Uconnect Parents and Family Association Newsletter - November 2013
At the University of Mount Union, we pride ourselves on providing the academic preparation, hands-on experience and global perspective that prepares our students to compete in the 21st century job market. And, it’s an educational experience that is drawing national attention from numerous external rankings bodies like U.S. News and World Report.
I am pleased to share with you that Mount Union was ranked sixth among regional colleges in the Midwest, which includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin, by U.S. News and World Report. Our 2014 Best Colleges ranking is up from last year’s 12th place finish in the same category and marks the 23rd consecutive year that Mount Union has been included in the listing.
In addition, Mount Union was also ranked 8th in U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 listing of Best Values in the same category. When you combine this citation with the recent rankings by collegefactual.com that listed us #1 in the five-state Great Lakes region for return on investment, the message is clear. Mount Union offers an exceptional education at a great value, and the successes of our students and alumni are our proof.
I invite you to visit us online, where you’ll find statistics, videos and additional details about Our Value, National Recognitions and Student Satisfaction. I think it is clear to see that a Mount Union education is truly worth the investment.
Thank you, parents, for recognizing our worth and placing your students’ futures in our very capable hands.
Dr. Richard F. Giese
President of the University of Mount Union
U and the Students
April 4-5: Little Sibs Weekend 2014
Little Sibs Weekend 2014 will be held April 4-5. Many fun and exciting activities are planned for siblings, kids and family friends of all ages. Check out www.mountunion.edu/little-sibs-weekend in early March to register and review the full schedule of events! Questions? Please contact Lindsey Laret, assistant director of student involvement and leadership at email@example.com or (330) 829-2764.
Interview Suit … The Perfect Christmas Gift for Your Student!
Consider the gift of an interview suit for your son or daughter so that he or she may dress appropriately for the following job and internship events:
Friday, February 7
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Aladdin Shrine in Columbus, OH
NOTED Teacher’s Job Fair
Thursday, March 27
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
John S. Knight Center in Akron, OH
Thursday, April 3
2 – 5 p.m.
University Center in North Canton, OH
For Stark County colleges
Tuesdays during the spring semester
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Center for Student Success, HPCC 113
Congratulations to our upcoming 2014 graduating students and their parents. A packet full of information will be sent in late February to students plus a copy sent to their home address for parents. Details including dates, tickets, reservation forms and more will be included. Information is also available online on the University Marshal page.
- December 6 is the last day for our office to process loans to help with a fall semester balance.
- Can you believe 2014 is just around the corner? You can file the 2014-2015 FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov beginning in January. Financial aid awards will be available online beginning in May 2014.
OFF CAMPUS or COMMUTING (for Juniors and Seniors)
- In collaboration with the Office of Residence Life, students who wish to live off campus for the upcoming year are required to request an ‘Off Campus Estimate.’ This can be done by emailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org AND completing the ‘Petition for Off Campus Residency’ on iRaider. The purpose is to determine if any of the student’s need-based financial aid will be reduced due to moving off campus. We will use the 2014-2015 FAFSA results to calculate the estimate. Therefore, it will be important for you to file the FAFSA early so we can provide you with the most accurate information. This will enable you to make an informed decision about whether to live on or off campus for the upcoming year.
- If your son or daughter borrowed a Stafford loan during their undergraduate career, they will be asked to complete EXIT COUNSELING online at www.studentloans.gov. We will send email reminders to them one month prior to graduation.
- www.nslds.ed.gov is a great place to track all federal loans. They can view the total amount borrowed and which companies are servicing their loans.
SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS FOR FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID
Federal regulations require the University of Mount Union to establish satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards for federal financial aid recipients. We will review the following three areas annually: cumulative grade point average (GPA), completion rate and maximum time frame. This only impacts federal funds such as Federal Pell Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study (FWS), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Direct Loans (Stafford and Parent PLUS Loan) as well as financial aid from the state of Ohio. Details of the policy can be found online in the Undergraduate Catalogue on page 10. You can also contact our office with questions.
The Office of Student Financial Services is located in the lower level of the Gartner Welcome Center. You can contact us at email@example.com or 1-877-543-9185.
Office of Residence Life
Hello and Happy Holidays from the Office of Residence Life! We hope that the fall semester went well for you and your students. Among the many leadership opportunities on campus, student affairs and residence life offer a unique experience for your students to learn and grow while at school. If interested, your student could become part of our team, getting a job as a Community Educator (CE). This position is similar to what you may know as a Resident Assistant (RA) on other campuses, but this leadership position is a little different at Mount Union. It's a live-in position, which fosters a positive environment in an assigned floor or house, while building significant connections with and among residents. CEs assist residents in connecting with each other, to the campus and to community resources.
In this position, CEs live on a floor with their peers as a leader, resource and liaison to the Office of Residence Life. They assist students with transitioning to life at college and at Mount Union, offer resources to students in a variety of places on campus, provide social and educational programming within the halls and help students work through their own transitional and developmental stages while in college.
A paid position at $2,600 a year, the CEs also have the benefit of living in their own single-style room ($1,000 value) and can earn an additional $200 at the end of each year.
If interested, students can apply through the Office of Student Affairs. The paper application is available at the Information Desk in the Hoover-Price Campus Center, or they can print a copy from iRaider, located under First Year Initiatives>Student Affairs Student Staff Applications and Selection.
