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Undergraduate Newsletter

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Table of Contents Semester at a Glance August 26 Classes begin

August 30 Deadline to apply for December and winter degree candidacy September 2 No classes/campus closed (Labor Day) September 3 Last day to add classes without instructor’s signature

September 21 Last day to drop classes without notation on transcript November 11 No classes (Veteran’s Day) November 28-December 1 No classes (Thanksgiving Break) December 11 Last Day of Classes December 12 Reading Day December 13-19 Final Exams

December 2013 Graduation


May 2014 Graduation




SGPP Event


Internship Opportunities


Non-SGPP Internships


Fellowship Opportunity


Job Opportunity


Volunteer Opportunity


Scholarship Opportunity




Academic Advising


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If you are graduating this December, you can still apply for degree candidacy, but a $50.00 late candidacy application fee will now be assessed. For detailed instructions on how to initiate your paperwork, please visit our degree check page.

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December 2013 Graduation SBS Graduation Ceremony Information

On behalf of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Dean John Paul Jones III is pleased to invite you and your family to the college Convocation Recognition Ceremony to honor graduates of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Our college ceremony will be Thursday, December 19, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall, located at 1020 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85721 (UA Campus). The ceremony will include individual recognition of each undergraduate and graduate degree recipient in attendance. The faculty of our college looks forward to seeing you and meeting your family and guests. While there is no charge for this ceremony, tickets are required.

Additional information about tickets will be available in November. Online RSVP will open 11/4/13. Click here for full details

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May 2014 Graduation

GRADUATING IN May 2014? January 30, 2014 is the deadline to apply for you degree check if you are graduating May 2014. Detailed instructions on how to initiate your paperwork, can be found on our degree check page.

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Reminder Dear Juniors and Seniors, We have partnered with Career Services to give our junior and senior majors access to Wildcat Joblink. Wildcat JobLink is a state-of-the-art career management tool, offering UA students access to jobs, internships, and a range of other services including campus interviewing and resume referrals. To access JobLink, please visit the Career Services website at https:// All you need is your NETID and password to login and take advantage of these great services. Why is SGPP only funding juniors and seniors to have access to JobLink? The funding comes from SGPP Program Fees, which only our junior and senior majors pay. If you are a freshman or sophomore, you are welcome to register and pay the annual $5 fee out of pocket. Visit https:// to register. I will be a junior at the end of the current semester. When can I have access? SGPP will be requesting access for any students who have reached 60+ credits each semester after the census date (the 21st day of the semester). So, if you will have 60+ completed credits at the end of this semester, you will be granted access next semester after the census date. If you have any questions, please email

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SGPP Event SGPP Students: Mark your calendars for these upcoming events with our peer mentors!

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Internship Opportunities International Rescue Committee in Tucson The International Rescue Committee in Tucson is now interviewing candidates for the following intern positions: Immigration Services Cultural Orientation Health Advocacy

Nutrition and Food Security Case Management (Procurement and Logistics) Case Management (Survivors of Torture) Employment and Economic Development Outreach and Communications Volunteer Management Family Mentor Program Coordinator New Roots Agricultural Coordinator Citizenship Preparation Instructor Visit our internship page for additional openings and application instructions. Agency Background: Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a leading, nonsectarian, non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitative assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. The IRC in Tucson provides a wide range of services to refugees in all stages of resettlement and seeks to promote each refugee family's search for self-sufficiency. Andrew Jenkins, Volunteer and Internship Coordinator International Rescue Committee Tucson 3100 North Campbell Avenue | Tucson, AZ 85719 T 520-319-2128 x116 | F 520-319-2160 |

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Internship Opportunities

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Internship Opportunities

Application deadline has been extended!

