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Issue 3: November 1, 2010

Your Academics

Use Graduation Planner to explore and plan for spring semester
You'll be preparing for spring registration in several weeks. You can use Graduation Planner to explore majors and to choose courses that will help you stay on track to meet your goals. Log in to create your plan.
Attend a First Step Meeting to study abroad in 2011-2012
Start planning now for study abroad by attending a First Step Meeting at the Learning Abroad Center. We'll get you started by assisting with program options, your goals and interests, academic planning to accommodate your studies, and funding options.
Beginning to think of studying off-campus during 2011-2012?
Consider participating in the National Student Exchange (NSE) program for a semester during 2011-12.  NSE allows students to study at one of about 200 institutions in the US or Canada for the same tuition you pay at the U. Explore another part of North America, do an internship, or take classes in your major that may not be offered here.  The priority deadline for the 2011-12 academic year is in February. Click here to learn more about NSE and find out about upcoming information sessions or meeting with an advisor.

Peer Research Consultants available at the University Libraries
Do you need help with that research project you are working on? You can get help with research related topics from writing a thesis statement to locating proper research sources. Visit the website for locations and walk-in hours available.

Online Life Just Got Easier
Discover Google Apps for the University of Minnesota! The Office of Information Technology has partnered with Google to bring you Gmail and other collaborative Google Apps.
Stress Relief Techniques
Midterms can be a very stressful time. It's important to manage your stress if you want to do your best on that midterm. Listen to one of the podcasts provided by the Office of Student Affairs to learn about different stress management techniques.

Your Health & Wellness

2010-2011 Flu Vaccination Available
This fall all University of Minnesota flu vaccination clinics are by appointment through online sign up. Online sign up will allow you to easily schedule, change, or cancel your appointment at your convenience. Our primary goal with online sign up is to reduce wait times. Open to University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff (and their dependents). No out-of-pocket cost. Must be 18 years of age or older. Click here to sign up now.

Tai Chi, Yoga, and Pilates for Stress Management
Need a break from studying? Boynton offers FREE Tai Chi, Yoga, and Pilates classes for stress management. Beginners welcome!

Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education
The Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education offers confidential counseling and services for victims of sexual assault and relationship violence, advice and assistance to those supporting victims, and education and advocacy services for all campus populations interested in reducing relationship violence. Visit the Aurora Center website for more information on services for victims of sexual assault and educational programs and resources available to the campus community.

Free Fitness Workshops and Sessions at Rec Sports
Recreational Sports now offers new sessions designed to give you information about how to achieve your own personal goals through various means. Sessions taking place in November include balance training on a BOSU® ball, FreeMotion® cable column workouts, and equipment-free workouts. For more information, visit the Rec Sports Workshops and Sessions page.

Party SMART!
You are probably used to hearing phrases like "drink responsibly," but what does that really mean and how can you do it? The Student Network for Abuse Prevention (SNAP) encourages students to Party SMART by:

  • Setting a limit.
  • Making and measuring your own drinks.
  • Alternating alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Riding safe. Have a designated driver or other safe ride home.
  • Traveling in pairs or groups so no one is left alone.

These simple steps are a good start to ensuring that you and your friends can be safe and have fun. For more information on alcohol and how you can Party SMART, visit the alcohol health information page on the Boynton Health Service website.

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.
Get Control Over Your Finances
LSS Financial Counseling offers one-on-one budget counseling, help with debt management plans, and information about credit and consumer protection FREE at Boynton Health Service. 

Your Engagement

Class of 2014 Minnesota "M" Posters from Welcome Week Available
Get your copy of the Class of 2014 poster for free! The poster, created from your class picture taken in TCF Bank Stadium is available to pick up in the Orientation & First-Year Programs Office in 315 Coffman Memorial Union. Posters are available from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Posters available while supplies last.

Get Engaged through Public Health at the U!
Looking for a way to get involved on campus? Consider being a peer educator! Peer educators make a difference on campus by helping to educate their fellow students on important health topics, such as alcohol, tobacco, sexual health, nutrition and more. Peer education groups like SNAP, SHADE, SOBER, and SNAC are always looking for new members. Check out more info about the Boynton Peer Health Promotion groups.
Discounted Tickets Available at Information Desks

Get discount tickets at Student Unions & Activities Information Desks for Vertical Endeavors, Water Park of America, movies, Science Museum, bus passes and more.
Still thinking about being Greek?
Fraternities and sororities exist to promote leadership, scholarship, service, and a sense of community at the University of Minnesota. These organizations recruit year-round, and you can contact the Office for Fraternity & Sorority Life or visit the Be Greek website to find information about joining a Greek organization.

Student Unions & Activities Events
Check out events offered by Student Unions & Activities including Gophers After Dark, Free Films, Concerts and more!  Click here for events happening this week.


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