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What's New Overview for Spring 2014
As we get ready to kick off another semester at the University of North Dakota, the Division of Student Affairs wants to provide faculty and staff with a brief overview of new resources and changes that may impact prospective and current students.
Spring 2014 Kickoff
Residence Halls open Sunday, January 12
Residence halls will open Sunday, January 12, at noon. Students arriving before January 12 must sign up in Campus Connection. Learn more.
New Student Orientation is Monday, January 13
New Student Orientation for the Spring Semester will be held on Monday, January 13. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. on the second floor of the Memorial Union.
Sessions include: Being Part of the UND Community, Academics, Student Account Services, Parking Services, and a Current Student Panel—all held before lunch. Students have the afternoon free to take care of any unfinished business, attend a "find your classes" session, and/or take a bus tour of Grand Forks.
See the detailed schedule for more information.
Spring 2014 Checklist for Students
Refer students to an online checklist to help them begin the new semester.
Spring 2014 Consolidated Calendar
A consolidated list of all important dates and deadlines for Spring 2014 is now available.
Admissions & Financial Aid
New Freshman Scholarship Program
UND now offers a new academic scholarship opportunity for freshmen entering Fall 2014. The scholarship will award $6,000 ($1,500/year for 4 years) to qualifying freshmen.
To be eligible, students must:
- earn an unweighted high school GPA of 3.5+
- have an ACT score of 25+ or SAT score of 1130+
- enroll as a full-time UND student
- be admitted by March 1 for Fall 2014
Students may be eligible for additional UND scholarships or tuition waivers. Encourage students to apply early, as funding for these awards is limited and not guaranteed through the March 1 deadline date. See Freshman Scholarships for complete details.
Campus visits for prospective undergraduate students are offered Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday visits in 2014 for specific academic programs are offered as follows:
Feb. 22 or Apr. 5, 2014
Jan. 25, 2014
Education, Art & Science Day
Apr. 12, 2014
Engineering & Geology Day
Mar. 8, 2014
Medical, Nursing & Law Day
Apr. 26, 2014
Undeclared Students Day
Feb. 1, 2014
Dean of Students Office
Celebration Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Join us for a community-wide celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20. UND Multicultural Student Services (MSS) and the University of Minnesota Crookston have planned a full day of FREE programming and activities open to the public, including a Unity Walk and programs at both the Empire Theater and Crookston campus. For more information, contact MSS at 777.4259.
Summer 2014 Orientation Changes
Summer Orientation is now managed by the Student Involvement & Leadership Office. The advisement and class registration portion, however, will still be led by the Student Success Center.
Orientation will now be a 1-day program (2 days for Aviation students) held between June 5 and July 18. Students will attend specific dates based on their academic majors, including undeclared majors.
Online reservations open Tuesday, February 18. To help cover programming, material and food costs, there will be a non-refundable fee for new students and guests/parents to attend Summer Orientation. Exact costs will be finalized prior to February 18.
American Indian Student Services
For more information about the following new programs, contact American Indian Student Services at 777.4291.
This American Indian initiative is a new pre-college summer program for 10 incoming UND freshmen to become acclimated to the campus and coursework. The 4-week program also allows students to earn 6 credits by completing 2 courses. Students receive a $50 stipend as well as expenses for books, tuition and fees, room and board, and all activities. The program helps American Indian students transition from their homes to the campus community, and provides them with a jump-start on their academic careers.
Peer Mentoring Program
To improve American Indian student retention, this mentoring program provides peer support for 15 incoming freshmen or transfer students by pairing them with 15 mentors. The partnership helps ease the new students' transitions to UND and the Greater Grand Forks Community. Mentors receive a $250 stipend per semester. The mentor/mentee pairs meet throughout the semester, taking part in student organization activities, talking circles, and other scheduled activities.
Tribal Ambassador Program (TAPS)
The Tribal Ambassador Program for Students (TAPS) identifies current American Indian UND students to serve as a link between the University and the outside community by sharing information about what university life is like. TAPS ambassadors receive a $250 stipend as they build their leadership skills and résumés, and establish rapport with various educational entities. They participate in on-campus events such as information fairs and campus tours; conduct phone call campaigns and general meetings for prospective students; and attend leadership and presentation-skills training sessions provided by TAPS advisors.
UND Department of Physics & Astrophysics American Indian Program
UND offers a new program designed to encourage students from tribal communities to consider careers in physical sciences and to increase their awareness about nanoscience and nanotechnology. It annually provides for one American Indian high school student and one of his/her teachers to attend a 2-week research experience in nanoscience in the winter and another 2-week experience in the summer. Participants receive stipends and travel expense support.
Health & Wellness
Open Enrollment for NDUS-Endorsed Student Health Insurance Now Extended Through January 31, 2014
Enrollment is now open for the NDUS-endorsed student health insurance through United Healthcare Student Resources (UHC-SR) with an extended deadline of January 31, 2014. The $1,212 premium is due in full at the time of online enrollment. Premium coverage period starts January 1, 2014 and ends August 15, 2014. Visit Student Health Services for more information.
