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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.

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

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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

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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!

Stamps Study Abroad Update #1

March 3, 2020

Here's the  text of the message I sent all Stamps undergrads last Tuesday,  25 February 2020.

 

Dear Stampers,

I'm writing all of you to update you on the status of our study abroad programs for this spring and summer in light of the continuing concerns about COVID-19.  I have consulted with our Director of International Study Programs, Sandra Wiley, who has, in turn, been in close and frequent communication with the U-M International Travel Oversight Committee.

It is important for us to be transparent with you and to provide you with reliable up-to-date information as quickly as possible. Your safety and security will guide our actions. This is the first in a series of messages that will keep you informed about the status of Stamps programs.

As you know, this is a rapidly developing situation. You can expect to hear from us at least once a week (usually Tuesday or Wednesday) until travel abroad is no longer a concern. And if there’s breaking information, we won’t wait to share it.

Right now, all of our programs are ongoing. The U-M has just issued a travel restriction for South Korea, but not for any of the other countries where our students study, including Italy. Stamps students currently in Italy are continuing their studies. As matters develop we will reassess the safety of our programs and keep you informed.  We are aware that many of you have payment deadlines, and we’ll be mindful of financial obligations. It is too early to come to any decision concerning alternative arrangements for fulfilling your international requirement. 

This is the time for facts, not speculation. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has clear information on COVID-19 and how to protect yourself and keep yourself healthy. For a world view, you may also want to consult information from the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Please share this message with your parents and loved ones reassure them that we have your safety and security at the top of our considerations.  

Feel free to contact me directly with your concerns,

Joann

Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020

February 21, 2020

Hi  Stampers,

The first iteration of the spring, summer and fall schedule for 2020 is attached.  I plan to send it to all Stampers Monday, but the three (or maybe four) of you who read the blog get it NOW.  Bear in mind that some information here could (and will) change , but what you see is pretty much set.

Related to the schedule is the Stamps Experience Expo (formerly the International Fair and Pizza & Previews).  Mark your calendars for 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 annd talk with faculty about the courses that intrigue you.  It's a great time for everyone, so be there.

 

A new and very useful tool to help you make it through school in one piece.  Go to https://basicneeds.studentlife.umich.edu/  You'll find an easy to use website that gives you resources for health care, housing, transportation, food, finance, and best of all, critical incident support.  Bookmark it. It's that good.

 

Also useful  Being Not Rich at UM

 

Finally, here's an opportunity highly recommended by Jordyn Fishman, BFA 2019.  This could jump start your career.

New York Arts Practicum
Call for Applications 2020
Deadline: Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
www.artspracticum.org

Applications are being accepted for the 2020 New York Arts Practicum, a summer arts institute where participants experientially learn to bridge their lives as art students into lives as artists in the world. The program is structured around apprenticeships with mentor artists, a critique seminar where participants produce work without access to their institutional facilities, and site visits to artist workspaces, galleries, and museums.

The eight-week New York Arts Practicum will run from June 8th to July 31st, 2020. The application deadline is March 17th, 2020.

 

Spring break is coming up. Make sure you are safe and watch out so that others will be, too!

Step-by-Step to Graduation

February 7, 2020

Hello Stampers,

In the lull before mid-term reports and spring break, it may be a good idea to spend a few minutes looking at Step-by-Step to Graduation, the section in the Undergrad Handbook that tells you what you should be doing when. Not “should be doing” as in I “should be doing serious work” instead of watching 13 things you didn’t know Spongebob Squarepants could do on YouTube. Look for it on page 15 or thereabouts. Step-by-Step to Graduation is on page 15. The handbook does not  provide information about Spongebob Squarepants. 

Step-by-Step to Graduation gives you a kind of timeline toward graduation but it’s not about courses.  It’s about doing the things outside of class that  will make you more confident about your education and about your future. There are even recommendations for summer break.  If you’re feeling a little lost,  take a look at it. 

 

Stuff you need to know:

Next week is Transfer Student Appreciation Week.  Stamps is honoring its transfer students (hey,  cross-campus transfers, you count!) with lunch, door prizes and board games. This Friday (Valentine’s Day),  11:30-1 pm in room 2030.  Go here to order your sandwich. You are welcome  to drop in, grab a sandwich and some chips and run if you need to. It’s ok to do that,  but if you can stay and visit,  we’d love to see you.

 

Stamps sophomore Shannon Young invites everyone to an exhibition in Pierpont’s piano lounge, “The Role of Creative Media in Hong Kong Protests” starting 18-27 February.  Illustration, comics, memes, gaming, and music.  There’s a cool poster I’ll try to upload to the blog.

