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Change to fall billing dates

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Beginning fall 2014, billing due dates for tuition and fees will change. Students will be billed approximately two weeks earlier than in previous years. Billing dates for fall 2014 are currently available on the One Stop website. Spring dates will be determined soon.

This change will bring the University in line with current industry standards and allow billing to be more consistent across all system campuses.

GradFest a success for One Stop

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One Stop counselors staffed GradFest in March to provide financial literacy information to graduating seniors. The counselors were happy to report a big increase in the number of students who stopped by even with switching the format of their presentation from a large-scale one to a table with handouts. Altogether, the counselors met with 100 students (averaging 25 students per hour) during GradFest, a great increase from the 40 students who attended presentations last year.

FAANs for class of 2018

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Estimated Financial Aid Award Notices (eFAANs) were sent to potential incoming freshman the week of March 31. 9,312 students received a letter from the Twin Cities campus; 3,055 students received a letter from Duluth; 816 students received a letter from Morris; 275 students received a letter from Crookston; and 107 students received a letter from Rochester. One Stop counselors have been busy answering questions from prospective students as they decide where to attend college.

Northrop opens April 4

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It's finally time! Northrop's grand reopening will begin April 4 and continue throughout the spring semester with dance, music, scholarly presentations, film, and more. See the complete list of events and help celebrate!

Earlier this month, the First Lady remarked upon the University's One Stop financial literacy program, Live Like a Student, at the College Opportunity Summit. She, along with President Obama, spoke about the effort to help young people pursue an education. In particular, the First Lady recognized the U as not only providing financial aid services but also "committing to expand those services to include financial literacy programs to help students and their families manage the costs of college."

One Stop hours changing Monday, Feb. 3

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Walk-in hours at the STSS One Stop location will change beginning Monday, February 3, 2014. At that time, One Stop hours will be 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday office hours will remain the same (8 a.m.-4 p.m.). This change will ensure the STSS One Stop location is appropriately staffed.

Additionally, the STSS One Stop location will remain open until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the first two weeks of spring semester, as well as the week prior to and the first two weeks of fall semester. Office hours at the West Bank and St. Paul One Stop locations will not change.

Lending a helping hand

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Each year, ASR staff have the opportunity to participate in a service project. We're mixing things up a bit this year though. Rather than supporting only one project, staff may give to several different causes. Look for boxes in various locations throughout our offices to donate items for the following projects:

- Toys for Tots (toys or other gifts for children of all ages). Donations accepted through December 20. Drop-off boxes located in 160 Williamson Hall and 120 Fraser.

- Gift cards for the campus-based Student Parent Help Center (gift cards to stores where student parents can purchase everyday necessities). Donations accepted through January 3. Drop-off box located in 160 Williamson Hall.

- Items for the Ronald McDonald House connected with the University's Amplatz Children's Hospital. Donations accepted through January 3. Drop-off box located in 160 Williamson Hall.

- Animal Humane Society (items for all kinds of animals from dog treats to pet dishes and much more). Donations accepted through January 3. Drop-off box located in 225 STSS or at West Bank or St. Paul One Stop locations.

- Second Harvest (non-perishable food items for children, families and seniors in our community; you may also make a cash donation). Donations accepted through December 18. Drop-off box located in 160 Williamson Hall.

Contact Tina Falkner if you have any questions.

Thank you, veterans!

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The 7th annual Student Veterans Appreciation Day went off without a hitch on November 12. The event, which was held in Coffman Memorial Union, celebrated the contributions of University student veterans, military members, and their families. This year's event featured a short program, including:

- The University's Military Color Guard
- The University Marching Band
- Remarks from veteran and University head wrestling coach J. Robinson; and
- Remarks from University student veteran Zach Benson.

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Thank you to all of our student veterans for your sacrifice and service!

Survey reminder

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On October 14, you received an email from the Hay Group, the external vendor chosen by the University to conduct a survey of engagement. The email contains a link to the online survey. Please take 10-15 minutes to complete the survey. The results will help the University in creating an employee engagement program for staff and faculty.

Each survey link is unique so the Hay Group can provide data analysis to the University. If you can't find your email from Hay Group, email them at UofMNsurvey.US@haygroup.com to request a new link.

Last day to donate to Community Fund Drive

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The 2013 Community Fund Drive, the U's annual charitable giving campaign, ends today! So far, $1 million has been raised toward the $1.5 million fundraising goal. You can have funds taken out of your payroll automatically or give a one-time gift. If you prefer to use a paper form, download one from www.umn.edu/cfd. The website also has information on our seven federation partners and weekly prize drawings, plus a grand prize drawing.

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