December 2013 - Parent eNewsletter
Hello PLNU Parents,
Welcome to the December eNewsletter!
In this month's eNewsletter 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
Can you believe that Christmas is just a few short weeks away? It is our prayer that this Christmas season is filled with love, joy, and peace. Cherish your time with your PLNU student because before you know it, they will be back on campus for the Spring semester!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Parent Connection Team
Dec 13 | Classes End
Dec 16-20 | Final Examinations
Dec 21 | Residence Halls Close (Noon)
Jan 12 | Residence Halls Open (Noon)
Jan 13 | New Student Orientation
Jan 14 | Classes Begin & Quad I Classes Begin
Jan 20 | Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No Classes)
Feb 3-7 | Spiritual Renewal Week
Mar 4 | Quad I Classes End
Mar 5 | Quad II Classes Begin
Mar 8 | Residence Halls Close (Noon) for Spring Break
Mar 10-14 | Spring Break (No Classes)
Mar 16 | Residence Halls Open (Noon)
Mar 18-19 | Mid-Semester Grades Distributed
Full PLNU event calendar.
Full PLNU academic calendar.
Be in the Know
*Below are campus offerings for your student.*
Graduating Seniors: Know What You Owe! If your student is graduating in Fall 2013, and has 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 their loans. Please note that if they have private loans borrowed from Wells Fargo, Sallie Mae, or Discover, they may attend a session when their lender is present and available to answer questions. Refreshments will be served. Counseling sessions are available for the following days and times in Draper Hall:
Tuesday, December 10th, at 11 a.m. A Wells Fargo representative will be present.
Wednesday, December 11th at 2:30 p.m. A Discover student loan representative will be present.
Thursday, December 12th, at 9 a.m. A Sallie Mae representative will be present.
Wednesday, December 18th, at 1:30 p.m. A Sallie Mae representative will be present.
Thursday, December 19th, at 8 a.m.
The session will be in a group setting, and usually lasts about 45 minutes. Please contact SFS to reserve a day and time by calling the SFS office at (619) 849-2538, or by emailing email@example.com.
Spring 2014 bills are on their way! The Student Financial Services Office has mailed the Spring 2014 bills to all students registered for the spring semester. If your student plans on setting up a Tuition Installment Plan (TIP), please have them enroll now to ensure the maximum number of payments. TIP plans do not roll over from fall to spring, so students must take action if they would like to re-enroll for the spring.
If your student is currently registered less than full-time for spring (less than 12 units) and plan to remain part-time, please contact the SFS office so that they can make any necessary adjustments to your student’s financial aid. Financial aid is always, initially, awarded based on full-time enrollment and then adjustments are made after the add-period in the spring for those enrolled less than full-time.
Spring Registration. If your student is unable to register for spring because they are still struggling with how to settle your fall bill, the Student Financial Services Office is here to help! Please contact them if you need to discuss the student account, or have financial aid questions. They are located in Draper Hall and their regular office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. You can also contact them by e-mail, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, at (619) 849-2538. They are there to serve you and your student!
Chapel. To listen online, visit http://www.pointloma.edu/experience/faith/spiritual-development/chapel/listen-online
Fall Schedule: http://www.pointloma.edu/experience/faith/spiritual-development/chaplaincy-ministries/chapel/2013-fall-schedule
Attendance Policy: http://www.pointloma.edu/experience/faith/spiritual-development/chapel/attendance-policy
Convergence. This is a space where students who may sense a call to vocational ministry, but not necessarily a full-time pastoral position, can share their passions and dreams, and participate in each other's journeys together. Convergence meets once a month at Peet's Coffee & Tea, and has guest speakers join to share as well. They will be having their last meeting of the semester on Thursday, December 5th, from 9-10 p.m. Coffee is on them!
RA Needed. Informational meeting on Wednesday, January 15th, from 8-9 p.m. in Cunningham Dining Room. Students can learn more about the RA job description and expectations, meet the Resident Directors, and ask questions! Visit the Student Life website, or contact email@example.com, for more information.
Roots of Giving. Roots of Giving Fair Trade Market, on Campus Mall, on Friday, December 6th, from 6-10 p.m.! Featuring live music, food, crafts, and gifts, students can attend knowing that what they purchase has been made under fair work conditions. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
December Nights. Balboa Park’s annual Christmas celebration will be held this Saturday, December 7th. PLNU is providing transportation to this traditional event, with buses leaving at 6:30 p.m., and return at 10:30 p.m. Bus tickets can be purchased in the book store. There are always food and games for puchase!
La Posada: Christmas Celebration at the Border. On Saturday, December 14th, from 2-4 p.m., students can visit with our Mexican brothers and sisters in Christ without having to cross the border. Believers from both the Mexico and U.S. sides will join at the fence to worship our God together. To sign up for a ride to the event at Friendship Park, contact Marinna Martens at email@example.com.
PLNU Graduate Degrees. We offer graduate degrees in Business, Nursing, Biology, Ministry and Education, as well as teaching credentials. Check out the options! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit pointloma.edu/grad.
