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RAC meeting Monday, Aug. 4

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All advisers and collegiate staff are encouraged to attend the next Registrar's Advisory Committee (RAC) meeting on Monday, Aug. 4 at 9:30 a.m. in 402 Walter Library on East Bank. The meeting will cover several key updates regarding the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program (ESUP), including the impact on your work. In addition, other changes and information related to the academic year with be provided.

Nomination call for Lillian H. Williams award

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The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Lillian H. Williams award. The award recognizes individuals or units within the University community that exemplify a commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action through educating the community on topics related to equity, diversity, and the struggle against discrimination and harassment.

To submit an individual or unit, provide a one-page nomination to Nancy Xiong. All nominations are due by July 28, 2014. The winner will be announced at the 2014 EOAA Fall Liaison Conference on October 27. For more information, visit the EOAA website.

OCM classroom projects underway

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The Office of Classroom Management (OCM) has completed two-thirds of its 2014 Classroom Technology Renewal projects. In many classrooms, systems have been enhanced by adding a document camera and class capture outputs. Additionally, OCM has completed its summer project in the West Bank Auditorium located in the West Bank Skyway.

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.

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.

As of July 1, some Twin Cities colleges have a new Academic Records contact. These changes came as a result of recent reorganization efforts within Academic Records to ensure staff, students, and alumni are receiving fast, efficient, and quality service.

For your reference, an updated PDF listing full contact information has been added to the Academic Support Resources OTR webpage.

This is a reminder that a student may not exceed two academic years on an approved leave of absence (LOA). Students whose LOA has expired and who have not yet registered for the following term (excluding summer) by the end of the second week of classes will be discontinued.

Those who wish to resume graduate work must request readmission to reactive their status. It is up to the program or college to determine the best readmission path for a student.

Full information and related forms can be found on the Leave of Absence and Reinstatement from a Leave: Graduate Students policy online.

CTS earns 2014 Innovation Award

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ASR's Classroom Technical Services (CTS) recently earned a 2014 Innovation Award for its collaboration practices in higher education. The award category recognizes colleges or university campuses that have used technology to foster collaboration through a distributed video application, video conferencing, or other specialized audio-visual installation.

The ASR communications team will be working on developing the 2014-16 Twin Cities undergraduate catalog this summer, so it's important for colleges to update their program information (majors, minors, and certificates) in PCAS by Monday, July 7.

If you need additional access, have questions, or require initial PCAS training, please contact the ASR Training Team as srhelp@umn.edu.

This fall the Graduate School, in collaboration with the Council of Graduate Students, will hold a Welcome & Orientation event on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. in Science Teaching and Student Services (STSS).

This event is designed to introduce new graduate and professional students to the University, the graduate community and the broad range of resources and services available to support their success. It is open to all incoming graduate and professional students and is intended to complement orientations provided by programs and colleges.

Following a welcome from the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education, students will have the opportunity to participate in small-group sessions on topics like grants and financial issues, professional development, working with an advisor, teaching and learning, health and wellbeing, and opportunities in leadership and governance.

Please do encourage your incoming students to attend. This event, provided just before students begin classes, will give them "just in time" information as well as a sense of the resources and opportunities available on campus.

For more information, please contact Char Voight, Assistant to the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education, or visit www.grad.umn.edu/orientation. Thank you for your cooperation in helping make this transition to graduate school a successful one for our new students.

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