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Parent Email—April 15, 2011

  • The Job Search
  • One Stop: New Features for Student Account, Parent/Guest Access
  • Finals Care Packages
  • Parents of Graduating Seniors
  • President’s Graduation Reception
  • NB 35W Ramp to Washington East Bank Exit in Minneapolis Closes
  • Miscellaneous

A brisk wind is causing students to pick up the pace to classes. Gone are the 70s of Tuesday. The mall is much quieter than a few days ago. Although, I did see some students juggling. Check out the Northrop Mall web cam.

The Job Search

Students looking for a job or internship, either for the summer or as a "real job," can get helpful tips from the career offices on campus. The best idea is to visit the career center affiliated with the student's college and attend workshops, talk to a career adviser, or browse the resources in the office. If students miss the scheduled workshops or just can't get to the office information is also available online. The College of Liberal Arts Career Center has a number of online workshops at The St. Paul Campus Career Center has a list of online resources at Students in all colleges can view the workshops. Parents and family members can, too.

A special note to parents, grandparents, and other relatives and friends: If you have any influence over hiring at your place of business, please consider hiring a University of Minnesota graduate (or a current student). Also, please list your job openings at

One Stop: New Features for Student Account, Parent/Guest Access

Students and guests on all campuses will soon notice new features in the web applications for Student Account and Parent/Guest Access.
Starting June 2011:

  • Billing statements can be viewed in the Student Account
  • Payment choices will be selected and submitted in the Student Account
  • AU (financial) holds that affect the student record will display in the Student Account
  • Students will no longer lose access to Parent/Guest Access upon leaving the University
  • Guests will gain rights to update their email address
  • The "authorized payer" role will go away. Instead, a user assigned as a "guest" in the Parent/Guest Access application will gain rights to make payments in the Student Account

Students and guests will be notified of the changes by email in late May or early in June.

Finals Care Packages

Parents can still send their students a package before the end of the semester. Featured seasonal packages include the Finals Edition and Spring Has Sprung. See all the options at

Parents of Graduating Seniors

Congratulations on your student's achievement! We know that family support is important not only in encouraging students to attend college, but also for helping them stay and succeed in college. If you need details about your student's commencement ceremony, your student should have all the specific information, or check here:

Although most families are looking forward to the end of the college years, please don't remove yourself from this listserv quite yet. There may be important messages between now and the end of the academic year.

President’s graduation reception

All University of Minnesota spring graduates and their families are invited to an open house reception, hosted by President Bob Bruininks and his wife, Susan Hagstrum, at Eastcliff, the home of University presidents.

Two receptions are scheduled on Sunday, May 15:

  • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m.

To make reservations or receive additional information, call 612-624-6868 or email by May 12.

NB 35W Ramp to Washington East Bank Exit in Mpls. Closes

Drivers in the area of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis may notice some changes to their commute, as the northbound 35W ramp to the Washington Avenue East Bank exit has closed.

Central Corridor light rail construction weekly updates can be found at


Spring Update and Timely Issues—The University Parent website is updated frequently with information to help parents support their students. Each month we post Timely Issues with tips on the concerns most likely to crop up at different times of the year. The Spring Update provides information on the campus calendar, links to billing dates, safety information, and off-campus housing resources.

Question of the Month—Each month, we ask parents to respond to our Parent Question of the Month. In March, we asked, "To what extent do you think your student will be financially independent on you after graduation?"

Of U of M parents, only about 16% said that their student will be financially independent. Just over one half (54%) said that they will probably contribute at least a little, while another 21% will likely support their student to a significant extent for the first year after graduation. A small amount (9%) felt that their student will move home and be entirely dependent on family support for at least part of the first year after graduation. Results remained stable across student year in college.

Comments reflected that student financial independence after graduation will depend on a number of factors, including finding a job and acceptance into a graduate program.

Please respond to April's Question of the Month.

Deb Parker
for the Parent Program
University of Minnesota