Dear Parents Newsletter: March Edition

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Greetings from UTM!

As we near the end of the academic year, we would like to welcome you back for the final stop on our journey through the student life cycle. Thank you for being part of this program, and part of the UTM family and community. Transition theorist Nancy Schlosberg describes three periods individuals experience during any transition: moving in, moving through, and moving out. March and April mark the beginning of the "moving-through" phase, which brings about a great deal of change in your students' life. At this time, courses are wrapping up for the year, and for some residence students, the time has come for some to move back home for the summer.

This month's newsletter focuses on the transition of moving through university and connecting your students with the supports and services that can help them to succeed in their upper-years at UTM.

In this issue...

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What a busy time for you and your student as their first year at UTM comes to a close! Along the way, your student has conquered the "moving in" phase and is about to enter the next chapter of their journey.

In the "moving-through" phase of their university career, students no longer need support in learning new routines or expectations, but instead may need focused help to sustain their energy and commitment to their academic success. At the end of the first year, many will feel both physically and mentally tired and might question whether they can continue to graduation. It is vital for parents and families to support these students to increase their chances of making it through to graduation. Support needs to focus on sustaining endurance in their studies, motivating them to stay connected to the UTM community, and validating their decision to continue at UTM.

The first summer after university can have a particularly large impact on students, as it involves the aspect of renegotiating some boundaries. Living on campus and commuting may have allowed your student to gain a healthy sense of independence and freedom that they will carry with them. It is important to have clear and open discussions about what expectations you have of each other, while being cognizant of the reality that they are adults capable of making decisions of their own.

After developing close connections with peers during their first year, your student may greatly miss their new friends. Encourage them to stay in touch with their UTM peers over the summer and seek opportunities to participate in high-impact activities such as research, internships, or international study opportunities to help them grow both personally and academically. It is also common for students to sign up for summer courses around this time of year, with about nearly 50% registering in the summer session. Taking summer courses is a decision your student may make for a myriad of reasons. For many, these classes can help them get back up to speed with prerequisites needed for a specific subject POSt as well as make for a lighter course load during the following academic year. It is important to note, however, that summer courses cover the same amount of material as the Fall and Winter courses but in half-the-time creating a more fast-paced learning environment. Please ensure your student takes this into consideration when creating their summer schedules.

Consider asking your student the following questions as they “move through” UTM:

  • Reflecting on your first year, what are some things that you did well? What are some things on which you would improve in your next year?
  • What are some of your personal goals for this summer?
  • Have you looked into any work experiences on-campus for next year?
  • Have you visited the Degree Explorer to review your academic history, degree requirements or use the planner to determine if your future courses meet your requirements?
  • Are you interested in doing summer research with a particular faculty member?
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Students often face challenges when learning to be independent and take control of their personal finances. As your student moves out of their first year at UTM into their upper-years, it is a great time to help them identify financial aid opportunities such as scholarship and bursaries that can positively impact their success at university. For help searching out for this type of financial aid in the upcoming year, you are invited to participate in our highly anticipated workshop developed specifically for parents and families.

Finances and Your Student
Thursday, March 9th
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Davis Building DV 3130

Guest speaker, Renu Kanga Fonseca, Assistant Registrar, Financial Aid and Scholarships at University of Toronto Mississauga will be providing information about resources and supports available to your students here at UTM.

In addition to the session, you are welcome to come and visit the beautiful UTM Campus, meet with student service representatives, and converse with other UTM families. Refreshments are provided for free!

Register now at http://www.uoft.me/utmparents

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As students travel through the last month of the Winter 2017 term, they will be preparing for their upcoming final exams and looking ahead to their next year of study. In preparation for their final exams and the transition through to their upper-years at university, they are invited to participate in the highly engaging and popular Exam Jam program.  The Office of Student Transition also offers the REACH Upper-Year Mentorship program which is specifically tailored to helping students move through the transition out of their first year. Finally, your student is encouraged to apply for the Emerging Student Leader Award, which recognizes students who are committed to improving the quality of student life here at UTM. This month we feature these offerings to help your student stay motivated and engaged in their time with us at UTM.


Exam Jam

Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Location: Instructional Building

Touted as one of the largest events at UTM, Exam Jam is returning to UTM for the Winter 2017 term! At this biannual event students have the opportunity to attend course-specific instructor-led sessions, general exam preparation workshops, and facilitated study groups. Wellness activities including therapy dogs, nature walks, crafts, music, healthy snacks are also offered during the Exam Jam.

For more information about our Exam Jam program, visit: uoft.me/UTMExamJam.


REACH Upper-Year Program

Offered by the Office of Student Transition, the REACH program gives students second-year and beyond the opportunity to develop skills to be successful at UTM. Working with an upper-year mentor, participants will develop their personal and academic skills, engage in community building, and interact with faculty on campus.

Following the completion of REACH Upper-Year Mentorship Program, they will be eligible to participate in REACHout during the Winter term. Students have the opportunity to put their skills into practice as they choose to participate in one of two streams: devoloping mentorship skills where they are paired with a first year student; or building skills in program development culminating in the creation of a recognition event for all participants. Students are also encouraged to participate in a tri-campus conference.

Your students can register today to participate in this highly engaging and fun program by visiting uoft.me/REACH.

If you have any questions regarding the REACH program, please contact Jessica Silver, Student Success Coordinator, Transition, at jessica.silver@utoronto.ca or call (905) 828-3957. 


