January 2020 Aggie Parent & Family Newsletter

01/21/2020

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January 2020 Aggie Parent & Family Newsletter

 

Welcome back to USU! In this edition of the Aggie Parent & Family Newsletter, we discuss how to support your student in their second semester, ways to cultivate mental wellbeing, and a few dates to keep in mind at the beginning of the semester.

Flue Shots
Hopefully, your student had the opportunity to get some much-needed rest after the fall 2019 semester. Now is an excellent time to encourage your student to get a flu shot and to take care of their physical health as the cold and flu season continues. Getting a flu shot is an excellent way for your student to keep thriving in the classroom and avoid missing classes due to illness.

Flu shots are available at the USU Student Health & Wellness center from 8:30-12:30 & 1:30- 4:30, Monday -Friday. They are $20 and they can bill to most insurance companies, although insurance is not required. We recommend checking with your insurance to see if a flu shot would be covered here beforehand. The USU Student Health and Wellness phone number is 435-797-1660 and they are located north of Maverik stadium at 850 E 1200 N Logan, UT.

Weather in Cache Valley
The winter months in Cache Valley present severe weather conditions. Please remind your student to check the weather before traveling through Logan or Sardine Canyon.

Furthermore, during the spring semester, snow conditions occasionally require late start or snow says. Please encourage your student to check their Canvas notifications, emails, and Code Blue Alerts. USU issues campus alerts when there are conditions due to weather. To be informed about campus alerts, parents and students can sign up and download the Utah State Safe app.  The Utah State Safe app is the official safety app for the USU Logan campus.

Supporting your Student Spring Semester
Another way to support your student during the spring semester is by encouraging your student to meet with USU Career Services and their Academic Advisor. Students can set up an appointment to have one of our USU Career Service professionals develop their resume and discuss future employment and internship opportunities. Your student should also meet at least once a semester with their assigned Academic Advisor, who is there to help them fulfill their educational goals.

Mental Health
USU has recently introduced a new online self-help ACT Guide to help students. These ACT Guides were created by USU psychologists to help students cope with mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, and depression. The program is free to all enrolled USU students for the first six months. And only $10 for the general public. All information concerning the ACT Guides can be found on their website. The ACT Guide is only one element of mental wellness, please visit aggiewellness.usu.edu to learn about USU’s other wellness resources.

Another way you can encourage mental wellbeing is to encourage your student to get involved. Studies show that students who stay or get involved on campus are more likely to graduate and thrive academically. In an article from Collegiate Parent, Kimberly Yavorski explains how research shows that campus involvement leads to better overall mental wellbeing, GPA, and higher graduation rates here. The USU Student Involvement & Leadership website involvement.usu.edu provides many involvement opportunities.

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Upcoming Important Dates

Presidents' Day | Monday | Feb 17
Spring Break | Monday – Friday | Mar 02 – 06
No-Test Week | Wednesday – Tuesday | Apr 15 – 21
Last Day of Classes | Tuesday | Apr 21
Interim Day | Wednesday | Apr 22
Final Examinations | Thursday-Wednesday | Apr 23-29
Commencement | Thursday-Friday | Apr 30-01

Aggie Parent & Family Podcast:
In Episode 4, we interview Michelle Bogdan Holt. Michelle is the Director for the USU Inclusion Center on the Logan-Campus. Michelle received her Bachelor’s degree in Social and Behavioral Science from the University of Utah. And her Master’s degree in American Studies from Utah State University.

In Episode 5, we chat with Lisa Simmons about How to Support Your Student in their Second Semester. Lisa is the Director of Student Orientation & Transition Services on the Logan-Campus.


 

Questions?

If you or your student have any questions, please ask. You can contact any of the offices below for help between the hours of 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday, we are more than happy to make you and your student’s experience as seamless and pleasant as possible.

Parent Programs 435-797-7557 isaiah.jones@usu.edu
Orientation 435-797-0283 orientation@usu.edu
Financial Aid 435-797-0173 finaid@usu.edu
ID Card 435-797-3852 idphoto@aggiemail.usu.edu
Housing 435-797-3113 info@housing.usu.edu
Parking 435-797-7275 parking@usu.edu