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Issue 3: September 6, 2011


  1. Now that Welcome Week is over, give us your feedback!
    Follow these steps:
    1. Have your Welcome Week Handbook handy.
    2. Log on to myu.umn.edu
    3. Complete step 3 (be sure to answer all the questions!)

    Upon completion your name will automatically be entered to win a Sprint mobile device and gift certificates to the University Bookstore!

  2. Do you still need classroom accommodations for Fall semester?
    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 website.

  3. Thinking of changing your enrollment?
    If you are thinking about adding or dropping a class, consult the Cancel/add and refund deadlines. Changing your enrollment can have consequences on your financial aid and/or degree progress. Talk with your academic adviser before you change your enrollment; for more information about the impact on your financial aid, contact a One Stop counselor.



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.

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 21 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.

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 Sport
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 the Rec Sports website 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 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. Visit the pharmacy online for more information.

Are You Eating Your Fruits and Veggies?
September is Fruit and Vegetable Month! Boynton's nutritionist offers individual nutrition consultations and group nutrition presentations. Visit the Boynton Health Center website for more information on nutritional services.


Learn About Campus, Win Great Prizes... Participate in Kick It!
The Fall semester Kick It! program has begun. Participate in this six week program where you can learn about everything the campus has to offer from the comfort of your own computer! Hundreds of prizes given out every week! Log on to the myU portal and click on the Kick It! icon.

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 21st from 10am-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 800 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 14th and 20th in Coffman Union from 10:00am-2:00pm. You can see more information on these and other events online.

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. You can look online each week for a schedule of events.

Fraternity & Sorority Recruitment
Interested in joining a Greek organization? This week is your final opportunity to participate in Sorority recruitment or Fraternity House Tours! You can register find out more information about registering for recruitment online.

Become a Part of the Goldy Gopher Team!
Have you ever wanted to be close to the action at Gopher sporting events? Are you a funny and outgoing person looking for a way to utilize your charisma? Do you bleed Maroon and Gold? If any, or all, of these apply -- Goldy is seeking two incoming Freshman to join his team for the 2011-2012 year. Students chosen would be recognized as student athletes, and would be introduced to a once in a lifetime opportunity. For more information and if you have questions, contact Mascot Coach Mike Elder at elde0050@umn.edu!


Additional Financial Aid for Fall or Spring Semester
Do you still need financial aid for fall 2011? If you have not filled out a 2011-2012 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 online.

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 online.

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