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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.

Registration Anxiety

November 8, 2019

Hi Stampers,

 

This blog is dedicated to anxiety. The anxiety caused by uncertainty. About registration. Next semester. So it's a very small subset of anxiety. And it’s short. You have exactly four weeks to indulge this anxiety.  Friday, 8 November until Friday, 6 December.

 

Here’s the anxiety schedule (it has a happy ending):

 

Monday, 11 November      

  • Find out when your registration appointment is 
  • Find out when your friend’s registration appointment is
  • Decide you will not get any classes you want
  • Get all freaked out, but refuse to weep

Tuesday-Thursday, 12-14 November

  • Backpack the perfect schedule
  • Worry that it's too perfect, still refuse to weep

Friday, 15 November

  • Ignore the advising blog because it may make you more anxious to think about registration
  • Think about it anyway
  • Become more anxious if that’s possible, but avoid weeping

Monday, 18 November

  • Realize you made a mistake and you have to redo your schedule
  • Weep

Tuesday, 19 November

  • Redo schedule
  • Obsess over registration    
  • Do not attend Terrific Tuesday’s Registration Info session (you need to worry instead of wasting valuable time) 

Wednesday, 20 November

  • Talk to other anxious friends
  • Pay attention to some rumors
  • Refuse to look at the handbook—too stressful

Thursday,  21 November

  • Find out registration starts today
  • Give up hope. There will be NO CLASSES left for you

Friday, 22 November

  • Find out 5th year seniors are still registering
  • Gnaw some pencils
  • Stay away from the blog

Monday,  25 November

  • Find out 5th year seniors are still registering (how can this even be true?)

Tuesday-Sunday, 26-1 Dec

  • Eat Turkey and turkey related products
  • Sleep

Monday-Thursday, 2-5 December

  • Wait for registration appointment
  • Write askanadvisor for help
  • Find out that registration help is available every day at 4:30 in the advising office
  • Go for help
  • Dare to read the advising blog and the stuff in the handbook

Friday morning, 6 December

  • Realize schedule is still not working out because there are NO CLASSES OPEN
  • Growl at roommate who says "I got all my classes"
  • Weep

Friday afternoon, 6 December

  • Show up for Last Chance Help, advising office, 1-5 pm
  • Eat cookies
  • Eat cookies 
  • Eat cookies
  • Dry tears
  • Get help

Friday evening, 6 December

  • Realize your schedule will work
  • Say goodbye to registration anxiety

Return of the Blog

October 31, 2019

Greetings Stampers,

It's probably a good thing that November wants you to stay indoors and start practicing to survive winter. November has a calming quality that lends itself to steady work before the frenzy of registration and final critiques. So enjoy the lull.

In this week's blog, there's information about dropping a course, getting help with writing, an announcement of the International Fair and Winter Course Previews, a timeline for registration, and a competition to design art for the Chemistry Building. No, I am not kidding. 

 

COURSE WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE: Friday, Nov 8.  This is a firm deadline, folks. If you intend to drop a course, get it done no later than the 8th. 

 

WRITING HELP for Stampers  Click on "Writing Consultation" at stamps.genbook.com.

Are you working on a writing project for a class or on your own? Do you use words and images in your work? Do you just need someone to brainstorm with about a project you're working on? 

Book a 30-minute consultation with Jennifer Metsker and Ali Shapiro to work on any writing-related projects:

  • - Academic Essays
  • - Grants or Proposals
  • - Study Abroad Applications
  • - Creative Writing
  • - Project Brainstorming

 

STAMPS EXPERIENCE EXPO : International Fair and Winter Course Previews

Thursday November 7 from 11am -12:30 pm in the Taubmann Common Area

  • Talk to the teachers of some of the most intriguing courses we've had in a long time: Delightful Design, Generative Play, Beautiful Objects, Experiments in Video, Pre-Cinematic Animation, and a brand new seminar, Mirror Mirror on the Wall… not to mention advanced work (400 level)  in painting and in printmaking
  • Find out about our international programs from Stampers who’ve been there: Nepal, India, Italy, Wakanda, Transylvania, Area 51.
  • Eat pizza and food from Mexico, Honduras,  El Salvador, India, Anhedonia, and my homeland,  Absurdistan. Free.  For you. 

