This time of year, students begin experiencing exciting and challenging situations
that they need to learn to handle on their own. As a parent, try to avoid rushing
in; instead, think of the college experience as your student's job. Offer support,
answer questions and point them toward the right resources. Parents should use the
opportunity to help their student become more independent.
What Parents Can Do...
- Encourage your student to ask for help when needed.
- With mid-terms approaching, make sure your student sets time aside to study. Remind
your student about free tutoring services offered by the U of M's Educational Support Program.
- Students who consider dropping classes should remember their financial aid status,
scholarship status (including HOPE), and the ability to stay on their parents' health
insurance, may be affected.
- Remind your student to see his or her advisor before spring registration which will begin November 11.
Calendar and Dates
To stay up to date on all upcoming dates and deadlines, please check out our UMparent calendar.
September 20: 25% Fee Adjustment Period ends
September 21: Tigers Football vs Arkansas State @ Liberty Bowl
September 30-October 4: Commuter Appreciation Week (Main Campus)
October 1:1st Installment Fee Payment due
October 5: Tiger Football vs. UCF @ Liberty Bowl
October 8: Commuter Appreciation Day (Lambuth)
October 9: Student Health Fair
October 11: Last Day of Classes for 1st Session students
October 12-15: Fall Break
October 16: First Day of Classes for 2nd Session students
October 19: Tiger Football vs SMU @ Liberty Bowl
Get your FAMILY T-shirt!: At the suggestion of the Parent & Family Council, in an effort to raise funds for
the Parent Fund, we have designed a t-shirt just for parents and family members. For
those who donate $30 or more, a t-shirt will be mailed to you. For more information
and to donate, please visit www.memphis.edu/parentfund. Thank you to all those who have purchased a shirt so far. We have had a wonderful
response and we hope you are enjoying them!
University of Memphis Breaks Ground on New Residence Hall: The University of Memphis broke ground on a 780-bed residence hall at the corner
of Patterson and Norriswood. The new building, which will face Central Avenue, will
replace Richardson Towers and is expected to be completed for the Fall 2015 semester. The
University will continue to operate Richardson Towers until the new building is complete,
and then will remove it to create additional green space. Read more...
U of M Will Host Career and Internship Expo Sept. 25: The University of Memphis Career Services Office and the Academic Internship Office
will offer students and alumni an opportunity to explore job and internship opportunities
with local, regional and national employers. The annual Career and Internship Expo
will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Center
Ballroom. Read more...
Dr. Karen Weddle-West Voted Chair-Elect of GRE Board: Dr. Karen Weddle-West, dean of the Graduate School, vice provost for Academic Affairs
and director of Diversity Initiatives at the University of Memphis, was voted chair-elect
of the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Board. Read more...
Top Ten Hints for Helping Your Student Make the Most of the College Experience
#1: Encourage Co-Curricular Activity - Campus involvement builds lasting friendships. Check out the Student Leadership and
Involvement website here.
#2: Help Identify Networks of Support - But allow your student to develop self-advocacy skills. Check out the Counseling
Center on campus here.
#3: Emphasize the Need for Communications with Professors - They are not the enemy! Check out specific department websites, or the Academic Advising
#4: Allow For Independent Decision Making - And for failure...
#5: Encourage Balance - Balancing work and play reduces stress. Check out the Relaxation Zone in Wilder
Tower or take a stress assessment tool here.
#6: Understand that Roommate Conflicts will Occur - Learning to work out differences is an important growth opportunity.Check out the
Residence Life website for more information.
#7: Encourage Exploration and the use of Advising Resources - No major? No problem! Now is the time for considering lots of options. Check out the
Academic Advising website for helpful hints to help guide your student.
#8: Promote the Pursuit of Internships - Internships increase hiring power! Check out the Internship website for more of what's available at University of Memphis.
#9: Advocate for Off-Campus Experiences - They put the Liberal Arts experience into practice! Check out the Community Service
options available here.
#10: Suggest Your Student Draft a Resume in the First Year - Career development begins now! Check out the Career Services website for more tips and tricks to guiding your student.
(Resource used from Hartwick College)
Fall semester classes have officially begun, and we welcome our new and returning
students and parents!
For students who enrolled in the installment payment plan for Fall 2013 term, the
first installment is due by October 1, 2013. 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, 2013. 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
Upcoming deadlines/key dates:
- October 1: 1st Installment Fee Payment Deadline (4:30 p.m.) for students who utilized
the Installment Payment Plan for the Fall 2013 term
- October 15: Fee Payment Deadline (4:30 p.m.) for students who register for Second
Part of Term ONLY between August 31 and October 15
- November 1: 2nd Installment Fee Payment Deadline (4:30 p.m.) for students who utilized
the Installment Payment Plan for the Fall 2013 term
Please reference the Bursar calendar for important dates and deadlines for your student.
Summer 2013 Incompletes
Any undergraduate student who received an I grade (Incomplete) in a Summer 2013 course
has until September 25 to satisfy the instructor’s course requirements. If the work
is not completed by this date, the “I” will be changed to “F.”
Fall Break, October 12-15, is the next major registration calendar event. Shortly
after the break, Spring 2014 class offerings will be available on myMemphis and the
Spring Dates and Deadlines calendar will be available on the Registrar’s website.
When the break arrives, you may want to ask your student questions such as:
- “What do you think you will take next term?”
- “Have you made an advising appointment?”
Spring registration opens November 11.
- Career Services will continue the Moving On Series on 10/7 to help prepare students for what is beyond college!
- October is Diversity Month! We will conduct a campus wide poverty simulation on October
9 in the Jack Morris Ballroom followed by other diversity training and workshops later
in the month.
- University of Memphis Theatre will present Eleeomysynary on October 10 and 11 in the
Hamilton Performing Arts Center on the Lambuth Campus.
- FALL BREAK – 10/12-10/15
- Social Media Safety with Debbie Ireland on Oct. 23 at Noon in the Hamilton Room, Student
- Saturday, Oct. 26 – Alumni Association host True Blue Day on the Lambuth Campus
- The Learning Center provides FREE tutoring for students! Please visit Varnell-Jones
124 to learn about when and where to meet your U of M Lambuth Campus tutors. Questions?
Please contact Tammy McCoy in VJ 126, 731-425-1906, or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Check out the Student Services Events Calendar.
- Dining Hall News:
- Students can utilize their Dining Dollars for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday –
Thursday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. Breakfast and lunch on Fridays from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.
- Students can sign up for meal plans (80-block or 100-block) here.
- For questions, contact Michele Little by emailing Little-Michele@aramark.com or visit her in the Dining Hall, Wilder Student Union, Lambuth Campus.
Learn more about it and Career Services here.
Fraternity and Sorority Affairs
Fraternity/Sorority Affairs is happy to welcome a record number of students to the
community over the weekend.
- The Panhellenic Sororities welcomed over 230 women into the sorority community, with
some chapters nearly doubling in size. This is the largest class in 30 years.
- The Interfraternity Council fraternities welcomes over 200 new member increasing the
average chapter size by more than 10 members.
This recruitment period proved to result in tremendous growth!!