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Parent Email–March 26, 2013

University Parent

March 26, 2013

Inside This Issue

  • Financial Update
  • Social Media/Parents
  • Career Development
  • May Session
  • Vocabulary for U of M Parents
  • Miscellaneous

Students often return from spring break with a touch of sunburn, the occasional sports injury, or a cold. A bit of pain or discomfort may counteract the delight of being back with friends on campus. Parents and family members can help by sending a care package—either a homemade care package or something from Gopher Express—or a get-well soup package from Soup for U, provided by the Hillel Student Center.

Financial Update

Students who still have an outstanding balance on their student account received the third billing for Spring Semester on March 23. The third installment is due April 17. For details on Spring Semester billing, see the One Stop website.

Social Media/Parents

Each month, we pose a question for parents on our Parent Program website. For the month of February, we asked what social networking sites parents use. We already knew that a lot of parents use Facebook, and we have a Facebook page for parents. We use that site to provide timely news items and to post photos or other campus information.

The second most popular social network among parents is Pinterest. We didn't have a Pinterest site, but we do now! We're still trying to figure out how we can best use Pinterest, and those of you who are experts are invited to send your suggestions to

In case you're wondering, LinkedIn was third and Twitter was a distant fourth with a few other sites at rather small numbers.

Please respond to our March Question of the Month.

Career Development

Please tell your student: there are a number of current campus job openings, including positions with the U of M Youth & Community Programs for summer employment. The summer camps on campus need outgoing, responsible, experienced staff to lead daily camp activities for children ages 5-15. The positions are posted on the U of M employment website, and applications can be completed online. Full-day Summer Camp Group Leaders work 35-40 hours per week; for current U of M students, the job requisition number is 182679.  Part-time Summer Camp Group Leaders work 20-35 hours per week; the job requisition number for current U of M students is 182726. Applicants who are not current U of M students should use requisition number 182725 for full-time or 182727 for part-time. Applications are being accepted through this week, so a rapid response is recommended.

As the University of Minnesota has worked to become a Strengths-Based Campus, applying the concept of strengths has touched the academic, social, and advising environment. An upcoming workshop will help students explore how to use their strengths to create a "personal brand" that can be used for resumes, cover letters, and interviewing for jobs.The workshop is offered from 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 4, in STSS 131A. Students should pre-register for the event. Those who have taken the strengths assessment are asked to bring a copy of their "Signature Themes" report. To register for the workshop, for more information, or for answers to questions, students can contact

Students planning to apply to medical school this summer - or thinking ahead for next year--can attend information sessions this spring to review the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) process. The programs are sponsored by the Health Careers Center. More information is posted under AMCAS on the Health Careers Center website.

May Session

Students who are interested in unique off-campus study opportunities during May Session can join a community of students in southwest Minnesota exploring self, vocation, and community; develop global leadership skills in a Cedar-Riverside immersion; learn about the civil rights movement in Jackson, Mississippi; or explore sustainable food systems while working on a farm.

Vocabulary for U of M Parents

Sometimes the acronyms and vocabulary your student uses may seem foreign or confusing. To help family members understand the terminology used most frequently at the U of M, we asked our senior intern to review and update the Vocabulary for Parents: Speaking U of M. If we've forgotten any important words or phrases, let us know by sending a message to


If you have not yet received a mailed copy of the Spring issue of the Parent Newsletter, it is available online. The newsletter is sent to the home/permanent address that students provide in the University Directory. In some cases, students have changed their home address to an apartment or house near campus, so it is not delivered to parents; in other cases, a student with multiple home addresses has selected one parent's address to designate with the University. If a second address is needed, please send an email to, and we will add your address to a supplemental mailing list.

Graduating seniors are asked to confirm that the information they list as a home address is still current. Diplomas are mailed to the student's home address approximately six to eight weeks after students are cleared for graduation, following their final semester.

The University's student radio station, Radio K, is no longer just on air at 100.7 FM, 104.5 FM, and 770 AM. It's also available via a free app for iPhone and iPad (Android coming soon). Visit to download the app. Even those who live beyond the Twin Cities can now carry around a student-curated music mix—local artists, new music, deep tracks, and classics—24/7.

The view of Northrop Mall today, compliments of the College of Science & Engineering.