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NO V/ DE C 2010

Adult & Commuter Connection

The University of Memphis Child Development Center A learning environment for your child while you reach your educational goals Small smiling faces and echoes of tiny laughter greet parents as they walk into the University of Memphis child development center. The atmosphere quickly reveals you’ve entered a place where young minds are being nurtured. Margaret Scott, manager of the University of Memphis child development center, points out the center is geared towards teaching children and assisting student parents in the process. “One parent or guardian must be a student enrolled at the University of Memphis,” Scott said. “It doesn’t really matter the number of classes they are taking, they can be full-time or part-time. We are just here to provide child care so these students can finish their degrees.” Another unique trait of the center is parents pay on an hourly basis. They also

choose the number of hours their children spend at the center. “We try to design a program that fits their needs, is cost-effective, and gives them more opportunity to spend time with their children,” Scott said. Scott is also proud of the program’s curriculum and the center’s staff. “We have a music teacher that comes in twice a week and they work with all my ages. And I know one of my evening staff [members] is teaching foreign languages.” Amanda Thweatt, a teacher at the center with a master’s in education, has worked at the center a little over a year. She enjoys the environment and the children she works with daily. “I like the small staff,” Thweatt said, “and these children are our future. They just want to learn and be actively involved.”

For student parents who are interested in learning more about the center, Scott invites you to stop by. “Anybody can come and view us and we would be the same, day in and day out,” Scott said. “We are a three star state rated and nationally accredited program. When the children walk into our door they will find a warm, caring staff. I think the children are very happy here.” The center offers child care for ages thirty months to twelve years from 9p.m. Mon-Thurs. Friday it closes at 4:30pm. For more info visit or call (901) 678-5059.


Administration, Faculty, and Students Shining Brightly

Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Dr. Stephen Petersen, may be new to this university, but a passion for student life has always been a part of his story in some way. Armed with an energetic demeanor and an esteemed staff, Petersen is now ready to touch the everyday lives of students at the University of Memphis.

ered working with students could be a career. “I studied languages. I wanted to be an [foreign] ambassador,” Petersen said. “I Dr. Stephen Petersen sits in his corner held several relevantly significant leaderoffice taking in a breath-taking view of ship roles and I didn’t even know about the University of Memphis campus. student affairs kind of work..When I was As he watches students move about the introduced to the field of higher education campus from his window, he’s delighted as a career, I was like I think I’m going to about his opportunity to help each of them try that.” become life-long learners and to be an ambassador for the University of MemGood thing he tried it. As the new Dean phis. of Students, he is now able to guide stu“I’ve worked in higher education my dent life at the University of Memphis and whole life, and for most of that time I’ve work with offices unique to this campus, worked in student affairs,” Petersen said. like Adult and Commuter Student Ser“I was excited about coming to Memphis vices. because it returned me to my roots. I am back to doing student affairs work which “I personally love what the office stands is thrilling for me.” for because it addresses the needs of a whole array of students who sometimes The seeds that grew those roots in higher gets marginalized at some institutions,” education administration were planted by Petersen said. “I am excited about being advisors during his undergraduate studies. here because this place recognizes that Like many college students, he had a bit segment of the student population and of a different career path in mind, but cares enough to provide an office to supthrough his campus leadership he discov- port them.”

For Petersen, his passion for student affairs is about helping both traditional and non-traditional aged students build skills they can carry with them throughout their lives. “We really are in the business of preparing people for the rest of their lives. [Through student life] they are learning interpersonal skills. They are learning social dynamics. Those are life skills. Those are not just college skills,” Petersen said. When asked to share what he believes is the best thing about being at the University of Memphis, Petersen smiles and then gazes back out the window. “You mean apart from this view?” Petersen said. He laughs gently and then finishes. “I say that teasingly but what a magnificent place to work. It’s easy to work here because it’s a refreshingly beautiful campus, but the most important thing, it’s the people.”

