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Parent Email–April 27, 2012

  • End of the Semester
  • Disability Services Scholarships
  • College Survival Courses
  • If We Have Helped....
  • Miscellaneous

It's the time of the year when we see a lot of requests to be added or removed from the University Parent Listserv. Parents of incoming students are now signing up for the listserv, and parents of graduating seniors are ready to leave. A note to both:

Parents of incoming students: This listserv is addressed to all parents, not just first-year students. We do this intentionally and for several reasons:

  1. Many of our incoming students have taken postsecondary coursework, and their parents need at least some of the information that affects upperclassmen.
  2. Students who have attended the University for a year or longer frequently need to step back and rethink issues or processes from the typical first-year experience.
  3. It's helpful for parents of first-year students to know what is normal and what to expect as their student progresses year by year through the University.
  4. It's sometimes refreshing for parents of upperclassmen to reflect on what their students have experienced and see how they have changed and matured over time.
  5. The majority of information we provide is useful for parents whose students are at all levels.

During the next few weeks, much of the information in these emails will address end-of-the-year topics for parents of current and continuing students. We suggest that with each email, you at least skim the message and determine what is especially useful or interesting for you.

If you choose to be removed from the listserv, or if you forward information about the listserv to a friend, please use the following address for adds or removals: parent@umn.edu. Messages sent directly to the listserv or as a reply to the listserv are not opened or read due to security reasons. We don't want personal parent or student information to be delivered to the thousands of addresses on the listserv.

Parents of soon-to-be-graduates: We recommend that you stay on the listserv until at least a few weeks after graduation. If there should be any changes to graduation ceremonies or any campus emergencies, we will address them through the listserv. (Your student, of course, will hear directly about these kinds of situations.) There also may be some messages for graduates that come through shortly after graduation. When you are ready to leave the listserv, please send your email address with a heading or message saying "remove" to parent@umn.edu. We do not connect parent email addresses with students, so we don't know when your student is graduating. You will need to let us know.

As a special favor, we would GREATLY appreciate if you could tell us in that removal message how long it took your student to graduate. And if your student has a job or internship, is headed to graduate school, or is still seeking employment, we would like to hear that as well. We appreciate knowing what's next for our graduates.

End of the Semester

As the end of the semester approaches, students will be feeling exceptional stress. A few suggestions for parents:

  • Care packages help! Students appreciate that their family understands that finals can take their toll. Cards, packages, and encouraging text messages help students know that their family is thinking of them and that you value the effort they are putting into their education. Gopher Express has a number of options for care packages if you don't have time to make up your own. Note: if you ever sent your student a care package during exams in the past, she or he may kind of expect one this time. For college students, traditions are any good things that happened at least once.
  • Students who live in on-campus housing are receiving information from their hall directors with instructions for move-out. The messages include announcements about quiet hours during final exams, room cleaning instructions for move-out, and instructions for checking out of the halls when students leave after finals. Information about residence hall move-out is posted on our Spring Update page; scroll down to "On-Campus Housing Move-out."
  • Congratulations to graduating seniors and their families! Each college within the University holds its own commencement ceremony. Commencement dates/times/locations are listed on the Events calendar. For ticket information, or further details, please have your student contact his/her college's student services office.
  • As light-rail construction continues, road closings and detours may change at different locations around campus. Before coming to the University for commencement or to move your student home, please check for the most recent construction information. Also, please note that because students move out of the residence halls over a longer period of time, parking restrictions are not lifted during move-out. Parking in a no-parking area or failing to feed a parking meter may result in a ticket and fine.
  • When students go home for the summer, the whole family undergoes a transition. For the student, it's an identity issue: they are now full-fledged college students, but they are not IN college for the next few months. We have some suggestions for parents and our University Counseling & Consulting Services office offers a podcast with tips for students who are returning home.

Disability Services Scholarships

In addition to the typical forms of financial aid, students with disabilities may qualify for other scholarship funding. Several scholarships are provided through the University's Office of Disability Services, and others are offered by outside advocacy organizations. For information on scholarships, qualifications, and application deadlines, visit the Disability Services Scholarship website.

College Survival Courses

The University's Rothenberger Institute (RI) offers several one-credit, online courses to help students handle the responsibilities of academics, work, and a social life. RI courses focus on improving students' overall wellness and help students make informed decisions, set realistic goals, and manage everyday aspects of college life. The courses include PubH 1001: Success Over Stress, PubH 1005: Sleep, Eat & Exercise, and PubH 1003: Alcohol & College Life.

If We Have Helped...

The University Parent Program works with the parents of all undergraduate students because we believe that parent support is important to student success. In addition to working directly with parents, we collaborate with a number of offices around campus to promote student retention and success. As part of the Office for Student Affairs, we are currently seeking donations through the University Parent Fund for contributions to help students in crisis. Every year we have students who face a financial loss through such events as an apartment fire, crime, accident, or family emergency. There are times when insurance or family members cannot provide assistance in these critical situations,and this fund helps students as they work to stay in school and resolve their difficulties. If the University Parent Program has been helpful to you or your student in the past, please consider making a contribution to the University Parent Fund.

Any contributions, large or small, are appreciated. For more information or to make a donation, see the Parent Advice and Involvement page (scroll down to University Parent Fund in right-hand column) and be sure to specify University Parent Fund in your contribution.

Miscellaneous

Each month, we post a question on our University Parent website. We use the information to help us better understand parents and students and to guide our parent/family communications and programming. Please respond to our April Question of the Month.

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