Cal U Parent and Family E-News: November 2013

NEW SERVICE FOR STUDENTS

No more special trips to the Office of Academic Records or the Graduate School Office - students can now get up-to-date information on their enrollment and student loans online, in one place, and at no cost. With Student Self-Service, a student can print enrollment verifications for health or auto insurance, loan deferments, scholarships, etc. These documents can be printed at any time and from anywhere a student has Internet access. Students may obtain the information in Student Self-Service by logging into VIP at https://vip.calu.edu/, then clicking on the Academic Info tab Clearinghouse Self-Service section. This will open a new window to the National Student Clearinghouse site.

MIDTERM GRADE REPORTS

Fall midterm progress reports are now available to students in VIP (Vulcan Information Portal). Parents are encouraged to discuss midterm grades with their students, as midterm progress may be a good indicator of overall success in a course. The Office of Academic Success offers any student personal assistance to help get back on track.

STAYING THE COURSE OR MAKING AN ADJUSTMENT

After checking midterm grades, if your student is doing well, encourage him/her to stay the course, relying on previous successes with study and organiizational skills and good time management.  If your students is not doing well, there's still time for a course adjustment;  encourage your student to get back on track by meeting with a professor and seeking tutoring or other academic assistance. The no-cost resources include various tutoring services including: The Tutoring Center, Math Lab, Writing Center, and The Reading Clinic.  Updated Fall Tutoring Schedule

WITHDRAWING FROM A COURSE

Sometimes the best of efforts don’t produce the desired academic results, and withdrawing from a course may be the best option. Withdrawing from a course is the process of officially removing a course from a student’s schedule during weeks two through ten of the semester. If a student officially withdraws from a course before the deadline, a grade of “W” is assigned on the student’s academic transcript to designate withdrawal. However, a “W” will NOT affect a student’s grade point average. The deadline to withdraw from a course this semester is November 7, 2013.  A note of caution: Students should consult with a faculty advisor and/or Student Success Facilitator in the Scheduling Center to discuss all options before withdrawing from a course as academic progress and/or financial aid may be affected.

END-OF-SEMESTER TRAVEL PLANS

It’s not too soon to be thinking about Thanksgiving and end-of-semester travel plans. Students may use their CalCards to ride the MMVTA at no cost from campus to downtown Pittsburgh where they can make connections with transportation hubs such as the Greyhound bus station, Pittsburgh Amtrak train station, and the MegaBus pick-up location at the David Lawrence Convention Center. The Office of Student Affairs and the Student Association also sponsor shuttle transportation between main campus and major transportation hubs such as Pittsburgh International Airport. The shuttle service is offered for a small fee at the beginning and end of Fall and Spring semesters and during Breaks when the University is officially closed.  Students must make shuttle arrangements several days in advance. Questions? Contact Tom Donovan at 724-938-5567 or email donovan@calu.edu. Learn More

OFFICIAL CAL U CLASS RING

Thinking about holiday gifts for your student? Consider an official Cal U Class ring. Custom crafted specifically for the University, the ring is a tangible symbol of a student’s lifelong relationship with Cal U. The design reflects a rich Vulcan tradition and history. Students wear the ring with the Cal U name facing them. Upon the granting of their degrees at Commencement, graduates turn the ring around, with the name facing outward, symbolizing that they are now ready to face the world. The ring is reserved exclusively for students and alumni in good standing who have completed at least 60 credits. For Ordering Information

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

Last Day to Withdraw from Course or the University............................................................................November 7

Thanksgiving Break (No Classes).................................................................................November 27-December 2

Classes End (4:00pm).........................................................................................................................December 9

Exam Week (begins 4:00 pm December 9).....................................................................................December 9-13

Semester Ends..................................................................................................................................December 13

Undergraduate Commencement....................................................................................................December 14

Winter Session Begins.......................................................................................................................December 16

Holiday Break (UNIVERSITY CLOSED).......................................................................................December 24-27

Winter Session Ends.............................................................................................................................January 17

Spring 2014 Classes Begin...................................................................................................................January 21

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Cynthia Young, Parent/Family Portal Manager | Office of Academic Affairs | California University of Pennsylvania
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