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Parent Email–April 9, 2014

Office for Student Affairs

April 9, 2014

Inside This Issue

  • Topic of Conversation
  • Commencement
  • Financial Information
  • Student Volunteers Needed for Parents Weekend Committee
  • Help with Research and Writing
  • Career Planning
  • Career Preparation for Seniors
  • Start Me Up
  • World's Largest Textile Garage Sale
  • PAWS
  • Miscellaneous

People from other parts of the country sometimes ask why anyone lives in Minnesota where the winters are so long and cold. Maybe part of the answer is that nowhere else does 50-degree weather feel so incredibly marvelous. With a bit of sunshine, students are shedding their jackets, debating about wearing shorts and sandals, and studying on Northrop Mall.

Topic of Conversation

This week, the Gophers advance into the Frozen Four finals of NCAA Hockey, and we want to ensure that students support the team responsibly. In recent years, many sports have seen championship games result in campus melees. The University takes very seriously its charge to maintain a safe community, and the U of M Police Department and surrounding law enforcement agencies will have increased presence in the campus community if needed. 

Please remind your student that even people who are “just watching” disruptive activity contribute to the high emotions and riotous behaviors. City, state, and federal laws will be enforced, and in addition to legal charges, students can be sanctioned under the Student Conduct Code. Students can be expelled from the University for their actions related to disorderly or destructive off-campus behavior.


Each of the colleges within the University schedules its own commencement ceremony. Students who will be graduating this May will receive details about their commencement ceremony from their individual college. For any questions about commencement, please ask your student to check with his or her college's advising or student services office.

Financial Information

The third payment on tuition and fees bills is due April 16. Students who still owe a balance on their bill have received a statement. For information on payments, see the One Stop website.

Student Volunteers Needed for Parents Weekend Committee

The Parent Program is looking for driven student volunteers who want to be involved with the planning, marketing, and implementation of Parents Weekend, a three-day, on-campus celebration in honor of parents and families (September 26-28, 2014). This is an  opportunity for students to gain experience that looks great on a resume, get more involved on campus, and learn important time management and event planning skills. Please encourage your student  to apply.

Help with Research and Writing

The University Libraries offer tools to help students organize PDFs, create in-text citations while they write, and develop a bibliography in any of several recommended styles. Students can learn to use tools like Zotero, Mendeley, or RefWorks.

Career Planning

A number of health-career exploration courses are offered to University of Minnesota students considering a future career in the health sciences. A one-credit introductory course, Orientation to Health Careers (AHS 1101—in person, or AHS 1102—online), is ideal for anyone who thinks that a health career might be a good fit for them. Students can explore a specific health field, and also learn about other health professions. Students will take the Strong Interest Inventory, conduct an informational interview, learn about the vast array of health professions, and get some ideas about a ‘Plan B’ option should their first choice not work out. They will gain an understanding of different health profession roles and how the various members of an interprofessional team work together. 

Information on Orientation to Health Careers and several other health career preparation courses are available through the Health Careers Center.

Career Preparation for Seniors

Seniors and recent graduates are invited to attend "Now Hiring: 2014 Grads!" from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 6, in the Carlson School Atrium. The free event is open to graduating seniors from all U of M Twin Cities colleges, and it will provide the opportunity to gain personal connections, explore job opportunities, and learn creative job search strategies from more than 30 employers that are looking to hire U of M grads. Note: It is not a job fair. Business casual attire is required, and registration is encouraged. Students can sign up via GoldPASS (students can click on "Career Events" and search for "now hiring;" Carlson students can register via The Edge.

Start Me Up

Students who are thinking of developing a business of their own can attend the Start Me Up workshop, 3:30 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, in Coffman Room 303. This is a free forum on starting a business, and it will feature accounting and legal professionals who can provide advice for start-up ideas. The program is sponsored by University Student Legal Services.

World's Largest Textile Garage Sale

The 14th Annual World’s Largest Textile Garage Sale at the University's ReUse warehouse will be held from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday, April 12. Shop for everything from fabric, yarn, patterns, and books, to sewing machines and looms. Find more information here.


Encourage your student to get a double dose of pet therapy next week. In addition to the weekly Study PAWS (Pet Away Worry and Stress) on Wednesday afternoons at Boynton Health Service, pets will be visiting Room 41 Appleby Hall, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 15--that's downstairs from the Parent Program. The word is that Woodstock, the pet therapy chicken, will be there. The Minnesota Parents Association joined several Appleby Hall offices in sponsoring this extra campus visit.


The Parent Question of the Month for March asked what events parents would like to attend during Parents Weekend next fall (September 26-28). Top responses were a self-guided light rail tour; workshops on learning abroad, career planning, and off-campus housing, a 5K run/walk, and TED-type Talks. For those who are not sure what a TED Talk is, it's a relatively short (18 minutes or less) presentation of a topic or idea that might have an effect on the world. Example: U of M's Marla Spivak presents a TED talk on "Why Bees Are Disappearing."

For the April Question of the Month, please see the Parent Program website, and check Timely Issues for April.