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News and Events

All parents receive the University Parent newsletter, mailed in August, December, and March. Past issues can be found in the newsletter archive.


Winter 2015

From President Kaler: Moving forward in 2015

Job and Internship Fair—Information on the biggest job fair in Minnesota.

The Aurora Center: Advocating for Victims/Survivors of Assault and Violence

The Transition from College Student to Self-Sufficient Adult

Changes to University Systems

Miscellaneous—Important dates, File a FAFSA, Tuition and fee payments to the University of Minnesota, Parent email newsletter, Continuing your education, off campus housing. 

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Download the Winter 2015 Newsletter.

Past Newsletters

Articles from past newsletters can often have long-lasting relevance.

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Subscribe to Parent Email Updates

Parents may sign up for email updates to receive periodic special announcements. Email messages can also be read online (see below).

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If you'd like to sign up for email updates, send your email address to and ask to be added to the list. It will take anywhere from a day to a week before you see a message, depending on how soon one is sent out after you've been added to the list.

Recent Parent Email

The following links go to email messages sent recently to the University Parent email update list.

February 25, 2015
Change in Approach to Crime Alerts; Final Men's Basketball Game: Discount Tickets; Second Billing Due Date; Academic Refresher Course; Featured Photo; Miscellaneous

February 10, 2015
Students Register Early This Year; Do-It-Yourself Tools for Resolving Student Conflicts; Leadership Opportunities for Transfer Students; Job Preparation Season; Featured Photo; Miscellaneous

January 28, 2015
Health Advisory: Measles; Free Tax Preparation; Assignment Calculator; Black History Month; Campus Climate: From Conversation to Action; Parent-Student-Family Service Learning Trip; Second Chance; Job Search Workshop; Workshop Series: Marketing International Experience; Info Sessions about Scholarships & Financial Aid for Learning Abroad; Legislative Action Kickoff; Featured Photo; Help Us Out; Miscellaneous

January 20, 2015
Message from President Kaler; About Parent Email Messages; New Year's Resolutions; Crime Alerts and Public Safety Updates; Scholarship Search; Honorary Societies; Spring Activities Fair; Dining Options for Off-Campus Students; Miscellaneous

January 9, 2015
Financial Information for Spring; International Service Trip for Families; Career Fair; Deciding on a Major; Safety Tips for Valuables; Welcome Week Leader Recruitment; Residence Hall Students; Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute; Classes Without Quizzes; Global Learning Adventure; Miscellaneous

December 11, 2014
Message from President Kaler; And Holiday Greetings from President and Mrs. Kaler; Citrus Bowl; A Time for Conversations; Final Grades; Undergraduate Research; Extreme Makeover: Major Edition; Housing Options for 2015-2016; Adopt a Family Update; Featured Photo; Miscellaneous

December 4, 2014
PAWS with PETS; Late Night Breakfast; Exam Preparation; What Families Can Do During Finals; Finals Care Packages; International Service Opportunity for Families; Featured Photo; Miscellaneous

November 20, 2014
Message from Vice President of University Services; Thanksgiving Break; Adopt a Family Update; Zimride Ride Sharing; U of M Job & Internship Fair; Calendar Correction; Expanded Library Hours; Freshman Seminars Abroad; Career Transitions for Parents; One-Credit Classes for Student Success; Featured Photo; Miscellaneous

November 11, 2014
Adopt-a-Family; Snow Fence Contest Results; November Is Career Development Month; Housing Fair; Ebola Preparedness Update; TEDx at U of M; Spring Semester Parking Lottery; Featured Photo; Miscellaneous

October 30, 2014
Iowa and Ohio State Football Games; Northrop Presents Hong Kong Ballet; CAPE Express; New Health Services Management Degree; Upcoming Holiday Breaks; Featured Photo

October 27, 2014
Student Voting; Recruiting Orientation Leaders; Cirque de-Stress; Mascot Awareness Discussions; U of M Response to Ebola Virus; CLA Second-Year Success; CEHD Common Book; Financial Update; Featured Photo; Miscellaneous

October 9, 2014
Mid-term Alerts; Help for Selecting a Major; Nutrition Advice and Counseling; Professional Dance/Northrop; Paratransit on Campus; Financial Update; Featured Photo; Miscellaneous

October 3, 2014
Gopher Sports Family Weekend: Little Brown Jug Version; Residence Hall Heating Changeover; CAPE for Students Seeking the Right Major; Career Fair; Difficult Discussions; Follow-Up from Family Weekend; Saturday Scholars; Theatre and Dance Performances; Coming Soon: Cirque de Stress; Community Service in Guatemala: For Parents and Students; Safety and Security on Campus; Featured Photo; Miscellaneous

September 23, 2014
Election Day, November 4; Homesickness; Undergraduate Research Proposals Due; Future Teachers; Financial Update; Major Scare Workshop; Notes on Parents Weekend; Gopher Sports Family Weekend; Featured Photo; Miscellaneous

September 17, 2014
University Parent—Parents Weekend Registration Closed 

September 15, 2014
Dance Performance; Surdyk's Cafe at Northrop; Late Fee for Parents Weekend Registrations; Gopher Family Sports Day; Free Flu Shots; Class of 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Posters; Workshops on Just About Anything; Dakota Sacred Sites Tour; Parents Role in Student Success; Featured Photo; Miscellaneous

