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Stamps Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs Joann McDaniel posts here with tips for student success. If you have questions, email askanadvisor@umich.edu or schedule an advising appointment.

Important Information About Grades for Winter 2020

April 27, 2020


Hi Stampers,
Read this now or save it to read later.

 
Most of you know by now that your  transcript for winter term 2020 will have one of two grades:  you pass and earn credit for a course, or you don't.  Your grade will appear as  a P (pass) or  NRC (no record because of covid-19).  Neither grade will affect your GPA.  Your grades should be posted by Friday, 8 May. 


You  will still earn a letter grade in your normally graded courses, but it will not automatically show on your transcript.  You can see the actual grade if you want (steps to this are below).  


You can also request that your actual letter grades from this semester  be posted to your  transcript instead of the P/NRC combo. Instructions are also below. The change from P/NRC to letter grades is permanent and cannot be reversed. You have until 1 July to request this change.  Applicants to medical schools and/or other professional programs will need to have their actual grades shown on their transcript, but most people will not. 


Stamps students who want their winter GPA to be included in the calculation for graduation honors will need to have their winter 2020 grades uncovered no later than 22 May.  Otherwise  we shall use your cumulative GPA as of the end of fall term 2019.  Due to the grading structure of winter 2020, the Stamps School will not publish a Dean's List for the term. As far as I am concerned, just getting credit for all your courses is a major achievement!  We will not hold students on probation to the requirements for their probation letter from last fall. We will not place you on probation or throw you out of school because of covid-19.


How to See Your Grades

  • Navigate to the "View My Grades" page. (This page is accessible multiple ways, the quickest is: maizelink.umich.edu and then click on, or search for, "View Final Grades.")
  • Review Winter 2020 grades. 
  • For each class, an official grade of P, S, or NRC displays along with the grade entered by the instructor. 

How to Change  the Grading Basis Back to Letter Grades

  • Navigate to the "View My Grades" page. (This page is accessible multiple ways, the quickest is: maizelink.umich.edu and then click on, or search for, "View Final Grades.")
  • Review Winter 2020 grades. 
  • For each class, an official grade of P, S, or NRC displays along with the grade entered by the instructor. 
  • To change the grading basis back to the letter grade for an eligible class, click the "Request" button. 
  • Review the message box to confirm the correct course and grade display.
    • The action of changing a grading basis cannot be undone.
  • To confirm, click "OK".
    • Requests require a minimum of 24 hours. When completed, updates are made to the student’s grade and academic statistics, including grade point average.  

View a video of the steps to change a grading basis.


If you have further questions about winter 2020 grades, the Registrar's Office has FAQs.  For other questions, askanadvisor@umich.edu.

Now, go find some sunshine and enjoy it! [��] [☀] [��]

Joann

Ensure Your Future Happiness

April 10, 2020


All right,  Stampers!  Quit yelling at me. You've barely had a chance to unpack and settle in you're still trying to manage the schoolwork you have left and pick up the pieces of this fractured semester, and what do I do? Nag, nag, nag.
Yes, I nag you to register. And what's worse, most of you can't even register until next week. 


Question: Why is Joann being so mean?  
Answer: Because it's my job.


One of the last things I can do for you before I retire is make sure you're off to a good start this fall. I know that some of you are having a hard time looking forward to fall term, when the present seems so bleak. Which is why I am asking you to engage in something that brings the future closer to you. By registering now during early registration you sign on to a new year and a new semester.  You commit to something positive. You move forward. It's great psychological help. So, be bold.

Let us know that you'll be back in the fall.  I really REALLY do not want to cancel some great classes because of lack of enrollment.  And I do so want to leave on 30 June knowing you Stampers are still looking to the future.
PS.  If you're having some problems with registration, check out our remote drop in advising. Click here for times, dates and instructions.

Joann
 

Ensure Your Future Happiness

April 10, 2020


All right,  Stampers!  Quit yelling at me. You've barely had a chance to unpack and settle in you're still trying to manage the schoolwork you have left and pick up the pieces of this fractured semester, and what do I do? Nag, nag, nag.
Yes, I nag you to register. And what's worse, most of you can't even register until next week. 


Question: Why is Joann being so mean?  
Answer: Because it's my job.


