Bulldog Update, Parents and Family Edition is published eight times in the academic year (September, October, November, December, January, February, March and April)
Supporting Students with Office Hours
Let me start with a confession. I’m a light bulb junkie and always will
be. This may sound a bit strange, but I
assure you it is 100% true. There is no
aspect of my teaching I find more rewarding than helping a struggling student
finally understand a concept. There are
certainly times I must approach this troubling concept which a student or a
group of students is struggling with multiple ways before the satisfaction of
seeing the light bulb shine, but it’s these light bulb moments that motivate
me. While I wish the time we spend
together in class were even a little comparable to the paparazzi at a red
carpet event, I find there are far more light bulbs fired up during office
hours. At UMD the office hours are time
all faculty members at set aside each week to be in their office working with
students individually or in small groups.
Without fail, my office hours allow for so much more than just
understanding a concept. Unequivocally,
they give me a chance to connect with students on a personal level. Often they are an opportunity for informal
career mentoring or advising. It is with
great joy I recall many instances in which a change of major or an addition of
a minor was incited by a conversation in my office. I’m not on a mission to convert the student
body to math majors or minors, but when I work one-on-one with a student
sometimes I can see their talent and passion, so I make mention and encourage
them when it seems right. Our
conversations have led to research collaborations. I
truly enjoy hearing what students are fired up about, what they are frustrated
by, and lending a helping hand when I am able to do so. I believe their energy will keep me always
craving a light bulb fix.
Angela Sharp Senior Instructor Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Calendar of Events & Important Dates
You may already be aware that a major system upgrade is
happening this Spring to our records & registration systems at UMD. As a result, the timeframe to register for
Fall semester courses, begins 2 weeks earlier than normal, to accommodate a
system shut down “cut over” period from April 10th through April 20th.For more information on the upgrade, students
can use this link: http://upgrade.umn.edu/student/index.html
We normally recommend that all students visit with their
advisor a week or so before their registration date in order to consult about
educational goals, course selection, and other topics related to ongoing
success in college. Because of the change in timing this semester,
that might not be possible for every student.
For this semester, it is fine for them to go ahead and register when
their registration time comes along, and then meet with their advisor after the
fact to review course selection. Any recommended adjustments to the schedule
can be made at that time.
The system will be down from April 10th through
April 20th. During that time
frame students will not be able to register or make registration changes. They won’t see changes on their records until
after the new system comes online. So if
a student declares a minor, for example, they won’t see this reflected on their
record until sometime after the upgrade happens. Normally, they would see this change within a
couple of days.
For many students, making career decisions can be confusing
and frustrating. Students may feel pressure to select majors and know exactly
what career paths to take. Deciding on a career or college major is a process
that often takes time. It is important for students to explore their options
and it’s okay to “try out” different majors before finally choosing one.
Although it’s still wintertime,
UMD is preparing for students to register for upcoming May/Summer/Fall terms
and those graduating in May.
May/Summer and Fall Registration
Is your student thinking about
taking courses during May/Summer session? Are they eligible for financial aid? Students must be enrolled
for at least six credits and meet other criteria to be eligible. Please have
them contact One Stop Student Services before registering.
·May/summer registration for degree-seeking students will begin
·Fall queued registration will be March 23-April 3
·Open enrollment for both May/summer and Fall terms will begin
Beginning April 8, the University
of Minnesota (all campuses) will be completing a major Upgrade to all core
systems. This Upgrade will require approximately ten days to complete and all
systems will be unavailable through April 20. This means no activity or
changes will occur on your student’s account during this time. All
payments/activity will be held until we go live with the new system. Find out
more about the Upgrade here.
Spring Term Billing/Due Dates
50% of Balance Due
100% of Balance Due
Please make sure your student’s
account is current by the March 2nd due date to avoid a hold that could prevent
Exit Counseling is required of
all students who have taken out federal and/or University-administered student
loans. This online session provides the student information regarding their
rights, responsibilities, repayment, deferment, and cancellation of loans.
Students with an expected
graduation date of Spring 2015 should have received their email notification to
complete the online session.
your student didn’t receive the invitation, is planning on attending less than
1⁄2 time, transferring, or withdrawing from the University, please contact Financial Collections.
Story Harbor Brian Robertson, UMD Senior, Multicultural Student Outreach Assistant (UMD Career and Internship Services)
This month Story Harbor had the chance to interview Brian Robertson - Brian is a senior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, majoring in Communication. Brian chose to attend UMD as he was interested in a school that was big, but not too big! He learned about UMD while in high school from his participation in a YMCA Scholarship Program called Sponsor-A-Scholar. He applied to several schools, but was accepted first at UMD. He's very happy with his decision to be a Bulldog.
Brian is involved in many UMD student organizations, and has held a number of leadership roles on campus. One of Brian's favorite leadership experiences was his role as Chairperson of the Black Student Association. He learned a great deal about leadership and inclusiveness. He also valued the way BSA leaders work together as a team. He recognizes that his own strengths contributed to team accomplishments.
Brian is in his second year of employment as a Multicultural Student Outreach Assistant in Career and Internship Services (CIS). In his role, he promotes CIS services and guides students to the appropriate resources in the office. He also represents CIS at numerous outreach events such as job fairs, workshops, and Admissions events. He's really enjoyed working in Career and Internship Services, and his position has given him a great insight into career counseling: "Working in Career and Internship Serices has allowed me to get a taste of what the Student Affairs is like. I want to go into Student Affairs and hopefully work as a Career Counselor or in a related field that involves working with college students." As an active and engaged student at UMD, Brian has great advice for student success. He is careful to make sure all of his obligations are in his schedule, and he finds that technology is very helpful in managing his busy college life. He also shared his strategy for setting priorities.
I remind myself every day that I'm a student first, and that sometimes the clubs and activities can wait until I finish all of my academic work that needs to be completed. Working on campus is also a benefit and I'm able to manage my school work and on campus job easily.
As Brian nears his graduation from UMD, he shared that relationships he's established at UMD are what he'll remember most.
I will miss the many connections with faculty and staff that I have had on campus. They have had such an impact on my life, and they helped me develop into the student that I am. Of course, the many friends that I've made along the way will be the hardest thing to let go once I graduate.
After graduation, Brian plans to attend graduate school and earn a Masters degree in Student Affairs and that his goal is to one day serve as a University Chancellor. We at Story Harbor look forward to that day!
Pictured above, left to right, David Lee and Brian Robertson (student staff in Career and Internship Services)