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September 2011

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."

General News

UMparents is now on Twitter

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!

Parent Fund

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

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.

Civility Campaign

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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Registrar Office

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?”

Bursar's Office

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

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.

Financial Aid

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 address is.


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:  The U-ID is used in lieu of their SSN to protect their identity.

Residence Life

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 been canceled.

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 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 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  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 room.

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

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