Emerging Student Leader Award

The Emerging Leader Award recognizes student involvement in the UTM community and new to UTM students who are building a strong foundation for future growth and leadership. New to UTM students includes first year, transfer students, any students who are completing their first year at UTM. Applications are due on March 13, 2017 by 4:00 PM.

Application form and additional details can be found on the website uoft.me/UTMawards.

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March 7, 2017
"Lecture Me!" seminar hosted by Professor Tracey Bowen from the ICCIT department titled "Taking it to the Streets: Graffiti as Spatializing Practice and Performance". Come out to this event at Mississauga Central Library for the chance to learn a bit more about the research done by our very own UTM faculty in a fun and engaging way! More information here

March 9, 2017
Parent & Family Workshop, "Finances and Your Student." Attend this session created just for parents and families of new students to learn more about helping your student to manage their finances. Starts at 7:00 PM!

March 12, 2017
Last day to drop an S course from academic record and GPA or to cancel or select Credit/No Credit option.

March 13, 2017
Emerging Leaders Awards are due by 4:00 PM.

March 13, 2017
For students registered in the Fall/Winter Session or Winter term ONLY: last day to submit OSAP related documents.

March 14, 2017
First request period initial day to request Type 2 & 3 Subject POSts on ACORN. For more information on Subject POSt important dates, visit Choosing Your Subject POSt 2016-17.

March 31, 2017
Final day of classes.

March 31, 2017
Last day to request LWD (Late Withdrawal After the Drop Date) status for Y & S courses. This option allows students to drop any course even after the drop date, denoting the dropped course as an “LWD” on the transcript that does not affect their CGPA.

April 1, 2017
Deadline to apply for a Letter of Permission to study at another Canadian university in the Summer.

April 1, 2017 - April 5, 2017
Study Break. Best of luck to your student this exam season!

April 4, 2017
Exam Jam: This full-day event is a chance for your student to catch up on their academics through instructor-led review sessions as well as de-stress with a variety of engaging activities to promote wellness! More information here.

April 4, 2017
“Lecture Me!” Seminar hosted by Professor Marc Johnson of the biology department titled “The Importance of Plants and Parks in the Urban Jungle”.

April 6, 2017 - April 22, 2017
Examination period. Ensure that vacation plans are not scheduled during this time, as your student will not be able to defer exams due to personal commitments.

April 14, 2017
Good Friday. University Closed.

April 17, 2017
Fees for the Summer Session will be posted on ACORN.

April 17, 2017
First day to request summer OSAP fee deferrals via ACORN.

April 18, 2017
Summer course enrolment begins for U of T Mississauga students enrolling in St. George and Scarborough courses. (6 a.m.)

April 18, 2017
Summer course enrolment begins for St. George and Scarborough students enrolling in U of T Mississauga courses. (6 a.m.)

April 24, 2017 - April 28, 2017
Deferred examination period for S & Y exams.

April 27, 2017
Last day to pay minimum amount of tuition fees for Summer Session as indicated on ACORN invoice.

April 28, 2017 - May 3, 2017
If payment of fees is made during this period, you MUST provide the Office of the Registrar with proof of payment to avoid being removed from classes on May 4.

April 30, 2017
Last day for graduating students to show proof of payment for outstanding fees and to clear financial/administrative holds.

April 30, 2017
Payment deadline for outstanding Fall/Winter fees for ALL students.

May 1, 2017
First request period deadline to request Type 2 & 3 Subject POSts on ACORN. For more information on Subject POSt important dates, visit Choosing Your Suject POSt 2016-17.

May 20, 2017
First request period initial day to accept invitations for Subject POSt requests made between March 16-May 3. For more information on Subject POSt important dates, visit Choosing Your Suject POSt 2016-17.

For more important dates and deadlines, visit the Office of the Registrar's Website.

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High-impact practices:
Certain opportunities for students that have positive effects on student learning and retention. These practices allow students the opportunity to enrich their learning outside of the classroom through interacting with professionals in the field, developing collaboration skills, and making meaningful connections. It is recommended that students participate in at least two High-Impact Practices in the course of their undergraduate studies by George Kuh, founder of the National Survey of Student Engagement . A few examples of these opportunities are listed below.

Research Opportunity Program:
The Research Opportunity Program (ROP) gives students from second to fourth year the chance to participate in research with a faculty member, while earning course credit at the same time. Students are able to become involved in hands-on, cutting-edge research, as well as working with leading and highly qualified instructors. Your student can build practical skills and knowledge that can be applied to their career or future graduate studies.

Internship:
An internship is a short-term work experience in which students receive training and experience in a specific field or career area. These positions can be paid or unpaid. For more information visit the Experiential Education Office, Academic Internships Webpage.

International Study Opportunities:
Study abroad opportunities are offered here at UTM to help students enrich their experience, and enhance global learning and development. Students can experience another culture, study at international universities, and make global contacts. To find out more about these programs, visit the International Education Centre, Outbound Opportunities Webpage.

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With the academic school year wrapping up, why not celebrate with some entertainment for the whole family? The Erindale Theatre at UTM is the perfect place to spend an evening appreciating all styles of performances, from light comedy to modern contemporary drama. This building has undergone many transitions of its own- first as a bus garage, then a science lab, and in 1993 Erindale theatre officially opened its doors for the first performance of "The Farm Show". This year's session will end with the play "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde from March 16 to 19, and 24 to 26 – enjoy some year-end fun with your UTM student! 

Order tickets online through the Erindale Theatre's Website.

 


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