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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.
Guiding Students Toward Employment—the job search should be a task on the agenda of all University of Minnesota students whether it's for a summer job or a first professional position.
Parenting Revisited: Changing Parenting Styles for the College Years—in helping your student what may have worked well in the past may not work now that he or she is in college.
The Housing Decision—how to decide whether to live on or off campus.
Miscellaneous—Billing dates Spring 2014; FAFSA application information; tuition and fee payments to the University; how to receive the Parent email newsletter
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Download the Winter 2014 Newsletter.
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).
If you'd like to sign up for email updates, send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
December 19, 2013
A Time for Conversations; Final Grades; Affording Study Abroad; Student Health Survey; Student Health Insurance; Planned IT Outage; Undergraduate Research; Miscellaneous
December 10, 2013
Message from President Kaler; Snow Emergencies; Campus Bus Route Changes; Exam Preparations; Finals Care Packages; CFANS Tree Sale; Gopher Football at Texas Bowl; Extreme Makeover: Major Edition!; Miscellaneous
November 27, 2013
Campus Safety a Top Priority; Student Safety Tips; Adopt A Family Update; Weather Emergencies; Student Mental Health; CSE Illumination; Miscellaneous
November 20, 2013
Message from President Kaler; Adopt a Family; Service-Learning Classes for Spring Semester; Financial Update; Study Paws Update; Snow Fence Contest Results; Miscellaneous
November 13, 2013
Campus Safety Message from President Kaler; Holiday Planning; Spring Semester Parking Lottery; Student Technology Peer Tutoring; Give to the MAX Day; Miscellaneous
November 11, 2013
November 4, 2013
Housing Workshop Online; Study Paws; Libraries: More than Books; Veterans Appreciation Day; Strengths Workshops; Nutrition Counseling; Investigate CSI; Planning for Spring Semester; Learning Abroad; Miscellaneous
October 24, 2013
Paratransit on Campus; Special Offer From Athletics: Football Tickets for Parents; Parents Weekend Follow-up; Financial Update; WAM Bees
Major Scare Halloweekend; Strengths Videos; Safety Day; Miscellaneous
October 16, 2013
President Kaler's Update; Change in Thursday's Volleyball Time; Open Basketball Scrimmage Friday; Dakota Sacred Sites Tour; Guidebook for Second-Year Students; Well-being for Students and Parents; Parents Weekend Update; Campus Safety; Miscellaneous
October 3, 2013
Etiquette and Careers Dinner; Strengths at the U; Saturday Scholars; Financial Update; Safety and Security on Campus; Campus Buildings: From Cooling to Heating; Free Volleyball Tickets; Miscellaneous
September 25, 2013
Messages from President Kaler and Provost Hanson; Parents Weekend: Register by October 1; Info Session on Winter Break Study Abroad; Health Careers Week & Health Careers Fair; Financial Update; Concerts on the Mall; Parents' Role in Student Success; University of Minnesota Police Department; Miscellaneous
September 16, 2013
Parents Weekend: Learn About Housing Options for Next Year; @home in Minnesota: Chicago Area Families; Dream Act Eligibility; Student Job Documentation; Happening This Week; Influenza Vaccinations; On-Campus Support Groups and Workshops; Future Teachers; Parents' Role in Student Success; Miscellaneous
September 9, 2013
Financial Update; Online Classes for Student Success; Getting Students Involved; International Service Learning Trip for Families; School Supply Drive for Parents Weekend; Learn and Earn: Upcoming UROP Deadline; UM-TCF Partnership: News Stories; Miscellaneous
September 3, 2013
President Kaler's Message to the Class of 2017; Parents' Role in Student Success; Student Health Benefit Plan; Student Shopping Day at the ReUse Center; Boynton's St. Paul Clinic; Financial Information; Move-In Reports; Miscellaneous
August 28, 2013
New Student Convocation: You Can Watch!; News from CAPE; Parents Weekend 2013; Common Reading; A Question for the U of M Chief of Police; Miscellaneous
