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Issue 4: October 14, 2011


  1. Plan Accordingly to Make Your Second Fall Tuition Payment
    Your second tuition payment is due on November 2, 2011. If you need additional financial aid, or would like more information on billing due dates and payment methods, please visit One Stop Student Services.
  2. Meet With Your Academic Adviser
    Spring semester registration begins November 8 and ends December 1. You will get an email alerting you to check your registration time later this month. It is never too early to meet with your academic adviser and start planning next semester's schedule. Make an appointment today and beat the rush later this month.
  3. Get Your Free Flu Vaccination
    Boynton Health Service offers free flu vaccinations to students on campus during October and November. You can register online for your vaccination time to alleviate your wait. Visit Boynton Health Service online for more information on registering for your vaccination.
  4. Manage Your Schedule
    With the semester half over final examinations are just around the corner. Take some time this month to look at your class syllabi and other responsibilities, if you have not added important dates and deadlines to your planner, now is a good time to do so. If you have lost your Gopher Guide, additional copies are available for purchase at the University Bookstore.



Take a Freshman Seminar Abroad!
Freshman Seminars Abroad is a new program that offers first-year students an opportunity to integrate an international experience into a freshman seminar. Freshman Seminars Abroad combine on-campus instruction during spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break. Seminars are 3 credits at the 19xx level and fulfill a liberal education requirement. See course descriptions and locations online.

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.

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 2012-2013
Start planning now for study abroad by attending a First Step Meeting at the Learning Abroad Center. Get started by reviewing program options, your goals and interests, academic planning to accommodate your studies, and funding options.

Thinking of Studying Off-Campus During 2012-2013 But Want to Stay in North America?
Consider participating in the National Student Exchange (NSE) program for a semester during 2012-2013 academic year. 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 2012-2013 academic year is in February. Click here to learn more about NSE and find out about upcoming information sessions or meeting with an adviser.

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.

Having Trouble in a Specific Class? Try SMART Learning Commons
SMART Learning Commons is a free student resource with three locations on campus. SMART Learning Commons has peer consultants to help you with research projects as well as individual tutoring and structured group study sessions. If you have difficulty taking tests, there is even a test bank available where you can view previous tests given for specific courses. Visit SMART Learning Commons online for a complete list of resources and locations.


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. 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.

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.

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Class of 2015 Pride & Spirit Posters from Welcome Week Available
Get your copy of the Class of 2015 poster for free! The poster, created from your class picture taken during Pride & Spirit 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.

Attention Out-Of-State Students!
@ Home in MN – the program just for out-of-state students would like your feedback on how Orientation & First-Year Programs can continue to support you and your transition to the U of M. Please take a minute to tell us how we can continue to support you. Click here to provide your feedback. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Orientation & First-Year Programs at 612-624-1979 or ofyp@umn.edu.

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 information 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.

Health & Wellness

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 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 website.

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.

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