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Aggie Quick Connection January 2010

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Welcome Family Members,

What to Expect from Family Members of First-Year Students

Happy New Year from Aggieland! We are gearing up for students to return and want you to be up to date. Many students will come back ready for a ‘fresh start semester.’ We will join you in encouraging them to do their best on campus in and out of the classroom.

Time away from school sometimes increases anxiety for your student when they return in January. Negative events, such as disappointing grades or unexpected changes in relationships, are not the only source of concern either.

Message from the Director of the Offices of the Dean of Student Life

Don’t forget to visit the Aggie Parent web site for other updates and helpful, you can visit us at: parents.tamu.edu. Please feel free to contact Student Life at (979) 845-3111, or email us at studentlife@tamu.edu if you have any questions. Dr. Carol Binzer Director of Student Life

A pleasant break can make it hard for students to return to school and increase anxiety about performance in the spring semester. Returning from home back into the college environment will require support and encouragement from you. Even though your student has made it through one semester of college, they may want to take a different approach to the spring semester. Ask your student what they plan to do differently this semester and what you can do to help. If they had any issues with a specific class in the fall, then ask your student if it will effect any of their spring classes. Remind them that they should make use of the resources listed above if they are worried about any classes.

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MSC Open House and Spring Aggieland Market Last day for adding/dropping courses for semester Last day to apply for all degrees awarded in May

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ORIENTATION LEADER APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

Would your Aggie make a great ambassador for Texas A&M? If so, we are currently seeking dedicated TAMU students to serve as Orientation Leaders and work with new students and their families during New Student Conferences. Along with making a positive impact on the lives of thousands of new Aggies, Orientation Leaders have the opportunity to develop transferable skills that will benefit them as student leaders and beyond. We are seeking a group of Orientation Leaders representative of the student body to entering freshmen, transfer students, and their family members. Please encourage your student to check out this fantastic opportunity! Applications and more information regarding the Aggie Orientation Leader Program is online at http://aolp.tamu.edu. Applications are due February 5th!

SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 16-18, 2010 PARENTS’ WEEKEND

April 16-18, 2010 Marks the 91st Anniversary of Parents’ Weekend! Please remember to book your hotel reservations as soon as possible as Bryan/College Station hotels seem to get booked far in advance. Important Times and Dates (2010) Midnight Yell: April 16, Midnight, Kyle Field MSC Variety Show: April 16, 7:30 pm, Rudder Auditorium Bevo Burn BBQ: April 17, 11 am-2 pm, Duncan Field Singing Cadets Concert: April 17, 7:30 pm, Rudder Auditorium Aggie Moms’ Boutique: April 16, 10 am- 4:30 pm & April 17, 9 am- 5 pm Reed Arena All University Awards Ceremony: April 18, 9:30 am, Rudder Auditorium For additional information visit the Parents’ Weekend website: ParentsWeekend.tamu.edu.

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The Battalion“The independent student voice of Texas A&M since 1893.” www.thebatt.com Texas A&M News and InformationAggie Hotline The Division of Marketing & Communications produces Aggie Hotline, an email news brief service that is distributed to subscribers each weekday. News briefs may also be found online at: tamunews. tamu.edu. Subscribe to Aggie Hotline: Send an email message to listserv@tamu.edu. Leave the subject line blank and type the message: SUB Aggie-Hotline your-real-name.

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Aggie Quick Connection More Upcoming Events & Programs MSC OPEN HOUSE MSC Open House provides a way for student organizations to connect with students who want to get involved. Scheduled on Sunday, January 24, 2010 from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center, this is Texas A&M’s largest student organization recruiting event. Hundreds of student organizations will be hosting tables to attract new members. This is a great opportunity for your student to find additional ways to be involved on campus. For more information, please visit: mscopenhouse.tamu.edu.

SPRING AGGIELAND MARKET Spring Aggieland Market will take place on Sunday, January 24, 2010 from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center Archery Room, concurrent with MSC Open House. The purpose of the event is to foster a relationship between Texas A&M University and the Bryan/College Station community through those businesses and community agencies that serve the students, faculty and staff members of Texas A&M University. Sponsored by TAMU Adult, Graduate and Off Campus Student Services, Aggieland Market is a vendor fair connecting campus and community through activities, and giveaways. Aggieland Market provides an opportunity for Texas A&M students, faculty, and staff to become familiar or reacquainted with the TAMU campus, fellow Aggies, and the B/CS community.

General TAMU Resources Student Legal Services would like to introduce the new Students’ Attorney, LaKisha Anderson, in the office at Cain Hall, Suite 117. She joins Rick Powell in being available for students facing legal issues such as those listed below.

