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Issue 9: March 6, 2012

You are now nearing the middle of the semester and you are most likely concentrating on upcoming midterms, papers, and starting to prepare for spring semester finals. It is time to think about a number of tasks pertaining to next fall semester such as registering for classes and solidifying your housing for next year. Figure out what your next steps are and write a timeline in your Gopher Guide. Spring Break is a great time to work on large course projects or to take care of some time-intensive tasks such as looking at housing options.

Take some time if you will be traveling over Spring Break to think through how a trip may impact your finances and how decisions you make can impact your health and wellness. Spring Break is a time when many college students make decisions, such as binge drinking, that can have a long-term affect on their life or college career. Take a look at the health & wellness and finances information in this newsletter for tips on having a safe and healthy Spring Break.

THINGS TO DO

  1. Your second spring 2012 bill will be due on March 14. Go to Pay the University to see all the ways you can pay your bill, as well as future billing dates and deadlines. Contact One Stop Student Services with any questions regarding billing and payment.

  2. Class registration for fall semester begins on April 12. In the next few weeks you should meet with your academic adviser and create a class schedule for next semester. If you have not decided on a major yet, set up an appointment at the Center for Academic Planning & Exploration (CAPE) or with your college career office before you meet with your adviser so you have some direction when choosing your classes for fall.

  3. If you have decided on a major, utilize the Graduation Planner prior to meeting with your academic adviser. Plan out your course progression to graduation so that your adviser can help keep you on track.

  4. If you are still looking for off-campus housing for next fall, visit the Off Campus Housing website for helpful tips. Before signing a lease, bring a copy of your lease to University Student Legal Services and have it looked over. They will help you understand all of the legal ins - and outs of the lease before you sign it.

THINGS TO KNOW

Academics

Tech Stop: Learning. Support. Research.
The Office of Information Technology (OIT), in partnership with University Libraries, now offers Tech Stop: learning.support.research., a new state-of-the-art computer lab, technology support and collaboration center. Your front door to OIT products, services, help and support—now open in Blegen 90!

Research Support Assistance
University Libraries offers assistance for students writing research papers. If you are working on a research paper and need help finding sources or information, drop in or make an appointment with a Peer Research Consultant.

Become a Better Writer This Semester
Academic writing is hard for everyone–but the Center for Writing's Student Writing Support program can help. Make an appointment or just drop in for a free one-to-one writing consultation.

Peer-Assisted Learning Groups
Participating in a facilitated study group can improve your performance by as much as a full letter grade! The SMART Learning Commons' Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) groups facilitate this opportunity for a number of courses. In PAL sessions an experienced undergraduate student leads small group discussions and activities designed to help you understand course concepts. Find out if PAL is offered for a course you are enrolled in.

Do you need to drop a class?
March 12 is the last day to drop a class without college approval for spring 2012. You will receive a "W" on your transcript. It is always a good idea to talk with your adviser and a One Stop counselor when you want to make a change to your registration, as there can be large impacts on several other parts of your student record. Look at the Cancel/Add and Refund Deadlines calendar for all important class deadlines.

Last call for Class of 2015 tassels
Orientation & First-Year Programs still has Class of 2015 tassels left over from New Student Convocation. This is your last chance to pick one up for free! Visit 315 Coffman Union, 8-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, while supplies last.

Finances

FAFSA Available
Have you filled out your 2012-2013 FAFSA yet? The priority target date for all returning students is April 15. You can easily fill out your FAFSA online.

Free Money for Study Abroad
Don't let the economy get you down. The Learning Abroad Center is here to help with your education abroad experience with a variety of scholarships ranging from $750 to $3,000. Find out more at our scholarships page or the learning abroad scholarship database. Be sure to get your applications in by April 18.

Housing Employment Opportunities
Housing & Residential Life will have Information Desk employment opportunities in many of its buildings for 2012-2013. If you're interested or would like to know more, contact the Business Operations Supervisor in your building. You can meet hundreds of new people and work conveniently near where you live!

Engagement

Community Council Opportunities
Are you returning to University Housing for 2012-2013? If so, consider a leadership opportunity within your Community Council or the Residential Housing Association (RHA). You can run for positions in your 2012-2013 building even if you don't live there now. Talk to your CA or Residence Director for more information.

Staying in The Twin Cities for Spring Break?
Take some time to explore the community you live in! There are volunteer opportunities all over the metro area doing a wide variety of activities. Visit the Hands On Twin Cities website to find an opportunity that interests you. If you enjoy the experience, take a look at other service-related experiences you can take advantage of at the U of M!

Film Fest
Interested in filmmaking? Submit any student-produced media into the U of M Student Film Fest '12!. Deadline for submissions is March 21, 2012. Multiple prizes are awarded. Find more information online including requirements and prizes.

Support the U Day at the Capitol
Join your fellow U of M students on March 30, 2012 to Support the U at the capitol in Saint Paul. The day features a rally in the capitol rotunda, free lunch, and meetings with state legislators. New in 2012, University campuses, colleges, and schools will showcase their work in the rotunda following the rally. Transportation provided. Register today at z.umn.edu/stud.

Spring Jam
Mark your calendars – Spring Jam is April 19-21! Let's celebrate the warm weather and end of the semester with a three-day music festival including live performances, competitions and special events.

Health & Wellness

Spring Break Health & Safety Tips
Are you taking a Spring Break trip to escape the Minnesota winter? Check out these health and safety tips provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

On-Campus Pharmacy
Boynton Health Service Pharmacy dispenses prescriptions and over-the-counter medications at competitive prices – often lower than retail – and sells select merchandise related to health and wellness.

Student Healthcare on Campus
All University of Minnesota students are eligible to use Boynton's services. Students who pay the Student Services Fee and have health plan coverage from any health plan carrier receive most services at Boynton Health Service at no out-of-pocket cost or at reduced cost after the bill has been processed by their health plan.

Have a Safe Spring Break
Remember that the Student Conduct Code applies to student conduct that occurs on and off campus when it meets a substantial University interest. The University works in collaboration with the U of M Police Department and Minneapolis Police Departments and agencies to promote a safe and respectful community on and around campus. For more information on the Student Conduct Code, please visit the Office for Student Conduct & Academic Integrity.


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