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Connections a newsletter for members of the UO Parent & Family Association


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Table of Contents

Table of contents pg 4-5

Holden Leadership Center

pg 6-7

Career Center

pg 8

Career Center Portland

pg 9-10

University Health Center

pg 11

Student Alumni Association

pg 12

Quack Packs

pg 13

Annual Giving

pg 14

Duck Bus

pg 15

“WOW” Grams!

pg 16 -17

Week of Welcome Reminder, Directions to Eugene

pg 18

Football Watch Parties, Family Weekends

pg 19

Fall Term Calendar

pg 20-21

Digital Ducks, Registration Sheet

From the desk of: Amber


Dear Parents and Families, Welcome to your first year! We could not be more excited for any other time of the year than the start of fall term. Move-in day brings the campus back to life and reminds us all at the University of Oregon why we choose to work at the UO - because we care about student success and development. To share in that commitment with you, we look forward to the coming year and working with the Parent and Family Association. The association is in its sixth year, with over 6,000 members. We are so thrilled to welcome all of you as our newest members! Also, I welcome you to your first issue of Connections. I know it is a busy time getting everything ready and packed up for your student to move to campus, but I hope you find time to soak in a little in¬formation from the newsletter. I hope to see you on campus soon and wish you well as we start fall term. We will talk again next month, until then…Go Ducks! Amber Garrison

Benefit Bar

Look for the new BenefitBar on the Family Programs website: http://studentlife.uoregon. edu/family.aspx

you surf the web. BenefitBar is free, easy to use and will help you stay connected to the association. In addition, every time you use the “search” function, you will raise 10 cents for the association. No spyware, adware, or viruses are caused by BenefitBar.

BenefitBar is a new Parent & Family Association’s internet browser Toolbar. After downloading the BenefitBar, the Parent & Family Association’s logo and common links will be installed as a toolbar in your web-browser, and will remain visible while


Holden Leadership Center Break for Change: Alternative Breaks at the University of Oregon At the University of Oregon, learning is not limited to just the classroom, or even just academic terms. Service opportunities like Alternative Breaks provide students with the opportunity to engage in learning through volunteerism and civic engagement. Sponsored by the Holden Leadership Center’s Service Learning Program (SLP), Alternative Breaks are multiday, substance-free, community service-learning trips that take place during the university’s traditional winter, spring and summer breaks. The Alternative Break (AB) program creates powerful learning opportunities through immersion based experiences that foster an attitude towards civic service, social change and cultural/global understanding and appreciation. Alternative Break participants travel in teams locally, nationally and internationally to engage in active service. Students have the opportunity to gain new perspectives on a wide range of social issues while meeting the needs of the local area and building upon community assets. The AB program actively promotes leadership, community based service-learning, and civic engagement as integral aspects of the educational experience at the University of Oregon. The AB program accomplishes this by incorporating learning outcomes such as: advancement of relationship skills, communication ability, understanding and appreciation of human differences, cultural competency, social and civic responsibility and a commitment to public service and engagement throughout a lifetime. Additionally, the AB program ignites critical and reflective thinking as a result of social engagement through complex community immersions on the local, regional, national and international levels by combing advocacy, reflection and meaningful conversation toward developing students’ leadership efficacy, skills and courage to engage in social action for positive community outcomes. One 2009 participant stated, “ASB Los Angeles was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only was I challenged emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, but I was able to be exposed to some of our society’s issues and reflect on them at a hands-on level. Moreover, my group was incredibly inspiring and it was a great pleasure to get to know each of them individually.”


In the 2009/2010 academic year, over 60 students participated in Alternative Break programs. In the 2010/2011 academic year the Alternative Break program is growing and all incoming students are encouraged to attend a trip. The following trips will be offered. Alternative Winter Break Urban Homelessness and Poverty – Portland Urban Homelessness and Poverty – Eugene Alternative Spring Break Homelessness and HIV/AIDS – San Francisco At Risk Youths – Los Angeles Immigration and Border Issues – San Diego Native American Rights and Sovereignty – Eastern Oregon Sustainability & Environmental Conservationism – Western Oregon and Washington Disaster Relief and Economic Recovery – New Orleans Globalization and International Aid – Jamaica Alternative Weekends TBA – If you have an idea tell the SLP about it and we will help you plan it! Applications for trip participants will be available starting the first week of school. To learn more about the Alternative Break program and how to get involved visit serve., call 541-346-4351 or email Students can also drop by the SLP. Our office is located in the EMU basement, across from the Union Market and Buzz Coffee shop.


