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Parent Newsletter September 2018

Parent Newsletter
September 2018
ollege = Change. Whether your son or
daughter is going to continue to live at home
or whether they have moved into a residence
hall, college is a big change for everyone who
lives under the same roof. You are a family unit
and when there’s a big change to one member of
the unit, it reverberates throughout the family.
It is important to recognize that change is not an
event but a process. It evolves over time. In the
beginning, a big change is exciting! It’s all new,
all fresh. Think of the last big change in your life:
a new job, a new house, a new relationship, etc.
You were excited to begin your new adventure!
But a few days, or maybe even weeks later,
there’s a slump. You think, “What made me
think this job would be so great,” or “This
house is much more work than I thought.”
When it comes to your students, you may
hear comments like, “I hate it here. This
place stinks. Everybody’s so dierent.”
This can put you into a full-blown panic! You will
want to grab your car keys, buy a plane ticket –
whatever it takes to help your child. Chances are,
however, that this is part of the change process
and in a few hours or a day or two, your student
will adjust and feel ne again. This is all a natural
part of the process of change. It is likely that your
student is reaching out to you in the down times,
not because they want you to “solve” it for them,
but because they rely on you to be there for them.
So what can you do? Take a deep breath,
listen carefully, and perhaps make a
suggestion or two. Try to encourage them
to meet new people with similar interests
or be open to the change that is college.
Financial Aid/TOPS 2
Campus Safety 3
Tutoring 4-5
Student Tribulations 6
The September Student 7
UL Get Involved 7
Parent Advice 8
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uring your students’ rst semester it can be
dicult to balance school, activities, and
friends. But school is the top priority, especially if
your student is receiving nancial aid, a scholarship,
or TOPS. Here is some technical information
that you need to know for your student to retain
their nancial aid, scholarships, or TOPS.
FINANCIAL AID To retain nancial aid, each
student must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress
standards, otherwise known as SAP. At the end of each
semester your student will be evaluated according to
the SAP requirements. To meet the SAP requirements
for the purpose of nancial aid, your student must rst
have a minimum 2.0 GPA at the end of the semester.
Secondly, your student must complete at least 67% of
all credit hours attempted. At the end of the semester
your student may use this simple calculation to
check their completion rate: Credit hours registered
for during the semester x 0.67= Hours that must be
completed (round up if the number is a decimal-
12x0.67=8.04~9). Hours completed do not include
classes that the student has withdrawn from, or these in
which they receive an F, or has received an incomplete.
A student who is enrolled in 12 credit hours must
complete 9 of those and receive a minimum GPA of 2.0 to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress
requirements. Students who fail to achieve minimum standards for Grade Point Average (GPA) and
completion of classes could lose their eligibility for all types of federal & state aid. SAP information
can be found here. For questions, please contact  or call (337) 482-6506.
TOPS — To remain elligible for TOPS:
• Students must have continuous full-time enrollment.
• Students must be registered for 12 or more hours as of the 15th day
of the semester to receive TOPS for that semester (fall & spring).
• Students must earn 24 hours between the fall, winter intersession, spring, summer
intersession, and summer semesters with a “D” or better in order to keep TOPS
* Dual enrollment in high school and advanced placement
courses do not count towards the required 24 hours.
• Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of the fall semester
to receive TOPS in the spring. This applies to all three awards.
• Students must meet cumulative GPA requirements at the end of the spring semester:
Opportunity Award: 2.3 Cumulative GPA (First academic
year); 2.5 Cumulative GPA (All subsequent academic years)
Performance Award: 3.0 Cumulative GPA
Honors Award: 3.0 Cumulative GPA
Visit LOSFA’s website here to see the elligibility requirements.
October 4-5
Fall Break
October 15-26
Advising Sessions for Spring 2019
November 1
Last Day to Drop Class with a “W”
November 22-23
Thanksgiving Break
November 28-December 2
Dead Days
November 30
Last Day of Fall Classes
December 3-7
Final Exams
December 7
Semester Ends
December 14
Fall Commencement
UL Fall Calendar
RAVE GUARDIAN APP — The Rave Guardian app
for mobile devices is a joint safety project between the Student
Government Association, University Police Department,
and Rave Mobile Safety company. The Rave Guardian app
is available to help keep your student safe on UL’s campus.
Should your student ever feel unsafe, the app oers a Panic
Button, which when pressed automatically connects that mobile
device with the UL campus police and provides them with
their information and GPS location. It also allows students to
anonymously text information to UL campus police should
they see something occurring on or near campus. Lastly, if
students have to walk across campus late at night, the app
works as a timer, alerting programmed contacts that the
user did not make it to his or her destination. We ask you
to encourage your student to download the Rave Guardian
app. Watch this video about the Rave Guardian app.