 

REGISTRATION TIMELINE

Backpacking starts Monday, November 11

Undergrad Registration: 21 Nov-6 Dec

Help with Registration Dec 2-5 (Monday-Thursday) 4:30 pm every day

LAST CHANCE HELP (for registration) Friday,Dec 6 from 1-5 pm.

 

CREATE FOR CHEMISTRY: This competition is so cool.  The Chair of the UM Chem Department's Art Committee (yes, the Chem Dept. has an art committee) sent the announcement of this competition to me. They want a welcoming design for their building, one that reminds people that science is a human endeavor and that those humans are a diverse bunch. Who better to do this than a Stamper?  And you could win $1000.  Check the link below.  It's a really good opportunity to secure your fame and jump start your financial empire.

Deadline for entries is 16 December.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1G3wjGOhPhdRLYKf9hCSTIGxdkJQmeMX63LyHu4u2Qno/edit?usp=sharing

DayQuil

October 18, 2019

The blog is under the weather this week. You know it's bad when taking liquid DayQuil sounds like a good idea, I'll try to get the blog out as soon as I can so look for it next week.

It’s Baaaack

October 4, 2019

Hello Stampers:

October is a wonderful month in Ann Arbor. Fresh apples, fall colors, crisp air, Hallowe’en candy.  And lots of other stuff.  I’ll move away from weather reports and sugar and go to the really good stuff:

 

The Juried Student Exhibition: information is coming soon.  Think about what you're going to enter and start sprucing it up.

 

Undergraduate Professional Development Grants

Follow this link to the application for Fall’s Undergraduate Professional Development Grants. Stamps  has a limited amount of money available to support students (individuals or groups) who want to attend a workshop or conference, or to support a project that is not related to coursework or graduation requirements.  Most grants are no more than $400. Deadline to submit is Sunday, 27 October. 

 

Withdrawing for the term (dropping all classes) Deadline:

If you are struggling this semester and it’s not looking good, consider a term withdrawal. You can withdraw from the term at any time, but if you want to get any of your tuition refunded, you have until Monday, 14 October to withdraw.  That date by the way is during fall break. If you are considering that  withdrawal may be a good option for you, please schedule an appointment right away with your advisor. If you cannot get an appt before Friday, 11 October, let me know!!! I will be available all Friday afternoon, 1-5 pm  for drop-ins.

 

Mid-term progress reports... 

...are coming out. If you get one in your UM mail, pay attention! If your instructor has taken time to send you a report, that usually means they want you to clue in on how well you’re not doing before they have to fail you. It’s a way of saying, look,  I’d like to see you do your best work but it’s not exactly happening.  Pay attention. Please.

 

Protect your data:  After a recent data breech at Chegg (textbook provider), about a thousand UM accounts were compromised.  This happened because people re-used their U-M passwords on other non U-M websites. Please don't do this.  I know it’s soooooo much simpler to have one user name,  and one password.  On the other hand it’s also easier to walk around and not pay attention to traffic until you walk into a moving school bus. If you don't have enough stress in your life, fine, re-use them all,  and make sure they are easily remember, like 12345678, or post them on social media for greater ease of theft. NO!  Think of the worst trouble you have already had and go right there. One website=one password. You’ll be glad you did.

Also if  you haven’t already done so, consider turning on two-factor accessfor Weblogin (Duo). It will stop anyone who has your UM password from gaining access to your UM accounts (Wolverine Access,  email, etc). It’s worth the tiny effort required (revalidation once  a week). 

 

Fall Break

It’s coming up. Enjoy it!

Blog Fail

September 27, 2019

27 September 2019

The blog ran out of energy today but will be recharged and back up later this weekend.  Thank you for your patience!

BIG OLD DEADLINE

September 20, 2019

20 September 

 

Hi Stampers,

 

It's that time again—the first big registration deadline. Monday, 23 September at midnight.  Actually, it may really be a de-registration deadline. U-M decides how much tuition you’ll pay based on how many credits you’re taking as of Tuesday the 24th. Full-time tuition is based on 12-18 credits. If you take more you pay more, if you take fewer you pay less. 

  • So, if you plan to go below 12 credits, you need to do it before Monday ends. 
  •  And if you are thinking that being in school fall term may not be such a good idea, you can get all your tuition refunded if you withdraw from the term before Monday ends. To withdraw from the term, email me (same deadline).
  • And if you want to take a course pass/fail, same deadline. Just make sure you have completed your sophomore review and that the course is not an ArtDes course.
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Propeller Collective might be your community if you are first gen and/or low income. Show up Saturday at noon at Palmer field for fun and free pizza under sunny skies.  Part of a Stamps education involves going outside your comfort zone and meeting difference fact to face. It can also mean knowing when to creep back into your cozy old comfort zone. Do both within the Propeller Collective. Familiar, yet new.

