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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
UT Parents Association

May 20, 2015


A Reminder about FERPA

The University of Tennessee adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), which protects students' academic records from being disclosed without prior student consent. Click here to read more about FERPA.

FERPA also protects student financial as well as disciplinary records. Students can grant parents (and other third parties) a FERPA release for any or all types of FERPA. Students may allow access to information about their academic and financial records by visiting MyUTK (http://myutk.utk.edu/) to complete the appropriate consent forms. Disciplinary records can be released only if a FERPA release is completed through the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards.


Fall 2015 Registration Reminder

Registration for fall 2015 classes is available in MyUTK. Encourage your student to register as soon as possible. Registering early dramatically increases the likelihood of getting into the classes that your student needs at the most convenient to them. If your student has questions about courses to take, their advisor will be happy to discuss plans and options. Assigned advisors are listed in MyUTK. If your student has questions about the registration process, financial aid, or other issues keeping him or her from registering, encourage him or her to contact One Stop at 865-974-1111 or onestop@utk.edu.

Summer Service Opportunities

If your student is staying in Knoxville this summer, encourage him or her to get involved with the summer service opportunities through the Center for Leadership & Service. Opportunities to serve include:

Kindred Health

Kindred Health needs volunteers to help with bingo for elderly residents every Friday from 2:15-4:00 PM. They are located at 3300 North Broadway, at Northhaven Health Care. Encourage your student to contact Bret Mize at bretley.mize@kindred.com to sign up to volunteer.

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

Children’s Hospital needs volunteers to help set up the course for Slide The City event. The setup time will take place on Saturday, June 20 from 6:00-11:00AM. They are located at 500 Howard Baker Junior Avenue.

RecSports Summer Access

The Tennessee Recreational Center for Students (TRECS) is open and available to all students during the summer months. Students enrolled full-time in summer classes at UT can take advantage of the TRECS facility and Student Aquatic Center at no additional charge. Students on and around campus but not enrolled full-time in summer classes at UT can purchase a RecSports summer membership for $70. A summer membership is valid now through August 16. For more information click here.

Conversations to Have with Your Student this Summer

The summer is an excellent time to discuss a variety of topics with your student to prepare them for next fall and beyond. Conversations about degree progression, internships and practical experience, and even post-graduation plans are all critical to your student’s success. This summer, the weekly emails will highlight some helpful conversation tips.

Setting & Achieving Goals

Setting and achieving attainable goals is key to being successful in college. Make sure you talk to your student about the things he or she wants to accomplish, both in the short-term and long-term. Encourage your student to make specific, measurable short-term goals so they know when they have reached them.

Summer Spending & Savings

Not only can your student attend classes this summer, but he or she can also enjoy more free time. Having conversations with your student about finances, spending, and savings are essential in their collegiate journey. Encourage your student to look at and create a budget for the upcoming academic year to have a plan for the months ahead.

Campus News & Information

Medical Humanities: Stories of Healing

On Thursday, May 21 from 5:00-6:00PM, the UT Medical Center will be hosting their Medical Humanities series. This series will focus on the stories of patients, physicians, and other care providers in order to help us find meaning in the triumphs and tragedies of death, birth, injury, illness, and healing. This event is open to the public. For additional information, please contact Dr. Annette Mendola (mendola@utk.edu).

UT Farmers Market

The 2015 UT Farmers Market will be held Wednesday’s from 4:00-7:00 PM beginning on May 13 at the UT Gardens on Neyland Drive (mailing address 2518 Jacob Drive) through October 21, 2015. Fresh produce, local food, entertainment, children's events, educational information and more! Contact Jeff Martin (jmarti90@utk.edu) for additional information.


Important Dates from the Annual Parent Calendar
  • May 25: Memorial Day Holiday, University Closed
  • May 27: Mini-session courses end
  • June 1: Summer 2015 Courses Begin (Full and First Session)
  • August 6: Summer 2015 Courses End (Full and Second Session)
  • August 19: Fall 2015 Courses Begin (Full and First Session)
  • September 7: Labor Day (No Classes)
  • October 15-16: Fall Break (No Classes)
  • November 26-27: Thanksgiving Break (No Classes)
  • December 1: Fall Classes End

UT Parents Association
The University of Tennessee
412 Student Services Building | Knoxville, TN 37996
E-mail: parents@utk.edu | Web: http://parents.utk.edu
Phone: 865.974.4546

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