CAReer Center Is your student looking for a job on campus? Many students will be looking for part time work during the school year to help pay for school or living expenses, earn cash for entertainment, or to get some work experience. WHERE On Friday, September 24, the Career Center hosts the Student Jobs Fair in the EMU Fir Room from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Campus employers will be there to meet students and accept applications. There will be on-campus and local employers at the fair. We are pleased to have local employers take the time to come to our campus and interview students. START NOW Most on-campus jobs require a Work-Study award as part of a financial aid package, though there are always some non-Work-Study jobs available on campus. Since it is a very competitive market, it is recom¬mended to start searching as soon as possible. Many departments have posted their jobs and are accept¬ing résumés and scheduling interviews. As the beginning of the term gets closer, more jobs will be listed on UOJOBLINK. OPTIONS Don’t have Work-Study? There’s still hope. Many local employers and families are specifically looking for UO students to hire for their part time jobs – our students have a reputation for being reliable, dependable, hard-working and intelligent. These jobs can range from accounting to childcare, computer programming, lawn mowing and everything in between. Some are close to campus - within walking or biking distance - and some might require driving or taking the bus which is free for students with their campus identification card. HOW MANY HOURS SHOULD A STUDENT WORK PER WEEK? Since we cannot comment on individual financial situations, in general, we recommend not accepting a job with too many hours, especially freshmen who may never have had a job before. Ten hours per week would be the maximum suggested. Take the first term to learn the campus environment, establish study routines and settle in to college life. Then determine if more hours will fit into school schedules without jeopardizing academic success. Many students need time to adjust to the rigors of a college curriculum.


WHERE ELSE TO LOOK While we are providing this Student Jobs Fair as a service to students, all campus and off-campus job postings we receive can be found on the Career Center’s website in a system called UO-JOBLINK. Accounts have already been created for the majority of students. Students can go to our website and follow the instructions for signing up with this system.

ASSISTANCE SIGNING UP FOR UO JOBLINK Staff at the Career Center are happy to assist with accessing UOJOBLINK. Options are: 1) coming to 220 Hendricks Hall; 2) calling 541-346-3235; or 3) emailing The hours of opera¬tion are Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5:00. Drop-in counseling is available during the school year from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm every day. The staff can assist in job searching, résumés and interviewing skills and ultimately, career planning. Our services include career counseling, job and internship listings, career library resources, and personalized career assessments. Come to drop-in or call to schedule an appointment with a career counselor. RESUME WRITING AND JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES Our website, has a variety of resources for resume writing and job search strategies. They are several links valuable links under the Prepare section of our home page. HOW THE CAREER CENTER CAN ASSISTE STUDENTS DURING THEIR FRESHMAN YEAR: 1) Feedback on resume writing and interviewing strategies 2) Talking about options for majors 3) Career Assessment Program-clarifying skills, interests, values and temperament 4) Special events-see our website 5) Connecting to UO JOBLINK Have your student check out our many resources the Career Center provides on our website or have your student stop by 220 Hendricks Hall (across University St. from the EMU). Look for the large green banner on the second floor of Hendricks Hall. -Clarice Wilsey


Career Center Portland Upcoming Events for Young Alumni and Students three fall programs in Portland’s White Stag Block (70 NW Couch) to help launch recent graduates in the Portland career community. GET CONNECTED! BRINGING UO ALUMNI AND EMPLOYERS TOGETHER This program features a panel discussion on what employers seek from job candidates in today’s economy and time for UO alumni and employers to connect. Thursday, September 16, 2010, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Register online: ALUMNI JOB SEARCH GROUP Connect with other 2010 UO graduates looking for work in Portland through supportive small group interaction and shared content. Register for a three-week series of six sessions and bring your lunch. UO alumni will share their wisdom at multiple sessions. Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 4-21, 2010, noon to 1:30pm Visit online: JOB SEARCHING FROM THE FRONT LINES Join us for an interactive panel discussion with recent UO graduates who have landed jobs they enjoy. Be encouraged by their successes and learn from their experiences of job searching in today’s economy. Thursday, October 28, 2010, 6:00pm to 7:30pm Contact us: Remember, all alumni receive one free career counseling appointment so contact us today to schedule yours at


