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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) September 15, 2016

Hello Gophers!

We hope that you had a great first week of classes and that you are beginning to settle in at the U of M. Here are a few things to keep in mind regarding your health and safety as you continue to transition to the U of M. In this eNewsletter you will find;


Join Fast Forward
Don’t forget about Fast Forward! Join OFYP once a month for group discussions with other first-year students about campus resources and different aspects of the first-year transition. The discussions will focus on what students’ needs are at the time and there also will be some tasty eats!

Complete Welcome Week Evaluation
Don’t forget to send us your feedback on Welcome Week if you have not already done so! Go here to complete that Welcome Week evaluations. Tell us about your experience by September 30 and you will be entered to win prizes!

Complete Land O’Lakes Evaluation
Want an extra $50? Take three to five minutes to respond to this survey about your knowledge of Minnesota companies and you could win one of 20 $50 Visa gift cards!


Medical Amnesty
Minnesota has the medical amnesty law which prevents prosecution for underage drinking and underage alcohol possession if you call 911 for medical help. This law was adopted to ensure that those who are at risk for alcohol overdose receive the medical attention they need. If you or a friend are in need of assistance and you dial 911, as long as you stay with the person that needs help and cooperate with the responders, you both will be protected from prosecution under the Medical Amnesty Law. You can visit the Safe U website for more information about Medical Amnesty and other things you should know about responding to alcohol related medical emergencies.

Navigating the new opportunities and challenges that come with the college transition can be overwhelming at times, especially for students who are experiencing it for the first time. It is important to remember that your peers are also going through their first-year transition. But we know that everyone experiences things differently and so we understand that sometimes it might seem like your experiences are much different than the experiences of those around you.

With that in mind, we have some helpful hints from current Golden Gophers on how to manage the transition:

  • “Be comfortable being uncomfortable. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things.”
  • “Sometimes it just helps to talk things out with someone who is just there to listen. That someone can be a new friend in your residence hall, a family member or friend from back home, someone you met during Welcome Week or Orientation, or even a trained counselor or Community Advisor on campus. Don’t be afraid to let someone know how you are feeling.”
  • “Be sure to leave some breaks for just yourself in these next few weeks. While there is a lot to do and participate in at the beginning of the school year, leaving some time to just relax and take a break can help relieve some stress and keep you in balance.”

Important Refund Dates
Don’t forget that the last day to return your textbooks for a refund is September 20. Be sure to return these materials in good condition and bring your receipt.


Boynton Health
Boynton Health offers student health promotion groups to help keep you healthy and successful academically. These student-led groups provide confidential, judgment-free support for sexual health, stress management, nutrition and recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Gopher Chauffeur offers free transportation, and Health Advocates are health resources in your residence halls and Greek houses. You can visit this website for more information.

UMPD/Security Monitor Program
The University of Minnesota Police Department protects and serves students, staff, and visitors of the University of Minnesota 365 days a year. The Public Safety Emergency Communication Center (PSECC) answers emergency and non-emergency calls. If you dial 911 using a cell phone or a landline telephone anywhere on campus the PSECC will answer your call. For non-emergency incident sor questions call 612-624-COPS (624-2677). Everyone is encouraged to use the Security Escort Program. Call 624-WALK (624-9255) if you would like a Security Monitor to walk you to your car, residential hall, or class.


Visit the Raptor Center
The Raptor Center on St. Paul Campus rehabilitates about 800 sick and injured raptors each year. Our winged ambassador birds and knowledgeable staff and volunteers will be your guides. Your student ID gets you free admission for a tour of the site.

Multicultural Student Engagement
There are many ways to get involved with Multicultural Student Engagement! Leadership and learning opportunities include:

  • Power and Privilege Series
  • Social Justice Leadership Certificate Program
  • Art of Participatory Student Leadership Trainings

University of Minnesota Farmers Market
The University holds a farmers market every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Gateway Plaza just outside the McNamara Alumni Center. The last market of the season will be held on October 12.

Choose reUse and Win!
Don’t forget to use your new Choose reUse & Win water bottle and sticker to earn points and win rewards! Download the free Cupanion app from the App Store or Google Play, refill your water bottle on campus, scan your barcode sticker with your smartphone and earn points.

Student Sound!
Head to the Northrop Plaza on Wednesdays at noon through October 12 for FREE outdoor concerts featuring U of M student bands! There are treats or free stuff while supplies last. Jam out with us on your lunch break!

First Year Free Ticket
Good news! All freshmen get one free ticket to a Northrop Dance Season performance! This is your chance to see a world class artist right on campus! To reserve your free ticket, visit the Northrop box office.

Orientation & First-Year Programs