Office of
First-Year
Experience
February 2017
Inside this Issue:
Welcome Back 1
Encourage Students 2
Part Time Jobs 3
Learning Outside of Class 3
Talent vs. Work Ethic 4
Mardi Gras Safety 5
Alcohol Awareness 6
Becoming a Sophomore 7
Academic Advising 7
Grades First Check 8
RaginCajuns Basketball 8
Majors Fair 9
Parent Newsletter
A college education is one of the greatest transformative experiences in a young persons life,
and we are deeply honored that you have chosen to trust us to provide that experience for your
child. It is the great joy of all the members of the Office of First-Year Experience to have a
positive impact in the life of young adults here at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and
we look forward to doing so in the coming semester! No doubt over the winter break you were
able to see the beginnings of these changes in your son or daughter, and as they return to
campus we stand ready to help them continue in their growth. We are immensely aware of the
love and energy you have invested in your child to get them to this point in their life, and we
remain true in our devotion to serve both the students of this university, but also you their
parents. We are proud to be RaginCajuns and we are proud that you and your child have
chosen to be members of that family with us. We hope to see you on campus over the coming
months, and please always feel more than welcome to let us know how we can help you and
your child.
From: Office of First-Year Experience
WELCOME BACK
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SPRING 2017
ACADEMIC CALENDAR
Feb 27—Mar 1: Mar di
Gras Break
Mar 6: Last Day to Drop
with a W
Mar 13-24: Academic
Advising Period
Mar 27: Registr ation begins
for Priority and Seniors
Apr 1423: Spring Break/
Easter Break
Apr 24: Class Resumes
Apr 2630: Dead Days
Apr 28: Last Day of Classes
May 15: Final Exams
May 12: Spr ing
Commencement
May 12: Semester Officially
Ends
When children are students in middle school and high school they are taught that there
are certain ways to study and learn. Due to the uniformity schools try to teach at these
ages they often dictate which ways to learn. Once your child reaches college they tend to
maintain the belief that they have to continue to study and learn in that fashion. On the
contrary, college is a time for students to discover themselves socially and intellectually,
and they should choose the method that best works for them. There are three main ways
that students tend to compute information: by sight, by sound, and by touch.
When a student is a visual learner, he or she performs best when viewing pictures,
graphs and diagrams, and demonstrations. This type of student is best served by reading
through a text, notes, etc. Students who are auditory learners best attain and retain
information through hearing it. The biggest strength for this student is class lecture, where
a professor can vocally relay the information. The Academic Success Center suggests all
students practice the traits of LADDER Listening, especially auditory learners. And
finally, tactile learners are those students who best learn through physical contact,
whether that be writing information in the form of notes or partaking in role-playing
demonstrations. It is likely that each student will want to engage in all of these at some
time.
Another variable that can greatly effect how your child learns is his or her personality.
The standard method for characterizing personality is the Myers-Briggs Personality Type
Inventory (MBTI). This test will identify a students predisposed personality
characteristics in four groups: social orientation (extrovert vs introvert), information
processing (sensor vs intuiter), decision making (thinker vs feeler), and achieving goals
(judger vs perceiver). Once determined, the Myers-Briggs test will assign a combination
of four letters that are specific to the personality traits of each individual person.
College is the place for students to decide for themselves how best they learn and to
apply those methods to their study habits; yet the process is often hindered by lessons
taught in primary and secondary education. As a parent, you have the influence over your
children to nurture their creativity and individuality. It falls to us their teachers, and you
their parents to promote the idea that they do not have to go about studying in the same
way as the person to their left or the person to their right.
ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO PLAY TO THEIR
STRENGTHS
EMERGENCY
NOTIFICATION
SYSTEM
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Traditionally when your student speaks of going to class he or she has a set time they
must be in the classroom each week. This means getting up, traveling by vehicle or foot to
that room, and sitting for an hour or more, listening to the instructor and interacting with
their peers. However a new type of class has emerged with the invention of the internet
and home computers: online courses.
Online courses have several benefits, but two of the most sought out benefits are the
self-paced learning and flexibility. Students who choose to enroll in an online course need
to be self-disciplined. No one is taking roll or checking to see how many hours they have
spent studying and reviewing. Enrolling in an online course doesnt mean your student
spends less time studying, in fact they might even spend more time – but that time is spent
learning the material thoroughly on the students terms.
