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April-May 2018 Parent Newsletter

Parent Newsletter
Inside this Issue
Finishing Strong 1-2
Freshmen Spotlight 1
Your Student - April/May 1
Acing Final Exams 2
Tips for Passing Finals 2
Spring 2018 Calendar 2
Summer Housing 2-3
Fall 2018 (Tentave) Calendar 3
Parent Survey 3
Campus Resources 4
Resources for the
Sophomore Year 4
End of School Checklist 5
ts a big deal. The first year of college
can be a year of tumultuous change,
uncertainty, and anxiety. It can also be a
year of unparalleled intellectual, social,
and emotional growth. The noted schol-
ar Vincent Tinto identified three stages
of development that occur during the
first year of college. The first stage is
separation, in which students physically
and/or emotionally move away from
their former environment. Second, the
transition stage is characterized by stu-
dents feeling torn in their allegiances
between their old environment and their
new one. Finally, incorporation is the
stage in which students now feel a full-
fledged member of their new environ-
ment. In short, the first year can be a
roller coaster ride for both students and
their families.
As this first year of college comes to a
close, take time to recognize what you
and your student have accomplished.
RaginCajuns love a good celebration,
so now is the time to take a few mo-
ments to reflect and celebrate. Here are
some of the topics you may wish to
discuss with your students in wrapping
up the first year and preparing for the
Let your student know that you
recognize the changes that have
Reinforce that completing the
first year is an accomplishment. This
can help remind your student that
education is important in your
familys values.
Talk with them about the classes
they have taken this year. What were
their favorite courses? What classes
gave them trouble? Help them to put
this into the context of the greater
issue of their future lifes work. How
certain are they about their choice of
major? Changing majors after the
first year can often be done without
substantially increasing the length of
time they will be in school.
(Continued on page 2)
Original article from @Louisiana e-News and the SOAD Fashion
Show photo album on Facebook.
Click here and scroll to
April to see what your
student can expect in
April and May!
Contributed by the University of
Michigan website.
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Spring 2018
Academic Calendar
April 25 - 29
Dead Days
April 27
Last Day of Classes
April 30 - May 1
Final Exams
May 4
Semester Ends
Tips for Passing Finals
Make a study schedule and
sck to it.
Use mnemonic devices.
Choose study locaons
Dont reread the enre
course textbook.
Actually look at class notes
Make sure to get enough
sleep—no all-nighters.
Study socially by
organizing groups.
Dont assume that you
already know the material.
Ask your student how he/she feels about
their level of engagement with UL
Lafayette. Have they found students
clubs or activities in which they feel
comfortable? Have they discovered
student organizations that may help
them to develop résumé building skills
and experiences or to network? Have
they found a circle of friends? If not,
encourage them to look at the UL
Lafayette Get Involved website for a list
of student groups and/or attend
activities such as Get on Board Day in
the fall.
These and other celebrations and family
discussions over the summer months
may help your student to continue to
feel connected to UL Lafayette and
return for their sophomore year
refreshed and focused.
(FINISHING STRONG -- Continued from page 1)
our student has now been in college for roughly nine
months and you probably feel proud of him or her.
However, the academic calendar is ten months, not nine. A
tendency amongst all college students when returning from
spring break is to check outuntil summer hits. Passing
finals is an important step in making it to summer. One of the top things you can
do to help prepare your student for finals is simply ask them when their finals
are. The last few weeks are filled with project and paper deadlines, so studying
for finals tends to be pushed to the back burner. Asking them about their final
exam schedule makes them begin to think about it and plan out their study
schedule. The Spring 2018 final exam schedule can be located on the University
Registrars website. Passing finals is one of the most important things your stu-
dent will have to do each year. Help us give them the tools they need to succeed!
ummer housing will be available in Huger Hall, Legacy Park Apartments,
and the Conference Center for all students. Students do not need to be en-
rolled in summer classes to live on campus for the summer as long as your stu-
dent is registered for Classes for the upcoming fall semester and has contracted
for housing for the upcoming academic year. Students will not be considered for
a reservation unless you submit a residence hall application and contract and all
housing debts from any previous semesters/sessions are paid in full. Summer
rooms do require a meal plan. Summer housing room and meal rates are
available on the housing website. In addition, due to occupancy expectancy for
the summer, no Summer Storage is available.
(Continued on page 3)
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Students moving off campus must properly check-out by express check-out or
with the hall staff by filling out pre-scheduled check-out form found in the email
sent to students from the Housing Office on April 9 and reminder on April 19,
2018 (this email subject was Important Information concerning check out”).
Your student must make plans to properly check out after their last final exam.
Students may check out any day prior to the deadline, BUT EVERYONE MUST
uled or late-scheduled checkouts will be impropercheck-out and will result in
a $25 per hour fee being assessed to your students account.
