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Center for Student Achievement is here to help!

Midterms are around the corner and early registration for J-term and spring 2020 follows close behind. We’re prepared to help. If your student seems to be struggling, encourage them to reach out to us. Our academic counselors and disability specialists are here to help your student navigate the sometimes choppy waters of academic life. 

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Tommie-Johnnie Game

Saturday, October 19, the Tommies will play the Johnnies at Allianz Field in one of the most storied football rivalries of the MIAC conference.  With over 20,000 tickets sold already, this will be a spirited game and we wish the Tommies well!  

The new soccer stadium is about two miles east of campus. That means students can walk to the game, take the university-provided shuttle or ride Metro Transit (Bus #63 north to the Green Line train heading east).

We have sent messages to our students encouraging them to proudly wear purple, to be respectful fans, and to be safe.

We look forward to a great game day!

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Be Purple! Be Proud! (Be Respectful)

The annual Tommie-Johnnie game is an event, a time to celebrate. It's also a key time to respect the neighborhood around campus and the residents who value their properties and privacy.

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$60,000 in Scholarships for Great Ideas

$60,000 is up for grabs in the annual Fowler Business Concept Challenge. This event is open for all students with an idea to create a new business or venture that will make a positive impact on society. Top prize is $15,000! 

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Dining dollars and eXpress dollars

You may have seen the terms dining dollars and eXpress dollars. What are these, how can your student use them, and what can they be used for? This article should answer all your questions. 

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News from Residence Life

Students have been living with their roommates in their residence hall communities for more than a month now and October can be a time when some students experience challenges. Learn how to encourage your student to find resolution when addressing roommate challenges.

Also, fall is a time when students start thinking about housing for the 2020-21 academic year. Residence Life offers helpful information when looking ahead to 2020-21.

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Career Corner

Read about highlights of Career workshops, employer events, and career fairs coming up.

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Personal Safety Planning

We continue to communicate with our students about what it means to think and plan for personal safety. Our departments of Residence Life and Off-Campus Student Life recently sent students emails on this topic. We encourage you to talk with your students about safety planning in the event of a campus emergency.

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Doing Good with CCG: The Global Justice Movement

The Global Justice Movement is working to encourage students to join other college students across the USA in their movement to support the global common good.   

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2020-21 FAFSA is now available

The 2020-21 FAFSA is now available for students to complete. While you can complete the application now, student awards will not be determined until April.

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Upcoming Study Abroad Info Sessions & Deadlines

The Office of Study Abroad is hosting information sessions for two of St. Thomas’s signature study abroad programs. Students wishing to participate in St. Thomas’s Spring Embedded programs must apply by the November deadline. Read on to learn more.

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Never Stop Learning

St. Thomas announces the launch of CAPE: Continuing and Professional Education, which includes executive education, professional development programs and lifelong learning opportunities. These non-credit classes, mini master’s programs, workshops and seminars can help you accelerate your career, gain new skills and continue to learn. Register at  

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Travel Clinic

Is your student planning to study abroad? Learn about travel medicine and how Health Services can help students prepare for international travel.  

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Public Safety Suggests: Fire Prevention Month

Each month in the parent newsletter, Public Safety will cover a topic important to St. Thomas's parents and students. This month, Public Safety offers tips for fire prevention.

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