Welcome to the November Newsletter!
In this month's newsletter you can find information about:
- Important Dates
- Campus Information
- Happenings in OSV
- Important Student Financial Services Information
- How to Send Sweet Treats
- Study Skills to Share
We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Parent Connection Team
Nov 4-15 | Online Registration for Spring Classes
Nov 8 | Last Day to Drop 16 Week Classes
Nov 15 | Last Day to Drop Quad II Classes
Nov 21-23 | Alumni Homecoming
Nov 27-29 | Thanksgiving Recess (No Classes)
Dec 13 | Classes End
Dec 16-20 | Final Examinations
Dec 21 | Residence Halls Close (Noon)
Jan 12 | Residence Halls Open (Noon)
Jan 14 | Classes Begin
Jan 20 | Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No Classes)
Full PLNU event calendar.
Full PLNU academic calendar.
Be in the Know
*Below are offerings for your student(s)*
Sing Messiah. Join PLNU's 180-voice Choral Union for its annual presentation of Handel's Messiah, a university Christmas tradition that goes back 80 years. No auditions are required, and credit is available. Rehearsals are Mondays, from 7-9:30 p.m., beginning on October 21st, or Tuesday/Thursdays, from 1:30-2:20 p.m., beginning on October 24th. The concert takes place on Sunday, December 8th, and everyone—students, staff, faculty—is welcome. Visit the Music Department’s website, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information about this event.
Cantate. The Point Loma Singers, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the Voices in Praise Gospel Choir come together to form a virtual rainbow of music from jazz, musical theater, classical and gospel genres. This popular event has two performances, at 6 or 8 p.m., on Friday, November 1st, in Crill Performance Hall. Come humming and leave singing! Admission is free. Visit the Music Department’s website, or contact email@example.com, for information about this event.
Crimes of the Heart. Salomon Theatre presents Crimes of the Heart, a story of family, love, and manslaughter with an intent to kill. Tickets can be purchased online, or at the Salomon Theatre box office Monday through Friday,12:30-4 p.m. Rush tickets are $8, Students/Seniors are $10, and adults are $14. Show dates are November 5th-9th, at 7p.m., and November 23th, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Hold on! Have you checked your account online? Students will not be able to register for spring classes if you have a financial hold on your student account. Generate a new bill online to see your current balance. If there are still items showing under “Pending Aid”, check the “Documents” section of your financial aid awards (in the Financial Services section of your portal) to see what is still missing. Please resolve your account balance and clear your pending aid as soon as possible in order to clear your hold.
If you have any questions regarding your account, feel free to contact Student Financial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (619) 849-2538, or drop by their office in Draper Hall. They are open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Fridays. They are there to help!
***Please note: Remaining Tuition Installment Plan (TIP) payments, Veteran’s benefits and Voc Rehab or ROTC payments may not post until later in the semester. If your balance is covered by one of these types of aid, your account will not be placed on hold.
Tuition Installment Plan (TIP) for Spring 2014! If you’d like to set up a 5-pay Tuition Installment Plan, it’s not too early to do so through your parent portal. The first payment for the 5-pay plan will be due November 5th or 20th, depending on which plan you choose. You can either estimate your payment plan based on your fall charges, or you can contact SFS to walk you through what your estimated charges will be for spring (payment plan amounts can be adjusted at any point during the plan to accommodate additional charges or credits). If you aren’t ready to set up a plan by the November payment due date, you can always set up a 4-pay plan once you receive your bill in early December.
What’s happening in Chapel this week?
Monday: Jared Callahan
Wednesday: Mary Paul
Time Out: Michal Hoenecke
Friday: Althea Taylor
LoveWorks Application. LoveWorks short-term missions walks alongside pastors, missionaries, and congregations who serve Christ in various domestic and international settings. Students can join in this summer by serving in one of these world areas:
- Yerevan & Shirak Province, Armenia (May 11 – 31)
- Brisbane & Kimberley Towns, Australia (May 23 – June 18)
- Downtown Eastside Vancouver, Canada (May 11 – 28)
- Zagreb & Koprivnica, Croatia (May 11 – 31)
- Lubumbashi, Dem. Rep of the Congo (July 26 to August 13)
- Quito & Outlaying Villages, Ecuador (May 11 - 31)
- Western District, El Salvador (July 22 – August 12)
- Cascade Pichon, Haiti (May 18 – June 8)
- Kolkata & Lakshmikantapur, India (May 11 – 31)
- Maputo, Mozambique (July 26 to August 13)
- Manila, Philippines (June 16-30)
- Byumba & Gisenyi, Rwanda (May 11 – 31)
- Indianapolis, USA (May 11 – 31)
All applications for 2014 Summer LoveWorks trips are due Monday, November 4th. For more information and the online application, visit www.pointloma.edu/LoveWorks.
Green and Gold Fridays. They’re back! Students show school spirit, and support our sports teams by wearing green and gold every Friday from here on out.
