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Division of Student Affairs of the University of St. Thomas

 

 

 

April 17, 2012

 

 

A Word from Vice President Canney

Career Corner

Working Through April

Is Your Student Moving Off Campus Next Year?

Financial Aid for Summer Courses

Alumni Update
Parent Network

Dates to Remember

 


A Word from Vice President Canney

 

Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends,


 

We are moving into the last four weeks before final exams.  The University of St. Thomas community is experiencing a great flurry of activity with events, programs, papers and finals included. Your students are rushing about the campus with books, backpacks and projects in tow. We love seeing students enjoying the these wonderful spring days while studying and socializing on the John P. Monahan Plaza.
 
We are looking forward to the upcoming celebrations: St. Thomas Day, May 9 and the dedication of the Anderson Student Center, May 10.  Finally, the Baccalaureate Mass is on May 18 and Commencement on May 19.
 
Enjoy the beauty of these spring days!
 
 
Sincerely,

 

Jane Canney. Ed.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs 


Career Corner

www.stthomas.edu/careerdevelopment
651-962-6761

April is a peak month for college students seeking employment; whether it is a summer job, internship or a full-time professional position upon graduation.  Whatever the reason, the Career Development Center offers the following resources for students and alumni:


Employment Agencies Fair:
All students are invited to learn more about the job placement services that staffing agencies can provide at an information fair on Thursday, April 19th from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, on the 2nd Floor of the new Anderson Student Center. These companies can connect current students with summer employment, and graduating students with professional and contract positions.

Website postings:
A wide array of summer, internship and full-time positions are posted on the website for students/alumni to apply directly to employers seeking candidates. 
 

LinkedIn profile:
Based on the feedback from the employer panel at the Social Media and the Job Search event, employers are using LinkedIn as their preferred site to search for candidates.  Students and alumni need to create a branded profile that allows employers to find them based on specific search criteria.  The Career Development Center offers assistance with development and critiques of LinkedIn profiles.

Job Search Groups:
Groups will be offered several dates in April and June for students and alumni. During the sessions participants will learn effective techniques and get support in conducting their own job search.  Dates and times will be posted through the Job Search live link.

Individual Appointments:
The staff of the Career Development Center offer free appointments to assist with employment searches and career planning decisions. The sessions are tailored to meet each client's needs. We are open during spring break week and throughout the summer months.  Students and alumni may call, 651-962-6761 to schedule an appointment.


 

Working Through April

Spring break is over, finals are on the way.  During the month of April, students often begin to get anxious about the rest of the semester. They are at the middle of the semester and have approximately four more weeks of classes until finals. If your student is concerned, here are many sources of help:



 

Is Your Student Moving Off Campus Next Year?

Off-Campus Student Services is here to help the transition. If your student is currently living on campus but did not apply for housing for the 2012-2013 academic year they will automatically receive an email from Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) introducing our staff and services, as well as connecting them with our Renter's Resources website. This site covers information about moving off campus, picking a good rental property, things to look for in a lease, what to do when moving out of a rental property. The booklet is also available in hard copy in the OCSS office, Anderson Student Center, Room 253.

If your student is looking to move off campus Off-Campus Student Services provides access to housing listings in the area. If you wish to bookmark this information: the listing is found at http://www.stthomas.edu/commutercenter/offcampushousing/.  Please note that the properties listed on this site are not endorsed by the University of St. Thomas, it is simply a free listing service to help students find rental properties in the neighborhood. Also, when your student is looking for housing, be aware of the over-occupancy ordinance for St. Paul which states that no more than 4 unrelated adults can occupy a single family dwelling.

Also, OCSS is offering our Student Tenant Education Program (STEP) for students who are renting off-campus next academic year.  This program is designed to equip students to be aware of the implications of renting off-campus and to set them up for a successful experience.  The landlords of the following properties are even offering a $100 security deposit discount to tenants who complete the program:

  • 2071 Roblyn

  • 2100 Lincoln

  • 2176 Dayton

  • 1605 Marshall

Don't see your student's property on that list? Talk to their landlord and see if they might be willing to get on board.  STEP sessions will take place the next two Fridays, April 20 and April 27, at 4:45 pm; each session will last about an hour and students must attend both sessions to complete the program.

Students are encouraged to sign up in advance if they would like to attend by emailing us at offcampus@stthomas.edu, calling us at 651-962-6138 or stopping in and visiting us in ASC 253.

Once your student is off campus they are encouraged to stay in touch with our office. We offer programming and resources specially tailored to the needs of students living off campus.

 

Visit http://www.stthomas.edu/offcampus for more information.  If you do have any questions about your daughter or son moving off campus please do not hesitate to call 651-962-6138 or email offcampus@stthomas.edu.

 


Financial Aid for Summer Courses

The last day to disburse financial aid for undergraduate students who are enrolled for current academic year (2011-2012) is May 18, 2012. In order to allow adequate processing time, students who have an incomplete financial aid file must submit any necessary documents to the Financial Aid Office no later than May 4, 2012.  Please note that due to the average processing time required to secure a private educational loan, students intending to apply for such financing should submit any necessary applications to the lender of his/her choice before the end of April.

Students who will attend during the summer session should complete a Summer Financial Aid application, which will be available online when students register or can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office. Most students attending summer session are not eligible for additional financial aid, but completing this application will insure that your student's eligibility is reviewed, any available aid is awarded, and your student is made aware of financing options available to help with his/her educational expenses for the summer term.


If you have any questions about financial aid, please call the Financial Aid Office at 1-800-328-6819, Ext. 2-6550 or 651-962-6550 or visit www.stthomas.edu/financialaid/undergraduate.


 



Alumni Update

Parents of Seniors
Remind your students to purchase their Senior Banquet tickets!
Senior are encouraged to attend their first Alumni Association event, the Senior Banquet, on Thursday, April 26 from 7-9 p.m.  Tickets are available through Tommie Central and will not be available at the door.  For more information, please have your student visit  Senior Banquet Registration


First Friday Speaker Series
The final First Friday Speaker Series of the 2011-2012 season is scheduled for Friday, May 4 at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis.  Parents, students, alumni and friends are encouraged to attend.  The featured speaker in May will be Stephen Hemsley, President and CEO of United Health Group.  For more information and to register online, please visit: First Friday Speaker Series
 


 

Parent Network

Visit the Parent Network website for updated information and ways to get involved!

 


 

Dates to Remember

May 9  Celebration of St. Thomas Day, Mass in St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel, 5:30 pm

May 10 Anderson Student Center Dedication
May 11 Classes end
May 14 Study Day and the Late Night Mass and Breakfast starting at 8:30 pm
May 15-18 Final Exams

May 18 Baccalaureate Mass, 7:30 pm, Cathedral of Saint Paul
May 19 Commencement http://www.stthomas.edu/commencement/undergraduate/index.html

May 23 Summer Session classes begin
2012 Summer Academic Schedule

July 16-Aug 3 First Year Student Orientation

2012-2013 Academic Calendar

Oct. 5-7  Family Weekend


 

                           

For further information contact:

Sr. Sharon M. Howell, CSJ, assistant dean of students and parent liaison
Dean of Students Office
651-963-6050
800-328-6819, ext. 2-6050
parentmail@stthomas.edu
http://www.stthomas.edu/parents

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