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January 2018 Parent Newsletter

Office of
January 2018
Inside this Issue:
Welcome Back 1
Financial Aid and FASFA 2
Talent vs. Work Ethic 4
Parent Advice 5
Classroom Learning 5
Parent Advice 5
Mardi Gras Safety 6
Alcohol Awareness 7
UNIV 100 Showcase 8
Majors Fair 9
Your Student—January 10
Spring 2018 Calendar
Jan 15: Martin Luther King
Day (offices closed)
Jan 17: Last Day to Add or
Drop a Class
Feb 12-14: Mardi Gras
Mar 1: Last Day to Drop
with a W
Mar 30-Apr 8: Spr ing
Break/Easter Break
Apr 9: Class Resumes
Apr 30-May 1: Final Exams
May 4: Semester Ends
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.
DIY Workshops are free
success workshops open to
all students! No sign-up is
required, your student can
simply show up! These
workshops are offered to
help student succeed
academically with
focuses on:
- keeping stress minimal
- mastering their time
- making goals
- taking good notes
- prepare for the semester
The following workshops
are offered in January.
Note-Taking Strategies:
Wed. 1/17: 23 pm
Wed. 1/24: 23 pm
Work-Life Balance:
Thurs. 1/18: 24 pm
Tues. 1/23: 34 pm
Tues. 1/30: 34 pm
Keep Calm & Read the
Textbook (the right way):
Mon. 1/22: 23pm
Study Smarter, Not
Thurs. 1/25: 11am—noon
Mon. 1/29: 23pm
Reading for
Wed. 1/31: 23pm
Click here for the full
Spring 2018 DIY
Workshop Schedule.
It is FAFSA time! Although many families completed the FAFSA/financial aid
documents last year, you need to be aware that it is an annual process that must be
refiled every year that your student is in college. Although the deadline is May 1st,
most families try to have all the necessary forms filed during March 1st. Click here for
tips on completing the 2018-2019 FAFSA.
Financial aid programs, including TOPS and Perkins loans, have academic indexes
or benchmarks that students must achieve and maintain in order to remain qualified.
These requirements are referred to as Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and
students who fail to achieve the minimum standards for Grade Point Average (GPA)
and completion of classes could lose their eligibility for all types of federal and state
aid. Listed below are the SAP requirements. For more information contact the Office
of Student Financial Aid.
Students must complete at least 67% of all registered hours regardless of whether
or not financial aid was received. Grades of W, F, FN, FS, WX, WM, U or I are not
considered adequate grades for completion. For more
information, please see the requirements of Satisfactory Academic Progress.
If placed on Financial Aid Suspension, students have two options:
1. Attend Without Financial Aid: Pay for tuition on your own with a
minimum of six hours in fall or spring semesters, earn 2.00 GPA, and
complete at least 67% of registered courses.
2. Appeal: In order to be eligible to appeal, you must be enrolled at least
half-time for the semester you are appealing and have a current FAFSA.
Students must not have any holds that prevent course registration.
On-time financial aid applicants (FAFSA renewal here by May 1) who have met
the standards for academic progress, should have awards available by mid-June for the
next academic year. If we receive your FAFSA renewal after May 1, students will be
considered a late applicant and will be awarded after the on-time applicants. Being a
late applicant can put the student in jeopardy of delayed funds.
Please note we cannot guarantee the same level of need-based financial aid for each
year of your student enrollment. Families are required to submit the FAFSA annually
to receive consideration for need-based financial aid awards. Eligibility can vary from
year to year based on changes in family income or assets, family size, number of
dependents in college and funding levels.
In addition, the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended, requires
institutions that receive and disburse Federal Title IV aid to develop and enforce,
annually, their standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). These
requirements encourage students to successfully complete courses for which financial
aid is received and to make progress satisfactorily toward degree completion. The
University of Louisiana at Lafayette also uses these same standards for the renewal of
state funds. The Office of Student
Financial Aid will review your academic progress each semester to verify your
Should you have any questions or concerns please feel more than welcome to
contact the UL Lafayette Office of Financial Aid electronically, or by visiting their
office in Foster Hall. If you still have questions, schedule an appointment with a
financial aid counselor.
