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Making the Most of Your Summer

August

Business Office Advice to Help Students Prepare for the Fall 2016 Semester

The Fall 2016 semester is fast approaching!  Although you have some time before the term begins, it’s never too early to identify and prepare for some of the important dates related to payment and enrollment confirmation deadlines leading up to the start of classes.  We expect to process fall semester billing around August 1, and an email will be sent to the Viterbo account of all registered students once the billing process has been finalized and a statement is available for viewing on VitNet.  Please remember that all students are required to confirm enrollment with the Viterbo University Business Office no later than August 26, 2016 (the Friday before the start of the fall semester).  A student confirms enrollment by either making a $500 down payment toward the charges billed for the semester or by verifying that the financial aid funds awarded for the semester fully cover all charges on the account.

Other important dates for Fall 2016:

  • Aug. 2, 2016 - First day to charge books at the bookstore
  • Aug. 26, 2016 - Deadline to confirm enrollment with the Business Office
  • Aug. 29, 2016 - First day of classes
  • Sept. 2, 2016 - Last day to charge books at the bookstore
  • Sept. 6, 2016 - Last day to return books to the bookstore
  • Sept. 9, 2016 - First day for fall refund checks to be issued (enrollment must be confirmed)
  • Oct. 31, 2016 - Last day to pay student accounts in full to avoid interest
  • Dec. 16, 2016 - Last day to have account paid in full (including interest)

Please access our website for more information at http://www.viterbo.edu/business-office/student-information.  You are also welcome to contact us at your convenience during our regular office hours, 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.  Thank you!

Viterbo University Business Office
Murphy Center, Room 214
900 Viterbo Drive
La Crosse, WI  54601
608-796-3850

Study Abroad


Are you interested in traveling abroad, improving your foreign language abilities, enhancing your resume, meeting new friends, all while getting college credit and using financial aid? Then studying abroad is the ideal college experience for you! As a Viterbo student you have the option to go on a short-term, faculty-led program that would range from one to three weeks, a study abroad during the summer, or go abroad for a full semester of classes. One of the many great things about studying abroad is you don’t even have to know a second language, as you can study in a non-English speaking country on an English language program. The possibilities are truly endless. If this is an opportunity you may be interested in, contact Taylor Lewis, Study Abroad Coordinator, at tilewis@viterbo.edu, 608-796-3170, or in Murphy 377 today!

Center for Student Success Events


Looking for something to do? We’ve got you covered! This year we are hosting events focused on your complete wellness, including financial wellness, career wellness, and personal wellness. Check out the schedule at http://www.viterbo.edu/center-student-success/upcoming-events.

Move In

Move-in is coming! Returning students are invited to move onto campus on Saturday, August 27th, or Sunday, August 28th.

Volunteer to help during New Student Move-in on Friday, August 26th, and move in on Thursday, August 25th for FREE! Click here for more information: http://www.viterbo.edu/residence-life/move-volunteer  

For the most up-to-date information, visit: http://www.viterbo.edu/residence-life 

Beginning of the Year Events


A new school year signals a full calendar of new and traditional campus-wide events. Be sure to add the following events to your calendar. Grab your friends and get involved!

  • The 6th Annual Welcome Back Bash will be on Thursday, September 1 from 1 – 3:30 p.m. Come and see what local restaurants, businesses, and volunteer services have to offer. Be sure to pick up some freebies and free food while you’re there!
  • We’ve got you covered over Labor Day Weekend! Free events will take place throughout the weekend. We will go to the Farmer’s Market, Pettibone Beach, take a cruise on the La Crosse Queen, host the Friar Fry, and more. Explore La Crosse and have fun with us!
  • WelcomeFest will take place on Friday, Sept. 9 from 5 – 11 p.m. Enjoy a backyard picnic meal and a variety of activities including lawn games, tie-dying, and an Open Mic Night.
  • Remember, VU After Dark takes place every Friday and Saturday night of the semester. Enjoy Viterbo BINGO (Sept. 10), comedian Chloe Hilliard (Sept. 24), Hypnotist Steven Stone (Nov. 18), and other events such as canvas painting, RECtoberfest, and movie nights throughout the year.
  • Other events to look forward to throughout the fall semester include Viterbo Days (Oct. 7-8), the Student Activities Board Haunted House (Oct. 27), Global Initiatives Week (Nov. 4-11), and Dog Therapy Days (Sept. 14, Oct. 13, Nov. 14, and Dec. 6). Visit www.viterbo.edu/campus-activities to see the dates for all of your new and favorite past events!

