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Cal U Parent & Family E-News: April 2012

Spring Fever

Springtime can be one of the best times to be on campus. The unseasonably mild weather this year may have also brought an early dose of Spring Fever! Barbeques, frisbees, pick-up games, music occasionally blaring - even the most motivated student might tend towards distraction. But with some intentionality, your student can enjoy it all, or at least some of it. Encourage him/her to find the balance, to stay the course, stick to a schedule, and set priorities. Maybe even take that study group outside. After all, working hard and enjoying life at the same time is a valuable lesson.

Registration for Fall 2012

Current students will register for Fall 2012 classes beginning April 9-13. Students should watch for campus announcements detailing information and instructions. General registration protocol is as follows: Seniors - April 9th, Juniors - April 10th, No Registration - April 11th, Sophomores - April 12th, and Freshmen - April 13th.

Is Your Student Ready? 3 Questions Parents Should Ask Before Students Register For Next Semester Classes

1. Do you have a copy of your major advisement sheet, and have you reviewed it to determine the suggested course sequence? If not, advisement sheets are available in the respective academic departments, the Scheduling Center, or listed in the undergraduate catalogue.

2. Have you met with your faculty advisor to discuss your class choices? If not, schedule an appointment as soon as possible by emailing your faculty advisor or by visiting your department to speak with the secretary directly.

3. Have you checked to make sure that you don’t have any “holds” on your student account? If not, students should log into VIP, and check their registration status under the “Academic Tools” tab. Note: An account hold will prohibit a student from registering until the issue is resolved, and the hold is released by the office that imposed it. A “hold” may be placed on a student’s account for a variety of reasons, including past due payments, fees, fines, and advisement.


Students work hard both inside and outside the classroom. With a tight job market forecast, it’s important that they prepare now to present future employers with a picture of the “whole” candidate. Cal U makes it possible by offering both an academic transcript and an activities transcript. Academic Transcript is an official University document that records a student’s complete academic history including enrollment, degree major/minor, and grade information while at California University of PA. More about Academic Transcript

Activities Transcript is an official University document that records a student’s extracurricular activities, learning experiences, and accomplishments while at California University of PA. Note: Students must register and maintain their activities transcript. Use of an activities transcript is voluntary, but strongly encouraged. More about Activities Transcript

Congratulations to our 1,500 Presidential Scholars! Honors Convocation, Saturday, April 21

The University community gathers each spring semester during Honors Convocation to celebrate the hard work and academic excellence of students. Presidential Scholars and their families are invited to the ceremony and reception following. What better way to show your support and pride! Students must RSVP to their appropriate dean’s office by Friday, April 13. Event Details

Web Courses

Online courses can add flexibility to a college student’s life; and most students take at least one or two web courses before graduating. Web courses give students opportunities to further develop computer competencies, time management and organizational skills, personal study habits, and self-discipline. Students use the D2L (Desire2Learn) online platform accessed through the student VIP or the University main webpage under “Quick Links”. View a D2L tutorial

Summer College

College students take summer courses for various reasons – to catch up, keep up, to graduate early, or lighten the academic course load during the rest of the year. Cal U Summer College offers 150 courses, opportunities to earn additional credits by attending five-week or ten-week classes on campus and online. Note: A student should seek faculty advisor assistance before registering for any classes by scheduling an appointment to discuss academic planning. Summer Course Schedule and Registration

Important Change to Summer Financial Aid

Beginning Summer 2012 the Financial Aid Office is implementing changes to the way summer financial aid is processed. There will be NO Summer Loan Application. IF your student is enrolled for summer, student Federal Direct Stafford loans will automatically be processed for all three summer, fall, and spring semesters. If your student does not wish to receive loans for all three semesters, he/she must please fill out a Stafford loan adjustment form or contact the Financial Aid Office to have the loans reprocessed. Note: Summer aid will be awarded after a student’s grades for the Spring semester have been submitted and satisfactory academic progress has been verified. More information about Summer Financial Aid

“Bachelor of Fun”

Spring 2012 Graduate and Undergraduate Commencements will be held on May 11 and May 12. Are you attending with kids? Then be sure to visit  the Cal U Family and Kids’ Area for refreshments and  activities prior to the start of the ceremony. Cal U Family and Kids’ Area

Summer Educational Enrichment for Kids (SEEK)

Learning can be so cool! Children from grades 1-8 are invited to enjoy a red carpet experience this summer as SEEK Goes Hollywood! Learn More About Summer Camp

Important Upcoming Dates

Registration for Summer 2012 Open Enrollment thru 1st Day of Classes
Last Day to Withdraw from a Course or the University April 6

Registration for Fall 2012

April 9-13
Honors Convocation
April 21

FAFSA Priority Deadline Due

May 1
Reading Day
May 7
Final Exams Week
May 7-11

Spring 2012 Semester Ends

May 12

Undergraduate Commencement

May 12

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