Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Career Service's Career Carnival

Step right up! Step right up! The career carnival is finally here! That's right! Career Services is holding a Career Carnival in front of Goodell on Wednesday, September 17th from 1-4pm. Are you unsure about your resume? Have your resume reviewed at the carnival! Just in time for the Fall Career Fairs too! Speaking about careers, talk to a career advisor while you're there and get some advice! There will be free popcorn and ice cream in addition to lots of games and prizes. Don't miss out on all of this fun!

Isenberg School of Management INFO SESSIONS

Interested in the BBA (Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Operations & Information Management), Hospitality & Tourism Management or Sport Management majors?

Attend an Info Session!
BBA:  Thursday, Sept. 18th @ 5:30pm in the Bernie Dallas Room (5th floor Goodell)
HTM: Thursday, Sept. 18th @5:30 pm  in Isenberg 106

Sport: Thursday, Sept. 18th @5:30 pm  in Isenberg 108

Here are some tips to keep in mind if you plan on attending:
  1. Get there early! To avoid fighting for a seat or worse, interrupting the session, be sure to get there approximately TEN MINUTES PRIOR to the start time. Treat it like a job interview and be professional--you don't have to wear your haute couture, but you do want to make a good impression.
  2. Know which session to attend! Upon arriving, they will direct you to different rooms based on your interests. Make sure you're in the right place! If you have multiple interests in SOM (both BBA and Sports Management, for example), you should attend an info session for BOTH programs.  Students interested in applying to Sport Management or HTM must attend an Information Session.
  3. Be informed! Read their website and be familiar with the program you are interested in, as well as procedures for applying.
  4. Have an Alternate Major in mind! Remember that you will be required to apply in order to gain admission--and that applications, by nature, can be rejected. Have an alternate major in mind just in case. For more information on suitable alternates, you can call (413) 545-2191 and make an appointment to see an advisor in our office

Applications for ISOM majors are due on December 1.  If you miss this deadline you will have to wait until the Spring semester to apply.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Add/Drop Deadline!

Add/Drop Ends at 10:00pm on Monday!

After this time, you will no longer be able to make any changes to your schedule in SPIRE. 

Read our earlier post about Add/Drop and check to make sure that your schedule is correct!  If you need to make any changes after Add/Drop ends, you must complete paperwork at the Registrar's Office, with your instructor, and/or your Academic Dean.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Weekly Preview: Septermber 15 - 19

Add/Drop ends at 10:00pm on Monday, September 15!  You will not be able to make any changes to your schedule on SPIRE after this date and will need to follow a paper process with your academic dean.  Reread our earlier post about add/drop and be sure to double check that your schedule is correct before the deadline.  You have until the Mid-Semester W date (Thursday, October 16) to change a class to Pass/Fail by going to the Registrar's Office in Whitmore.

Monday, September 15 is also the last day to register for a Five College Interchange course.  Reread our earlier post to learn more about registration.  Two copies of the signed forms are due in 613 Goodell by 5pm.

The Fall 2014 Sociology declaration period begins on Tuesday September 16.  For more information and/or to declare the major, contact the Sociology Undergraduate Office in 712 Thompson or the Sociology Peer Advisors Office in 722 Thompson. 

On Wednesday, September 17 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Career Services welcomes all students to stop by the Career Carnival for free ice cream & popcorn. It will be held in front of Goodell and in case of rain, it will be inside Goodell. There will be games, prizes and resume reviews for those getting ready for the fall Career Fairs! The internship photo contest winners will be stopping by to, so ask them about their internships!

Isenberg School of Management Information Sessions for Sport Management, the BBA program, and Hospitality & Tourism Management will be held on Thursday, September 18 promptly at 5:30pm.  Do not be late!
  • HTM will meet in Isenberg 106.
  • Sport Management will meet in Isenberg 108.
  • The BBA Program will meet in the Bernie Dallas Room on the 5th floor of Goodell.
Attending an Information Session is required before applying to the Sport Management or HTM majors and highly recommended before applying to the BBA program.  We will post detailed information on how to prepare for these sessions over the weekend, so be sure to check back.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Shaylene's Tip of the Week: What I Wish I Knew My First Year

I remember my freshman year on campus like it was yesterday. I was nervous, afraid I wouldn't be able to find my classes, and worried about adjusting to college life in general. However, within a week, those fears were gone. My freshman year at UMass was fantastic. I had interesting classes, made amazing friends, and had a wonderful year overall. However, looking back as an upperclassman, there are still a few things that I wish I knew.
Here is some advice:

1. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
Everyone has heard the saying, “There’s no such thing as a dumb question” and it’s absolutely true! You just have to be proactive. Interested in a certain major? Go talk to a department and learn about the types of classes they offer. Are you undeclared and have a question about your schedule? Drop by the Undergraduate Advising Office and get advice.  Believe me, if you have a question on just about anything, there will be someone on campus who can help answer it.
2. Get to Know Your Professors
On the first day of class, the professor hands out the syllabus that lists the assignments and course requirements. But it also lists another important detail: their office hours. If I could go back to my freshman year, I would visit my professors during their office hours more often. They have these hours specifically for students to ask questions about readings and assignments due in class. Not only are their office hours extremely useful to have an assignment clarified, but they’re also very interesting knowledgeable people as well. They are passionate about the subjects they teach and it’s great to just sit down and talk to them.
3. Explore
When I first toured UMass I remember my tour guide saying, “You can always make a big school feel smaller, but you can’t make a small school feel bigger.” I couldn't agree more with that statement. While it’s great to make friends with the people on your floor, don’t keep yourself holed up all the time. The campus is HUGE and there is always something to do every day of the week. Check Campus Pulse for upcoming events and look for flyers posted around campus. Take advantage of the cultural events, plays, lectures, and programs offered on campus. Don’t stop there either! Explore Amherst and Northampton. Both are college towns that hold a lot of events and have great local places to eat out with friends.
4. Get Involved and Try New Things
I know the college is already a new experience as it is, but don’t be afraid to break out of your comfort zone a little bit. Four years seems like a long time, but believe me, it will go by in a fast. My advice is to join a club or two on campus that really interests you. There are hundreds of clubs to join and it’s a great way to make friends with people who share similar passions as you.
5. Take Advantage of the Resources on Campus
Even now, I am still learning about the many resources available to students on campus. A few of the biggest resources I wish I took advantage of as a freshman were the Learning Resource Center, the Writing Center, and the Academic Advising Link which are all conveniently located in the library. Not only can you get help on your assignments and classes, but they’re all free! C’mon, who doesn't like free things? Besides that, there are other resources such as the gym, the craft center, and Campus Copy & Design, and that barely scratches the surface of what’s available to you here on campus.
You have four years and thousands of opportunities in front of you. Take advantage of them and make the most of it.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Add/Drop Deadline: Monday 9/15 @ 10:00 pm

Don't let this happen to you!!!

Add/Drop ends on Monday.  Right now you can log into SPIRE and make changes to your schedule, but when Add/Drop ends, you will no longer be able to do so and will have to use a paper process to make requests and get permission.  Look at your Enrollment Appointment to see when you will no longer have access to make changes.

Right now you should log on to SPIRE and look at your schedule.  Are you really in the classes you think you're in?  Are all of your discussions and labs correct?  Did you add a class that's not there or drop something that still is there?  Even if you haven't made any changes to your schedule, you should still check to make sure everything is correct.  If you do need to make adjustments, use the swap and edit functions whenever possible.

Not attending a class doesn't mean you've dropped it! And remember, should you decide to add a class at this point, you will be responsible for any work that has been assigned and you should contact the instructor immediately.

As always, if you have any questions about your schedule, you should see an advisor. Undeclared students can set up an appointment by calling (413) 545-2191 or coming to 613 Goodell.  You can also stop by the Academic Advising Link to talk to a Peer Advisor about your classes.  The Link is open Sunday through Thursday from 4:00pm - 8:00pm while classes are in session and is located downstairs in the Learning Commons in the DuBois Library.

A note about Pass/Fail: You have until the Mid-Semester W date (Thursday, October 16) to change a class to Pass/Fail.  After Add/Drop ends, you'll need to go to the Registrar's Office in Whitmore to fill out the Course Change Request form.  You do get credit for Pass/Fail classes if you pass but they do not fulfill requirements (GenEds, major, minor, certificates, GlobalEds, etc.), so make an appointment to meet with an advisor if you're not sure how this will affect you.

Public Health Information Session

Are you thinking about declaring Public Health as your primary or secondary major? Then attend an information session for prospective majors!

There is one this week on Thursday, September 11 at 5:00-5:45 pm Campus Center Room 911. If interested in attending, RSVP by clicking here.