University Health Center Welcome from the University Health Center Dear Parents and Family Members, Congratulations! On behalf of the staff at the University Health Center, and as the new Director, I want to extend a hearty welcome to you and your student as we approach this new academic year and our 75th year of service. Our primary mission is to enhance the student educational experience by modifying or removing health-related barriers to personal development and learning. We do this by providing quality clinical services and preventive health education and promotion that enable students to take full advantage of their academic experience. In other words, we want your students to be as healthy and successful in our academic community as you do. Our extensive primary and preventive care services, located at the corner of E. 13th Avenue and Agate Street, are provided by board certified physicians in family medicine, psychiatry, gynecology, internal medicine, and sports medicine. In addition we have adult, family and women’s health, and psychiatric nurse practitioners; registered nurses, a dentist and dental hygienist, dietitian, laboratory and X-ray technologists, pharmacists, physical therapists and athletic trainers, a massage therapist, and a very friendly group of support staff. We also provide allergy injections, immunizations, and travel medicine to facilitate a healthy campus community. Additionally we have a health promotion department with professional health educators and peer health educators that provide information to students on how to stay healthy and even improve their overall health status while on campus. Topics included in our health education programming include: stress reduction, sexual health, alcohol, tobacco and much more.


As a parent or family member of a UO student you can help us. Please advise your student on the following tips for using the UHC and staying healthy on campus: 1. We are open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 10-2, during the academic terms. 2. For a time most convenient for you, call to make an appointment at 541-346- 2770. 3. When the UHC is closed, students can call the After-Hours Nurse Advice Line at 541-346-2770 and press “1” for assistance. 4. For medical emergencies on campus dial “911” or 6-6666. 5. Get a flu shot at our Nurse Specialty Clinic. 6. Encourage your student to get enough sleep, eat nutritiously, and exercise on a frequent basis. 7. Stressed out student? Encourage them to call and find out about our Relax and Renew meditation class offered each term or to schedule a massage or therapeutic touch appointment. For more comprehensive information on services and program offerings, changes in hours of service, and health updates please check out our website at: We want your student to thoroughly enjoy their experience at the UO and to be healthy and safe in the process. And, we want you to feel comfortable in advising your student to come and see us when necessary. Remember we can assist your student if medical care is needed and provide preventive health education to make wise personal choices to promote their personal health, now, and throughout their lifetime. Best wishes to you and your student as we start another exciting year. Sincerely, Dana M. Mills, MPH, FACHA Director Health Center


Student alumni association We had such a good time with all of the new students and parents this year during IntroDucktion and are so excited to have many new members join the Student Alumni Association (SAA). This was our second recruitment since we revamped the SAA with new programming and opportunities so it’s a great time for your student to get involved. Hopefully you had a chance to attend a Freshmen Sendoff in your area; the pictures attached are from our Northern and Southern California Send-Off’s which were a huge success! We promise we will take good care of your student while they are here at UO; and we will have a great time! If your student still hasn’t signed up with the Student Alumni Association or you’d like to know more about us, please visit www.uoalumni. com/saa. -SAA Leadership Team


Quack PAcks Welcome Packs Quack Packs are a fun and easy way to let your student know you are thinking of them. For example, have a “Welcome Basket” waiting for your student on their first day away from home. This UO canvas laundry bag comes with those often forgotten necessities and great UO treasures including: laundry soap, dryer sheets, dry erase board, Post-it-Notes, office supplies, cookies, and much more for only $28. To place an order call 1-800-883-0402. For more information or to view all of our care packages you may log onto:


