ConnieLightfoot Dean of Professional and Graduate Studies
Welcome to the Graduate School at Taylor University! We are very pleased that you have chosen Taylor for your graduate program and it is our goal to assist your program in offering you the best experience possible. You will hear from me throughout your years at Taylor with information about occasional chapels for graduate students and social events for graduate students. We have a graduate student council and will be looking for volunteers to be on the council and bring graduate student matters to the group. Inside this document is some very practical information about living in Upland and details about insurance, food options, places to live and many other topics. I hope this information is useful. Please donâ€™t hesitate to contact me if the graduate school can be of assistance as you transition into graduate school. Blessings, Dr. Connie D. Lightfoot, Dean School of Professional and Graduate Studies
TableOfContents ACADEMIC CALENDAR 4 CAMPUS POLICE DEPARTMENT 6 CAMPUS STORE 8 COMPUTER SERVICES 9 CALLING AND CAREER OFFICE 10 COUNSELING SERVICES 11 FINANCIAL AID 12 GRADUATE SCHOOL COUNCIL 13 FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM 14 FREIMUTH ADMINISTRATION BUILDING 15 GRADUATE ASSISTANT EMPLOYMENT 15 GRADUATE CHAPELS 15 HEALTH AND INSURANCE SERVICES 16 HOUSING17 INTRAMURALS18 KSAC & FITNESS/RECREATION OPTIONS 18 POST OFFICE 19 ODYSSEY19 ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT CENTER 20 LIBRARY21 SERVICE/OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES 22
AcademicCalendar Taylor Universityâ€™s academic year consists of fall and spring semesters, as well as an optional January interterm and summer sessions. The typical class period consists of 50 minutes per credit hour. Classes are conducted each semester for a period of 16 weeks, which includes a 4-day final exam week. Under this schedule, fall semester activities including examinations are concluded prior to the Christmas recess. The optional January interterm provides students with an intensive period of study in a single course or students can avail themselves of the opportunity to study in off-campus centers located in the United States and at several international locations. Some graduate programs do not offer courses during the January interterm. Except for the MBA, there is little or no course work completed during the summer terms. The academic calendar is available online at:
Highlights of the academic calendar are listed below: Spring Semester
Fall Semester Classes for Fall Start
Spring Classes Start
SEPT 2 Labor Day Holiday (No Classes - Offices Closed)
OCT 17 Fall Break Starts after Last Class
Last Day of Spring Classes
MAY 19 Final Exam Week
Spring Semester Ends
Last Day of Fall Classes
DEC 9 Final Exam Week
http://www.taylor.edu/campus-life/calendar.shtml Students are responsible for complying with published academic deadlines and regulations as stated in the University schedule of classes, academic calendar, and catalog. (For the MBA academic calendar, please contact the MBA office at (866) 471-6062 (or email) email@example.com.) The MBA academic calendar follows a trimester cohort program. The terms begin in August, December, and April, and there is typically a short break between each trimester. The program is completed in 16 months over four terms. A student may begin the program during any of the trimesters. Students follow a course sequence with the other students in their cohort, in order to complete the 36 required credit hours.
Interterm JAN 6
Interterm Classes Start
JAN 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No Classes) JAN 29
Last Day of Interterm Classes â€“ Final Exams
CampusPoliceDepartment For Emergencies Contact: (765) 998-5555 Upland Police Non-emergency Number: (765) 998-2862 The Campus Police Department is responsible for issuing student identification cards and handling vehicle registration. Picture identification cards are required of all students and employees at Taylor University. The student identification cards are used for many purposes, among those being:
• You must be a least 18 years old.
• Access to buildings which require electronic entry
• You must have no more than 4 violation points on your driver’s license.
• Passes to athletic events
• You must have never been convicted for DUI, DWI, reckless driving, or other serious offenses.
• Permission to drive Taylor University vehicles
• You must be authorized to drive for a University business by the department director or office supervisor. The department director or office supervisor must review the vehicle safety policy with you prior to presenting the signed authorization form to the Human Resource Office.
