April 2013 Parent Guide

April 2013 Parent Guide

| Parent Resources |
| Residence Hall Check Out |
| Facing a Tough Job Market Together|
| Dining Hall Access Improvements |

Parent Resources: Newsletter This Year, Parent Portal Next

Thank you for being a part of our first ever Parent Guide to Notre Dame College.  The purpose of this newsletter is to improve our communication with parents, inform you on important events at NDC and address topics that affect you as parents of college students.  As always, we are open to suggestions on more topics and concerns that you have as we continue on to our second year. 

Our next step in this effort to improve our communication to parents is to launch a parent portal.  You have heard us make reference to My.NDC.edu numerous times over the last year.  My.NDC.edu is the college’s Web portal that allows students to register for next semester’s courses, print unofficial transcripts and view financial aid and student account information.  

Beginning in the fall of 2013, parents will also have the ability to view this information online.  Due to FERPA regulations, permission must be granted by your son or daughter before you can access the parent portal.  Upon receipt, you will have one centralized space for your student’s records that you can access from anywhere via the Web!

As we get closer to launching NDC’s parent portal, we will send more detailed information on how to access and manage this new tool.  We look forward to enhancing our technology to better support our relationship with parents and ensuring our students’ success.

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Residence Hall Check-out: Students Move 24 Hours after their Last Final Exam

Hello from the Residence Life Office! Another successful semester is coming to a close and we would like to share valuable information about our move-out process. Your student will receive the same information, but please take this opportunity to begin discussing move out plans with them. 

The residence halls close on Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m. All residents must vacate the halls by this time or 24 hours after their last final─whichever comes first.

The last thing students will do before they leave for summer is complete a check-out with a member of the residence life staff. Here is how the check-out process works:

  • Students will pack all of their belongings and remove them from their rooms. No items may be left behind.
  • All parts of the room will need to be cleaned─this includes bedrooms, bathrooms and common spaces in North and South Hall. Residents will need to ensure everything is left the way it was found at the beginning of the year.
  •  Once personal belongings are removed and everything is clean, residents will inform their RA they are ready to go over their Room Condition Report (RCR). The RCR was completed when the students moved in and will be reviewed again upon move out. The RA will inspect the room and make appropriate notes about the condition of the room. Please note: Residence life staff will conduct a final inspection of all rooms the week after the semester ends.
  • Once the RCR is finished, students will sign it, return their keys to the RA and officially begin their summer break!

If you have any questions, please call Tera Johnson, interim director of residence life, at 216-373-5181 or via email at tjohnson@ndc.edu. Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you again in August!

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Facing a Tough Job Market Together: Help Your New Grad Find a Job

As parents of graduates facing a tough job market, what can you do to assist your son or daughter in transitioning from the secure world of classes and residence halls to the unknown reality of what lies ahead? Here are some suggestions: 

Ask how you can help
Your son or daughter may have specific ideas about ways you can assist. Your editing skills may be the second pair of eyes needed to critique a resume; your managerial skills could be useful as a mock interviewer; your research skills might uncover some new job leads. Think about how your role as something other than mom or dad could be helpful. 

But don’t be pushy: Let your new grad take the lead. 

Suggest a visit to the campus career center
The campus career center provides a wealth of job search resources—job postings, career fairs, resume assistance and career counseling, just to name a few. Make sure your son or daughter is aware of the office. If your new grad isn’t near his or her alma mater, suggest that he or she call the career services offices at local colleges and ask if help is available. 

Offer networking contacts
Networking is one of the most effective ways to find a job. With your child’s permission, talk to your co-workers about your son or daughter’s job search. Discuss it with neighbors and friends. You never know who may know of a job opportunity. 

Be ready to hear new ideasGraduation
Your new grad may mention attending graduate school or raise a new career goal. Listen to new ideas with an open mind, making positive suggestions when appropriate. Ask open-ended questions to show your son or daughter that you’re interested—and the answers will help your new grad think through the new ideas. 

Provide a sounding board when frustrations overflow
Nightly news reports about unemployment are stressful. Imagine trying to complete your studies and conduct a job search, too. If your child calls to talk, but really needs to vent, listen. Sometimes the best thing you can say is nothing at all. 

Give an early graduation present with the job search in mind
Don’t wait until May to say congratulations. Now is a great time to give a graduation present that will be used during the job search and first year on the job. Looking for ideas? Interview suits, briefcases, portfolios and memory sticks are great gifts for the new grad. 

Reassure your new grad that a tough job market is temporary
The ebb and flow of the economy is constant, and brighter days lie ahead. You’ve likely experienced similar ups and downs. Convey your experiences to your new grad. 

Look and listen for signs of depression
If your son or daughter talks about skipping class, exhaustion or loss of appetite, he or she might need some help. If your student is still on campus, contact appropriate campus representatives (residence life offices, counseling centers, and so forth) for help. 

Remind your new grad that you are proud of his or her accomplishments.
A sour economy should not take away the success of earning a college degree. Be sure your son or daughter knows that you are proud of this achievement. Send a card or make a phone call to specifically convey this message.

by Kelli Robinson. Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, copyright holder. 

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Dining Hall Access Improvements: Extended Service Hours Added for Student Convenience

Working together with Normandy Catering, Notre Dame College is pleased to offer dramatically expanded dining hall hours for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Beginning in the fall of 2013, the dining hall will offer uninterrupted service every day of the week.  This means students will be able to eat a meal at any time throughout the day when the dining hall is open.   Students have asked the college for this type of service, and Notre Dame and Normandy Catering have responded. 

Here is the new, expanded schedule:                                                   

  • Monday through Friday: continuous service from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: continuous service from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Here is what “continuous service” means:

  • Full breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Light breakfast (continental style) will be served from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Full lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Light lunch (salad bar, deli and grill) will be served from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.                                     

On Saturday and Sunday, service includes:

  • Full brunch will be served 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
  • Light lunch (salad bar, deli and grill) will be served from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Under this new arrangement, Salad Bar Station students will be able to enter the dining hall and eat whenever it is convenient for them.  These changes will better meet the needs of busy students by freeing them from having to plan meals around their other activities.  Dining Services will work closely with athletic teams and other extracurricular groups to ensure that students have enough time to eat and participate in their sports team or activities. 

Please direct questions or concerns about these changes, to Brian Emerson, Dean of Student Affairs at bemerson@ndc.edu or 216.373.5177.

In addition to the improvements to dining hall access, Notre Dame will offer modified meal plan options beginning in the fall of 2013.  The College will offer resident students the 19 and 14 meal plans.  The 25 meal plan and seven meal plan have been eliminated.  All resident students will continue to be required to be on a meal plan. 

To read more about the new meal plan policy and detailed information about the changes, please visit the “dining hall” section of the student handbook at: www.NotreDameCollege.edu/student-life/student-life-resources/student-handbook

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