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March 2014 | Parent Newsletter

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Greetings from First Year Experience!

We are finally seeing signs of spring after weathering (pun intended!) the coldest winter in recent memory. Your First Year students are venturing outside, meeting with academic advisors for fall classes, and looking ahead for ways to get involved on campus next fall.

This newsletter features information on how your student can get involved on campus, stay connected, and even get an academic head start to the second year of college. I hope to hear from you to discuss any questions or concerns you have about your son or daughter's first year of college!

Coming home for break

The first year of college is a time of transition. A First Year student's summer break can be a transition too! Your family dynamic has likely changed while your son or daughter has been away at SAU. Take time this spring to think about your hopes and expectations for summer break and communicate clearly with your child before she pulls into the driveway in May.

map worksFinal MAP-Works Survey launches!

MAP-Works (Making Achievement Possible) is a web-based survey program that helps your student, their advisor and other university staff identify strengths and challenges in the college transition.

Upon completion of each of the four surveys, students receive a personal report identifying areas to focus on for academic, social, and personal success. We invited students to complete the Spring Check-Up Survey from March 17th through 31st. Ask your son or daughter about MAP-Works the next time you call and remind him to take the final survey!

Prepare for summer jobs and internships

Does your first-year student need help creating a resume that will stand out in the summer employer's applicant pile? Summer is a great time for returning students to gain valuable work or professional experience in their desired field, or to earn money back home before returning for their second year.

Encourage your child to stop by the Career Center to inquire about possible jobs or internships, resume assistance, and more.

Go to SAU online this summer!

Students can take SAU classes from the comfort of home this summer with a number of online 100- and 200-level courses. These classes are being offered at a special rate of $488/credit (plus any associated fees). With subjects ranging from Business to Theology, these classes can be a great way to work on general education or electives in between trips to the pool and around a summer work schedule.

Encourage your first-year student to discuss these options with their academic advisor.

intramuralsTalk about getting involved

Recently, the FYE staff asked a group of student leaders "What is one thing that you know now that you didn't know at the beginning of your first year of college?"

Almost without exception, the response was, "I wouldn't wait so long to get involved on campus!"

Encourage your first-year student to get involved in campus clubs and organizations, go to a concert sponsored by Campus Activities Board, or even watch a movie in the Beehive with Sister Joan (Friday, April 18 at 6 p.m.)!

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St. Ambrose office of First Year Experience is on Facebook and Twitter. Follow us to keep up-to-date on things that are going on at St. Ambrose.

Important dates to remember:

April 14-16: Registration for freshman and sophomore level students (check here for your student's specific date and time)
April 18: Good Friday - no classes
April 21: Easter Monday - no daytime classes (classes resume at 5pm)
May 5-9: Final Exam Week
May 10: Commencement

Check out the full event calendar