Issue 4- March to the Arch, 8/5/2013
This newsletter is for new students entering Northwestern University for Fall 2013.
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY Summer 2013, Issue 4 August 5, 2013 YOUR NEWEST BESTIE. Your Peer Adviser (a current NU student who will be going through this next year with you) has most likely already been in contact with you (Weinberg, you’ll hear in the next week!). They’ll be a fantastic resource for you...they even have a few suggested DO’s and DON’T’s as you prep for NU! DO: Get some purple, and you can get a bit nervous...it is only natural (but there is no need to freak out!). DON’T: Pack things because you think you “might use it” - you’re going to overpack already, it is a given. –Chris | NU 2015 | 2nd Year PA DO: Read all of the Purple Prep and March to the Arch information! DON’T: Overspend on stuff for your res hall room...be sure to catch the sales! -Angie| NU 2016 DO: Get pumped up with NU spirit and fill your mind with positive energy. DON’T: Let the upcoming experience (or anything) intimidate you, especially academics! There are so many great resources that everyone utilizes for help...this isn’t high school, there is no stigma associated with using resources for help. -Tom | NU 2014 | Transfer Student DO: Start thinking about what you’d be interested in studying or getting involved with...but do not make definite plans because it is all bound to change (it is just good to have a little idea). DON’T: Be in the mindset that NU is a super preppy school that’s only about great academics...there is so much to do inside and outside of the classroom! -Steph| NU 2015 DO: Keep an open heart and remember everyone is in the same position. Even if you think people have already made their best friends by week one...well, they haven’t. DON’T: Think you aren’t good enough for trying out for certain groups and teams! NU is where you’ll gain all of your experience, and everyone has to start at the beginning at some point! –Devon | NU 2016 DO: Enjoy your time at home, don’t take for granted the extra time you have with your family before you come to NU. Oh, and be sure you have cold weather gear! DON’T: Try to plan out every detail of your first year, leave room for spontaneity and for getting involved with things you enjoy...not just what you “think” you need to join! –Brannon | NU 2015 | 2nd Year PA Meet more of the 2013 PAs CONTENTS The next few pages will include info about required online programs to complete, a few deadline items, and a brief glimpse at what is in store for your Wildcat Welcome experience (don’t worry, it’ll be epic). 4 Updated Master Checklist The red paw signifies the adjacent information is updated/changed from information originally included in Purple Prep. Please read thoroughly. So, you guys, what is the 411? What has everybody been up to? What is the hot gossip? Tell me everything! What are you guys listening to? What’s the cool jams? OK, you don’t have to tell us all of that...but our social media accounts (to the left, to the left) will be used throughout Move-in Day and Wildcat Welcome to give YOU the 411 on… anything. Begin following, and tag us in your posts or use #NU2017! 5 Online Requirements For the Record AlcoholEdu 7 Wildcat Welcome Schedule 8 Housing Information Shipping Move-in Day Services 9 Welcome from ASG Did You Know: WildCARD There is a new, super easy way to get your WildCARD (your student ID card that you’ll need for...just about anything). You can save time waiting in line by uploading your own WildCARD photo beginning now! If you upload your photo over the summer, the WildCARD office will pre-print your card so you will not have to wait in line to have your picture taken during Wildcat Welcome. Get more information at the WildCARD website. *NOTE: You will still be able to get your WildCARD during Wildcat Welcome if you are not able to upload a photo over the summer. UPCOMING DEADLINES *Items colored grey are for ALL students DEADLINE DATE ACTION ITEM Verify billing preferences and address in CAESAR Verify: CAESAR>Home>Personal Profile More> My Addresses SESP STUDENTS: Participate in optional webchat; RSVP by Noon CDT on August 12 Request immediate transmittal of AP/ IB scores (if seeking AP/IB credit) NOTE: Do not worry if you do not see credits posted on CAESAR before Wildcat Welcome; simply bring a paper copy with you for advising purposes SCHOOL OF COMM STUDENTS: Complete the SoC First Year Survey Watch in real-time and participate in the final “‘Hangout’ with Wildcat Welcome,” a Google Hangout broadcast to the NSFP homepage at 8 p.m. CDT INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Register for International Student