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Internship Opportunities Spring 2014 Internship Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President – Washington, DC The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is a federal government agency under the Executive Office of the President which is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. trade, commodity, and direct investment policy with other countries. The head of USTR is the U.S. Trade Representative, a Cabinet member who serves as the President’s principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues. The intern program at USTR is a semester-long, volunteer program in which undergraduate, graduate, and recently graduated students gain knowledge and experience in conducting U.S. trade policy. Assignments may include research, analysis, statistics, and coordination of briefing books, report preparation, meeting and conference planning, letter writing, and covering meetings, hearings, and/or legislative markup sessions. Internships are available in all 26 departments of the Washington, DC office as well as at USTR’s offices in Beijing, China, and Geneva, Switzerland. Click Here< default/files/USTR%20Beijing%20Internship_0.pdf> for more details and instructions on how to apply to the international positions. The following are the application timeframes and deadlines for each internship term: Spring Internship (January – April) – November 1st Summer Internship (May – August) – March 15th Fall Internship (September – December) – August 1st Due to the fact that this is a volunteer program, USTR does not provide stipends. No assistance with housing or other relocation expenses are available. However, we can provide a transportation subsidy to cover local commuting costs to and from the DC work location. Applicants must be: · U.S. Citizens · 18 years of age or over at the time of application · Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university (2-4 year institution), or have graduated in the past 2 years from undergraduate or graduate school. · Selected applicants will be required to obtain a favorable security determination as a prerequisite to employment. For more information about the application process or internship openings within the USTR please visit:<>. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: Mrs. Taiwo Erskine Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Human Resources - Intern Coordinator Tel: (202) 395-736

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Internship Opportunities

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Internship Opportunities

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Internship Opportunities Senator Flakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office Spring and Summer Internship Program Senator Jeff Flakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tucson office is currently accepting applications for their 2014 spring and summer internship program.

Interns will have the opportunity to experience firsthand how a state office of a United States Senator operates. Interns will assist the Senator and his staff with a variety of tasks including interacting with constituents, assisting people who need help with federal agencies, and working on a variety of research projects. Students will also have the opportunity to regularly attend meetings and community events with staff. This is a highly competitive program and only two interns are selected each semester. Successful candidates will demonstrate an eagerness to learn about federal public policy and how it affects local communities. Upperclassmen with at least a 3.0 grade point average are given priority. The office is located at 6840 N. Oracle Road. Students are expected to complete at least 135 hours during the semester to receive 3 units of credit. The University of Arizona offers internship credit in several departments. Interested applicants should send an email to:

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Internship Opportunities

*Please note this internship has opportunities in both the Tucson and DC offices.

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Internship Opportunities

Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) Embassy of Japan The Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan is now accepting internship applications for the spring of 2014. For internship and application information click on Embassy of Japan.

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Internship Opportunities

Looking for other internship opportunities? Check out our SGPP Internships page for a comprehensive list of internships, instructions on how to enroll, and more!

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Non-SGPP Internships CDC/ATSDR Summer Environmental Health Internship Application Period Now Open! 2014 Summer Internship Opportunity Announcement The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) are offering a paid 10week summer internship program for students who are passionate about the environment, interested in human health, and curious about how they are linked. During the course of the internship, students are introduced to environmental health at the federal level through collaborative projects, experiential learning opportunities, environmental health presentations, journal clubs, field trips, brown bag lunches, and mentoring relationships at NCEH/ATSDR. Interns will be based at NCEH/ATSDR’s Chamblee Campus and will be paid a stipend of approximately $600 a week during the course of the program. Application due date: January 29, 2014 Program dates: June 11 – August 11, 2014 “No two days at CDC/ATSDR were the same throughout my 10-week internship. Eligibility requirements: 1. US citizenship or permanent residency with a green card. 2. Full-time enrollment at a college or university as a rising junior or rising senior by fall 2014. Note: Seniors graduating in spring 2014 will not be accepted into this program. 3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Note: The number of intern positions is dependent on funds available. Please visit our website for more information and application instructions: 2014 Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health: Questions? Please email Jay Nielsen or James Gooch at<>.