Key TOPS Facts:
By the end of the first fall and spring semesters, freshmen must have earned 24
credit hours. If 24 hours are not earned, students have the opportunity to earn these
hours during the summer semester to retain their eligibility. (Note that students can
not use TOPS money to cover summer tuition during the first year.)
A student who does not maintain continuous full-time enrollment, or does not earn
24 credits, will have his/her TOPS award permanently cancelled.
By the end of the first academic year, students must achieve a minimum GPA in
order to remain TOPS eligible. (TOPS Opportunity = 2.3, TOPS
Performance/Honors = 3.0) After the first year, GPA requirements increase.
If a student fails to meet the TOPS Performance/Honors GPA they will drop down
to the TOPS Opportunity Award, if they earn the minimum GPA for that award. These
students can never regain the financial stipend. For more information, please visit the
Louisiana TOPS Program.
Academic Success
Lee Hall
Rm. 115
(337) 482-6818
Writing Center
H.L. Griffin Hall,
Rm. 107-108
(337) 482-6447
Counseling & Testing
Saucier Wellness Center
O.K. Allen Hall
(337) 482-6480
Office of Disability
Services (ODS)
Conference Center,
Rm. 126
(337) 482-5252
Student Support
DeClouet Hall
Rm. 106
(337) 482-6828
STEP Computer Labs
on Campus
Student Affairs
Martin Hall
Rm. 211
(337) 482-6266
What are the tricks to teaching your child 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 mid-
dle 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.
By College
By Interest
With over 70 undergraduate
majors, UL Lafayette pro-
vides as much educational
diversity as possible in order
to not only provide our stu-
dents with the skills they
need to enter the work force
but the chance to follow
their passions wherever they
Whether your student is
exploring multiple majors
or searching for information
about their chosen field, this
site will help them connect
majors to careers. Learn
about the typical career
areas and the types of
employers that hire people
with each major, as well as
strategies to help make
students more marketable.
Encourage your student to
research majors and
careers—for more
information, click here.
Here is some advice from parents to parents to help you and your student get
through the month of January.
- Relax. Your student will figure it out. Offer help or advice only when
they seem to be struggling.
- Stay involved in every semester—not just the first.
- Be patient. It will all work out. UL Lafayette has an open door policy and
your student will have a wealth of support. Take a deep break
because your student is in good hands.
- Let them go and let them grow. This prepares them for the life ahead of
them. And read the newsletter, it also prepares parents for the life ahead.
- Stay in touch with your student, but let them learn on their own. They
may not make the best of choices sometimes, but they do learn from their
mistakes in which helps them to grow.
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 vehi-
cle 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 interest-
ed in hybrid classes. This format merges aspects of both in-class and online learn-
ing 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.
College of the Arts
College of Business
College of Education
College of Engineering
University College
College of Liberal Arts
College of Nursing &
Allied Health
College of Sciences
Computer Science
Human Resources
Political Science
Public Relations
Click here to see the full list of
minors offered.
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 entertain-
ment, history has shown it can also be a recipe
for disaster. With the first parades taking place
in less than two weeks, 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.
Saturday, Feb 3
Krewe des Chiens Canine
Parade, 2:00pm
Krewe of Carnivale en Rio
Parade, 6:30pm
Friday, Feb 9
Krewe de Canailles
Walking Parade, 6:30pm
Saturday, Feb 10
Childrens Parade,
Krewe of Bonaparte
Parade, 6:30pm
Monday, Feb 12
Queen Evangelines,
Parade, 6:00pm
Fat Tuesday, Feb 13
King Gabriels Parade,
Lafayette Mardi Gras
Festival Parade, 1:00pm
Independent Parade,
New Orleans Mardi Gras
is a popular event for all
students to attend. While
Mardi Gras in New
Orleans can be a great
time, it is important to
stay safe and know your
surroundings. Here are
some helpful links for
your student to look at if
they are planning on
attending a New Orleans
Mardi Gras.
New Orleans Parade
When is Mardi Gras?
The History of
Mardi Gras
New Orleans Hotels
Mardi Gras Tips
Mardi Gras FAQs
Mardi Gras Shop
New Orleans weather
(plan ahead!)