• Bookstore charges • Meal charges at the Grill and Hodson Dining Commons Please contact Kelly Morton (998-5395) between the hours of 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, to obtain an identification card. No appointment is necessary. All vehicles must be registered through the Campus Police Department. Once the vehicle has been registered, a parking sticker will be issued which must be displayed on the car at all times. This includes all vehicles used by spouses of married students living in University-approved housing. Registration must be completed prior to the first day of classes. If a vehicle is brought to the campus during the year, it must be registered within 72 hours. The fee for the registration of the student’s vehicle is twenty-five dollars ($25). A temporary sticker may be obtained ($1) if a vehicle is to be on campus for a period of two weeks or less, or, if a graduate student has obtained an assistantship which will begin within four weeks of the starting date of the current term. Immediately upon the registration of one’s vehicle, the registration sticker provided is to be affixed to the vehicle in the appropriate location and manner. 6
Regulations governing the use of motor vehicles are in a brochure available at the Taylor University Police Department. Students, faculty and staff who operate motor vehicles on campus are responsible for knowing the University traffic and parking regulations. All parking fines are the responsibility of the person to whom the vehicle is registered. For students who need to be registered to drive TU-owned vehicles there are specific steps that need to be taken.
• You must hold a U.S. state-issued driver’s license for at least 2 years.
• Your supervisor must review with you the “Expectations for Student Drivers of Taylor University Owned Vehicles” and submit your information for certification. • You will then need to complete the following steps: - Respond to an email that will be sent from Kroll (our background check vendor) with a subject line of “Taylor University Background Investigation”. This email will contain a link, login and password which are needed to submit the student’s information at Kroll’s secure site for the motor vehicle record (MVR) check. The estimated time to complete the online form is less than 15 minutes. NOTE: you only have 14 days from the date the email was sent to complete this process. - You must then complete a non-credit Blackboard course, Safe Driving Information. Estimated time needed to complete the course: approximately 1 hour. - You will then need to watch the “van safety video” at the TU Police Department. • After all of these steps are completed you will receive a sticker which you will affix to your TU I.D. verifying that you are registered to drive a TU-owned vehicle. 7
Located in the Student Union, Taylor’s Campus Store provides textbooks for all graduate courses as well as a variety of other useful items and services. Taylor-brand clothing, school/office supplies, gift items, greeting cards, and convenience items (e.g. toothpaste, shampoo, batteries, etc.) can all be found at the Campus Store. In addition, the Campus Store serves as a drop-off and pick-up point for dry-cleaning services every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout the school year. The Campus Store accepts cash and credit/debit cards, or purchases can be charged to your student account.
The goal of Taylor’s Information Technology department is to provide reliable and secure access to information technology services in support of the academic, student affairs, community and financial objectives of the university. Walk-up, email, and phone support for students is provided by Client & Media Services (also known as 4040) and includes logon assistance, connection of personal computing devices to the Taylor network, SPAM and malware protection, and use of network resources such as email, Blackboard, and myTAYLOR.
Business Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Contact Information: Phone: 765-998-5216 (during normal business hours) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://tustore.taylor.edu/ (offers 24-hour shopping)
To help protect Taylor’s network from intrusion, spyware, viruses, and other malicious programs, all devices connecting to the Taylor network are registered using the T.U.C.A.N. online registration system (http://4040.taylor.edu/registration). Registration is self-guided and available once you arrive on campus. Request help by visiting the Tech Xpress Desk on the main floor of Zondervan Library or by phone at (765) 998-4040 or toll-free at (866) 694-1385. Helpful resources and answers to common computing questions are also available online at http://4040.taylor.edu. Other helpful things you need to know: • Log onto myTAYLOR (https://my.taylor.edu) using your Taylor username and password. myTAYLOR allows you access to email, class schedule, financial aid, and billing information as well as Blackboard, Campus News, student and employee rosters, and the University Calendar. For more information, read the myTAYLOR tutorial on the Tutorials page of the 4040 support site (http://4040.taylor.edu/ tutorials.aspx). • Activate your Taylor account and manage your password using Password Manager (https://passwords. taylor.edu). • For security purposes, Taylor passwords must meet minimum requirements and expire every 180 days. •No one from Taylor will ever ask you for your password. Never share your Taylor password with anyone.
