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Welcome back to campus! You have completed your first semester at the University of Minnesota, it is now time to start thinking about your goals for spring term. The Class of 2013 Newsletter will inform you about resources and opportunities to help you reach your goals this semester while having a smooth first-year experience.

If you are a new first-year student at the University of Minnesota this is your first Class of 2013 Newsletter. You will be emailed this semester approximately once a month, informing you of important dates, hot topics and resources that will help you succeed at the University of Minnesota.

Your Academics

Classroom and Campus Accommodations
Did you notice you needed more time to take a test last semester? Did you break a leg over break? If you think you might need accommodations contact Disability Services. Accommodations may include assistance needed in the classroom setting, course materials and mobility needs. For more information please visit the Disability Services web site at www.ds.umn.edu.

Get Personal Academic Assistance Training
Start out on the right foot this semester! Most students find the academic demands of the U very challenging, even students who have excellent high school grades. Student Academic Success Services (SASS) helps students bring their academic abilities up to a University level of competence. Any student can get personalized academic assistance by contacting University Counseling & Consulting Services.

Managing your Assignments
If improving time management is one of your goals for 2010, check out the Assignment Calculator on the University of Minnesota Libraries website. If you enter the day your paper is due and the subject of your paper, the calculator will give you a timeline to use. You can even sign up to receive email reminders to keep you on track! Remember to use this as soon as you get your assignment so that you do not fall behind on your paper!

Technology help at OIT Tech Stop
Tech Stop is your first point of contact for computer, Internet, and campus telephone support. Walk-in help for these and many other technology issues is available at the Office of Information Technology's Tech Stop in Coffman Union.

Academic Calendar
Get ready for 2010! Did you know an academic calendar exists to help you stay on track with important University dates and deadlines? Go to One Stop to view the academic calendar, including cancel/add & refund deadlines, and final exam schedules.

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It’s Time to start Planning Your Summer Abroad
As the winter drags on, take time to plan for an enriching summer abroad. It won't disrupt your four-year plan and the Learning Abroad Center has options all around the world. Check out your options.

Finances

Tax Forms Available on Campus
You can stop at any campus library to pick up your tax forms or you can visit the IRS online. Remember to file your taxes early so you can fill out your 2010-2011 FAFSA now available on.

Did someone tell you to get a 1098T form to file with your taxes? 1098T tax statements for 2009 will be mailed at the end of January. This statement reports the amount of qualified tuition and related expenses that were billed during the 2009 calendar year. If you have questions about your eligibility for education tax benefits, please consult a tax adviser, the IRS, or the One Stop web site. One Stop Counselors do not render personal tax advice.

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Apply for scholarships
Now is a great time to search for scholarships for the current and upcoming terms. Go to the university’s Scholarship Search to view an individualized list of scholarships for which you may be able to apply. Brief scholarship descriptions, and links to where you can learn more are provided. Be sure to check your matches throughout the year.

Find a Job on Campus
Short on cash? Work on campus! Look for a part time job on campus that works with your class schedule. For more information, to view available jobs, or to fill out an application you can get started at the Office of Human Resources Website.

Renter's Forums
Thinking of renting an apartment? Know what your rights and responsibilities are BEFORE you sign a lease. Renter’s Forums will address issues and concerns student renters must be aware of before they rent, including community involvement, obligations, and responsibilities in neighborhood housing. The workshops are at the following times and locations

  • January 25 in Middlebrook Terrace (9pm)
  • January 26 in Centennial Dining Center (9pm)
  • January 27 in Bailey Upper Lobby (9pm)
  • February 1 in Sanford TV Lounge (9pm)
  • February 2 in SPSC Minnesota Commons (noon)
  • February 3 in Comstock Ballroom (9pm)
  • February 8 in Frontier Main Lounge (9pm)
  • February 17 in CMU 303 (noon).

Health & Wellness

Health Care On-Campus
All University of Minnesota students are eligible to use Boynton's services. Students who pay the Student Services Fee and have health plan coverage from any health plan carrier receive most services at Boynton Health Service at no out-of-pocket cost or at reduced. For minor illnesses, stop by the Gopher Quick Clinic’s three convenient locations for walk-in service.

Physician Notes Required for Excused Class Absence
Students missing class due to illness must now be excused by a medical professional. The Twin Cities campus has reinstated this policy after suspending it during fall semester due to the hype around H1N1. For more information on this policy click here.

Shed Those Winter Pounds with Free Group Fitness Classes
Spring Intramural Sports registration will take place from January 26-28, 2010 from 7:00am-1:00pm in the University Recreation Center. Spring sports include basketball, bowling, broomball, hockey, soccer, softball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and more! For more information click here!

Want to Improve Your Relationship with Your Roommate this Semester?
Many students have some initial difficulties living with a roommate. Communicating with your roommate is critical and the roommate agreement you were provided is a great tool to help. If this isn't working for you, please consider contacting your Community Advisor or other residence life staff. There are other resources to help you out!

Commuting To & Getting Around Campus
In addition to being familiar with the Campus Shuttle times for spring semester, remember to plan out your route to campus before the first day of spring semester using the Metro Transit Trip Planner. Figuring out the best ways to get to and around campus will help start your spring commute on a positive note!

Safer Sex Week
Safer Sex Week is February 8-12. Check out all the FREE sexual health activities SHADE has planned!

Secure Your Personal Computer
Get your computer ready for the University network by following these steps. Don't forget to download and install Symantec AntiVirus (SAV).

Engagement

Spring Intramural Sports Registration
Spring Intramural Sports registration will take place from January 26-28, 2010 from 7:00am-1:00pm in the University Recreation Center. For more information on registration and offerings click here.

Become A Welcome Week Leader
Did you enjoy your transition to the U? Are you looking for some fun leadership experience? Become a Welcome Week Leader for fall 2010. Applications are due February 24, 2010.

Look for New Involvement Opportunities with Engage search!
The beginning of a new semester is the perfect time to look for new opportunities to get involved. Use Engage to find something that fits your major, personal interests or something that just sounds fun. Talk to your friends, advisers, career counselors or faculty about ways to get engaged at the University of Minnesota.

Gophers After Dark
Gophers After Dark kicks off with "Dueling Pianos" in the Great Hall in Coffman Union on Friday, January 22. Enjoy snacks while watching two pianists duke it out for the most applause. Gophers After Dark at the St. Paul Student Center welcomes students back with its signature events for the spring, including musicians, free films, bingo, and other great events. For event details and to preview other events check out the Gophers After Dark website.

Fraternity and Sorority Recruitment
Now that your first semester at the U is done, it is time to think about additional ways to get involved on campus. Fortunately, it is not too late to "Be Greek"! Most fraternities and sororities on campus will be recruiting during the spring semester. Log onto www.begreek.org for more information!

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Mark Your Calendar

Community Involvement Fair
You can make a difference in the Twin Cities community! This event provides students a chance to learn about local volunteer and internship opportunities. Talk to representatives from more than 90 organizations to find an opportunity that enhances your major and/or interests. The event is February 3, 2009 from 10:00am – 2:00pm in Coffman Memorial Union. Click here for more information.

On-Campus Room Re-Application
Don't miss your reapplication date for University Housing. This is current residents' opportunity to return to University Housing for 2010-11. Residents can select their rooms and/or roommates through this online process. Residents should watch their university email for updates. Information on Living Learning Communities such as Lavender House, Second Year Experience, Students Crossing Borders, and Substance Free House is available online.

 

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