Orientation Complete loan applications and start following aid-related to-do list (if receiving aid). View to-do items: CAESAR>Home>To Do Items Pay fall tuition and fees on CAESAR Pay: CAESAR>Home>View or Pay Tuition Bill Complete For the Record, a required online Essential NU (ENU) Complete AlcoholEdu, an online ENU required of all new students STUDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS: Complete Wildcat Safety Course; prompted in August 16 email PURPLE PREP PAGE 13 WEBSITE AUGUST 8 CAESAR AUGUST 14 30 SESP Webchat AUGUST 15 23 N/A AUGUST 15 AUGUST 28 28 Bottom right of SoC Homepage New Student and Family Programs (NSFP) NEW! AUGUST 31 41 International Office AUGUST 31 13 CAESAR SEPTEMBER 1 SEPTEMBER 6 SEPTEMBER 6 SEPTEMBER 6 13 Pay your bill How-to Guide For the Record AlcoholEdu 45 45 10 N/A ESSENTIAL NUs: SUMMER REQUIREMENTS As an incoming Wildcat, you may have noticed on page 45 of Purple Prep the discussion of Essential NUs (we call them ENUs) and what you need to complete during the summer months. Both of the summer ENUs have deadline dates approaching and are explained in more detail below. Take a minute to review the information so you are prepared to complete these requirements while you are hanging around at home fantasizing about all of the purple that will be running through your wardrobe beginning so soon (if it hasn’t already). AlcoholEdu Just like on other college campuses around the country, there is one issue that stands out because it regularly puts students in a position to make choices that will affect their own well-being and that of the community. That issue is alcohol. NU is concerned with making sure that drinking – your own or somebody else’s – does not interfere with your health, safety, academic success, and other things that are important to you. We require all first-year and transfer students – whether you choose to consume alcohol or not -- to complete an online alcohol education course, AlcoholEdu© for College (recommended) or an on-campus Alcohol Education workshop. This experience will provide you with harm reduction strategies and help you make a plan for how – or if – alcohol will play a role during your time at NU. Access to AlcoholEdu© for College opens on August 19 and is available until September 6. Follow the registration instructions on the Wildcat Welcome website. If you choose not to complete AlcoholEdu, you will be assigned to an on-campus Alcohol Education workshop held in the first two weeks of fall quarter. Don’t wait. If you fail to complete one of these two options, a registration hold will be placed on your student account. For the Record Just like any place you go, you should always have an understanding of the community. For the Record provides some insight into what it means to be a Wildcat and expectations from the University; it will discuss the student handbook, code of conduct, etc. Hey, there are even portions of it that are narrated by the Wildcat Welcome Board of Directors and Peer Advisers! For the Record must be completed by September 6, 2013; it does not become available to complete until August 19, 2013. The assessment is 20-questions based on the videos and text provided; you must correctly answer 80% of the questions to complete For the Record. Visit our For the Record page for more information. Aitan, Daniel, Kaitlin, and Katie are supes excited for NU. Northwestern Student Dental Plan The Northwestern Student Dental Plan will be available for enrollment as of August 9, 2013. The program includes two comprehensive dental plans offered through Cigna , an HMO and a PPO available for your choice. If you select one of the plans, your coverage will begin on September 1, 2013 and continue through August 31, 2014. Visit the webpage for more information, if interested. CAESAR: How-to Guide Confused on how to use CAESAR for the things you need to complete over the summer? Peruse all of the CAESAR How-To Guides from Student Financial Services. You won’t need to worry too much about navigating CAESAR for course purposes until Wildcat Welcome! You’ve probably been wondering what this whole Wildcat Welcome thing is and why you would should be excited for it. This isn’t any ordinary orientation week...this is one of the best weeks at Northwestern (yeah, it is a lot of pressure for us to live up to)! You are correct that it is mandatory, but every piece of the schedule has been carefully crafted and organized to be an incredible entry experience for each student. You’ll hangout with your PA, meet classmates, learn about your academic schedule, and why it is so great to be a Wildcat. Get ready...Wildcat Welcome is coming. We know you are itching to get your