 

 Open house for the new studio suites is Friday, September 27 from 4-6pm. This is a big deal for the Stamps community.  Alumni, students, donors, faculty, staff, big wigs and no wigs at all. There will be Zingerman’s for free and door prizes! 

 

Advising on demand. Yeah, right. Wake up in the middle of the night wondering whether you should drop a course or not, if you can substitute your marketing class for analytical reasoning, how you get started in study abroad, if you can take only 13 credits and still graduate on time. As your assistant dean who is also in charge of advising, I ask myself these questions all the time. I go to askanadvisor@umich.edu for prompt service I can rely on. 

 

Sometimes I have questions about advising, or graduating, or courses, or life at U-M that I’d like to talk to a real life human about. Know what I do? Peer advisors. Technically, the peer advisors aren't my peers.  They’re your peers.  My peers are in nursing homes complaining about rap music. Stop by and visit with Destini or Erin.  Or Manda, if you’re leaning toward life outside the USA.

 

Want to touch base with me?  I do it all the time.  But I’m really happy when I have someone to talk to other than myself. Which is odd for a true introvert.  Drop in (no appointment) next week, Monday and Tuesday 5-6 pm. Side doors will be open. I’ll have candy and stickers, as usual. PS. I figured out colors. Could you tell?

Better Late Than Never

September 14, 2019

13 September

Hi Stampers:

Yes, I’m late getting this out, so please forgive me if you fell asleep last night, disappointed that there was no fresh blog for your evening’s entertainment. Also, if you did wait up for the blog, you need to get out more. 

 

Drop/Add Deadline:

Stamps has two drop/add deadlines.  The first one is coming up at midnight Monday, Sept 23. Use Wolverine Access to drop a course. The course will disappear completely from your record and your studio fee will be refunded.  This is also the last day to declare a course pass/fail. Note: the pass/fail option is available only to Stampers who have already completed the sophomore review and only for courses that are NOT ArtDes.  The second deadline isn't until November.

 

Tell Me What I Need to Know

Stop by and tell me stuff or ask me question or just visit and eat your lunch.  This Wednesday 11:30-12:30. I’ll be in the video screen lounge outside the office. 

 

First Year Students: I know you’ve been told that you’re supposed to be independent now, running your life and making your own decisions. True. But part of being independent is knowing when you need to bring in your support team (knowing when to ask for help). It’s a tricky balance. If you don’t like to ask for help, think about this: “help” can be input, additional information, a second set of eyes, a tip from someone who knows more than you do, or a suggestion. It’s a collaborative thing.

 

Second Year Students:  the advising team will start taking appointments for your third meeting. Keep your eyes open for a message from your advisor. And check the Terrific Tuesday link for career boosting.

 

Juniors: Have you signed up for Career Bootcamp?  Oh, of course, you plan to be a stay at home (with your parents) artist/designer. Yep, one of the coolest things you can say to a romantic prospect is this: I live with my parents and I can’t afford to move out.

 

Seniors: It will be sad to see you graduate but it will be even sadder when you find out you’re not going to graduate because you didn’t get your senior audit.  The senior audit lets you know what ELSE you need to take so you can graduate. Advisors will begin completing senior audits on Tuesday, September 24.  Request an audit here.

Real Live Human (rlh)

September 6, 2019

Stampers: Congratulations on completing the first week of school.  I hope you are all settled in and that  your lives are going smoothly. My week went off fairly well until the Transits and the DoubleMaps got into it during the first Booster Orientation. No one was seriously injured. I am remaining neutral. Now, here’s some stuff you may want to know:

 

Talk to the Dean-ette

Next week I’ll be available to chat, hear your complaints, and answer questions from 5-5:30 Monday and Tuesday (9 and 10 Sept). Drop by the peer advising entrance(side door across from room 2043)  to the advising office; I’ll be sitting at the table waiting for someone to talk to.

 

Dinner with the Speaker

Here’s the form to request a seat at dinner with a Stamps speaker. You aren’t guaranteed a seat, but it’s it a short request form and you can try as often as you like.

