Adult and Commuter Connection April 2011
Adult & Commuter Connection ISSUE 6 - VOL 8 - APRIL 2011 THE MONTHLY UNIVERSITY NEWSLETTER OF MEMPHIS FOR ADULT ADULT ANDAND COMMUTER COMMUTER STUDENT STUDENT SERVICES SERVICES INSIDE: Reflections from the 2011 Off-campus Housing Fair LAND A SUMMER JOB • P.2 THE SPOTLIGHT • P.3 EXAM SCHEDULE • P.4 MEMPHIS SUMMER FESTIVALS • P.6 Connect: TEN YEARS OF SERVICE COME VISIT US! Catelli divinus circumgrediet matrimonii, ut Octavius miscere Tremulous rures. Optimus est In UC RM 243 English Tutoring– Mon. & Wed. 8:00am-12:00pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org THURSDAY GAME NIGHT From 5-7pm Every Thursday saetosus concubine pessimus fortiter orem et corrumperet parsimonia suis. Adlaudabilis syrtes vix celeriter praemuniet ossifragi. Sin Tremulous concubine comiter iocari zothecas. Tetiam chirographi incredibiliter verecunde el amputat verecundus saburre. Pretosius lorem quadrupei circum grediet utilitas syrtes, iam orPHOTOS BY JENNIFER SADLER atori celeriter conubium santet adfabilis un On March 23, over 700 mesta students made their way to the saburre, ut parsimonia rures laudo malthird floor of the University Center to visit over 30 off-campus housing related vendors. Students were greeted by Offcorrumperet quadrupei, utcunque adlaudabilis vocificat quamquam.before they entered the fair. Campus Housing Fair volunteersmatrimonii and given a Augustus, bag of goodies As students walked around the UC Ballroom, they were able to find out about local apartment prices and amenities, the latest deals with cable and utilities, and how to navigate the Off-Campus Housing website. Even Pouncer stopped by to join in on the fun. As students departed the fair, to their surprise they got free lunch! Each student received a slice of pizza and a drinkMOfor visiting fair. NT HL Y EVENT the S: EXH IB IT IO NS: Tremuluso lorem ssicircum Tremuluso lorem ssicircum Adult and Commuter Student Services appreciates everyone who visited the fair. If imputat caesar parsimonia. imputat caesar parsimonia. you need more information on Off-Campus Housing options visit the Off-Campus Housing website at www.memphis.edu/offcampushousing 02 03 02 How to Land a Great Summer Job School is almost out for summer meaning opportunities to go to summer school and land a great summer job as well. Whether you are looking for an internship or part-time work, here are a few tips to get you started on your search. DO YOUR RESEARCH. Determine what kind of summer gig you would like to land and then use the internet to find those kind of jobs in your area. Visit job search sites such as indeed.com and hotjobs.com. GO GET THE JOB. Don’t sit behind a computer screen and expect a job to come to you, get out and go get it. Visit the malls or businesses you would like to work at in person. Find out if they are hiring, ask to speak to the manager, and then give the manager a two minute spill on why they should hire you. SPRUCE UP YOUR RESUME. You can’t land your next job without a resume explaining your qualifications. If you need help polishing your resume visit Career Services. They FOLLOW UP. Sometimes you won’t land the job right also offer a bunch of tips on their website at there on the spot, however, it doesn’t mean the company is www.memphis.edu/careerservices/studentguide/resume.php. not interested. Take time to give the hiring manager a call to see if they have had time to review your application. Often SECURE REFERENCES. Most employers like a list of you’ll find they are still looking at potential applicants. references to learn more about you. Make sure to find references who can speak eloquently about your background and STAY MOTIVATED. Finding a summer job can be time career experience. Also whenever you name one of your consuming but it’s worth it when you land the job of your references on a job application, let your reference know so dreams. Keep doing your research and applying until you they can be prepared to speak on your behalf if contacted. land your gig. Adapted from www.ehow.com/how_5054247_great-summer-job.html A Moment with the Director Finishing a Great Semester The semester is winding down and final exams are drawing near. I hope the semester has been a successful one for you and you have accomplished your academic and personal short term goals. Adult and Commuter Student Services will close out our spring semester with one last special event, the Pinnacle Honor Society induction ceremony. On April 15, we will honor all of our spring 2011 inductees. Please look for our congratulatory message to our Pinnacle inductees in an upcoming edition of The Daily Helmsman. In closing, I would just like to wish you luck on Summer is just around the corner which means your exams and a triumphant end to the semester. Reyou may be looking for summer employment or internmember you are dreamers, thinkers