Annual Giving We hope you are as excited as we are to have the 2009-2010 school year begin, and to have your son or daughter begin their Oregon experience! Ducks are given such fabulous opportunities while at the UO. From vast study abroad options to world class professors, to club sports to academic advising to help prepare for the future, the list goes on and on. What most students and parents are not aware of, is that so many of these opportunities are provided by past generations of Duck alumni and Duck parents. This year more than ever before, your gifts make a difference in the lives of our Duck students, and most importantly your Duck. When you get a phone call from one of our Duck Callers, not only do they have a lot of great advice to offer you about your students time at UO, but they’re also calling to let you know just how far your gift can go in enhancing the UO student experience.


duck bus Student doesn’t have a car? Don’t have time to drive your student back to school after the holidays? If you live in the San Francisco Bay area consider signing your student up for the Duck Bus. If enough students are signed up there will be a bus going back to the University of Oregon after Thanksgiving, Winter Break and Spring Break. The bus will leave from the Lafayette, CA, with a pick up at Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley. If there is enough interested students, there will also be a stop near the I-5 / 505 interchange. The bus leaves on Sunday morning, arriving in Eugene in the evening. For more information email Bonnie Brookhart at Include your student’s name and their graduation year in your email.


Week of Welcome “WOW” Grams brought to you by Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc. Parents, why not surprise your new college student for the first week of school? You can create a little package for your student from the following items that will be distributed on the third day of classes. Choose five Items from the following: Hershey Milk Chocolate Bar Gatorade Lemon-Lime flavor UO Rubber Duck Red Bull Chex Orginal Trail Mix

Soda (Coke or Sprite) Pringles Original Flavor Blow Pop Lollipops Butter-Free Popcorn Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookie

We will place these five times into a WOW Gram for only $15!!! Please help support the Upsilon Chapter of Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc. We are hoping to raise funds to attend our National Conference which will take place September 30th-October 3rd in Portland, Oregon. Your support will help us manage the financial aspects of getting to our conference. We greatly appreciate your support! For more information or to place an order, please contact Gamma Alpha Omega at Thank you so much for your support!!!



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Week of Welcome 2010!

The Parent & Family Association would like to invite all parents and family members attending Week of Welcome to enjoy the activities we have planned during your stay in Eugene. Remember these event are for parents and family members, not students, who will be partaking in student activities. Events will take place Thursday, September 23rd and Friday, September 24th. Descriptions of these events can be found below. If you are planning to attend any of our events, we ask that you register by September 10th using the form at then end of this document. Feel free to visit with us on move in day at the Hamilton Humpy Lumpy Lawn.

A Family Affair, Thursday, September 23, 2010

5:00pm, Jacqua Academic Center Come enjoy a relaxing reception after a rigorous day of climbing stairs and un-packing boxes. Following light snacks, we will take a trip to one of our local movie theatres to catch the latest film!

Parent’s Day Off, Friday, September 24, 2010 10:00am-11:00am, EMU Fountain Courtyard

You are invited to attend a light brunch with the Parent & Family Association. Come together to meet other families and UO administrators, as well as learn more about what the UO Parent and Family Association can do for you. 11:00am-5:00pm, Explore Lane County Following our brunch, you are invited to attend one of the three classic Oregon activities listed below. Transportation will be provided to and from these localities. Please register by September 10th. Hike Spencer’s Butte! Spencer Butte (elevation 2052 ft.) is the most prominent landmark in Eugene. A majority of area residents have hiked up the steep trail. Enjoy the forest from the trail as you hike up through the Douglas fir trees. Amazing views of the Southern Willamette Valley are enjoyed from the summit. The top of the butte is actually above the tree-line and consists mainly of rock formations and grass. Includes light snacks and is for all ages. Cost: Free Trip to the Oregon Coast! Take a trip to the Oregon Coast and explore 8 miles of dunes and 2 miles of beach on a Dune Buggy! Informative, scenic, and fun describes this one hour dune buggy tour with professional drivers. Climbing and descending through the most beautiful, impressive dunes will be unforgettable experience for travelers to the Oregon Coast Dunes. This excursion includes lunch at Moe’s, famous for clam chowder and other seafood. Cost: $25 Local Winery Tour! Take a tour through three of Eugene’s local wineries, including King Estate Winery, Silvan Ridge Winery, and Sweet Cheeks Winery. Includes historic information and background information about each location, plus sampling at each winery! This excursion includes lunch at King Estate. Cost: $40