 

Peer Advising Hours

Check the whiteboard on the double doors across from room 2043 for the schedules of the International and Academic Peer Advisors.  Destini, Erin and Manda are good resources for clear and quick information and help.  

 

Studio Access

Stamps students have automatic access to the building with their M-cards 24/7. Unscheduled multi-purpose rooms are yours to use just about any time; check the schedule on the door to find out if they’ve been reserved for something else. Basically, if the door is unlocked, you can come in and work. Just make sure you clean up after yourself. 

 

Some studios require special access or training. Check with the studio coordinator about getting access to these studios:

  • Digital print, video, photo       Matthew Pritchard
  • Digi-fab, small metals            Mike Vitale
  • Wood                                      Mark Krecik
  • Printmedia, painting               Nicholas Dowgwillo
  • Fiber & Ceramic                         TBD

 

Special Access Areas: the Ann and Bob Work Commons (room 1430) and Digital Work Commons (room 2450) plus the adjacent rooms (1410, 1420, 2410, 2420 and 2440) are open for you to use during regular hours, but after 5 pm and on the weekends you’ll need to request permission for M-card access.  This is easy. There are studio access forms all over the place and the studio coordinators have the forms on hand, too.  Submit the form and your M-card will get you in.  HINT: A real live human (rlh) has to update your access, so don't think you can submit the form and 5 minutes later get access. 

 

Study Abroad

If you would like a real live human (rlh) to walk you through study abroad info, then show up for Terrific Tuesdays at 11:00  September 10 in room 2030.

First Week of School Reminders

August 30, 2019

Hello Stampers,  

Here are some things to bear in mind for the first week of school:

1. There will be an academic advisor available most all day Tuesday and Wednesday to take care of urgent problems. Come to the front desk and ask.

2. Sophomores need to schedule their advising meeting number 4. Come prepared to talk about your degree path (BFA or BA), your goals for the year, and what you’ve been doing over the summer to grow as an artist/designer, to develop your professional life (do you have a resume?) and to learn more about the world and your place in it.

3. Juniors: it's time to for meeting #6 with your advisor. Identify your mentors and talk about the results of your sophomore review.

4. Everyone: the Back to School Bash at 4 in the courtyard is a good time to remeet old friends and greet new ones. And eat, of course. Ice cream.

5. The Penny Stamps lecture attendance starts Thursday at 5:10 in the Michigan Theatre.

6. I think food is a necessary part of academic success which is why I’m posting this on the advising blog. Free coffee, bagels and hot chocolate on Wednesdays!!! The Alumni Association is bringing the bagel train to North Campus a couple of times a month. Click here to see their schedule https://alumni.umich.edu/students/welcome-wednesdays/

7. Finally, enjoy the first week back and don’t take it too seriously. You can do that next week.

Welcome back to Stamps!

August 23, 2019

Welcome back to Stamps!

Next week is going to be crazy and busy, but the Advising Team is ready for it all. Most of our time will be taken up with our final new student orientation sessions, but that doesn’t mean we can’t respond to email questions, especially if you use askanadvisor@umich.edu.  For the first two days of classes the Advising Team will hold walk-in hours, and for some of that  time, I’ll be hanging around the front desk so I can give you quick answers. If you have big issues to address, you’ll want to schedule an appointment so we can have the time to focus on good solutions. Don’t be shy about asking for what you need.

You can also check the schedule for our two new peer advisors: Destini and Erin. They can help you with most start of school problems and get you going in no time at all!

Keep your eyes open for an announcement from our new associate dean, Brad Smith, about the IP and the Senior Studio Exhibition space in April.  Also, we have dates now for Sophomore Review in 2020. Monday and Tuesday, April 20 and 21.

Make SURE you set aside time for the Back to School Bash the first day of classes.  It’ll be at four or four-ish, most likely in the courtyard.  Ice cream for vegans, vegetarians, gluten free and lactose intolerant. Toppings for every taste except bad taste. Brought to you by the ArtDesignCollective, your Stamps student government. If you’d like to join it, or just know more about it, let me know.

Rest, Please

April 19, 2019

It’s been a rough week, Stampers. I hope you all have a restful weekend, especially those of you who will complete your sophomore reviews Monday and Tuesday. On Monday I’ll have a list of updated courses that still have some room for those of you who are still finalizing your schedules, but for now, let's all get some rest. 