hands on the Wildcat Welcome schedule. Stay calm; you’ll receive your very own personalized schedule book upon check-in on Sept. 16, but we have included a very brief overview of the BEST WEEK EVER. NOTE: Students should not plan to travel off-campus during this week. MONDAY, SEPT. 16 You will be moving into your residence hall (if you are living on campus) on Monday during most of the day, while making any necessary trips to Target, Office Max, etc. You will pick-up all housing and Wildcat Welcome information at check-in. Students living on campus will have required res hall meetings from 4:45-9:30 p.m. while family members will have the President’s Welcome and Reception from 5-8 p.m. Students living off campus will have a mandatory meeting from 1:30-4 p.m. Additional programming will be held in the evening after 9:30 p.m. TUESDAY, SEPT. 17 The day will begin at 7:30 a.m. as you participate in March Through the Arch, a campus tradition (not to be confused with this newsletter), with all new students. Directly following will be a class photo (yay!) and then Kiss’n’Bye from 10-10:30 a.m.; this will be the time to say goodbye to your family on Deering Meadow if they have not already left. Students will then head to busses with their PA for “Purple Pride!,” our day -long event at Millennium Park in Chicago! Parent and Family Orientation runs until 5 p.m.; students will arrive back to campus for dinner at 7 p.m. with PA groups followed by required programming until 11 p.m. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 18 Today is all about preparing for academics. Students will attend school-specific convocations and advising sessions throughout the day. The evening will host your first round of Essential NUs (ENUs), mandatory sessions, followed by events from athletics (re. a huge #NU2017 dodgeball tournament) and an event from NU Nights (one of the most popular student programming organizations)! THURSDAY, SEPT. 19 Students will go through individual advising. You’ll have some good quality time with your PA and your faculty/ academic advisor so you are more than ready for course registration. Then evening will include your second round of ENUs followed by a NU-favorite: Chris Carter the Mentalist. FRIDAY, SEPT. 20 Today is the day: course registration. You’ll also be attending a student resource fair and a few sessions to get you ready for the upcoming year! Friday evening is packed: Rock the Beach (a huge WW tradition) and Second City (yep, the same place that Tina Fey, Steve Carell, etc. once worked is coming to WW)! SATURDAY, SEPT. 21 You have all that NU spirit to let out, so we’ll do it as a class at the Tailgate lunch and NU football game! New students will even get to run on the field for the Wildcat Dash. We’ll then give you a bit of time to rest before we take you to the biggest WW tradition of all: NU Takes Six Flags. The park is shut down just for Wildcat Welcome (new students do not need to purchase tickets). SUNDAY, SEPT. 22 Students will attend the student activities fair and two ENUs throughout the day and evening. MONDAY, SEPT. 23 The final day of Wildcat Welcome will include the President’s Convocation, Deering Days (a huge BBQ event on Deering Meadow), and a few other closing events! TUESDAY, SEPT. 24: FIRST DAY OF CLASS! HOUSING & MOVE-IN DAY ...a few things that may be on your mind SHIPPING Students living on campus received an email on July 19 from Residential Services regarding the shipment of items to campus prior to Move-in Day. Residential Services will no longer accept or store any packages or items that are shipped to campus prior to September 16. Instead, they have partnered with University and Student Services (USS) to provide Ship-to-School package service; this is only meant to be used during the move-in and move-out process. View instructions on the USS website; you’ll simply receive shipping labels from USS and will begin shipping items to them. The items you ship will then be placed in your res hall room once you arrive on September 16. You don’t even have to lift any of those pesky boxes! MOVE-IN DAY Let me tell ya, move-in day is one of the most exciting times of the year. But, we know there is a good bit of work on your end from packing, to traveling, to unpacking, to purchasing new items. We want to be sure all of your questions and concerns are answered; be sure to contact Residential Services with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 847-467-4663. This month, you will receive an email to sign up for a move-in time. The move-in time will be a 45 minute block of time in which you will park near your residence hall to unload your vehicle. You will also be soon receiving a