Getting to and From Eugene Planes, Trains and Automobiles Airlines Out of Eugene: Allegiant, Delta, Horizon, United Airlines Out of Portland: Alaska/Horizon, Air Canada, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, Jet Blue, Southwest, US Airways, United Amtrack: Greyhound: How can I (or my student) get to or from the Eugene Airport? 1) The OmniShuttle provides transportation to and from the Eugene Airport. For rates and other additional informa- tion please visit them online at or by calling 1-800-7415097. 2) There are taxi cabs in Eugene that will transport students to and from the Eugene Airport. 3) Students often find rides from friends they have made to and from the airport. Sometimes they need a reminder to make arrangements for their ride after they return from home. How can I (or my student) get to or from the Portland Airport? 1. Airport Shuttles: - The OmniShuttle will take you or your student to Corvallis, where you can connect with the Anthony Shuttle to transport you to the Portland Airport. These are separate companies, so make your traveling arrangements accordingly. Visit Anthony Shuttle online at or by calling (541) 334-6488. Coming from the Portland airport to Eugene, you can complete this process in reverse. - City 2 City Shuttle provides non-stop shuttle service from Eugene to Portland Airport or by calling 1-866-999-8001 2. You can take the Amtrak train or Greyhound Bus from Eugene or Portland. 3. You can rent a car in Eugene to drive to the Portland Airport. 4. Students often find rides to and from the airport from friends they have made. Be sure to remind them to secure a pick up from the airport upon their return. Alternative Modes of Transportation Some regional groups of the Parent and Family Association have organized ways to get their students home for breaks. If you are a member of the Parent and Family Association, check out the regional updates in the newslet- ters and on the Parent and Family Association website for more information.


Fall Football Game Watch Parties! The University of Oregon Parent and Family Association is proud to announce a new program that will provide members the chance to connect with one another and enjoy the great tradition of Duck football! This fall, the Parent and Family Association will be giving away Game Day Watch Party Kits to members interested in connecting with other UO families and alumni by hosting a football watch party in their area. These kits will include decorations, door prizes, game schedules and information on how to host your very own Game Day party. This program will be running for all ten regular season games, with online updates of pictures, party ideas and information on Game Day parties in your area. The idea is meant to continue to unite and connect parents and families to the excitement and school pride right at home. If you would like to host a party or would like more information, please email Family Programs staff at hope you will join in the excitement of cheering on the return of last year’s Rose Bowl contenders! Go Ducks! This program takes the place of the former fall event. There is a Homecoming planned through the UO Alumni Association for November 5-7. However, since there are no single game football tickets for sale for this game, we will not be hosting a family weekend in conjunction with Homecoming. Our major family weekend will be the winter family weekend discussed below.

Family Weekends! Winter Family Weekend February 2011

Winter 2011 will bring the opening of the Matthew Knight Arena! We are very excited to invite you to be one of the first groups to enjoy this new venue. The Parent and Family Association is hosting winter family weekend during February and will hold a lottery for tickets to the men’s basketball game. This will be in addition to programming that will allow parents to experience the traditions and campus experiences that highlight winter term for students. More details will be announced as soon as the basketball schedule is determined.

Spring Family Weekend May 13-15, 2010

Spring Family Weekend provides a wonderful opportunity to join the campus community in celebrating all of our student award winners. The annual Honors and Awards Banquet is held during this weekend. In addition, spring time provides many opportunities to become more familiar with Eugene and Lane County by taking part in some of the many events and activities that are offered during this time of the year.


Academic Calendar & Deadlines Fall 2010

Fall TERM 2010 Calendar April 23 • Deadline to apply for fall reenrollment in order to register during the May 17-May 27 initial registration period

May 17-May 27 • Initial registration for Fall 2010

June 28-August 4 • Fall registration is closed to continuing students; DuckWeb registration system reopens August 4 at 8am.