One of the last things I can do for you before I retire is make sure you're off to a good start this fall. I know that some of you are having a hard time looking forward to fall term, when the present seems so bleak. Which is why I am asking you to engage in something that brings the future closer to you. By registering now during early registration you sign on to a new year and a new semester.  You commit to something positive. You move forward. It's great psychological help. So, be bold.

Let us know that you'll be back in the fall.  I really REALLY do not want to cancel some great classes because of lack of enrollment.  And I do so want to leave on 30 June knowing you Stampers are still looking to the future.
PS.  If you're having some problems with registration, check out our remote drop in advising. Click here for times, dates and instructions.

Joann
 

How  Registration (in Stamps) Works

April 5, 2020

Dear Stampers:

This message contains information about registering for ArtDes spring and fall classes. Even though we are all holed up in our bunkers (mine is located in a secret place beneath a volcano), registration is pretty much the same as it ever was. EXCEPT that spring courses are all on-line and there will be no in-person advising help with registration. 

Becoming knowledgeable about something is a good way to lower the levels of stress, anxiety and frustration associated with it.  So, after you’ve wasted time trying to arrange a perfect color-coded schedule, do something that really will help you. Learn how registration works.

 

TOOLS YOU NEED

  1. Wolverine Access tells you what’s offered, when, and where. It also tells you what the prereqs are for a course. Wolverine Access is the most reliable source of registration info.
  2. The Curriculum Designer lists all Stamps (ArtDes) courses at the 200 and above level. It has course descriptions and prereqs, but it lists all Stamps courses, not just the ones offered in a particular semester. 
  3. The Stamps course guide gives you course descriptions, the prereqs, what requirements a course meets, and a whole page of other useful general info.  
  4. Your handbook lists requirements.  Read it.
  5. Your UM email.  Do I really need to provide a link to your own email? I think not.

SKILLS YOU NEED

  1. Reading. You need to be able to read. Read the section in the handbook about registration (“Things to Know About Registration”). 
  2. Reading. Check and read your UM email daily. 
  3. Reading. Read all the emails that have “permission” in the subject line.

RULES 

  1. If you want to take an ArtDes course and it is closed, add yourself to the waitlist!!! 
  2. Here's why: We want to keep some seats in 200 level classes for our second year students. To do this we allow juniors and seniors to take the first 5 seats available, leaving 13 seats for second year students. But here’s the trick. To preserve these seats,  we have to close the course. It will appear to be full. But it isn’t. 
  3. Your override (permission to register) will expire in 12-36 hours. 
  4. Use it or lose it.
  5. If you are on the waitlist for a course, you may receive an override to register for it. 
  6. You MUST drop yourself from the waitlist before you use the override.

HELP 

  1. Read everything above this line.  And no cheating. Read the links, too. 
  2. Write askanadvisor@umich.edu  Use your UM email account and give as much information as you can (UMID, course section numbers, registration time, etc).
  3. Attend a remote drop-in help session,  Click here for times, dates and instructions
  4. If you do not have a workable schedule by Friday, 17 April at 5 pm, send me an email before the end of the day.  In it, please try to explain your situation/problem/obstacle, and be sure to include your UMID and the section number (3 digits, usually  starting with zero) for each course.

The later you wait to deal with a problem, the worse it becomes.

The Official Stamps Struggle Bus: Ride for Free

April 3, 2020

Hi Stampers,

 

Yes, the Struggle Bus ride is free, sponsored by our little pal, the coronavirus. We’re all on it and we’re all trying to get off it.

First: give yourself some credit. You're experiencing an upheaval like none other. The change has been sudden and universal. You are having to adjust to constant uncertainty, worry, anxiety, new ways of learning, a new environment, a new financial situation and a new way to wash your hands. And you’re doing it in a short amount of time without the daily support you've had  from your peers and professors. So, why are you asking yourself to be as good at learning and doing and making and understanding? Imagine that you have a concussion, so everything you do takes extra effort because your brain is bruised and it takes a lot of energy just to get by. Break stuff into small, daily tasks and goals -- manageable amounts. Give yourself the space and time to heal. Would you actually say to a person with a  concussion. “Can’t you do any better than that?” No, of course you wouldn’t. So don’t say it to yourself. 

