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INSIDE: The Spotlight • P.2 Seminar Highlights • P.3 St. Patrick’s Day • P.4 Student Activities• P.5 Spring Break Fun• P.6


COME VISIT US! RM 243 in the University Center In the Student Involvement Zone Or call 901-678-2644

Adult & Commuter Connection

ISSUE 9 - VOL 3 - M ARCH 2012

Things to Know About Living Off-Campus Living in a university environment can be a very rewarding experience. Yet, there may come a time when a student living in a university’s residence hall may want to try living off-campus. Before making the transition, there are a few things students should know.

1. Understand your leasing agreement. When moving into a new place a document must be signed specifying obligations as a lessee. Make sure to read the document thoroughly and even having an attorney look over it is not a bad idea. 2. Define the best area of town to live in. Defining the perfect area of town to live in can be based on various criteria including proximity to school, family, friends, and work. Once an area of town has been identified that suits your personal needs, research statistics about the area such as demographics and crime rates to see if that area is still the best fit for you. 3. Is the move really cost efficient? Surprisingly, not everyone “saves” by moving offcampus. Some apartments require additional fees along with paying the monthly rent. For example, some apartments require trash pick -up fees, a separate water fee, or even a required cable television fee. 4. Pick roommates wisely. One of the first approaches to dealing with the new fees from moving off-campus is to get a roommate, but make sure to find the right roommate. Even if you decide to stay with someone who was a dormmate does not make them a good roommate. Remember there are now bills that have to be paid and agreed upon that was not a factor as a dormmate. Make sure to discuss living and financial expectations with a possible roommate prior to signing a lease. 5. Renter’s Insurance. An apartment complex

may have insurance for damages that could possibly occur for a building, but this does not always cover personal belongings. There are ways to find reasonable renter’s insurance and you can start with asking a potential landlord about insurance companies they would suggest. To learn more about living off campus, The University of Memphis and ACSS is hosting a Centennial Off-Campus Housing Fair which offers students the opportunity to talk directly to leasing agents. The event is March 21 from 9am-2pm in the University Center Ballroom and is open to the public. Sources:

A Moment with the Director

Prepare for a New Season! The spring season is just around the corner. Along with changing our outerwear from coats to cooler attire, a new season is also a time to reflect on our inner self and get re-energized about the positive things that lie ahead.

office is hosting its annual “Off Campus Housing Information Fair.” Be sure to look for signs around campus that tell you the time, place, and all about our free giveaways. Tigers get ready for some football! Our interview with Coach Justin Fuente reveals his excitement for the Blue and Grey football game on March 31 and he wants you there. This issue of the newsletter also features highlights from our “Love and Relationships” seminar, housing fair vendor attendees, and much more.

Spring Break is here!!! What are YOU going to do? It is my hope that you would take time out to enjoy the break. Perhaps sleep in late, travel or just relax with family and friends. If you need some spring break ideas, read the article “A Wonderful Break, Right at In closing, enjoy reading the newsletter and see you afHome.” Everyone is not able to travel for the break, but ter spring break! it doesn’t mean you cannot your time off. Sincerely, Upon your return to school, there will be lots of exciting Joy Stout activities for you to get involved in. On March 21, our

Contact Information: Joy Rogers Stout Director of Adult and Commuter Student Services Voice: 901-678-2644

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 and development through services and programs that foster lifelong learning.