 

Term Withdrawal.  If you’re having some serious problems (emotional, family, health—you name it) and you think you might need to withdraw from the term, please come see me (Joann). All you need to do is send me an email (jmcdan@umich.edu) and  I’ll make time for you.  You can withdraw from the term anytime until the last day of classes, but if you do it by the 18th,  you’ll get 50% of your tuition back.   And you’ll have that much more time to concentrate on taking care of those problems instead of adding to them by failing all your classes.

 

CAPS Workshops

Here’s a link to two in-house (here in the A&A building)  CAPS workshops : 

Effective Communication (how to ask for what you need ) on 18 March. 

Semester Survival Guide (coping with the madness at the end) on 1 April. 

Is it ok to eat Takis every day?

January 31, 2020

Take some time this weekend to assess what the next month has in store for you. How much time?   Ten minutes.  Do you have a timer?  Yes, you  do.  

 

On the most basic level, review what you have due during February to make sure you haven’t overlooked something essential.  A better exercise, however, might be to look at the 29 days (yes, February has a bonus day) and think about where you’d like to be in a month.  What are your goals for the month? Ask yourself what you could be doing better. Think of just one thing. One thing and no more. Write it down. Then think of things you could do to reach that goal. Think of things you can actually measure.  If you want to eat healthier, writing “eat healthier” doesn't get it.  Instead, go for specifics, like “eat Takis every other day, not every day” or “google healthy lunch options.” Try to get 4 doable things. Doable means you can actually do it.  Select the one you like most and assign it to the first week. The second week, add another. Do what you can and do what you're willing to do. Time’s up.

 

In advising, the month of February is pretty quiet. February is a good time to meet you're your advisor to plan for graduation, study abroad, or life itself. In March we’ll be super busy prepping the sophomores for sophomore review, and in April, everyone will want an appointment because April is crazy: end of classes, emergencies, crises, registration, and every existential dilemma known to humans. You can prepare for the craziness that comes with the end of the academic year by touching base before the madness hits. All advisor want to do is support you. Actually, we also want to eat Takis (fuego) every day.

 

In February spring break is close and when you return, the semester will be on its way out faster than you think. Get ready now by practicing self-care: treat yourself like you would treat a friend. Give yourself the kindness, compassion, and respect that every human deserves. Tell  that negative voice in your head to behave itself. And if you have a question, ask. repeat as needed..

Make Your Bed

January 24, 2020

Stampers, we’re closing in on the end of the third week of classes, and of course that means some of you need to pay attention fast because deadlines are upon us (see previous post).  If you have financial aid or if you are an international student, you probably need to be enrolled fulltime to get your full award or to maintain your visa status. What this means is that you need to be enrolled for (not waitlisted) at least 12 credits as of 12:01 am Wednesday the 29th. I do not suggest trying to add a course at 11:59 pm Tuesday the 28th. A good rule of thumb: do not play chicken with the Feds if you don’t have to.

 

Now that  we’ve settled that, I want to point out some things you can do to make this semester move you forward toward your goals.  Goals? You have to have goals? First we make you take classes then we make you observe deadlines and now it’s goals we want. No, the demands NEVER end. It's always something.

 

Start thinking about what you want and what you’ve done (or need to do to get there). 

One goal might be graduation:

  • Step 1:  take a bunch of courses (this takes 4 years)
  • Step 2: make sure they are the right ones to count towards your degree (Senior Audit; it takes 2 minutes)
  • Step 3: apply for graduation (this takes 30 seconds)

Some things you can do to facilitate your progress toward the stage at commencement would be to pay attention to attend class regularly, meet with your advisor (early and often), and take ownership of your education. Research your options,  ask questions and take charge.

 

Another goal might be employment after graduation

  • Step 1: get skills and experience (in class and out of class)
  • Step 2: prove that you have skills and experience (resume and portfolio)
  • Step 3: interview and charm the interviewer (Portfolio Expo—coming up Feb 20)

Some things you can do to facilitate your progress toward full employment with a fat paycheck and a cool office would be to research an internship (and get one), have people critique your  resume and portfolio and consider their advice; talk with an informed person (John Luther) about your  career options and network with our alums.

 

Finally, you may have a goal that is more personally oriented, like being more efficient with your time.   Here are some things you can do to get things done

  • Step 1:  put your time on a short leash. Set your phone timer to 10 minutes and do all the little stuff you hate to do and usually put off.
  • Step 2: block out a schedule for one day that has class, study, sleep, exercise, work and down time all scheduled. Then FOLLOW the schedule. No matter what. For ONE day.
  • Step 3: Change one thing. And let everything else do what it usually does. 

Step 4:  Make your bed. Nicely. This goes for everyone all the time. It's an act of self-care, a reliable winnable victory and a delaration that you can finish what you start.