Second: Place and space. Make a work area/ space that is for work. Right now I am sitting in an OFFICE chair working on my OFFICE computer under the light of an OFFICE lamp and staring at a wall that could be part of an OFFICE.  All my OFFICE stuff is spread out on the OFFICE desk  (dining room table). When I decide to take a break, I leave the OFFICE set up (my dining room) and I go to my HOME area (the living room)  where I look up stupid stuff on buzzfeed on my HOME computer by the light of my HOME lava lamp while sitting on my HOME couch with my HOME cat.  

Third Set up a schedule.   Set up clear  times for work and clear times for not work (or for different work). Start with short spans of work and then gradually (step by step) add more time for work and less time for breaks.  But don't get rid of breaks!! The cool thing about being at home is that you get the benefits of being home (free refreshments, higher quality food, proximity, pets, nappable areas nearby) that  school can’t supply. Use them as incentives to help you work and focus.

Help From Others. Just seeing the faces of my colleagues, students, friends and family helps me get through a lot. You can do this, too. But if your concerns are more therapeutic than social, reach out to CAPS ((call (734) 764-8312 and ask for an appointment)). You can do this from wherever you are. Talking about your feelings to a therapist via Google Hangouts (or whatever) works just fine. You can also check in with our embedded therapist Karen Henry (karhenry@umichh.edu). Sure, you can meet with her,  but she is a wonderful source of what I call “handout help.” Sometimes I just need a handout that has tips for self-care or that explains why I feel the way I do. Having something read and re-read (like a post it note or affirmation) puts me in more control of things. And right now, we all need as much control as we can scrape together.

Some Goofiness:https://youtu.be/nmUXntGlqFI 

LOOSE ENDS & BACKPACKING

March 30, 2020

Hi Stampers,

Thank you for all the support you’ve given the staff, particularly the advising team and Sandra Wiley,  the hardest working woman in international studies! It’s so fabulous to be writing a fairly normal message for a change. 

Scroll down for topics that pertain to you. By the way, all my messages to you are posted on the advising blog, so you can check them whenever.

 

LOOSE ENDS:

Stampers, there’s not a one of you we don’t care about. If you are still having trouble with housing, finances, connectivity, sadness and depression  (and their little pal anxiety), or general health issues (virus or not) PLEASE contact askanadvisor@umoch.edu.  This will alert our team to activate a rapid response.  If you don’t want to use that address, be in touch with me or Romy, your academic advisor, or your faculty members. We are in touch with the faculty and they are  with us to give you the attention you need.

  • If you are on financial aid and you’ve had to lay out money you don’t actually have for wifi, transportation, housing, food,  materials, etc. you need to be in touch with the financial aid office now. Gather your receipts and any other  documentation and write financial.aid@umich.edu for an adjustment in your aid. If you have a Provost’s or M-Pact scholarship you need to let them know that  in your message.
  • If your course load is overwhelming you can drop a course through 21 April. Go to  Wolverine Access and try to drop the course.  You should get a prompt that you need to request a late drop.  Do that. Your unofficial transcript will display a W, but the course and the W will not appear on your official transcript.
  • Sophomore  Review: look for a special message TODAY about how we are going to make this work.

 

BACKPACKING: 

Backpacking begins today. This message contains info for backpacking. When we get closer  to registration, I’ll send information about that.  

  • You can find courses listed on Wolverine Access, the Stamps course guide and in the Curriculum Designer. I’ve attached a copy of the course schedule to this email. The definitive schedule is the one on Wolverine Access. Always!
  • You can find out when your registration appointment is by going to Wolverine Access, and looking at Student Business,  Student Center. Look for “Enrollment Dates” at the right side of the Student Center. Your date is there. If you click on it you’ll see the time. First year students: the appointment isn’t a real appointment to meet with anyone. It’s just the time that you are allowed to register. 
  • If you have questions about what you need to take or what you’re allowed to take here are some resources to help you:
    • An appointment with your advisor. We’re still doing this folks! Blue Jeans or Google Hangouts.
    • An email message to your advisor or to askanadvisor@umich.edu
    • Our new remote drop-in will allow you to get answers to your quick questions. Here are the instructions for it!    NB: you'll need to be logged in as a UM student to access this doc.
  • Registration begins 6 April and ends on the 17th.  Don’t get excited about registering on the 6th unless you are a super senior with over 131 credits. 
  • Between now and the time you register, please read the section in the handbook that  deals with registration. If you don't, you will be clueless and stressed. Do you need more stress?   No, you do not. Go here and read pages 73-77.