THE SPOTLIGHT Before Coach Justin Fuente even stepped foot backgrounds and skill sets and it’s our hope on the campus of the University of Memphis that we can see them grow and prosper.” as the new head football coach, he was handed a challenge. As Fuente faces another modification in the football program, Tiger sports moving to the After the Tigers’ less than impressive 2011 Big East Conference in 2013 and the expectafootball season, Tiger football fans were tions that come with it, he doesn’t even looking for a savior. Fuente decided he would flinch. Coach Justin Fuente be the brave soul to accept the test. “Regardless of what conference we are in or Fuente’s great foundation carries over into “I’m excited to be here and the University who is on the football schedule, our primary his recipe for coaching. Tiger fans will get of Memphis community,” Fuente said. “It’s focus is on the team,” Fuente said. “My goal their first taste of his coaching style during obvious there is a lot of work to do to rebuild is to get this program back healthy.” the 2012 Blue-Gray Game. The game will the program the correct way, but I believe in be held on March 31 at noon in the Liberty these kids.” Fuente’s determination and tunnel-visionBowl Memorial Stadium. It’s a game Fuente like focus on the goal ahead is expected. is looking forward to. Although, the team has yet to ‘suit up’ for Fuente has always been competitive, channelFuente for a full practice, he believes the ing that energy into sports and education ADUL“The T AND recipe for winning football has never CO MMUT ER CO NNECT IO N about hard work, discipline, team has some great abilities and they can while growing up. changed, it’s still JAN/FEB 2011 excel at football. accountability and attitude and we are teach“I wouldn’t throw my transcript out there and ing the team these skills,” Fuente said. “This “We’ve got a good group of kids and they say it would knock people’s socks off, but I spring I’m looking forward to spreading the are currently buying into the principles we are was competitive in the classroom,” Fuente word about what the team is going to do in << Tiger statue teaching which is standing accountability, hard work said. “I enjoyed being a student athlete and I the classroom, in the community, and on the in the Alumni office. andtall discipline,” Fuente said. “We also have a had a strong family foundation that encourfootball field.” good group of recruits from all different aged education.”




The annual Off-Campus Housing Information Fair is almost here! On March 21, 2012 you can stop by the University Center Ballroom from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. to obtain information about various housing options in the community. Learn more about local apartment communities, get an offcampus housing website tutorial, and learn how off-campus living just may be right for you. Join us for free food, prizes, and fun! This event is FREE and Open to the Public! For more information visit

Love and Relationships Seminar Highlights Candace Franco and Eric Shultz from the University of Memphis’ Career and Psychological Counseling Center gave a eye-opening seminar about healthy relationships. The presentation was as part of the university-wide civility campaign and educational workshops given by Adult and Commuter Student Services. Here are a few highlights from the seminar using our #umrespect Twitter hashtag and students attending.

Adult & Commuter Svc @uofmemphis_acss Healthy relationships increases the selfesteem of both partners. Love should be a good feeling. #umrespect

Adult & Commuter Svc @uofmemphis_acss Signs u need to leave a relationship: Secrets.No longer care or trust. All we do is fight. #umrespect

Adult & Commuter Svc @uofmemphis_acss Verbal abusive relationships can have long term mental health consequences and distort someone's sense of reality. #umrespect Adult & Commuter Svc @uofmemphis_acss Abuse can happen against males from females.Men you deserve to leave those unhealthy relationships. #umrespect

Adult & Commuter Svc @uofmemphis_acss A healthy relationship is a equal partnership with honest communication & joint decision making. #umrespect

Adult & Commuter Svc @uofmemphis_acss If u are being abused develop a safety plan. Check out tips on how to exit at

Highlights: Students had this to say about what they would remember about the seminar:      

How to identify a abusive relationship. Not only women can be abused. How to leave when I feel it’s too much. How to identify healthy relationships. The many stories told by other students. The differences in abusive relationships and how to get help.



St. Patrick’s Day

Great Recipe Ideas to Celebrate the Irish Holiday

Be a part of the Commuter Student Association (CSA)

Irish Pound Cake


1 cup butter 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 6 large eggs, at room temperature 2 cups white sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 cups self-rising flour 1/8 teaspoon ground mace 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 (3 pound) corned beef brisket with spice packet 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 medium head cabbage, cored and sliced thin spicy brown mustard 12 slices sourdough bread, lightly toasted

Directions: Visit:

Upcoming Events CSA Mixer March 23, UC 363 11:30am-1pm General Body Mtg March 28, UC 308 4pm

Be a part of the Adult Student

Saint Paddy’s Irish Sandwich


Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a tube pan. Beat the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the sugar until well blended. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add the room-temperature eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Beat in the 2 tablespoons flour with the last egg. Stir in the remaining 2 cups flour until just combined; stir in the mac, vanilla. Pour into the prepared tube pan. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack. detail.aspx

BE HEARD We ask, You Answer.