Confronting the Crisis in Human Rights Enforcement. The international human rights movement is facing a crisis of enforcement, a crisis brought on by the collapse of the key enforcement mechanisms that proponents of human rights have relied upon since the Second World War. Several acquittals at the ad hoc UN tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda have shown international courts to be unreliable instruments of justice, while ambivalence and deadlock among the world’s leading powers have precluded an effective response to recent human rights abuses in the Middle East. Policy-makers and citizens alike need to recognize the gravity of this crisis and explore alternative means of promoting human rights objectives around the globe. On Tuesday, November 12th, at 3:30 p.m., in Colt Forum, the Department of History & Political Science welcomes Robert Donia, as he makes the case for relying less on international judicial redress, while increasing legislative and executive actions to deter human rights abuses and intervene swiftly to end them when they occur. You can visit the department website for more information, or else contact email@example.com.
Required Junior Grad Check. If your student has earned 70+ units and have not previously had a grad check, they are required to complete a Junior Grad Check. A registration hold preventing registration for the Spring semester will be placed on their account until a Junior Grad Check has been completed. Please submit a Grad Check Application through the student portal immediately.
Attention: All Transfers. Review your Unofficial Transcript in the Records area of the Student Portal for any transfer courses without a final grade. If you have these, please contact the Records or Registrar's Office at your transfer school and request that they send an official, sealed transcript to: Office of Records, 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA 92106. If the courses are prerequisites to more advanced courses you need to add for Spring, you will not be able to register for those courses until the pre-reqs have been satisfied with a final grade.
Long-Lasting, Intimate Marriage. Is your student engaged or married? They should consider taking PSY349, Intimate Couples, the class designed to reduce the odds of divorce and increase the odds of a long-lasting, intimate marriage. This class, taught by Dr. John Wu in the Psychology Department, will provide you with practical skills that have proven to reduce divorce and increase intimacy. It will be offered on Tuesdays, from 4:30-7 p.m., in this upcoming Spring semester. Contact Dr. Wu, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more details. Space is limited.
Offices of Strengths and Vocation
Doing God’s Work in any Career
One day, Martin Luther was approached by a working man who wanted to know how he could serve God. Luther asked the man: "What is it that you do now?" to which the man replied, "I am a shoemaker." The man was stunned to hear Luther's response: "Then make good shoes and sell them at a fair price."
Your student may often times feel that “doing God’s work” may only refer to ministry, or missions work. If that is the case then the work of God can only be done by those in an ordained ministry position. So how can we lead your student to understand what it truly means to please God in any vocation they choose to pursue. The following is taken from a 40 day devotional Reimagining our Place in God’s Plan, written by Mel Lawrenz for Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, WI.
It is so easy to speak about "the call of God" and think that it refers only to some religious or spiritual activity or profession. The tragedy of that way of thinking is that the few who are pastors or missionaries, monks or priests, take the role of the elite who have a place in the world defined by God, but everybody else is left to live life shuffling around, trying to scrounge a living, hold things together, be somewhat happy, and die with a few good memories people can speak of at their funeral.
God has a different view of things.
"Reimagining our place in God's plan" includes envisioning the ways in which God uses the ordinary work we do for his purposes in the world. The shoemaker does not need to become a pastor to be "called." Society needs shoemakers, ironworkers, teachers, engineers, grocery store managers, data entry clerks, cops, cooks, and cleaners. Society needs moms and dads, captains and lieutenants, students and senators.
This is the way God works. It is the dignity of work. It is the meaning of "vocation" (which comes from the Latin word vocare "to call").
Imagine this: believers in every corner of society--our schools, businesses, legislatures, neighborhoods, the arts, media, and science--bringing the mind of Christ to their work, seeking the common good. This is what Paul meant when he said: "Each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them" (1 Cor. 7:17).
So if your task today is to make some shoes or raise your kids or analyze some spreadsheets, remember this: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters" (Col. 3:23).
What is the equivalent in your student’s life of "make good shoes and sell them at a fair price"?
A couple of topics you can further explore with your student are: How can their college career create an opportunity to serve God? And, how you (the parent) are called on a daily basis in your vocation to serve God?
Student Financial Services
Important Student Financial Services Dates
November 25 SP14 bills sent
November 27-29 PLNU’s administrative offices closed for Thanksgiving holiday
IS YOUR STUDENT ON HOLD?
If there is currently a balance owing on your student’s account, your student likely has a Financial Hold and will not be able to register for spring classes until the hold has been resolved (priority registration opened on November 4th). Please contact the Student Financial Services Office to let us know how you plan to resolve the balance; we can help talk through your options. If you haven’t already, you may want to apply for a Parent PLUS loan at www.studentloans.gov, or have your student apply for a Private loan with a co-signer at www.elmselect.com.
Your student will be able to register for classes as soon as the balance is paid in full. Please be aware that students have a better chance of getting into the classes they need (or want) if they register early. This is especially important for seniors, who need specific classes in order to graduate. If the balance has not been paid by the end of the fall semester, your student may face de-enrollment from the university.
All financial aid should now be posted to student accounts, and pending aid was not taken into consideration when financial holds were placed. If there is still pending aid on your student’s account, please make sure that your student has:
- Accepted or declined all awarded aid through the portal
- Signed a Master Promissory Note (MPN) at www.studentloans.gov, using the FAFSA pin
- Completed entrance counseling at www.studentloans.gov, if your child is borrowing Stafford loans for the first time.