If 100% online is not the way for your student, he or she may be more interested in
hybrid classes. This format merges aspects of both in-class and online learning methods
by offering a number of in-person meetings with plenty of coursework dispersed
electronically to suite the students schedule. Hybrid courses offer many of the same
benefits as online classes with a bit more structure for those students who do not feel
comfortable in the fully online setting.
Distance learning is the way of the future and UL Lafayette is working hard with the
Quality Matters Program to become a leading institution by training its teachers on how to
succeed and excel in this new setting. Please feel welcome to reach out to the Office of
Distance Learning.
THE CLASSROOM ISNT THE ONLY PLACE TO LEARN
Your child is now nearing completion of his or her second semester in college.
An important preparation for life after college that can easily be done now is gaining
practical experience in the work force! A large majority of students in college hold
down part-time student jobs that can range anywhere from 5 to 20+ hours a week.
Whether it is to gain knowledge of the working world or simply to have some extra
spending money, having a job is an important part of life in college.
The Office of Career Services is a division of Student Affairs whose mission is to
provide services to UL Lafayette students and alumni in developing and
implementing their career goals by providing skill enhancement, career and employer
information, and maintaining quality university-employer relationships that provide a
link between students and potential employers. Career Services maintains an online
database where university students can view openings for part-time jobs, internships,
and co-ops for course credit. These openings cater to students who live on-campus
with numerous university positions, but also cater to commuter students by offering
numerous positions in the Lafayette and surrounding areas.
Career Services also provides cover letter and resume-writing tips as well as works
with students on how to professionally approach the interview process. Besides its
online database, Career Services also organizes career fairs throughout the year where
they bring in anywhere from 80 to 100+ businesses and post graduate organizations.
All UL Lafayette students and recent alumni are encouraged to attend.
THE FEASIBILITY OF PART-TIME JOBS IN COLLEGE
Please register with the
Emergency Notification System.
Please encourage your child to
register their communication
device with ULs Emergency
Notification System.
General Information
The ENS system is designed to
provide immediate notification
for emergencies that may
threaten harm to people within
minutes. Even though the
University may utilize the ENS
for all emergencies, it is not
designed for incidents such as
hurricanes, in which there are
days to prepare.
All students are automatically
enrolled in the Universitys
ENS. As parents, you can sign
up for the Universitys ENS
through your childs ULink
account.
Registrants for the ENS are
encouraged to update their
profile regularly, especially
when they change phones or
phone service.
During an emergency, students
and employees can check with
the Universitys hotline at:
(337)-482-2222 for updated
information.
The University runs a full scale
test on its ENS at least once
every semester.
Any problems or concerns
experienced with the University
ENS should be directed
to safetyman@louisiana.edu.
For instructions to register with
ULs Emergency Notification
System, click here.
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What are the tricks to teaching your student how to succeed in life? By definition your son
or daughter is now an adult, but they will never stop learning from you their parents, whether
they be 18 or 40. You have played a major role in molding your child into the person he or she
is today, and as a parent it is something you will always continue to do. So what is the best way
to go about it?
We live in a culture that values inherent skills, from athletic ability to natural beauty. But
the truth is most people do not fit into the category of super model or hall of fame athlete. So
how does one teach their children to succeed without super intelligence, prowess, or beauty?
You do it by teaching them that life is a process!
Modern research shows that when you tell your child that they are just smarter, or are a
better athlete, or are just more attractive than the average person, they become content with the
status quo. They adopt the mentality that they have what others do not and that will get them
through life. Unfortunately once they reach a level where their inherent skills become average,
they do not know how to react; they become defensive and shut down. You may have seen this
in your childs transition from middle school to high school. When everything has been easy
for them, they do not know how to thrive once the going gets tough.
So what then is the answer? The trick to showing your child how to succeed in life is to
teach them about life as if it were a process. Extensive research conducted since the 1960s
shows that teaching kids about personal growth as a process helps them to learn and practice
perseverance. When naturally gifted kids are stumped by a new challenge they panic and
become passive whereas kids who view life as a process tend to enjoy a challenge through an
understanding that patience and creative thinking will help them to overcome any obstacle, big
or small.
As parents and teachers what we must do is change the way we go about affirming their
success. Rather than praise them for intelligence, we need to praise them for the creative
strategies they used to solve a problem, or the persistence they exerted to make it through a
tough experience. To learn more about this breaking research, read The Secret to Raising
Smart Kids by author and r esearcher Car ol S. Dweck.
