October 2013 - Parent eNewsletter
Parent Newsletter – Oct 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
Hi PLNU Parents,
Welcome to the October Newsletter!
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 and information we have for your student. As always, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions!
The Parent Connection Team
Oct 12 | A Hot Night of Cool Jazz
Oct 15 | Perspectives on Science with Dr. Shang Ping Xie
Oct 19 | Ministry with Mexico: Las Casas Daytrip
Oct 21-25 | Seminar by the Sea: The Role of Scripture in the 21st Century Church
Oct 25 | Fall Break Day (No Classes)
Oct 26 | Fall Festival
Oct 29-30 | Mid-Semester Grades Distributed
Oct 30 | Network 9: Literature, Journalism, and Modern Languages
Nov 21-23 | Alumni Homecoming
Nov 27-29 | Thanksgiving Recess (No Classes)
Dec 13 | Classes End
Dec 16-20 | Final Examinations
Be in the Know
*Below are campus offerings for your student*
A Note From Admissions. PLNU Info Nights are some of our most successful events—an area Admissions Counselor meets with prospective students and their families and shares all about PLNU, the admissions process, financial aid, and more. We also have parents of current PLNU students at each event to share their perspective. We consistently see strong interest in these events, and that interest leads to some great applications to PLNU!
So where do you come in? I’m hoping that at some point, you’ve run into a student who may be the perfect PLNU fit. If so, I’d love for you to be able to refer them to this event!
All of the information about time, location, etc. is at www.pointloma.edu/infonights. If you know a student or family who would benefit from hearing about PLNU, feel free to forward this, or connect them with me personally.
Questions or comments? Please contact email@example.com
Best part: One student at each event will win a free night’s stay at a San Diego hotel!
Driftwood. Poetry, art, fiction and nonfiction writing, photography, film, and music are being accepted into the next edition of the Driftwood Literary Magazine, PLNU’s creative arts journal. The deadline for applications is Friday, October 11th. Application forms can be picked up in Bond Academic Center.
Parent Portals. Have you set up your Parent Portal yet? If not, please be sure you:1. Are granted permission by your student via “Update Information Releases” under Profile Update in their portal. (Note the ID number that appears next to their name(s).)
2. Receive your Parent Portal ID number from your student.
3. Go to my.pointloma.edu. Choose “Create Account” on the left hand side of the page and you will be asked for basic information such as name, ID number, and zip code. After setting up the account, you will click on “Parents” at the top of the page.
4. If you have received permission to see your student’s information, you will be able to choose your student’s name and access their account.
5. If you need assistance, please call the Help Desk at (619) 849-2222.
Kaleo Chapel. The Office for Spiritual Development is now accepting submissions for Kaleo Chapel. Kaleo Chapels are student-produced chapels that are highly creative in their expression of worship. They have featured spoken word poetry, live painting, student preaching, student-led music, hip-hop, sign-language, and film. On Wednesday, November 6th, there will be two Kaleo Chapels: the morning chapel's theme is "Saying yes to God," and the evening, Time Out Kaleo's theme is "Giving to others as we've been given to." Submit your piece before Tuesday, October 15th to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s happening in Chapel this week?
Monday: Renewal Week—Tim & Shawna Gaines
Wednesday: Renewal Week—Tim & Shawna Gaines
Time Out: Renewal Week—Tim & Shawna Gaines
Friday: Renewal Week—Tim & Shawna Gaines
Trouble Finding Parking? This semester, Public Safety is providing real time parking updates on its Twitter feed. Check out @plnuDPS at www.twitter.com/plnuDPS, and know where to park!
Homeless Ministry Opportunities. Is your student still trying to figure out where they would like to get involved? Homeless Ministries would love their help on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings! Spots are still available each week to share conversation and a meal with our homeless neighbors. To find out more, contact Michael Freed, Homeless Ministries Director, at email@example.com. As always, a complete list of PLNU Student Ministries is available at www.pointloma.edu/studentministries.
Wednesday Tutors Needed. Does your student have free time on Wednesday that they are willing to devote to service? Student Ministries has tutoring openings available with various nonprofits and age groups. If your student is interested in tutoring children or teens, they should contact Molly Bassett, Tutoring Ministries Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you got SEALION spirit?
Women’s Soccer vs. BYU-Hawaii, Tuesday, October 1st, at 1 p.m.—Soccer Field
Men’s Soccer vs. BYU-Hawaii, Tuesday, October 1st, at 3:30 p.m.—Soccer Field
Women’s Soccer vs. Chaminade, Thursday, October 3rd, at 1 p.m.—Soccer Field
Men’s Soccer vs. Chaminade, Thursday, October 3rd, at 3:30 p.m.—Soccer Field
Women’s Volleyball vs. Azusa Pacific, Thursday, October 3rd, at 7 p.m.—Golden Gym
Women’s Soccer vs. Hawaii Pacific, Saturday, October 5th, at 11 a.m..—Soccer Field
Men’s Soccer vs. Hawaii Pacific, Saturday, October 5th, at 1:30 p.m.—Soccer Field
Pre-Law Info Session. Anyone with questions about pre-law is welcome to attend this info session on Thursday, October 10th, from 2-3:30 p.m., in the Colt Lounge. Contact Dr. Kelli McCoy, at email@example.com, or visit the History & Political Science website, for further information.
