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UMparent E-news: September Edition

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


General News

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 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...


Article Spotlight

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 Center here.

#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)


 Bursar Office

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 here.

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.


Registrar's Office

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

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.


Lambuth Campus

Upcoming programs:

  • 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 Union
  • 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
  • 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 or visit her in the Dining Hall, Wilder Student Union, Lambuth Campus.


Career Services

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!!


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