NATURAL TALENT VS. WORK ETHIC, WHO WINS?
RESOURCES ON
CAMPUS
Academic Success
Center
Lee Hall
Rm. 115
(337) 482-6818
asc@louisiana.edu
Writing Center
H.L. Griffin Hall,
Rm. 107-108
(337) 482-6447
Counseling & Testing
Center
Saucier Wellness Center
O.K. Allen Hall
(337) 482-6480
counseling@louisiana.edu
Office of Disability
Services (ODS)
Conference Center,
Rm. 126
(337) 482-5252
ods@louisiana.edu
Student Support
Services
DeClouet Hall
Rm. 106
(337) 482-6828
specialservices@louisiana.edu
STEP Computer Labs
on Campus
Student Affairs
Division
Martin Hall
Rm. 211
(337) 482-6266
studentaffairs@louisiana.edu
Mardi Gras is perhaps the most well-known, and vibrant, contribution south
Louisianas French Catholic heritage has made to the modern United States. People
from around the country and around the globe flock to New Orleans and Lafayette to
take part in the renowned festivities. Though
it can be an amazing opportunity for
entertainment, history has shown it can also
be a recipe for disaster. Soon the first parades
will be taking place, we encourage you to talk
to your student about how to stay safe,
whether they plan to be on Johnston Street or
Canal Street.
Luckily, the New Orleans Mardi Gras Association, as well as the Lafayette Police
Department, lend some suggestions on how to stay as safe as possible over the holiday.
Make your plans ahead of time, not on the fly.
Plan your transportation, including parking, walking, and/or carpooling.
Know the weather forecast and dress appropriately.
Have an idea of where you plan to eat if it becomes necessary.
Always have cash with you. Debit & Credit cards will not always be accepted.
Go with a group of friends and stick with them.
Establish a meeting place in case you get separated from the group.
Know parade rules of whatever city you are in.
Respect the police.
Get to your parade spot early to guarantee yourself a good spot.
If you do get there late, dont encroach on other peoples space.
Catch only. Do not throw beads or objects at floats or bystanders.
Do not cross the barricades during a parade for any reason.
Be careful when reaching down to pick up beads, you leave your head and your
hands exposed. Wait until a float passes and you have enough space around you.
Do not cross the barricades during a parade for any reason.
STAYING SAFE DURING MARDI GRAS
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LAFAYETTE SCHEDULE
OF PARADES 2017
Saturday, Feb 18
Krewe des Chiens Canine
Parade, 2:00pm
Krewe of Carnivale en Rio
Parade, 6:30pm
Friday, Feb 24
Friday Night Parade,
6:30pm
Saturday, Feb 25
Childrens Parade,
12:30pm
Krewe of Bonaparte,
6:30pm
Monday, Feb 27
Queen Evangelines,
Parade, 6:00pm
King Gabriels Parade,
10:00am
Lafayette Mardi Gras
Festival Parade, 1:00pm
KADN/KLAF
Independent Parade,
2:00pm
Alcohol poisoning is a severe and potentially fatal physical reaction to an alcohol overdose. It is
the most serious consequence of binge drinking. When excessive amounts of alcohol are
consumed, the brain is deprived of oxygen. Educating yourself and your student on the dangers
of excessive drinking plays an important role in your students attitude toward alcohol. The two
most obvious dangers of excessive drinking are alcohol poisoning and the consequences of
drinking and driving. In the State of Louisiana, the legal limit for Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
is 0.08%; an of-age alcohol consumer operating a vehicle with a BAC above 0.08% will receive
a DWI (for more information see here). Some of the results of having a BAC of 0.08% are a loss
of comprehension, reaction time, coordination, and attention (consequences of impaired
driving). Though it might be common knowledge that drinking and driving is dangerous, what
exactly makes it so dangerous? According to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission those
with a BAC between .04% and .05% have an increased chance of being involved in a crash, and
this chance increases rapidly with a higher BAC. When a driver reaches a BAC of .06% they
are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash as a non-drinking driver. And by the time they
reach a BAC of .08%, they are 10 times more likely than a non-drinking driver to be involved in
a fatal crash.
Alcohol poisoning, even if caught beforehand, may still result in death. Typically, an adult who
drinks more than 5-6 drinks will enter into that danger zone.BAC will be elevated to 0.08 %
and above. Over drinking, going over the 0.08% BAC, may result in immediate effects such as:
drowsiness, vomiting, upset stomach, breathing difficulties, impaired judgment, and blackouts.