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Non-SGPP Internships

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Fellowship Opportunity The Rangel International Affairs Program is now accepting applications for the 2014 Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship. The Fellowship welcomes applications from young people interested in careers of international service. For those who want to become Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State, the Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits of up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides mentorship and professional development support. Fellows can use the fellowship to attend two-year master's programs in U.S. institutions to study any area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, languages, or business administration. Upon successful completion of the two-year fellowship, Fellows join the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State, embarking on a uniquely rewarding career of international service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start two-year graduate programs in fall 2014, must have GPAs of at least 3.2, and must be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Information and application materials can be found at< . Deadline: Jan. 17, 2014. The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University. 2014 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Number of Fellowships Offered: 20 Eligibility Requirements: U.S. citizenship; GPA of 3.2/4.0; seeking to start two-year relevant grad program in Fall 2014 Online Application Opens: October 21 Application Deadline: January 17, 2014 Finalists selected by the end of February Fellows selected by mid-March Contact:; 202-806-4367, (877) 633-0002; Patricia Scroggs ( or James McDowell ( 202-806-4367.

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Job Opportunity

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Volunteer Opportunity

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Scholarship Opportunity Weingartner Digital Citizenship Challenge Announcing the creation of the Weingartner Digital Citizenship Challenge - a competition designed to address the issues of democratic citizenship in the digital age. Applicants are asked to submit three short essays describing their ideas on how the internet can be used to foster a vibrant democracy characterized, among other things, by civic engagement, civil discourse, an informed citizenry, and a responsible and transparent government. Three awards of up to $2000 are available for the best ideas submitted by January 5, 2014. Those chosen as finalists will have their ideas presented at the Weingartner Digital Citizenship Forum on February 11, 2014. The Challenge is an initiative created by dotDemocracy, a nonpartisan organization founded by the Weingartner Policy Fellows at the College of William and Mary. The application for the Challenge, as well as other information on dotDemocracy and the Forum, can be found at

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Announcements Arizona Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (AZJIS) The Arizona Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (AZJIS) is a student-led publication founded by University of Arizona students that strives to build bridges between arts, social sciences, humanities, and science through showcasing undergraduate and graduate interdisciplinary work. We are pleased to announce that we are currently accepting submissions for publication for our Spring 2014 issue. In addition, we are also accepting submissions for the cover art of this year's issue as well as applications for editorial positions.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. With best regards, Sara Feld Rae Anne Martinez Olivia Valencia Co-Editors-in-Chief

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Announcements November 2013

The 2014 APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute application is now open! Named in honor of the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize winner and former APSA President, Ralph J. Bunche, the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute's (RBSI) goal is to encourage students to pursue academic careers in political science by exposing them to graduate level writing, research, and analytical practices. The American Political Science Association is currently accepting applications for the 2014 APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute The application deadline is January 17, 2014. Review eligibility requirements and apply today! If you have any questions, please contact Shaunda Ragland at American Political Science Association 1527 New Hampshire Ave, NW Washington, DC 20036-1206 Ph: (202) 483-2512 Fx: (202) 483-2657 E-Mail:

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Announcements Spring 2014 GRE Workshop The Graduate College encourages students to prepare for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) through formal or informal instruction and study, as appropriate to the individual. For those students seeking professional assistance, one option to consider is a workshop led by Michael Flynn, Executive Director of Grad Pros Educational Consulting. Mr. Flynn has facilitated GRE workshops on the UA campus since 2000 and has received consistently positive feedback. There are three components to this workshop: 1. practice tests

2. group instruction

3. extra help from the instructor

Additional Information: Dates: The Spring 2014 workshop is designed to be completed over 4 days, as noted below. As new material is presented in each class, students need to commit to attending all four days of the workshop. The workshop is held on the UA campus. Saturday, February 8 (9 AM to 5 PM)

Sunday, February 9 (9 AM to 1 PM)

Saturday, March 8 (9 AM to 5 PM)

Sunday, March 9 (9 AM to 1 PM)

Cost: $250 To request a seat in the workshop: Pease contact Michael Flynn by email: In addition to your full name and phone number, please include the following information about your affiliation with UA and your plans to take the GRE: A) Current UA students: indicate your year in school (junior, senior, graduate student, etc) and expected GRE test date. Note: you may be asked to show your UA Cat Card at the first workshop. B) UA alumni: indicate your graduation date and expected GRE test date. C) UA staff: indicate your title, department, and expected GRE test date. D) Community members: indicate your expected GRE test date.