Click here to read more about the Rave
Guardian app on the UL website.
Set a Safety Timer
Students can notify
“Guardians” they
trust to check in
on them if they
are alone or in an
unfamiliar place.
Connect with Guardians
Students can invite
family and friends to be
a Guardian to monitor
their safety timer
Students can call safety
ocials for help and
send text tips if they see
something suspicious.
Download the Rave Guardian app today!
EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM — The University’s Emergency Notication
System (ENS) is designed to provide immediate alerts for emergencies and threats on campus. All
students and employees must opt in to the Emergency Notication System to receive the messages.
The ENS system is designed to provide immediate notication for emergencies on campus. 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.
The University has the ability to send text messages with its ENS to any and all of the following
To register for the Emergency Notication System, your student must register under the Campus
Services tab under the Safety & Emergency Notication System section in ULink.
CAMPUS MAP — Part of being safe is knowing your surroundings. Please click here to view or
print out the UL Lafayette campus map.
• Text messages
• Cellular telophone calls
• Campus landline telephone calls
• University website
• University social media sites
• Universtiy hotline
he Academic Success Center (ASC), located in Lee Hall, is
the best resource for students looking for academic support
services such as free tutoring, advising, and information about
changing majors. While your student’s 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.
Appointments are not necessary to see an academic counselor. If your student has a question and does
not know where to nd the answer, they can start with a counselor in the Academic Success Center.
FREE TUTORING @ THE LEARNING CENTER — Free Tutoring is held in The Learning
Center (see page 5) where students can get assistance with academic problems. The Learning
Center oers free one-on-one tutoring, study group tutoring, supplemental instruction, computer
lab assistance, and other services. Tutoring is available for most 100 and 200-level math and science
courses as well as for accounting, economics, engineering, French, psychology, Spanish, and statistics
courses. Click here to view The Learning Center’s tutoring schedule. Students should schedule a
tutoring appointment by calling 337-482-6583. Students who attend three or more tutoring sessions are
eligible for a free t-shirt!
GRADES FIRST — 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 rst grade checks will take place between
September 12-19, October 10-17, and November 7-14.
ACADEMIC SUCCESS WORKSHOPS — Academic Success Workshops are oered by the
Academic Success Center and Oce of First-Year Experience to assist students in academic success
topics. Students who attend three or more workshops are eligible for a free t-shirt!
THE WRITING CENTER — The Academic Success Center also provides students with The
Writing Center, a great place to receive academic assistance, particularly for any writing assignments.
The Writing Center is located in HL Grin 107. Students can call 337-482-5224 to set up a writing
tutoring appointment. Click here to view The Writing Center FAQs. The Writing Center will assist
students at any stage of the writing process, including:
• Helping students enhance their writing skills
• Focusing on writing processes and the value of creating multiple drafts
• Helping students see strengths and weaknesses in their writing
• Helping students learn to proofread their writing
• Empowering students to own their writing
• Nurturing creative ideas in students
HOUSING ANNOUNCEMENT | The Housing Department
anticipates room renewals for the 2019-2020 academic year to start
around October 1st. Please have your students pay attention to their
campus email for announcements from Housing about when room
renewal ocially opens.
Math Lab Tutoring
Individual Tutoring
Supplemental Instruction (SI)
Supplemental Instruction is a tutoring
group led by students who have taken
the classes needed to help with and
excel in the topic area. SI Leaders work
with professors to develop materials
and examples to enhance student
understanding of the subject. SI Leaders
also share successful approaches to
learning the materials and performing
well on tests.
MATH TUTORING UL Department of Mathematics partners each semester with The
Academic Success Center to oer academic support for freshman students. The Learning Center,
located in Lee Hall on the 2nd oor, oers individual appointments for one-on-one tutoring and
study groups with highly qualied undergraduate tutors. Students should schedule a tutoring
appointment by calling 337-482-6583.
THE MATH LAB — The UL Math Department provides a walk-in tutoring service staed by
mathematics graduate students, called The Math Lab, which is located in Lee Hall, Room 110. All
tutoring services are free to UL students. Click here to view The Math Lab schedule and additional
tutoring resource.
THE LEARNING CENTER —The Learning Center, located on the 2nd oor in Lee Hall,
oers free academic services to UL students. The Learning Center is open 5 days/week.
Study Groups
Study Groups are
sessions where
students can ask
questions, work
out problems, and
seek advice from
tutors who have
previously passed
the course.