SENIOR SHOW & NO SNOW

April 5, 2019

Gosh, Stampers, there is so much to cover, this message will be succinct. One thing I do want to remind you about is the senior show next week, starting Wednesday.  If you miss it, your life will still go on, but without as much spark.

 

REGISTRATION HELP SCHEDULE.  Come in the peer advising door across from room 2043.  Joann will be there to help you figure it out.

     Thursday,  April 11, 4-5 pm

     Monday,  April 15, 4-5 pm

     Tuesday, April 16, 4-5 pm

     Wednesday,  April 17, 4-5 pm

 LAST CHANCE HELP Thursday, April 18, 4-5:30 pm.  Seriously, If you don't have a schedule by this time and you don't show up for help, well, you know.

 

CLASSES FOR YOU: SPRING 2019

Yes.  You can take packaging design or figure drawing in the spring.  Other options,  too.  And my spies tell me it’s easier to get into classes in the spring.

 

CLASSES FOR YOU: FALL 2019

Integrated Product Development (IPD). Class meets Wednesday evenings 6-9 @ RSB, with studio time on Monday late afternoons at the Stamps School. Stephanie Tharp of the Stamps School of Art & Design and Eric Svaan from the Ross School of Business are co-instructors for this course.

This is a six-credit course; Stamps students register for both ARTDES 416 and IOE 548. 

Reasons to take this class: 

  • You will work in truly interdisciplinary teams of students from across campus, including designers, engineers, MBAs and School of Information MSIs. 
  • You will respond to a design challenge by developing a new product and building a business model to support its realization and market entry.  
  • You will practice skills in design thinking and methodology, market research, physical prototyping, digital making, and product engineering.
  • You will participate in economic competition as you show off your products in On-Line and Physical Trade Shows.
  • This experience is a great story to tell to prospective employers, who are looking for people with the skills you will build in IPD.
  • If these prospects excite you, please register your interest right away using this link:  https://goo.gl/forms/KT1TIE4SRbrcc6q32

We have space for about a dozen Stamps students in IPD next term, and want to fill those spaces. We’ll arrange registration permissions for you!  FMI: smtharp@umich.edu or jerics@umich.edu

 

FTVM (the department formerly known as SAC) wants STAMPERS to take their courses.

The Film TV & Media Department, in LSA  has 2 courses for you in Fall 2019 so you can learn how to be a Movie or TV Art Director. Art Directors collaborate on the look of everything (hair, make-up, wardrobe, sets, props) that appears on screen.  

FTVM 300: if you have an interest, but no experience, this is a great place to start.  You’ll be involved in Designing 2 short movies in a small crew made up of FTVM Majors who have production experience.  4 Credits. Counts as Stamps 200 level.

FTVM 421: TV Pilot Production: If you’re ready for a challenge, and have an interest in premium TV production, you can join a large crew and help design and shape a full-length TV Pilot.  4 Credits. Counts as Stamps 300 level.

Contact rray@umich.edu for details and an override!  And Stampers, do not contact me about these classes. Ray has the answers; I don't.

 

HEY,  FIRST YEAR STUDENTS: attend a sophomore review and find out what the future holds for you. Here’s the review schedule. Arrive on time and stay until the presenter leaves the room. You can’t pose questions but you can take notes on how it’s done.

 

Now for the really serious stuff:  POSITIVE STEPS:  SEXUAL ASSAULT ON CAMPUS

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) is hosting focus groups to gather input from students on our services and programs. This feedback will influence the future of SAPAC, so we really need your voices!  All focus group results will be presented in aggregate. Comments will not be attributed to anyone by name. So... it's confidential.  These focus groups will take place in the Union: Wednesday, April 10th 3-5pm  and   Wednesday, April 17th 3-5pm

If you are interested in participating you can sign up here.https://sessions.studentlife.umich.edu/track/event/3812

Also, Monday night there’s an event that many of you, sadly can relate to all too well. Prevention Regarding Instances of Sexual Misconduct (PRISM), is a student led collaboration between SAPAC and Fraternity and Sorority Life. They have brought Keith Edwards, an expert scholar and teacher on sexual violence prevention to campus to encourage and empower poeple to change the culture on campus surrounding sexual assault. You can check out his TED talk here.

 

If you are interested in STAMPS STUDENT GOVERNMENT,  send an email of interest to Stamps.ADC@umich.edu.  This time, you’ll get a response.

