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The University of Memphis

Inside this issue:

CSA/ASA Events & Information


Safety Tips


Holiday Recipes


Homecoming Recap


Final Exam Schedule


Volume 6, ISSUE 3

A d u l t & C o m m u t e r C o n n e c t i o n November/December 2008

PERSONAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP Did you miss out on the recent ACSS workshop, Personal Financial Management? Don’t worry; we’ve got a recap of some of the most important information right here! Mrs. Cynthia Hampton of Clearpoint Financial Solutions gave students smart tips to stay financially sound: •

When deciding whether a purchase is necessary, ask yourself the following questions: * Do I really need it? * Do I really need it today? * What would happen if I don’t buy it now? * Can I meet this need less expensively?

Always review your bank and credit card statements to remind yourself where your money is being spent.

Get the most from what you already own before you buy more.

Do the math on small luxuries. For example, if your daily coffee and muffin cost only $20 a week, that comes to $1,040 a year.

Take advantage of student discounts. Watch for special deals on anything you need and are planning to buy: airline tickets, books, restaurants, entertainment, and clothes.

Be careful with credit cards. Remember, that’s not “your” money—it’s money you have to repay. Consider getting just one card with a low interest rate and a low spending limit. Use it for emergencies or planned purchases only.

• Tiger Technology seminar

Limit the cash you carry and shop with your budget in mind.

• Off-Campus Housing Website

Avoid eating out as much as possible.

Special Areas of Interest:

• Important Dates & Deadlines • Memphis Literacy Corps


“I think what she said about the stock market was good, because I’ve always been nervous about trying it, but it’s a really good way to earn money. Now I’m not as nervous about it.” Leon Tatum

“I think what she said was real smart, like about credit cards and not buying stuff you can’t afford. I think a lot of people buy stuff they don’t need.” Courtney Clarke “It was very helpful.” Rory Norwood

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ACSS Seminar #3


Who’s Looking at Your Profile? Students will learn how to make their Myspace or Facebook profiles more employer-friendly. Facilitated by Libby Lessentine, Career Advisor, U of M Career Services

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 Rose Theatre 11:20 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Call (901) 678-2644 or visit our Web site ( for more information.

CSA NEWS The CSA will hold its next general meeting on Friday, November 7, at 1:30 p.m. in the Panhellenic Building, Room 104. If you want to find out what’s going on with commuter students on campus, come check out this meeting!

ASA UPDATE The Adult Student Association (ASA) will have its next general meeting on Friday, November 7, at 12 p.m. They’re eager to meet you and hear your ideas. Also, on Friday, November 14, the ASA will be hosting a “Dress for Success” workshop at 12 p.m in 400 Wilder Tower. If you’re looking for tips on how to make your interview attire work in your favor, come check this out!

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SAFETY TIPS In September, the ACSS office hosted a “Staying Safe On & Off Campus” seminar. Here are some tips from U of M Officer Marco Anderson & the Shelby County Sheriff’s office to help you stay safe in the upcoming holiday season! •

When walking, carry purses/bags close to your body. This makes them harder to snatch.

Walk in groups, especially after dark. Avoid shortcuts and isolated or dark areas.

Walk purposefully and confidently, and always be aware of your surroundings.

Utilize Tiger Patrol, the on-campus escort service, between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. (901-678-HOME)

Park in high traffic areas or areas with a lot of pedestrians.

Always lock your car doors and try to keep bags & valuables out of sight or locked in your trunk.

Always check your back seat before entering your vehicle.

Keep your car’s fuel tank at least 1/2 full all the time.

Carry a limited amount of cash and credit cards.

Try to avoid using your cell phone while driving, in order to remain alert.

Be proactive, not reactive.

Opportunity is a thief's best friend.

STUDENT REACTIONS (from the ACSS Staying Safe seminar)

“The things that I learned to ensure my safety off campus were to never travel alone, always lock my doors, walk with a purpose, and keep an eye out for my surroundings.”


Brock McWhorter

“I liked how he gave safety tips for living on campus and also for students who commute since I live at home.” Natalie Hickman

“I feel so safe on campus knowing that the Tiger Police are only a call away!” Eden Schweigler

“Now I’m always looking out for strange cars or people, and every time I walk up to my car I look underneath it. Our campus police and the sheriff’s office were really helpful.” Erin Kelley

The Memphis Literacy Corps is currently hiring tutors for the spring 2009 semester. For more information, visit the following website: http://www.mcsk aboutmcs_memphis _literacy_ corps.asp.