September 20-23

September 21-26 • Week of Welcome; orientation activities

September 24 • Undergraduates may enroll for more than 18 credits and GR students may enroll for more than 16 credits

September 25 • Community Education Program (CEP) registration opens

Last day to:

• Process a complete drop and receive a 100% tuition refund (no ‘W’ recorded) • Fall classes begin • 1st tuition installment due (1/3 of assessed tuition, plus current and past-due balance)

Last day to:

• Process a complete drop to receive a 90% tuition refund (no ‘W’ recorded) • Reduce credits and receive 100% tuition refund (no ‘W’ recorded)

Last day to:

• Process a complete drop or reduce credits and receive 75% tuition refund (no ‘W’ recorded; after this date, ‘W’s’ are recorded for partial and complete withdrawals)

Last day to:

• Add a class/process initial registration • Change from audit to credit or credit to audit

October 8

Last Day to

• Apply for Fall 2010 graduate degrees (apply on the web at

October 10

Last day to:

• Process a complete withdrawal or reduce credits and receive a 75% tuition refund (mark of ‘W’ is recorded)

October 17

October 29 • Last day to submit doctoral final oral defense application to the Graduate School

November 1 • 2nd tuition installment due (1/3 of assessed tuition, plus current and past-due balance)

November 5 November 14

Last day to:

• Drop a class (mark of ‘W’ recorded) • Change grade options (Graded or P/N) • Change variable credits

November 15-24 • Initial registration for Winter 2011

November 19

Last day to:

• Hold final oral defense of doctoral dissertations

October 1

October 6

• Apply for Fall 2010 undergraduate degrees in DuckWeb

• Submit Masters Statement of Completion to the Graduate School

September 27

October 4

Last day to:

• Process a complete withdrawal or reduce credits and receive a 25% tuition refund (mark of ‘W’ is recorded)

• Deadline to apply for winter re-enrollment

• Financial aid disbursement begins

October 3

October 24

• Course offerings for Winter 2011 available

• Fall registration is closed to continuing students; DuckWeb registration system reopens September 24 at 8am.

September 26

• Process a complete withdrawal or reduce credits and receive a 50% tuition refund (mark of ‘W’ is recorded)

Last day to:

November 25-26 • Thanksgiving holiday; classes are not in session

November 24-December 6 • Online Course Evaluations for Fall 2010 open on DuckWeb

November 30

Last day to:

• Submit Doctoral/Masters theses and dissertations to the Graduate School • Submit Doctoral Certificates of Completion to the Graduate School

December 1 • 3rd tuition installment due (1/3 of assessed tuition, plus current and past-due balance)

December 5

Last day to:

• Process a complete withdrawal from all courses

December 6-10 • Final examinations

December 14 (Tuesday, noon) • Deadline for instructors to submit Fall 2010 grades

January 3, 2011 • Winter 2011 classes begin Updated April 13, 2010


Digital ducks Family Programs has gone digital! Parents and family can now find the most up-todate information about their student’s lives online. Find us on: • Facebook at our “Family Programs at the University of Oregon” page. Become a fan and stay current with campus events, useful links, event photos and more. Join discussions and contribute ideas and suggestions, as well as interact with other Family Programs members. •

Twitter at UOParentFamily. Follow our tweets, which give brief updates about events, our webpage, and additional helpful information.

Don’t forget to check our website, where you can find quick answers to your questions!

Photo exchange Family Programs wants to know what is happening with you and your student! Feel free to send us family and student photos than we can share in future newsletters. Email photos in JPEG format to with “My Duck Photos” in the subject line.

Week Of Welcome activity registration Please fill in the below registration form for the Week of Welcome activities and send (with cash or check made out to the University of Oregon if applicable) to: Family Programs 5216 University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403 Check the boxes of activities you plan to attend and list the number of people attending on the line following the activity.

Name: E-mail:

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Family Affair (free)

Friday, September 24, 2010

PFA Brunch (free)

Hike Spencer’s Butte (free)

Trip to the Oregon Coast ($25.00 per person)

Local Winery Tour ($40.00 per person)

Total Amount Due

Connections Transitions  

A newsletter for members of the UO Parent and Family Association.

Connections Transitions  

A newsletter for members of the UO Parent and Family Association.