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According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Earth Day is “the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide.” The first Earth SPECIAL AREAS OF INTEREST: • PERSONAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP • PINNACLE REMINDER • OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING WEBSITE • ASA & CSA UPDATES • COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION

Day was held on April 22, 1970. Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin senator, called the event an environmental teach-in, designed to educate people about behaviors that are harmful to the planet. Approximately 20 million people from across the nation participated in rallies and protests against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic waste, pesticide, freeways, deforestation, and endangerment of wildlife. The event was a huge success, resulting in Congress passing laws such as the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, and creating the Environmental Protection Agency. Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated every April 22. The event has come to include recycling, global warming, green energy, and energy conservation issues as the years have passed. It is now celebrated by more than 500 million people in 175 countries.


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HELP! I’m a college student, and I’m stressed out! TIPS FOR DEALING WITH STRESS 1. Have a positive attitude about situations, even when they aren’t ideal. You may not have control over a situation, but you have control over your response. 2. Try to eat healthy. This can protect you from illness, contribute to a positive body image, help you concentrate, provide energy and mental focus, and even out your emotions. You can take an online diet assessment here: 3. Try to exercise for at least 20 minutes daily. It doesn’t have to be a hard-core work out—it can be as simple as walking. Engaging in enjoyable physical activity is an excellent way to relieve stress, gain energy, and maintain a healthy lifestyle in general. 4. Learn how to relax. Different people do this in different ways. It’s usually best to be alone in a quiet place while you do it. Try some of the following: reading, playing an instrument, taking a walk or a bike ride, playing with a pet, getting a massge, or calling a friend. 5. Get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation negatively affects every aspect of your life—health, relationships, emotions, academics, safety, etc. Make sure you’re getting enough rest. 6. Maintain healthy relationships with friends, family, and significant others. Resolve conflicts quickly and completely. Also, avoid relationships that cause unnecessary stress. They’re not healthy. 7. Manage your time well. It’s okay to be busy, but learn to say “no” to things when you really don’t have time. Make sure to plan your days with attainable goals, then stick to the plan. Reward yourself when you complete tasks. And avoid procrastination—it’s a huge stressor. 8. Alcohol, drugs, and tobacco all negatively affect stress. These contribute to less sleep, poorer health, irresponsible decisions, and financial loss. The best way to use these substances as stress relievers is simple: don’t. 9. Use your money wisely. Create a realistic budget and stick to it. Only buy things you can afford, and make sure those are things that you truly need. Pay your bills on time. Also, avoid credit cards— often, students end up accumulating debt that takes years to pay off. Adapted from:,

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FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE Study Day is APRIL 30; final exams begin on Friday, MAY 1. If you have class:

Then your final exam will be:

If you have class:

Then your final exam will be:

MWF, 6:50a

W, May 6, 7:00 - 9:00a

TR, 8:00a

T, May 5, 8:00 - 10:00a

MWF, 8:00a

F, May 1, 8:00 - 10:00a

TR, 9:40a

T, May 5, 10:30a - 12:30p

MWF, 9:10a

F, May 1, 10:30a - 12:30p

TR, 11:20a

R, May 7, 8:00 - 10:00a

MWF, 10:20a

M, May 4, 8:00 - 10:00a

TR, 1:00p

R, May 7, 10:30a - 12:30p

MWF, 11:30a

M, May 4, 10:30a - 12:30p

TR, 2:40p

T, May 5, 1:00 - 3:00p

MW, 12:40p

W, May 6, 10:00a - 12noon

TR, 5:30p

R, May 7, 5:30 - 7:30p

MW, 2:20p

W, May 6, 1:00 - 3:00p

TR, 7:10p

T, May 5, 7:00 - 9:00p

MW, 5:30p

W, May 6, 5:30 - 7:30p

TR, 8:50p

R, May 7, 8:00 - 10:00p

MW, 7:10p

M, May 4, 7:00 - 9:00p

S, 9:00a

S, May 2, 9:00 - 11:00a

MW, 8:50p

W, May 6, 8:00 - 10:00p

S, 1:00p

S, May 2, 1:00 - 3:00p

U, 1:00p

U, May 3, 1:00 - 3:00p

M = Monday | T = Tuesday | W = Wednesday | R = Thursday | F = Friday | S = Saturday | U = Sunday