There are also long term effects to consider that could be caused by excessive
drinking: high blood pressure, liver disease, nerve damage, permanent damage to the brain,
malnutrition, cancer of the mouth and throat. The wisest plan is prevention. When going to
drink, encourage your student to set the amount they are going to consume. Encourage them not
to binge drink, defined as consuming 5 or more drinks for men and 3 or more drinks for women
per occasion. Discuss the dangers of binge drinking, how binge drinking may result in alcohol
poisoning and its dangers and effects.
If your student is experiencing any symptoms of binge drinking or habitual drinking,
encourage them to seek assistance. There are a number of resources on campus for you and your
student. If you are worried about your student, we encourage you to drive them to any
Emergency Room in the case of alcohol poisoning. You may also call the Counseling Center
for information.
For information on Alcohol Awareness you may visit the Counseling and Testing Center web-
site where information about the Universitys Alcohol awareness program SLIDDE may be ob-
tained. There is useful literature posted on the website, as well as a classon the Universitys
Moodle website. To view, the student must login with their university CLID and password. We
would like to encourage you to view the video and review the information with your student.
Click on the following links for more information:
Effects of Alcohol
College Drinking
Facts about Alcohol Poisoning
ALCOHOL AWARENESS
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KNOW THE
WARNING SIGNS
1. Developing a tolerance to
alcohol.
2. Emotional Changes.
3. Sleep Disturbances.
4. Changing eating
behavior.
5. Loss of interest in
personal hobbies.
6. Neglecting personal
hygiene.
7. Changing social circles.
8. Providing excuses to
consume alcohol.
9. Conversations center on
alcohol and its
consumption.
10. Inability to quit or reduce
the consumption of
alcohol.
11. Becoming overly
secretive about the
consumption of alcohol.
The above is just a partial list
of substance dependence
warning signs. For further
information regarding
alcoholism or for help in
dealing with alcohol
problems, students can
contact the UL Lafayette
Counseling & Testing Center
at 337-482-6480 and set up
an appointment to speak with
a counselor. The center offers
an unlimited number of
sessions free of charge to all
students, faculty, and staff of
the university.
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ACADEMIC
ADVISING
Advising for Summer/Fall
will take place from March
13th— 24th.
All students at UL Lafayette
are assigned a specific
counselor from their
academic college.
If your child does not know
who his/her counselor is, the
information can be located on
Ulink.
Once logged in, click on the
Academic Profiletab.
Once on this page, under the
Academic Profilesection,
select the Spring 2017”
term. Advisor(s) will be
listed below.
Advisor information will
include the persons name,
office location, phone
number, and email.
Students can also view
Transcripts and any Holds
that might be on their
accounts here.
View Advisor location by
college here.
PREPARING TO BECOME A SOPHOMORE
Its either right around the corner or seems like a long way away: next Fall your student will
be in their second year of college, a sophomore! Hopefully your student did not have too many
challenges in scheduling their classes for their first two semesters; but regardless whether they
had difficulty or not here are some tips for scheduling classes—these tips are applicable from
now till when they graduate.
Before seeing their advisor, your student should review their degree plan. This should have
been given to the student by their advisor; most colleges have this available online through their
department website, or check the online catalog. If your student has difficulty locating their de-
gree plan, they may contact their colleges administrative office to request one (ask for a degree
plan, curriculum, plan of study, or major checklist).
When your student has reviewed their plan they should check off the classes they have taken
and look at the classes needed. It is important to keep in mind that the further along your student
gets in their degree plan the classes they need to take will likely have more pre-requisites. Your
student should check on those classes to view the pre-requisites and also the course description;
course information may be found on the online catalog.
Your student should now be able to determine which classes they may take in the following
semesters. Their focus should be first on any coreclasses they have not completed (includes
but is not limited to Science, Math, English, Humanities, and Social Sciences). Your students
second priority should be their major classes (classes that are specifically related to their major).
When thinking about their next year of college (in this case their sophomore year) your
student should compare the classes they need to take in the following semester and then review
the course schedule. The course schedule should be updated when advising begins (see academic
calendar). Having several classes to choose from and playwith when looking for class-times
and arranging a class schedule will allow for a contingency plan in case a class fills up or does
not fit with the other class times.
