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Cal U Parent and Family E-News: August 2012

New Student “Preps”: Beginning the Semester Smoothly

You and your soon-to-be college student have been purchasing and packing for weeks in preparation for campus arrival. But, has he/she checked these off the list? Student “Preps” Checklist

Campus Resources That Every Student Should Know About

One of the best pieces of advice that a parent can give to a college student is “Use the resources available on campus.” Identifying those resources early in a student’s college career, and knowing
where they’re located, can go a long way to increasing the chances for overall success in college. Campus Resources

New and Improved Calcard

A student’s CalCard is much more than just a campus ID card. The CalCard provides campus users a fast and easy payment method for a host of campus offerings. Purchases at on-campus dining locations, vending machines, library copy machines, residence hall laundry facilities, and the University Bookstore can all be made quickly and easily with a CalCard. And parents or guest users can add money to a student’s Calcard conveniently through the Parent/ Family Portal. Beginning this semester, students will notice some new changes and enhanced features making the CalCard experience better than ever! CalCard Office Launches Improved Online Web Portal

Meal Plan Adjustments

Students who wish to change their meal plan membership must do so during the permitted adjustment period by contacting the Office of Housing and Residence Life located in Residence Hall B, (phone: 724-938-4444 or email: Adjustments can be made without financial penalty up to the close of business on the Friday immediately preceding the start of the semester. Meal plan adjustments which occur between the close of business on the Friday immediately preceding the start of the semester and the close of business on the first Friday of semester will be assessed a fee based on the adjustment; cancelations will be charged 10% of the base meal plan rate plus dine dollars expended. After the adjustment period, meal plans can be cancelled and a partial refund made only upon complete withdrawal from the University. **Fall 2012 Semester: The meal plan adjustment deadline without financial penalty is Friday, August 24, at 4 pm. The meal plan adjustment period with financial impact is after 4 pm on August 24 until Friday, August 31 at 4 pm.** Meal Plans

“Be on Your Best Behavior”

Adapting to the University community while navigating pitfalls can be trying. Most incoming students will experience increased freedom, be exposed to a more diverse community with wider varieties of views, and be challenged to make a greater number of decisions independently than previously experienced at home. As a college parent, your informed and consistent messages still matter. It is important to discuss expectations for behavior before your student arrives on campus. It’s also important to be informed of the University’s standards for student behavior.

Safety Alerts

Beginning the first week of the semester, students will be notified through campus announcements of the option to register for Cal U Text Alerts. The safety alerts system is a free emergency text messaging service designed for students and others in the campus community who might be affected directly by an emergency on campus or in close proximity to it. Once a student has registered for safety alerts, he/she may choose to add another cell phone number. **Accounts are active for one year only. Returning students who wish to receive safety alerts must reregister annually.** Safety Alert FAQ

Parent Survey Update

Thanks to all parents who participated in the Parent and Family Portal Survey. Your feedback will be used in enhancing the services and resources offered to parents. Survey results indicated that, 86% of E-news subscribers agreed that the Cal U Parent and Family E-news has been a valuable resource to them during their student’s academic year. Also, 63% agreed that the Cal U Parent and Family E-news helped them guide their student toward academic success. As always we value your opinion, and are committed to serving you, so keep your suggestions coming!

My Child Is In College, So Now What?

Don’t just miss them from afar. Instead, join us! Cal U welcomes parents into the campus community, and there are many ways to get involved. We encourage you to share your student’s college experience by participating in programs and activities both on-andoff- campus. Consider joining the Parent Leadership Council. The Council meets two times a year and focuses on programs such as Career Services, Cal U events, student academic success, admissions, and various other family-friendly opportunities. If you are interested in becoming a Parent Leadership Council member or would like more information, please contact Randi Minerva, Coordinator of Parent and
Alumni Relations at 724-938-4248 or or visit Cal U Parents and Families Webpage. Membership is free and open to all family members!

Important Upcoming Dates

Move-In Day Incoming New Students Aug. 24
Move-In Day Current Students Aug. 26
New Student Convocation Aug. 26
Classes Begin Aug. 27
Add/Drop Period Aug. 27- Sept. 1
Labor Day (No Classes) Sept. 3
Family Day Sept. 22
Last Day to Apply for December 2012 Graduation Sept. 28
Mission Day (No Classes 8am- 4pm) Oct. 24
Last Day to Withdraw from a Course or University Nov. 2
Early Registration for Spring 2013 (Tentative) Nov. 12-16
Thanksgiving Break (No Classes) Nov. 21-23
Classes End Dec. 7
Reading Day (No Classes 8am- 4pm) Dec. 10-14
Semester Ends Dec. 14

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