January 2014 Newsletter
University of Memphis, spring 2014 January issue of the Adult and Commuter Connection.
In This Issue: pg 2 Director’s Letter pg 3 Student Spotlight pg 4 Upcoming Events Volume 05 Issue 004 January 2014 SPRING 2014 ORIENTATION: New Year, New Beginnings New student orientation is a way for colleges to welcome and introduce first-time or transfer students to the campus through events, workshops and other activities. “It is the transition piece that students need to be successful in introducing them to a new campus and new people,” said Kate Howard, senior associate director of admissions, recruitment and orientation. Most colleges and universities hold their orientations during the summer for students who are entering in the fall. However, the University of Memphis decided to host its first ever spring orientation. According to Howard, the university chose to host a new student orientation because there are a great number of first time students who enroll in the spring and they haven’t had any mechanisms to help them transition. Jessie Wortham, coordinator of recruitment and orientation added that the students weren’t getting the same exposure to the resources on campus as others who attended orientation during the summer. Summer orientation sessions follow an immersive 2-day format, so there are more resources and activities that the university is able to provide. The students also stay the night in a residence hall where they can immediately begin building relationships and connections with others. “Because of the timing, spring orientation is brief and paired down to make sure we hit the basics and that we look at key things to see what students need to be successful,” Wortham said. She also said that the office of admissions, recruitment and orientation wanted to focus on programs that students really needed. Some of the departments who participated were Parent and Family Services, Student Leadership and Involvement, Adult and Commuter Student Services, Multicultural Affairs, Campus and Police Services, Residence Life and Dining Services and Student Financial Aid. The University plans to continue spring orientations. They will use feedback from attendees to make improvements, and provide additional features and resources as needed. A Moment with the Director Seizing Opportunities can Create Successful Careers Welcome, to all of our new and returning adult and commuter students. I am glad that you are registered and ready to begin classes for the spring 2014 semester. We hope that you stay warm and healthy during our unforeseen weather changes, and dress accordingly. Please remember the grand opening of the new Veterans Resource Center, Wednesday, January 22 at 1 p.m. in the PanHellenic Bldg. We invite you to be a part of this historical event. Also, please remember to join our student organizations, Commuter Student Association and Adult Student Association. Joy Rogers Stout, Director Adult and Commuter Student Services Phone: 901-678-2644 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Enjoy this issue of the spring 2014 newsletter. It includes student spotlight, the 2014 men’s and women’s basketball schedule, and upcoming event s on campus. Hope to see you around campus! GO TIGERS! ADULT AND COMMUTER STUDENT SERVICES MISSION The mission of the Adult & Commuter Student Services office is to provide a supportive environment for non-traditional and commuter students that promotes intellectual, social and academic growth development through services and programs that foster lifelong learning. CSA MASS MEETING THURSDAY, JAN.30 3—4pm UNIVERSITY CENTER RM 342 02 ACSS CONNECTION January 2014 THE SPOTLIGHT Getting to know our Adult Students ACSS: How has your experience been as a student at the University of Memphis? Hadley: My experience has been great, although it ’s been hard because this is my first semester at the University of Memphis. I went to Southwest a long time ago and this is my first year back. The transition has been difficult. ACSS: How has the course load effected you? Hadley: I have been able to manage the course load in all of my classes except one. However, it is rough having 2 children while trying to handle all of my course work. ACSS: What do you want to do with your major? Hadley: I want to go to graduate school and earn my LCSW to work with a mental health hospital and go into individual practice. Camille Hadley| Senior Social Work ACSS: Are you involved in any organizations? Hadley: No, I don’t have time to be involved. I wish I did, but being an adult student I have to focus on my children. ACSS: How has ACSS helped you as an adult student? Haley: The most helpful thing about ACSS is having a place to get work done and also to relax and socialize. The fact that we have a place where we can eat and socialize and also have computer is very beneficial. I also appreciate the ACSS for allowing me to do my scholarship hours for the office. ACSS: What advice can you give other adult students? Hadley: Balance your time, learn how to say no and don’t overload yourself.. It’s so easy to become overwhelmed by over committing. Also, set a schedule. ACSS: What can the university do to help adult students more? Hadley: Possibly have workshops specifically for adult students targeting working adult who have families— and really address time management and balance. 03 ACSS CONNECTION January 2014 MEN’S 2014 TIGER BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Date Opponent / Event Location WOMEN’S 2014 TIGER BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Time Date Opponent / Event Location Time 01/23/14 vs. Houston * FedExForum 7:00 p.m. CT 01/22/14 at Connecticut * Storrs, Conn. 01/26/14 vs. USF * FedExForum 1:00 p.m. CT 6:00 p.m. CT Orlando, Fla. 6:00 p.m. CT 01/26/14 at Louisville * Louisville, Ky. 01/29/14 at UCF * 12:00 p.m. CT 02/01/14 at SMU * Dallas, Texas 1:00 p.m. CT 01/29/14 vs. UCF * Elma Roane Field- 12:00 house p.m. CT 02/04/14 vs. Rutgers * FedExForum 02/01/14 at Rutgers * Piscataway, N.J. 02/05/14 vs. USF * Elma Roane Field- 7:00 p.m. house CT 6:00 p.m. CT ESPN Gameday 10:30 a.m. CT 02/08/14 vs. Gonzaga FedExForum 8:00 p.m. CT 02/12/14 vs. UCF * FedExForum 8:00 p.m. CT 02/09/14 at Temple * Philadelphia, Pa. 12:30 p.m. CT 02/15/14 at Connecticut * Hartford, Conn. 11:00 a.m. CT 02/12/14 at Cincinnati * Cincinnati, Ohio 6:00 p.m. CT 02/20/14 at Rutgers * Piscataway, N.J. 6:00 p.m. CT 02/16/14 vs. Louisville * Elma Roane Field- 2:30 p.m. house CT 02/22/14 vs. Temple * FedExForum 8:30 p.m. CT 02/22/14 vs. SMU * FedExForum 02/27/14 at Houston * Houston, Texas 8:00 p.m. CT 2:00 p.m. CT 02/25/14 at USF * Tampa, Fla. 03/01/14 vs. Louisville * FedExForum 1:00 p.m. CT 6:00 p.m. CT 03/06/14 at Cincinnati * Cincinnati, Ohio 6:00 p.m. CT 03/01/14 at Houston * Houston, Texas 2:00 p.m. CT 03/08/14 vs. SMU * FedExForum 11:00 a.m. CT 03/03/14 vs. Cincinnati * Elma Roane Field- 7:00 p.m. house CT American Athletic Conference Tournament American Athletic Conference Championship FedExForum TBA 03/07/14 American Athletic Conference Champi- Uncasville, Conn. TBA FedExForum TBA 03/08/14 American Athletic Conference Champi- Uncasville, Conn. TBA 03/14/14 TBD/Semifinals FedExForum TBA 03/15/14 TBD/Championship FedExForum TBA 03/09/14 American Athletic Conference Champi- Uncasville, Conn. TBA 03/12/14 TBD/Opening Round 03/13/14 TBD/ Quarterfinals Game What would you like to see featured in the Adult & Commuter Connection? Contact the editor, Jessica Rainer, at email@example.com University of Memphis RSO FAIR Wednesday, January 22 10 a.m.—2 p.m. Rose Theatre CONTACT AND GENERAL INFORMATION 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. 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 email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Scan me to save ACSS contact info