Stay safe,  stay home,  stay sane!!

Eight Good Things + Snow

March 23, 2020

Happy Monday, Stampers:

 

For those of you who have left Michigan and already miss it, I'd like you to know that we have snow. And today is 23 March. Here are eight (more) good things for you to know about. I hope at least one of them will make you a little bit happier.

 

1. The late drop deadline is now 21 April.   You have until then to request a late drop for any course your heart no longer desires.  This deadline is a university-wide, not just for Stamps. Any course. No W.


2. New grading policy for Winter 2020 is P/NRC .  This is also university-wide. I’m not giving you the details here because the Registrar's Office has a terrific FAQ  about it. Click here and look at “Announcements.”  Read more about the “alternative grading policy.”  Hint: The P stands for Pass and there is no fail.


3. Financial Aid help for you: The Office of Financial Aid can increase the Cost of Attendance (COA) for many of the emergency needs you’re now facing. Think travel, computer purchases and support for WiFi devices. An increased COA means that  your need increases, and that means your aid award could go up. Contact them with your receipts.


4. Help for Work Study. Your work study pay will continue based on the usual number of hours you would  ordinarily have worked. Contact your supervisor.


5. Housing Refunds.  If you move out by 25 March.  $1200 refund. Here is a direct link for full info

6. Food Bank (Maize and Blue Cupboard) is OPEN: Tuesday thru Friday 3-7pm and 10-2 on Saturdays)


7. CAPS stuff for the next four weeks

  • Urgent and Crisis services (primarily tele-counseling with in-person as needed)
  • CAPS After Hours available 24/7
  • Connections with Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) available 24/7
  • Counseling Services.  Call CAPS (734 764 8312) for the following services:
  • Individual therapy for current clients and those requesting new services (primarily tele-counseling and in-person as needed)
  • Helping students secure counseling in their home community (primarily tele-counseling, video instruction for students with and without insurance, and in-person support as needed)
  • Clinical consultation with Faculty and Staff
  • Online screenings
  • Mitalk: Self-Help Resources for UM Students

8. Private Sector Communication Help:

The Federal Communications Commission has released an agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cut off service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.   Here are some options:
·       Comcast - Comcast is offering an internet essentials package for free. To sign up for a free internet essentials package for 60 days, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
·       Spectrum - Spectrum is offering free internet access for students. Beginning March 16, Spectrum is offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
·       Charter - Charter is offering free internet for 2 months.
·       AT&T - AT&T COVID-19 response. AT&T will offer open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families
·       Verizon - Verizon and COVID-19.   Mainly if you're already a subscriber.
·       Sprint - Sprint is following the FCC agreement, providing unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
·       T-Mobile - T-Mobile is following the FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

A Few Good Things

March 18, 2020

Hi Stampers:

 

Gosh, I hope you haven’t had a chance to settle into the new status quo because guess what? The State of Michigan and UM continue to get serious about the COVID-19 and are ganging up to bring it to its little knobby knees. Yes, more closures and restrictions. 
 

So here’s some good news: 

  1. Stamps is #8 in US News and World Report 2020 college rankings. Seven years ago we were #27.
  2. In this COVID-19  pandemic, logging is the safest job to have.  Second safest: artist. Do they know about chainsaws?    https://news.artnet.com/art-world/artist-second-safest-profession-from-coronavirus-1805757
  3. Thanks to a very generous person, we have a small amount of money (think of it as a leprechaun’s pot o’ gold) available for student emergencies. Yes, as a matter of fact, a pandemic does count as a student emergency. We can give you $50 without it affecting your financial aid So, if you are desperate, please write me back and tell me what you need. Put “Lucky Charms” in the subject line so I’ll notice it. I can’t promise we can give you more than $50, but we’ll do our best. I’ll give you a couple of days to do this. Friday at 10 am?
  4. Research help from  A&D librarian Jamie Vander Broek. Here's a research guide for finding materials (mostly digital things) on the subject of art & design. There are research guides for many, many other subjects as well. Even though the libraries are closed, you can still meet with her.  Schedule an appointment with Jamie by  Phone, BlueJeans, Google Hangout, text, or email.  Here’s her mobile number (616) 403-8665  
  5. Backpacking begins next week. Right now I don’t know anything about  spring class, but fall is ON! You’ll get more info about how we’ll offer  help sessions for registration later on.
  6. Here are some things you can do now to help you keep some kind of balance (I know they  work because a very good therapist sent them to me):
  • Stay connected to nature. 
  • Get outside and enjoy the sunlight. 
  • Move your body. 
  • Sing.  
  • Dance. 
  • Play games.  
  • Cook; eat regularly; stay hydrated. 
  • Play music. 
  • Tune in to beauty, wonder and gratitude. 
  • Stay connected (virtually, or in person utilizing social distancing) with loved ones.  
  • Listen to guided meditations.  
  • Stretch often.  
  • Light candles.  
  • Engage all of your senses with what's soothing or energizing . 
  • Create art.   
  • Wash your hands