Express Check-Out is available to all students living on campus. By choosing
express check-out, students agree to pay all damages, missing furniture, cleaning
charges, etc. and waive the right to dispute any charges under $500. Express
Check Out is the process by which students are able to deposit their key enclosed
within an express check-out envelope into the express check-out box located
near the front desk of the residence hall. P.O. Box keys are the responsibility of
the student to return and may be turned to the Post Office located in the student
An express check-out envelope can be retrieved from the front desk of their
residence hall. Students are required to remove all belongings from their rooms
(an item removal fee can be assessed if items are left at the hall). Students are
also required to remove command strips carefully; any damaged caused by a
command strip will result in a $75 repair charge for each damaged wall. Your
student must adequately clean their assigned room, bathroom, and common
area to pass inspection at the time of check out (floors must be swept, tub and
toilets scrubbed, etc.). If these areas do not pass inspection, a cleaning charge
may be placed on their account. All trash must be taken out and all belongings
need to be removed. If your student does not abide by these rules, cleaning and
disposal fees can be assessed on your students account.
(SUMMER HOUSING -- Continued from page 2)
Fall 2018 Tentative
Academic Calendar
August 8
Deadline to pay tuion/fees
August 13
Student classes dropped for
nonpayment of tuion/fees
August 20
Classes begin
August 24
Last day for adding classes
September 3
Labor Day Holiday
October 3
Last day to drop class with a
grade of W
October 4-5
Fall Holidays
October 15-26
Advising sessions for
Spring 2019 begin
November 22-23
Thanksgiving Holidays
November 28 - December 2
Dead days
November 30
Last day of classes
December 3-7
Final Exams
December 7
Semester ends
December 14
Fall Commencement
arents, keep an eye out for a survey headed your way via email!
OFYE would love to hear your feedback on our monthly Parent Newsletters. We have
enjoyed this year with you and your students and we look forward to hearing from you.
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any first-year students spend the summer months away from academics, working
summer jobs or relaxing. This is often a necessary break from the rigors of
academia. Come August, encourage your student to reconnect and re-engage right away
by utilizing any of these campus resources:
1) Career Counseling and Career Services
If your student remains uncertain about his or her major, there are plenty of
resources available to help your student explore and decide.
For those who have made the decision, Career Services can help identify
internships or part-time job opportunities in your students field of study.
Networking! This is the year to start attending on-campus career fairs and
networking events.
2) Academic Advising
Your student can meet with an advisor to ensure that he or she is on track to
graduate on time.
3) Academic Success Center
The place to go for tutoring or supplemental instruction. For those with strong
GPAs, consider looking here for a position as a tutor.
4) The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership
Sophomore year is the time to take an active role in leadership and service
opportunities. These kinds of experiences lead to greater satisfaction while in
college and better jobs upon graduation.
During the month of April, students begin to feel the pressure and stress of final
exams and final projects. At UL Lafayette, our spring break falls late this year
leaving only three short weeks of school when students return. The first week
back includes dead days, while the second week is the Final Exam week. Sum-
mer plans, summer jobs, housing arrangements for Fall, and dealing with course
scheduling issues are all things that your student will be thinking about during
the last weeks of school. As parents, here are a few things that you can do to help
1. Remind them to take care of themselves by eating healthy, exercising, drink-
ing plenty of water, and getting enough sleep.
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Campus Resources
Oce of University Housing
Buchanan Hall, 2nd Floor Suite
111 Boucher Street
(337) 482-6471
Academic Success Center
Lee Hall, Rm. 115
(337) 482-6818
Counseling & Tesng Center
Saucier Wellness Center,
O.K. Allen Hall
(337) 482-6480
Oce of Career Services
Agnes Edwards Hall, Rm. 104
(337) 482-1444
Oce of Disability Services
Agnes Edwards Hall, Rm. 126
(337) 482-5252
Student Support Services
DeClouet Hall, Rm. 106
(337) 482-6828
STEP Computer Labs
Student Aairs Division
Marn Hall, Rm. 211
(337) 482-6266
Wring Center
H.L. Grin Hall, Rm. 107-108
(337) 482-6447
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Visit us at our office:
230 Hebrard Blvd.
Lee Hall, Room 106
(337) 482-6599
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Make a To-Do list (including due dates) with
everything that needs to be done so you dont
forget to do it.
Study hard for finals.
Finish exams.
Pack up your belongings (clothes, books,
furniture, etc.).
Clear out your room.
Clean everything (sweep, mop, and vacuum
floors, scrub bathtub, shower, and toilet).
Dust and clean cabinets, closets, desks, and
Make an appointment with your RA or get
an express check-out envelope from the
front desk.
Make sure your classes are scheduled
for next semester.
Return any rented textbooks or checked
-out library books.
Look for summer jobs or internships.
Make sure summer housing is in order (if
Sell textbooks back.
2. Respect and appreciate who your student has become; they will likely be more independent, self-reliant, and
mature so it is important to appreciate them.
3. If your student will be moving home for the summer months, it is important to communicate your expecta-
tions to them ahead of time. This will allow them to be respectful of your expectations when scheduling vaca-
tions, social activities, and summer jobs.
4. Encourage your student to manage their time wisely as the summer months go by quicker than expected and
Fall classes begin soon.