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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.

Senior Audits and Applying for Graduation

September 19, 2016

This post is intended for any Stamper who thinks that graduation is a possibility for 2017.

You need your senior audit and you need to apply for graduation. A senior audit lets you know what courses you will need to take to graduate so you won't get a nasty surprise later on. Applying for graduation lets the University (and Stamps) graduate you. No application=no graduation.

In an effort to complete senior audits most efficiently, we have changed the process. All you need to do is complete the senior audit request form. Depending on how swamped we are, you should receive an email in about 2-3 weeks with a progress toward degree (PTD) sheet and a final audit letter.  The PTD will tell you how your credits have counted (e.g., which course is counted as natural science).  The letter will tell you what courses/requirements you will have left to take after Fall term 2016.

TWO EASY STEPS TO GRADUATION: 

1. Complete the Senior Audit Request

2. Apply for Graduation (go to Student Center on Wolverine Access.  Look in the lower right hand corner). Click.

Deadline: Drop/Add Pass/Fail

September 19, 2016

The deadline for drop/add and pass/fail is Monday, Sept 26 at midnight. After that, you get a "W" if you drop, and there's no tuition refund if you drop below 12 credits. Pass/fail is available to juniors and seniors only (sorry all you first years and sophomores), and foundation courses are pretty much forever. Peer advisors can help you decide what to do. You can find their schedule on the white board on the double doors across from rooms 2043 and 2044.-

Eat with the Speaker

September 15, 2016

Sam Bertin and Sophia Goldberg are the Stampers who organize student dinners with the Penny Stamps Speakers.  If you want to take advantage of this incredible networking opportunity click on this link by

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH

https://docs.google.com/a/umich.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfxQOxDkN5znfIH2z5W8zIuIN4qc1HETh8FlQMkOTc9-pWD8w/viewform

Just like our giant laser cutter, this is the BIGGEST link in the WHOLE UNIVERSITY.  And it's in my blog.

Dear Diary: Blogword

September 15, 2016

Does a blog exist if no one reads it? I think I should start each entry with "Dear Diary", then maybe someone's mother or little brother would read it.  Instead maybe I'll imbed something in it-- a blogword if you will. Then, the first person who emails me the blogword will get a prize.  What kind of prize? Maybe something that would stun you and increase your practical skillset.  Something like.....

Front rows seats for 

Mike Vitale's Spectacular Cutting Showcase

Laser Cutting and Vinyl Cutting 

Wednesday, 9/21/16: Laser Cutters

Friday, 9/23/16: Vinyl Cutter

 

This will be amazing!  I knew you could cut vinyl but I had no idea you could cut a laser?!?!?1? !

Help with International Study

September 11, 2016

The first deadline for international study will be here in just over two weeks -- October 1.  Help is on the way: Beth Reeck and Sydney Bagnall are our new international study peer advisors.  I'll publish their advsing hours as soon as I get them.  And pictures. As soon as I fgure out how to load them. This may take awhile.

Help with International Study

September 11, 2016

The first deadline for international study will be here in just over two weeks -- October 1.  Help is on the way: Beth Reeck and Sydney Bagnall are our new international study peer advisors.  I'll publish their advsing hours as soon as I get them.  And pictures. As soon as I fgure out how to load them. This may take awhile.

You Know You Could Use a Kind Word

September 10, 2016

It's been a rough week for some of you, so spend the second week of school making order out of chaos and serenity out of stress. The peer advisors are back and ready to talk about the stuff that is overwhelming you right now. Get some facts and get a new perspective by checking in with a peer advisor.  

Scheduling, adjustments, progress toward degree,  joint degree, stress, graduation, internships, a crazy course workload, the realization that work is already due, and whatever else. International students mayespecailly want to meet with Jiin, who knows that territory well.Come in and you'll leave with a plan.

 

PEER ADVISING SCHEDULE (enter through the double doors across from rooms 2044 and 2043)

Monday        11:30-1:30 with Jiin, Amy and Perry

                      4:30-5:30  with Amy and Perry 

Tuesday         11:30-1:30  with Jiin

                       4:30-5:30 with Amy and Perry

Wednesday   11:30-1:30 with Jiin, Amy and Perry

                       4:30-5:30  with Amy and Perry

Thursday        11:30-1:30  with Jiin

WATCH  THIS SPACE FOR: INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE PEER ADVISORS!!!

