Parent Newsletter – April 2013
• Important Dates
• Be in the Know: Campus Information
• Offices of Strengths and Vocation
• Important Student Financial Information
• Send Some Sweet Treats
• Study Skills from the Tutorial Center
Hello PLNU Parents!
Welcome to the April Newsletter! The spring semester is still in full swing and summer is right around the corner. This month’s newsletter has a lot of valuable information regarding our upcoming commencement, as well as multiple academic and social opportunities.
Please be sure to click on the link below to view the full eNewsletter so that you can be in the know about all of the opportunities we have for your student! If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us. We are here to serve you!
Parent Connection Manager
April 2 | Perspectives on Science with Dr. Don Cleveland
April 5-6 | The Point Loma Singers Present: A Madrigal Feast
April 9-13 | Theatre Production: Little Shop of Horrors
April 11 | Practical Skills: Interviewing for a non-profit job
April 11 | Network 9: History and Political Science
April 11-14 | Come to the Water Conference
April 13 | Jazz at the Point
April 26 | Classes End
April 29-May 3 | Final Examinations
May 3 | PLNU Music Department Spring Music Festival
May 4 | Graduate Convocation (10am)
May 4 | Undergraduate Convocation (1pm & 4pm)
May 5 | Residence Halls Close (3pm)
May 7 | Perspectives on Science with Dr. Andrew Viterbi
Full PLNU event calendar.
Full PLNU academic calendar.
Be in the Know
*Below are campus offerings for your student*
The Aliens are Coming! The Aliens are Coming! Attention Loma: aliens are landing in two weeks! Salomon Theatre presents the hilarious rock comedy "Little Shop of Horrors" from April 9th-13th, with all performances at 7 p.m., as well as a matinee on Saturday, the 13th, at 3 p.m. Buy tickets today, and don't miss out on the excitement (and savings!) of opening night, on Tuesday, April 9th. Tickets for the Loma community are only $8. Tickets are available online today, or at the box office. The box office is open every day, from 12-4 p.m. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Look out, here comes Audrey II! When a magical plant shows up and promises to make your dreams come true, how far are you willing to stretch your morality to get what you want? Students are invited to come see what Seymour chooses in this hilarious rock comedy, “Little Shop of Horrors,” playing at Salomon Theatre from April 9th-13th, at 7 p.m., with a matinee, also, on Saturday, the 13th, at 3 p.m. Opening night tickets are only $8, and are available at the box office or online. Contact email@example.com with any questions.
Brewed Awakening. “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” Why would the central prayer that Christians are asked to pray include economic language about debt and forgiveness of debts? What does this imply about the role that debt plays in our lives, in our interactions with one another, in society, at a university? Every wonder how your personal debt relates to other social choices that we make? Ever wonder how far the distance is between having some credit card debt and being in debt slavery? Come and explore the social and theological implications of debt, starting with the lives of college students and moving to the larger impact of debt on our ability to be the Body of Christ in the world, at “Forgive us our Debts: The Grip of Death and Ways to Freedom,” at 7 p.m. (6:30 for coffee), on Tuesday, April 16th. There will be a panel including a pastor, PLNU’s Director of Financial Aid, Pam Macias, and PLNU alumni, Kara Watkins.
Invisible Children Benefit Concert. Students are invited to the OB1 Church on Friday, April 19th, for the Invisible Children Benefit Concert that includes performances from Hard Fall Hearts, The Coldsons, The Ruckus, Focus in Frame, and Last Call Home. There will be free Chipotle burritos, as well as different booths with Invisible Children and band merchandise. Bring a $5 cover charge to come and support this great cause. Students may contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this event.
Editorial Positions. Would your student like to be a Point Weekly editor next year? Do they have a passion for grammar, arts, news, sports, photography or design? The Point Weekly is currently looking to fill all editorial positions. Whatever their interest, we’d love to hear from them! Contact Editor-in-Chief Kyle Lundberg, at email@example.com, for more information.
Unable to Register? If your student has a current balance on their account, they have been placed on financial hold. With a hold on their account, they will not be able to register for summer or fall classes, or participate in Housing Draws or Commencement. It will also prevent them from obtaining official transcripts and/or their diploma. Your student is able to see if they have a financial hold by logging onto their student portal. All financial aid should have posted to student accounts; therefore, any pending aid will most likely need your attention at this point.