The Educational Support Program: Helping you Achieve Academic Success As an adult, commuter, or a transfer student, it is sometimes difficult to find your niche on campus because of the busy lives you lead. Let the Educational Support Program (ESP) help by addressing any academic deficiencies, organizing your study skills, and assisting with your academic expectations. ESP offers academic guidance and tutoring assistance for students at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The program addresses all content taught at the University of Memphis or within the University College. Tutors are located in seven different ESP offices around campus and they help students build stronger skills in areas such as writing, business, math, and science to name a few. The newest service ESP offers is a program targeting students who receive a grade of 79 or below on a class assignment. This service reviews the class objectives, students’ abilities are explored, and recommendations are made. A&C

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To obtain assistance with a grade 79 or below, make an appointment with the Academic Enhancement Center by sending an email to In the email, include the subject you need help with, along with your name, your UUID, a telephone number, and three dates and times for potential appointments. Don’t let the stress brought on by a difficult class effect your overall outlook on reaching your educational goals. Take charge of your academic challenges and allow ESP to help you “learn how to learn.” For more information about ESP and the programs they provide, visit or contact M. Elaine Wilkins, Learning Specialist at 901-678-5226. Source: Info was submitted and co-written by M. Elaine Wilkins

2011-2012 Adult Scholarship has Arrived! The Adult Scholarship Program is designed to help adult students reach their educational goals. This highly competitive, renewable scholarship is $5,500 per year for full-time students and $3,000 per year for part-time students. The award is given annually to a limited number of students. Students meeting the following criteria are encouraged to apply. Eligibility Criteria: 1. In-state and out-of-state undergraduate students are eligible. 2. Must be pursuing first undergraduate degree to be eligible. 3. Students must reach their 25th birthday by August 1st of application year. 4. Current students must have a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. and new students must meet Adult Admission requirements to be considered for selection. 5. Part-time students must complete a minimum of 6 hours and full-time students must complete a minimum of 12 hours per semester. 6. Preference given to students who do not already have a scholarship.

Renewal Requirements: 1. Renewable for up to eight full time or equivalent part-time semesters. 2. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. 3. Completion of Service hours: 150 hours per academic year for full-time students and 75 hours per academic year for part -time students. 4. Become an active member of the Adult Student Association (ASA) prior to the start of fall classes. 5. Actively participate in the Adult Scholarship Mentoring Program during your first year on the scholarship. Scholarship applications are available now. The deadline is March 1, 2011. To learn more, visit our website at

A Moment with the Director

End of a Semester, Start of a New Year The end of the semester is around the corner and the holidays are quickly approaching. I hope the semester has been a success so far, and you truly feel like a dreamer, thinker, and doer.

If you begin to feel overwhelmed as finals approach, attend our stress management workshop on November 18. The workshop will offer great ideas for combating stress and provide some relaxation techniques.

In closing, I hope you took the time to let your voice be heard through voting in the Decision 2010 elections. One This month’s newsletter is full of information from how to vote can make a difference. prepare for the busiest time of the year to highlighting campus resources geared toward enriching your university And last but certainly not least, let’s all welcome our new experience. Dean of Students, Dr. Stephen Petersen. His commitment to students is sure to impact the UniverIt is our desire that students visit the child development sity of Memphis in a positive way and we are happy to center, if child care is a need. The welcoming atmosphere have him with us. and affordability of the services could be a good fit for you and your child. Good luck to each of you on your final exams, enjoy the well-deserved time off, and prepare to enter a happy new To get ready for final exams, look at the final exam sched- year. ule and speak with your class instructors about testing Contact Information times. Once your test times are confirmed, plan out study Sincerely, Joy Rogers Stout schedules for each exam. Also, please visit Adult and Joy Stout Director, Adult and ComCommuter Student Services in RM 243 in the UC, if you muter Student Services The University of Memphis are looking for a quiet study area, computer space, or just 243 University Center a cup of coffee during a much needed study break. Voice: (901) 678-2644 E-mail:

