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Parent & Family News: Spring 2020 Edition

GETTING STARTED AGAIN...

We are excited to have your students back on campus soon! Many students think of January as a new beginning, a time to improve upon the previous semester. Your student's new freedom will also require new responsibilities, especially when it comes to managing finances.

Talk with your student about these responsibilities often. Having a checking account or credit card may be a completely new experience for your student. You may want to have a conversation about budgeting expenses, spending habits and paying for their education.

What Parents Can Do...

  • Make sure your student knows what books he or she will need for classes this semester. Visit the bookstore website to look them up.
  • Talk with your student about his or her financial needs for the spring semester.
  • Review the events of the past semester with your student.
  • Evaluate the need and/or benefits of a part-time job.

As always feel free to contact via email at parents@memphis.edu or via phone at 901.678.2115.

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IN THIS ISSUE

Calendar & Deadlines
For Parents...
Essential Services
Student Services
Get Involved
University News
Athletics

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DATES & DEADLINES

To stay up to date on all upcoming dates and deadlines, please check out our UMparent calendar

December 14-January 21: Winter Break

January 6: Hugs from Home available for purchase

January 13: Fee payment deadline (classes will be canceled if fees not paid or not on installment plan)

January 13: Registration opens for Parents for Penny: Parent & Family Spring Day

January 15: Deadline to sign up for e-Refunds (Direct Deposit)

January 15: Spring Semester Residence Hall Check-In

January 17: Last Day of Regular Registration

January 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (University Closed)

January 21: First Day of Classes, Spring 2020

January 24: Last Day to Add or Change Sections

February 3: Last Day to Drop Class for No Grade; 75% Fee Adjustment/Refund Deadline

February 1: Priority Deadline for 2018-2019 FAFSA (TSAA)

February 11: Last Day to Purchase Hugs from Home

February 19: Last Day to Register for Bouncing with the Tigers: Parent & Family Spring Day, 10:00 pm CT

February 22: Bouncing with the Tigers: Parent & Family Spring Day

March 1: 1st Installment Plan Fee Payment Deadline

March 1: Priority Deadline for 2020-2021 FAFSA

March 6: Last Day of Classes/Exams (1st Half POT)

March 9-13: Spring Break

March 16: First Day of Classes (2nd Half POT)

March 20: Last Day to Drop Course ("W" grade(s) assigned)

April 1: 2nd Installment Plan Fee Payment Deadline

April 29: Last Day of Classes (Full Term/2nd POT)

April 30: Study Day

May 1: 3rd Installment Plan Fee Payment Deadline

May 1-7: Exams

May 9: Spring Commencement (Check Commencement website for possible date change)

May 14: Final Grades Available 

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FOR PARENTS...

 Join us for Parents for Penny: Parent & Family Spring Day 

Parent & Family Spring Day

Join other tiger families on Saturday, February 22 for a fun-filled day as we cheer on our men's basketball team and enjoy lunch in downtown Memphis. The event is an opportunity to meet with fellow parents and families, connect with University of Memphis administrators, and support your student.

Stop by for lunch, Tiger Spirit, and goodies before heading to the FedExForum for a Men's Basketball game vs. Houston with tipoff at 1:00 pm.

The event is $15 per person and includes food, drink, goodies, and entrance to the event for your student. Basketball tickets are available seperatly. Registration will close, Wednesday, February 19 at 10:00 pm CT. 

Click Here to Register

 

Join the Parent & Family Association 

Parent & Family AssociationMembership in Parent & Family Association allows you to connect and engage with the UofM while providing you with information and opportunities to support your student's learning.
Benefits Include...

  • Biweekly e-Newsletters throughout the year

  • Welcome Bag with items just for members of the Parent & Family Association

  • Association member's students are eligible for one of 12 $400 book scholarships

  • Priority Registration for Parent & Family Weekend and other Parent Events

  • Parent & Family Calendar mailed to your home each year your student is enrolled

  • Eligible to serve on the Parent & Family Council

  • Parking passes available upon request (Request must be made at least 1 business day before)

  • Includes 2 family members in the same household

Click here for more information and to join!