SENIOR SHOW & NO SNOW

April 5, 2019

Gosh, Stampers, there is so much to cover, this message will be succinct. One thing I do want to remind you about is the senior show next week, starting Wednesday.  If you miss it, your life will still go on, but without as much spark.

 

REGISTRATION HELP SCHEDULE.  Come in the peer advising door across from room 2043.  Joann will be there to help you figure it out.

     Thursday,  April 11, 4-5 pm

     Monday,  April 15, 4-5 pm

     Tuesday, April 16, 4-5 pm

     Wednesday,  April 17, 4-5 pm

 LAST CHANCE HELP Thursday, April 18, 4-5:30 pm.  Seriously, If you don't have a schedule by this time and you don't show up for help, well, you know.

 

CLASSES FOR YOU: SPRING 2019

Yes.  You can take packaging design or figure drawing in the spring.  Other options,  too.  And my spies tell me it’s easier to get into classes in the spring.

 

CLASSES FOR YOU: FALL 2019

Integrated Product Development (IPD). Class meets Wednesday evenings 6-9 @ RSB, with studio time on Monday late afternoons at the Stamps School. Stephanie Tharp of the Stamps School of Art & Design and Eric Svaan from the Ross School of Business are co-instructors for this course.

This is a six-credit course; Stamps students register for both ARTDES 416 and IOE 548. 

Reasons to take this class: 

  • You will work in truly interdisciplinary teams of students from across campus, including designers, engineers, MBAs and School of Information MSIs. 
  • You will respond to a design challenge by developing a new product and building a business model to support its realization and market entry.  
  • You will practice skills in design thinking and methodology, market research, physical prototyping, digital making, and product engineering.
  • You will participate in economic competition as you show off your products in On-Line and Physical Trade Shows.
  • This experience is a great story to tell to prospective employers, who are looking for people with the skills you will build in IPD.
  • If these prospects excite you, please register your interest right away using this link:  https://goo.gl/forms/KT1TIE4SRbrcc6q32

We have space for about a dozen Stamps students in IPD next term, and want to fill those spaces. We’ll arrange registration permissions for you!  FMI: smtharp@umich.edu or jerics@umich.edu

 

FTVM (the department formerly known as SAC) wants STAMPERS to take their courses.

The Film TV & Media Department, in LSA  has 2 courses for you in Fall 2019 so you can learn how to be a Movie or TV Art Director. Art Directors collaborate on the look of everything (hair, make-up, wardrobe, sets, props) that appears on screen.  

FTVM 300: if you have an interest, but no experience, this is a great place to start.  You’ll be involved in Designing 2 short movies in a small crew made up of FTVM Majors who have production experience.  4 Credits. Counts as Stamps 200 level.

FTVM 421: TV Pilot Production: If you’re ready for a challenge, and have an interest in premium TV production, you can join a large crew and help design and shape a full-length TV Pilot.  4 Credits. Counts as Stamps 300 level.

Contact rray@umich.edu for details and an override!  And Stampers, do not contact me about these classes. Ray has the answers; I don't.

 

HEY,  FIRST YEAR STUDENTS: attend a sophomore review and find out what the future holds for you. Here’s the review schedule. Arrive on time and stay until the presenter leaves the room. You can’t pose questions but you can take notes on how it’s done.

 

Now for the really serious stuff:  POSITIVE STEPS:  SEXUAL ASSAULT ON CAMPUS

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) is hosting focus groups to gather input from students on our services and programs. This feedback will influence the future of SAPAC, so we really need your voices!  All focus group results will be presented in aggregate. Comments will not be attributed to anyone by name. So... it's confidential.  These focus groups will take place in the Union: Wednesday, April 10th 3-5pm  and   Wednesday, April 17th 3-5pm

If you are interested in participating you can sign up here.https://sessions.studentlife.umich.edu/track/event/3812

Also, Monday night there’s an event that many of you, sadly can relate to all too well. Prevention Regarding Instances of Sexual Misconduct (PRISM), is a student led collaboration between SAPAC and Fraternity and Sorority Life. They have brought Keith Edwards, an expert scholar and teacher on sexual violence prevention to campus to encourage and empower poeple to change the culture on campus surrounding sexual assault. You can check out his TED talk here.

 

If you are interested in STAMPS STUDENT GOVERNMENT,  send an email of interest to Stamps.ADC@umich.edu.  This time, you’ll get a response.

Whaddya Know?