������

A Few Good Things

March 18, 2020

Hi Stampers:

 

Gosh, I hope you haven’t had a chance to settle into the new status quo because guess what? The State of Michigan and UM continue to get serious about the COVID-19 and are ganging up to bring it to its little knobby knees. Yes, more closures and restrictions. 
 

So here’s some good news: 

  1. Stamps is #8 in US News and World Report 2020 college rankings. Seven years ago we were #27.
  2. In this COVID-19  pandemic, logging is the safest job to have.  Second safest: artist. Do they know about chainsaws?    https://news.artnet.com/art-world/artist-second-safest-profession-from-coronavirus-1805757
  3. Thanks to a very generous person, we have a small amount of money (think of it as a leprechaun’s pot o’ gold) available for student emergencies. Yes, as a matter of fact, a pandemic does count as a student emergency. We can give you $50 without it affecting your financial aid So, if you are desperate, please write me back and tell me what you need. Put “Lucky Charms” in the subject line so I’ll notice it. I can’t promise we can give you more than $50, but we’ll do our best. I’ll give you a couple of days to do this. Friday at 10 am?
  4. Research help from  A&D librarian Jamie Vander Broek. Here's a research guide for finding materials (mostly digital things) on the subject of art & design. There are research guides for many, many other subjects as well. Even though the libraries are closed, you can still meet with her.  Schedule an appointment with Jamie by  Phone, BlueJeans, Google Hangout, text, or email.  Here’s her mobile number (616) 403-8665  
  5. Backpacking begins next week. Right now I don’t know anything about  spring class, but fall is ON! You’ll get more info about how we’ll offer  help sessions for registration later on.
  6. Here are some things you can do now to help you keep some kind of balance (I know they  work because a very good therapist sent them to me):
  • Stay connected to nature. 
  • Get outside and enjoy the sunlight. 
  • Move your body. 
  • Sing.  
  • Dance. 
  • Play games.  
  • Cook; eat regularly; stay hydrated. 
  • Play music. 
  • Tune in to beauty, wonder and gratitude. 
  • Stay connected (virtually, or in person utilizing social distancing) with loved ones.  
  • Listen to guided meditations.  
  • Stretch often.  
  • Light candles.  
  • Engage all of your senses with what's soothing or energizing . 
  • Create art.   
  • Wash your hands

������

Welcome to Cyber-School

March 15, 2020

Dear Stampers:

 

Welcome to cyber school!!  Here’s the point of this message:

  • To provide you with useful, basic, fact-based info
  • To give you a way to think about this situation that will be productive rather than terrifying. I call it “space.”

Space. The reason our classes are all online is social distancing--creating space between us so we don't infect others. This helps, yes, but it also isolates us from each other. Many of us are introverts and isolation is how we like it, but not when it’s involuntary and not when it’s so extreme. There's more geographical space between us now; we’re spread over 13 time zones (maybe more). There’s the crowded space in our heads where our questions gather so quickly that they trample each other. There’s the panic and uncertainty that take up all our emotional space, leaving no room for hope or optimism.  And there's our pressing need for answers that pushes us into corners we can't seem to escape.

Let’s spread out and flatten the curve of crisis within. Each day will bring more answers. And each day will prepare us for the answers of the day that follows. So focus on the day’s answers. What will you learn today? 

Give others the gift of space. Your faculty have been working like crazy over the past few days trying to figure out how to teach art and design in a way they weren’t taught. They have to master new tools and processes in a long weekend and they have to do it well enough to be able to teach you. And keep their own lives together. Give them the chance to work through the hiccups. Let them know you understand the pressure they are under as they do their best for you. Thanking them for their effort and showing your appreciation would be most gracious of you.