Davies-Jackson Scholarship Opportunity. This is a unique opportunity for students who will be the first in their family to graduate from college, and who wish to study after graduation. The scholarship covers tuition, fees, room and board, and travel expenses. The application deadline is Friday, November 1st. For more information, go to www.cic.edu/daviesjackson.
Concurrent Enrollment. If you are taking classes concurrently at another institution while attending PLNU this Fall 2013 semester, you must have the course pre-approved prior to taking it. Stop by the Records Office to fill out the Academic Policy Petition.
Junior and Senior Grad Checks. Grad Checks for juniors and seniors are happening now! Apply now through the online Grad Check Application form found through your Student Portal, at https://my.pointloma.edu/ICS/Students/Records/.
Last Day to Drop. The last day to drop a Quad I course is Friday, September 27th. The last day to drop a semester-long course is Friday, November 8th. The last day to drop a Quad II course is Friday, November 15th.
Last Day to Add. The last day to add a Quad II course is Tuesday, October 29th.
Transfer Student Transcripts. If you are a transfer student to PLNU this Fall 2013 semester, check both your advising guide and unofficial transcript to makes sure all of your coursework has been transferred. If you see a “NR” on a transfer course, that means the Records Office has not received an updated transcript with a grade. Please, have your transfer school send an official, sealed transcript ASAP to the Records Office, at 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, 92106.
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.
Offices of Strengths and Vocation
A Bigger, Badder, Better OSV
Greetings Parents from the Offices of Strengths and Vocation! Last month Jessica Mercado took the opportunity to write to you and introduce herself as the newest member of the OSV staff. Now there’s an even newer kid on the block. My name is Chad Lozier and I am the new Assistant Director for OSV. Over the summer, OSV expanded to a second office, located on the south end of campus right next to the Fermanian School of Business and the Rohr Sociology and Social Work building. We affectionately call it OSV South, and we are open for business!
I come to the OSV team with years of experience as a career coach in Higher Education and the US Navy. My specialties include career self-assessments, resume writing, interview preparation and LinkedIn networking. This year we are paying particular attention to helping out the Business majors, building upon the services we provide to our rapidly growing Fermanian School of Business. Previous to PLNU, I worked in a very similar capacity career coaching and liaising with Business faculty and Deans. I’m excited to get our students prepared to take their first steps out onto the career path. So far, we have had around a hundred students come and visit the OSV South office, and we are anticipating a lot more.
One of the unique things that OSV does over the semester and school year is to bring career professionals onto campus to share their insights and advice with our students. During “Network 9” events, we bring at least nine professionals from the community onto the campus to tell their career story, and network with the students. So far we have held two events this year on campus, and both events went extremely well. The best part is that I observed our students making real life connections with industry pros.
I tell you about these events on campus because we are always looking for quality, Christ-centered professionals who are successfully working in industries that are interesting to our students. If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved, let us know!
I have been impressed and moved already by how eager your students are to go out there and tackle the world. I have no doubt that the days ahead will be brighter in the hands of these future professionals and servants of God.
Chad Lozier, Assistant Director, Offices of Strengths and Vocation
Student Financial Information
Important Student Financial Services Dates
October 18 Financial Holds are placed on Delinquent Accounts
October 24/25 SFS Office closed for staff training
October 25 Fall Break for PLNU students
November 4 Priority Registration opens for Spring 2014
IMPORTANT FINANCIAL HOLD INFORMATION!
A financial hold will be placed on all delinquent student accounts on Friday, October 18th. This hold will prevent your student from registering for classes for the spring semester until the balance is paid in full. Please have your student contact Student Financial Services to let us know his/her plan for covering any owing balance.
All financial aid should now be posted to student accounts, and pending aid will not be taken into consideration when financial holds are 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.
PARENT PLUS LOAN
If your student is having difficulty covering the remaining balance on his/her student account, you may want to consider applying for a PLUS loan, if you haven’t already. The PLUS loan is a credit-based government loan specifically designed for parents of undergraduate college students. If you are denied a PLUS loan, your student will become eligible for an additional amount of Direct Unsubsidized Loans.
You can apply for the PLUS loan by visiting www.studentloans.gov and signing in with your FAFSA pin number (you can request a duplicate PIN if you don’t remember it). You will also need to sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) through this site.
TUITION INSTALLMENT PLAN FOR SPRING
It’s not too early 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 now 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.
Study Skills: Tutorial Center
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 Thrusday, 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.