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Issue 2: September 4, 2012

THINGS TO DO

  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 you will be entered to win a Sprint mobile device and gift certificates to the University Bookstore!
  2. Managing Your Time and 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. Take time to fill in the calendar you received at your Welcome Week Kick-Off Meeting and the Gopher Guide you received at Orientation. These tools are a great way to organize your time this semester.
  3. Thinking of Adding or Dropping a Class?
    If so, 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 http://onestop.umn.edu/contact_us/index.html counselor.

THINGS TO KNOW

Academics

Do You Still Need Classroom Accommodations for Fall Semester?
Are you wondering how to arrange disability accommodations including assistance needed in the classroom setting, course materials and mobility needs? If so, please visit the Disability Services website.

Technology Help on Campus
The Office of Information Technology Tech Stop provides places for students, faculty, and staff to receive face-to-face technology consultations, support and training. Locations are on the East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul campus. The Blegen 90 Tech Stop (West Bank) is a state-of-the-art computer lab, technology support, and collaboration center. You can reserve one of the collaboration stations online.

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 Sept.19 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. outside of Blegen Hall. You'll have a chance to meet with experts about opportunities to study, intern, work, or travel abroad.

Health & Wellness

Roommate Relationships
Living with a roommate is a new experience for most students. Communicating with your roommate regularly is critical and the roommate agreement form you were provided with is a great tool to help. If you need to talk with someone to assist with your roommate relationship, consider contacting your Community Advisor or other residence life staff.

Recreational Sports
Getting regular exercise can keep you mentally and physically sharp and help with the transition to college. Recreational Sports facilities are on the East Bank and St. Paul campus. 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, conflict with parents, anxiety, and depression. Counselors are available to help at University Counseling & Consulting Services. Call 612-624-3323 for information.

Convenient On-Campus Health Clinic and Pharmacy
Did you know there's a full-service health clinic and pharmacy right on campus? Choose one of three ways to access care at Boynton Health Service. The Pharmacy is in the same building as the East Bank Clinic and dispenses prescriptions and sells low-cost over-the-counter medications. Transferring prescriptions is easy. Urgent Care and the pharmacy are open Monday through Saturday.


Class of 2016 Facebook Group
Facebook artworkJoin the Class of 2016 Facebook Group! It's a great way to connect with other first-year students and to stay on top of your transition to the U.

Engagement

Learn About Campus, Win Great Prizes ... Participate in Kick It!
Kick It! logo The fall semester Kick It! program has begun. Participate in this six-week program to learn about everything the campus has to offer from the comfort of your own computer! Hundreds of prizes will be 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 on campus, explore opportunities to get involved in the Twin Cities community. Attend the Community Involvement Fair at Coffman Union's Great Hall Sept. 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This event brings more than 85 local organizations to campus (some of which you may have seen during Welcome Week) to promote opportunities that are engaging to students and can also complement your studies and interests.

Find Your Niche On Campus: Get Involved in a Student Group!
Activities Fairs showcase more than 800 student groups and other involvement opportunities for all students. The fall activities fairs will be held Sept. 12 in Coffman Union and Sept. 18 in St. Paul from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. You can see more information on these and other events online.

Party on the Plaza
Join in the Ultimate Gopher Pep Fest at Party on the Plaza Sept. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Featuring speeches from Gopher football coach Jerry Kill, President Eric Kaler and Athletics director Norwood Teague. Enjoy food, prizes and much more!

Interested in Joining a Greek Organization?
Take advantage of Greek recruitment events offered by many men's and women's organizations on campus! You can find our more information online.

It's Gopher Football time!
Have a happy first day of school and an even happier first football game! Click here to purchase football tickets and cheer on your Gophers in the TCF Bank Stadium student section!

Reflecting on Welcome Week?
Your welcome from President Kaler at New Student Convocation is available online.

Finances

Additional Financial Aid for Fall Semester
Do you still need financial aid for fall 2012? If you have not filled out a 2012-2013 FAFSA, it's not too late. Fill it out as soon as possible to receive financial aid in time for fall bill due dates. You can fill out your FAFSA online.

Sign up for Direct Deposit
If you plan to work on campus, receive financial aid, or if the University ever needs to refund a credit balance, you must sign up for direct deposit. Direct deposit is a safe, easy way to have funds automatically transferred into your bank checking or savings account.


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