Feel free to stop by the Peer Advisor Drop-In Center during drop-in hours, starting Thursday, September 11. The hours are as follows:
Monday- 9:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday- 10:30am-2:00pm & 2:30-4:30pm
Wednesday- 8:30am-12:00pm
Thursday- 8:00am-4:30pm
Friday- 11:30-1:30pm

An Enrollment 101 session will be offered Monday, November 17th at 5:00pm. Peer advisors will help you sign up for classes and learn to navigate Spire!

Monday, September 8, 2014

What's the point of a syllabus?

Some students refer to the first day of class as "syllabus day," meaning the major activity in most first class meetings is distributing the syllabus. So, what's the point of a syllabus in a college class anyway? You should think of the syllabus you receive in each course as a contract between you and your instructor. It is both a right and a responsibility. You should be able to use your syllabi to manage your time, set your priorities, and track your grades throughout the semester.

At the start of the semester (right now) you should:
  • Carefully read each syllabus for information about assignments, papers and tests, and make a note of each in your planner/time management system. If you're missing important information for any class, such as due dates or explorations of how your grades will be calculated, consider bringing this to the instructors attention. As a student, you have a right to know what is expected of you, just as you have a responsibility to adhere to these expectations.
  • Compare all of your classes! Do you have multiple assignments, papers, or projects due on the same day? Will you be studying for several tests at the same time? Busy weeks with multiple assignments due will take advanced planning and careful time management on your part, so you don't want to be caught off guard. If you know now, in the second week of school, you can plan accordingly and get ahead.
  • Make sure you understand how your grade will be calculated, and which assignments will have the greatest impact on your final grade. If you hit a busy point in the semester where you're balancing multiple assignments, you don't want to dedicate the bulk of your time to something that is 2% of your grade over something that is 30% of your grade.
  • Check for specific requirements that could affect your final grade (e.g. how class absences count, whether you can hand in papers or assignments late with no penalty, whether there are rewrite policies that allow you to revise a paper or assignment and resubmit it for a higher grade).

For more information about how to be a savvy student and make use of your syllabi, click here and take note of strategy #4.  While you're there, take a look at the Grade Tracker forms.

Still have questions?  Stop by the Academic Advising Link and one of our Peer Advisors will help!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Weekly Preview: September 8 - 12

There will be an R1 Exemption Test on Monday, September 8 at 7:00pm in Marcus 131. Passing the R1 exam (at least 12 out of 20 correct) will satisfy the R1 requirement for graduation but will not result in the awarding of any credits.  A student ID and a #2 pencil are required. A calculator is recommended. 

Are you interested in Computer Science?  Want to learn more about the major?  There will be a Computer Science Information Session on Monday, September 8 at 4:00pm in 150/151 Computer Science Building.  Students interested in applying to CS are strongly encouraged to attend.  Can't make it?  Visit the CS Undergraduate Advising Center in room 144 of the CS building.  Check the website for hoursApplications for the major or minor are due by October 1.

Boltwood Project recruitment nights will be held on Monday, September 8, Tuesday, September 9, and Wednesday, September 10 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the Campus Center Auditorium.  Placements earn 2 graded credits while helping children and adults with special needs.   You MUST attend ONE of these meetings to sign up (even if you were in before!)  No exceptions! Spaces fill up fast!  Sessions start promptly at 6.  Do not be late.  Click here to learn more about Boltwood and how you can engage with the local community while earning credit.

Thinking about applying to Resource EconomicsInformation Sessions will be held on Wednesday, September 10 at 12:20pm and Thursday, September 11at 4:00pm.  Both sessions are in Stockbridge 303.  Students must attend an Information Session and complete the Online Statement of Interest before being invited to schedule an advising appointment to complete the change of major.  Your Statement of Interest is due online by November 26 at noon in order to register for Spring 2015 courses as a Resource Economics major.

Add/Drop ends next Monday, September 15.  Do you still have questions about your schedule?  Do not wait to talk to an advisor!  Make an appointment or stop by the Academic Advising Link soon.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Engineering Information Session!

Are you thinking about choosing an Engineering major?  Do you have questions about your classes and want to know what you need to do to apply?

Come to 604 Goodell on Thursday, September 4 at 5:30pm and meet with Engineering Advisors.  Find out if you need to make changes to your schedule before Add/Drop ends.  Ask questions and get information.

See you there!