and doers, and whatships. In this edition of the newsletter, we have provided ever you seek to accomplish can happen with hard work you with some things to remember as you enter the sum- and a positive attitude. mer job market. Sincerely, Joy Stout While you are job-hunting, you may be looking Contact Information for an apartment as well. That’s why in this month’s Joy Rogers Stout newsletter we wanted to give you an “Off-Campus HousDirector, Adult and Commuter ing Fair” recap. The event offered a variety of housing Student Services vendors, food and fun. For the first time our mascot, The University of Memphis Pouncer, stopped by and warmed the hearts of the ven243 University Center Voice: (901) 678-2644 dors, students, faculty and staff. Thanks to all who came E-mail: email@example.com out and supported the event. It could not have been a success without you. 02 ADUL T AND CO MMUT ER CO NNECT IO N APRIL 2011 THE SPOTLIGHT As the sun lights up the University of Memphis campus on a beautiful spring day, Dr. Bingham gracefully walks across the courtyard to visit students at the ACSS Off-Campus Housing Fair in the university center. The same sunlight that radiated outdoors now beams indoors because of Dr. Bingham’s energetic disposition. The vice president of student affairs, enjoys every opportunity she has to interact with students during her very busy days. “It’s a part of my job to maintain good relationships with as many people as I can including the staff, the students, the faculty and visitors to campus,” Bingham said. “Events like the off-campus housing fair give me an opportunity to get out of the office and say hello to some students and show my genuine support.” For Dr. Bingham providing support and promoting student engagement goes far beyond a typical nine to five work day, so when Dr. Bingham was approached about being the keynote speaker for the U of M’s Pinnacle Nontraditional Student Honor Society ceremony, she accepted. while matriculating at the university level. Membership in the Pinnacle Honor Society is also coupled with membership Dr. Rosie Bingham in the University of Memphis’ Adult Student Association, which is another way for non-traditional students to take advantage of the engagement opportunities Dr. Bingham champions. “We need to tell students these are things they can become engaged in,” Dr. Bingham said. “Adult students, in particular, need the engagement because they think they are very different from anyone else on campus, but there are a lot “When you are a part of someof [adult students] around campus they thing, you are most likely to graduate,” can learn from and develop friendships Dr. Bingham said. “In addition, to having with that will enrich their lives.” a good time, I want students to learn how to interact well in a diverse society. This Pinnacle Honor Society honors will lead students to becoming more sucnon-traditional students who have cessful than they ever imagined.” achieved substantial academic excellence Pinnacle Honor Society Honors Great Students ACSS is very proud of each student who will be inducted into the Pinnacle Honor Society on April 15 at 6pm in the UC. To find out what the event means to our students, we spoke to a few new inductees. Deidre Ross, Senior studying Middle School Education << I consider it an honor to be part of the Pinnacle Honor Society. I have worked diligently to prove to my five sons that hard work is always rewarded. Being included in Pinnacle is one way to help me teach that lesson to my children. I look forward to the recognition of hard work that being included in Pinnacle provides, and I hope to find a place in the ASA to help support other adults who are returning to school. Clay Fowler, Graduate Student studying MAT in Art Education << To be a part of the Pinnacle Honor Society gives me a sense of satisfaction for the hard work that goes into completing an advanced degree program. I am planning on attending the April 15th event with my wife. Since I am working full time teaching art with the Memphis City Schools and working hard to complete a masters in the evenings, she has played a vital role in keeping our household and family as sane as possible. I am really looking forward to her being able to share in the experience. Special thanks to these Pinnacle Honor Society students who were willing to share their story. Jesse Brents, Graduate Student studying Accounting << It is a great honor to be inducted into the fastest growing nontraditional honor society in the country. I was interested to learn that at most universities, even the best non-traditional students had a difficult time being accepted for membership in the "traditional" honorary societies, represented on the nation's campuses and that some campuses reported that no adult student had ever been accepted for membership in the traditional honoraries. I am hoping to see Pinnacle succeed in changing institutional or local policies to benefit adult students and in making life a little bit better or easier for non-traditional students. 