Calling and Career Office The Calling and Career Office (CCO) helps students to discover and pursue their calling and/or career path by connecting them to relevant informaiton, experiences and people. This office offers a number of services to graduate students, including:
Counseling Center The purpose of the Counseling Center is to enhance the mission of Taylor University by supporting students in the process of academic, personal and spiritual growth, and to assist in enabling students to fully participate in the programs of the university. Counseling Center services are available to all current Taylor University students. These services are free of charge and are strictly confidential.
• Resume, curriculum vitae (CV), and cover letter reviews /revisions • Professional interview preparation • Professional workshops • Networking opportunities with alumni and employers • Mock Interview The following is a list of other Calling and Career Office workshops open to all undergraduate and graduate students throughout the academic year: • Resume Writing
• Interviewing Etiquette 101
• Etiquette Dinner
• Job Search Strategies The Calling and Career Office strongly recommends that students begin using their services early in their graduate careers in order to expand the choices they will have upon completion of their program.
The Counseling Center is located on the lower level of the Rediger Chapel Auditorium in the Student Development offices. The Counseling Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additional hours are available by appointment at the discretion of the counselors. You may schedule an appointment to speak with a counselor by contacting the Counseling Center (during business hours) at (765) 998-5222 or x85222 if calling from a campus phone. You may also stop by the Counseling Center during business hours and schedule an appointment with the secretary. The Counseling Center secretary is located in the Office of Campus Ministries on the lower level of the Rediger Chapel Auditorium. Scheduling an appointment via e-mail is also available at email@example.com. After business hours a confidential message may be left on the voicemail at (765) 998-5222.
The Calling and Career Office is located in the Student Union. The office is open 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and evenings by appointment. Contact information: • Phone: (765) 998-5382 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
FinancialAid For general financial aid questions call (765) 998-5358. Taylor uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine the extent of each student’s financial need and ability to pay for educational expenses. An analysis of this data determines the student’s eligibility for need-based aid. In order to receive timely consideration in the awarding of financial aid (including scholarships, grants, and loans), all graduate students must complete the FAFSA. The following steps have been provided to expedite the process: • Complete the FAFSA online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ as soon as possible after January 1. - It is strongly recommended that students complete his/her income tax returns before completing the FAFSA. If this is not possible, the FAFSA must be completed using estimated tax information in order to be submitted.
• Institutional payment plan options will be available for enrollment each semester at the online billing site, which may be accessed through myTAYLOR. • If students are employed by Taylor they have the option of enrolling in the student employment payment plan which will allow payments to be deducted from their earnings and applied toward their student account over the semester with no interest accrued. To enroll in this plan students must meet with Cathy Moorman. She will need to authorize the student for the plan as well as provide instructions regarding the online enrollment process. - Cathy Moorman’s contact information: Phone: (765) 998 - 5123 Email: email@example.com
- Although there is no official deadline for graduate students to complete the FAFSA, Taylor University recommends completion before July 1st to enable your loans to be available to you at the time of billing. • If you are unable to complete the FAFSA before July 1, please communicate this to the Financial Aid Office. - The FAFSA must be completed each academic year (which covers July 1 through June 30 for federal financial aid purposes). • List Taylor University Upland (001838) as a recipient of the data on the online FAFSA form. • Upon receipt of the student’s FAFSA data, Taylor University’s Financial Aid Office will review the data and may request additional information, if necessary. Once the file is complete, the Financial Aid Office will send an Award Letter identifying the student’s loan eligibility and providing detailed instructions for completing the loan application process. Students will receive an award letter outlining the aid package for the upcoming school year. If a student wants to use loans to help cover their costs they will need to sign a Master Promissory Note and complete Entrance Counseling. Both steps can be finished at www.studentloans.gov. Students may make payments throughout the semester, if so desired, by utilizing the following options: 12
GraduateStudentCouncil Graduate Student Council is a group of graduate students representing the various residential graduate programs who meet to consider a variety of graduate student issues, problems and opportunities. Each graduate residential program is represented by two members, preferably from two different classes. Members of the Council typically attend two or three meetings each semester to plan one or two social events. The council is also responsible for planning the Graduate Chapels. To become a member of the Graduate Student Council, contact the graduate chair of your program.