link an entire Move-in Guide from Residential Services; this is an extremely helpful go-to guide just on the entire move process. A FEW HOUSING- & MOVE-RELATED SERVICES Purchasing a fridge? RezEssentials is a student-run business at Northwestern that offers many room essentials. Just order from their website and they’ll ensure it is waiting in your new room upon your arrival on September 16! Learn more and order now at the RezEssentials website. You should probably wash your clothes a time or two while you are here. Yes, residence halls are equipped with laundry facilities, but you also have the option of using a service to pick -up and drop-off laundry right at your residence hall. Northwestern partners with Lazybones; you can even go ahead and purchase “prepaid pounds.” Learn more at the Lazybones website. Many people have been asking about travel during future breaks (Thanksgiving, winter, etc). There are a number of ways to get to and from the airport including taxi and CTA. There is also a student-run business at Northwestern called Airhop. This service provides inexpensive and convenient transportation to and from Chicago airports. Learn more at the Airhop website. PACKING: THINK GREEN SMART strips & power strips: Easily switch off electronics and chargers when they aren’t in use and save energy. Laptops & other electronics: Look for Energy Star products or the EPEAT certification. No need to buy a printer, print when necessary at the library. Share appliances: Share mini-fridges, TV’s, and DVD players with roommates. Bottled water: Why waste $1.50? Evanston has great tap water and you get a reusable bottle during Wildcat Welcome. Don’t forget your reusable shopping bags and tea/coffee mug! Lighting: Using a desk light is more efficient than overhead lighting; make sure it’s a LED or CFL bulb. President Hey Class of 2017 and Transfers! from the desk of the Welcome to Northwestern! As you get ready to arrive on campus with way too much stuff (you will not need your own 80” LCD flat screen), we wanted to take a moment to introduce you to your Associated Student Government. And before you ask—no, we don’t plan prom. We’re not that kind of student government. As the student organization dedicated to representing every undergraduate on campus, our job is threefold: to connect you to people & perspectives across the many communities you’ll soon learn about; to empower you to enrich campus culture through established programming and new initiatives; to elevate your priorities—perhaps a greener shuttle service, a new cultural studies department, or simply more opportunities to meet people from different walks of life. ASG’s 150 members are here to ensure that you can have the best experience possible at Northwestern: the one you choose. You create your own path at Northwestern—full of different perspectives, novel ideas, and new challenges. Together, our unique experiences create a better Northwestern every day. To give you a sense of what we can do for you—and because we really are excited to welcome you to your new home—we have a few events planned for your first week on campus: T-shirt Exchange: You get to bring one t-shirt from another college—we’ll take it off your hands and give you a free purple shirt in return (don’t worry—we’re donating the other t-shirts). Student Activities Fair: Kinda freaking out about what you’re going to get involved in? Don’t. At the fair, you’ll see many of the groups ASG directly supports through its $1.4 million Student Activities Fund, and dozens more from other departments and communities. A great way to get involved with something you are passionate about...not just the same things you thought you needed to do in high school! Deering Days Welcome BBQ: One of the few major student events on Deering Meadow, the Welcome BBQ will include your entire class and will be complete with great food, student music & performances, games, and tons of giveaways. Of course, we’ll also have information on how you can get involved with ASG as a Senator (representing your Residential Hall or College), or as a member of one of our 13 standing committees (13?! Yeah—we cover everything from Sustainability to Academics to Community Relations to student group funding). Check out our website at asg.northwestern.edu, and post any questions, concerns, or ideas on CampusVoice! We’re also pretty easy to reach otherwise: shoot us an email at email@example.com, or message us on Facebook: facebook.com/nuasg. Go ’Cats! Ani Ajith President Northwestern Associated Student Government Alex Van Atta Executive Vice President Northwestern Associated Student Government from the office of NEW STUDENT & FAMILY PROGRAMS 8/5/2013 J.M.