September 17, 2007
Volume 6, Number 1
Hello, and welcome to the first edition of the Parent Newsletter for the 2007-2008 academic year! In this issue, you will find information on: - Campus Recreation Services - Career Services - Class Registration for Freshmen - Continuing Education - Counseling Center - Crimson Nights - Disability Services - Greek Community - Honors Program (The New Honors College) - International Center - LEAP - Major Exploration - Parent and Family Weekend: Sept. 28 & 29 - Student Health Center - Student Support Services - Study Abroad
If there are topics or offices that you would like to see in future editions, please let me know. Feel free to contact me if you have questions, and I hope your student’s fall semester is off to a great start! Johnathan Luster Assistant Director, Orientation and Leadership Development email@example.com | 801-585-1141
Campus Recreation Services
It's been a busy start of the academic year for Campus Recreation Services (CRS). To kick off the new year, we hosted the second annual Beach Party for Housing and Residential Education students at our Outdoor Recreation Program. Along with a barbecue, events included sand volleyball, basketball, kayak roll demonstrations, and info tables. New this year is Cardio Theatre at the Field House, including four large flat screen televisions and audio transmitters on the cardiovascular equipment. In addition, this year, we will again be offering Team Tots, which is a collaboration with the Child Care Coordinating Office that offers free child care for students while they work out with Campus Rec. Aside from these activities, CRS continues to offer the following selection of programs and services: Outdoor Recreation Program, Intramural Sports, Field House, Golf Course, Fitness Program, and Sport Clubs. For more information, visit our web site at http://web.utah.edu/campusrec/.
CAREER LIBRARY HOLDS KEY TO DISCOVERY OF HUNDREDS OF CAREERS In Career Services’ library of updated binders and books, students will discover hundreds of possible careers related or unrelated to their major fields of study. Current periodicals about job market trends and salary information will also help students plan future career directions. If students need help with their job search, the library has lots of “how-to” books: approach employers with cold calls, network, conduct information interviews, research employers, and write perfect cover letters and resumes. The Career Library also offers resources for students planning to attend graduate school, such as tips on how to apply and a 6-volume 2006 edition of Peterson’s graduate school guides that lists more than 40,000 programs offered by colleges and universities in the U.S. and selected institutions in Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Africa. The library is equipped with five computers for anyone to use—a nickel is charged for each printout. Please note that the Career Library is “self-help,” so students can browse at their leisure without pressure. However, if students ask for assistance to locate specific information, a walk-in counselor or library assistant would be delighted to answer their questions. If you have questions about the Career Library, please contact Susan Larsen at 801-585-5062.
Class Registration for Freshmen
NEW FRESHMEN MUST MEET WITH THEIR ADVISOR DURING FALL SEMESTER! New freshmen students who started at the University of Utah either summer or fall 2007 are required to meet with their academic advisor during fall semester! If students meet with their advisor between September 24 and November 2, they will be able to register early (on November 5) for their 1000 and 2000 level courses for spring semester! In late September, students will be sent a letter outlining this new initiative (the freshman advising program) and how to contact their advisor. A registration hold will be placed, preventing students from registering for their second semester until they meet with an advisor. Even if your student is planning to take a leave of absence they should still plan to come in to get this hold removed. Meeting with an academic advisor is a great opportunity to allow students to connect with their advisor early on in their academic career, and to help ensure that they get the courses they need during their first year. Students who participate in this program tend to post higher GPA’s, rates of retention, and graduation compared to students who do not participate. Please encourage your student to make an appointment with an academic advisor ASAP! Questions? Call University College at 801-581-8146.