Parent & Family Association Book Scholarships

If you are a member of the Parent & Family Association, your student is eligible for one of twelve $400 book scholarships. Students apply through Tiger Scholarship Manager

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Applicant must be the student of a Parent & Family Association member in good standing

  • Applicant must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student

  • Applicant must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours

  • Applicant must have at least a 2.75 GPA

  • Scholarships will be awarded based on merit and need. Students can apply for the scholarships through Tiger Scholarship Manager

The deadline to apply for all 2020-2021 scholarships is February 1, 2020. 

Hugs from Home

Hugs from HomeSurprise & support your student with a Hug from Home! These are a great way to send love to your student. Proceeds go to support our Tiger Food Pantry for students in need. 

Ordering is open now!

Bottles are $15 and are a little happy for your student! In each bottle, students receive candy (kisses, smarties, & lifesavers), a band-aid dispenser, hand sanitizer, tissues, and Tiger spirit items. On the order form, you can also add a personalized note to your student to show your support. Visit our Instagram page for a video of everything inside the bottle!

Students will be notified on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2020, of their bottle. 

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ESSENTIAL SERVICES

Registrar

Spring registration has been open for all degree-seeking students since November 20, 2019. Refer to the Spring 2020 calendar for important dates and deadlines.

Please remind your students that they must be advised before they can register; the registration system will not allow a degree-seeking student to register if he or she has not been cleared by an advisor.

The last day of regular registration is Friday, January 17. Students who register after this date will be subject to late registration and late payment fees.

Encourage your students to print and review their class schedules before their first day of classes. Building and room assignments are sometimes changed at the last minute. Let's make sure that everyone is where they are supposed to be. Some students mistakenly sign up for course sections not realizing that they are being offered at other locations (Millington, Collierville, our Lambuth Campus in Jackson, etc.) rather than the main campus.

 University and Student Business Services (Formerly Bursar's Office)

Spring Fee Payment Deadline is January 13 by 4:30 pm.

Do not let your student lose their classes by missing the fee payment deadline.

Students who register for classes through January 13 will need to satisfy fee payment requirements by the fee payment deadline to avoid the deletion of their registered classes. For additional Fee Payment Deadline Information and important dates and deadlines, please refer to the Fee Payment Deadlines/Refunds/Important Dates calendar.

Please note that unless your student's financial aid, scholarship and/or sponsorship covers 100% of their enrollment fees, remaining fees MUST be paid in full or through the Installment Payment Plan (IPP) by January 13.

To take advantage of the IPP, an initial down payment of 25% of the balance due is required after all financial aid (grants and student loans), scholarship, and/or third-party assistance award amounts have been applied. Housing, Dining Dollars, and a $50 enrollment fee will automatically be included in IPP. See full IPP details.

Please Note: Students can enroll you as an Authorized User on TigerXpress so that you can view and pay the outstanding balances on TigerXpress and receive an email notification when eBills are available. Important Information, Dates and, Deadlines:

  • Students can now consent to receive their 1098-T electronically on TigerXpress before January 7

  • January 15: Deadline to sign up for eRefunds (direct deposit) on TigerXpress for processing excess financial aid/scholarship refunds as available for the initial direct deposit.

  • January 17: eRefunds- Direct Deposit refunds will begin to post to students' bank accounts.

  • January 24: Refund checks will be sent to the Post Office for mailing.

  • March 1: 1st Installment Fee Deadline to avoid $25 late payment fee

  • April 1: 2nd Installment Fee Deadline to avoid $25 late payment fee 

  • May 1: 3rd Installment Fee Payment Deadline to avoid $25 late payment fee

Residence Life

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 Housing Application Is Open

The UofM Housing Application is now open for next Academic Year (2020-2021), and for Spring 2020 for new incoming students! 

Please note: our application process is changing from past years. In the past, students submitted the application online starting in November, and then Housing & Residence Life made the housing assignments administratively starting the following May. Now, the housing application process will have 2 steps—Initial Application and Room Selection.

