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Issue 3: October 4, 2012


  1. Plan accordingly to make your second fall tuition payment.
    Your second tuition payment is due Oct. 31. 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. 13. You will get an email alerting you to check your registration time later this month. 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. 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 monFlu shot graphicth.

  3. Get your free flu vaccination.
    Boynton Health Service is offering free flu vaccinations to students on campus. You can register online for your vaccination time to avoid waiting. Visit Boynton Health Service for more information.

  4. Manage your schedule.
    With midterm examinations just around the corner, take time to plan out your class syllabi and other responsibilities. If you have not added important dates and deadlines to your planner, do that now. If you lost your Gopher Guide, additional copies can be purchased at the University Bookstore. You can also utilize the schedule you received in your Welcome Week materials to view your entire semester at a glance.



Do you need to drop a class?
Oct. 29 is the last day to drop a class without college approval for Fall 2012 – although 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 it can impact several other parts of your student record. Look at the Cancel/Add and Refund Deadlines calendar for all important class deadlines.

Take a freshman seminar abroad!
Freshman Seminars Abroad is a 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. See course descriptions and locations online. To learn about all study abroad opportunities, attend a First-Step Meeting.

Need help learning software?
The Office for Information Technology offers free classes for students needing to learn or enhance their knowledge using new software or technology. These short classes include topics like Moodle, Microsoft Excel, and Google Applications. The full list of classes is available online.

Thinking of studying off-campus during 2013-2014 but want to stay in North America?
Consider participating in the National Student Exchange (NSE) program for a semester during the 2013-2014 academic year. NSE allows students to study at one of about 200 institutions in the United States 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 2013-2014 academic year is in February. Click here to learn more.

Peer research consultants are available at the university libraries.
You can get help with research-related topics from writing a thesis statement to locating proper research sources. Visit the website for locations walk-in hours.

Having trouble in a specific class? Try SMART Learning Commons.
SMART Learning Commons is a free student resource with three locations on campus. There are also 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 is still available.
Do you still need financial aid for fall 2012? 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 last fall bill due dates. Fill out your FAFSA online. The last day to request a fall 2012 loan is Dec. 13.

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.

Plan holiday travel now for the best prices.
Even though it is only early October it is time to start thinking about any travel plans you may need to make for the Thanksgiving holiday and winter break. The earlier you book airline tickets, the cheaper they will be. If you will be driving home take some time now to find other students to carpool with to share gas expenses.

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.

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Class of 2016 Pride & Spirit posters from Welcome Week are available.
Class of 2016 posterGet your free copy of the Class of 2016 poster! The poster, created from your class picture taken during Pride & Spirit in TCF Bank Stadium, is available for pick up in the Orientation & First-Year Programs Office in 315 Coffman Memorial Union. OFYP is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (available while supplies last).

Attention out-of-state students!
@Home in MN – the program just for out-of-state students, has an upcoming free event for you and a friend. Join us Oct. 11 from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Minnetonka Orchards for apple picking, a corn maze, hay rides, a bonfire, and much more. Transportation, admission and light refreshments provided. Please RSVP to attend this event.

Give a coin, give a dollar, leave a legacy.
A bronze Goldy Gopher statue to be placed outside of Coffman Union will serve as an icon for the University community, both as a common gathering area and as a collective image for promoting school spirit. You can be a part of the campaign that is currently under way to raise money for the construction of the statue. This is a student-driven fundraising initiative. You can get more information on how you can be a part of this legacy online.

Participate in Homecoming 2012: Legendary U
Homecoming events are Oct. 6-14. Run in the Norman Borlaug Food & Hunger 5K, help with community service projects at Thank U, and don't forget to purchase your tickets to the concert featuring B.o.B with Timeflies. Check out the Homecoming site for a full events calendar.

Check it out! Homecoming football and discounted tickets!
Head to TCF Bank Stadium for Homecoming Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. to see your Minnesota Gophers take on the Northwestern Wildcats! Click here to purchase your tickets or check out the student mini-pack – a highly discounted three- or four-game package just for students! See you at the game, and go Gophers!

Health & Wellness

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.

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 are 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 and educational programs and resources.

Free fitness workshops and sessions at Rec Sports
Recreational Sports offers sessions designed to give you information about how to achieve your personal fitness goals. Sessions taking place in October 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.

Orientation & First-Year Programs

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.

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