September 2011

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This week I’ll be writing about academic and other resources available to students on the Nevada campus. These resources definitely pertain to the area of student success. Take advantage of them as needed!

The first resource is the Tutoring Center. The Tutoring Center provides an incredibly good deal for the services that students get. Appointment tutoring ($20 for five 50-minute sessions) allows for continuity throughout the semester with a regular tutor and tutoring time. I often recommend that students take advantage of appointment tutoring for math and statistics classes. This type of tutoring both supports what you are learning in the classroom and will help you stay on top of the coursework. Please note—it’s better to set up this type of tutoring early in the semester! The demand for tutoring goes up as the semester progresses. Get your session and tutor established as soon as possible!

You can also choose to stop by the Tutoring Center, the Joe Crowley Student Union, or the Knowledge Center for walk-in tutoring labs. This is good if you have a question about a specific problem or concept.

Additionally, the Tutoring Center website includes links to study skills resources. These websites cover note taking, test anxiety, time management, and other issues that many students struggle with.

There are even more types of tutoring available. Check out the Tutoring Center website for more information!

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Some important dates are coming up related to registration for and dropping fall semester classes:

Students adding classes September 6-8 must have instructor permission.

September 8 is the last day to drop a class for a 100% refund.

September 8 is the last day to add a class with permission.

Be sure to check with the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships before you drop a class—any registration changes may impact your funding!

Also, if you need an additional class for the fall semester, consider a late start (weekend) class. These classes are more compact sections offered during the fall term.

Spring 2011 College of Business Graduates

Finally, fall graduation applications are due Thursday, September 8. Since DARS is only being updated for graduates, you must first apply to see a final DARS! Check with your academic advisor or faculty advisor if you have any questions about your eligibility to graduate. Once you have completed all of your degree requirements and applied for graduation, your DARS will read “All Requirements Complete Pending Current Registration.”

Sarah Timko is the graduation expert in the Student Success Center. Call to make an appointment with her today if you have any questions or concerns about graduation!

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Reno Fun

Now to write about something else dear to my heart—something other than working with students at Nevada—and that is the city of Reno. I moved to Reno 12 years ago and I absolutely love it here. First, we live in close proximity to a wide variety of geological and geographical features, including San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, beautiful and interesting desert places to the south and east, and so on and so on. I spend a lot of time enjoying Reno, but my family and I are very likely during the summer and fall months to be spending a weekend in San Francisco, Tahoe, Lovelock, Bishop, Icehouse Reservoir, or some other sweet campsite or town within a couple hours’ drive from Reno.

I also really appreciate Reno as a festival city—a place that dedicates resources to bringing in cool events for locals and tourists alike. This weekend, it’s the Rib Cook-Off, and next weekend, the Great Reno Balloon Race. Whether you wake up early three days in a row to check out the beautiful balloons rising up over west Reno out of Rancho San Rafael Park, or you just happen to have an 8:00 or 9:00 class on Thursday or Friday and you spot those same beautiful balloons cruising directly over our campus, I hope that you will appreciate how amazing it is to have this kind of thing right in our own backyard.

(Of course—I can’t forget to mention Burning Man at this time of year—check out the pictures and go if you get a chance. It is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience, unless you love it so much that you have to go back year after year!)

Come say hi during the Balloon Races—I’ll be helping crew (set-up, chase, and take-down) for my father-in-law’s balloon:

Kearney's Mistress

I hope that you come to love Reno as much as I do. Enjoy!

Photo: Deanna Davis

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