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Parent Email–January 30, 2012

  • Opportunities for Students
  • Career Development
  • 1098T Tax Information
  • Off-Campus Living
  • The U's Legislative Briefing
  • Minnesota Caucus Night
  • Miscellaneous

I saw a couple of students wearing shorts yesterday! The unseasonably warm weather has us all confounded. Jackets are not zipped. Hats are being carried, not worn. But feet are still bundled into boots. You never know when you'll come across a puddle or a leftover patch of ice. Here is the Northrop Mall webcam so you can see for yourself.

Opportunities for Students

Spring semester is a time for students to begin the steps for academic and professional development opportunities for the following year. In many cases, they will need to apply for programs, positions, or opportunities during the spring, in order to be considered for programs or positions next fall. In some cases, decisions are made and training begins during spring semester.

  • The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) is looking for outgoing and enthusiastic current students to service as Ambassadors for the two-day Multicultural Kickoff at the start of the academic year. The Kickoff is intended to help first-year students make a successful transition to the University. The program will take place August 28-29, before the start of Welcome Week. Students can find more information about the program and the application process online.
  • Welcome Week Leaders—There is still time for students to apply to become a Welcome Week Leader. Applications are due February 22. Students can learn about the position by visiting the Welcome Week table in Coffman Union or attending an information meeting in one of the residence halls over the next two weeks. A schedule and additional information is online.
  • Parents Weekend Committee: Student volunteers are needed to help plan and implement Parents Weekend, which is scheduled for September 28-30, 2012. Volunteers will begin working during spring semester to develop new, creative, and unique ideas that both students and their parents can enjoy together. Students will gain communication skills, professional experience, organizational and time management skills, and experience in working both as part of a team and individually. Additional information and an application is available online. Please encourage your student to apply.
  • The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) is currently accepting applications for program assistants and program assistant leads (PAs and PALs) to work with its First Year Course, CLA 1001 and 1002. PAs and PALs are CLA students who help implement the first-year experience for all CLA students. PAs will work directly with first-year students to deliver the course; a job description and application is available online. PALs guide the PAs and work on the implementation of the course; a job description and application for the PALs position is available online.

    The CLA First-Year course provides students with connections, resources, and support for a successful first year at the U of M. The positions are open only to CLA students; PAs and PALs learn facilitation skills, mentor other students, develop leadership skills, and work as part of a team.
  • Undergraduate Public Health Minor—A new minor in public health is being offered as a collaboration between the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Public Health. Students can find requirements for the new minor, as well as a declaration application, by visiting the Geography and Sociology department webpages. Students  can contact Public Health Minor advising ( to set up a time to meet with an adviser.
  • Graduate School Preparation Workshop—Students who plan to attend graduate school can find information on steps to take and tips on successful applications through an online workshop. The workshop will also be helpful for parents considering going back to school for a graduate program.

Career Development

  • Environmental Internship and Career Fair—Students looking for jobs or internships that focus on sustainability, the environment, or renewable energy can find information at the Environmental Internship and Career Fair from 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, February 1, in the North Star Ballroom in the St. Paul Student Center.
  • Market Your International Experience Workshop—Those who have returned from a study abroad program can receive help articulating their experience on resumes and in interviews. Career counselors will present effective interview and resume practices specific to students with international experiences. The program will be from 3 to 5 p.m., Friday, February 3, in 130 Blegen Hall. Students are encouraged to register in advance.
  • U of M Job & Internship Fair—The biggest student career fair in Minnesota will feature more than 200 organizations and businesses. The fair is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, February 23, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. It is open to U of M undergraduates, graduate students, and recent alumni. Pre-registration is $10; registration the day of the fair is $25. Free transportation will be provided from campus. Students should register online. A tip for parents: We occasionally find that parents want to attend the fair with their student. This is not recommended, and parents are asked not to attend. Employers react negatively to applicants who show up with a parent (or boyfriend/girlfriend/best friend) at their side. Employers are looking for applicants who will work independently and who have self confidence.
  • 2012 CTS Transportation Career Expo—Students interested in a career in the transportation field can meet employers hiring interns and full-time employees at the CTS Career Expo from 4:30 to 7:15 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, at the Great Hall, Coffman Union.
  • Careers in Law Forum—Aspiring lawyers as well as students considering careers in law enforcement, government agencies, and non-profit organizations will find information on volunteer and internship opportunities and on law schools from noon to 3 p.m., Wednesday, February 29, in the Willey Hall Atrium. No registration is needed. Additional information is available through the CLA Career Services website.
  • Exploring Interests and Majors—Information on U of M majors will help students who are selecting or considering changing the major, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 29, in the Great Hall, Coffman Union. Open to all students at no charge.
  • AmeriCorps Recruiting Event—A number of organizations will be part of the AmeriCorps recruiting event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, March 1, in 524 Science Teaching and Student Services building (STSS). The event is free and open to U of M students and alumni who graduated within the past year. Organizations that will be on hand include Admission Possible, AmeriCorps LEAP, City of Lakes AmeriCorps, Conservation Corps Minnesota, Minnesota Alliance with Youth Promise Fellows, Minnesota Green Corps, True North AmeriCorps, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Minnesota Economic Opportunity Corps, Minnesota Reading Corps, and Minnesota Math Corps. Students are encouraged to register in advance by logging in to GoldPASS, going to the Career Events section, and selecting the AmeriCorps Recruitment Event.

1098T Tax Information

1098-T tax statements will be sent to eligible students at their home/permanent addresses via U.S. Mail no later than January 31. Please note: some students change their home or permanent address to a house or apartment near campus, and a statement may have gone directly to your student's campus address. This statement reports the amount of qualified tuition and related expenses that were billed during the 2011 calendar year. If you have questions about your student's eligibility for education tax benefits, please consult a tax adviser, the IRS, or the One Stop website.

And speaking of taxes, when you do yours, don't forget to work with your student on filing the FAFSA forms. Even if you're not convinced your student will qualify for student aid, it's a good idea to file. Families often are surprised to discover they do qualify.

Off-Campus Living

A series of Renters' Forums or tenant workshops are being held to address students' issues and concerns when renting off-campus housing. Renters' Forums are available through early February and are located at various residence halls on campus. The workshops feature representatives of the University Student Legal Services office to discuss legal aspects of signing a lease and living off campus. Get location details.

The U's Legislative Briefing

The University of Minnesota will hold its annual Legislative Briefing on Wednesday, February 1, and you can participate online starting at 6 p.m. The event will include remarks from University President Eric Kaler. Participants will be encouraged to increase their grassroots advocacy efforts on behalf of the U. The Legislative Briefing brings together alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends of the University to rally behind the U’s legislative priorities. New this year, attendees will engage in advocacy through social media. University students from around the state will interact with event attendees and share advocacy methods via Facebook, Twitter, and through the Support the U website.

Minnesota Caucus Night

Tuesday, February 7, is Minnesota’s caucus night. All classes scheduled to meet on caucus night will be held. If students want to attend their party’s caucus and will miss an evening class, they must speak with their instructor in advance. Minnesota 2012 precinct caucus information.


A reminder: Valentine's Day is not far off. Students can find Valentine's Day a bit depressing if they are feeling a bit homesick or if they're not currently in a relationship. A card from parents, siblings, grandparents, or neighbors is a big boost. A care package would go over well, too. This month's featured care package from the Gopher Express is a Hugs and Kisses package.

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