September 2013 - Parent eNewsletter
Parent Newsletter – September 2013
• Important Dates
• New Student Orientation Survey and Family Photos
• 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!
The fall semester is now officially in full swing! All PLNU staff and faculty are completely overjoyed to have our new and returning students on campus. It is with great joy that we start up the Parent eNewsletter again for the first time this semester.
This month’s Parent eNewsletter is filled with all kinds of important information. Please be sure to note the NSO Parent Survey and the NSO Family Photo information for the parents of new students. We would love for you to take the time to take the survey in the coming week.
It is my hope that this Parent eNewsletter will be a valuable place for any and all resources that you may need throughout your student’s time at PLNU. So, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have throughout the year. After all, we are here for you!
The Parent Connection Team
Sept 21 | North American Association of Christians in Social Work Conference
Sept 26 | Network 9 Communication and Theatre
Sept 26 | An Evening of Poetry with Katie Manning
Sept 30-Oct 4 | Renewal Week
Oct 4-5 | Family Weekend
Oct 25 | Fall Break Day (No Classes)
Oct 29-30 | Mid-Semester Grades Distributed
Full PLNU event calendar.
Full PLNU academic calendar.
New Student Orientation Survey and Family Photos
Attention Parents of New Students!
We would greatly appreciate your feedback about your personal experience at New Student Orientation. Please follow the link below to share your thoughts.
NSO Survey: https://pointloma.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9ZHCdAzFBTQuIRu
NSO Family Photos
We know that you have been waiting for your family photos from New Student Orientation. Please follow the link listed below to the NSO Flickr page. You will then find sets of photos that are organized by your check-in time. So, please find your check-in time and that set will have your family photo. Once you have located your photo you will be able to download the photo.
NSO Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/plnu_nso/sets/
• Select the photo set titled with your check-in time.
• Find your family photo and click on it to view your photo only.
• Right click on your photo and in the “View all sizes” column, select the size you would like to download (Recommend: Original).
• Once the new size of your photo opens, select “Download the … size of this photo”
• Choose the location that you would like to save the photo and follow prompts to complete the download.
• You can then have your photo printed at your local photo printing store or at your own printer.
Be in the Know
*Below are campus offerings for your student*
On-Campus Guitar Instruction. Class Guitar I (MUA151, M 3p) is designed for beginners and involves basic technique, strumming, chords, and note reading. Private lessons (MUA163) are for those students who are just starting out, or are advanced players wishing to improve their technique and fretboard knowledge. All levels and styles are accepted (classical, jazz, pop, improvisation, music theory, chord melody, fingerstyle, etc.). Students may contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Audition Notice. “All the world’s a stage.” Students are invited to come and be a part of Salomon Theatre’s fall production of Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It. Auditions are Monday, September 9th, and Tuesday, September 10th, in Salomon Theatre. Students can sign up for an audition time, or get information, at Cabrillo Hall 208.
Love to Worship? PLNU Voices in Praise Gospel Choir will be opening for membership for the Fall 2013 semester. If your student loves gospel music, loves to pray, and lovse to worship the Lord, VIP welcomes them to sing for joy! Rehearsals begin Monday, September 9th, in Brown Chapel, from 7-9 p.m. Students can contact email@example.com for more information.
D Group Kick-Off! D Groups are kicking off on Monday, September 9th. Leaders sporting their blue, D Group t-shirts are around all day inviting people to find a small group. If your student has questions about getting involved, or they want more information about other Discipleship Programs (Created Space, Spiritual Mentoring), the team will be in the lobby after chapel. Plus, someone from the Leadership Team will be in every living area from 7:30-9 p.m. on Monday night. Students can visit the Discipleship Group website, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
Community Ministries Fair. Is your student wondering where they can get involved and serve this semester? They are invited to take a walk down the Campus Mall after chapel, Friday, September 13th, and check out all of the different opportunities available through Student Ministries and Ministry with Mexico. Each ministry group will have a booth, and information about their specific days and times of service each week. Students are invited to come and see where they can plug in! Contact Dana Hojsack at email@example.com, or extension 2678, with any questions you may have, or check out all of the ministries with the Office of Spiritual Development on the Spiritual Development website.
New Spiritual Mentoring Program. This one-on-one mentoring program matches students with faculty, staff, or friends of PLNU to spend time together at least twice a month over the course of a semester. Students should request a mentor online, soon, as this is a first-come, first-served program. The deadline to request a mentor is Sunday, September 22nd. Visit the Spiritual Mentoring website for the sign-up links, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions you may have.