• Name Change • Divorce • Paternity Issues • Petitions and Answers • Insurance Disputes • Real Estate • Demand Letters • Debts

• Free Notary Public services • Landlord/Tenant Disputes • Criminal Law • Expunctions • Automobile Accidents • Traffic Tickets • Consumer Protection • Contracts • Last Will and Testament • Power of Attorney

Student Legal Services is located in Cain Hall, Room B-117. To schedule an appointment, please call the Student Legal Services office at 979.845.3111. Please bring the Student Legal Services Intake Form and pertinent data, documentation, or information to the appointment in order to maximize your ability to take prompt action. For more information, please visit: studentlife.tamu.edu/scrs/sls.

STUDENT LEGAL SERVICES

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Aggie Quick Connection General TAMU Resources SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID The Scholarships & Financial Aid website has a wealth of information about how to pay for college, including tips on how to apply for financial aid and how to avoid scholarship scams. Visit their website at: financialaid.tamu.edu. It is important that bills are paid on time or that other arrangements are made. Doing this will ensure that your student’s schedule is not dropped.

THE MONEY WISE AGGIE The Money Wise Aggie is a free service to students that provides personal financial counseling and workshops. Current workshop topics include credit cards and credit scores, premarital money discussions; financial challenges after college; creating a budget; financial aid; identity theft; saving and investing; and major purchases (cars and homes). Their workshop schedule can be viewed at: moneywise.tamu.edu.

STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICES - P.A.S.S. Programs for Academic Success Skills (PASS) provides students with an opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enhance study and exam-taking ability, while decreasing anxiety related to academic performance. Services include individual and group counseling, assessment of study behaviors, screening for learning disabilities, an extensive collection of self-help resources, and weekly workshops on a variety of study skills topics. Students can register for PASS and other academic help programs by going to the Student Counseling Service homepage at scs.tamu.edu or by calling (979) 845-4427.

STUDENT ASSISTANCE SERVICES Student Assistance Services provides a number of services to assist students with medical and personal emergencies, and in the event of hospitalization. To access these services, students or their families should notify Student Assistance Services at (979) 845-3113 between the hours of 8:00 a.m and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. To learn more visit: studentaffairs.tamu.edu/SAS.

CAREER CENTER There are many resources and tools for Aggies through the Career Center. From career advising to job searching, the Career Center is committed to your student’s success in landing the right job. One tool available to Aggies is the AggiE-folio: An on-line personal skill-based professional portfolio. With the AggiE-folio, students can showcase examples of knowledge, skills, and strengths to employers. Find out more about this great resource at: careercenter.tamu.edu/services/s24.html.

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Aggie Quick Connection General TAMU Resources BIRTHDAY CANDY GRAMS The Texas A&M Women’s Chorus offers singing birthday grams all throughout the fall and spring semesters. The birthday grams are $15 and include a quartet of talented ladies singing a four part arrangement of Happy Birthday, a card, and a bag of candy. They offer singing birthday grams both on and off campus. To order a singing birthday gram, you can reach them at (979) 845-5974. 48-hours notice is appreciated.

AGGIE SEARCH The search for off campus housing and roommates can be a daunting process. To help, Adult, Graduate, and Off Campus Student Services (AGOSS) has created Aggie Search- a free online housing information and roommate search tool. Through Aggie Search, members of the Aggie Family can read information and leave feedback about housing communities, see housing listed for rent, and search for roommates. Students can also create a profile and be notified about new postings that match their search criteria. To view Aggie Search, please visit: aggiesearch.tamu.edu. AGOSS also has an Off Campus Living Resources web page. This page provides links to sites that give specific information for off campus living concerns as well as useful information about the Bryan/ College Station Community. This page can be found at studentlife.tamu.edu/agoss/offcampus.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES As the new semester starts, encourage your student to take advantage of the many resources on campus for students interested in improving their grades or study habits. From tutoring in specific classes to general study skills, TAMU offers a wide range of programs for students to choose from including: • The Student Learning Center offers a variety of learning assistance programs designed to help students learn how to gain the skills necessary to succeed academically at Texas A&M. Their programs include tutoring sessions and academic skill courses. For more information on the Student Learning Center, see their website: slc.tamu.edu. • On-line workshops for various study skills and test anxiety along with other resources can be found through Student Counseling Service at: scs.tamu.edu/academic/LSC.asp. • Support from the Writing Center staff can be found at: writingcenter.tamu.edu. • Free one-on-one and group tutoring is available. The courses for which tutoring is offered varies each semester. For a listing of this semester’s classes and how to register, visit: tutor.tamu.edu/ourcourses.aspx. • Additionally, assistance can often be found for individual courses in the department through which they are offered.

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