The university provides a complete food service program for meals taken at the Dining Commons. Graduate students have two options for purchasing a meal plan – the block plan and full meal plan.
The Freimuth Administration Building houses a number of offices that offer important student services. Business hours for all offices in Freimuth are Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm. Offices located in Freimuth include:
Block Plans available:
10 meals for $45.00
Meal plans available: ** 10 meal plan 7 meal plan $703.00 per semester $997.00 per semester $265.00 for J-Term $187.00 for J-Term
25 meals for $100 21 meal plan 14 meal plan $1390.00 per semester $1674.00 per semester $371.00 for J-Term $456.00 for J-Term
The Dining Commons is open as follows: Monday–Friday: 7:00 to 9:30am, 11:00am to 2:15pm, and 5:00 to 7:00pm, Friday: 5:00 to 6:30pm Saturday: 9:30am to 1:15pm, and 5:00 to 6:30pm, Sunday: 8:00 to 9:00am, 11:00am to 1:15pm, 5:00 to 6:30pm Other meal facilities are available in the Student Union, which houses the Grille and Jumping Bean: • The Grille offers a variety of food stations: Panne Provincial, All American Fare, Zia Bella’s, DiCocina Mexican Grille, and a Garden Fresh Salad Bar. Purchases are available via cash or credit payment only. Block plans cannot be used at the Grille. • The Jumping Bean is a coffee bar that is located inside the Student Union. The Jumping Bean features an assortment of various hot and cold beverages. Purchases are available via cash only. The Grille hours of operation are: Monday – Thursday: Lunch 10:50 to 11:45am and 12:30 to 3:10pm, Dinner 5:30 to 8:30pm (hot food) and 8:30 to 9:00pm (cold food) Friday: Lunch 10:50 to 11:45am and 12:30 to 3:10pm Saturday & Sunday: Closed The Jumping Bean hours of operation are: Pricing for meal plans will be updated annual as the information is received. For the most up-to-date prices please check the online version. Monday – Friday: 7:30am to 2:00pm and 7:00pm to midnight Saturday: closed Sunday: 7:00pm to midnight 14
**Pricing for meal plans will be updated annual as the information is received. For the most up-todate prices please check the online version of this pamphlet.
• Student Accounts
• Financial Aid
• Student Insurance
• Student Payroll
GraduateAssistantEmployment A standard background check is required for those students awarded an assistantship. This requirement is mandated by the U.S. Government and takes five to seven working days to complete. If you have been offered an assistantship, you will be requested to complete a Background Check Release form prior to beginning your assistantship. This form should be submitted to Anita Worrick in the Human Resources office, located in the Freimuth Administration building. In addition, you will be required to complete Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification as proof of identification, along with W-4 Federal tax form, W-H Indiana tax form, and Direct Deposit form.
GraduateChapels The Graduate Chapels are scheduled by and held for all graduate students and faculty. These chapels are organized by the Graduate Student Council and occur twice a semester as a time for all graduate students to come together as a group and worship. These chapels feature guest speakers both from within the Taylor community as well as prominent speakers from the Christian community. The messages are specifically geared toward the goals and future endeavors of graduate students. Graduate Students can also attend undergraduate chapels Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00am during the academic calendar. A schedule of chapel speakers is available at the beginning of each semester. 15
Health care services are available to Taylor University graduate students at the Health Center located across the street from the main entrance to campus at 1809 South Main Street. The hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm, and closed on weekends. To contact the Health Center, call 765-998-6294. The pharmacy is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am-6:00pm and Saturday from 9:00am – 1:00pm.