***Please note: 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. Please check your account balance to make sure that your bill is covered by your pending amount.
Scholarships. Trying to find scholarships for next year? Check out the SFS Named Scholarship, first of all, which can be accessed on your student’s portal. Your student should also check with their academic department to see what scholarships may be available. Follow the SFS Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/plnu.sfs, for scholarships that they have come across. Happy hunting! If you have any questions regarding your account, please 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 Friday, and are there to help!
ASB is Hiring! Students will need to fill out an application online to potentially become one of the ASB Board of Director’s assistants. All positions pay $8/hour, and include a variety of office work duties. Applications can be found at http://www.pointloma.edu/getinvolved, and are due Wednesday, April 10th.
Annual Art and Fashion Show. Students are invited to come support fellow students as they share their art and designs at our annual fashion show. Dress to impress on Friday, April 12th, at the Broadway Pier, at 8 p.m., in accordance with this year’s James Bond black bow-tie theme. Parking is not provided, but the free show is one of PLNU’s favorite and most famous events.
Constitutional Forum. Discussion around some major, potential changes occurring in ASB this upcoming year is taking place in Colt Forum, on Monday, April 15th, from 4-5 p.m. Election date follows a week later, on Monday, April 22nd.
Graduating seniors: know what you owe! If your student is graduating in Spring or Summer 2013, and they have received a Federal Student Loan and/or an Alternative Private Loan during their time here at PLNU, they must complete a mandatory Federal Direct Loan Exit Counseling session. They will be provided with details about their current student loan balance and repayment options, as well as information on what to do if they have trouble paying your loans. Counseling sessions are available for the following days and times in Draper Hall:
Tuesday, April 9th, at 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10th, at 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 11th, at 8 a.m.
Monday, April 15th, at 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 17th, at 2:30 p.m.
Monday, April 22nd, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30th, at 11:30 a.m.
Your session will be in a group setting, and usually lasts about 45 minutes. Refreshments will be served. In order to better serve you, please contact email@example.com to reserve a day and time, or call the SFS office at (619) 849-2538.
Attention, all parents of graduating seniors! Check out the Commencement website, at http://www.pointloma.edu/experience/academics/commencement, for answers to all your questions regarding Graduation.
Campus Media Leadership Positions. The five student media, listed below, are seeking managers/editors for the 2013-2014 school year. The deadline for applications and references is Friday, April 12th, at noon. If you have questions, or want to apply to one of these media, these are the advisors to contact:
Point Radio: firstname.lastname@example.org
Point Weekly: email@example.com
Note: These applications are just for the one top job in each medium. The other jobs will be filled after these positions are chosen.
Become a Small Group Leader! Students are invited to become a PSY101 Small Group Leader by signing up for PSY341 Small Group Counseling! Students will establish meaningful relationships by holding weekly meetings with freshmen, building a community of love, and serving your university, while simultaneously having the opportunity to be supervised by a licensed therapist. Grow, help others grow, and build your resume, while having fun! Please the Department of Psychology website to fill out an application, visit Cherie Owen in Culbertson Hall, or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exercise and Sport Science. Is your student interested in a career in fitness and exercise? Do they want to help people get healthy? Then consider the new major in Exercise and Sport Science, now offered in the Kinesiology department. The health and fitness industries are poised for huge growth as the public demand for a healthier lifestyle has propelled careers in health and fitness to some of the top job opportunities in 2013. As understanding grows of the need for alignment between fitness, nutrition, stress-management, and the treatment of preventable diseases like diabetes and heart disease, the fitness industry and the medical field is collaborating like never before to improve people’s life and health. The Kinesiology department will provide the scientific basis for you to achieve professional fitness certifications, and specialized training to serve this growing need. For more information, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find the 4-Year Academic Plan for this newest major here.
Register for Community Classroom. Community Classroom offers general education courses in the City Heights neighborhood, just a short drive from campus, yet, a world away. Don’t forget that registration for all classes begins this week! Be sure to connect with your advisor to see what classes fit with your schedule, and then register as you normally would for Fall 2013. For more information, contact email@example.com, or visit the website.
