February 2017 Newsletter

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Has Your Student Planned/Arranged for Housing Next Year? 

Perfect for continuing students, on-campus apartments are safe and convenient with all the amenities you expect: full kitchens, Wi-Fi included, the option of private or shared bedrooms and the opportunity to choose your living space. Gender inclusive housing is also available on campus. 

Most continuing students will live in Poly Canyon Village Apartments, a beautiful community with breath-taking views, convenient dining, and a market. All of it is just steps away from class. Freshman tours of the Poly Canyon Village Apartments will be offered on the following dates:  

Wednesday, February 1st at 7pm 

Thursday, February 2nd at 7pm 

Friday, February 3rd at 3pm 

For more information on the application steps and timeline for continuing student on-campus housing accommodations, CLICK HERE

If your student is interested in living off campus, CLICK HERE for more information and planning tools. Mustang News will be hosting a Housing Fair on March 9th from 11am-1pm on Dexter Lawn. 

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Has Your Student Thought About Summer Plans/Internships? 

It may seem early, but now could be a great time for your student to start thinking about their plans for the upcoming summer. If your student is considering a job or internship over the summer, now is the perfect time to start researching, planning, and applying. Career Services offers a variety of networking sessions, workshops, and resume resources to help your student get started. 

There are plenty of networking sessions and workshops offered by Career Services to help your student get started with the search. Even if your student doesn’t have a polished resume yet, Career Services can help get the ball rolling and provide great support.

Your student also has the opportunity to enroll in classes over the summer. Registration for summer classes will open during Spring Quarter and there will be over 400 classes available! For more information on the summer session, CLICK HERE. For information on taking summer classes at community colleges to transfer credits, CLICK HERE.

The Center for Service in Action also hosts an Alternative Breaks trip over the summer, providing students with a chance to make a difference during their break. Cal Poly students have the opportunity to serve their global community while exploring outside their positions of privilege. For more information on upcoming trips, CLICK HERE.

 

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Upcoming Career Fairs 

Whether your student is looking for an internship or full-time job, they won't want to miss the chance to network with hundreds participating employers in the following upcoming career fairs: 

  • Start-up Career Fair - 2/1 
  • Local Career Fair - 2/2 
  • Packaging Career Fair - 2/8 
  • Architecture & Env. Design Career Fair – 2/16
  • Construction Mgt. Career Fair - 2/21 

Remind your student of the following tips to prepare for the Career Fair: 

  • Research employers; your student can visit the event page on Handshake and use the filters to find companies who are hiring for roles that they are interested in. To view job descriptions, click on Jobs, and then and then enter keywords such as the employer’s name.
  • Your student can share their resume with attending employers via the opt-in resume book
  • Your student can learn how to make the most of the Career Fair by attending one of Career Service’s prep workshops
  • Your student can have their resume critiqued by a Career Counselor before the fair during drop-in hours or by appointment
  • Your student can check out Career Service’s interview tips and prepare for common questions
  • Your student should make sure their professional attire is ready to go!

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Spring Quarter Registration Tips

By now, students may be acclimating to the faster pace of the quarter system, but inevitably the registration cycle for each quarter still sneaks up on students. It is very important to stay on top of important registration dates. Students can check their registration start time here.

It is incredibly valuable for students to meet with an academic advisor before registering to help guide their academic progress and help them stay on track to graduate. For a list of college-specific advising centers, CLICK HERE

The Mustang Success Center is a great resource for first-year students looking for some guidance as they navigate their schedules and the registration process. Drop-in hours are from 9am-6pm, Monday-Thursday and 9am-4pm on Fridays in Building 52, Room D37. 

Additionally, students must log in to their PolyPlanner each quarter to verify or update their course plans. For more information on using PolyPlanner, CLICK HERE

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Quick Tips for Beating that Winter Cold/Flu

Getting sick is never fun, but it’s even worse when you’re away from home. Remind your student of these simple tips to avoid a winter bug: 

  • Hydrate as much as possible
  • Get plenty of rest and sleep - at least 8 hours if possible!
  • Add an extra pillow at night to help clear the nasal passages when stuffed up to help get better sleep 
  • Continue to get light exercise, like easy jogging or yoga
  • Wash hands often with warm water and soap
  • If your student chooses to go to a party, tell them to not share cups and/or utensils with others as this quickly spreads germs

The Health Center on campus is a great resource to students if they feel like they can’t beat their sickness. Also, students can get a flu shot at the Health Center for $16 during regular nursing hours. 