Give yourself the gift of space. It will take a while to get used to cyber-school. No one has all  the answers yet, and there’s no reason to expect you to have them either. We are figuring this out, and that is something that evolves over time.  Helllooooo: the iterative process!! That’s what we’re doing in real time in real life.

Finally,  think of yourselves as explorers in a new frontier. Artists and designers are uniquely suited to going forward where things are edgy, for taking chances and making changes,  and for being ahead of the rest. Avant garde does not refer to LSA or to Ross or to Engin or to SI. It belongs to you. 

 

Studio Stuff 

The coordinators have developed FAQs so that staff can better answer questions about the studios. The FAQs may not be relevant to you if you are physically too far away to use the studios or if getting to the building is too risky (having to ride a bus full of breathing-on-you people) or if you’re addressing other health issues and don't want to risk it. 

But if you’re ok with coming in to work in the studios, here it is. 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/11ypxOupapux8BKg8_-x3Nq6Z4xMRKVdKHK49QnzClvU/edit?usp=sharing

 

IP Stuff 

Bruce Tharp, the IP coordinator, provided good solid information to your IP faculty to give to you. You may not have heard from them yet, but you will soon! If you have questions about IP and if those questions have answers, your IP faculty will know them. They know how disappointing all these changes and cancellations are--it’s no way to end a senior year, so they are very concerned about preserving the quality of your IP experience.

 

Sophomore Review

Sophomore review is still happening, and you just received a message about it Friday. Nothing has changed since then, but your SR team is preparing more information for you, so watch your email for updates, coming soon.

 

Drop Deadline

OK, it is ridiculous to have this Friday the 20th as a late drop deadline. So we’re moving it to April 3 (also a Friday). Some of you may feel the stress of these changes acutely and decide that you need to reduce your workload. That would be a normal reaction. Handling a full course load is enough work as it is, but adding in all the upheaval and adjustments, the stress and the change--hey, we all need to prioritize.  Give yourself a week or two to see how things go for you. If you are thinking that it may be too much to handle right, let’s talk. Contact your advisor for help deciding what to do, and then, drop what you need to drop. 

If you decide that this is all too much to handle right now, that’s ok.  You can withdraw from the term and come back, safe and refreshed in the fall. But, first work with your advisor! The last day to withdraw from the term is 21 April, at noon.

 

Academic Advising

Romy is our new Director of Advising, but other than that, advising is the same. Only it's not going to be in person. Askanadvisor@umich.edu still works just fine. And advisors are happy to use Google Hangouts, Blue Jeans or a good old phone to connect with you. We WANT to hear from you. Sign up through genbook as usual, but leave a note to tell us how you’d like to be contacted.   

 

Keep washing those hands �� and supporting each other!

 

Joann

Weird Weekend

March 15, 2020


Hi Stampers,
As the weird weekend gets underway, some of you may still be a little on the freaked-out side.  By some of you I mean all of us. But we're going to work through it and we'll all get through it. I know because I am old.
I'm publishing information that came to me this evening from CAPS. You may have need of it this weekend. Or later.
More details and info Monday, but for now, please take some time to regroup, and get ready for a whole new experience on the chaos train.
Joann


Dear Campus Liaisons, Partners and Colleagues:
Please see link below for information on CAPS Services during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are open, and ready to help students during this time in new and creative ways.
We will be developing new additional online ways to support student mental health in the coming days/weeks and we'll send that out when it is available.

At the second link is some helpful information to help students (and us) navigate the mental health aspects of going through all this.
CAPS Services:  https://caps.umich.edu/article/caps-services-regarding-covid-19-update
Mental Health and COVID-19:  https://caps.umich.edu/article/your-mental-health-and-covid-19
Take care (of ourselves, and each other, and of our whole community),
Todd & The Whole CAPS Staff

-- 
Todd D. Sevig, Ph.D.
pronouns: he, him, his
Director, Counseling & Psychological Services
Chair, UM Student Mental Health Work Group
Editorial Board, The Counseling Psychologist
University of Michigan
609 Tappan St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


www.caps.umich.edu
www.mitalk.umich.edu

If you are in crisis, please call CAPS at 734.764.8312, or the UM Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) at 734.936.5900, or 911.  Directions to PES are here:  http://www.psych.med.umich.edu/contact/er.asp

WHO said “Pandemic”?