For information about the UA Testing Office, visit Stephanie Adamson Director of Recruitment The University of Arizona Graduate College Phone: 520.626.0095 *Eligible students can apply to be partially reimbursed for the cost for the GRE prep course. For more information please go to the SGPP website link GRE PREP COURSE.

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Arizona Higher Education Sustainability Conference March 24-25, 2014 Hosted by: University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona AHESC announcement: [ RDgb23l2Kup2YL8f/08f77722d7815ed1/fee4afd2055b577d/> New Proposals Deadline: Dec.6 If you haven't already submitted a proposal for a session, case study or presentation at the inaugural Arizona Higher Education Sustainability Conference -- good news! We've pushed back the deadline to December 6 in order to give everyone a bit more time to pull together their ideas. . The organizing team is hard at work to discover and present a wide range of exciting projects happening in the Arizona and Southwest region. We hope you will share your expertise with campus communities across the state! David Bradshaw, UA Office of Sustainability,< []< go2.shtml?RDgb23l2Kup2YL8f/5d9a69835be34469/fee4afd2055b577d/

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Announcements LING 114: Learning a Foreign Language The goal of LING 114: Learning a Foreign Language is to provide students with important tools to help them become successful foreign language learners. Students will become familiar with basic elements of language such as parts of speech and the pronunciation of new sounds as a means of enabling them to anticipate and effectively deal with problems in pronunciation, vocabulary building, and sentence formation that often come up in foreign language study. They will also learn about the intertwining of culture and language, such as how expressions of politeness and body language differ across cultures. Additionally, they will be exposed to different language teaching and learning styles, typical mistakes language learners make, and strategies for making language learning more effective. This information will be presented in the context of the wide variety of languages taught at the University of Arizona. When: MWF at 9-9:50 AM

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Announcements Course Options Looking for an additional course for next semester? Consider one of these! ANTH 395B, Section 1 (Cultural): Energy, Society, Culture Instructor: Thomas McGuire Day/Time: Online Location: Online Societies and cultures throughout the world are facing increasingly difficult choices about the production and consumption of energy. This course will examine societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dependence on diminishing supplies of fossil fuels (oil and gas) and explore the social and cultural implications of alternative energy futures. Students will develop an informed knowledge of the sources and uses of energy, the social and cultural factors that guide how we use energy, the limitations of current energy systems, and the realistic alternatives to existing energy sources and uses. By the end of the semester, students will be in a position to a reasoned vision for responsible energy policies and practices. ANTH 495A, Section 2 (Archaeological): Tree rings, Documents and Oral History Instructor: Tree rings, Documents and Oral History Day/Time: WED 3:00-5:30 Location: Bannister Tree Ring Building, Room 110 This course is an intensive introduction to dendroarchaeology as it is applied to historic period structures. In class lectures are a seminar format that encourages class discussion and participation. Topics include the history, theory, and methods of dendroarchaeology with selected readings and practical applications. The course has a significant amount of reading from professional journals and it is important that ALL students read all the articles. Students should be able to build their own Master skeleton plot by the end of Marchâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which they will use dating the samples collected on the field trip. ANTH 495A, Section 3 (Archaeological): Diseases and Human Evolution (not yet posted in the schedule) Instructor: James Watson Day/Time: MON 3:00-5:30 PM Location: ASM 311 This course will illustrate human bio-cultural adaptations to pathogens, including the origin, evolution, distribution, and diversity of diseases and the human groups they affect. We will examine a variety of topics including viral disease (Smallpox, AIDS, Ebola), bacterial disease (TB, Plague, Syphilis), parasitic disease (Malaria, Chagas), nutritional disease, and harm caused to the human body from human behavior and cultural practices but focus largely on the paleopathology and physical evidence of disease processes in the past. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Ann Samuelson, M.A, Anthropology Academic Advisor School of Anthropology, UA (520) 626-6027

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*Please note that this course meets a general education requirement.

