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Parent Email–March 5, 2014

Office for Student Affairs

March 5, 2014

Inside This Issue

  • Message from the President: Toward a Smoke-Free Campus
  • Parent Discount for Big 10 Basketball
  • Major Madness from CAPE
  • Health Careers Center
  • Student Safety Forum
  • Light Rail Is Coming
  • Hear from University Experts at Classes Without Quizzes
  • Tuition Payments
  • Parent Survey: Please Respond
  • Miscellaneous

A reminder that President Eric Kaler will be delivering his annual State of the University address at 3:30 p.m. Central time, Thursday, March 6, at Coffman Union Theater. Parents are invited to watch the live, web-streaming of the talk.

Message from the President: Toward a Smoke-Free Campus

Dear Parents,
The health and safety of our students is a top priority of mine and, I know, of yours. That’s why I was pleased to announce last week a new smoke- and tobacco-free policy on our Twin Cities campus. This policy promotes healthy lifestyle choices by discouraging tobacco use, protecting against involuntary exposure to harmful secondhand smoke, and encouraging cessation efforts.

Here's a link to the email I sent to all members of the Twin Cities campus community. It includes further details on our “Share The Air” efforts.

Eric Kaler

Parent Discount for Big 10 Basketball

Parents can purchase Men's Basketball tickets versus Penn State for $15. The Penn State match-up is the last game of the season, starting at 4:15 p.m., Sunday, March 9. After the big win this week against Iowa, the Gophers hope to pack the house for the final home game. To order, use this link; $15 tickets are in Zone 6.

Major Madness from CAPE

The Center for Academic Planning & Exploration (CAPE) is hosting Major Madness, a major exploration workshop designed to help undecided and exploring students discover their interests and goals and apply them to the major decision-making process. Students will have the opportunity to take the StrengthsQuest assessment and Strong Interest Inventory, and learn about resources on campus designed to assist them in deciding on a major. The workshop takes place on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 9:00am- 2:30pm. For more information, and to register for the workshop, please visit the CAPE website.

Health Careers Center

Students considering a career in health care can find information and support through the Health Careers Center on campus.

Student Safety Forum

President Eric Kaler, Vice President Pam Wheelock, and Vice Provost and Dean of Students Danita Brown Young joined students in a conversation about safety issues at a Safety Town Hall on Wed. Feb 26. Here is a link to a recording of the hour-long event.   

Light Rail Is Coming

Those who have "liked" the University of Minnesota Parent Program Facebook page already have seen this. The new light rail Green Line has begun testing of the new track and training of staff, which means it will be up and running for the public in the near future. Watch this video to learn about the stops near campus and plans for the future.

Hear from University Experts at Classes Without Quizzes

Parents sometimes ask if they can visit a University class. Because of space and time issues, and because coursework builds on information over a semester, having parents sit in on a class session is rarely possible or satisfying. The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) provides an annual opportunity to hear from some of the best researchers and instructors in the college through Classes Without Quizzes. Register and attend the program Saturday morning, April 5, on the St. Paul Campus.

Tuition Payments

The second billing for spring semester was sent to students in late February and payment is due on March 19. Billing and payment dates are posted on the One Stop website.

Parent Survey: Please Respond

If you have not yet responded to the biennial University of Minnesota Parent Survey, please help us out by filling out the survey. We need your input as we assess our services and plan for future communication, events, and services for families of U of M students. We have incentives! By completing the survey, you will be eligible for a drawing for prizes, ranging from Care Packages, University of Minnesota Bookstore gift cards, and FlexDine dollars to an overnight stay at the Commons Hotel on campus. We really want your responses.


In February, our online polling question was "If you were to look for information about how to parent a college student, where would you go for information?" Just over a third of respondents said they would turn to friends, colleagues, or relatives; 16% said they would use parent websites; 13% said email newsletters; 8% said books and another 8% said discussion boards. For the full list of responses, see the results online.

For this month's Parent Question of the Month, see the Parent Program website.

We're hoping the piles of snow around campus will melt a bit this week. If watching snow melt holds any appeal--or if you would like to see how students are faring in the slightly warmer weather—check out the webcam on Northrop Mall.