March 12, 2020

Sent to Stamps undergraduates Wednesday,  11 March 2020


Dear Stampers:


This is a short follow up to President Schlissel's message and to Dean Guna's message that followed it.  Right now I know you have a lot of questions. I know because I've been getting a lot of emails from you. And so has the entire advising team.
You know the big news  items: 

  • classes are canceled tomorrow and Friday
  • we're arranging online classes starting Monday
  • study abroad for winter, spring and summer is canceled
  • the Stamps offices and facilities are OPEN

What we don't know yet is details.  I know you all have lots of questions, but it's going to be a few days before we can answer them.  Please bear with us as we work (hard) to take care of the big things first (arranging for your classes to meet, figuring out how to keep you on track to graduate, making sure you aren't needlessly exposed to COVID-19). Our staff and faculty are all meeting tomorrow to work on those details.  And I intend to report them to you as I learn  them.

In the meantime, take care of yourselves, and keep letting me know what your concerns are. Spend a little bit of time, though, to realize that you are living through an extraordinary world event. The responses to this event will have to be extraordinary, so let's see how we can make this work and what interesting things come out of it. Read that sentence  again and think of art and design.


Joann

You’re Washing Your Hands Wrong

March 6, 2020

Welcome back from break,  Stampers!

Here are a few reminders of important advising events/dates/deadlines.
1. The Stamps Experience Expo (formerly the International Fair and Pizza & Previews) is Thursday, 12 March in the Taubmann College 2nd floor Common Space, 11-12:30. Come for great food and stay to chat with other Stampers about study abroad and talk with faculty about the courses that intrigue you.  
2. The final day to drop a course this semester (late drop)  is Friday, March 20. Please note that  the deadline is 11:59 pm that  night.  No exceptions to this policy, so please don't wait until the last minute.
3. Backpacking begins Wednesday, 25 March. What fun!
4. Registration for spring, summer and fall 2020 courses begins on 6 April  (for super seniors) and lasts through the 17th. I will post the times and dates for registration help sessions on the advising blog. 
5. The last day to submit a grade for an incomplete is Friday, 17 April  at 5 pm. If you took an incomplete for fall term 2019, then your work has to be submitted and graded before this date, and it is your responsibility to remind your instructor to submit your grade in time. I know this may sound harsh, but missing this deadline is a good way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

 

Here's the text of Stamps Study Abroad Update #4.

Dear Stampers,

President Schlissel sent a letter about Covid-19 yesterday to everyone in the UM community (look for it).  In it he recommends that all students who visited China, South Korea, Italy, or Iran during the break self-isolate for 14 days counting from the last day they were in any of these countries. You can read more about how to self-isolate here.

This email contains the most recent Stamps updates about Covid-19.

UPDATES

Self-isolation after Spring Break

If you visited China, South Korea, Italy, or Iran during break, please let me know.  If all you did was fly through one of these countries that’s ok. You don’t need to do anything if you stayed  in the airport. BUT, if you left the airport and actually went into the country, then yes, we need you to self-isolate. Pres. Schlissel made it clear in his letter that administrators and faculty need to help you get through this without your having to drop classes, so please let me know if you are affected so I can help coordinate things with your faculty.  You can also enlist the aid of the Dean of Students to help with all the other logistics of self-isolation that aren’t academic.

Spring/Summer Abroad

Yesterday we canceled Stamps study abroad to Italy and to South Korea. We did this because of recommendations coming from UM and the CDC. Both Italy and South Korea are at travel level 3 according to the CDC, and that is not likely to change before either term starts. We have waived the International Experience requirement for these students and these students only.  

Many of you are concerned about other spring or summer study abroad programs.  Right now we are in a holding pattern, paying attention most closely to the countries that may become level 3 soon. Western Europe is critical, especially France, Germany and Spain.  If you are planning to participate in a UM program that is not a Stamps program (like CGIS, Ross, SI, Engineering, GHDI, etc.) your program also may be canceled (but not by us). We will cancel programs in countries where the CDC level rises to 3 and in countries that UM recommends that we cancel. Canceling a program could happen overnight.