Changes in New Orleans
Mardi Gras
parades: 2018
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
website where information about the Universitys Alcohol awareness program SLIDDE
may be obtained. There is useful literature posted on the website. 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
At the conclusion of each Fall semester, participating UNIV 100 sections submit
student projects for an annual UNIV 100 Showcase. The UNIV 100 Showcase
was implemented to display the best student work from our first-year seminar. The
showcase for the Fall 2017 semester will be held in the Edith Garland Dupré
Library from January 20, 2018 to February 14, 2018. Entr ies will be judged in
the following categories and certificates will be awarded to winners in each catego-
ry as well as Best in Show.
Creative / Arts
Creative Written Work
Humanities / Social Science
Leadership / Service
Research Papers
Science / Technical
Spring 2018 Academic
2017-2018 Academic
Catalog (course offerings
and course descriptions)
Office of Student
Involvement (info about
clubs and organizations on
Student Services
The RaginCajuns Store
You can support your son or
daughter and the University
of Louisiana at Lafayette by
wearing red each Friday!
Encourage your son or
daughter to wear red on
Fridays as well. It shows
support for our university.
Still need that RaginCajun
gear? Check out the wide
array of apparel available at
the University Bookstore.
Bookstore locations include
the Student Union, the Tent
on St. Mary Blvd, and the
Red Zone on Johnston
The Major & Career Exploration Center invites your student to this once a year event!
Studies show a majority of students enter college undecided on a major or will end up changing their original
major before they reach graduation. The reasons for students changing their major will vary and may include:
acquiring new interests or being introduced to new ideas, classes may not be what they anticipated, and your
student may find themselves unfulfilled on the path theyve chosen.
Whatever the reason, an informed decision is usually the most confident decision. Taking time to think about
reasons for switching, talking to faculty & advisors, and matching who they are to their possible major choices is
important. Hence, the Spring 2018 Majors & Minors Fair is a must-visit event for students who are undecided,
exploring or even just curious about what each major offers.
Why should students attend the Majors & Minors Fair on Wednesday, February 7
from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom?
One-Stop shop: Meet with faculty repr esentatives from differ ent departments and colleges in a
relaxed, informal setting
Gain Clarity: Get questions answer ed dir ectly from faculty in the field
Way to Save Time (and Money): Finding out & committing to the best fit major sooner rather than
later will allow your student to avoid spending additional time on campus and in turn may save on tuition &
educational costs in the long run
Career and Professional Development: Discover r esour ces available fr om the Major & Career
Exploration Center, Career Services, the Academic Success Center, Study Abroad, the Graduate School,
the Office of the First Year Experience and more
Visit the find your major website today for more information.
Want to know more about our interdisciplinary minors?
View our catalog.
Share the knowledge: Direct your student to the Majors &
Minors Fair on February 7
Wondering what type of questions your student can ask at
the fair? Check out examples.
The Majors & Minors Fair is provided for students who are:
Looking to gain more information about majors & minors
Interested in learning about the critical resources
available to them on campus
Considering a change in their major or are undecided
Seeking to connect with faculty in different disciplines
Curious about career opportunities in their chosen major
Contact Information
Visit us at our office:
230 Hebrard Blvd.
Lee Hall, Room 106
(337) 482-6599
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During the month of January, students often return from the holidays in one of two ways: feelings
ready to take of the spring semester or still stuck in the holidays and not ready to return. It is important
to encourage your student to get on top of their semester starting now! Remind them to be prepared for
the semester
As parents, here are a few things that you can do to help your student:
1. As your student enters their second semester, they may think that the first day of class is syllabus
day”, however, many professors will jump right into their lectures. Encourage your student to read
the syllabus before their first class and to even add the important/exam dates into their planners
now to help get ahead.
2. The final day to add and drop-without-a-W is January 17. Remind your student about this im-
portant date. If they are questioning a class or thinking about switching a course, encourage them
to explore that option by looking online or by coming into Lee Hall room 115 for academic advis-
3. Students returning from the fall semester may be satisfied with their first semester grades; if they
are, encourage them to keep up the good work! If your student is dissatisfied with their grades, en-
courage them to use UL Lafayettes on-campus resources to help them succeed academically.
Click here to see what freshman go through
during each month!