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Welcome Weekend Alternative for Transfer Students
Transcript of Welcome Weekend Alternative for Transfer Students
Welcome to the USF Community
Assist new students in developing relationships,
identifying resources to help students get involved,
and understanding services for student success,
in order to aid in a successful first year experience.
Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan Traditions of
faith and reason, the University of Saint Francis
engages a diverse community in learning, leadership
The University holds fast to the teachings and faith of the Roman Catholic Church, the liberal arts tradition, and the virtues of the wisdom tradition inspired by
St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi.
Reverence the unique dignity of each person
Encourage a trustful, prayerful community of learners
Serve one another, society and the Church
Foster peace and justice
Our Franciscan Values
Each year, the University focuses on one of the Franciscan Values by providing opportunities to better understand and apply that value personally and professionally.
2014-2015 Franciscan Value
Research shows that students who are involved outside of the classroom are much more likely than their peers to be satisfied with their collegiate experience. Satisfied students tend to persist to graduation. (We want you to graduate! )
Involvement = Success
With over 35 student clubs and organizations, we believe that there is something for everyone! To see a list of clubs and organizations, check out the Student Handbook (online: sf.edu/sf/campus) or visit the Director of Student Activities in the Student Center.
Can't find something that you are interested in? No problem! Each year students create and propose new student clubs--check out the Student Handbook for instructions on how you can propose a new club, organization or group!
Student Academic Support Services (SASS)
The road to success isn't always easy, but it's nice to have a place to go when you need some help!
Tutoring (in person)
Tutoring (via SmarThinking)
Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) for students on academic probation or those considered at-risk
Student Disability Services for students with documented and disclosed disabilities
How can they help you?
Begin with the end in mind...
Career Services works with current students and USF graduates to assist students with career preparation:
Career Assessment Indicators (i.e. figuring out what you are good at and what jobs you might be well-suited for)
Job Search Assistance.
The Vann Library is located inside the Pope John Paul II Center (PJPII)--it houses a collection of over 68,000 volumes including more than 450 periodical subscriptions in a variety of subject areas.
The library maintains regular evening and weekend hours with holiday hours and other closings posted on the library's homepage.
Lee and Jim Vann Library
Need help with an assignment or a research project? Our librarians are available to assist you!
By appointment (schedule online or call ahead)
By phone or text message: 260.479.5001
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ask A Librarian
Don't forget the Library!
Our best advice, visit the Help Desk at the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor of the Library in JPII, or go to www.sf.edu/onlineorientation to get answers for all of your questions related to technology!
Cougar Connection and Blackboard and Email...oh my!
Help Desk technicians are available to assist you with Blackboard, My Cougar Connection, and email--including password resets. You can reach the HelpDesk:
By phone: 260.399.7700 ext. 6027
By email: email@example.com
In person: Circulation Desk inside the Library (PJPII)
Find them on Facebook
Get all the information you need by visiting:
take a moment...write it down and check it out!
Through classroom assignments, one-time volunteer opportunities, spring break service trips, service learning travel courses and long-term relationships with community partners--our students become involved in service!
The Office of Service and Social Action is here to help!
Visit the CSE in person or at sf.edu/serviceengagement and find:
A listing of community service needs in the community;
A listing of courses which offer service learning experiences;
A listing of USF's community partners, including various agencies, organizations and nonprofits;
Updates short and on-going service opportunities;
Sign up to receive a bi-weekly newsletter for information about upcoming and urgent service opportunities (send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe to the e-newsletter);
Find the Center for Service Engagement on Facebook!
Commuter students and Residential students can find their place at USF through a variety of co-curricular opportunities and services.
Information is made available to commuter students through the Commuter Bulletin Board on the first floor of PJPII across from the vending machines. For frequent updates, follow @Commuters_USF on twitter and the USF Commuter Services page on Facebook.
Every other week, Commuter Services sponsors an activity at PJPII in the second floor lounge. All events are free, and many include free snacks or meals. A full list of events can be found at www.sf.edu/sf/commuter or by joining the Commuter Group on Cougar Connection!
Enrolled students are eligible to receive five free counseling sessions by referral through the Student Life Office. Call 399-8100 to schedule a time to set up a referral.
Residential Life & Housing
Students under 21 who live within 50 miles of campus are required to live in our campus housing facilities.
All residential students have a meal plan.
The involved USF student is more satisfied with his/her experience and ultimately persists to being a USF graduate!
How do I get involved?
Join a club or organization
Clubs available by major
Clubs and orgs available by interest group
Attend Student Government meetings
Write for the Paw Print Student Newspaper
Participate in Intramurals
Attend programs and events (most are free or at low cost!)
Student Health Insurance
Health Insurance is available for students in the form of a Student Security Plan through Transamerica Life Insurance Company.
