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Issue 5: November 4, 2011

THINGS TO DO

  1. Plan Accordingly to Make Your Final Fall Tuition Payment
    Your final tuition payment is due Nov. 30, 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 Nov. 8 and ends Dec. 1. You will receive an email alerting you of your registration. It is never too early to meet with your academic adviser to start planning next semester's schedule. Make an appointment today and beat the rush later this month.
  3. Get Your Free Flu Vaccination
    Last chance to get your flu vaccination! Boynton Health Service offers free flu vaccinations to students on campus. The final flu vaccination clinics are Nov. 2, 8, and 9. You can register online for your vaccination time to avoid waiting. Visit Boynton Health Service online for more information on registering for your vaccination.
  4. Plan Your Holiday Travel
    The holiday season is quickly coming up: It's time to start thinking about your plans for the Thanksgiving holiday and Winter Break. If you are living on campus you will be receiving information from your Community Advisor about when the residence halls will be closing for Winter Break. This is also an ideal time to start looking for airfare if you will be traveling a long distance. Try to take care of your travel plans now so that they do not cause you stress during finals.

THINGS TO KNOW

Academics

Preparing For Finals
While preparing for finals, don't forget that University Counseling & Consulting Services offers academic resources to help you succeed. You can also check out the self-help section for podcasts, handouts, and other resources available.

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.

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.

Finances

Planning to Live On Campus During the 2012-2013 Academic Year?
Housing applications for students wanting to return to on-campus housing will be available in early November. More information will be available through your residence hall or apartment, or you can check the Housing & Residential Life website for updates.

Seeking An Inexpensive Way to Get Home For Winter Break?
Campus Connections, a private bus company, is now offering inexpensive bus fares for U of M students needing to get home for the holidays. If you need to travel to metropolitan areas in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa or North Dakota, visit the Campus Connections website for route information and fares.

Students outside of One Stop

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.

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Engagement

General Mills Site Visit for College of Science & Engineering Students
If you are a CSE student you can take part in a corporate site visit to General Mills Nov. 16. During this visit you will be able to explore career opportunities in Information Systems, Research & Development, and Manufacturing & Engineering. To take part in this event you must register under "Company Site Visits" on GoldPASS by Nov. 9.

@ Home in MN Events for Out-of-State Students
Check out the @ Home in MN events, learn a little about selecting a major, StrengthsQuest, or to just meet some new people! RSVP to join other students for a casual meal and conversation at these events.

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.

Pride & Spirit Poster

Discount Tickets Available For Great Entertainment Options!
Get discount tickets at Student Unions & Activities Information Desks for Vertical Endeavors, Water Park of America, movies, Science Museum, bus passes and more.

Health & Wellness

Cough or Cold? Check out Gopher Quick Clinic!
There is walk-in care for minor health concerns at Gopher Quick Clinic. No appointment necessary. Two locations: Boynton's East Bank Clinic and Boynton's St. Paul Clinic.

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 St. Paul campuses. You can join intramural teams, sports clubs, or work out on your own. See the Rec Sports website for more information.

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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