Tuesday, March 3, 2015

IPO Education Abroad Fair

The UMass International Programs Office (IPO) will hold its annual Education Abroad Fair on Wednesday, March 4, 4:00-6:00 p.m., in the Student Union Ballroom. Returned study abroad students, UMass study abroad advisors and faculty, and representatives from dozens of foreign universities and independent study abroad organizations will be available with information and answers to your questions.  Find out about semester, year-long and short-term program options. 

This is the perfect chance to ask questions about studying abroad and get information about all the opportunities available to you! It's a great event, so make sure to check it out!

U @ UMass Student Panel: TOMORROW!


Monday, March 2, 2015

W-Drop and P/F Deadline!!

The Mid-Semester date is Thursday, March 5th! This is the deadline to drop a class with a "W" or choose to take a course Pass/Fail.

Dropping a class with a "W" will not count against you. It will remain on your transcript, but you will not receive a grade and therefore your GPA will not be affected. The "W" indicated that the course was dropped after the Add/Drop period. Just make sure that you are not going below 12-credits, which is the necessary amount of credits to be considered full time. 

A course change form  with an instructor's signature is required to withdraw from a course, So make sure to get all of your paperwork taken care of before the deadline!

The mid-semester date is also the deadline for changing a class to Pass/Fail. Instead of dropping a class, Pass/Fail will allow you to remain in the class, but instead of receiving a letter grade, your transcript will indicate P (pass) or F (fail). Passing will not affect your GPA, but failing will. Keep in mind that P/F grading will not count toward Gen Eds, major or minor requirements, predictor courses etc.

A course change form is also necessary when changing a course to Pass/Fail, but an instructor's signature is not required.

You can pick up the necessary paperwork in Undergraduate Advising (if you're Undeclared) or the Registrar's Office  in 213 Whitmore.


All paperwork must be COMPLETED and submitted by 5:00 pm on Thursday! 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Weekly Prevew: March 2 - 6





On Tuesday, March 3 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm in the Student Union Ballroom there will be a Service & Leadership Career & Internship Fair for students in all majors interested in Non-Profits, Government, Education and Camps.  Come meet with non-profit and other socially conscious organizations to discuss full time job opportunities, summer job opportunities, and also internships. Companies will include local and nation-wide organizations as well as summer camps.  For a list of registered organizations, click here.




The second U@UMass panel will be held on Wednesday, March 4 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm in the Bernie Dallas Room on the 5th floor of Goodell.  Come hear what your peers are up to in various majors and extra-curricular activities around campus!  You will have one more opportunity to attend a panel on Tuesday, March 24.  Don't miss out!






On Wednesday, March 4 from 11:30-1:00, join Career Services in Goodell 511 for an Open Forum SessionCareer Services and International Programs staff will be available to answer any you have regarding your job search, resume/cv, interviewing skills, employers, visa status etc...You don't have to stay the whole time, drop in anytime. Free Lunch! 


The International Programs Office (IPO) will hold its annual Education Abroad Fair on Wednesday, March 4, 4:00-6:00 p.m., in the Student Union Ballroom. Returned study abroad students, UMass study abroad advisors and faculty, and representatives from dozens of foreign universities and independent study abroad organizations will be available with information and answers to your questions.  Semester, year-long and short-term UMass faculty-led programs will be represented.  For more information, call (413) 577-3072.



Are you using LinkedInJoin Career Services on Thursday, March 5 from 3:30pm - 5:00pm in the Du Bois Library room 1685 for a LinkedIn Learning Lab.  Learn how to set up a LinkedIn profile for job networking and professional purposes. For beginners or students interested in more advanced needs, bring your laptop or use one there, Stop in anytime between these hours. 




The last day to W Drop or change a class to Pass/Fail is Thursday, March 5!  Completed course change request forms must be handed in to the Registrar's Office in 213 Whitmore before 5:00pm.  We'll have more information about Pass/Fail and W drop next week, so be sure to check back.  If you aren't sure how a W Drop or Pass/Fail will affect you, make an appointment to talk to an advisor or stop by the Academic Advising Link.

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Wondering if the Resource Economics major is right for you? Learn more at an Information Session on Friday, February 27 at 11:15am 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 process.  Online Statements of Interest must be submitted by Saturday, April 25 at noon.  There will be two more information sessions in April.

Shaylene's Tip of the Week: Do you know how you're doing this semester?



