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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) October 3, 2014

THINGS TO DO

Plan Accordingly to Make Your Second Fall Tuition Payment
Your second tuition payment is due October 11. If you need additional financial aid or would like more information on billing due dates and payment methods please visit One Stop Student Services.

Meet With Your Academic Adviser
Spring semester registration begins November 11. 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.

flu shot graphicGet Your Free Flu Shot
Help stop the spread of the flu. And reduce your chance of missing class. Register now for a FREE flu vaccination. Flu clinics are offered at both the East Bank and St. Paul campuses. To learn more or view the clinic schedule, visit Boynton Health Service.

Manage Your Schedule
With midterm examinations just around the corner, take time to plan for class assignments and deadlines listed on your 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?
November 10 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 Session.

Need Help Learning Software?
Information Technology offers free classes for students to learn (or enhance their knowledge of) new software or technology. These short classes include topics such as Moodle, Microsoft Excel, and Google Applications. You can look online for the full list of classes available.

Thinking of Studying Off-Campus During 2015/2016 but Want to Stay in North America?
Consider participating in the National Student Exchange (NSE) program! NSE allows students to study at one of about 200 institutions in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, or Canada for the same tuition you pay at the U. Seek opportunities and adventure in 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 2015-2016 academic year is in mid-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. You can get one-on-one help from a fellow student (for example, a tutor) on anything from picking a topic to finding scholarly articles. Visit the website for appointments or walk-in hours in Walter Library SMART or MCAE in Appleby.

Having Trouble in a Specific Class–like Math or Spanish or Chemistry?
Try SMART! SMART Learning Commons have 36 peer tutors to help you with more than 249 courses spanning 66 subjects. Visit the SMART Learning Commons in Walter Library, Wilson Library, or Magrath Library (St. Paul) today. Learn more about tutor schedules, services, resources, and more.

Health & Wellness

Attend a FREE Yoga, Tai Chi, or Pilates Class
FREE yoga, tai chi, and Pilates classes for stress management are offered through Boynton Health Service. Registration is not required and beginners are welcome! Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to arrive five minutes early. Visit www.bhs.umn.edu to view the fall schedule.

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 victims/survivors of sexual assault, education and help related to relationship violence and stalking, and education for campus populations interested in reducing sexual and relationship violence. Visit www.umn.edu/aurora 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.

Make the Call
Boynton Health Service reminds you to Make the Call! If you see someone passed out and unresponsive, call 911 for help.

Alcohol overdose is a medical emergency. If you see someone passed out and unresponsive or you suspect someone has overdosed on alcohol, it is your responsibility to get help by calling 911 immediately.

Recognize the signs and symptoms of alcohol overdose:

  • Mental confusion, coma, inability to wake up
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slow breathing (<10 breaths/minute)
  • Irregular breathing (=10 seconds between breaths)
  • Low body temperature, bluish skin color, paleness

For more information on responsible alcohol use, visit Boynton’s alcohol health information page.

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 the last fall bill due dates. Fill out your FAFSA online. The last day to request a fall 2013 loan is December 10.

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 Thanksgiving and winter breaks. 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.

Engagement

Student Unions & Activities
Student Unions & Activities presents 100 years of Homecoming October 12-18. Homecoming 2014 is dedicated to honoring school spirit and pride in the maroon and gold. It brings the campus community together with events including cheer/lip sync competitions, sports tournaments, the Homecoming parade, a concert, and football game. For the full list of events visit homecoming.umn.edu. #ForeverGold

Class of 2018 Pride & Spirit Posters from Welcome Week Available
Get your free copy of the Class of 2018 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 MyU and select on the Kick It! icon. Or just click here!

Orientation & First-Year Programs
612-624-1979
ofyp@umn.edu
www.ofyp.umn.edu