Have you got SEALION spirit?
Games this week:
Baseball vs. Fresno Pacific (DH), Friday, April 12th, at 12 p.m.—Carroll B. Land Stadium
Baseball vs. Fresno Pacific (DH), Saturday, April 13th, at 12 p.m.—Carroll B. Land Stadium
A New Opportunity!
Please check out a new opportunity for parents and students to enhance their resume, learn a new skill, further their career, and enjoy a truly fun and rewarding experience with PLNU’s Extended Studies Boot Camp Learning Series.
Six hours of intense learning broken into two class meetings that include takeaway materials. You can design your own experience: take as many sessions as you would like to create your perfect package. Courses are taught by well-qualified professionals who are active in their fields of expertise.
Each course has two weeknight class meetings from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m..Classes begin every two weeks from May 6 through June 27, 2013. Most classes are held at the Liberty Station Conference Center (LSCC), 2600 Laning Road, San Diego, CA 92106.
All registered students will receive a certificate of completion with each course and an exclusive invitation to our Meet the Professionals Networking event on June 27 at 6:30 p.m. at LSCC.
Register and view full schedule, course descriptions, and instructor bios here.
For more information, please contact Jeanne Cochran at JeanneCochran@pointloma.edu
Offices of Strengths and Vocation
Breathe… now breathe again. Yes, graduation is here! For some of you, writing that last check couldn’t come sooner, others are already stressing about the question, “What is Billy or Suzie going to do for work?” and maybe some of you are in denial still that your lil’ baby is all grown up. Whatever spectrum you are on, there is an important message you need to hear.
Have any of you heard of the “quarterlife crisis? You might be thinking, I have heard of midlife, but not quarterlife. Well, although you may not have heard of it, many of you most likely experienced it in some form or another. Remember back when you were about to graduate and you were on top of the world. You thought you were going to be the next CEO of any company who would have the pleasure of meeting you. Now, depending on at what point in the economy you graduated, this might have been true for some of you, but today’s reality is far from it.
I, Reyna Brook Sund, graduated a few months before one of the worst times you could present yourself to the world as a new graduate. On top of that, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I just figured that my great people skills would land me a high paying job with a company car, cell phone, and lap top computer. This did happen to one of my close friends, after all. But, since I didn’t know what to do, I decided to enhance my Spanish speaking skills by studying in Guatemala with a friend. I was there when the planes crashed into the twin towers and came home to chaos. My hopes were shattered, and I felt desperate and doubtful. I started grasping at any job that would consider me and lost my focus.
Somehow, the book “Quarterliife Crisis” ended up in my hands, written by two college graduates who went through what I was facing… but they had made it through to tell their story and encourage other grads. Boy was I thankful for them. If you think about it, nearly two decades of our lives had been planned out for us. Then all of a sudden, BAM, we get hit with the responsibility of narrowing down options and actually making choices rather than avoiding them, calculating finances, balancing our new freedoms, coping with fear of failure, asking, “How do I know if the decisions I'm making are right?" and then justifying them to our parents and friends, hoping they are good enough. That’s a lot to handle for someone who has lived by a pre-set schedule for 20+ years. The good news, and the message that ensues in going through this transition is normal and necessary for growth; others have done it and have come out of it on top.
Remind your student to hold strong to Christ’s promises – Jeremiah 29:11, to remember their values, their goals, and understand this is a journey. Then the process is not only bearable, but even worthwhile. In the meantime, the best way to prepare and be set up for success is to build a relationship with the career coaches in the Offices of Strengths and Vocation. They should send out a graduation letter to every friend and family member sharing their goals and dreams with the request to provide any connections or leads they may think of. They should team up with friends who are in the same boat to cheer each other on and share leads; seek out faculty that know their work ethic to refer them to colleagues in the field.