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The turkey is gone and the tree has been trimmed, so there is only one thing left to do the day after Thanksgiving… SHOP! Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year and knowing how to navigate the day can save you time and money. These quick tips are sure to make your Black Friday shopping trip a success. Take a nap. If you are serious about saving money, you will until 11 a.m.and with no "rain checks," which means once probably be shopping from 12:01 a.m.on Friday until late they run out of the products, you are out of luck. that morning. So take advantage of that big sleep-inducing Beat the Crowds with Night Owl Discounts on Thanksgiving dinner and take a nap Thanksgiving. Many retailers will be so you can have energy to find the posting their Black Friday specials, which deals. can be ordered online and picked-up at your local store. Special "Web only" deals will Check Out the Ads. This will be also be available starting as early as your number one source to local Thanksgiving eve. Black Friday savings. The ads will also help your schedule your day and Save the malls for last. Most malls in maximize your savings by Memphis are not going to open any earlier determining which stores have the than usual on Black Friday. The exception to best deals during certain hours. this is the anchor stores. Macy's and Sears may, at their discretion, open earlier than the Do Your Research Before Friday. If malls. you are hoping to scoop up a deal on a big-ticket item, go ahead and get your research out of the way as soon as Ask for Gift Receipts. Gift receipts generally include a possible. A bad product is a bad deal no matter how cheap it description of the item purchased but do not disclose the costs. price paid. Including gift receipts inside the gift box will Look for Early Bird Shopper Discounts. Stores offering make returns or exchanges easier for the gift recipient. early-day shopper specials usually run the deals from 5 a.m. Source:

The city of Memphis offers a host of holiday events, November through December. This season, check out these local events and enjoy the magic of the season.

Cost: $20 per car, $35 for shuttles, Nov. 19 through Jan. 30 on select days $50 for minibuses, and $150 for motor The Enchanted Forest Festival of coaches daily and nightly Trees Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. / Zoo This fairy tale-like forest of glittering hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. lights will dazzle the young and young Elvis Presley’s Graceland HoliIce skating admission: $6 includes -at-heart. day Lighting Ceremony skate rental / $5 owner of skates November 20 - December 31, 2010 at Zoo admission fees also apply. November 19, 2010 the Pink Palace Museum Highlighting the 2010 lighting cereMonday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. mony will be Lee DeWyze, winner of Sunday: noon - 5 p.m. the ninth season of "American Idol.” Cost: Adult: $5, Seniors: $4, Children Starry Nights 2010 The public is welcome to attend the A festival of lights in Shelby Farms ages 3 -12: $4 free lighting event. Regular paid November 26-January 1 tours of Graceland will operate the Monday-Thursday–6pm-10pm day of the lighting ceremony from 10 Friday-Sunday–6pm-11pm Mondays are closed for Run, Walk & a.m. to 6 p.m. Ride the Starry Nights

Memphis Zoo on Ice


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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY MOVIE? << I love all the claymation Christmas movies. The songs never get old and the stories always have a good moral. ~Andrea Barbour, Graduate Student, City Planning

<< The Santa Clause. It’s just plain funny and I love Tim Allen. ~Jason Weber, Sophomore, Marketing

<< This is the one where Santa breaks his leg. Fred becomes Santa for the night and Barney becomes his elf. I watch it every time.~ Aaron Keith, Senior, Healthcare Administration and Organizational Leadership

<< You have to love A Christmas Story. It’s all about family. ~Christian Dean, Junior, Criminal Justice

For a list of other great holiday movies to check out this season, visit and enter holiday movies in the keyword search.

<< Scrooged because I like the fact he can see people talking about him and then he changes. ~Victoria Henderson, Junior, Psychology

Nothing makes the holidays more festive than great food and drinks. Try to find all 30 holiday cuisine and beverage words in the puzzle. Then whip up some holiday treats of your own by visiting recipe websites like or



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YOUR EXAM WILL BE W, Dec 15, 7:00 - 9:00a F, Dec 10, 8:00 - 10:00a F, Dec 10, 10:30a - 12:30p M, Dec 13, 8:00 - 10:00a W, Dec 15, 10:00a - 12pm W, Dec 15, 1:00 - 3:00p W, Dec 15, 5:30 - 7:30p M, Dec 13, 7:00 - 9:00p W, Dec 15, 8:00 - 10:00p YOUR EXAM WILL BE T, Dec 14, 8:00 - 10:00a T, Dec 14, 10:30a -12:30p R, Dec 16, 8:00 - 10:00a R, Dec 16,10:30a -12:30p T, Dec 14, 1:00 - 3:00p R, Dec 16, 5:30 - 7:30p T, Dec 14, 7:00 - 9:00p R, Dec 16, 8:00 - 10:00p

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Study Day: Thursday, December 9 Exam Period: Friday, December 10 through Thursday, December 16 Please consult your syllabus and verify your final exam dates with your instructor. GOOD LUCK!!!