  • Starting November 1, students can log in to the Housing Portal to complete the Initial Application. This is basically the same application as we have always had, with one notable change.

  • There is no “Room Preference” page. Students will not put in a room preference, because they will select their housing in the second step of the process.

  • After students have completed the application, Housing & Residence Life will assign time slots for Room Selection. When a student’s slot has come, they will have the ability to log in to the Housing Portal and self-select their housing from available options.

  • Once the students select housing through the Portal, Housing & Residence Life will review, approve, and confirm the selection for the student, resulting in a finalized housing assignment.

For questions and more information, parents and families should reach out to the Office of Housing and Residence Life.  We are open Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a team ready to make you feel right at home! housing@memphis.edu | 901.678.2295

Spring Housing Payment Deadline

The Spring 2020 charges are due January 13. If a resident is unable to make payment in full, the resident will need to sign up for the installment payment plan. Students with housing balances will be contacted about the installment plan mid-February. 

Spring Room & Meal Plan Changes

If your student wishes to change room assignments, they may request a room change during the Room Change period. The Room Change period for the 2020 Spring Semester is January 23-24. They will receive information on room change at check-in. They are expected to occupy the room stated on their Spring 2020 housing assignment until the room change period. NO MOVES ARE ALLOWED PRIOR TO ROOM CHANGE. 

If your student living on campus would like to change Meal Plans, they have until January 29 to email usbs@memphis.edu stating which meal plan they currently have (if applicable) and what meal plan they wish to change to. After January 29, if a meal plan change is requested there are fees based on the calendar set by the Bursar's office. 

Dining Services

Has Your Student Signed Up for a Meal Plan? Dining on campus isn't one-size fits all, so Tiger Dining offers a variety of meal plan options to meet any commuter or resident student's dining needs.

New this fall, students have the flexibility to use a lunch swipe for a grab & go combo at 8 locations across campus! Residents, add a plan to your account by sending a message to usbs@memphis.edu and Commuters can sign up online. 

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STUDENT SERVICES

Campus ID Cards

Students are encouraged to manage their Campus (ID) Card online. Some of the online options include:

  • Deactivate lost, misplaced, or stolen card to prevent unauthorized use

  • Activate found card

  • View card balance(s) and meal plan (if applicable)

  • Add additional funds to card using a credit card

For questions, students can contact the Campus Card office at 901-678-CARD (2273) or campuscard@memphis.edu. They can also stop by their office in 115 Wilder Tower on the Lambuth campus in the Business Service Center, 109 Varnell-Jones Hall. 

Career Services

Tiger Talent is Something to Roar About! Encourage your student to meet with a Career Specialist. Majors and Concentrations are grouped into Talent Communities served by Career Specialists. They can help your student clarify their career goals, prepare for job and internship searches, and advise them on planning for graduate/professional school. Types of advising appointments include:

  • Major and Career Exploration/Planning

  • Document Review (resume, cover letter, CV, etc.)

  • Job/Internship Search Strategies

  • Mock Interviews

  • Graduate/Professional School Planning

Services are provided by appointment only with the exception of Walk-In Hours. Your student can request an appointment with their Career Specialist through TigerLink powered by Handshake

Study Abroad

As part of the UofM Center for International Education Services, the Study Abroad Office provides rigorous academic programs with a cross-cultural learning experience that is not available in the United States. 

The office offers more than 200 semester, academic year and short-term programs in over 60 countries worldwide to meet the diverse needs of the student population.

The UofM study abroad staff, located in the Panhellenic Building, is here to advise students, parents, and community members about study abroad program options, policies, and procedures as well as scholarship opportunities. 

February 3: Study Abroad Fair

March 1: Summer & Fall Application Deadline for Study Abroad

Questions? Students can email tigersabroad@memphis.edu or visit the Study Abroad Website.

Technology for Your Student

Looking for Microsoft Office for your student? Did you know Microsoft Office Suite is available at no cost in PC and Mac platforms for your currently enrolled student? The software includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. Office is a great tool for completing coursework and assignments.