Strengths on Point Seminar. Students are invited to get to know their five strengths intimately, and how they play out in your daily life. Students can explore how to combat their weakness with their strengths. The “My Five” seminar will help your student harness their natural talents to be successful. Students are invited to sign up to attend on Tuesday, September 17th, from 7-8:30 p.m., in Cunningham of Nicholson Commons. Reserve your spot today, as space is limited and an RSVP is required! For more information, contact Melissa Burt-Gracik at (619) 849-2253, or email@example.com.
Study Abroad Fair. The Study Abroad Office will be hosting the fall Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, September 18th, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Campus Mall. Over twenty-five study abroad programs will be in attendance, along with study abroad returnees. Students should visit the Study Abroad website, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
PLNU London Campus. What do Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace, and The Globe all have in common? They could become your student’s new favorite haunts, if they are selected for PLNU’s 2014 Fall Semester in London. Students can travel throughout Great Britain, enjoy theatre and museum visits, and earn 16 credits of their favorite courses, all for less than the price of a regular PLNU semester. Contact the Study Abroad Office, or email@example.com, for more information, as well as visit the program’s website. Applications are available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intramural Sign-Ups. Fall intramurals are starting soon! The activities offered include co-ed softball (Su), six-person volleyball (M), four-person volleyball (T), 3-on-3 basketball (W), co-ed ultimate frisbee (Th), tennis (Th), women’s soccer (S), aerobics (M/Th), and yoga (Su). Sign-ups will be in front of the Dining Hall during lunch hours. Visit the PLNU Intramurals page, or contact email@example.com for more information.
Have you got SEALION spirit?
Men’s Soccer vs. Southern Nazarene, Thursday, September 12th, at 4:30 p.m.—Soccer Field
Women’s Volleyball vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills, Friday, September 13th, at 2:30 p.m.—La Jolla
Men’s Soccer vs. Montana State Billings, Saturday, September 14th, at 11 a.m.—Soccer Field
Women’s Volleyball vs. Cal State San Bernardino, Saturday, September 14th, at 12 p.m.—La Jolla
Women’s Soccer vs. San Diego Christian, Saturday, September 14th, at 3:30 p.m.—Soccer Field
Women’s Volleyball vs. Cal Poly Pomona, Saturday, September 14th, at 5 p.m.—La Jolla
Spring 2013 Dean’s List. Congratulations to the 869 Point Loma undergraduate students who spring session G.P.A qualified them for this academic honor. Visit the Dean List’s website to access the list.
Summer Transfer Work? If your student took a summer course outside of PLNU, have their transfer school send an official, sealed transcript as soon as possible to the Records Office, at 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA 92106.
Last Day to Add. The last day to add a Quad I course is Tuesday, September 10th. The last day to add a semester-long course is Friday, September 13th.
Changing Majors. To change or declare a major, minor, concentration, or your student’s catalog year, they need to stop by the Records Office, or fill out the Change of Program web form in their student portal. (This form is for athletes and non-athletes alike; please disregard the “non-athletes” wording on the form.)
Law School? If your student wants to find out about pre-law events and other important announcements, they should contact Dr. Kelli McCoy at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the e-mail list. This is open to anyone who’s interested, and all majors are welcome. Visit the Pre-Law website for more information.
More Career Resources. OSV has expanded! They are thrilled to announce their new OSV South location in the Fermanian Business Center. Students should stop by and visit the Assistant Director, Chad Lozier, and arrange a career coaching session, as well as have some coffee and treats. This office will be focused on the business students, but if you happen to be in the area, they’d love to serve you as well. Don’t forget to like OSV on Facebook!click_here.pdf
Offices of Strengths and Vocation
Welcome Back to School!
My name is Jessica Mercado and I am the new Assistant Director of OSV. I am looking forward to working with your students this year. To prepare for the new school year, I used this summer to go on a few informational interviews. Informational interviewing is when you reach out to a professional and meet with them to get a sense of what they do and the steps that they took to get there. Doing an informational interview is a great way to identify the right career match including culture fit, utilizing strengths and passions, and narrowing down career choices.
I met with a career counselor at SDSU and USD and also with an owner of an executive search company. All professionals were found through a search done on LinkedIn. I typed in “career counselor” and I narrowed down my search to San Diego and then reached out to a few professionals and asked them if they would be willing to meet with me so that I could ask them a few questions. It is a good idea to go into an informational interview with a list of 8-10 position and company specific questions. These professionals were generous with the information they shared with me and were excited about the fact that someone wanted to learn from them.
All three professionals could not stress enough how important informational interviews are. Informational interviews are not job interviews so they are stress-free, however dressing professionally leaves a good impression and there is always a chance it can lead to a possible job. Also, the professionals can end up being great mentors. I have since kept in contact with all of three professionals and they have sent me information on current trends happening in the career counseling world.
