Division of Student Affairs of the University of St. Thomas
February 15, 2012
A Word from Vice President Canney
Dear Parents, Guardians and Families,
We are delighted to see your sons and daughters enjoying the Anderson Student Center. The building is alive with activity, complementing the time they spend in the classroom and the library.
Please be aware that this is the time of year when many students have a difficult time with mid-winter blues. Sometimes students experience the gray days and may feel gloomy, finding it hard to be motivated or feeling interested in things. If this is the case with your son or daughter, support them emotionally and focus on the positives. Encourage them to talk about their concerns with you and if they do not feel significant improvement, suggest that they visit Counseling and Psychological Services or Health Services. Students can make appointments at Counseling and Psychological Services by calling 651-962-6780 or at Health Services at 651- 962-6750 (St. Paul clinic) or 651-962-4750 (Minneapolis clinic).
Valentine’s Day often triggers a focus on romantic relationships for students: Are they in relationship? Is it good? Do they want to be in one? Are they not in a relationship and are unhappy?
Basic Steps to Maintaining a Good Relationship
Financial Aid: FAFSA Season is in Full Swing
The UST priority filing date for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is April 1, 2012. If your student has not yet filed a 2012-2013 FAFSA, please help them do so as soon as your federal taxes have been filed. The Financial Aid Office will still accept your student’s FAFSA after April 1, but some financial aid funds may no longer be available at that time. Go to www.fafsa.gov when you are ready to file and make sure the UST federal school code (002345) is included on the application.
Beginning this month, the Financial Aid Office will send electronic requests for information to any student whose FAFSA has been received but is currently incomplete. These electronic notices will be sent to your student’s UST email account and will provide instructions regarding how students can view any outstanding requirements using Murphy Online. Usually, the documentation needed will include the parents’ federal income tax return transcript.
Please ask your student about the status of their financial aid file. If students don't know their status, they can find the information on Murphy Online or contact their financial aid counselor.
FREE legal advice available for UST students
Does your student have questions about signing a lease, tenant rights and responsibilities, or other legal issues? We've got the solution! An attorney from Moore, Costello and Hart is available in Off-Campus Student Services (ASC 253) for free legal advice for students during the spring semester.
Dates and times for Free Legal Advice are listed below; appointments are on a walk-in first-come, first-serve basis.
Take a Tommie to Lunch
This program offers students an opportunity to meet with an alumnus or alumna for a one-time lunch meeting during spring semester. Participants have the opportunity to ask questions about networking, job searching, starting a career and balancing their professional and personal lives. Registrations for the 2012 Take a Tommie to Lunch program are due by February 17.
1. Visit http://alumni.stthomas.edu . Click on Take a Tommie to Lunch under the “Connect” column.
3. Start thinking about the future and how the powerful network of UST alumni can help!
Questions? Contact Katie Spangler in the Alumni Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents get involved with the Parent Network!
The St. Thomas Parent Network provides a link to the university for families. Think about joining the committee or volunteer for one of the activities that takes place throughout the year. If you are interested in active involvement, visit the Parent Network website, or contact Amy Fistler at 651-962-6941 or email@example.com for further details.
Dates to Remember
March 19-23 Mid-term Break
For further information
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