Directions: Place corned beef in large pot or Dutch oven and cover with water. Add the spice packet that came with the corned beef. Cover pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer approximately 50 minutes per pound until tender. Remove meat and let rest 15 minutes. Slice meat across the grain. Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper in small bowl. Place the shredded cabbage in a large bowl and pour the dressing over it; toss to coat the cabbage with the dressing. Spread a layer of mustard on 6 slices of toasted bread. Place some shredded cabbage and corned beef on each slice and top with remaining slices of bread.

<<How do you stay involved in university life as a commuter student?

Association (ASA)


Upcoming Events

General Body Mtg March 12, UC 243 2pm

<< I make time to get involved. As ASA Vice President I try to encourage other students to find ways to stay involved by developing programming. -Priscilla Reno, Sophomore << I try to keep up with the calendar of events. It tells you about everything going on around campus. ~Katheryn Moses, Sophomore

ASA Mixer March 16, TBD 5-6:30pm



<< I ask people who are involved on campus and I’m not afraid to try out new things. ~Jeanene Bowers, Senior


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Pinnacle Honor Society


MAR 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Harris Concert Hall LAUGH OUT LOUD COMEDY SERIES:


MAR 18 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church


Congratulations to all the new Pinnacle Honor Society Members!

MAR 14 at 8:30 p.m. in the UC Theatre

MAR 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Harris Concert Hall

All new members of Pinnacle will be inducted during a ceremony on



Friday, April 13, 2012.

MAR 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the UC Theatre

MAR 21 at 7:00 p.m. location TBD


MAR 23 at 7:00p.m. in the UC Theatre TALENT EXTRAV AG ANZ A:

MAR 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Theatre SAC CINEM A– ECLIPSE:

MAR 30 at 7:00p.m. in the UC Theatre

Members, we will be sending details out about the event soon!



A Wonderful Break, Right at Home It’s spring break, but your schedule or your pockets doesn’t allow you to travel. No worries! There are a lot of options to enjoy your time off right in your own backyard. Check out these fun things to do while on a break.

Stay at a Hotel, Right in Town

A Spa Day

On vacations, hotel rooms, room service and a free maid service is half the fun. You don’t have to travel far to experience a great hotel. Sometimes just getting away and sleeping some place new can re-energize you and make you feel like you went on a long trip far away.

Whether it’s a massage, a facial, or a manicure and pedicure, spa days leave your feeling rejuvenated. Do some quick research a find a day spa close to you that offers the services you would like. You can make it a fun outing with friends. Also keep in mind spa days aren’t just for women. Couples can take advantage of this relaxing activity too.

Be a Tourist in Your Hometown Living in a town all your life, doesn’t mean you’ve seen every tourist attraction it has to offer. Utilize your few days off by checking out some historic sites you have never been too. Not only can it be entertaining but you could learn something new about where you were raised.



SPRING 2012 Training Seminars Career and Resume Workshop Tuesday April 17 9:40am-11:05am, UC342 Stress Management Wednesday April 18 12:40pm-2:05pm, REC Center

Student Health Center Hours Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays: Check out the new roommate feature on

8am - 6:00pm & Tuesdays from 9am - 6:00pm

Recreation Center Hours Monday– Thursday: 6:30am- 10:30pm Friday 6:30am-9:30pm Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 1pm-6pm

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 e-mail at



Adult and Commuter Connection March 2012  
Adult and Commuter Connection March 2012  

The newsletter for the office of Adult and Commuter Student Services on the campus of University of M emphis.