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Announcements SOC496: Special Topics in Sociology: Poverty in American Cities MWF 11:00 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11:50am Dr. Lane Kenworthy Tucson has the sixth highest poverty rate among major metropolitan areas in the United States. In 2012, Tucson's mayor, Jonathan Rothschild, established a Commission on Poverty to identify programs that could help to reduce or alleviate poverty. As part of this mission, the Commission has joined with the University of Arizona and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences in a year-long research project. Students enrolled in this course will participate in the data collection and analysis for this project. Students will gain valuable skills such as how to develop and implement a survey, how to conduct an in-person interview, how to record and analyze both quantitative and qualitative data, how to work as a member of a team, how to work with people from a variety of backgrounds, and more generally, how to answer a question of interest in a systematic and evidence-based manner. These skills will be useful to students interested in pursuing a wide range of careers in public service, nonprofits, public policy, politics, marketing, business, and academia. The course explores poverty in American cities, and in Tucson in particular, through a combination of in-class instruction and first-hand research experience. The course will be structured in three parts. Parts I and II will consist of traditional instruction in the classroom and will cover topics related to urban poverty in America and research practices. Students will also be introduced to various public- and private-sector service providers in Tucson as well as to representatives of the Poverty Commission. In Part III, students will go into the Tucson community to conduct in-person surveys that attempt to answer two key questions about the current state of poverty in Tucson. First, to what extent is the official poverty measure an incomplete or misleading indicator of the living standards of the poor in Tucson? And second, how can Tucson do better to alleviate poverty? This will be done outside of class, but the specific days/ times will be determined in collaboration with enrolled students. Students bilingual in English and Spanish are especially welcome, though this isn't a requirement. *Please note that this is an elective course

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Announcements Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program Washington, DC. The Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. The Summer Enrichment Program encourages the application of members of minority groups underrepresented groups in the Department of State and those with financial need. The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University. The International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program takes place at Howard University in Washington, D.C. beginning in mid-June. To enhance participantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; academic preparation to work in international affairs, the Program provides two for-credit courses that focus on enhancing knowledge and skills related to U.S. foreign policy and economics, plus a writing seminar. To give the scholars greater insight into the foreign policy making process and international affairs careers, the Rangel Program introduces them to a wide range of professionals from government and nongovernmental organizations who work on global issues. It also arranges trips to various governmental and non-governmental institutions involved in international affairs and explores options for graduate study, fellowships, and internships. The program also includes various activities designed to improve professional skills. The program covers costs for tuition, room, board and travel and provides a stipend. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship, a GPA of 3.2/4.0, and full-time undergraduate student status. Students from all majors who are interested in international affairs careers are welcome to apply. The deadline for application is February 10, 2014, and the application and information are available at Contact information:; 202806-4367, (877) 633-0002; Patricia Scroggs ( or James McDowell ( 202-806-4367.

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Announcements Project SOAR! Looking for ways to get involved in the Tucson community? Be a role model and mentor middle school students through Project SOAR! Project SOAR is a 2-unit service-learning course (HED 397B) designed for those committed to providing mentoring for students at under-resourced middle schools in the Tucson community, in an effort to increase the academic achievement for these students. This course provides an introduction to research around learning and developmental factors as well as cultural, social and environmental factors that affect student academic achievement and the path to higher education.

Although there is an academic component to this upper-division course, a majority of the time (2 hrs/wk) is spent mentoring at a local middle school (we serve 8 middle schools in the Tucson area, most of which are about a 20 min drive from campus) for a total of 25 hours per semester (this includes travel time & prep time). Carpooling is available, students DO NOT have to have a car. You can enroll in HED 397B directly on UAccess Student link.

Check out the website at, or contact Mary Irwin with questions at<>

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Academic Advising Academic Advising Info

To see your Academic Advisor click here for their contact information. You can also schedule an appointment with your advisor

by logging into SBS WiseAdvising here.

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