If you would like a brochure with more information on available policies, contact the Student Life Office at 399-8100.
How do I know what is happening on campus?
AXIS - TV: Throughout campus, a number of TVs have been strategically placed for the sole purpose of communicating announcements, opportunities, and deadlines.
Many groups on campus have created social media outlets that communicate with students. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Bulletin Boards and Stall Calendars are full of information and upcoming events.
USF has a number of food venues available on campus to suite your dietary needs.
CyberFresh Cafe, located in Pope John Paul II
M-R 7:30am - 10:00pm; F 7:30am - 4:00pm (Closed on weekends)
Subway, located in Pope John Paul II
M-R 8:00am - 9:00pm; F 8:00am - 4:00pm (Closed on weekends)
Trinity dining Room, located in Trinity Hall
M-F 7:00am - 9:00am, 11:00am - 1:00pm
M-R 4:30pm - 7:00pm; F 5:00pm - 7:00pm
S-S 11:00am - 1:00pm, 5:00-7:00pm
Cougar Lounge, located in the Student Center
M-R 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Everyone is welcome to participate in all of the programs offered through
Campus Ministry--and you don't have to be Catholic!
Here's just a few things that Campus Ministry has in store for the USF Community:
Koinonia Retreats - each semester students sign up to go on a weekend retreat.
Fair Trade Coffee Houses - do you have an artistic talent? Be sure to sign up to share your music, poetry, or artwork!
Music Ministry - be a part of the music ministry during mass.
Scripture and Discussion Groups - go deeper by joining one of these studies (many are led by student Peer Ministers).
Alternative Spring Break Trips.
The Campus Ministry office is located in the house behind Brookside Mansion. It's true, Campus Ministry is quite "Commuter-friendly" - lounge space for studying or relaxing is available, as well as a full kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave and oven/stove top for cooking meals (or the occasional snack)!
The Hutzell Athletic Center is home to valuable resources for all students--both those living on campus and those who commute. The fitness center is located inside Hutzell and is available for all students with a valid USF ID.
USF utilizes Connect, a comprehensive broadcasting system that alerts students, faculty and staff of weather alerts and school closings due to severe weather, power outages and/or other conditions. The system is able to store up to six contact numbers/emails for every registered individual, and can send messages to all contacts simultaneously.
To ensure that you are receiving Connect communications, you must identify which contact information you would like to utilize. You can do this through My Cougar Connection or the Registrar's Office at any point, or you can complete the form during the advising process.
Note: the university rarely closes; however, this is the best way to receive official closure information in case there is a closure.
Finding a parking space during the first two weeks of classes can be more difficult than usual. Students who are enrolled in clinicals are actually on campus in the classroom at this time. And, as you are probably aware, the intersection of Spring and Leesburg is closed.
To be sure that you make it to class on time, allow yourself more time for your commute in order to navigate the parking lots.
Note: parking is available at North Campus and Trinity Hall.
A word on parking policies:
If you have not received your parking tag, be sure to stop by the Security Office (located in the hut behind Brookside) to get your tag.
Commuter students may generally park in any parking area that is not designated as Faculty/Staff, Handicapped, or special authorization areas (i.e. Carpool spaces, Commuter of the Week spaces, Franciscan Values In Action spaces, etc.).
Residential students are only permitted to park on the west side of campus in the student parking areas near the residence halls.
Security will be ticketing vehicles beginning the first day of classes.
Multiple tickets can result in disciplinary action, including having a vehicle towed at the owners expense.
The USF Security Department is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year--including all breaks and holidays.
With a primary goal of maintaining safety systems and providing timely response to requests for assistance to emergencies, building access and escorts across campus, the Security Staff works to serve the entire USF community.
Save this number in your phone...seriously, right now:
Now you can contact USF Security anytime without having to remember their number.
Security Contact Information
Associate Dean of Students
Commuter Meal Plans
Commuter Meal Plans are available in the Student Life Office or in the Business Office. If you eat on campus, you can save money with a meal plan!
Commuter Lockers are available for your convenience in the Pope John Paul II Center on the first floor. For information on how to rent a locker, visit the Circulation Desk at the Library (second floor).
Students earn CommuterBucks by attending events sponsored by Commuter Services and Student Activities. Be sure to save up your earned CommuterBucks for the annual CommuterBucks Silent Auction in April. All bidding takes place in the form of CommuterBucks.
Last year CommuterServices auctioned off the following items:
TinCaps Prize Packages
Date Night Packages (including movie tickets and gift certificates for restaurants
Vera Bradley merchandise
Kenny Chesney concert tickets
And much more!
Please send an email to Beth Groman (email@example.com) to confirm completion of this program.
Have a great semester!