We in OSV are here and ready to help. We remember this transition and want to help your son or daughter come out on top. For appointments, please call 619-849-2446 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow us! @OSVatPLNU
Student Financial Information
Important Student Financial Services Dates
Month of April On-Campus housing room draws begin for 2013-14 school year
April 12 SFS Named Scholarship application due
May 1 Cap & Gown Distribution begins
May 4 Commencement
2013-14 SFS NAMED SCHOLARSHIP
The SFS Named Scholarship application allows current students to apply for multiple endowed scholarship funds with one simple on-line application. The application is now available to students through their student portal. Be sure to have your student take advantage of this scholarship opportunity! Your student can also talk to his/her academic department to see what departmental scholarships may be available.
Financial Holds have been placed on all delinquent accounts as of March 15th. Students with a financial hold on their accounts will not be able to register for summer or fall classes or participate in on-campus housing room draws, or Commencement. All financial aid should have already posted to student accounts; therefore any pending aid will most likely need your attention at this point.
Is your student participating in Commencement this Spring? Congratulations, you made it! In order to pick up graduation tickets, caps and gowns, and participate in Commencement, your student’s account balance must be paid in full. Please contact us if you have any questions about your student’s account.
1098-T TAX FORMS
PLNU has contracted with ECSI to provide 1098-Ts electronically for 2012, and these tax forms are now available through your student’s portal. Form 1098-T is a tax summary issued by PLNU to all students registered during a specified tax year, and includes tuition and required fees, adjustments made for prior years, and scholarships or grants received by the student. Room & board, living expenses, and textbook costs are not included.
Information on Form 1098-T is reported to the IRS and can be used by students to claim certain tax credits or deductions.
More information is available on our 1098-T telephone line: 619.849.2799.
To view and print the 1098-T, students will login to the student portal and click on the “Students” tab.
• Click on “Financial Services”
• Click on “1098-T” on the left hand side navigation bar.
• Follow the instructions to access the 1098-T tax form through ECSI’s website.
If you run into any difficulties, please call ECSI at 866.428.1098.
Note that Box 2 of your 1098-T will reflect amounts billed for qualified tuition and related expenses during the 2010 calendar year. Box 1 should be blank. We recommend that you provide this form to your tax preparer, as neither PLNU nor ECSI is able to provide you with any tax advice.
If you have any questions regarding your student’s statement of account, please feel free to contact the Student Financial Services Office at (619)849-2538 Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM and Friday 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM or by email at email@example.com. We are here to serve you!
Send a Celebration Treat!
Point Loma Nazarene University Women’s Auxiliary
Would you like to send your student some homemade desserts? For a $25 donation, the Women’s Auxiliary of PLNU will lovingly bake homemade cakes, cookies, or brownies and have them delivered right to your student’s residence hall!
You can order and pay online here.
Proceeds from this fundraiser are going toward Women’s Auxiliary’s fundraising efforts to fulfill the wish lists of each residence hall. They will be working on projects like putting in bike racks, kitchen upgrades, purchasing printers, adding dehumidifiers, and so much more. So, it is a double benefit for your student!
Please note: Two weeks advanced notice is appreciated.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Mary De Luca at 858-461-1640.
Study Skills: Tutorial Center
Techniques for Math and Science Tests
1. TRANSLATE PROBLEMS INTO ENGLISH. When you study equations and formulas, put those into words, too!
2. PERFORM OPPOSITE OPERATIONS. If a problem involves multiplication, check your work by dividing.
3. USE TIME DRILLS. Practice working problems quickly. Time yourself.
4. ANALYZE BEFORE YOU COMPUTE. Set up the problem before you begin to solve it.
5. MAKE A PICTURE. Draw a picture or diagram if you are stuck. It may clear a blocked mind.
6. ESTIMATE FIRST. This double-checks your work and can help you notice if your computations go awry.
7. CHECK YOUR WORK SYSTEMATICALLY. Ask yourself, “Did I read the problem correctly?” “Is my arithmetic correct?”
8. AVOID TEMPTATION TO CHANGE ANSWER IN THE LAST FEW MINUTES. Unless you’re sure the answer is wrong, a last minute rush usually causes you to choose the wrong answer.
9. REVIEW FORMULAS. Review concepts right before the test, and then write them on the margin of the test before you begin.
Hours: MONDAY-THURSDAY 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m., FRIDAY 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Tutorial Center is located in Bond Academic Center next to Study Abroad Office. Stop by and make a FREE tutoring appointment today. Or call us at X2593 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!