On-campus housing is not available for graduate students. However, a complete list of possible housing options for students can be obtained by contacting Lori Slater in the Student Development office. Her contact information is: 765-998-5371 or (email) firstname.lastname@example.org.
If this service is desired, graduate students should contact the Student Accounts office (765-9985123), located in the Freimuth Administrative building, to obtain an enrollment form authorizing the charges to be assessed to your student account. This service is provided for graduate students at a cost of $72.00 per semester, or $21.00 for Interterm. The total charge for the 2012/2013 academic year is $165.00.
Upland • Briarwood, 3rd and Payne – 765-251-5791
Additionally, the following apartments are located a short drive from campus:
• Casa Patricia, 159/181 Joyce Avenue – 765-677-0996 • Delta Apts., corner of Main and Reade Avenue – 765-674-3333 • Fieldcrest Duplexes, 8th Street – 765-661-9607 (cell)
Services covered under this health plan include medical services by the staff at the Health Center; health education; referrals for care by other physicians, specialists or hospitals; and limited medications. The student is financially responsible for all other services not provided by the Health Center, including but not limited to other physician services, laboratory and x-ray costs, ambulance services, hospital costs and prescription medications.
Hartford City • Wedgewood Apts, 1610 & 1612 W. Water St.
Taylor University is reviewing options for student health insurance as a result of federal PPACA legislation. More information will be released when it is available.
Gas City • Colonial Crest, 800 E. South B Street – 765-674-3662
• Located on State Road 26 – 765-348-3333
• Parkville, 400 North 10th Street – 765-674-3278
Graduate students are welcome to participate in intramural sports activities. Membership in these activities is open to all students.
The campus post office is located in the building directly behind the Freimuth Administration Building.
Once your Taylor email account has been set up you will automatically receive notifications of various intramural team sign-ups. Flyers are also posted in the Grill/Student Union building and the Hodson Dining Commons. Graduate students will most likely be teamed with other graduate students and sign ups are done online.
The postal service is for the convenience of the University and is not part of the U.S. postal services. The office offers most USPS services, and sends and receives both UPS and FedEx. Residential graduate students will be given a mailbox for receipt of their personal mail. The campus post office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and closed on weekends. However, personal mailboxes may be accessed through the lobby when the post office is closed.
The Kesler Student Activities Center (KSAC) houses many of the fitness and recreational options on campus –The Well, aerobic room, field house, and Eichling Aquatics Wing. This facility offers Taylor University and the surrounding communities an excellent outlet for physical activity and leisurely recreation. All graduate students have free access to this facility.
All students are encouraged to obtain a Taylor Odyssey. The Odyssey contains the Student Life Handbook, campus calendar, and a campus map. Copies are available from Christy Garrett in the office of Student Programming, which is located upstairs in the Student Union.
KSAC hours of operation: Monday-Friday: 5:30am – 11:00pm Saturday: 7:00am – 11:00pm Sunday: 2:00pm – 11:00pm Note that the facilities within the KSAC may have different hours of operation.
AcademicEnrichmentCenter The AEC offers a wide array of services to help foster learning and academic engagement. Services of particular interest to graduate students include: reading for engagement and increased rate, deep learning techniques, and support services for students with disabilities. The AEC is located in the west wing of Zondervan Library. If you have questions or would like to discuss possible services, contact Dr. Scott Gaier, email@example.com, 765-998-7778. Writing Center Services for MAHE students: Writing Center Hours: Monday – Thursday: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. & 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Location: Zondervan library, Collaboration Commons Writing Center Appointments: http://taylor.mywconline.com How Writing Center consultations can help you: In your writing center session, your consultant will ask questions , questions about a point you are making, why you chose to put a paragraph in a particular location, what your purpose is (overall and/ or for a particular point/paragraph/sentence), and any other question that helps you clarify your ideas and prose. Our purpose is to engage you in discussions about the presentation of your ideas and the effectiveness of that presentation, as well as help you with sentence-level issues and/or APA formatting if needed. Simply reading your work out loud makes you very aware of how your writing sounds to a reader, and having a “live audience” hear your work and provide feedback on the effectiveness of your writing sharpens and improves your prose and helps you improve as a writer.
