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All day and evening classes will be held on this date as scheduled. University policy does not consider voting as a legitimate absence. Students should make arrangements to vote before or after class or via an absentee ballot.

Information about voting can be found at here.

Student Degree Progress update

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ASR continues to reach out to colleges in its final push to find students eligible to graduate in our efforts to help the institution reach its 4-, 5-, and 6-year graduation rate goals. The snap of the graduation rates will happen Thursday, October 30.

Registration queue time emails

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Spring 2015 registration queue time emails will be sent to students the week of October 27. The spring 2015 registration time table can be found on the One Stop website.

As a reminder, spring 2015 registration begins Tuesday, November 11 for students admitted to degree and certificate programs. Open registration begins Friday, December 5.

Note: Due to the PeopleSoft upgrade, starting with fall 2015 registration, students will receive this information differently. More information can be found on The Upgrade blog.

The Disability Resource Center will be honoring OCM with a 2014 Access Achievement Award. The award celebrates OCM staff who go above and beyond to make the University accessible to students, faculty and staff.

The Training Team's Upgrade Training Preview Sessions, held at all five campuses, will wrap up at the end of October. The sessions were well attended and we appreciate the great turnout, questions, and feedback. In November we will post an online Upgrade Training Preview Session recap for those who were unable to attend in person. We are compiling the questions that came out of the sessions and will post frequently asked questions, with answers, as well. Details on where to find the recap and the FAQs will be communicated once posted.

ImageNow upgrade

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On November 7-9, Collaboration & Web Content Services will upgrade ImageNow to version 6.7. While changes to the user experience will be minimal, it is necessary to upgrade in order to maintain technical support from the vendor. In addition, based on vendor recommendations, the ImageNow infrastructure will be enhanced to conform more closely with industry standards.

The upgrade activities will require down time for the tool. To minimize disruption to University business, the majority of the work will occur over the weekend of Nov 7-9:

Status updates will be provided during the upgrade via IT Service Status. Additional details about the upgrade will be sent to ImageNow users in the near future.

If you have questions about the upgrade or ImageNow, send a message to imagenow-support@umn.edu.

Employee Engagement survey

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The University of Minnesota is conducting its second annual E2 Employee Engagement Survey. You should have received an email Thursday, October 9 from Mary Stein in Bob McMaster's office with the subject line "IMPORTANT: Employee Engagement Survey." That email contains important information about how to define certain terms used in the survey.

Benefits-eligible faculty and staff will receive an email on October 13 from the Hay Group, an external vendor that is administering the survey. Take 10 minutes to share your thoughts about your work and your workplace. All answers are confidential. Your answers will help the University fulfill its teaching and research mission.

If you have any issues with the survey link you receive, contact the Hay Group directly to request a new link at UofMNsurvey.US@haygroup.com. Each survey link is customized and can only be used one time.

More information on engagement is available from the Office of Human Resources.

Come one, come all to the 8th annual Student Veterans Appreciation Event on Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 1-3 p.m. in the Great Hall at Coffman Memorial Union. Say "thank you" to student veterans, grab a slice of pizza, and participate in some carnival games.

The event is free and open to the public; no RSVP is required. Can't make it? Stop by our booth to write a thank-you message to our veterans. Dates and locations are available on the One Stop website.

Last year the U's annual charitable giving campaign raised $1.3 million and we had the highest participation level in a decade. This year we need your help to give even more--$1.45 million to help our community before October 31.

A Reason to Give
The 2014 Community Fund Drive begins on October 1 and runs through October 31. The theme is A Reason to Give, which reflects the University's long tradition of giving back to the community. The Community Fund Drive has six federation partners that work with nearly 500 agencies/charities. You can also make a pledge to your own favorite charity as long as it's a 501(c)3 organization. Select the federation or charity you want to support and give online at www.umn.edu/cfd today.

Giving Made Easy
The Community Fund Drive is unique because you can give a small gift from each paycheck or a one-time gift. Donate online through the University, or use the forms that were recently sent to you in intercampus mail. Printable forms are also available here.

Prize drawings
When you donate, you're entered to win a prize in a weekly drawing. (There is also an option on the pledge form to enter the drawing if you are not making a pledge this year. Look for the box next to "I can't give financially but want to be entered into the prize drawing.")

More details available online at www.umn.edu/cfd.

Limited One Stop Service on Oct. 29

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The West Bank and St. Paul One Stop Student Services locations will be closed from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesday, October 29 for a staff event. The Science Teaching and Student Services location will be open with full service.

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