Individual Tutoring
Individual Tutoring
Sessions are 30-60
minutes of one-
on-one instruction
in the subject
requested. Students
can visit Lee Hall
to schedule an
appointment or call
Online Tutoring
Some courses
are available for
tutoring fully
online via UL
Moodle. Visit the
2nd oor of Lee
Hall for more
information on
available courses.
My classes don’t seem all
that hard... we never talk
about the assigned readings.
Students often underestimate the diculty
of the college curriculum. Encourage your
student to make sure they are taking notes
in class, completing assigned reading prior
to class, participating in study groups,
and making academics their top priority.
Often, professors expect students to absorb
reading material outside of class.
I don’t understand what is
going on in class, but I’m
afraid to talk to my professor.
Students often feel intimidated by
professors. Encourage them to ask
questions in class or after class, to go to the
professor’s oce hours, and to participate
in study groups. Students can also receive
tutoring assistance for free at The Learning
Center, located on the second oor of Lee
Adjusting to having a roomate can be
dicult, but can also be one of the most
growing and rewarding experiences your
student can have. Click here to read an
article from Collegiate Parent on what to
do if your student experiences roomate
I’m not getting along with
my roomate. We just don’t
Time management may be one of the biggest
challenges facing new students. Encourage
your student to use a planner and schedule
their lives. Before classes began, each
student was provided an academic planner
that includes campus events as well as room
to schedule class, work, and study time.
I thought I would have free
time, but I can’t nd time to
do anything! I’m stressed by
the amount of work.
ransitioning to college can be tough. Here
are some typical issues students face:
Academic Success Center
Lee Hall 115
The Writing Center
H.L. Griffin Hall 107-108
Counsesling & Testing Center
Saucier Wellness Center
O.K. Allen Hall
Office of Disability Services (ODS)
Agnes Edwards 126
Student Support Services
DeClouet Hall 106
Student Affairs Division
Martin Hall 211
uring the month of September, students may
begin to have roommate issues. September
might bring some uncertainty within your student,
they have been a college student for a few weeks
and they might be questioning things or experimenting with new things. Your student may have
joined a campus organization. One major thing that will be new to students is football season and
tailgating. Especially being in the south, tailgating is a very fun and popular thing to do on the
weekends. Encourage your students to plan ahead and stay safe (and hydrated) during UL football
As parents, here are a few things that you can do to help them:
SCHOOL FIRST — Encourage your student to stay on top of their school work and to
get ahead. While September may not be as academically challenging as other months,
many students will have their rst tests or projects due soon.
SUPPORT — Be there for them when they need to rant or vent. If your student is having
roommate problems, encourage them to talk to their RA’s (resident assistants).
#ULGETINVOLVED —Encourage your student to step outside of their comfort zone. It
is easy for them to continue to hang out with their high school friends. Part of college is
to meet new people and join dierent organizations. Send this list of UL organizations to
your student!
tudent involvement on campus and in the
community is an important aspect of college
success. Research shows that students who engage
perform better academically then those who are less
involved. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette oers a variety of organizations for every type
of student. Now is the time for students to #ulgetinvolved and set the course for the rest of their
collegiate career. Click here to view a complete list of UL student organizations. Students can log
on to OrgSync with their UL login and get in touch with organization leaders. Students should also
check out the Emerging Leaders Summit being held on November 2, 2018. This is an opportunity for
students to explore their leadership skills.
Here are just a few UL organizations:
Click here to view the UL Events Calendar
African Students Association (ASA)
Association of Future Alumni
Baptist Collegiate Ministry
Cajuns Against Trafcking
Chinese Students and Scholars Association
Cycling Club
Ducks Unlimited Student Chapter
Giving Love, Acceptance, Safety, and Support (GLASS)
Gospel Choir
Innity Dance Group
Karate Club
Louisiana Cricket Club
Malaysian Indonesian Singaporean Organization
Men’s Soccer Club
Muslim Student Association
Peer Mentors
PowerfUL Poets
Ragin’ Cajun Catholics
Ragin’ Cajun Lacrosse
Rugby Club
Shotgun Team
Student Government Association
Students for Life
Video Game Club
Young Life College
Denitely read the OFYE
newsletters, and don’t
assume that your student
knows the information
in it! Relay the important
information to your student.
Encourage your student
are so many organizations
to connect with! Consider
joining a club. My son
absolutely enjoyed his club.
Check in with your student
every few days. They may
not think they need a
sounding board or someone
to rant to, but they do.
Give your young adult the
reigns. Don’t do everything
for them — let them make
the phone calls and visit the
right ofces.
ere’s what last year’s freshmen parents have to say:
Lee Hall 106
230 Hebrard Blvd.
M-TH 7:30-5; F 7:30-12:30
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