ACSS Seminar #4

Personal Financial Management Facilitated by Cynthia Hampton, Clearpoint Financial Solutions

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 Brister 220 10:20 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Call (901) 678-2644 or visit our Web site ( for more information.


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GET INVOLVED! Commuter Student Association Do you live OFF campus? If so, then this is the organization for you! The CSA represents the interests and needs of U of M commuter students. Become a part of your campus community by joining in events and activities and by making commuters’ voices heard in the Student Government Association and in dealings with the University. If you’re a commuter student, you should get involved! Come by the ACSS office (500 Wilder Tower) for more details. Web site:

REMINDER: Pinnacle Induction All new members of Pinnacle will be inducted during a ceremony on April 18, 2009. The keynote speaker will be Dr. David Cox, Executive Assistant to the President.

Pinnacle was created to recognize the efforts of non-traditional students who excel in higher education. Want more information? You can find it here: http://

Adult Student Association Officer elections will be coming up at the end of April! If you’re interested, contact Kristy Conger at for more information. If you missed the Web 2.0 workshop in March, you can access a video of the presentation and http:// Web resources. Go to and click on the ASA workshop link. Website:

W H AT ’ S H A P P E N I N G

Commencement Information

April/May 2009

May 9, 2009

04/01: April Fools’ Day. 04/01-04/02: SAC Tunnel of Oppression. Panhellenic Bldg. 04/03-04/04: The Obama Phenomenon. Rose Theatre. 04/05: Greek Grammies. 3 p.m., Rose Theatre. 04/07: BSU Professional Workshop Series. 6 p.m., Psych. Aud. 04/08: SAC 61SYX Teknique. 6:15 p.m., Rose Theatre. 04/09: Greeks Got Talent. 6 p.m., Psych. Aud. 04/11: Greek Madness. 8 a.m., Fieldhouse. 04/12: Easter. 04/14: ATO Bachelor Bid. 7 p.m., Psych. Aud. 04/16: Active Minds Study Break Oasis. 11 a.m., Pan. Bldg.

10:00 a.m. - College of Arts & Sciences, College of Communication and Fine Arts, University College, and Doctoral Hoodings for these Colleges and Schools 2:00 p.m. - Fogelman College of Business & Economics, College of Education, Herff College of Engineering, Loewenberg School of Nursing, School of Audiology and Speech Pathology, Doctoral Hoodings for these Colleges and Schools.

04/18: Pinnacle Induction. 10 a.m., Rose Theatre. 04/21: Most Smartest Greek Philanthropy. 6 p.m., Psych. Aud. 04/21: SAC Hypnotist. 8 p.m., Rose Theatre. 04/22: Earth Day.

Congratulations to all graduates!

04/23: SAC: Aries Spears. 8 p.m., Rose Theatre. 04/25: SAC Spring Fling. 10 a.m., Patterson Lawn.

Adult and Commuter Student Services Director: Joy R. Stout 500 Wilder Tower 208 Brister Memphis, TN 38152

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 and development through services and programs that foster lifelong learning.

Phone: 901-678-2995 or 901-678-2644 Fax: 901-678-4894 E-mail:

Visit our website at:

A Tennessee Board of Regents Institution An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action University

CONTACT AND GENERAL INFORMATION The Adult and Commuter Student Services office is located on The University of Memphis campus on the 5th floor of Wilder Tower. Our regular hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 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 901-678-2995 during our regular business hours or after hours leave us a message on voice mail. You may also reach us through e-mail at

April 2009 - Adult and Commuter Connection newsletter