September 8, 2014
Message from the President; Register Today for Parents Weekend; School Supply Drive During Parents Weekend; Academic Wellness Courses; Biking Around Campus; U of M Safety Notices; Alcohol Enforcement; Academic Notes; Personal Support; Parents' Role in Student Success; Off-campus Housing; Miscellaneous

September 2, 2014
Deadline for Parents Weekend Registration; Financial Update; Student Involvement/Engagement Events; Career Fairs; Football Tickets for September 6 Game; Move-In Reports; Parents Role in Student Success; Your Input Please; Featured Photo; Miscellaneous

August 27, 2014
Welcome Week Update; Convocation Livestream; Returning Students; Bookstore Hours; Featured Photo; Miscellaneous

August 20, 2014
Move-In Receptions; Campus Zone Light Rail Pass; Fall Update; Gold Book; Family Contributions to Student Success; Finance Course; Emotions Are Normal; The Quiet Student; Tips for Parents Moving Students to Campus; Commuter Students; Students Living Off Campus; Parents Weekend Highlights: College Meetings; Nature-Based Therapeutics; U of M at the State Fair; Miscellaneous 

August 6, 2014
Financial Information; One Stop for Parents; Parents Weekend, September 26-27; Gopher Sports Family Weekend, October 10-11; Attend the First Football Game of the Season; Vikings on Campus; Roommate Assignments; Seeking Parent Input; University of Minnesota Parent Program Facebook Page; Seminar for Parents: Alcohol on Campus; Parking Meters Enforced on Sundays; Miscellaneous

July 16, 2014
Parents of First-Year Students; Parents of Commuters; Boynton Closed July 30-August 4; Major Network; Fall 2014 UPass; Fall Student Contract Parking Lottery; Social Media for Parents; Minnesota Parents Association; Miscellaneous

May 9, 2014
Message from the President; Finals Week; End-of-Semester PAWS Event; Health Care During the Summer; Summer U-Pass; Spring Semester Grades; Parents Weekend Update; Join CFANS Global Learning Adventure; Heating to Cooling Changeover; Miscellaneous

April 23, 2014
Light Rail Is Coming Soon; Recognition for President Kaler; Note to Parents of Graduating Students; Care Packages; Residence Hall Move Out; Off-Campus Move Out; Summer School Housing; Note to Parents of Incoming Students; Parent Fund; Miscellaneous

April 11, 2014
Message from President Kaler

April 9, 2014
Topic of Conversation; Commencement; Financial Information; Student Volunteers Needed for Parents Weekend Committee; Help with Research and Writing; Career Planning; Career Preparation for Seniors; Start Me Up; World's Largest Textile Garage Sale; PAWS; Miscellaneous

March 27, 2014
Spring Weather; Join the Legislative Network; Northrop Re-Opening; Making Sense of Learning Abroad; Feel Better Fast; Smart Learning Commons; Free English as a Second Language (ESL) Support; Opportunities to Study Off-Campus This Summer; Financial Update; Paratransit Requests Online; Campus Pothole Hotline; Miscellaneous

March 5, 2014
Message from the President: Toward a Smoke-Free Campus; Parent Discount for Big 10 Basketball; Major Madness from CAPE; Health Careers Center; Student Safety Forum; Light Rail Is Coming; Hear from University Experts at Classes Without Quizzes; Tuition Payments; Parent Survey: Please Respond; Miscellaneous

February 20, 2014
Board of Regents Supports Campus Safety Initiatives; Meet the Parent Program Staff, with Wings; Student Safety Town Hall; Northrop Grand Reopening; 2014 State of the U Address; Drug Free University Policy; University Medical School Admissions Information; Do-It-Yourself Tools for Resolving Student Conflicts; Miscellaneous

February 6, 2014
Message from the President; Self-Defense Workshops; Study PAWS; Job and Internship Fair; Welcome Week Leaders; One Stop Hours; IRS Form 1098; Tax Assistance for Students; Miscellaneous

January 21, 2014
Message from the President; Safety Update; Crime Alerts and Public Safety Updates; Scholarship Search; Honorary Societies; Spring Activities Fair; Peace Corps Information Session; Dining Options for Off-Campus Students; Housing for 2014-2015; Parent/Student Community Service; New Year's Resolutions; Miscellaneous

January 10, 2014
Financial Aid Information for Spring; Financial Literacy for Graduating Seniors; Career Fair; Increased Campus Bus Service; Safety Tips for Mobile Devices; Welcome Week Leaders Recruitment; Summer Study Opportunity for International High School Students; Miscellaneous

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Parents at a football game.

Events for Parents

There are a number of events throughout the year that parents can attend.

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Timely Issues

The weather, the academic cycle, and even the athletic teams can affect your student's temperament and productivity as the year goes by. Timely Issues talks about some of the issues that are likely to affect students this time of year.

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Seasonal Updates

As the seasons change, so does the information parents need to know. See Seasonal Updates for an abbreviated academic calendar for spring semester and links to the spring semester tuition payment schedule, health information, Housing & Residential Life important dates, weather information (emergency closing), and more..

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