Fine Arts Events:


Sound Fuzion Nov 5 at 7:30p.m. in the Harris Concert Hall The Comedy of Errors– A Wacky Classic by Shakespeare Nov 11-13 & Nov 18-20 at 8:00p.m. in Theatre and Communications

Go Tigers, Go!

Edges: A New Musical Dec 3-4 at 8:00p.m. in Theatre and Communications Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music Annual Holiday Concert Dec 8 at 12:30p.m. in the Harris Concert Hall




Men’s Basketball vs. Western Kentucky

vs. Tennessee 7:00 PM - Memphis, TN

The Art Museum at University of Memphis Mon-Sat from 9:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to view on-going exhibits

DEC 19

NOV 12 Women’s Basketball

Student Health Center Hours Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays: 8am - 6:00pm & Tuesdays from 9am - 6:00pm

Around Campus:

Wednesday Night Live, Comedy of Tig Notaro Nov 3 at 8:00p.m. in the UC River Room Sending Our Thanks to the Troops Nov 10 from 11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. in the University Center Service on Saturday Nov 13 from 8:00a.m. to 2:00p.m in rm 220 in Brister Hall Taste of Culture Nov 17 at 11:30 a.m. in the University Center


vs. North Carolina A&T 2:00 PM– Fieldhouse

NOV 23

DEC 23

vs. Tennessee-Martin 7:00 PM - FedEx Forum NOV 27 Football vs. UCF 11:00 AM –Memphis, TN

7:00PM - FedEx Forum DEC 31 Women’s Basketball vs. Jackson State

12:00PM - Fieldhouse

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

. Stress can be brought on just thinking about upcoming situations that may bring on stress. If you're stressed out, admit it and figure out how to handle it. Focusing on it will only make things seem worse.

Everyone understands that sometimes things get tough. Don’t be afraid to vent to friends or even talk with a counselor who can give you a little guidance on how to balance.

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Men’s Basketball vs. Georgetown

NOV 27 Women’s Volleyball vs. UAB 7:00 PM –Fieldhouse

. If you’re preparing to study you need healthy foods to sustain your body and power up your mind. Try grabbing fruits and veggies. Also, taking a short walk can revive you and help clear your mind.


Women’s Basketball

vs. Missouri 5:00 PM - FedEx Forum

Men’s Basketball

Friday Film Series Every Friday from 7:00p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the UC Theatre

7:00PM - FedEx Forum

Imagine yourself getting the best grades on your final exams. Think about the wonderful time you will have with friends and family at the end of the semester. Thinking positively is a definite way to avoid stress.

BOO AND GRAY HOMECOMING 2010 The University of Memphis showed their Tiger spirit during the Boo and Gray homecoming celebration. Homecoming festivities included the annual homecoming parade, step shows, and a football face-off between the Memphis Tigers and the Houston Cougars. On Oct. 29, CSA joined in on the excitement by participating in the parade. Driving a brightly decorated white jeep and wearing CSA t-shirts, the group passed out candy to on-lookers and got the crowd energized. The homecoming events wrapped up on Oct. 30 with the football game and the crowning of a new Mr. and Ms. U of M. Seniors Catherine Gianella and James Johnson were given the coveted title. The university is looking forward to another great homecoming celebration in the fall of 2011.

Connect: Nov. 6– Memphis v. Tenn Football Game Meet in the UC Lobby at 5:15 to carpool if needed. Nov. 11– General Mtg, 3pm, UC Ballroom Lobby C Visit us at:

Nov. 12– Financial Planning Seminar 11:30am ACSS Office RM 243, UC Involvement Zone Presenter: Cynthia Hampton, Financial Specialist Visit us at:

Got comments about the Adult & Commuter Connection? E-mail us at:



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, Room 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.


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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

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