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Parent Email–February 20, 2014

Office for Student Affairs

February 20, 2014

Inside This Issue 

  • Board of Regents Supports Campus Safety Initiatives
  • Meet the Parent Program Staff, with Wings
  • Student Safety Town Hall
  • Northrop Grand Reopening
  • 2014 State of the U Address
  • Drug Free University Policy
  • University Medical School Admissions Information
  • Do-It-Yourself Tools for Resolving Student Conflicts
  • Miscellaneous

As we often say, the University of Minnesota is a research institution, and we research everything around here, including parents. Every two years, the University Parent Program conducts a major parent survey to understand your use of parent/family services and communications and your concerns for your student. The information we receive is used in planning and improving our work with parents. We very much need and appreciate your input. Please take 15 or 20 minutes to fill out our 2014 University of Minnesota Parent Survey. We have rounded up several incentives from our partners on campus: by participating you will be eligible for a drawing for Care Packages from Gopher Express, FlexDine Gift Cards, University Bookstore Gift Cards, and a one-night stay at the Commons Hotel on campus. Thank you for helping us out.

Board of Regents Supports Campus Safety Initiatives

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents voted last week to support the reallocation of $4.1 million to invest in the University’s collaborative, multipronged public safety initiative on the Twin Cities campus. The investment will pay for short-term safety enhancements, including security cameras ($350,000), improved lighting on campus ($250,000) and enhanced building access security ($3,500,000). Repair and Replacement (R&R) funds will be reallocated from previously scheduled projects, such as tuckpointing, HVAC and sidewalk maintenance, and window replacement, which will be delayed until future years.

Operating funds will be used to continue to support University of Minnesota Police overtime, which has risen to more than 550 hours since mid-October; increased pay for existing and additional student security monitors; and continued use of expanded transportation options such as the Gopher Chauffeur, which has provided more than 2,000 safe rides this semester—nearly 650 more rides than the same period last year.

Meet the Parent Program Staff, with Wings

The Minnesota Parents Association Vision Team will be heading to Guatemala over Spring Break with the non-profit organization Common Hope. Along with their week of service learning, the parent-student team that is traveling to Guatemala is raising money for Common Hope's children's fund. The money they raise will not only help send kids to school, but will also provide their families with housing, health care, and family development programming. Those are also the different areas our parents and students will work with in Guatemala.

The Parents Association team has planned a couple of fundraising events, including participating in the “Eat Wings; Raise Funds” program at the Buffalo Wild Wings at 2001 University Avenue, SE, Minneapolis, on Monday, March 3. That BWW restaurant will donate 10% of all food sales—lunch and dinner—from diners who bring our flyer or mention they are there to support the Parents Association Vision Team.

Chelsea (Parent Program Assistant Director) and Marjorie (Parent Program Director) will be setting up office at BWW on March 3, over lunch (noon-2:00 p.m.) and after work (4:30-6:30 p.m.), so if you're anywhere nearby, please join us, order some wings, and support the parent-student service learning team.

Student Safety Town Hall

Parents are asked to encourage their students to attend a conversation about safety issues with President Eric Kaler, Vice President Pam Wheelock, and Vice Provost and Dean of Students Danita Brown Young on Feb. 26, 5-6 p.m., 130 Murphy Hall.

Northrop Grand Reopening

The University will celebrate the Grand Reopening of Northrop Auditorium and all members of the University community are invited to be a part of the gala reopening weekend, April 4-6.

The new Northrop will be a world-class performing arts, cultural, and educational center, integrated with the academic life of the campus. It will enrich experiences for students, nurture collaboration and innovation, and promote campus-community engagement. It will be home to the University Honors Program, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the College of Design Travelers Innovation Lab. It will also house six new student study lounges as well as a new first-floor café.

2014 State of the U Address

President Eric Kaler will deliver the annual State of the U Address March 6, 3:30-4:30 p.m., at Coffman Union Theater. The address will be broadcast live via ITV, and parents are encouraged to watch. For  live web-streaming the day of the event, see this webpage

Drug Free University Policy

Each year, the University community is reminded to review the U of M Drug Free University policy, which outlines health risks, legal sanctions, and educational and treatment resources for each campus. The notice is sent to all University staff and students.

University Medical School Admissions Information

The University's Medical School Office of Admissions is offering information sessions for students who are planning to apply for medical school. The sessions will focus on the essential elements of a competitive medical school application as well as the application process and selection criteria used by University of Minnesota Admissions Committee.

Dates and times for upcoming sessions on campus:

  • March 24, 2014, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., 2-470  PWB (Phillips Wangensteen Building)
  • April 21, 2014, 4:00 – 4:30 p.m., 3-125  Mayo Building (This session is for nontraditional applicants)
  • May 12, 2014, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., 3-125  Mayo Building 

Students wishing to register to attend an information session, or to see other recruitment events, click here.

Do-It-Yourself Tools for Resolving Student Conflicts

The Student Conflict Resolution Center has developed a set of resources designed to help resolve some of the most common campus-related issues that students encounter. These one-page resources are tailored specifically to the cases that most frequently challenge students. The DIYs are available on the SCRC website.


The snow is heavy today, but here's your Northrop Mall webcam view, courtesy of the College of Science & Engineering.

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