Your student can download a copy of the software to their computer or laptop. To learn more about downloading Microsoft Office, have your student visit the Office website.

Student Discounts

Students can use their UofM Student ID at various locations on Highland Street to receive discounts. Additionally, Garibaldi's, Moe's, McDonald's, Domino's, Ubee's, Lenny's Subs, and Smoothie King  will accept Tiger Funds for eat-in or take-out.  To upload money to Tiger Funds, visit the Campus Card website.

You@Memphis

The University of Memphis is committed to the success of all students. We have launched You@Memphis, an online resource to help students navigate personal success and provide help when they need it. The website can be accessed at you.memphis.edu and through the MyMemphis student portal in the “Student” section on the right side of the page. 

You@Memphis addresses three primary areas to help students achieve their goals:

  • Succeed | provides resources to help students develop plans for academic success and lay the foundation for a career, including information on securing internships. 

  • Thrive | helps students to identify resources to support their overall well-being, including health and sleep tips, information on mental health and strategies to manage difficult situations.

  • Matter | connects students to resources to become engaged with the campus in ways that are meaningful for them. Also includes information on how to manage academic, career, social and wellbeing goals in a way that creates balance and focus. 

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GET INVOLVED

 Join in January

Join in January is an opportunity for Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) to connect with potential new members in the Spring semester. If your student is looking for more ways to get connected, this involvement fair is an excellent opportunity to meet other students and find out the best ways to get plugged into campus.

This year, the event will take place from 12:00-4:00 pm on Wednesday, January 23 in the University Center Ballrooms on the 3rd floor. For any questions, contact MK Tyler at mktyler@memphis.edu

You @ Memphis

The University of Memphis is committed to the success of all students. We have launched You@Memphis, an online resource to help students navigate personal success and provide help when they need it. The website can be accessed at you.memphis.edu and through the MyMemphis student portal in the “Student” section on the right side of the page.

You@Memphis addresses three primary areas to help you achieve your goals:

  • Succeed | provides resources to help students develop plans for academic success and lay the foundation for a career, including information on securing internships.

  • Thrive | helps students to identify resources to support their overall well-being, including health and sleep tips, information on mental health and strategies to manage difficult situations.

  • Matter | connects students to resources to become engaged with the campus in ways that are meaningful for them. Also includes information on how to manage academic, career, social and well-being goals in a way that creates balance and focus. 

Week of Welcome

Students always need a like pick me up during this time of stress so encourage your student to stop by one of these events:

January 21: Warm Up With SAC, 10:00 am, Land Bridge

Students can stop by on their way to class to get hand warmers, gloves, hot chocolate, and coffee!

January 22: Snowglobes, 11:00 am, UC Atrium

An event for students to receive a free custom snowglobe in the UC. 

January 23: SAC Night Crew Vision Board Party, 6:00 pm, Rose Theater Lobby

First SAC Night Crew of the semester. Students can come out and create their 2020 vision board with SAC.  

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UNIVERSITY NEWS

President's Six-Year Report

Over the course of the past six years, the University of Memphis has experienced unprecedented development and growth.

The initiatives and extraordinary efforts summarized in our six-year report are not only impressive but profoundly impactful. They have changed lives, changed our campus and changed the City of Memphis — all for the better.

With this report, we invite you to take a look at the specifics of what we have done, and are continuing to do, to make the University of Memphis better than ever. Explore the report >

 

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ATHLETICS

 Schedules & Tickets

Click here for all athletic sports schedules.

Make sure you have your ticket! Click here to purchase tickets!

Pouncer Points

Students have a new fan experience at the University of Memphis, Pouncer Points! Pouncer Points are earned by attending home athletic events and are exchanged for prizes. All prizes build on one another, meaning students do not have to save their points for the best prizes.

Students can track their Pouncer Point progress by logging onto TigerZone and clicking on Pouncer Points under Paths on the home page – above Campus Links. Your student can find all eligible events to gain Pouncer Points here.  We look forward to seeing you at the games this season, and as always GO TIGER GO!

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