Look at the course schedule. For each course your student wants to take they should look at
all the class times offered for that course. Highlight the classes that have a limited number of
offerings. When your student begins taking 300-400 level courses the number of classes offered
are going to decrease. It is important to look at the class times to make sure none of the classes
overlap, but it is also important to look at which building the classes will be in. Your student
should make sure they have enough time to travel from class to class. View the campus map.
Your student should make a class schedule that they like, and have a couple more plans just
in case the classes fill up quickly.
After preparing their class schedule, your student should then schedule an appointment with
their advisor as soon as possible. The quicker your student meets their advisor, the quicker their
scheduling hold will lift. Once that hold has been lifted, your student will then be able to log
onto their Ulink where there will be a link titled Registration”. Once your student clicks here,
they can choose Look Up Classeswhich will allow them to see which classes will be offered
during the Fall 2017 semester. As we approach the Fall semester, your student can choose
check registration statusand select Fall 2017 semester to see when they are allowed to start
scheduling classes. Priority registration begins March 27th. Freshmen without priority registra-
tion will register sometime the first week of April.
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GRADES FIRST CHECK
Your student will be getting feedback during the semester on attendance and grades. This will come to students
through Grades First. Students who have grades below a C and/or excessive absences will receive an email from the
Academic Success Center encouraging the student to contact the instructor immediately about seeking help. The first
grade checks of the Spring 2017 semester will take place between February 15-22, March 8-15, and April 5-12.
Academic progress is an important focus of the University. While your students academic journey is their own, you
can support them by knowing about the various support resources on our campus that help students academically and
encourage your student to take advantage of these resources.
The Academic Success Center, located in Lee hall, provides academic counseling, career information and tutoring.
Counselors also assist students with dropping classes and changing majors. Tutoring is held in the Learning Center
where students can get assistance with academic problems. The Center offers free one-on-one tutoring, study group
tutoring, supplemental instruction, computer lab assistance, and other services. Tutoring is available for most all 100
and 200-level math and science courses as well as for accounting, economics, engineering, French, psychology, Span-
ish and statistics courses.
The Academic Success Center also offers Student Success Seminars. These Seminars have many different
topics. A few of these are:
Give a Great Presentation
Taking Better Notes
Managing Your Stress
I Failed a Test, Now What?
The Student Success Seminars have already begun and will be continued throughout the semester. Encourage your
student to take advantage of the Seminars which are pertinent to their struggles.
The English Writing Center is also a great place to receive academic assistance, particularly for any writing
assignments. The Center will assist students at any stage of the writing process, including:
Helping students enhance their writing skills, and see strengths and weaknesses in their writing
Focusing on writing processes and the value of creating multiple drafts
Helping students learn to proofread their writing while empowering students to own their writing
Nurturing creative ideas in students
Studies have shown that students who seek academic assistance receive benefits such as higher academic achievement,
improved personal and social development, and increased motivation. If your student is struggling academically or
expresses that he or she is overwhelmed, encourage them to seek out assistance.
FRESHMAN FAMILY DAY WITH RAGINCAJUNS BASKETBALL
TOPS Tuesdays
Persistence in the Face of Obstacles
Discover Your Learning Style
Mark March 4th on your calendar - Freshmen Family Day with
Ragin' Cajuns men's and women's basketball is just around the
corner.
Stay tuned for more details next week coming in an email from
Dana Bekurs!
Contact Information
Visit us at our office:
230 Hebrard Blvd.
Lee Hall, Room 106
Monday-Thursday
7:30am-5:00pm
Friday
7:30am-12:30pm
firstyear.louisiana.edu
(337) 482-6599
ofye@louisiana.edu
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MAJORS FAIR
Choosing a major can be a daunting task. In fact, a majority of students enter college undecided on a major or
will end up changing their original major before they reach graduation. This is where the Majors Fair can help
your student find their fit.
The Majors Fair provides an opportunity for students to explore undergraduate majors, minors and
concentrations offered at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette by networking with and asking questions to
faculty, staff and Career Services all in one location. Students can explore their areas of interest, discover
a major they never knew existed, and even learn about ways to get involved. With over 115 different majors
and concentrations on campus, theres something for everyone. Have your student visit the Majors Fair and
start learning about what possibilities are waiting for them.
Spring 2017 Majors Fair
Tuesday, March 7
Student Union Ballroom
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Student can also visit with representatives from the following areas: Study Abroad, Graduate School,
Internships, Student Organizations, the Academic Success Center & the Office of the First Year Experience.
Brought to you by the Major & Career Exploration Center in Career Services.