Now  that we're five weeks into the semester, you may find yourself preparing for upcoming exams or papers. Perhaps you've even had your first exam already. Either way, it's a good time to start thinking about how you're doing this semester as far as class grades are concerned. It can be easy to find yourself so overwhelmed with work that you forget to keep track of your grades, but it is very important to do! College is not like high school where you had a bunch of small assignments and tests. Here, each exam, paper, and homework has great weight when it comes to your final grade. Here are some tips to figure out how you're doing and how to stay on track.


1. Talk to your professors
Talking to your professors during their office hours is the easiest way to find out your grade in the class. Simply stop by and ask them how you're doing in the class. It's good to know where you stand, so you can formulate a plan for keeping your grade up in that class. For example, if your participation grade is low, knowing that now will prepare you to participate more in class and help raise your grade. It's also a great opportunity to get feedback on exams and papers, which will help you prepare for future assignments.

2. Look at your syllabus
On every syllabus, professors list a grade breakdown as a guide for how much a certain assignment or participation is worth. Don't just brush this off as part of the syllabus and never look at it again. Since there are often few assignments in college classes, each assignment is worth a significant amount. Keep this in mind when you're studying for a test or writing an essay. If you are confused about how you are being graded based on the syllabus, ask questions!

3. Keep track of grades on exams
As you begin to have exams, make sure to keep track of the grades you receive. Again, classes often have few exams, so each exam is often worth a large portion of your grade. By keeping track of your exam grades, you are able to determine how well you need to do on your next exams and will be able to study accordingly.

4. Double check due dates 
With all the snow days that have taken place, it is very likely that some of the due dates on your assignments have been changed or moved. Keep track of this! You want to make sure to give yourself ample time to complete an assignment in order to receive the best grade possible.

5. Make sure to study and understand the material 
If you're struggling to understand the material or didn't do as well as you wanted on your first exam, don't just brush it off. There are many resources available to help you! Talk to your professors if you have questions in class or stop by the Learning Resource Center (LRC) located on the tenth floor of the library for tutoring help in any of your classes. These resources are there for you to take advantage of and it's a great way to make sure you do well this semester.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What can a first-year student get out of Career Blast 2015?

Career Blast 2015 is tomorrow. Maybe you're a first-year student wondering what's in it for me? Even if you aren't quite ready to apply for a job or internship, attending a career fair still a good idea! Use this opportunity when the pressure is low to observe the set-up and people so you know what to expect when you attend for real. 
Career Fairs are hectic! There are lots of students and employers in limited space. Did you go to the Majors Fair? Think about that level of people traffic. Getting a feel for how these things are set-up now will prepare you for navigating the crowds later. Observation is a great learning tactic! Look around, not just at the set-up, but at the people. How are job/internship candidates dressed? What are they using to organize copies of their resumes? What kinds of questions do you hear potential employers asking? A quick walk-through will not only give you the lay of the land, but will also allow you to listen in on the kinds of conversations employers and potential hires are having.

Using the upcoming Career Blast as a dress rehearsal will increase your confidence and help you know what to expect by the time you are ready to apply for your first internship or are ready to hit the job market.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Want to Apply to Public Health? Info Session Tomorrow!


Are you planning to apply to the Public Health Major?  As of February 2, 2015, all UMass prospective public health major applicants must attend an information session and complete the application to be eligible to apply to the Public Health Sciences major.  If you would like to learn more about the major but are not ready to apply, attend an information session and hand in the application at a later date in the Peer Advising Center in Arnold House, Room 330.

All information sessions will be held in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library Rm 720

  • Tuesday, February 24 at 5:30pm
  • Monday, March 30 at 5:30pm
  • Friday, April 10 at 3:30pm
Bring an unofficial copy of your transcript and sign up for an information session early: http://bit.ly/1JCUhGc  All UMass prospective public health majors are encouraged to meet with a Public Health peer advisor during drop-in hours before attending an information session.  Click here for the schedule.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Weekly Preview: February 23 - 27

Ready for a career fair?  Reread our earlier post about how to prepare!  Don't forget to visit Career Services for help! 


The Diversity Career Fair will be held on Monday, February 23 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm in the Student Union Ballroom.  Meet employers looking to diversify their workforces and who want to speak with students of all majors for full-time, co-op or Internship opportunities. Some employers will be scheduling follow-up interviews, so have your schedule available. Professional attire is required.  Click here to see the list of registered organizations


Are you planning to apply to the Public Health Major?  As of February 2, 2015, all UMass prospective public health major applicants must attend an information session and complete the application to be eligible to apply to the Public Health Sciences major.  If you would like to learn more about the major but are not ready to apply, attend an information session and hand in the application at a later date in the Peer Advising Center in Arnold House, Room 330.