Midterm exam time is fast approaching and is a stressful time for most students. For many students, midterm exam time comes as a wake-up call. The beginning of the semester has progressed smoothly, or so it seems, and then suddenly your student realizes how much there still is to do on that paper or project, how many chapters are yet unread and how much material must be memorized for an exam.
Although some students may have had large midterm or final exams in high school, for some students this may be a new experience. This may be one of the first big college reality checks for your student. College parents may feel helpless as their college student begins to worry or even panic over exams. This is one of those college moments where your student needs to figure out how he/she will cope. However, there are a few things that parents can do to help students through this stressful time.
- Recognize that your student is tired and stressed right now. This may not be the best time for lengthy chats about everyday life. Understand that your student is preoccupied by what needs to get done.
- Use your best listening skills. Your student may need to vent. They may need to complain about the amount of work, the unfairness of the professors, the difficulty of the material or the assignments. Provide an ear and let your student know that you understand.
- Understand that your student may not want to talk about it. Your student may see no point in telling you about every exam or paper or project that he/she has to do. Your student may just want to get it done.
- Remind your student that this is part of the rhythm of the academic year. He/she will get through these few days or weeks and then things will level off again. Other students are probably feeling the same stress.
- Remind your student to think about their health. Unfortunately, midterm exams often come at about the same time in the semester when students are hit by colds, viruses, flu and general exhaustion. Remind them to take care of their health and get help if needed.
- Help your student keep midterms in perspective. It may be a generous portion of his/her semester grade in a course, but it is just one piece of the class. Your student is not likely to fail a class based on one exam. If he/she have been doing the work all semester, he/she will probably do well on the exam. Don’t let your student panic and lose perspective on the importance of the exam or paper. Even if they have not been doing well, this course is only half over. Your student can use this as a good time to decide what needs to be changed to be successful in the second half of the semester.
- Don’t micromanage. It’s okay to suggest a few study skill techniques that may be helpful – time management, study groups, using the library rather than studying in the dorm, getting a tutor – but then let your student decide how he/she will get through this time and what he/she will or will not do. Your student needs to learn this lesson on his/her own, and if whatever your student chooses doesn’t work, then he/she will be that much wiser next time.
- Help your student have realistic expectations. If your student is a first-year student, and this is the first time that he/she have faced a major college exam, he/she may not do as well as hoped. Remind your student that this is a first experience. He/she should be prepared for a grade that may be lower than he/she hoped. It will be a learning experience, and like anything else, dealing with midterms may take practice. Many students receive grades during their first semester that are lower than they are used to receiving in high school. This is a new level of study and they may need to learn new ways of approaching it.
- Encourage your student not to panic. Even if he/she feels overwhelmed right now, he/she need to take a breath (figuratively and literally) and take control of the situation. If your student is far behind, he/she may not be able to accomplish everything, but he/she can do something. Some students feel so overwhelmed that they panic and do nothing. Anything that they do, even if small steps, will help.
- This is an excellent time to send a care package from home and/or send a “cheer up” card. It’s the next best thing to an “I know you can do it” hug!
U and Mount Union
Mount Union Entrepreneurs Form Bumble Media
When one pictures a college student, one would typically think of a young adult trying to manage their time between classes, extracurricular activities and social gatherings. Wade Clark ’15 and Josh Clemence ’14 fit that mold, but they have one extra activity to add to their day: running their own business.
Students Collect 2,000 Pounds of Food
Although Trick or Treat in Alliance was rescheduled for Friday, University of Mount Union students spent Thursday evening collecting more than 2,000 pounds of food for the Alliance Community Pantry.
Faculty Receive Excellence in Education Award
Five faculty members from the University of Mount Union are recipients of the Excellence in Education Award sponsored by Ohio Magazine.
U and the Parent Association
When you and your student chose the University of Mount Union, your entire family became a part of the Mount Union community. Over the years we’ve seen increased participation from parents so we’re seeking to find new ways to connect and keep you as parent updated about what’s going on at Mount Union.
The Uconnect email newsletter for parents is sent in September, November, February and April of each academic year.
As members of the Parent Association, you are also invited to attend events near the University and around the country. Visit the Mount Union alumni website for details on all things alumni including more upcoming events.
November 15, 17 – ‘Oceans Apart’
Oceans Apart is a collaborative piece by the Department of Theatre and the Department of Music. It tells the story of loved ones separated by war who strive to stay in contact through letters. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 15 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 17 in the Dewald Chapel. General admission tickets are $7 or $5 for seniors. Ticket reservation are required by calling (330) 821-2565. Proceeds from the performances will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
November 16 - International Dinner
You're invited to attend an evening of cultures through food and entertainment provided by the Association of International Students at Mount Union. The event is $10 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. The event, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Kresge Dining Commons, is open to the public. Contact Ashley Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve tickets.
November 17 - Mount Union Club of Erie
Alumni and Parents in the Erie, PA area are invited to the Club's kickoff event at the Fox and Hound (250 Millcreek Plaza, Erie, PA 16565) at 1 p.m. Come join us for some food, fun and football! Contact Club Coordinator Laura (Clunk '06) Testrake at email@example.com.
View the website for additional Mount Union Clubs locations across the country.
December 1 - Choir Christmas Festival Performance
Alumni, parents and friends in the Cleveland area are invited to enjoy a beautiful Christmas performance by the Mount Union Choir. The Festival will be held at 7 p.m. at the University Circle United Methodist Church, located at 1919 E. 107th St. and hosted by Ken '71 and Grace (Bird '71) Chalker.