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Issue 2: September 7, 2010

Now that Welcome Week is over, give us your feedback!

Log on to, and look for the Welcome Week Post Test. Have your Welcome Week Handbook nearby to help you remember specifics about the week. Upon completion your name will automatically be entered to win a Sprint Rumor Touch and gift certificates to the University Bookstore!

Your Academics

Technology help at OIT Tech Stop
Technology help 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.

Classroom and Campus Accommodations
Are you wondering about how to arrange disability accommodations? 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

Managing your Assignments
If time management is one of your goals for the semester 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!

Learning Abroad
It is never too early to start planning a time when you can go abroad and complement your studies at the University of Minnesota. Visit the Learning Abroad Fair on September 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. located outside of Blegen Hall. You'll have a chance to meet directly with experts about opportunities to study, intern, work, or travel abroad.

Your Health & Wellness

Roommate Relationships
Many students have some initial difficulties living with a roommate. Communicating with your roommate is critical and the roommate agreement form you were provided with is a great tool to help. If this is not working consider contacting your community advisor or other residence life staff.

Recreational Sports
Getting regular exercise can keep you mentally and physically sharp and help with the transition to college. Rec Sports facilities are located on both the East Bank and on the St. Paul campuses. You can join intramural teams, sports clubs, or work out on your own. See for more information.

Campus Counseling Services
There are many great things about college life. But college life can also include many challenges such as academic stress, financial pressures, conflicts with parents, anxiety, and depression. Counselors are available at University Counseling & Consulting Services; call 612-624-3323 or go to for more information.

Convenient On-campus Pharmacy
Did you know there's a full service pharmacy that dispenses prescriptions and sells low cost over-the-counter medications right on campus? Open Monday through Saturday. Transferring prescriptions is easy.

Are you eating your fruits and veggies?
September is Fruit and Vegetable Month! Boynton's nutritionist offers individual nutrition consultations and group nutrition presentations.

Your Finances

Additional Financial Aid for Fall or Spring Semester
Do you still need financial aid for fall 2010? If you have not filled out a 2010-2011 FAFSA, it's not too late. Fill it out as soon as possible so you receive your financial aid in time for fall bill due dates. You can fill out your FAFSA at

If you have not yet received your financial aid for fall, want to check your financial aid status, have questions on bill due dates and deadlines, or are looking for other financial aid resources please visit One Stop at

Your Engagement

Find out about opportunities to volunteer in the Twin Cities
As you are getting settled in your new routine, explore opportunities to get involved in the local community. Attend the Community Involvement Fair at Coffman Union's Great Hall on Wednesday, September 22nd from 10:00am-2:00pm. This event brings over 85 local community organizations to promote opportunities that both are engaging to students and can also compliment your studies and interests.

Find your niche on campus: Get involved in a Student Group!
Find your niche on campus and search over 600 student groups. Activities Fairs showcase hundreds of student groups and other involvement opportunities for all students. The fall activities fairs will be held on September 15th, Coffman Union, Front Plaza from 10:00am-2:00pm and Sept. 21, St. Paul Student Center, St. Paul Terrace from 10:00am-2:00pm.

Gophers After Dark
Gophers After Dark offers free or low-cost late night entertainment every Friday at the St. Paul Student Center and Friday and Saturday at Coffman Memorial Union. For a weekly schedule of events and activities visit

Fraternity & Sorority Recruitment
Interested in joining a Greek organization? This week is your final opportunity to participate in Sorority recruitment or Fraternity House Tours! Visit to find out how you can register!


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