In conclusion, I recommend that all students do at least 5 informational interviews to gain networking experience and to help them make the connections needed to prepare for their careers. I have gained so much knowledge through this process and it further confirmed why I love being a career coach. Students can practice informational interviewing with family friends so that they can get comfortable with the process. It is a good way to get comfortable with networking and reaching out to professionals. When is a good time to do informational interviews? The time is now!
Student Financial Information
Don’t forget these important dates!
13 Deadline to Change Meal Plan
Through the student portal, students can change their meal plan during the first two weeks of school. Keep in mind that this might affect the balance owing, and that after September 13th, no changes can be made until the following semester.
16 Pending Aid Posts to Student Account
Financial Aid will post to student accounts the week of September 16th. If there is pending aid remaining on your student’s account after that date, there is likely some further action required by your student (see Pending Aid Requirements below).
16 5% Late Fee Applied on Owing Balances
If there is still a balance owing on September 16th, a 5% late fee will be applied to your student’s account. Any pending financial aid that has been awarded or remaining TIP contracts will not be subject to the late fee. Please be sure to take care of any balance prior to this date.
27 Deadline to Waive Health Insurance
Every PLNU undergraduate student is automatically covered by PLNU’s health insurance. If your student is covered by another plan, please have him/her waive PLNU’s health insurance via the student portal. This will remove the $676.50 charge from your student’s account. If the health insurance plan is not waived prior to September 27th, it cannot be waived until the following semester, even if the student has other coverage.
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 your student has granted you information releases, you can set up a parent portal. Simply go to my.pointloma.edu and click 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.
You can access your student’s statement of account online
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 click the bill link with the most current date. 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 notification by email. To set up these notifications, click on Change my bill notification preferences at the top of the Statement of Account page and provide us with your email address.
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.
Did you know that you can generate a new statement of account at 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 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 Pay Your Bill
Log in to your 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 pay by electronic check or credit card.
Pending Aid Requirements
Make sure that your student has accepted or declined all awarded aid through the portal, and be sure to sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) at www.studentloans.gov, using your FAFSA pin number (if you have borrowed a Direct Loan in the past, you will not need to complete a new MPN).
If your student is borrowing a Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan for the first time, he/she will also need to complete entrance counseling at www.studentloans.gov. Remember that financial aid will be adjusted if your student is registered for less than 12 units, and that students must be enrolled full time in order to be eligible for institutional aid.
Parent PLUS Loan
If you are having difficulty covering the remaining balance on your student’s 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 Loan.
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.
If financial aid creates an overage (credit) on the account, your student can contact SFS for a credit refund after aid posts the week of September 16th. If an advance is needed, we can authorize up to $600 to be used towards books or other educational expenses, as of the first day of school (as long as the financial aid covers this amount).
Potential Changes to Accounts
Be sure to keep an eye on your student’s account, because the balance on the account may fluctuate throughout the course of each semester. For example:
• Registration Changes
o Some classes have associated fees. If your student adds a music or science class, there may be additional course or lab fees.
o If your student adds courses beyond block tuition (12-17 units), additional courses will be charged at $995/unit.
o If your student drops courses that brings him/her below block tuition (12-17 units) there will likely be a refund of tuition costs, but this may jeopardize the student’s financial aid eligibility.
o Part-time registration: Students registered for less than 12 units are not eligible for some forms of financial aid, including all institutional aid and Nazarene district grants. In order to allow for changes in registration, financial aid will not be adjusted until after the first two weeks of school.
• Manual Adjustments
o Audit courses are charged at 50% the regular unit cost if the student is taking more than 17 or less than 12 units, but are not charged until after the first two weeks of classes.
o Fines and fees are placed on student accounts when SFS is notified by the Library, Residential Life, Chapel Attendance, Public Safety/Parking, or the Wellness Center. These fines might occur at any time during the semester, and many of them will post after the end of a semester (such as chapel and dorm fines).
• Housing and Meal Plans
o Your student has the option to change his/her meal plan during the first two weeks of school. This may have an effect on the balance owing on the account, so generate a new statement once the change is made to see if the change creates an owing balance.
Tuition Installment Plan
If you are paying your student account through PLNU’s Tuition Installment Plan (TIP), you will receive an email 3 days before your payment due date, letting you know that your next installment is due. However, please be sure to keep an eye on your PLNU statement of account as well, to make sure that your TIP contract covers your school bill. Your TIP contract will not automatically adjust to match the balance owing on your student account.
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. We are available 8:30AM-5PM, Monday through Thursday and 8:30am to 4:30pm on Friday.
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
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.