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Issue 3: October 3, 2013

THINGS TO DO

  1. Plan Accordingly to Make Your Second Fall Tuition Payment
    Your second tuition payment is due October 30. 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 November 12. Later this month you will get an email reminding you to check your registration time. You can use Graduation Planner to explore majors and choose courses that will help you stay on track. Log in to create your plan. It is never too early to meet with your academic adviser and plan next semester's schedule. Make an appointment today and beat the rush later this month.

  3. Get Your Free Flu Vaccination
    Boynton Health Service is currently offering free flu vaccinations to students on campus. You canregister online for your vaccination time to alleviate your wait. Visit Boynton Health Service for more information on how to register for your vaccination.

  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, now is a good time to do so. If you have lost your Gopher Guide, additional copies are available for purchase at the University Bookstore.

THINGS TO KNOW

Academics

Do You Need to Drop a Class?
October 28 is the last day to drop a class without college approval for Fall 2013 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?
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. You can look online for the full list of classes available.

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, complete 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 Available at the University Libraries
Do you need help finding high-quality sources for your research papers? Google and Wikipedia are good places to start your research, but faculty often expect to see sources from the U Libraries journals, books, and publications. You can get one-on-one help from a fellow student (like a tutor) with research-related topics, including anything from picking a topic or using the Libraries website to locating proper research sources. Visit the website for appointments or walk-in hours in Walter Library or MCAE in Appleby.

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 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. If you have a media project to create, you can check out the hardware you need and use the software in a SMART location to do the editing. Visit SMART Learning Commons online for a complete list of services, resources, and locations.

Finances

Additional Financial Aid for Fall or Spring Semester
Do you still need financial aid for fall 2013? If you have not filled out a 2012-2013 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 2013 loan is December 11.

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 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 so you can carpool and share gas expenses.

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Engagement

Student Unions & Activities
The unions are all about making the U your place. They serve students and the campus community by providing student groups, programs, services, leadership and involvement opportunities, and much more that enhance the social, educational, and cultural environment of the University of Minnesota.

Class of 2017 posterClass of 2017 Pride & Spirit Posters from Welcome Week Available
Get your free copy of the Class of 2017 poster! The poster, created from your class picture taken during Pride & Spirit in TCF Bank Stadium, is available to pick up in the Orientation & First-Year Programs Office (315 Coffman Memorial Union). Posters are available from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday while supplies last.

Kick It! ticketParticipate in Kick It! and Win Awesome Prizes
There are only two weeks left this fall semester to participate in Kick It!, an online program designed to help you learn about campus resources and engagement opportunities, and become familiar with University of Minnesota websites. The more tickets you complete, the greater your chances of winning. New prizes are awarded each week! To participate, log on to the myU portal and click on the Kick It! icon.

Student Night at Gopher Women's Hockey
Come and watch your two-time defending champion Gopher Women's Hockey team take on the Wisconsin Badgers October 11 at 6:00 p.m. in Ridder Arena. Be one of the first 200 students there to show a valid U-Card and receive a free T-shirt. For more information on the Gopher Women's Hockey team or their schedule, click here.

Gopher Football and Men's Basketball Tickets
There are only a few more chances to check out your Gopher Football team this year. Get your single-game student tickets on mygophersports.com to watch the team take on Nebraska (October 26), Penn State (November 9), and Wisconsin (November 23). Also, only a few Men's Basketball student season tickets remain, so get them today at mygophersports.com.

Health & Wellness

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!

Cirque De-Stress—Balancing Life, Juggling Responsibilities
Stressed out by school and other responsibilities? Take a break and see the biggest show on campus. For one day only – October 22 – the circus is coming to Coffman. Click here to learn more.

Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education
The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education offers free and strictly confidential counseling services and assistance for victim/survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking, and education for campus populations interested in reducing sexual and relationship violence. Go online for more information.

Free Indoor Climbing at the Recreation and Wellness Center
The University of Minnesota Outdoor Center offers free climbing for first time climbers. All equipment is provided, and the staff will help you with everything you need to know about the indoor climbing experience. For more information, visit the Recreation and Wellness website.

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.


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