All information sessions will be held in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library Rm 720
  • Tuesday, February 24 at 5:30pm
  • Monday, March 30 at 5:30pm
  • Friday, April 10 at 3:30pm
Bring an unofficial copy of your transcript and sign up for an information session early: http://bit.ly/1JCUhGc  All UMass prospective public health majors are encouraged to meet with a Public Health peer advisor during drop-in hours before attending an information session.  Click here for the schedule.



Career Blast 2015 will be happening on Wednesday, February 25 from 10:00am - 3:00pm in the Campus Center, Lower Level.  All majors and degree level students will find a variety of employers available to talk with them about full-time employment, internships, co-ops and summer jobs. It is for all UMass students campus-wide.  Students should prepare beforehand by reviewing the organizations that will be attending, dress professionally, plan on enough time to visit organizations of interest, ask well-researched questions, and give out flawless resumes.  Some employers do schedule follow-up interviews, so have your schedule available.  Click here to see the list of registered organizations


Join TechTalks - Women in Technology Careers at ESPN on Thursday, February 26 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm.  There are many opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers and many different majors and jobs that lead to these positions. This talk will feature five women, including a UMass Amherst alumna, who currently work for the Technology Division at ESPN. They will describe each of their very different paths that lead to their current positions at ESPN and will focus on the diverse opportunities that are available to women in technology and beyond.  Registration is required!  Click here to sign up.
 

Wondering if the Resource Economics major is right for you?  Learn more at an Information Session on Friday, February 27 at 11:15am 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 process.  Online Statements of Interest must be submitted by Saturday, April 25 at noon.  There will be two more information sessions in April.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Brian's Tip of the Week: Email Etiquette

Email Etiquette


Email mannerisms can leave big impressions on professors, supervisors, advisors, and coworkers, and as a student at UMass, you can expect you'll send thousands. College is the time for students to blossom into adults, so it’s time to start emailing like one. To receive the timely and clear information you desire from your contacts, there are many things to remember and avoid when writing proper messages. Here’s a list of necessary tips that will transform your messages into irresistible, eye-catching emails.

1. Make sure your subject line is clear and direct
Don't try to be mysterious or humorous; stay on-topic and be concise. The recipient will want to know exactly why you're sending the email. Don't be too vague, either. For example, if emailing a Teaching Assistant about a lab conflict, don't say, "Chemistry 112 Question." Instead, say, "Chemistry 112 Lab Schedule Conflict." The TA will appreciate your direct approach a lot more than one with irrelevant information.

2. Don't use an unprofessional address
Your school email is easy to use, and includes your name, so the contact immediately knows who sent the email. If you're working for a business, a company address is perfectly acceptable, as well. Definitely do not use junk addresses, or any with inappropriate names, such as, "kittenkrusher@..." or, "babygirl@..." You will not be taken seriously, and you will probably not receive a response.

3. Avoid casual, improper greetings
Don't say "Yo." Don't say "Whaddup." Don't say "Hey, Hey, Hey guys." Be formal and address each recipient with respect. Keep it classy and just use, "Hello _____," or "Mr./Mrs./Dr. ______," Simple and proper salutations are like the virtual business handshake. If you want to be treated like a professional, you have to greet like a professional.

4. Watch out for "Reply All"
Nothing is more annoying than having your inbox continuously clogging with emails that don't concern you at all. It's almost too easy to start a small conversation with an unnecessary number of recipients by accident. Professors, bosses, and coworkers do not want to waste time digging through long conversations, trying to figure out if they're actually involved. This happens far too often, so it's your job to keep your eyes peeled and triple-check before hitting "send."

5. Reply to all of your emails
Pay your contacts the courtesy of letting them know you're on the same page. Even a simple, "Thank you," or, "Okay," message will inform them that you've received and seen their message. Also, it's important to reply to emails that weren't intended for you. The sender may not notice that they accidentally sent important information to the wrong person. Notify him so that he may fix the mistake!

6. Don't overuse humor, if any
Sure, everyone enjoys a good pun now and then, but be very careful if you choose to mix humor into your email. Be sure that your humor is appropriate, and not entirely irrelevant. Don't use too much, either. It can be distracting from the matter at hand, and lead to off-topic, time-wasting tangents.

7. Proofread, Proofread, Proofread
Typos must not be overlooked! They are easy to catch, and they can change the tone of the email. Spelling and grammatical errors are huge red flags for anyone receiving the email, so make sure you read your whole email backwards and forwards! If you're not confident in your proofreading skills, have a peer look it over. Two heads are better than one!