03 ADUL T AND CO MMUT ER CO NNECT IO N APRIL 2011 Join the Commuter Student Association ( CSA) SPRING 2011 FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE Study Day: Thursday, April 28 Exam Period: Friday, April 29 - Thursday, May 5 Interested in serving as an Officer next year? Visit our website or stop by the ACSS Office in Rm. 243 Visit: memphis.edu/commuterstudents Sign up for TigerText! Visit: https:// itweb2.memphis.e du/tigertext/ index.php. BE HEARD We ask, You Answer. <<What did you enjoy about the OffCampus Housing Fair? Be a part of the Adult Student Association (ASA) Interested in serving as an Officer next year? Visit our website or stop by the ACSS Office in Rm. 243 << I liked that people really wanted to answer my questions. Also I thought the ACSS did a great job of letting commuter students know the housing fair was going to happen. ~Dominique Echols, Junior << I already have my own place, but the fair was still informative for me. MLGW & Comcast helped me understand why I was spending so much services and how I could spend less. ~Shane Perkins, Alumni of the U of M Visit: memphis.edu/adultstudents 04 ADUL T AND CO MMUT ER CO NNECT IO N APRIL 2011 << I liked the different apartment choices with varying price ranges. It seemed to be something for everyone at the fair. ~ Akilah Miles, Graduate Student SUMMER 2011 CALENDAR FALL 2011 REGISTRATION Graduate (Degree Seeking) & Post Baccalaureate (Degree Seeking): April 4, 2011 Seniors & Honors Students: April 5, 2011 Juniors: April 6, 2011 Sophomores: April 7, 2011 Freshmen - Continuing: April 11, 2011 Freshmen - First Time: Non-Degree Seeking: PC191/TN Employees & Senior Citizens: New Student Orientation April 13, 2011 See the Bursar's Fall Undergrad/ Grad calendar. Last Day of Regular Registration: FULL: August 26, 2011 1ST: August 26, 2011 2ND: October 18, 2011 RODP: August 26, 2011 05 ADUL T AND CO MMUT ER CO NNECT IO N APRIL 2011 Memphis Summer Festivals Memphis has an abundance of festivals and cultural events throughout the year, but nothing beats these events that heat up the summer! AFRICA IN APRIL BEALE STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL Celebrate the great culture of the Republic of Senegal during Memphis’ Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival, April 14-17. A few events include an international diversity parade, a vendor marketplace, and a gospel in the park event. For more info visit www.africainapril.org. EARTH WEEK AT SHELBY FARMS MEMPHIS IN MAY Earth Week at Shelby Farms promotes sustaining the environment we live in. The week long event runs from April 17– 23. Some event highlights include Down to Earth Festival, Woodland Discovery Egg Hunt, and Greenshoe at the Lake. For more info visit www.shelbyfarmspark.org. IDENTITY THEFT: DON’T BE A VICTIM If you love music then this is the festival for you. This year’s lineup from April 29– May 1 includes artists like B.O.B, Ke$ha, Stone Temple Pilots, Jason Mraz, John Mellencamp, and Charlie Wilson to name a few. For a complete line-up and to purchase tickets visit www.memphisinmay.org/ music. This year, the month long festival will salute the country of Belgium with various speakers, food exhibits, and performances. For more info on Memphis in May International Festival visit www.memphisinmay.org/honored country FUTURE EVENTS “Back on Track” Programs n to INTRODUCTION TO MY.MEMPHIS.EDU Thurs. May 12 from 10:00am–5:30pm in UC 243 LIBRARY OVERVIEW Thurs. May 12 from 5:30pm–6:30pm in McWherter Library Rm 225 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 12:40-2:05pm UC 261 RECEIVE TIPS ON PROTECTING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION AND AVOIDING BECOMING A VICTIM OF ONLINE IDENTITY THEFT. What would you like to see featured in the Adult & Commuter Connection? E-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org MISSION CONTACT AND GENERAL INFORMATION The mission of the Adult & Commuter Student Services office is to provide a supportive environment for nontraditional and commuter students that promotes intellectual, social and academic growth and development through services and programs that foster lifelong learning. The Adult and Commuter Student Services office is located on The University of Memphis campus in the University Center RM 243. Our regular hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. If you need after hours help, please call us to make arrangements. 06 ADUL T AND CO MMUT ER CO NNECT IO N APRIL 2011 We welcome comments, questions, or suggestions. We can be reached by phone at 901-678-2644 during our regular business hours or after hours leave us a message on voice mail. You may also reach us through e-mail at email@example.com.