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International students have been using peerTransfer, the University's new international payment servicer, during the current billing cycle. So far, approximately $1,175,000 has been applied to student accounts through peerTransfer. A total of 111 students have made payments through peerTransfer; those students transferred money from 27 different countries using 13 different currencies.

New phone scam

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An ASR employee recently received a suspicious phone call where the caller ID came up as "US Government." When the employee answered, someone claiming to be a police officer from New York threatened to arrest the employee. While doing so, the caller brought up public information about the employee that may have been accessed through the University's website. No private personal information about the employee was mentioned. The employee filed a report with the University of Minnesota Police Department and wanted to make the rest of ASR aware in case anyone experiences something similar. The University of Minnesota Police Department can be contacted at 612-624-COPS (2677).

OIT Outstanding Service Awards

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Congratulations to Aileen Lively and Toni Pangborn who both won IT Outstanding Service Awards!

The MyU portal project team recently conducted usability on the new MyU with 24 total evaluators; 12 staff members and 12 students (about half undergraduates and half graduate students). The new MyU’s combination of self-service access and information was seen as a positive improvement by students. The majority of students were able to successfully complete all the assigned tasks, and the names of the self-service tabs also resonated well. The most frequently chosen phrases to describe the portal were: “Clean,” “Easy to Use,” “Straightforward,” “Informative,” and “Understandable.” There were some usability issues discovered, which the team has analyzed and prioritized for fixing. The portal team will return to the usability lab in October to evaluate MyU with faculty and advisers.

Collegiate staff have been asked to release reserved group seats by Friday, August 29th. Seats that have not been released by the deadline will be released by OCM, which allows students to enroll who do not meet the reserved seat capacity restrictions. Guidelines for the Management of Reserved Group Seats are available to help department schedulers determine the appropriate release date.

Thank you to everyone who donated items, time, and money to the ASR Auction. Together, we raised over $800 to go towards an existing student scholarship. Winners will be announced by end of day today (Thursday). Again, thank you for a great auction!

Welcome Week

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The start of the school year is just around the corner - but first, Welcome Week! The Class of 2018 will participate in on- and off-campus activities August 27-September 1. The Live Like a Student (LLAS) team will lead a game show providing tips and tricks to help students be savvy with their money during their time at the University. If you are interested in attending one of the game show sessions, please contact Nate Peterson at pete2787@umn.edu.

Reminder: withdraw deadline

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Students may now withdraw from classes without collegiate approval prior to November 10, the first day of the tenth week of class. Previously, students could withdraw without collegiate approval prior to the eighth week of class. Deadlines for cancelling or adding classes are available on the One Stop website.

Veterans changes

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As of August 1, graduate and professional student veterans will now receive in-state tuition. This is a Legislative change that went through over the summer and is true for all system campuses. To receive the waiver, students must provide proof of service to University Veterans Services.

Additionally as of August 1, tuition refunds for students with dependent children will be granted for those that are impacted by their spouse's military deployment and required to withdraw from courses. Students with dependents should contact their campus veteran services office for guidance regarding enrollment and tuition refunds when impacted by a spouse's military deployment.

Google Hangouts upgrades

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The University upgraded its version of Google Hangouts on July 30, making it more similar to the public version. Existing University Gmail accounts have the option to keep the older version of Google+ Hangouts or opt in to the new one. To opt in via the Gmail interface, just click your profile photo at the top of your chat list and click "try the new Hangouts."

One change is that chat "off the record" is now the default. Chatting "off the record" means that the text from your chat will not be saved to a folder. If you want a record of your chat to be saved to your "chats" folder, you can manually select to go "on the record." All parties engaged in an on-the-record chat session will see a notification of that status in the chat window.

Also, with the new version chat status no longer available. Instead, you will be able to share your "mood" using emoticons. To learn more about the new Google+ Hangouts, visit Google's informational web page.

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