Greetings from Sherman! We are well into our fall semester, and hopefully, your student was able to get a couple of days of rest during our Fall Break. October is a critical month for both the semester and the future plans for our students. Parents of new students should be aware that this is the crucial time for your daughter/son to take action seeking assistance, as they need, with challenges in their classes. I encourage you to talk with them and compel them to act on the tasks at hand. In addition, we are heading into an Advising Week for spring classes. Students should be engaging their mentors about major declaration and/or class selection, and they will be registering for the spring in November,
JanTerm is coming up, and it’s more than just another month at school for the students of Austin College—it’s an adventure between traditional semesters where students immerse themselves into unique opportunities. JanTerm classes allow students to travel abroad, explore real-world careers, and stretch their talents in focused courses on campus. **ON CAMPUS JAN TERM COURSE REGISTRATION is 10/22 – 10/24
Also in October is our Homecoming Weekend, and we’d love to see you here! In particular, the Faculty Coffee with parents and current C/I faculty might be of interest. Please review the Homecoming & Family Weekend schedule on our website and plan to join us.
From the Academic Skills Center:
Exam time will be here soon; this is a great time to stop in and take advantage of our Peer Tutors. It’s not too late to improve your grades.
The ASC Peer Tutors host review sessions and workshops for content areas of frequent tutor support. The Review Sessions generally concentrate on upcoming test preparation, while workshops may cover a broad range of topics. Here is the Fall Review schedule:
|10/22||CHEM 221 (Ochem)||IC 301||7-9 p.m.|
|10/23||BA316/ECO361 (Finance: Excel Workshop)||Abell Computer Lab 116||7-8 p.m.|
|11/3||BA361/ECO361 (Finance)||WCC 255||7-9 p.m.|
|11/6||MATH 151 (Nguyen Calc I)||IC 125||7-9 p.m.|
|11/11||CHEM 111 (Gen Chem)||IC 127||7-9 p.m.|
|11/19||CHEM 221 (Ochem)||IC 127||7-9 p.m.|
|12/4||BA361/ECO361 (Finance)||WCC 255||7-9 p.m.|
From Health Services:
It is fall season and with fall comes the increased incidence of colds and flu. Once again, Austin College Health Services will be offering flu immunization for students, faculty and staff. The cost is $30.00 billed to the student account, cash, or billed to the Academic Health Program (student health) insurance. This is also a good time to remember handwashing is the best way to prevent illness. Handwashing does not need to be with a special sanitizing solution; all you need is a little soap, water and an adequate amount of time putting hands together and making lots of bubbles. And remember to cover coughs and sneezes too. Best wishes for a healthy fall and winter!
From Student Life:
We are very excited for Homecoming this month! Here are ways for your student to be involved:
- Thursday, October 24 @ 7 p.m.: Homecoming Lawn Party, WCC North Lawn
- Friday, October 25 @ 8 p.m.: Outdoor Movie “Halloweentown,” Graduation Court
- Saturday, October 26 @ Noon: Golf Cart Parade, Windsor Mall
From Financial Aid:
Does your student need financial aid for next year, 2020-21? Yes, we are already thinking about financial aid for next fall! The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2020-21 is now available online at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA for next year will use information from the 2018 federal tax return. You are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT), it is a timesaver!
From the Career Center
PathwayU helps students discover a path of joy, meaning, and purpose in their educational lives and beyond using a set of scientific assessments. Students are welcome to create an account, complete the assessment and meet with a Career Services Career Coach to go over their results.
The Handshake Career Portal personalizes students’ career recommendations, connecting them to local, national, and international companies. Students discover exciting new and relevant opportunities and connect with great companies and non-profits. Find your dream job or internship by exploring hundreds of local and non-local organizations!
**For Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors:
Career Readiness Check
Oct. 25, 2019
Registration is Open!
The Career Readiness Check is a 15-minute Informational Interview between you and two professionals to assess your preparedness for your job search or graduate school interviews and to personally connect you with two professionals. Each interview will be scored and the results will be turned into a Career Action Plan, empowering you to take valuable steps toward your post-graduation goals. Attendance is by registration only!
These professionals are from various businesses and organizations across Texas. They are coming to this event specifically to work with students to enhance their interviewing techniques and networking opportunities. Also, there will be a Networking Reception at 4:00 next to the Career Services offices (north end of 2nd floor of WCC). This will be an excellent opportunity to re-connect with your interviewers and to meet other professionals. Past interviewers can be viewed online.
You must have your resume updated and uploaded into the Registration Form or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for registration/resume upload is Friday, October 18th.To get help with your resume and/or prepare for your interview, visit the Career Center during drop-in hours from 3-5 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, WCC #263 or make an appointment by calling 903.813.2074.
JanTerm CSOC (Career Study Off-Campus)
In this program, students have the opportunity to receive academic credit for a shadowing experience or internship. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, students need to meet with a Career Coach to learn about the application and registration process. All students are required to meet with a Career Counselor to discuss plans and applications for a CSOC. Please call for arrangements at 903.813.2074 or drop in Tues, Weds, or Thurs from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in WCC263.
Transfer and International Student Programming:
11/13 Bagel Social for Transfer Students
11/28 Thanksgiving Dinner with Staff & Faculty
Oct. 28 – Nov. 8 – Advising Weeks
Nov. 8 – Last Day to Drop A Class With A “W”
Nov. 11-14 – Spring Term registration
Residence halls close at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 22 and reopen at Noon on Sunday, December 1. Classes resume at 8:00 a.m. on Dec. 2. **
Residence halls close at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 13 and reopen at Noon on Sunday, January 5. Classes begin at 8:00 a.m. on Jan. 6.**
**If a student would like to request a check-out extension or approval to stay on campus during the breaks, they need to speak with their Area Coordinator.
Friendly reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 3rd, so remember to set those clocks back!