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ISSUE 7 - VOL 1 - AUG/SEPT 2011


Adult & Commuter Connection

INSIDE: ACSS’s Warm Welcome for Students • P.2 The Spotlight • P.3 Event Calendar • P.4 First Year Tips• P.6

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ROCK and ROLL with Adult & Commuter TEN YEARS OF SERVICE Student Services!

COME VISIT US! RM 243 in the University Center In the Student Involvement Zone

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ACSS’s Welcomes Students in a BIG Way

Adult and Commuter Student Services (ACSS) gave students a heart-felt welcome during the first week of classes with the “Start Your Day with Us” and the “Commuter Chill-Out” ice cream social events. Commuter students coming from Walker Ave. and Central Ave. were greeted Monday through Thursday with water, cereal bars, and even breakfast sandwiches! Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Rosie Bingham and the Dean of Students, Dr. Petersen, also joined in on the fun. They both took time to shake hands and welcome all the friendly faces. On Friday, students received free ice cream sundaes featuring an array of toppings. They also had a chance to tour the ACSS office. Talk about a way to beat the heat and celebrate surviving the first week of classes.

A Moment with the Director

Let’s Usher in a New School Year! Adult and Commuter Student Services is delighted you have chosen to pursue your educational endeavors at the University of Memphis! We hope that your summer was filled with fun, cool temperatures, and plenty of relaxation and now you are ready to kick off the 2011-2012 school year. If you are a new student, we want to make sure you achieve academic success. Please adhere to what you learned during the New Student Convocation and take time to read our tips for surviving your first semester of college in this month’s e-newsletter. For returning students, we are glad that you are back and we ask that you take advantage of the academic ser



vices the university provides in order for you to continue to make the grade. We were also thrilled to meet many adult learners and commuter students at the “Start Your Day with Us” event and the “Commuter Chill-Out.” We encourage you to continue to visit with us in room 243 in the UC. From training seminars to our two student organizations, the Commuter Student Association and the Adult Student Association, our office provides ways for you to enjoy the college experience outside of the classroom. We wish you much success this school year and we look forward to seeing you! Contact Information: Joy Rogers Stout Sincerely, Director of Adult and Commuter Student Services Joy Stout Voice: 901-678-2644


Meet the ASA and CSA Presidents

Jason McLemore, ASA President 2011-2012

Jason McLemore is a lot like other adult students. If you asked him if he constantly has to juggle multiple tasks, he would reply, “yes.” If you asked him if he ever had to make a big career change, he would say, “that’s why I’m at the university.” If you asked him if he has ever been faced with a difficult challenge surrounding being an adult learner he would respond, “of course.” All these experiences makes the senior Nursing student a great fit for leadership within the Adult Student Association. McLemore truly sees the potential in the organization. “I am excited about being president because I am seeing the benefit of being involved on campus and I want to share this message with other adult students,” McLemore said. Along with sharing that message, he wants to make sure he grows the organization in new ways. “I would love to see our number of members increase,” McLemore said. “ I think that once people understand the benefit of what we do, they see how important this community is.”

Holly Standford, CSA President 2011-2012

Holly Stanford bleeds blue. You could say from the time she was born, she knew where she would go to college . “For me, there was no other option than to become a Memphis Tiger,” Stanford said. “I went to my first Tiger football game when I was just 2 weeks old!” The Memphis Tiger spirit that lives within the senior Business Management student is what drives her to take on campus leadership roles like her new position as president of the Commuter Student Association. “I’ve been very involved in school with different organizations and philanthropies,” Stanford said. “The CSA has always held a place in my heart. As president, I’m excited to express my passion for commuter students and help get them involved and integrated into our campus.”

So just how does Stanford plan to get them involved? Well, as someone who knows first hand the challenges commuter students face, she has some insight on what will be the best plan of action.

One way he plans to build awareness of ASA is to do more community related projects around the city. This kind of service to others has always been a part of his motivation for success.

