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Bulldog Update, Parents and Family Edition is published eight times in the academic year (September, October, November, December, January, February, March and April)

Thank You!
As the end of the 2013-2014 academic year draws to a close, we are celebrating our first year of publishing this online newsletter – the 
Bulldog Update: Parents and Family Edition!

The idea for the newsletter came from the parents of UMD students. In the fall of 2013, the Office of Student Life invited parents to
participate in a survey about their communication needs. The goal of the survey was to better understand parents’ communication
preferences in order to provide useful and timely information. To read more about the survey and the results, click

As noted in the survey results, there was strong interest among parents in a newsletter, and parents also told us they were most
interested in receiving information through email (and NOT through social media!). Finally, we were able to get a good sense from the
results about the topics of greatest interest to parents and family members.

We brought this all together in the Bulldog Update: Parents and Family Edition – parents were able to subscribe to the newsletter and
receive a monthly email notifying them the latest edition is available. The email also includes the highlighted topics for the month.

Now it’s time to find out what YOU thought about our first year’s effort. In May all subscribers to the Bulldog Update: Parents and Family Edition will receive an invitation to
participate in an evaluation of the newsletter. I hope you’ll take a few moments to provide us with feedback so that next year’s newsletter improves!

Thanks for reading! Go Bulldogs!

Lisa Erwin, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Dean of Students

Calendar of Events & Important Dates

Repesh Report

Greetings! It’s Lisa Erwin again, stepping in for Vince Repesh.

It’s April! I think the term “spring fever” may have been coined about college students at this time of year. Concentrating on academics is more difficult as the weather begins to turn, but it’s more important than ever that students pay attention to the important work that needs done this month. Papers and projects are due, and final exams are just around the corner in May.

Students also will be thinking about moving out of their current living arrangements if they’re not staying in Duluth for the summer. Students who plan to live in the residence halls and apartments in 2014-2015 will go through “roomdraw” on April 8, provided they turned in a contract and deposit on time in March. As we move into May, it’s a great time for you to being a conversation with your student who may be returning home to live for the summer. A shared understanding of expectations is a good idea, and your acknowledgement of the skills they’ve acquired in being independent will be appreciated.

Remind your student to take care of themselves during the stressful times they may experience in this last month and a half of the semester. There are many ways to be involved in physical activity through UMD’s Recreational Sports Outdoor Program, and UMD Health Services is conveniently located on campus. Both departments provide students with lots of coaching about wellbeing.


Happy spring!

Lisa Erwin, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Dean of Students

Career Corner

Summer is a Great Time for Your Students to Work on Their Careers! 

Encourage them to:

·   See if they are on track with the 4-year career plan

·   Find out what majors UMD offers and what they can do with different majors

·    Research careers using a variety of sources such as Occupational Outlook Handbook, O*Net, and iSeek

·   Check out the Graduate Follow-up Report to see where recent UMD grads are working or continuing their education and more

·   Do informational interviews and job shadows to find out about careers and make connections

·   Create or update a LinkedIn profile

·   Network with everyone about their career aspirations and job search ideas

·   Read books such as 6 ReasonsYou’ll Get the Job and What Should IDo With My Life and magazines such as Fast Company or others about interests and career areas

·   Prepare a resume, cover letter or personal statement and submit their documents for professional review

·   Practice interviewing using InterviewStream, a free, online tool

·   Present themselves professionally on socialmedia and to check out our Pinterestboards, studentblog, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

·   Use resources to help them learn about and find internships and jobs

·   Plan to attend fall Job and Internship Fairs

·   Explore graduate and professional schools

·   Download or read the Career Handbook online – everything they need to know in one place

Career &Internship Services is here to help your students from freshman through senior year and beyond.

Encourage them to visit us! We’re open all summer from 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday! 

Contact us at or 218-726-7985, or stop by 22 Solon Campus Center.

Janet Pribyl
Assistant Director/Career Counselor
Career & Internship Services

Ask Champ

Q: What can my student do with the items they do not wish to take with them when they move out of the UMD residence halls and apartments or off campus housing? 

A: I love this question! Sustainability is an important part of our strategic plan at UMD. The campus is making preparations for a number of options for students to donate unwanted items:  Goodwill bins throughout Housing and Residence Life and on campus (for off campus students), an annual furniture pick up at UMD and in the adjacent neighborhoods, and a UMD "Swap" (where students can trade item).  Any non refrigerated food items can also be donated to the on-campus food shelf, Champ's Cupboard, located at 245 Kirby Plaza. For more information, check out the UMD Sustainability website.

Got a burning question for Champ?  Click here to submit a question!

Dollars and Sense

Your Student’s U Card and You

Parents and Families,

The topic of credit and money management is a popular one. When students arrive on campus they receive a U card. It has multi-purposes. Using a U Card for purchases in the bookstore will put a balance on the student’s account, much like a charge card. A daily can of pop with snacks, the latest UMD Bulldog-wear, along with books and supplies can add up in a hurry. Excessive or unpaid charges to a student account could result in:

●     An academic record hold, which prevents registration, obtaining a transcript, and receiving a diploma.

●     Cancellation of registration for an upcoming term.

●     Late and/or rebilling fees.

To avoid any issues, urge your student to check their account often and pay close attention to billing and due dates.

Ask: Is this a need or want and could I pay for this in cash?

Questions regarding Financial Aid, Billing, or Registration?
Contact One Stop StudentServices at (218) 726-8000 or email

To learn more about money visit our LiveLike a Student webpage or contact our Financial Literacy Educator, Niki Pechinski, at

Monica Bruning
Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment and Institutional Effectiveness

Sue Kerry
Associate Vice Chancellor of Finance 

A Wide Angle Lens

The Healthy Use of Social Media

“Did you see my Facebook post about the Instagram image from my Twitter feed?  It’s pinned on my Pinterest page and I have it tied back to my LinkedIn account.”

Wikipedia lists over 200 active socialmedia sites and apps from around the world, with users in the hundreds of millions.  College students today are heavy users of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Foursquare, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Flickr, and countless others.  Given the right balance, and the appropriate usage, social media can help students have a healthy connection with their campus and fellow students.

But we can all think of incidents where social media has not had a positive impact on us, or others around us.  This is the case on campuses across the country, and unfortunately UMD has not been immune to negative or inappropriate instances of social media.  As you are thinking of topics to discuss with your student about their UMD experience, please be sure to include the use of social media and electronic communication.  Once it’s out there, it’s out there forever – regardless of any attempt to delete it.

It is important for students to remember to protect both their personal information and their personal image when it comes to social media.  While UMD is not actively searching social media sites, we have nonetheless been made aware of incidents of bullying, hate speech, sharing of erroneous information, and even postings of illegal activity.  Our students should be mindful of what they are posting, and even what others may be posting about them.  Students can also feel comfortable reporting issues to our Office ofStudent Conduct if they feel they have been threatened or harassed via social media.

No doubt about it, electronic social media has changed how we interact with each other – the vast majority of which has proven to be positive.  Access to information is greater and faster than it has ever been, and it will be even better tomorrow and the day after that.  At UMD, the ability for students to connect with each other over social media has created new opportunities for student organizations, the marketing of university events, and the announcement of campus weather emergencies, just to name a few.

For students looking to get the most out of creating their social media and online presence, the Officeof Career & Internship Services offers an array of tips, counseling, and training sessions that provide an excellent foundation.  Professional associations, internship coordinators, and employment officers are using social media every day to help them make better hiring decisions.  Students who are not savvy users of social media could be left behind!

Corbin J. Smyth
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life