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Issue 1: Summer 2011

Thank you for attending New Student Orientation at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. We hope that the Orientation sessions answered many of your questions about attending the U, and allowed you to make some new friends along the way.

This is your first Class of 2015 eNewsletter. You will receive this publication monthly throughout your first-year on campus. The eNewsletter is a great resource on important upcoming dates, timely campus resources and events, and important action items to keep you on track during your first year.

welcome week flagsMark Your Calendars for Welcome Week
Your college experience at the U continues with Welcome Week! Starting the week before classes begin, Welcome Week is a required on-campus program designed to complement your orientation experience, provide you with opportunities to enhance your academic and personal success, and give you an edge when you start your college education.  Mark your calendars for August 31-September 5 and make sure you plan your family vacations and work schedule accordingly.

Find your Strengths at the University of Minnesota!
You will receive an email a few days after you attend orientation that lets you know how to take the StrengthsFinder inventory. This assessment will help you identify your talents in order to learn more about yourself, connect with others on campus, and be more successful in meeting your academic, career and personal goals. The University of Minnesota is providing access to this assessment for all incoming first year students because we know you have the potential to do well. By identifying your individual strengths and working with staff and fellow students on campus, you will discover ways to make the most of your college experience. The email you will receive will contain your unique access code so that you can take this brief assessment. To make the most out of Welcome Week in late August, you should complete the StrengthsFinder before arriving on campus. Learn more by visiting strengths.umn.edu.

Living on campus? Watch for your housing assignment in the mail!
Details about your assigned residence hall, your roommate’s name and contact information, and information about lofts, refrigerators, and items to bring will be sent by July 31. If you wish to order a loft or bunk, orders must be placed by August 12. If you have any questions please contact Housing & Residential Life.

commuter connectionCommuter Connection
Welcome to campus, Commuters!  Getting to and around campus can be a challenge, and we want you to have a successful experience as you transition to the University of Minnesota.  The Commuter Connection student group is a great resource for you, and offers a variety of events, programs and information to help commuters stay connected and feel at home.  Located in 236 Coffman Memorial Union, the Commuter Connection features computers, lockers, a microwave a refrigerator, and lounge space for students to relax and enjoy time between classes or while waiting for transportation. Check out the "Tips for New Students" to get started!

Questions About Your Financial Aid? Contact One Stop!
One Stop Student Services is here to answer your questions about your financial aid. Between April and July you should receive an estimated Financial Aid Award Notice (FAAN) in the mail. You will also receive an email asking you to respond to the electronic Financial Aid Award Notice in late July. Look for this email for your next steps in receiving financial aid.  If you still have questions about your financial aid for fall semester, or if your needs have changed please contact One Stop.

First-Year Photo Project
The First-Year Photo Project is an initiative that brings together first-year students to document their personal transitions to the U of M through photography.  Each year a handful of students are chosen from those that apply to represent the incoming class. Look online to find out more information on this year-long opportunity or to apply to be a part of the First-Year Photo Project.

Engage logoEngage! Do What Matters
The Engage! search helps University of Minnesota undergraduates connect with meaningful experiences outside of the classroom. As you reflect on the results of your StrengthsFinder assessment, you can use this search over the summer to discover opportunities that will help you pursue your interests and aspirations, and complement your academic experiences when you arrive on campus in the fall.

Construction Around Campus
With the Light Rail construction through the East and West Bank campus areas, Parking & Transportation Services (PTS) wants to make sure your commute to campus is a smooth one. The PTS website is a great resource for campus construction updates, walking/biking routes and parking information.  It is recommended that you plan additional time for your commute due to unforeseen congestion. When you receive your housing assignment in late July watch for construction updates that may affect your arrival on campus for fall semester.

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