 



July

Student Clubs

"Why should I hire you?" is a question you will be asked as you get ready for a full-time career after college. Or, maybe you have already been asked this question in an interview. Do you know how you’d respond? As you think about life after college, you should be thinking about how all of your experiences have helped you learn and grow. Certainly, you’ll talk about all of the knowledge you have from classes you’ve taken and research you’ve done. But, you should also be discussing the skills you have learned outside of the classroom. Check out this video on “Why Involvement in College Matters,” produced by Stephen F. Austin State University and CampusLabs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR7U2lsChgw

As you learned in the video, students report gaining valuable skills that employers are looking for (such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and decision making) through their involvement in optional co-curricular experiences (such as student organizations, internships, honor societies, etc.).  Why is this being shared with you?  Because if you are involved already, keep it up!  And if you're not involved, GET INVOLVED!

A great way to get involved is to join a student organization at Viterbo.  With over 30 student organizations, you'll likely find something that interests you.  If you don't find a group that interests you, starting a student organization is easy:  you just need to secure a few members and an advisor, complete the appropriate paperwork, and meet with the Director of Campus  Activities to discuss the goals of your group.

As a member of a student organization, you can expect to help plan events, help make group decisions, learn more about the purpose and goals of the group (and other information, especially if it’s related to an academic discipline), meet new people, develop skills, and network with professionals. Ultimately, getting involved as a member or an officer of a student organization will help you prepare for life after college!

Helpful Links:
Student Organization Information: http://www.viterbo.edu/student-organizations
Start Your Own Student Organization: http://www.viterbo.edu/student-organizations/start-your-own-student-organization


Library

Research, Reflect, Connect at the Library.

Working on a research paper or project? The library staff are here to help! http://www.viterbo.edu/library/ask-librarian

Whatever your place, however often you come, the library is perfect for study and reflection. http://www.viterbo.edu/library

Connect to your community – on campus, in La Crosse, and throughout the world. http://www.viterbo.edu/library


Financial Literacy

We hope your summer has been fun, relaxing, and inspiring and you return recharged, but if you spent more time in the sun than with your favorite online money manager, make a date with GradReady. You can find it here: https://viterbo.gradready.com/Educate/.

Still not convinced? Check out the PDF iconTop 10 Reasons You Need To Get GradReady!


Career Assessments

Wondering what you want to be when you grow up?  Take a FREE personality/interest/skills assessment and unlock your potential!  Find it at www.viterbo.edu/career-services/online-career-assessments.



June

As the academic year winds down, it is likely that you are being asked, "What are your plans for this summer?"  Are you interning?  Taking classes?  Studying abroad?  Feeling speechless because you have no idea?

If this question makes you cringe, it might mean that you don't...yet...know what you'll be up to this summer.  The good news is you are in control of how you spend your time this summer, and there is still time to make a plan to make the most of it!

  • Conduct Informational Interviews - Reach out to family, friends, or alumni who work at a company/organization of interest to you and set up a time to talk with them about their work, their company, or their city.  This is a great way to network and people love to talk about themselves.  People also like to help college students because it gives them a chance to "pay it forward," so do as much of this as you can while you're still a student. LinkedIn is a great resource for expanding your network.
  • Volunteer - Approach volunteer opportunities as if you're applying for your dream job.  Write a personalized cover letter and send it along with your resume to local organizations and offer your help.  Even if you don't land a gig in the marketing department, you never know how much you may gain (both personally and professionally) from the experience of giving back.
  • Get Experience - While many students put presure on themselves to get an internship as early as freshman or sophomore year, most companies target juniors for their internship programs.  While you may not land an internship, there are so many opportunities to develop transferable skills through traditional summer jobs.  For example, being a server in a restaurant may help you develop strong customer service or communication skills.  It is important to value your experiences and be ready to tell potential employers how you can add value to their company based on your experience from previous employment.  Viterbo's Career Exploration Internship program allows financial eligible juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn $10 per hour while volunteering their skills in a career-enhancing experience.  Go to http://www.viterbo.edu/internships to learn more about the program.
  • Develop a Skill - Perhaps you've been meaning to learn some new Excel formulas, get familiar with a social media platform, or brush up on a foreign language.  Summer is a great time to focus on the things you have been putting off.
  • Do Something That Makes You Interesting - What do you like to do for fun?  What would you enjoy talking to people about in a casual setting?  Training for a half-marathon, learning a new instrument, perfecting your cooking skills, or taking a cross country trip?  The opportunities are endless, but you are the only person who can decide what makes you interesting.
  • Read - "The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." ~ Dr. Seuss

Best of luck making your summer a meaningful and memorable one.  Hopefully when you head back to school in the fall and someone asks, "What did you do this summer?" you will have plenty to talk about!


