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In this issue:
  • Tips for scheduling summer and fall classes
  • Students can explore majors and minors at fair
  • Points to consider when weighing living options for next year
  • Career Center's Etiquette Dinner
  • Survey will help UA better understand issues related to sexual respect
  • Parents Winter Weekend in photos

Tips for scheduling summer and fall classes

March is the time of year that students meet with their academic advisors to plan their summer and fall class schedules. We have been reminding parents to encourage students to keep “FIT.” Finish In Time is the University’s approach to encourage students to take 15 or more credits per semester, or 30-32 credits per year to graduate sooner and with less debt.

Your student’s academic advisor will help find the right “fit” for them depending on family responsibilities and goals. The results from our own FIT data shows participating UA students completed a greater number of credits toward graduation with a higher grade point average. Students who participated in FIT also took advantage of the tuition plateau which reduces the debt incurred in pursuing a college degree. If this approach will “fit” your student, please encourage the student to discuss it with his or her academic advisor.

I hope your student has a safe and fun spring break, March 23 through March 29. We will look forward to their return to campus and to class March 30.

Best wishes,
Nancy L. Roadruck
Assistant Vice President for Student Success

Students can explore majors and minors at fair

Is your student still searching for a major? Thinking about changing to a new major? How about adding a minor?

If so, encourage him or her to attend our Majors Fair on Wednesday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Student Union Ballroom A.

Representatives and faculty from academic departments will be on hand to provide valuable information and to answer questions. There will be prizes and games, popcorn and a chance to win a Barnes and Noble gift card in the sum of $350, $100 and $50.

For more information, contact John Lanshe at 330-972-6862 or Sponsored by the Department of Student Success.

Points to consider when weighing living options for next year

Has your student decided where he or she will live next academic year?

Will he or she live in an on-campus residence hall, commute from home, or find an off-campus housing option? Here are points to consider when talking with your student:
  • Academic Success: Students living in an on-campus residence hall have higher GPAs, are more likely to continue with their education and are more likely to graduate college than their off-campus/commuting counterparts.
  • Support: For students living on-campus we offer highly trained staff, many of whom have master’s degrees or are in the process of earning a master’s. They are here to support your student’s academic and personal success.
  • Safety: On-campus residence halls have 24-hour required card access and community assistants monitoring main entrances and signing in guests. Did we mention that on-campus housing provides 24/7 emergency response staff that work closely with our University Police Department?
  • Location: Students living on campus simply can’t get any closer to their classes! No parking space hunt required!
  • Cost comparison: On-campus housing takes the guesswork out of your budget. All utilities, cable, Internet service and laundry are included in the room cost, and the cost is billed directly to a student's University account. Direct billing allows for any pending financial aid to be applied directly to these expenses.

All students, current or new to UA, can select their room assignment online within weeks of completing the housing application via My Akron through May 31. Students who have a roommate preference should plan to select their bed spaces at or near the same time and as soon as possible as bed spaces are selected and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Official room assignment and roommate(s) information will be made available in June.

For more information about UA’s on-campus residence halls or the room selection process, please visit Residence Life and Housing.

Career Center's Etiquette Dinner

For just $5 your student will enjoy a networking event, a formal three-course meal, an informative presentation on business etiquette and have the opportunity to have a free photo taken to post on LinkedIn or other sites used during a job search. Greek Life will conclude the evening with a fashion show modeling appropriate business attire.

When: Thursday, March 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Photo session begins at 5 p.m.)
Where: Student Union Ballroom
Cost: $5 per student. Tickets must be purchased by March 6!

Students can register to attend by visiting the Career Center website, or by stopping into the Career Center in Student Union 211 by March 6.

Call the Career Center at 330-972-7747 for more information.

Survey will help UA better understand issues related to sexual respect

Though the issue of sexual assaults on campus has been an ongoing national conversation, the extent of the problem on individual campuses and how those campuses respond is not well understood.

This month, UA asked faculty, staff and students to complete a survey to help us better understand issues related to sexual respect and sexual misconduct here.

This survey was developed by UA's Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART) as part of our commitment to raise awareness regarding the nature of sexual assault and how best to respond to it. More about what UA is doing.

Parents Winter Weekend in photos

More than 250 parents and family members braved the cold and snow to take part in Parents Winter Weekend!

Visit the PFA Facebook page to see pictures from the photo booth and from events throughout the weekend!

The Parents Council would like to thank everyone who attended, the volunteers, and the comments back were very heartening. The next big event is tentatively scheduled for September or October, so watch here for details in a future newsletter.