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Issue 5: December 7, 2012


  1. Last Chance to Pay Your Fall 2012 Tuition Bill
    If you still have a remaining balance on your fall 2012 bill, pay no later than December 26 to prevent the cancellation of your spring 2013 classes.

  2. 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. Take care of your travel plans now so they do not cause you stress during finals.



Libraries Open 24 Hours During the Last Week of Classes and Finals
Need a distraction-free study space? Or a group study space? Wilson (West Bank) and Bio-Med Libraries (East Bank) are open 24 HOURS/DAY from 7:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 5, through 6:00 p.m. Thursday, December. 20. Walter Library (East Bank) is open 24 HOURS/DAY from 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 12 through 6:00 p.m. Thursday, December 20. Magrath Library in St. Paul also has extended hours. Check the University Libraries website for hours at all campus libraries.

Disability Accommodations During Finals
Are you wondering about receiving testing accommodations for your disability during finals? When appropriate, Disability Services provides testing accommodations for students who are registered with their office. For additional information please contact Disability Services. www.ds.umn.edu or 612-626-1333

Help Preparing for Finals
While preparing for finals don't forget that University Counseling & Consulting Services offers academic resources to help you succeed. 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. View your grades online.

Find a Service-Learning Course to Take Spring 2013
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, Asia and the South Pacific. Winter Break is a great time to complete your First Step Meeting online.

Technology Help at Tech Stop locations
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 Tech Stop locations on the East Bank, West Bank and in St. Paul.


2013-2014 FAFSA Available January 1
It’s time to start filling out your FAFSA for next school year. The application is available beginning January 1. Fill it out before the April 1 priority target date to ensure your financial aid for fall 2013.

Making a List, Checking It Twice – Your Winter Scholarship Search
Winter Break is the perfect time to start looking for 2013 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 and faculty, games and prizes. The event will be held Thursday, December 13 from 9-11 p.m. at the Bailey, Middlebrook, Sanford, and Centennial Residential Restaurant locations.

Destress at Goldy's Gameroom
Stop by Goldy's Gameroom on December 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. for a study break and enjoy movies, billiards, bowling and board games. Plus, receive deals on soup, ice cream sundaes and more!

Welcome Week Leader Applications Available December 14
If you are looking for additional leadership opportunities, or if you simply had a great time at your Welcome Week, apply to become a leader and help welcome the Class of 2017! Applications for the 2013 Welcome Week Leader position will be available December 14.

Not Involved On-Campus Yet? You Can!
Volunteer, do some research, or join a student group. These are just a few ideas. There are endless opportunities to get involved, but how do you find what you are looking for? That's easy: Use the EngageUMN Facebook Page, blog and Engage Search to start looking. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter too! And, check out our YouTube page to watch a few videos about how some of your fellow students are getting involved on campus. You can get to all these great resources online! engage.umn.edu

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 is 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.

How Are You Using your Top 5?
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. strengths.umn.edu

Cough or Cold? Go to Gopher Quick Clinic!
Be seen for the treatment of certain minor illnesses at Gopher Quick Clinic. No appointment is necessary; service is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Two locations: East Bank and St. Paul.

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!

Gopher Chauffeur on Holiday
Gopher Chauffeur runs Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15 then it will take a short break until the start of spring semester, when it will operate Friday, January 25 through Saturday, May 4, 2013.


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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