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Microsoft Office for Students

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Beginning August 22, registered University students can download Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus at no charge (the regular price is typically about $80 for college students). The software package includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, and OneNote. To learn more, and download the software if you are a student, visit

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

University Strategic Planning

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The University's Strategic Planning Workgroup will be hosting a listening session to share its work so far and solicit feedback. The session will be held on Tuesday, August 12, 11 a.m.-noon, in the McNamara Center/Ski-U-Mah Room.

peerTransfer now live

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The University now offers international students a new way to make tuition payments through the use of peerTransfer. The service will allow students to pay the University from bank accounts in their country of origin without having to arrange for a wire transfer or pay bank transfer fees. Students will transfer money from a bank account in their home country to peerTransfer, and peerTransfer will then transfer the money to the University on behalf of the student. Foreign exchange rates offered through peerTransfer are typically better than those offered by banks.

Newly enhanced classroom support hotline

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The Office of Classroom Management (OCM) hotline has been enhanced to align with University-wide support services and has expanded the hours of availability for technology services. While the phone number will remain the same (612-625-1086), callers will be prompted to select from a menu of options that allow you to reach the support staff who are best able to meet your needs.

Technology calls will be routed to a team of support professionals who are available 24 hours a day. OCM support staff remain available for all other classroom and scheduling-related calls from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday.

The University is in contract negotiations with Destiny One as the vendor for non-credit registration. The project team continues to define the scope of work and its funding proposal was approved by the budget team, which is a huge win for the project.

The project team is targeting a late August/early September implementation kick off. Also, there are two new positions posted to support the non-credit implementation efforts. Please share the Business Analyst 2 and the Solution Trainer postings with friends or colleagues who would be a good fit for ASR.

Tour East Bank sculpture art

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Mix a bit of culture with exercise on Wednesday, July 30 at 12:00 p.m. during a tour of East Bank's sculpture art. The wellness event will feature a 45-minute walking tour of five interesting pieces of campus art. The tour will be led by Josh Geiger from One Stop Student Services who will provide a narration about the pieces of art, the artists who designed them, and how they fit into the University's culture. Staff are encouraged to join in this educational walk during their lunch hour. The tour will begin at noon on the 3rd floor of STSS near the Helping U desk and conclude at Northrop where you can either enjoy your own brown bag lunch or something from the Northrop Plaza grill.

One Stop wins transportation safety award

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One Stop Student Services' "Text D for Danger" video was recently selected by members of the University of Minnesota community as one of the winning submissions in University Services' transportation safety video contest. The One Stop team received a $250 gift card to the University bookstore and their video will featured as part of the SafeU campaign in the future. Great job, One Stop!


Live Like a Student campaign earns awards

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One Stop's financial literacy campaign, Live Like a Student (LLAS), recently won two awards at the annual University of Minnesota Communicators Forum awards ceremony on May 28. The awards were for the LLAS digital signage campaign, as well as their Welcome Week presentation. Kudos to the LLAS committee!

Building access security project

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The University's Exterior Access Security Project is being completed. Earlier this week, hours for buildings on East Bank west of Church Street were adjusted. The new building hours include:

- Public hours: building is open to the public and doors will remain unlocked
- University hours: doors are locked, but anyone with an active U Card will be able to access the building
- Restricted hours: only people with permission and a programmed card for the building will be able to enter

Staff who have not upgraded their U Card with the smart card capability can do so by visiting the U Card office in Coffman. There is no charge, and it only takes a few minutes. (You can check to see if you already have a smart card by looking for the gold numbers on the back of your card in the upper right-hand corner.) Once you have upgraded your card, be sure to notify your building DAC (Department Access Coordinator) with the proximity number that is located on the back in gold numbers.

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