For the time being, please hold off on making any (more) travel arrangements. 

Wait to purchase your plane ticket and GeoBlue travel health insurance. The Office of Financial Aid is currently waiting to process travel awards and requests to use aid during Spring and Summer term study abroad. This work will resume when it has been confirmed that programs will be offered. You can still work on applications, but don't be too eager to spend money.

How to Wash Your Hands

Global handwashing day was 15 October.  And we missed. For all of you who have been washing your hands the wrong way,  here’s a link on how to do it right and a 1 minute video for all  you visual learners. Who knew?

 

Stamps Study Abroad Update #3

March 3, 2020

This message went out to all Stamps undergrads today,  3 March at 2:35 pm.


Hi Stampers:
There have been some changes. If you are studying abroad now or planning for spring or summer, you need to read this now. If you have no plans to travel abroad within the next few months, you may want to be informed anyway. No point in being ignorant.
Last Friday evening, 28 February, the CD raised its travel warning for Italy to a 3, meaning avoid non-essential travel. This triggered U-M to impose its own travel restriction that canceled undergraduate study abroad programs in Italy.  Stampers enrolled at SACI (Studio Arts College International) in Florence had to leave Italy ASAP. Sandra Wiley (whom you ALL should know), the Stamps Director of International Study Programs, contacted all ten students Friday night. Some have already returned to the US. There is no reason to believe any of them  have been exposed to COVID-19.  Our Associate Dean,  Brad Smith, and I are working with SACI to find ways for these students to complete their studies.  Meantime Sandy is doing a lot of behind the scenes work--many of you who are planning to study abroad for spring or summer 2020 may have heard from her.

U-M bases its travel restrictions on warnings issued by the CDC. When a travel restriction is placed on a country, or regions within a country, this information is published on Global Michigan. Here is the UM link to the recent restriction on Italy:

https://global.umich.edu/travel-resources/warnings-restrictions/italy/


Stamps students in other study abroad locations are continuing their studies. Only the ones in Italy were affected by Friday's warning. Sandy and I recommend that any Stamper studying abroad check their email frequently for updates from Stamps (aka Sandy) and/or their host institution. If it becomes necessary to cancel programs, there may be very little time to make arrangements to leave the host country and return home. We can't predict where and when the next cluster of COVID-19 cases will occur, but we are hoping no more students abroad will have to return to the US. If you are called back to the States, ask your airline about waiving your re-booking fee. If they will not waive the fee, keep your receipt for the fee.  We  may be able to reimburse you.

Sunday, March 1 was the application deadline for most of the spring and summer 2020 study abroad programs. If you submitted your application on time, additional information will be going out to you later this week.  Right now, we don't know whether or how any of these programs will be affected, but Sandy and I are watching developments carefully. In the meantime, we recommend that you do two things:

First, start to think about contingency plans, such as applying for internships or jobs in the US. Just in case.

Second, hold off making financial commitments to Spring or Summer study abroad programs. This means delaying paying program deposits and purchasing plane tickets for the time being. If you have already made a deposit, don't freak out. If programs are canceled you'll get a refund.


Look for another update next Tuesday, 10 March, but don't be surprised if you hear from us sooner.


With all best wishes (and some hope),
Sandy and Joann

Stamps Study Abroad Update #2: Spring Break

March 3, 2020

Here  is the text of the message I sent to all Stamps undergraduates last Wednesday,  26 February 2020. PLEASE NOTE: Since this message was sent, restrictions for Iran and Italy have been elevated to level 3.


Hi Stampers,
The International Center has information for students who are planning to travel outside the U.S.  during spring break. This information applies to foreign nationals who want to go home for break as well as for students who just want to spend spring break elsewhere.
Here's the link: https://internationalcenter.umich.edu/coronavirus-travel-update
Look for this heading, "Spring Break Travel Guidance for International Students in Light of the Coronavirus."

And, from the CDC, here's the latest travel guidance: 

China — Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel — updated February 22;
South Korea — Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel — updated February 24;
Japan — Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions — updated February 22;
Iran — Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions — issued February 23;
Italy — Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions — issued February 23;
Hong Kong — Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions — issued February 19.

CDC also recommends that all travelers reconsider cruise ship voyages into or within Asia at this time.


As usual, please contact me with your concerns.
Joann
PS.  Wash those hands!