
on campus and to enjoy a free lunch. More information and a list of future Civility
Campaign events can be found at the Civility Website.
Healthier New Century
The 2011 STUDENT HEALTH FAIR will be on October 5, from 10 am – 2 pm on the Student
Activities Plaza (by the fountain). The Student Health Fair is held annually to educate
all students about health related departments on campus, and organizations in the
surrounding community, which are available to help them maintain or improve their
health. At the event, we will be kicking off the Healthier New Century Initiative!
Healthier New Century is a new, campus-wide initiative to encourage U of M students,
faculty, and staff to eat healthier foods, move more, and become tobacco-free. Healthier
New Century’s mission is to support University of Memphis students, faculty, and staff
in leading a healthier life. A major objective of Healthier New Century is to keep
our community abreast of available research opportunities, health-related events,
contests, and programs that can help you eat healthier, move more, and become tobacco-free!
Students will be encouraged to take the Healthier New Century pledge!
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Summer 2011 Incompletes
Any student who received an 'I' grade (Incomplete) in a Summer 2011 course has until September 28 to satisfy the instructor’s course requirements. If the work is not completed by
this date, the 'I' will be changed to an 'F'.
Registration for Spring 2012
Shortly after the Fall Break, Spring class offerings will be available on myMemphis and the semester Dates and Deadlines Calendar will be available. Spring 2012 registration opens November 14.
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?”
Students who are enrolled in the installment payment plan for Fall 2011 term will
have the first installment due by October 1, 2011. 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 November 1, 2011.
Fees can be paid by credit card or eCheck online on TigerXpress.
If you are an authorized user, you can access your student’s account to view/pay fees
through the log in at http://bf.memphis.edu/finance/bursar/accessinfo.php.
Upcoming Deadlines/Key Dates:
October 1: 1st Installment Fee Payment Deadline (4:30 pm) for students who utilized the Installment
Payment Plan for the Fall 2011 term.
October 18: Fee Payment Deadline (4:30 pm) for students who register for Second Part of Term
ONLY between September 7 and October 18.
November 1: 2nd Installment Fee Payment Deadline (4:30 pm) for students who utilized the Installment
Payment Plan for the Fall 2011 term.
Please reference the Bursar Calendar for additional important dates and deadlines for your student.
Students can still apply for federal financial aid by completing the 2011-2012 Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who qualify for the HOPE Lottery Scholarship must have completed the FAFSA
by September 1, 2011 to receive the Fall award or by February 1, 2012 to receive the Spring award.
Please have your student continue to monitor their myMemphis account for updates throughout the semester. A couple of new Federal Guidelines/Rules have been added – one that may affect your student in a future semester. Our web
Please note that students are responsible for activating their University of Memphis
e-mail, which is our official means of communicating to our students. In addition,
students are highly encouraged to check their myMemphis account regularly for updated information.
Also, kindly ask that your student learn their U-ID number. To locate their U-ID
number, follow the instructions listed at: http://www.memphis.edu/registrar/. The U-ID is used in lieu of their SSN to protect their identity.
Spring 2012 Cancellation Deadline
Fall contracts are for both the fall and spring semesters. Students who are not returning
for the Spring 2012 Semester must cancel in writing by November 1 in order to not be responsible for the $200 Spring rent prepayment. Residents who
cancel after November 1 will be responsible for the $200 Spring rent prepayment.
ALL CANCELLATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE RESIDENCE LIFE AND DINING SERVICES
OFFICE, 011 RICHARDSON TOWERS.
Fall 2011 Closing
The University of Memphis residence halls will close for the Semester Break on Friday, December 16, 2011, at 3:00 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 2012 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 3:00 pm on December 16 and cancel in writing with the Residence Life and Dining Services Office in Richardson
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 10, 2012.
The $200 Spring Semester rental prepayment must be paid by December 1, 2011. The remainder of the Spring 2012 rent must be paid by January 11, 2012, for the 2012 Spring Semester. Payments may be paid in advance by mail to The University
of Memphis, Bursar’s Office, P. O. Box 1000, Department 313, Memphis, TN 38148-0313
or may be paid in person in 115 Wilder Tower or online at bf.memphis.edu/ebursar. 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 your
student is receiving financial aid or scholarships for the Spring 2012 Semester, all
aid will be applied toward any debts owed the University, such as rent.
Spring 2012 Check-In Dates
Tuesday, January 10 and Wednesday, January 11, 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
All assigned rooms must be claimed by 4:30 PM on Thursday, January 11, 2012. 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 2012 Room Change
Thursday, January 19 and Friday, January 20
Fun Fact & Quote of the Month
Fun Fact: University of Memphis is one of Tennessee's three comprehensive doctoral-extensive
institutions of higher learning. (site)
Quote: "Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one." -Malcolm Forbes