Scholarships Aren't Just for Valedictorians and Star Athletes

The term "scholarship" evokes an assortment of definitions and misunderstandings.  Scholarships are not only for valedictorians and star athletes, but also for regular students with some unique qualifications.  Scholarships are available for every area of study imaginable and typically fall into two categories:  (1) Need-Based or (1) Merit-Based.

Viterbo University offers many scholarship opportunities through the generosity of friends and alumni.  Benefactors have helped to provide over $500,000 in scholarship dollars to be awarded to Viterbo students during the 2016-2017 academic year.  They are awarded to continuing students on an individual basis and are administered by the Financial Aid Office.

For more information on scholarships, please visit http://www.viterbo.edu/financial-aid/scholarships or contact Chris Sanger at cmsanger@viterbo.edu or (608) 796-3070.


Summer Health Tips from Health & Counseling Services

Summer has finally arrived; time to break out the sandals and the sunscreen!  Start your summer off right with these healthful tips.

  • Sunscreen - If you plan on being out in the sun, put on the sunscreen.  Using a product with 30 SPF or higher and both UVA and UVB protection is recommended.  Wear light-colored clothing and hats for more protection.
  • Stay Hydrated - Make sure to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.  If you plan on spending a lot of time in the sun, avoid too much alcohol and caffeine.
  • Food Safety - If you are hosting a cookout, remember that foodborne illnesses increase in the warmer weather.  Keep food safe during cookouts by handling, preparing and cooking it properly. 
  • Enjoy the Bounty - Summer gardening is not only a great pasttime.  It is also a way to help you get fresh fruits and vegetables while they are in season.  Not into gardening?  Be sure to visit the multitude of Farmers' Markets offered during the summer months.
  • Those Pesky Pests - Mosquitos and ticks are active in the summer.  For protection against mosquitos, use a bug spray with DEET.  To avoid ticks, wear light-colored clothing, wear your socks on the outside of your pants, and check for ticks at the end of every day.

Health Services wishes you a happy and healthy summer!

NEW THIS YEAR:  Counseling services are now being offered during the summer and are open to all currently enrolled students.  Hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Call (608) 796-3808 or go to viterbo.edu/counseling-services/making-appointment to schedule an appointment.  It's never too late to take care of yourself or develop new skills to balance life.


4-Year Plan

Make the most of your time at Viterbo by creating a 4-year plan!  Here's how:

  • Find the Sample 4-Year Plan for your major by clicking here, clicking your major, and navigating to Sample 4-Year Plan on the left.
  • Access Student Planning through VitNet (under Academic Planning).
  • Watch the Student Planning How-To video at https://ensemble.viterbo.edu/Watch/Ds6e2F9Z.
  • Use the Sample 4-Year Plan and your Progress Report to fill in your courses.
  • Have your advisor review your plan when you return to Viterbo in the fall!

Academic Resource Center

Students helping students is what the ARC is all about.  The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is here for your use.  Do you need help with time management, preparing for tests or retaining what you read?  Just stop by and we will get you connected with what you need.  Visit our FAQs to find out more about the ARC.  It is the place to be for academic success.

If you are a first generation student, we have a peer coaching program which pairs you with a continuing student to help get your acquainted with campus and encourage your academic success and adjustment.  This program is part of the TRIO/SSS program.  If you are a first generation student, seek us out.

If you are a person with a diagnosis, the ARC will assist you in putting accommodations in place.  Contact Jane Eddy at arc@viterbo.edu or visit http://www.viterbo.edu/academic-resource-center/students-diagnosed-needs-accommodations-0 for additional information.


Amie L. Mathy Center and Recreational Sports

One in four students either visit the Mathy Center for the fitness center, gymnasium or to participate in one of the many Recreational Sports programs. The top five reasons individuals say they participate in programs are:

  • to have fun;
  • to spend time with friends and/or make new friends;
  • to get their workout in;
  • to reduce stress; and/or
  • to try something new.

There is something for everyone!  To learn more about programs and services offered throughout the summer as well as in 2016-2017, visit the Department of Recreational Sports homepage at http://www.viterbo.edu/recreational-sports.