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FAVORITE HOLIDAY RECIPES We asked ACSS students to share their favorite holiday recipes for this month’s newsletter, and you all responded with some delightful-sounding dishes! A big THANK YOU to those of you who shared! We hope you all enjoy these recipes!

Spinach Casserole

African Peanut Soup Originally from the Brushmark Inn

3 bags frozen spinach, thawed 1 pkg. pepperoni 1 lb. ground sausage, cooked 16 cups mozzarella cheese 3 Tbsp. garlic salt (divided) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place one layer of spinach in a 13- x 9inch baking dish and season with garlic salt. Next, layer sausage, pepperoni, and cheese on top of the spinach. Repeat layers until all ingredients have been used, ending with cheese on top. Bake uncovered in oven until cheese is melted with a few brown spots. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before serving.

2 onions, chopped 2 large red or green bell peppers, chopped 3 or 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1 (28-oz.) can Italian tomatoes, chopped and retain juice 8 cups chicken broth ¼ tsp. dried hot red pepper ¼ tsp. black pepper 1 ½ cups diced chicken, cooked 2/3 cup peanut butter In a heavy kettle, cook onions, peppers, and garlic in olive oil over medium heat. Stir until onions just begin to brown. Add tomatoes and tomato juice, broth, red pepper, and black pepper. Bring to a simmering boil uncovered. When soup boils, add chicken. Simmer 15 minutes. Add peanut butter, stirring until smooth. Season with additional salt and peppers, if desired. Courtesy of Cathy Wilhelm

Courtesy of Courtney Street

Sausage Balls

Italian Spinach Dip

1 lb. mild sausage 2 (8 oz.) pkg. shredded cheddar cheese 1 1/2 c. Bisquick

1 cup mayonnaise 1 cup sour cream 1 envelope Good Season’s Italian Dressing Mix 1 (10-oz.) pkg. chopped spinach, thawed and well drained ½ cup red bell pepper, chopped 1 (8-oz.) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped (optional)

Mix well with hands. Form into small balls. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes and at 350 degrees for 5 minutes more to brown. Courtesy of Virginia Apperson

Mix well mayonnaise, sour cream, and Italian dressing mix. Add remaining ingredients. Cover & chill. Courtesy of Cathy Wilhelm

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Praline Bars 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar, divided 2 tsp. vanilla, divided 1 1/2 cups flour 2 eggs 2 pkgs. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup almond brickle chips 1/4 cup caramel or hot caramel ice cream topping Mix butter, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 tsp. vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour, mixing on low speed until blended. Press into bottom of 13- x 9-inch baking pan. Bake at 350°F for 20 to 23 minutes until lightly browned. Mix cream cheese, remaining sugar, and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs; mix well. Stir in chips. Pour over crust. Drop teaspoonfuls of caramel topping over cream cheese mixture. Gently run a knife through the batter to swirl the caramel topping. Bake for 30 minutes more. Cool in pan on wire rack. Refrigerate. Cut into bars. Courtesy of Cathy Wilhelm

Puppy Chow

Butterfinger Cookies

9 cups Chex cereal 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips ½ cup peanut butter ¼ cup butter or margarine 1 tsp. vanilla 1 ½ cups powdered sugar

1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour ¾ tsp. baking soda ¼ tsp. salt ¾ cup granulated sugar ½ cup butter or margarine, softened 1 large egg 1 cup (about three 2.1-oz. bars) coarsely chopped Butterfinger candy bars

Pour cereal into a large bowl, and set aside. In microwaveable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter uncovered on HIGH 1 minute. Stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon Ziploc bag. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. Courtesy of Abbey Hammond

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in small bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large mixing bowl until creamy. Beat in egg; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in Butterfinger pieces. Drop by slightly rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Courtesy of Cathy Wilhelm

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Homecoming Parade (above) Students enjoying Homecoming festivities (left & right)

Tigers win! (bottom left)

A 36-30 victory over Southern Miss was the perfect ending to this year’s Homecoming! Memphis’ record is now 4-5 overall & 2-3 in the conference.