3. If you are bringing in a draft over 5 pages, please attach your paper to your appointment. Fall Writing Center workshop: In the Fall, the Writing Center director offers a workshop, “Writing at the Graduate Level.” This workshop presents five key characteristics of graduate-level writing and several helpful strategies for improving your writing skills. Writing Center Director: Barb Bird, firstname.lastname@example.org
Library The Zondervan Library is located in the center of campus, near the bell tower. Library hours are as follows: Monday-Thursday: 7:45am to 12:00am Saturday: 9:00am to 10:00pm Friday: 7:45am to 10:00pm Sunday: 7:00pm to 12:00am
Your consultant will point out any sentence, punctuation, and APA errors, but your paper will not be “edited” by the consultant. The consultant works with you to make you a more excellent self-editor.
The library houses services such as the Writing Center and the Academic Enrichment Center. These services provide students with writing assistance, study skills and over all academic improvement.
How to sign up for writing consultations: 1. Go to the Writing Center appointment website: http://taylor.mywconline.com.
Assistance is provided upon request by the highly knowledgeable library staff. Staff primarily assisting graduate students include: Dan Bowell: University Librarian Jo Ann Cosgrove: Interlibrary Loan Coordinator Shawn Denny: Information Services Librarian Lana Wilson: Reference Librarian Laurie Wolcott: Collections Development and Technical Services Librarian
2. The first time you enter this appointment system, you will need to register by clicking on the little “click here” link. After you have registered, you will log in and find an appointment slot with one of the consultants listed on the next page at a time that fits your schedule. 20
a. Paul Nurkkala b. Kate Sozansky c. Kara Heiniger d. Chris Girgis e. Nathanael Warren f. Hannah Ehrsam
Service/OutreachOpportunities The purpose of Taylor World Outreach (T.W.O.) is to mobilize Taylor students for service and ministry on campus, in the community, and around the world. There are eight student-led divisions of T.W.O., all housed in offices in the Student Union: • ACT:S
• Spring Break Mission
• Community Outreach
• The Carpenter’s Hands Ministry
• Global Outreach
• World Opportunities Week
• Youth Conference
Detailed descriptions of each of these ministries can be found in the Spiritual Life section of the Odyssey, or on the Taylor website under Student Life. Graduate students are welcome to become actively involved in any of the T.W.O. organizations or events. While leadership roles in some of the divisions are reserved for undergraduates, graduate students may have the opportunity to serve as leaders for Lighthouse (J-term) or Spring Break Mission trips. Please contact any of the T.W.O. staff members for more information regarding these ministries: Mary Rayburn, Director of Student Ministries Phone: 765-998-4924 Email: email@example.com Interim Director of Lighthouse Phone: 765-998-5361 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Kelsie Rodman, T.W.O. office assistant Phone: 765-998-5362 Email: email@example.com 22
ContactInformation MASTER OF ARTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION Kelly Yordy, Program Services Director firstname.lastname@example.org 236 West Reade Avenue Upland, IN 46989 765.998.4578 MASTER OF ARTS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE Becky Taylor, Program Assistant email@example.com 236 West Reade Avenue Upland, IN 46989 765.998.4960 MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Wendy Speakman, Program Director firstname.lastname@example.org Fort Wayne 3201 Stellhorn Road Suite C-133A Fort Wayne, IN 46815 260.255.6221 Indianapolis 8604 Allisonville Road Suite 300 Indianapolis, IN 46250 1.866.471.6062 TRANSITION TO TEACHING Carrie Meyer, Director of Online Learning email@example.com 3201 Stellhorn Road Suite C-133 Fort Wayne, IN 46815 1.800.845.3149