You Know You Could Use a Kind Word

September 10, 2016

It's been a rough week for some of you, so spend the seocnd week of school making order out of chaos and serenity out of stress. The peer advisors are back and ready to talk about the stuff that is overwhelming you right now. Get some facts and get a new perspective by checking in with a peer advisor.  Scheduling, adjustments, stress, graduation, internships,  a crazy course workload, the realization that work is already due, and whatever else. Come in and you'll leave with a plan.

 

PEER ADVISING SCHEDULE (enter through the double doors across from rooms 2044 and 2043)

Monday        11:30-1:30 and 4:30-5:30  Amy and Perry

Tuesday          4:30-5:30 Amy and Perry

Wednesday   11:30-1:30 and 4:30-5:30  Amy and Perry

 

WATCH  THIS SPACE FOR: INTERNATIONAL PEER ADVISORS!!!

Peer Advisors Know All, See All, but Don’t Tell All

September 6, 2016

Peer Advisors Amy Kamden-Wandji, Kara Calvert, Perry Stella O'Toole, and Jean (Jiin) Suh can help you figure out your schedule, tell you what your options are, give you directions, and talk you out of doing something that is guaranteed to end in tears.  Their advising hours start today at 4:30 (until 5:30).   Bring your problems, issues, and hard luck stories to the Peer Advising Office across from rooms 2044 and 2043 (where the double doors are).  You'll be glad you did.

Full Peer Advising Schedule TBD.  Keep your eyes on this space.

FYWR Open Class for Stampers ONLY

September 6, 2016

CHECK IT OUT TONIGHT! DO NOT WAIT!!!!

ArtDes 129. Taught by the Most Excellent Ali Shapiro.  In lovely, centrally located North Quad.  7-8:30 pm,  TTh.  4 credits.  Meets Stamps FYWR.

This class is about writing and academic inquiry. Good arguments stem from good questions, and academic essays allow writers to write their way towards answers, towards figuring out what they think. This class will encourage you to cultivate curiosity and ask good questions, and to hone the reading, writing, research and critical thinking skills that will allow you to communicate your discoveries to a variety of audiences. Working closely with each other and your instructor, you’ll develop your essays through workshops and extensive revision. Readings cover a variety of genres and often serve as models or prompts for the assigned essays. The specific questions you pursue in your essays are up to you; in this class, making is recognized as a form of academic research and you are encouraged to find connections to your other creative practices!

First Week of School

September 3, 2016

Hi Stampers, Old and New! Welcome back to North Campus, the tranquil center of the creative world.  This is the first blog post I've ever written in my whole life (and I turned 193 years old in July). Here's some information that you'll need to know for the first week of school.  Please pay attention to the change in the Penny Stamps lecture series schedule.

You can get advising help with scheduling problems, random questions and other concerns.  The advising staff--Romy, John, and Brian-- work on a walk-in basis during the first week of school, epsecially Tuesday and Wednesday.  I'll be available for quick questions Tuesday 1-3 pm and Wednesday 9-11 am. And I'll have new stickers to hand out.  And you can always bypass the crowds by sending your questions to AskanAdvisor@umich.edu.

Tuesday is the opening of the Work Commons, where the Slusser used to be. First floor, east hallway. I have it on good authority that free ICE CREAM will be served at 1 pm.

Wednesday is the traditional Back to School Bash, hosted by the ArtDesign Collective (ADC) after afternoon classes are over. Check the courtyard for flaming weenies and flying burgers.

Thursday is the start of the Penny Stamps Lecture Series. There will not be a lecture this week, but attendance is required because you'll get all the information you'll need to pass the class, check your attendance, make up a missed lecture, or sign up for dinner with one of the speakers.

Friday is just Friday. A blessing for us all.

Welcome!

August 31, 2016

Welcome to the advising blog - stay tuned for regular updates from Stamps Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs Joann McDaniel. In the meantime, BFA students can download a checklist to stay on track for graduation below.