Curtis Steele ran for 178 yards and two touchdowns. (left)

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FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE Study Day is Thursday, December 4; final exams begin on Friday, December 5. If you have class:

Then your final exam will be:

If you have class:

Then your final exam will be:

MWF, 6:50 a.m.

W, Dec 10, 7:00 - 9:00 a.m.

TR, 8:00 a.m.

T, Dec 9, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

MWF, 8:00 a.m.

F, Dec 5, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

TR, 9:40 a.m.

T, Dec 9, 10:30a - 12:30 p.m.

MWF, 9:10 a.m.

F, Dec 5, 10:30a - 12:30 p.m.

TR, 11:20 a.m.

R, Dec 11, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

MWF, 10:20 a.m.

M, Dec 8, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

TR, 1:00 p.m.

R, Dec 11, 10:30a - 12:30 p.m.

MWF, 11:30 a.m.

M, Dec 8, 10:30a - 12:30 p.m.

TR, 2:40 p.m.

T, Dec 9, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

MW, 12:40 p.m.

W, Dec 10, 10:00a – 12 noon

TR, 5:30 p.m.

R, Dec 11, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

MW, 2:20 p.m.

W, Dec 10, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

TR, 7:10 p.m.

T, Dec 9, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

TR, 8:50 p.m.

R, Dec 11, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

MW, 5:30 p.m.

W, Dec 10, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

S, 9:00 a.m.

S, Dec 6, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

MW, 7:10 p.m.

M, Dec 8, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

S, 1:00 p.m.

S, Dec 6, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

MW, 8:50 p.m.

W, Dec 10, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

U, 1:00 p.m.

U, Dec 7, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

KEY: M = Monday ~ T = Tuesday ~ W = Wednesday ~ R = Thursday ~ F = Friday ~ S = Saturday ~ U = Sunday


Graduate (Degree Seeking) & Post Baccalaureate: November 10, 2008 Seniors: November 11, 2008 Juniors: November 12, 2008 Sophomores: November 13, 2008 Freshmen: November 17, 2008 Non-Degree Seeking (Grad & Undergrad): November 19, 2008 PC191/TN Employees; Senior Citizens; Students w/ Disabilities: December 15, 2008

Winter Commencement—Saturday, December 13, 2008 at the FedEx Forum 10:00 a.m. - College of Arts & Sciences, College of Communication and Fine Arts, University College, Law, 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 Language Pathology, Doctoral Hoodings for these Colleges and Schools.

W H AT ’ S H A P P E N I N G

November / December 2008 11/04: Election Day. Barack Obama wins the Presidency! 11/04: Tiger Basketball v. CBU (Exhibition). FedEx Forum. 11/05: Wednesday Night Live: Javon Johnson. 8 p.m., Tiger Den. 11/06: Rebuilding Hope. 7 p.m., Panhellenic Ballroom. 11/11: Veteran’s Day.

Looking Ahead... Make sure to mark your Spring 2009 calendar with the following ACSS events!

First Day of Classes Thursday, January 15, 2009

11/15: SAC Cinema: Wall.E. 2 p.m., Johnson Auditorium.

Adult Scholarship Deadline Monday, March 2, 2009

11/15: Tiger Basketball v. Fairfield. FedEx Forum. 11/17: Tiger Basketball v. UMASS. FedEx Forum. 11/18: Kip Fulbeck. 7 p.m., Rose Theatre. 11/22: Memphis Football v. UCF. TBA, Liberty Bowl. 11/27: Thanksgiving. 11/27-11/28: Thanksgiving Break. University Closed. 11/29: Memphis Football v. Tulane. 1 p.m., Liberty Bowl. 12/02: Tiger Basketball v. Marist. FedEx Forum. 12/04: Last Day of Classes. 12/05-12/11: Final Exams.

Off-Campus Housing Information Fair: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 CSA Car Show Friday, March 27, 2009 Pinnacle Induction Ceremony Saturday, April 18, 2008

12/24: Christmas Eve. (Univ. closed Dec. 22—26) 12/25: Christmas Day.

Adult and Commuter Student Services


Director: Joy R. Stout 500 Wilder Tower 208 Brister Memphis, TN 38152

The mission of the Adult and 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

The Adult and Commuter Student Services office is located on The University of Memphis campus on the 5th floor of Wilder Tower. Our fall/spring semester 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.

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