“As a commuter, it is really up to us to step out of our box to make friends, interact with peers, go to events, and find out what’s going on,” Stanford said. “The CSA wants to make sure commuters have information about what’s going on around campus. CSA wants to connect with other student organizations and continue to provide e-mails and flyers to commuters about campus activities.”

‘I have been called the Motivational Machine by my coworkers,” McLemore said. “Service to others and being helpful is a driving force in my dedication to succeed.”

So in between your busy schedules as a commuter student, come seek out Stanford. She will be sure to keep you connected.

The kind of ambition and commitment to others McLemore has speaks volumes. It also reveals that for the 2011-2012 school year, the ASA is definitely in good hands.




Last Day of Regular Registration:

Drop/Refund Deadlines Visit the Bursar's website for 100%, 75%, and 25% Refund Deadlines.

FULL: August 26, 2011 1ST: August 26, 2011 2ND: October 18, 2011

Drops on or after this Date Receive "W" Grades:

RODP: August 26, 2011

FULL: September 10, 2011

Late Registration - $100 Late Registration Fee:

Last Day to Drop a Class - No refund and W

1ST: September 10, 2011

FULL: October 21, 2011

2ND: November 2, 2011 FULL: August 27 - September 1, 2011 1ST: August 27-30, 2011

1ST: September 19, 2011

RODP: September 10, 2011

2ND: November 12, 2011 RODP: October 21, 2011

Class Meetings, Breaks, & Final Exams

2ND: October 19-20, 2011 RODP: August 27 - September 1, 2011

Labor Day Holiday (All University Offices CLOSED): September 5, 2011

Classes Begin: FULL: August 27, 2011 1ST: August 27, 2011

Last Day to Add or Change Sections: FULL: September 1, 2011

Fall Break (Saturday - Tuesday):

2ND: October 19, 2011 RODP: August 27, 2011

1ST: August 30, 2011

FULL: October 15-18, 2011 1ST: n/a

2ND: October 20, 2011 RODP: September 1, 2011

Thanksgiving Break (Thursday Sunday; All University Offices CLOSED): FULL: November 24-27, 2011

2ND: n/a RODP: October 15-18, 2011 Classes End: FULL: December 7, 2011

1ST: n/a


RODP: November 24-27, 2011

thursday, SEPT 15, 2011 11:20 am-12:45 pm UNIVERSITY CENTER RM 300 Students will receive information about staying safe on campus and learn how to protect themselves while off campus Presenter: Marco Anderson, U of M Police Department  


1ST: October 14, 2011

2ND: November 24-27, 2011


2ND: December 7, 2011 RODP: December 7, 2011

Study Day - (Full Term - Classes do not meet): December 8, 2011 FULL: View Online Schedule Final Exams: 1ST: October 14, 2011 OR last class meeting 2ND: December 7, 2011 OR last class meeting RODP: Refer to your course syllabus.

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Tips on How to Be A Commuter-Friendly Faculty Member



Schedule office hours close to class times and offer options to schedule meetings outside of office hours if needed.


Consider providing in-class time for students to work on group projects. Coordinating schedules of several students whose work and other responsibilities conflict can be difficult and stressful.


Use care in scheduling review sessions. Commuter students may not be able to attend at times that do not coincide with their normal schedule. Avoid last-minute scheduling or time changes.

vs. Ole Miss 7:00 PM - Mike Rose Complex

Distribute class rosters that include telephone numbers and e-mail addresses so students may easily contact classmates. Include telephone numbers complete with area code.





Notify students of research and job opportunities in your department and college. Hire commuter students.


Include inclement weather policy on the syllabus. Tell students how you will inform them when you cancel class and encourage them to sign up for TigerText.


Use technology to communicate with students including e-mail, blogs, e-courseware, Twitter and Facebook.


Take a commuter student to lunch; offer to serve as a mentor.


Remember that commuter students use many forms of transportation to campus, some of which they do not control. Fixed public transportation schedules, reliance on others for rides, and car problems can cause last-minute delays or absence.