August 21, 2013
Move-in Receptions: Please Come See Us; Before Students Move to Campus; Commuter Students; Students Living Off Campus; Second-Year Experience; Parents Weekend (and Volleyball Games); Strengths at the U of M; Data Privacy; Minnesota State Fair; Learning Abroad Fair; Re-Use-a-Palooza; Cost of College Drinking; Miscellaneous
August 14, 2013
Finances; Fraternity/Sorority Life; University Traditions; National College Colors Day; Career Planning; U of M Parents Facebook Page; Attendance Policy and Religious Observance; Security Suggestions; Mental Health at the U of M; The Quiet Student; Miscellaneous
July 31, 2013
Parent Feedback; Prescription Transfers; Discovering Majors and Careers: CAPE; First-Year Parents and Residence Hall Planning; New U Partner for Car Share Program; Football Home Opener: Tickets for Parents; CFANS Study and Travel in Italy; Miscellaneous
July 11, 2013
Parents of First-Year Students; Room Assignments: The Social Media Perspective; Summer: Skill Development Season; Parents of Upperclassmen; Football Home Opener: Tickets for Parents; CFANS Study and Travel in Italy; Miscellaneous
May 29, 2013
Message from President Kaler; When Students Return Home; Transcripts; University Health Insurance Policy; Fall Parking Contract; Parents of Incoming Students; Summer Support Groups; Miscellaneous
May 10, 2013
Finals Time; Summer U-Pass; Residence Hall Heating/Cooling Transition; Global Learning Adventure Tour; Off-Campus Housing Fair; A Note about Apartment Subletting; Miscellaneous
May 3, 2013
Boomerang Graduates; Stress Relief Canine Style; Student Success Courses; Care Packages; Dining Services Parent Survey; University Parent Social Media; Miscellaneous
April 19, 2013
Message from President Kaler; Parent Input Requested on Dining Services; Spring Jam; Summer School Housing; Information for Student Entrepreneurs; Note to Parents of Incoming Students; Note to Parents of Soon-to-Be Graduates; End of the Semester; Miscellaneous
April 4, 2013
Classes Without Quizzes; Eastcliff Reception for 2013 Graduates and Families; Theatre, Arts, and Dance; If We Have Helped...; Miscellaneous
March 26, 2013
Financial Update; Social Media/Parents; Career Development; May Session; Vocabulary for U of M Parents; Miscellaneous
March 14, 2013
Graduation; Finances; Mental Health; Spring Break; Miscellaneous
March 1, 2013
State of the University; Major Decisions: A Job for CAPE; Absence Policy Reinstated; Careers in Law; Careers in Transportation; Preparation for K-12 Teaching; Do-It-Yourself Tools for Resolving Student Conflicts; Learning Abroad; Miscellaneous
February 12, 2013
State of the University; Tax Assistance for Students; Commencement Information; Strengths at the U; Classes Without Quizzes; Peer Research Assistance; Miscellaneous
January 29, 2013
Message from President Kaler; Looking Toward the Second Year of College; Dining Options for Off-Campus Students; Billing Dates; Time Management: Assignment Calendar; Career Planning; Arts and Dance (Free!); 1098-T Tax Information; Parents' Collective Wisdom; Miscellaneous
January 18, 2013
Influenza Message; Career Development; Learning Abroad; Student Support Through University Counseling & Consulting Services; Off-Campus Housing; Community Service for the Common Good; Miscellaneous
January 9, 2013
Message from President Kaler; Grades and Questions; Financial Information for Spring; Welcome Week Leaders; Precautions; Upcoming Events; One-Credit Courses for Students; Miscellaneous
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Events for Parents
There are a number of events throughout the year that parents can attend.
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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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As the seasons change, so does the information parents need to know. See Seasonal Updates for fall semester dates, links to the fall semester tuition payment schedule, resources for students, information about campus safety, mid-term alerts, study abroad preparation, and more.
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