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Issue 6: December 8, 2011


  1. Last Chance to Pay Your Fall 2011 Tuition Bill
    If you still have a remaining balance on your fall 2011 bill, be sure to pay no later than Dec. 21 to prevent the cancellation of your spring 2012 classes.
  2. Spring Semester Registration Reminder
    As a first-year student you should have registered for next semester by now. If you have not registered yet, contact your adviser as soon as possible. If you have questions about your registration time, contact One Stop Student Services.
  3. Plan Your Holiday Travel
    As the semester is nearly over it is time for you to start thinking about your plans for Winter Break. This is also an ideal time to start looking for airfare if you will be traveling a long distance to get home over the break. Try to take care of your travel plans now so that they do not cause you stress during finals.



Libraries Open 24 Hours During Finals
Need a distraction-free study space? Or a group study space? Wilson (West Bank), Walter, and Bio-Med Libraries (East Bank) are open 24 hours a day from Thursday, Dec. 15, 8:00 a.m. through Thursday, Dec. 22, 6:00 p.m. Also Magrath Library in St. Paul has extended hours. Check the University Libraries website for all campus libraries' hours.

Disability Accommodations During Final
Are you wondering about receiving testing accommodations for your disability during finals? If you are eligible, Disability Services provides testing accommodations for students who have documented disabilities. For additional information please contact Disability Services.

Fall 2011 Exam Jam is here!
Looking for extra help preparing for your finals? SMART Learning commons is hosting Exam Jam to help with all of your preparation needs. Come in during extended hours for additional tutoring, study help, practice examinations and refreshments. Additional details are available at the SMART Learning Commons website.

Help With 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 on effective study skills.

Wondering When You'll See Your Fall Grades Posted?
Final grades should be submitted no later than three business days following the date of the scheduled final examination (whether or not there is actually a final examination given). If you have questions about a missing grade, please contact your professor. You are able to check your final examination schedule online.

Find A Service-Learning Course to Take Spring 2012
As you begin course registration for next semester, consider taking a service-learning course where you can earn credit for a course while doing volunteer work related to the course. The Community Service-Learning Center coordinates the only list of service-learning courses offered on campus.

Start Thinking About May Learning Abroad Programs
As soon as spring semester ends, take off on a faculty-led Global Seminar which allows you to complete three credits of study in three weeks during May. Choose from options across Europe, South America, Asia and the South Pacific.

Technology Help at OIT Tech Stop
Tech Stop is your first point of contact for computer, Internet, and campus telephone support. Walk-in help for these and other technology issues is available at the Office of Information Technology's Tech Stop located in Coffman Memorial Union.


2012-2013 FAFSA Available January 1
It's time to start thinking of filling out your FAFSA for next school year. The application is available beginning Jan. 1, Fill it out before the April 1 priority target date to ensure your financial aid for fall 2012.

Making a List, Checking It Twice ... Your Winter Scholarship Search
Winter break is the perfect time to start looking for 2012 scholarships! Use the University of Minnesota Undergraduate Scholarship Search, which gives you a list of scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply, brief scholarship descriptions, and links to where you can learn more.

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Late Night Breakfast
The Late Night Breakfast is a fun event for residence hall and on-campus apartment students as they begin finals week. The event includes breakfast served by staff & faculty, games and prizes. The event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 9:00 p.m. to11:00 p.m. at the Bailey, Middlebrook, Sanford, and Centennial Residential Restaurant locations.

De-stress with Gophers After Dark
Check out Gophers After Dark on Dec. 9 and 10 for Winter Fun. Compete in an Ugly Sweater Contest, try your hand at Holiday Bingo and Rock & Bowl with Joseph Kopel and Co. Don't forget to catch Contagion ... and by "catch," we mean the Contagion film, not an airborne virus! Look online for more great Gophers After Dark events!

Welcome Week Leader Applications Available December 14
If you are looking for additional leadership opportunities, or if you simply had a great time at Welcome Week, apply to become a leader and help welcome the Class of 2016! Applications for the 2012 Welcome Week Leader position will be available Dec. 14.

Haven't Got Involved On-Campus Yet? You Can!
Finding opportunities on and off-campus is as easy as being on Facebook or Twitter! Run by students for students, Do What Matters is a collection of opportunities found on-campus and within the Twin Cities community that students can get involved in. Like Do What Matters on Facebook, follow on Twitter or just scavenge through the daily Blog posts to find the things that interest you the most. Search for specific items with the Engage! search.

Health & Wellness

Tips For Surviving Winter Break
Excited about heading home for a month after your first semester at the U, but worried at the same time? Check out these tips to make your transition back home a seamless one. You can also speak with a UCCS counselor about your concerns.

Campus Housing During Winter Break
Students living in campus housing will receive information about their building's end-of-the-semester closing procedures in their hall newsletter. If you registered to stay on-campus during winter break you will receive additional information. If you have questions check the Housing & Residential Life website or talk to your hall business office staff or Community Advisor for more details.

Taking Time to Reflect on Your Strengths
Reflection is an important part of college: When we reflect on our experiences, whether they are related to academics, work, relationships, or getting involved on or off- campus, we are able to understand who we are and how we operate in relation to others in our community. Take some time to reflect on how you used your strengths this semester and how you can use them more effectively next semester. There are reflection tools in the student section of the StrengthsQuest website or look online for more information about Strengths at the U.

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 Health Service East Bank Clinic and Boynton Health Service St. Paul Clinic.

Should you be Tested for HIV?
World AIDS Day was Dec. 1. Boynton Health Service offers confidential HIV testing. Check out the HIV Testing web page to see if you should be tested.

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

Out Of State Student Message
Many students get "homesick" for campus while they are at home over break. Before you leave campus for winter break, plan out how you can keep in touch with your friends while you are at home. Another good way to get over your homesickness for campus is to make plans for your return to campus while you are away, such as a celebration dinner with friends.

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