FLEXIBLE CLASS AND DEGREE OPTIONS WITH CONTINUING EDUCATION Did you know that Continuing Education at the U of U offers classes and degrees for you or your student(s) in Bountiful, Murray, Sandy, and Park City? Even if you don’t live near the main campus, the U is only a few steps away with a full lineup of both credit and non-credit courses. Your family members can work toward a degree through a large selection of general education classes and upper division course work, or further their careers with our non-credit Professional Development and Technology Education classes and certificates. If you’re looking for something fun, Lifelong Learning offers courses in everything from jewelry-making to flower-arranging, yoga to creative writing, investing to palm reading, and tango to fly fishing! The U’s off-campus neighborhood sites provide the same great benefits of the main campus and are conveniently located in your own backyard. Don’t forget that you can also take online or correspondence courses through our Distance Education program without being enrolled at the U. If you’re considering returning to school, this is a great way to get your feet wet! U Online also offers a multitude of courses for enrolled students. Visit www.continue.utah.edu to see what’s coming up, or call us at 801-581-6461.
The University Counseling Center offers a variety of services to help with the common problems of daily living that may include sadness, anxiety, frustration, stress, or fear. Our approach is collaborative, goal-oriented, and multiculturally sensitive. We have a multi-disciplinary staff that includes psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and advanced trainees in these fields. All questions and sessions are confidential. The cost for counseling is based on a reasonable fee schedule, typically $10 per session for U students. No eligible person will be denied service for financial reasons. We also conduct workshops for student groups and campus organizations on topics such as test anxiety, stress management, and adjusting to college life. The first visit is free! Call us at 801-581-6826 to set up an initial intake appointment. We are located at 426 Student Services Building and our website is www.sa.utah.edu/counsel. University Counseling Center services include: Individual, Group and Couples Counseling Psychiatric Services Career Exploration For-Credit Classes Strategies for College Success Class Workshops by Request on Mental Health Topics Self Help Online Resources Free online screening for Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders and Alcohol Concerns
IT’S 2:00 AM. DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR STUDENT IS? Most likely, she/he is just heading home after a fabulous night of fun and entertainment at Crimson Nights – with over 7,000 students attending each event, it’s the most “happening” place on campus. Crimson Nights is the University of Utah’s most popular free event – held every four to six weeks on a Friday night from 9 pm to 2 am. Each event has a theme to accommodate the diverse interests of students and University community members. Activities include firework shows, a dance floor, food, comedy shows, a craft area, cosmic bowling, billiards, an international talent show, game shows, casino nights, movies, and more. There is something for everyone at Crimson Nights. The purpose of Crimson Nights, coordinated by the Union Programming Council (UPC), is to provide quality, late-night entertainment as an alternative to alcohol-related events. UPC provides programming to support a thriving campus life, offers a variety of programs that meets the needs of a diverse student body, develops partnerships among student clubs and organizations, and builds community at a commuter campus. For more information and to view Crimson Nights photos, go to www.upc.utah.edu/ and click on Crimson Nights.
The Center for Disability Services works with students who have all types of disabilities (e.g., learning disabilities, AD/HD, physical disabilities, psychological disabilities, students who are Blind or have low vision, and students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing). Technology can be a key tool for students dealing with a college workload, and the Center for Disability Services attempts to offer specialized computer equipment and software in convenient locations. The main computer lab is in our office in the Union Building room 162, but we also offer labs in the Marriot Library and Sage Point Building 811. These labs are fully equipped with high-speed scanners for reading textbooks, and the Sage Point lab has a technician who can assist students. Stop by the office in 162 Union for a map of locations with hours. The Center for Disability Services also tries to maintain the human touch. We have two peer advisors who can help students with time management, test prep strategies, textbook reading tips, and general advice on how to make a successful transition to college. Students can call the front desk at 801-581-5020 to schedule an appointment with one of our excellent peer advisors.
FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Fraternity and sorority members completed their formal recruitment weeks in August and welcomed new members to the Greek community. New members will attend an orientation called "Greek 101" on September 21 with a choice of workshops ranging from campus safety and health to the history of Greek life. Members will kick-off the University's Homecoming festivities with a House Decorations contest and will sing and dance to show their school spirit at Songfest, both incorporating the theme of "True to U" for the week. It is not too late to join as chapters have begun informal recruitment events. For information see www.greeks.utah.edu/ and do not hesitate to contact the Dean of Students Office with questions or concerns at 801-581-8061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honors Program (The New Honors College)
HONORS COLLEGE CREATED AT THE U On August 20, 2007, the University of Utah’s Board of Trustees gave final approval to create the Honors College, renaming the Honors Program to capture the importance and distinction of the program and to propel it to greater prominence. The Honors Program’s rigorous curriculum and comprehensive features have long exceeded many of the standards set by the National Collegiate Honors Council, the governing body for honors programs and colleges nationwide. A prestigious centerpiece of undergraduate education at the U since 1961, the Honors College will now be competitive with other selective national honors colleges at peer institutions nationwide. “The name ‘Honors College’ speaks for itself,” says University of Utah President Michael K. Young. “It elevates our extraordinary Honors Program to national preeminence, where it truly belongs, and demonstrates our commitment to excellence in undergraduate education.” The name change will benefit student recruitment and retention, development success, alumni participation and graduate school placement. On the institutional level, becoming a college equates recognition as an academic unit of distinction charged to insure quality in a particular discipline. The designation of ‘college’ connotes the particular size and complexity of the program, the relative prestige it holds in the context of its university structure and the recognition of the importance of its mission to the university as a whole. “The Honors Program is one of the crown jewels of our undergraduate program and it is appropriate that it receive this recognition,” says David Pershing, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the U. “The Honors College provides students with a small college experience while retaining the advantages of attending a major research university with world renowned scholars.” Unlike other colleges within the U, the Honors College will not produce its own degrees, but will continue to graduate honors students with honors degrees in the context of their majors. Honors students must maintain a 3.5 GPA, take seven specific honors courses and complete an honors thesis and presentation. The Honors College also includes Honors Tracks in 15 different departments across campus. For more information, visit www.honors.utah.edu.
AMBASSADOR PROGRAM This program matches globally-minded students who are familiar with the campus and Salt Lake City with incoming international students. Students will gain valuable leadership skills and an opportunity to work with students from over 110 different countries. Ambassadors will be prepared to answer many questions about a variety of topics such as life at the U, where to find housing and groceries, help with adjusting to American culture, and so much more! For more information, please contact Anjali Pai Hammond at the International Center: email@example.com.
The LEAP Program (for “Learning, Engagement, Achievement, and Progress”) opens its fourteenth year with 645 students studying in 23 sections taught by 11 faculty members. New this year is a third section for Business majors. In other developments, LEAP has doubled its offerings in Engineering in response to a move on the part of the College of Engineering to begin requiring LEAP of some majors. Opening LEAP activities included the Convocation and reception on September 4, held at Heritage Center and the LEAP House, and the Kickoff Picnic on September 14 on the lawn outside the Sill Center. We’re also looking forward to a series of workshops on poverty in Utah offered in late September by the Director of Crossroads Urban Center. In addition, the Director of the LEAP Program will greet parents at a reception for families held in conjunction with Parent and Family Weekend on September 28. Faculty and Peer Advisors have prepared for the year by means of a two-day Peer Advisor Workshop and a one-day LEAP Faculty retreat, both held just before classes began. We expect another great LEAP year.
The Major Exploration EXPO is an activity showcasing the tremendous opportunities available to our students and prospective students. All U of U academic departments will gather in one location to share information about their majors, minors, certificates, and/or services that are available to U of U students or potential students. Last year was a huge success with more than 800 students in attendance and more than 80 departments and student support agencies represented. Ninety-eight percent of the students surveyed said that they would recommend the EXPO to a friend. WHERE? Union Ballroom WHEN? Wednesday, September 26, 2007, from 10 AM to 2 PM EXHIBITORS? Departments and service agencies at the U WHO ATTENDS? U of U Students (transfer and prospective students are invited as well) who are looking for a major and/or minor, a second major, and other opportunities that create a unique undergraduate experience.
