ALCOHOL USE ON COLLEGE
Our colleagues at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities have
developed a seminar for parents on alcohol use on college campuses.
The information online is for all parents and is of benefit no
matter where a student attends college. Among the many topics
covered are reasons why students drink to the levels they do,
communication tips for parents, as well as a drinking calendar.
You can find the link to the class on the KU alcohol education
website for parents at: www.alcohol.ku.edu/~alcohol/parents/.
A student's KU Card has the handy Beak
feature. This allows a student to have money on the card for spending both on and
off campus. There are three ways to add money to the card and if you are an authorized
user, you can add money to your student's account online. Money remaining in the
account at the end of a semester will be available to the student the following semester.
Cash withdrawals from this account are not allowed. To learn more about Beak
FEBRUARY IS FINANCIAL AID
Now is the time to file the 2010-2011 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA filing process as soon as possible since aid will not be awarded until all required additional information is received, processed, and the student’s financial aid file is complete. Priority consideration for limited funded aid
programs, including the KU Tuition Grant, will be given to applications received
by the federal processor by March 1, 2010. The KU Office of
Student Financial Aid website is www.financialaid.ku.edu.
ROCK CHALK REVUE
Rock Chalk Revue is an annual campus-wide variety show that features student talent
and raises funds for the United Way of Douglas County. This year’s show,
“Full Speed Ahead,”
will be presented March 4th, 5th, and 6th at the Lied Center. To learn more about
Rock Chalk Revue or to purchase tickets online, visit: http://groups.ku.edu/~rcr/.
STUDENT HOUSING INFORMATION
Apply now for next year!
We would love to have your student back in Student Housing next year and contracts
have been sent to them. For them, it is an opportunity for lifelong friends and memories.
For parents, it is a great value
one payment covers rent, food, utilities and cable. And for both parents and students,
we know on-campus housing promotes learning. We offer Academic Resource Centers,
tutors, peer advisors, learning communities, and study space. Students who live on
campus are more secure, get better grades, and graduate on time, even as they work
through those upper-level classes. We have lots of options: apartments, private rooms,
scholarship halls and more. Students have received their contracts, so complete it
and turn it in to Student Housing. For information, www.housing.ku.edu or
Spring Break Housing
The Department of Student Housing offers housing during Spring
Break in McCollum Hall for students who live in the residence
halls or scholarship halls. KU residence halls and scholarship
halls close for Spring Break at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 13. The
last meal that day is brunch. The halls will reopen at 8 a.m.,
Sunday, March 21. Full meal service resumes Monday, March 22.
McCollum Hall residents who want to stay in their rooms during
break should sign up at the McCollum front desk. There is
no additional charge for McCollum residents who register
for the break in advance.
Other residence hall and scholarship hall residents may request
to stay in McCollum Hall during the break for $130 with a
completed reservation.The reservation form is available at http://www.housing.ku.edu/documents/breakhousingrequest.pdf or
at Department of Student Housing office in Corbin Hall.
Two-year Housing Option Discontinued
KU Student Housing has discontinued the two-year payment option
so we have credited those accounts, and adjusted to reflect the
single-year rate. Rates for 2010-11 are available on the contract
your student has received.
TUTORIALS FOR USING
KU Libraries Instruction Services has more than a dozen videos
to help people use the many services of the library. Some of
the topics include How to request an article not available at
KU, How to select the appropriate source, How to evaluate the
information you find on a website, and How to search E-Journals.
The videos are available on the library website http://guides.lib.ku.edu/guidestutorials and
on the KU Libraries You Tube channel. www.youtube.com/KULibraries.
WHAT DOES BEING
ON ACADEMIC PROBATION MEAN
No one wants to be on academic probation and it is possible to
recover from that with hard work. The standards for probation
are set by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the professional
schools. Generally, to be in good standing a student needs to
have a 2.0 GPA or above, although the GPA requirement is higher
for students who have more than 60 hours. In the College students
must sign a probation contract with their advisor every semester
until returning to good academic standing. Students on probation
are dismissed if they do not earn at least a 2.0 GPA each semester.
For more information about academic probation visit: www.ku.edu/~clasus/policies/probation.shtml.
To learn more about how to calculate the grade point average: http://www.artsform.ku.edu/gpa/.
WHAT'S YOUR MAJOR?
Scott Keyes is a recent college graduate and he offers an insightful
perspective on finding and following your passion. We invite you
to read his essay at: http://chronicle.com/article/Stop-Asking-Me-My-Major/63453/.
Do you ask your son or daughter
“What’s your major?”
“What kind of job can you get with that major?”
Both are reasonable questions and can lead to interesting conversations
between the two of you. The first year or so of college is a
great time to explore different areas of study and consider unfamiliar
careers. The exploration is part of the critical thinking skills
that college provides. While it may be uncomfortable for you
to have a student who is undecided or even changed his/her major
more than once, this can lead them to academic success.