- Submitted all necessary paperwork. Students can track necessary documents while viewing their financial aid award status through their student portal.
Note that this does not apply to pending ROTC, VA, or Voc Rehab payments, which will remain as pending aid until payment is actually received in our office. As long as we have received confirmation of these funds, they will be considered as payment when financial holds are placed.
SPRING 2014 Bills
Spring 2014 bills will be sent to students the last week of November, so keep your eyes out for a paper bill in your mailbox starting the week of November 25th.
TUITION INSTALLMENT PLAN FOR SPRING 2014
It’s time to start thinking about signing up for a Tuition Installment Plan (TIP) for the spring semester! All plans are semester-based, so you’ll need to enroll in a new plan if you’d like to have a TIP for the spring. You can choose to make payments on the 5th or the 20th of each month. The first payment for the 5-pay plan is November and the first payment for the 4-pay plan is December. Simply log in to your parent portal and click ‘Enroll in a Tuition Installment Plan’ under the financial services section.
TIP contracts require auto-pay from a checking account (credit cards are not accepted). Please be sure to keep an eye on your student’s PLNU statement of account to make sure that your TIP contract covers your student’s school bill. TIP contracts will not automatically adjust to match the balance owing on your student’s account.
HAVE YOU SET UP YOUR PARENT PORTAL?
First, your student must give you permission to have access to his/her statement of account. (This is due to federal law (FERPA) which states that college students are responsible for their own records and forbids educational institutions from divulging information without the student’s permission.)
Your student can grant you permission through the Profile Update>Update Information Releases section of his/her student portal, and will need to make note of your parent ID number.
Once you have permission, you can set up a parent portal at my.pointloma.edu by clicking on “Create Account” on the left-hand side of the page. Enter your parent ID number and your zip code and follow the directions to set up a portal.
ONLINE ACCESS TO STUDENT’S STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT
Once your portal is set up (about 15 minutes after creating the account), you can log in to your portal and choose Financial Services and then Statement of Account. To see the most recent statement generated by our office, click on View Bills and then on the most recent “FA2013 – Student Statement UndrG”. Bills are generated around the 15th of each month, if there is a balance owing. If your student has granted you financial information releases, you can elect to receive an email notification when bills are generated.
NOTE: You will need a PDF viewer to view the statement. You likely already have this on your computer, but you will be able to install a free Adobe Reader from our website if necessary.
If you have any difficulties in viewing the statement, please contact our support staff at 619-849-2222 or email@example.com.
GENERATE A STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT ANY TIME
Through your portal, you are able to generate a new online statement at any time in order to see up-to-the-minute posted transactions. (Note that most transactions post overnight, so you will be able to see these changes the following business day.) To generate a new statement, click on “View Bills” and scroll down to the link entitled “Generate a New Bill”. Click on “Current Monthly Statement of Account” and then click “Generate”. Your newly-generated bill will now be available at the top of the right-hand column entitled “Self Generated Statements”.
TO MAKE A PAYMENT
Log in to your parent portal at my.pointloma.edu and choose “Financial Services” and then “Make A Payment”. This will link you to our online payment site, where you will be able to make a payment by electronic check or credit card.
Student Financial Services is here to serve you! Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (619)849-2538. Our office hours are 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8:30am-4:30pm on Fridays.
Send a Celebration Treat to Your Student!
Point Loma Nazarene University Women’s Auxiliary
Would you like to send your student some homemade desserts? For a $25 minimum donation, PLNU Women’s Auxiliary will lovingly bake homemade cakes, cookies, brownies or Rice Krispies treats, and will deliver them right to your student’s residence hall! Gluten free Rice Krispies treats are available as well.
For more information, click here to view the brochure. You can order and pay online at www.pointloma.edu/cake.
Proceeds from this fundraiser are going toward Women’s Auxiliary’s fundraising efforts on campus. Past examples of projects include the creation of the Sunset Deck, new library chairs, bike racks and fire pits close to the dorms, kitchen upgrades, and so much more. Just think of your order as a double benefit for your student!
Please note: Two weeks advance notice is appreciated.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Elizabeth Bergherm at (619) 390-8046 or email@example.com.
Tutorial Center News
The Tutorial Center is located in Bond Academic Center, next to the Study Abroad Office. Stop by, and make your free tutoring appointment today! Or, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or Extension 2593, for more information. The Tutorial Center is open Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 6 to 9 p.m., as well as 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.
LOOK AT YOUR SITUATION
See if there is something you can change or control about whatever is stressing you out.
SET REALISTIC GOALS FOR YOURSELF
Don’t schedule more to do than is necessary.
TAKE A BREAK
Give yourself short periods for breaks during long sessions of homework and studying.
DON’T OVERWHELM YOURSELF
Handle each task as it comes, or selectively deal with matters in some priority, rather than worry about the overall workload.
LEARN HOW TO BEST RELAX
Take the time to breathe deeply, nap, read, talk to friends, or whatever helps to clear your mind.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Lack of rest just aggravates stress. Work off stress with physical activity, whether through jogging, tennis, or gardening.