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Parent Email–October 24, 2013

University Parent

Office for Student Affairs

October 24, 2013

Inside This Issue

  • 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

We frequently hear that parents appreciate the College of Science & Engineering's webcam, which broadcasts a live image of Northrop Mall. Just for something fun to do in late October, we thought we'd tie into that webcam for a parent contest. At some point, and we don't know when, the University's landscaping crew will erect a snow fence on Northrop Mall. Could be yet this month; could be in November; maybe not until December. The parent who sends the first sighting of the snow fence on Northrop Mall this year to will win a $10 gift certificate from the University Bookstores. We will identify the winner by the time and date the email is received and, of course, confirmation that the snow fence is up.

Paratransit on Campus

The University provides transportation services on campus for anyone with temporary or permanent physical disabilities. Hours are 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Rides can be booked by calling 612-624-8338. For more information, see Paratransit Services. This service is available only on campus and does not include transportation off campus.

Special Offer From Athletics: Football Tickets for Parents

Gopher Athletics has a limited number of tickets remaining for the football game against Nebraska this weekend at TCF Stadium, and they're offering a reduced price for parents. Valued at $75 each, parents can purchase the tickets online for $50 each, while supplies last.

Parents Weekend Follow-Up

Parents Weekend drew its largest-ever turnout this year. Thanks to all participants for your attendance and your goodwill. And speaking of athletics (which we just did), the record-breaking Parents Weekend turnout spilled over to the Women's Volleyball games on Thursday and Saturday. Saturday's game drew the second largest volleyball crowd ever, missing the all-time record by 2, and apparently the turnout was effective. Minnesota won both games against two ranked opponents.

Special thanks to everyone who contributed to our Common Hope school supply drive during Parents Weekend. We were deeply impressed with the amount of supplies you donated, which included backpacks, pens, pencils, crayons, glue, scissors, children's books, bookmarks, and much more. Common Hope staff also passes along this thank you: "WOW thank you for the school supplies. That is so awesome! It’s perfect timing, too, because the kids are back to school in January in Guatemala, so we are just now starting to think about school supplies and what we need to purchase. So thank you, thank you, thank you!"

For parents and students who are interested in traveling to Guatemala with the Parents Association Vision Team over Spring Break, there is still space available. Contact Chelsea ( with questions.

Financial Update

The second payment for fall semester is due October 30. For a list of billing and payment dates, check the One Stop website.

A recent article in the Star Tribune discusses the University's financial literacy campaign, "Live Like a Student Now (So You Don't Have to Later)."

WAM Bees

A program on the Weisman Art Museum's bee project will take place from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, October 27, at the Weisman. Participants will learn about urban beekeeping through the Weisman's collaboration with the U of M Bee Lab. The event will include honey samples from WAM bees, a tea and honey bar, a bee scavenger hunt in the museum, a beeswax candle-making workshop, and more. For more information, see WAM bees. If you're on campus this weekend, bee there.

Major Scare Halloweekend

Students who are wary of their career plans can attend the daylong Major Scare Halloweekend workshop on Saturday, November 2, to alleviate their fears. Hosted by the Center for Academic Planning and Exploration, preregistration is necessary.

Safety Day

Please encourage your student to attend Safety Day, 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, November 8. The program will include the presentations, "If You See Something, Say Something"; "Central Corridor Light Rail Transit—Green Line Train Safety"; and a Q&A with the University of Minnesota Police Department.

The event takes place in the 3M Auditorium, Carlson School of Management. There will be a prize drawing. For more information, see Safety Day.

Strengths Videos

U of M students are encouraged to use their Strengths to be successful in academics, social activities, and career planning. A number of videos have been posted online with ideas for using Strengths. Among the videos is one for parents and families. Link to the video website and scroll down to find the Parents and Families video.


Before the 8th week of classes, students in 1000-level courses receive a midterm alert if they are in danger of receiving a D, F, or N in a class. Students should talk with their instructor and academic adviser about any midterm alerts they receive. Academic assistance is available through a number of resources on campus.

If you like the Northrop Mall webcam, you will probably also enjoy the University of Minnesota Parent Program Facebook page. Our Social Media student employee regularly posts photos and stories, and the occasional video, about the U of M. Recent postings include a story on life-saving research by U of M medical staff, an amazing Gopher-themed pumpkin carving, photos of the recent Cirque de Stress event to promote mental health on campus, and a picture of a family of turkeys that showed up outside Coffman Union on Parents Weekend. We're really close to having 3,000 likes on our page. Help us get there!

Please be sure to respond to our October Parent Question of the Month.