Parent and Family Weekend: September 28 & 29
HAVE YOU REGISTERED TO ATTEND PARENT AND FAMILY WEEKEND? If not, visit our website today! www.sa.utah.edu/orientation/programs/PandFweekend.html Parent and Family Weekend, as part of 2007 University Homecoming, is a time for you to join us on campus and celebrate the U with your student. From a reception with President Young to a tailgate lunch before the Utah versus Utah State football game, this Weekend offers many opportunities for you to learn what the U has to offer both you and your student. Please contact Johnathan Luster for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-585-1141.
Student Health Center
CONGRATULATIONS from the Student Health Center! You and your student have survived that first month of “higher ed”! Before they need us, here are a couple of important reminders about your student’s health and well-being. Sick Season! It’s coming – dramatic weather changes, mid-term and end-ofterm stress, long study hours, and irregular eating and sleeping may finally catch up with your student. Colds, sore throats, and influenza germs are all around them. Gently remind your student to wash their hands with soap and warm water and to cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Coughing or sneezing into the crook of their elbow helps eliminate the spread of germs on their hands. Also, remind them to call the Student Health Center (801-581-6431) if they have any of the following symptoms: a temperature over 101 degrees for more than 48 hours; a cough with pain in the chest; shortness of breath (different from a stuffy nose); a persistent sore throat, especially without the runny, stuffy nose typical of a cold; an extremely red throat; any symptom that shows no improvement within 7 days; a severe headache with fever; worsening pain in one or both ears; any chronic medical condition, such as asthma or diabetes, which may be complicated by a cold or the flu. Students who have questions about their symptoms, or wonder if they need to be seen by a health care provider, can call the Student Health Center and ask to speak with a nurse. All University of Utah students are eligible for care at Student Health whether they have insurance or not. Remind them to bring their insurance card if they have one. Most insurance plans can be billed, all insurance benefits will be paid directly to you, so your student will need to pay for their services within 45 days from their visit. We accept credit cards (Visa, MC, AmEx, or Discover), cash, or checks.
Student Support Services
CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME TO THE “U” TRiO - STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES Federally Funded Student Support Services Project (SSS) in the office of Educational Opportunity Programs is a program to help eligible students get on the right track to a successful University experience. Eligible students are first generation (neither parent has a four-year college degree), lowincome, or students with a disability. SSS provides: • Academic success planning and advising in general education, financial aid, career and major decision making, graduate school preparation, etc. • Instruction: Math 950, Math 1010 and Ed Ps 2600 Strategies for College Success (tuition is waived for eligible students in SSS sponsored classes) • Tutoring in various subjects: 1000 - 2000 level math, writing, sciences and general education courses • Monthly newsletter to keep students abreast of information • Workshops to promote transition to the university and academic success • Scholarship awarded to eligible SSS freshman and sophomore students to help with educational costs • Summer program (JUMPSTART) designed to help entering freshman get a jumpstart to their college education We're a small, friendly office giving attention to the individual needs of the students in our program. If you think your student might be eligible and benefit from our program please contact us at 801-5817188, stop by our office at Annex Room 2075, or visit www.sa.utah.edu/eop/.
Beginning fall 2007, all incoming freshmen and transfer students must complete an approved internationally-themed course in order to graduate. This requirement can be fulfilled by completing an approved on-campus course, or by participating in a study abroad program or international internship. Programs in any major are available all over the world, and students can study for a summer, semester or academic year while earning credit towards graduation. In addition to fulfilling the International Requirement, Study Abroad also offers students the chance to-• Expose themselves to new perspectives on international issues • Improve their foreign language skills or learn a new language • Gain valuable work experience through an international internship • Prepare themselves for a life of engagement as an effective global and local citizen • Gain confidence in themselves personally and professionally Financial aid can be used on approved programs, and scholarships are available. For more information, contact the International Center in Union 159 or visit www.international.utah.edu.