10. Be aware that many commuter students have children. Inform them of the University’s childcare resources and refer them to the U of M Child Development Center:

SEPT 20 Women’s Volleyball

Women’s Soccer

vs. UAB 7:00 PM - Fieldhouse SEPT 23 Women’s Volleyball

vs. East Carolina 7:00 PM - Fieldhouse

Women’s Soccer

vs. Charlotte 2:00 PM - Mike Rose Complex

SEPT 25 Women’s Volleyball

vs. Marshall SEPT 17 1:00 PM - Fieldhouse Football vs. Austin Peay SEPT 27-30 6:00 PM - The Liberty Bowl Tiger Open All day

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

Recreation Center Hours Monday– Thursday: 6:30am10:30pm Friday 6:30am-9:30pm Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 1pm-6pm


SEPT 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rose Theatre TIMOTHY SHIU, VIOLIN

SEPT 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Harris Concert Hall SAC CINEMA:

SEPT 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in UC Theatre POUNCER PARTY:

SEPT 22 from 9:00 p.m. to 12 a.m. in the UC Ballroom


SEPT 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Theatre FACULTY JAZZ PLAYERS:

SEPT 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Harris Concert Hall CENTENNIAL CONCERT w / AARON NEVILLE:

SEPT 30 at 8:00 p.m. at the Cannon Center



How to Survive Your First Semester of College Entering your first semester college you can feel a variety of emotions. You will undoubtedly face new challenges, but these few tips and tricks will help you prepare for the exciting ride.

SET YOUR SCHEDULE. Once you have selected your classes for the semester, grab a planner and make a schedule. Be sure to add in class, study, and fun time to your calendar. BE HEALTHY. This may not seem extremely important, but your diet can affect your overall well-being. You will be studying a lot more and in order to be alert you should pick healthy foods and take a little time to exercise. A healthy you is a happy you. BE SAFE. You may spend a lot of time on campus, including late nights. Remember to always be aware of your surroundings and don’t be afraid to contact campus security if you ever feel uncomfortable. ASK FOR HELP. U of M offers an abundance of services from counseling to subject tutoring. If you are struggling with anything, don’t be afraid to ask for help. The ACSS is even here to point you in the right direction.

Commuter Student Association Events Sept 7– General Body Meeting 4-5pm River Rm Sept 7– Group Outing to See Step Afrika –7pm– Rose Theatre To learn more about our events or to join CSA visit our website!

Adult Student Association Events Everything (Really?) Adults Want to Know Sept 13– 4-5:30pm Poplar Room (UC 308) WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 12:40-2:05pm Speaker: Dr. Barbara Bekis of ESPUC 261 RECEIVE TIPS ON PROTECTING YOUR PERTo SONAL learn more about our events orAVOIDING to join ASABEvisit INFORMATION AND our website! COMING A VICTIM OF ONLINE IDENTITY THEFT.

GET INVOLVED. One of the best aspects of college is that you get to try new things and meet new people. U of M student affairs offers an abundance of leadership opportunities from volunteering to going Greek. Take a little time to research and see what opportunities may be of interest to you. REMEMBER YOU ARE A STUDENT. You may find yourself enjoying university life so much that your classes become a side item. Remember in order to continue to enjoy what you like about college life so much, you have to make the grades to stay there. CHANGE IS OKAY. After your first semester, you will probably realize you are not the same person you were when you entered college. Be prepared for your schedule to change, the friends you have to change, and your perspective on things to change. Embrace it. Adapted from

ACSS FUTURE EVENTS Fall 2011 Training Seminars- Mark your calendar and make plans to attend our fall 2011 training seminars. Cyber-bullying - Tues. Oct. 11 from 9:40 - 11:05 a.m. in UC 300 Social Media and Privacy - Tues. Nov. 15 from 9:40 - 11:05 a.m. in UC 300 Social Media and Privacy - Wed. Nov. 16 from 12:40 - 2:05 p.m. in UC 300



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 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

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