For information on after-hours services and local urgent care facilities, CLICK HERE

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Cal Poly Year in Review

Did you know that 4,654 Cal Poly students graduated in 2016? Or that Cal Poly received 56,896 new applications for admissions for Fall 2017 which is a new record? 

Take a look at Cal Poly Magazine’s 2016 year in review of Cal Poly to discover some interesting statistics about Cal Poly’s growth and student success in the last year. 

To subscribe to the Cal Poly Magazine, CLICK HERE

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2016 IRS Form 1098-T Electronic Version Available Now!

Your student’s IRS Form 1098-T (Tuition Statement) for 2016 is available now with electronic delivery consent.  We encourage Cal Poly students to sign up to receive their Form 1098-T electronically instead of receiving a paper document delivered through the U.S. Postal Service.  

Parents and supporters can get access to their student’s 1098-T form electronically by having their student opt in on Share My Info. 

Students need to: 

  1. Sign up for 1098-T electronic delivery.
  2. Go to the Money Matters tab, Share My Info portlet. 
  3. Create a Share My Information report and select the parent template or 1098-T form.  They can also edit existing reports to include the 1098-T.
  4. Share My Info user guide available at https://servicedesk.calpoly.edu/share-my-info-user-guide

Please consult your tax advisor about your 1098-T and your income tax return.

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Resource Spotlight – The MultiCultural Center 

Cal Poly has a variety of great resources for a diverse student body. Each month we will highlight one that may be beneficial or of interested to your student. 

The MultiCultural Center (MCC) supports and advocates for under-represented students by honoring cultural expression, building community, and creating cross-cultural connections. The MCC provides a welcoming space for the Cal Poly community to promote diversity and work towards social justice. Some of the reoccurring events and resources they offer include the following: 

Men of Color: These dialogues touch on issues that men of color face. We hope to bring together the community to share experiences and struggles, as well as give support.

Gatherings: A Space for Women of Color: A weekly hangout with women from diverse backgrounds with good food and fun activities.

SWANNA (South West Asian North African American) Talks: Join us for weekly discussions about Middle Eastern American identity. We explore universal topics including Middle Eastern American culture and current events. 

AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Dialogue Nights: An opportunity for Asian American Pacific Islander (API) students to come together and discuss past and current topics that have affected the API community. Become more aware of yourself and learn to share the information with individuals outside of the API community.  

Talk About it Tuesday: A space for everyone and anyone. Come enjoy tacos, play games, and explore our human library, where you’ll get to know your peers’ stories. 

CLICK HERE to request a subscription to the Cross Cultural Centers Newsletter to stay up-to-date on upcoming MCC events.

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Upcoming Events – February 

Thursday, February 2nd 5-8pm in Mott Gym (042-0102)

     Women’s Basketball v UC Davis

Thursday, February 2nd 8-11pm in Mott Gym (042-0102)

     Men’s Basketball v UC Davis

Friday, February 3rd 9:30-10:30am and 11am-12pm in Spanos Theatre (044-0227)

     JazzReach Student Matinee 

Saturday, February 4th 4-7pm in Mott Gym (042-0102)

     Women’s Basketball v UC Riverside

Saturday, February 4th 7-10pm in Mott Gym (042-0102)

     Men’s Basketball v UC Riverside

For Athletic event tickets, CLICK HERE. For Performing Art Center event tickets, CLICK HERE.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

February 21 – March 28 | Spring Quarter Registration (REMINDER: Tuition fees are due at time of registration)

March 1-8 | On-campus housing application opens to current freshmen

March 9 | On-campus housing application opens to all continuing students

March 16 | Fee due date for Spring Quarter (if not financial aid deferred)

March 20 – 24 | Winter Quarter Finals 

March 24 | Class cancellation (financial aid deferred accounts exempt)

March 25 – April 2 | Spring Break 

March 27 | 1st financial aid disbursement 

March 28 | Financial aid deferred fees due 

March 31 | 1st direct deposit refund for excess financial aid 

April 6 – 8 | Open House 

April 19 – 20 | Spring Career Fair

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Important Campus Phone Numbers

Admissions | (805) 756-2311
Career Services | (805) 756-2501
Commencement | (805) 756-1600
Counseling Services | (805) 756-2511
Disability Resource Center | (805) 756-1395
Financial Aid Office | (805) 756-2927
Health Services | (805) 756-1211
Mustang Success Center | (805) 756-6211
Parent & Family Programs | (805) 756-6700
Student Accounts | (805) 756-1428
University Housing | (805) 756-1226
University Police Department | (805) 756-2281

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