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June 14, 2012

 

 

A Word from Vice President Canney

Career Corner

Additional Loan Options for Financing a St. Thomas Education

Alumni Update

Dates to Remember   

 

Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends,

 

Summer is in full swing!  We miss your students and the campus is a little less exciting without them. However, during this time we are redesigning some spaces on campus including the installation of a fountain on the John P. Monahan Plaza and the remodeling of the Murray Herrick Center which will offer combined student services and new classrooms.  These projects are all a part of a continuing effort to offer students a stimulating  environment which meets their needs both inside and outside the classroom.

 

We are welcoming our new class of 2016 in July during Orientation and Registration; and we look forward to seeing your students when they return for another academic year. Be sure to mark your calendar for Family Weekend, October 5-7, 2012.

 

Have a wonderful summer!

 

Sincerely,

 

Jane Canney,
Vice President for Student Affairs


Career Corner

Your student can make the most of the summer months while away from St. Thomas.   The school year is packed with classes, club involvement, employment and homework.  The time away from school provides an opportunity to explore major fields, research career options, arrange meetings to interview or shadow professionals in the work place and develop experience through employment or volunteering.  As students progress through their years at St. Thomas, it is important that they begin to build a resume and establish a network to aide them in their readiness for an internship and job upon graduation.  Encourage your student to move their career direction to the next level.  Ideas for resources and services available can be found on the Career Development Center’s website.  Appointments and Pop-In hours are available throughout the summer by calling 651-962-6761.

 

If your student is seeking part-time or full-time employment or internship opportunities  remind them to use Tommie Careers, the employment postings for UST students and alumni.  They can log on with their UST student account information.  Currently there are more than 1040 positions listed.


If your student’s plan is to study abroad in fall 2012 we encourage them to make full use of services over the summer months.   We are able to make suggestions and guide them in how to stay connected to employers while out of the country to avoid missing opportunities.


Additional Loan Options for Financing a St. Thomas Education

June is a great time to begin researching educational financing options for the upcoming academic year, but first you need to assess your financial needs. Your student won't receive their billing statement for fall semester until late August. However, we have developed an interactive cost estimator to help you and your student calculate any potential amount to finance after financial aid has been applied to applicable charges. To get started, go to http://www.stthomas.edu/financialaid/undergraduate/cost/estimator/default.html.

 

There are two categories of education loans that may be used to supplement your financial aid package; private educational loans and the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan, a federal loan program available to parents of dependent students.  The decision of whether or not to borrow additional loans and which program to use is a difficult one for some families.  The Undergraduate Financial Aid Office encourages families to consider the differences between the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan and other private educational loans by visiting our website, www.stthomas.edu/financialaid/undergraduate/loans/alternative/default.html

We have begun processing private loans for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Private student loans will take a minimum of three to four weeks to process, depending on the lender.  Please plan accordingly and apply early so that your loan is ready to be disbursed prior to the beginning of fall classes.


 

Alumni Update

Discount tickets available to Basilica Block Party
University of St. Thomas alumni, students and family members are eligible to purchase discounted Basilica Block Party tickets. This year's event will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8, at the Basilica of St. Mary, located on Hennepin Avenue between 16th and 17th streets in downtown Minneapolis.  Purchase your discounted tickets ($35) by June 24 at Ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000. Use the password "SAINTTHOMAS" to get discounted tickets.

Alumni Night at Target Field
The Young Alumni Council invites alumni, students and family members of all ages to join in the fun on Friday, September 14th.   Pre-game happy hour, 6 p.m. at the Seven Sushi Ultralounge and Skybar, 700 Hennepin Ave, Mpls.  At 7:10 pm, the Twins play the Chicago White Sox. The cost is $40, (includes happy-hour appetizers, a game ticket and a $5 tax-deductible gift to the Young Alumni Scholarship). Seats are on the Club Level in the Skyline Deck.  Register online at alumni.stthomas.edu/MNtwins2012 by Aug. 13    Ticket availability is limited.  Pick up your tickets at the happy hour before the game.  If you would like to sit with another party, please pick up your tickets together.

 

Mark Your Calendars for Homecoming 2012!
This year's celebration is on Saturday, October 13th.  Plan to watch the parade, attend the Taste of Saints and cheer on the Tommies.


Dates to Remember

2012 Summer Academic Schedule

 

July 16-Aug 3  First Year Student Orientation
Sept. 5  Fall semester classes begin
Oct. 5-7  Family Weekend

Oct. 13  Homecoming    


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