UND International Students who are mandated to carry the NDUS plan will automatically be enrolled and billed for the insurance premium as part of their spring term charges.
UND Graduate (GTA/GRA/GSA) Students do not need to enroll. UND will work with UHC directly to enroll eligible graduate students in the student health insurance plan.
International and Graduate Students need to complete the online enrollment process only for dependents to be added to the plan.
If a prescription or medical service is needed before the end of January 2014, they will need to complete an Emergency Add Form authorized by Kim Wickersham – Domestic Graduate Assistants at 777.2948 or Colleen Hutchinson – International Students at 777.2033.
Area Business Discounts to UND Students
UND Financial Wellness now offers discounts around the Grand Forks area to UND students. Discounts are available by showing a valid UND Student ID.
American College Health Association Survey
Encourage students to complete the American College Health Association's National College Health Assessment survey. It is a national research project designed to assess health factors impacting academic and personal success among college students. A random sample of 6,000 UND students will receive an invitation to complete the survey on February 4.
Treatment for Dialectic Behavior Now Available
The University Counseling Center now has treatment providers specifically trained in providing Dialectic Behavior Therapy. This is a short-term, skill-based teaching program that trains students to balance out emotional swings and over-reactivity to stress. Students will learn how to make "best-decisions" that are not based on avoiding a problem, but rather on a more positive approach to life.
Electronic Health Record at Student Health Services
Established patients can now access their health records through secure, online portals. The portal is HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliant and connects patients with UND Student Health Services around the clock. It allows patients to receive secure notification of test results, to receive reminders for follow-up appointments, and to get specific health advice from clinic providers. To access, go to myhealth.UND.edu.
New and Transfer Student Immunization Requirements
The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education Policy requires all UND students enrolled in a credit course to provide documentation of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella, and to complete the tuberculosis (TB) screening form.
Students 21 years of age or younger living in campus housing must provide documentation of immunity against meningitis. Failure to comply with the stated requirements will result in a hold on the student's ability to register for the following semester.
Immunization forms can be found at UND.edu/studenthealthforms. Students taking only online courses are exempt from these requirements.
Wilkerson Hall Shuttle Service
Dining Services will begin a shuttle service January 13 that will run through March for residence hall students on the east end of campus to more easily get to and from Wilkerson Dining Center for late night and weekend dining. The shuttle will run Monday – Thursday evenings and weekends (see dining.UND.edu for times). Stops will be made at Walsh Hall, Swanson Hall, and Conference Center and drop-off at Wilkerson Hall.
New Food Options
Beginning spring semester, 12 new specialty bar concepts and more than 75 new recipes will be launched in the dining centers. Some examples of the new types of food being served include Korean, Indian, Smashed Potato, and Sushi.
Student Academic Services
One-Stop Shop Update
UND is moving forward with a one-stop shop concept to provide key services in a single location, leading to greater satisfaction and resulting in improved retention/graduation rates for students. The intent is to have a soft opening during Summer Orientation 2014 with a larger, grand opening in Fall 2014.
Initially, the one-stop shop operation will provide services from Student Financial Aid, Student Account Services, Registrar's Office, Parking Services (i.e., assistance with Campus Connection); incoming and outgoing communications (i.e., phone/live chat/email/mail); and entry-level technical support services (i.e., email/sign-on issues). More functions will be added to the one-stop shop with the goal of providing exceptional service to faculty, staff, and especially students.
Space on the first floor of the Memorial Union has been targeted for the one-stop shop, however, location options continue to be explored. The plan is to have an open concept design with self-help kiosks as well as office space for working with students privately.
A committee is in the process of searching for a director to lead the operation, and once identified, additional staff will be hired.
Student Success Center
Reminder: All new students for the spring semester should see their respective academic departments for spring course advisement and registration. The Student Success Center sees all new undeclared students for spring course advisement and registration.
Student Employment at Career Services
Reminder: Student Employment has moved from Student Financial Aid to Career Services and serves all students with Institutional and Federal Work Study positions as well as off-campus opportunities. The Student Employment Coordinator also assists students and departments with their student employment and hiring questions. Contact Jenny Duffy, Student Employment Coordinator, at 777.4136.
Printable Copy of What's New Overview
2014 UND Calendar at a Glance
Click on the calendar image to download a printable PDF of the calendar.
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The calendar works best to print on 8.5 x 11" or 11 x 17" paper.
Or, you may order a larger wall calendar (approximately 15.5" x 20.5") from UND Sign & Design Studio for around $8 per calendar.
All students, faculty, and staff may contact The Link for assistance at:
777.3000 or 1.800.CALL.UND
Or chat online 7 days a week: http://thelink.UND.edu
Note: Information subject to change.