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In This Issue: pg 2 Director’s Letter pg 3 Faculty Spotlight pg 4 Tigers Speak pg 5 CSA Welcome Week pg 6 Upcoming events

Volume 04 Issue 002 September 2013

Heather Hampton, office coordinator for Adult and Commuter Student Services, uses more online strategies for time management, such as task managers, electronic calendars and a website called Kanban flow (

Time management and prioritizing is one of the hardest things to do for a student, especially a college student. Trying to keep up with homework, exams, papers and other duties that students have can really be a challenge. Other times, deciding whether you want to party or hang out, rather than do homework or study, is a dilemma that many students face. While time management is very difficult, there are strategies that could make managing your time easier. Paddy Fitzgerald, Graduate assistant for Adult and Commuter student services, has many strategies that he uses to manage his time. “You have to prioritize; addressing the more pressing issues first and completing the most important tasks will help,” he said. Paddy also said getting good sleep and waking up early enough to get things done is important.

Heather says, “Kanbanflow is an online software that allows you to set a timer as you are doing tasks, and you take break intervals between a 30 minute time frame until you complete the task; when you’re done, the website allows you to mark the task as complete.” There are so many other resources that students can use to help improve their time management skills. Other students use mobile phone apps that have agendas, reminders and alarms that can help them be more organized and able to manage time wisely. Also, keeping a to-do list, setting goals and avoiding procrastination are all important for students to be successful in managing time during their college career. One always has time enough, if one will apply it well. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Seizing Opportunities can Create Successful Careers Welcome students to the University of Memphis. I hope that you enjoyed your summer break and that you’re excited, and ready to start a productive fall 2013 semester. I hope new students were able to attend New Student Convocation and the Registered Student Organization Fair. Also, we were so pleased to see all of the students who stopped by our free breakfast and information table during welcome week. If you live off campus please feel free to visit our office, University Center room 243, to learn more about ways you can get involved and to meet other commuters. Our office has many resources and services that are designed to ease your transition into college, as well as support you Academically, and socially as adult learners and commuter students. Joy Rogers Stout, Director Adult and Commuter Student Services Phone: 901-678-2644 E-mail:

Please take time out to read the Adult and Commuter Connection e-newsletter in its entirety—it includes information about Plug Into the Blue, upcoming events on campus and the faculty spotlight. Enjoy your 2013-2014 year, here at the U of M.


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 development through services and programs that foster lifelong learning.





ACSS CONNECTION September 2013


Getting to know our Faculty ACSS: What exactly is your role as the Associate dean of the University College? Irwin: I get to design a lot of programs for Adult students. We have online classes for experiential learning Credit where students have the opportunity to earn credits for personal experience. The average age of an ELC student Is 40 years old. ACSS: Do you get to interact with many students? Irwin: No, that was a sacrifice that I have made taking this role. I have always been student centered. I was in sports management for the University for 16 years starting in 1994. I then took this role as associate dean in 2010 and Now I don't get to interact with students as much.

Dr. Richard L. Irwin Associate Dean University College

ACSS: What do you love most about your role as Associate Dean? Irwin: I love that I get to do innovative and creative things. I get to design programs that are student friendly, and appeal to the adult student. One program that I am excited about is our competency based programs for the adult student. You earn your degree through demonstration of skills and knowledge in required subject areas through a series of carefully designed assessments. You’ll take tests, write papers, and complete assignments. ACSS: What advice can you give adult and commuter students? Irwin: Adult students have a lot on their plate. Pride, enthusiasm and being a little selfish is important. It’s a roller coaster and we understand that, but it is important that students follow their passion and are persistent.

What would you like to see featured in the Adult & Commuter Connection? Contact the ghoul-in-charge, Jessica Rainer, at

For inquiries about the Experiential Learning Credit, call Victoria Lee 901-678-4754


ACSS CONNECTION September 2013

TIGERS SPEAK Ezra is “completely stoked” about his first year at the

Ezra Matthews | Freshman Journalism

University of Memphis. He said that he loves that everyone on campus is friendly and willing to help. “You can be yourself here more than anywhere else; and the professors are awesome,” Ezra said.

Jasmine is a graduate assistant for the Criminal Justice department and that she is most excited about taking classes outside of her major this semester, and expanding her knowledge on different subjects other than criminal justice. Jasmine Newsom | Graduate Student Criminal Justice

Steve is most excited about graduating this December. He said one thing he loves about the University is that some of the professors are the best.

Steve Savoy | Senior Biology

Share your thoughts about campus and life as a commuter or adult student. Use #UMcommuter on Facebook or Twitter.


ACSS CONNECTION September 2013

ACSS kicked off the school year by greeting students with free breakfast and inviting them to the annual ice cream social


ACSS CONNECTION September 2013





! TIGER 2013 Football Schedule


Opponent / Event



vs. Duke

Liberty Bowl 3:30 p.m. CT Memorial Stadium


at Middle Tennes- Murfreesboro, Tenn. see


vs. Arkansas State

Liberty Bowl TBA Memorial Stadium


vs. UCF *

Liberty Bowl TBA Memorial Stadium


at Houston *

Houston, Texas


vs. SMU *

Liberty Bowl TBA Memorial Stadium


vs. Cincinnati *

Liberty Bowl 7:00 p.m. CT Memorial Stadium


vs. TennesseeMartin

Liberty Bowl TBA Memorial Stadium


at USF *

Tampa, Fla.



at Louisville *

Louisville, Ky.



vs. Temple *

Liberty Bowl TBA Memorial Stadium


at Connecticut *

East Hartford, Conn.


Social Media Etiquette Seminar

6:00 p.m. CT

11:00 a.m. CT

SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 12:40 pm—2:05 pm Meeman Journalism Bldg. Room 100


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

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Sept2013 Adult and Commuter Connection  
Sept2013 Adult and Commuter Connection  

A newsletter by the Adult and Commuter Student Services at the University of Memphis. Includes, story about time management, faculty spotlig...