Offices of Strenghts and Vocation
The Offices of Strengths and Vocation (OSV) has been given the opportunity to speak to all freshmen about what it means to pursue God’s calling or vocation for their life. We start off with the claim that vocation is where your strongest passion meets the world’s greatest need. As Christians, we believe that God created us uniquely, with specific strengths, talents, and interests because there are so many different ways to serve. Thank goodness there are other people out there who have gifts that we don’t have, otherwise certain things would not get done, or relationship building would not exist and the list goes on. On the other hand, sometimes we may not be good at something, but have an internal tug so strong for its purpose, that we put in the work to become good at it. God uses us in all of these ways!
This holiday season, there will be opportunities to sit with your student(s) and ask some poignant questions such as:
• What were some projects that you worked on that got you really excited? Or where you lost track of time?
• Have you met any professors or professionals that inspired you by their passion for their work?
• Did you discover new gifts/talents/interests that you didn’t know you had before? What are some opportunities to develop those?
We then shared with them that it can be really stressful to have to choose a major without sometimes knowing exactly what God is calling them to. And even sometimes there is a fear of not knowing what you want to do by graduation. This anxiety is normal! However, there is a reason they are at PLNU, and there is a very good reason that PLNU has resources that they can and should utilize OSV.
• Career Assessments including MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory and Strengths Finder
• One-on-one career coaching sessions to design a personalized plan to identify the right path.
• Informational interviews with professionals in their field of choice
• Mock interviews to prepare for the real thing
• Alumni Mentor Program (Junior and Senior year)
Sometimes the best gift is peace of mind… knowing what God says, in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Merry Christmas from OSV
Student Financial Services Information
SPRING 2014 STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT
The first bill for the spring semester has now been sent to all students who are currently registered for spring classes. All future bills for the spring semester will be available electronically, through the student and parent portals. Payment for Spring 2014 is due January 6, 2014. Amounts showing as Pending aid will be considered payment, even if they haven’t yet posted. (Financial aid will not be posted for the spring semester until January 27th. Credit balances created by financial aid cannot be accessed until after that date, although a book advance of up to $600 can be granted during the first two weeks of school provided that such a credit will exist when financial aid is posted.)
If your student has provided you with financial information releases, you can elect to receive an email each month that a bill is generated if there is a balance due, to let you know that the bill is available to be viewed online through your parent portal.
To view your student’s bill online and/or to add your email address to enroll in electronic billing notifications, simply:
• Log in to your portal at my.pointloma.edu
• Click on PARENTS at the top of the page
• Click on “Financial Services” in the column on the left side of the webpage
• Click on “Statement of Account”
• At the top of the page is a link entitled “Change My Bill Notification Preferences”. Below that, you will see an account summary for any student who has given you financial permission.
• To see the most recent detailed statement, click on “View Bills”. You will see a list of all Official School Statements and a list of any statements that have been generated by you or by your student.
You also have the ability to generate your own online statement at any time in order to see up-to-the-minute posted transactions. 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.
If your student has not registered for spring due to a balance owing for fall, s/he is in danger of being de-enrolled from PLNU at the end of this semester. Please contact our office as soon as possible to let us know how you plan to resolve the balance; we can help you work 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 an Alternative loan with a co-signer at www.elmselect.com.
TUITION INSTALLMENT PLAN
It’s not too late to sign 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. December 20th is the first payment for the 4-pay plan, so enroll quickly if you’d like to maximize your number of payments! 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.
CHAPEL AND DORM FINES
Chapel and dorm fines are often posted to student accounts after the end of a semester, (after the last chapel service and after students have left the dorms for the holidays). This means that you would not see the fines on your most recent statement of account or on the initial spring statement. You will be able to see these fines if you generate an online statement in early January.
1098-T TAX FORMS
1098-T tax forms will be made available online (through the student portal) by the end of January. PLNU has partnered with ECSI to provide you with your 1098-T tax forms. ECSI has been providing other services to PLNU for many years, and is a trusted partner.
To access the 1098-T, have your student follow these steps, beginning in February:
1. Log into your my.pointloma.edu account.
2. Click on the “Students” tab.
3. Click on “Financial Services”
4. On the left hand side navigation bar, click on “1098-T”
5. The instructions will direct you to your 1098-T forms at ECSI’s website.
Our offices will be closed December 23rd through January 1st, for the holiday season. Our online services will be available for making payments during this time and will post immediately when a payment is submitted. Any checks sent through the mail will be processed when we reopen on January 2nd.
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 or 8:30 AM-4:30 PM on Friday. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to serve you!
HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS SEASON!!
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.
Mind over Matter
Improve your performance with mental conditioning! Winning a race takes both physical and mental conditioning. The race to the academic finish line involves many sprints, and some marathons. Mental conditioning is crucial for focus and endurance.
Imagine going through the steps and finishing the academic task. Visualization will help you believe you can do it. It will also relieve stress.
Sharpen your focus!
Find a study space as free of distractions as possible, but also train yourself to focus. Take a few deep breaths and give yourself a pep talk. Remember to focus on things you can control, rather than all the unknowns.
Set realistic goals!
Break the task into small steps and make sure your goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic and Time-sensitive.
Give yourself a prize!
It’s important to reward yourself every time you reach a goal. Do the hard work first; then, take a break to do something you enjoy.