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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) December 4, 2013


Staying Safe on Campus
Reference the following safety resources that are available through the U: Gopher Chauffeur, 624-WALK, and Safety Tips from UMPD.

Last Chance to Pay Your Fall 2013 Tuition Bill
If you still have a remaining balance on your fall 2013 bill, be sure to pay no later than Dec. 25 to prevent the cancellation of your spring 2014 classes.

Plan Your Holiday Travel
The semester is nearly over, so it is time to start planning for Winter Break. This is also an ideal time to start looking for airfare if you will be traveling a long distance. Try to take care of your travel plans now so that they do not cause stress during finals.

Check Your Finals Schedule
The last day of classes for fall semester is Wednesday, Dec. 11. Finals begin Friday, Dec. 13. Check here for the final exam schedule.



Occupy the Libraries! Open 24/7 the last week of classes and finals
Need a distraction-free study space? A group study space? Walter and Bio-Med Libraries (East Bank) are open 24 hours a day from Dec. 4-19 and Wilson Library (West Bank) is open 24 hours a day from Dec. 12-19. Magrath Library (St. Paul) has extended hours (until 2:00 a.m.). Need a study break? The Libraries will have video games (Super Smash Bros.), animal therapy, holiday cartoons, chair massages, cookies, board games, puzzles, crafts, candy, Sudoku, coffee, and more throughout finals. Learn more here.

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 contact Disability Services. or 612-626-1333.

Help With 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 2014
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 a comprehensive list of service-learning courses offered on campus.

Start Thinking About May Term Study Abroad Programs
As soon as spring semester ends, take off on a instructor-led Global Seminar. Earn 3 credits in three weeks during May. Choose from options across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the South Pacific.


Need a place to study?
Student Unions & Activities has many places to tune out and tune in, or take a little cat nap. Find the best place to study and you can leave for Winter Break feeling like you crushed it!

Welcome Week Leader Applications Available Soon
If you are looking for 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 2018! Applications for the 2014 Welcome Week Leader position will be available Dec. 18.

Looking for something to do over winter break? is a library of online technology training videos that provides access to approximately 2,250 courses for all skill levels in more than 150 specialties, including 3D animation, design, photography, video, and web. It’s free for University of Minnesota students. Log into with your University Internet ID and password to access training videos 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Making a List, Checking It Twice... Your Winter Scholarship Search
Winter Break is the perfect time to start looking for 2014 scholarships! Use the University of Minnesota Undergraduate Scholarship Search, which includes a list of scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply, brief scholarship descriptions, and links to where you can learn more.

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 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.

Taking Time to Reflect on Your Strengths
Reflection is an important part of college; thinking about our experiences related to academics, work, relationships, or being involved on or off-campus helps us to better understand who we are and how we operate in relation to others in our community. Take a minute to think about how you used your Strengths this semester. Then check out these videos or come in and talk with a Student Strengths & Engagement Coach to get ideas for how you can apply them next semester.

Cough or Cold? Check out Gopher Quick Clinic!
Walk-in care for minor health concerns is available at Gopher Quick Clinic. No appointment is necessary. There are two locations: Boynton Health Service East Bank Clinic and Boynton Health Service St. Paul Clinic.

Should you be Tested for HIV?
World AIDS Day was Dec. 1. Boynton Health Service offers confidential HIV testing. Check out the HIV Testing web page to see if you should be tested.

Tai Chi, Yoga, and Pilates for Stress Management
Need a break from studying? Boynton offers FREE Tai Chi, Yoga, and Pilates classes or stress management. Beginners are welcome!

Orientation & First-Year Programs