March 29, 2019

Hi Stampers,

One of ways we want you to grow is as a human; here are some opportunities for you to do just by developing your interests in the lives of other members of our species.


--Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is now accepting applications for their 2019-2020 Student Advisory Board. If mental health is important to you, then go here to learn more and to apply. 

--If the state of the environment is of ANY interest to you, maybe you should be on the Student Advisory Panel (SAP) of President Schlissel’s commission on carbon neutrality. Your input can help write the policy. Read more, and find out how to bring about change within a complex system here

--If you, or someone you know, has been subjected to gender-based discrimination including assault, the Student Sexual Assault and Harassment Legal Advocacy Service(SAHLAS)  serve as support persons for University of Michigan students participating in, or contemplating participation in, the Title IX complaint process. Advocates inform students of their rights, provide information about filing and pursuing a complaint, offer internal and external support service referrals, accompany students to meetings and hearings, prepare students for cross-examination, edit statements, and assist in the appeals process. SAHLAS neither encourages nor discourages students to pursue a particular path; instead, ​advocates support students in selecting the option that is right for them​. All SAHLAS services are free and confidential. https://sahlasorg.wordpress.com.

Registration for undergrads starts at 8:00 am April 4th (Friday).  For best results, do these three things:

1. Read the information on the Stamps course guide page  https://stamps.umich.edu/courses

2. Read about registration in the handbook

3. Pay attention to this letter or the blog for further info….

 

Registration is stressful folks, but please, try not to freak out. We're here to HELP you, not to deplete your sanity.

Welcome to Spring

March 22, 2019

Dear Stampers:

Last week, with the active shooter alarm, was pretty rough, I know, particularly for students. Please, if you haven't already, update your emergency alert information on Wolverine Access (go to student business…).  I found it stressful receiving so many scary messages last Saturday, but I’d rather receive them than not. I don’t want to find myself in a situation I couldn't get out of. So, please, do that.  And if something like this happens again while you’re in school, send your parents, family, close friends, etc., a quick message to let them know you're safe. 

 

UM Student Community Conversations: The University of Michigan is organizing three events on campus, occurring March 25, 27 and April 2, each providing students with an opportunity to share their ideas and experiences in relation to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at U-M.These Student Community Conversation events will assist in generating feedback for the central administration, as well as for the Stamps School, to help shape the future of our DEI plans. The events also will provide food and giveaway items (aka swag).  

            Monday, March 25, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., Pierpont Commons, East
            Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Couzens Hall, Multipurpose Room
            Tuesday, April 2, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Rackham Assembly Hall
 

Backpacking begins next week on Wednesday, the 27th.  That’s the official kickoff date for registration for spring, summer and fall 2019.  You may have noticed that early registration overlaps with the final couple of weeks of school and the lead up to Sophomore Reviews. Seniors won't have the stress of registration and review , but they will have their own kind of stress: IP and Senior Studio drama/trauma.  It’s going to be stressful.  

To mitigate the stress of registration, advising will hold walk-in help during the last week of registration; details will be posted to the blog and in this series of Friday messages. Keep an eye on both for helpful information,  and be sure the read the section on registration that’s in your handbook.  

 

TODAY (Friday): InDesign Workshop. 2:30-4 pm in room 2030.If you want to learn how to design your portfolio template and get exclusive FREE trial Adobe software, please sign up HERE

 

Cartonera workshop.  Presented by Mayela Rodriguez. Tuesday March 26,  2-4 in the Stamps gallery (downtown). During this workshop you will learn about the history of this Latin American publishing style, see examples of cartoneras, and make your own. The contents of your cartonera will be a curation of the Latina artists represented in the exhibition. At the end of the workshop, you will have the chance to leave your cartonera on display in the gallery.    RSVP HERE 

I bet most of you have no clue what a cartonera is. I didn’t. So I consulted my pal,  Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartonera

 

Spring,  by Edna St. Vincent Millay


To what purpose, April, do you return again? 
Beauty is not enough. 
You can no longer quiet me with the redness 
Of little leaves opening stickily. 
I know what I know. 
The sun is hot on my neck as I observe 
The spikes of the crocus. 
The smell of the earth is good. 
It is apparent that there is no death. 
But what does that signify? 
Not only under ground are the brains of men 
Eaten by maggots. 
Life in itself 
Is nothing, 
An empty cup, a flight of uncarpeted stairs. 
It is not enough that yearly, down this hill, 
April 
Comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.