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e.advisor - September 2016

Fall 2 Begins October 17
The fall 2 term begins on Monday, October 17 - Register today! Check out the full schedule of classes available online.

Students are encouraged to register themselves online through Banner Self-ServiceThe academic plan provided by your advisor can be used as a reference for required courses.

If you do not plan on enrolling in the fall terms, be sure to fill out a Leave of Absence form. 

Contact your advisor directly if you have registration questions. You may also call 314-977-2330 or email

Fall Graduation Deadline is September 2!
Certificate students, undergraduate degree students and graduate degree students must apply for graduation through Banner Self-service. Fall deadline is September 2. 

If you have any difficulty applying for graduation, please contact Kathleen Yepez, Associate Registrar, by email or phone (314) 977-3198.  

New Policies for 2016-17 Academic Year
Saint Louis University has revised and implemented new policies for the new school year including Academic Amnesty, Bereavement, Repeating Courses - to name a few. Check out all of the policies here in the 2016-17 Academic Catalog.

SPS Alumni to Receive the Alumni Merit Award

An Alumni Merit Award is bestowed upon a distinguished graduate from each school or college in recognition of their outstanding achievement, dedication to their profession and commitment to the mission of Saint Louis University.

The 2016 honoree is William Dowling. He is the former President, CEO and owner of Gateway Distribution.  While attending Saint Louis University, Bill began his business career in a managerial position with McDonald’s Restaurants.  He left McDonald’s in 1978 and began working for PFD Supply Co., a restaurant warehousing and logistics subsidiary of Prairie Farms Dairy.

Dowling found great success in PFD Supply Co. and eventually he purchased the McDonald’s Distribution Center from Prairie Farms Dairy and founded Gateway Distribution.  Additionally, he founded Gateway Distribution Real Estate, and CPM Leasing Company.  During his ownership, Gateway Distribution became the 68th largest privately held company in the St. Louis area.

Dowling and his wife Barb live in the St. Louis area.  They have two children and four grandchildren.  Saint Louis University has been an important part of Bill’s life.  His wife Barb is a graduate of Saint Louis University’s School of Nursing.  Both of their children are also graduates of Saint Louis University and were both married on campus at St. Francis Xavier College Church.

The dinner and award ceremony will kick off Homecoming and Family Weekend on Thursday, September 22, at 6 p.m. The weekend will continue with festivities September 23 - 25, 2016.  For information about the Alumni Merit Award dinner, and all Homecoming and Family Weekend events and information, click here.

Ignatian Reflections

The famous Jewish novelist, Chaim Potok, begins one of his works with the sentence, “All beginnings are hard.”  He does this to remind his readers that although we might be excited about starting a new project, we often encounter difficulties we hadn’t expected. In many respects, education is like that. For many of us, when we were young we watched Sesame Street and we enjoyed it immensely. We learned our letters and numbers; and it was fun. But when we went to school there were a lot of things that weren’t interesting. How many parents have heard their children say, “School is boring?”

Sometimes the most important things are not entertaining and it requires the hard work of attending to these issues. Paying the bills is not fun but it’s important if we want to keep the lights on. Educational philosopher Mortimer Adler famously said that, “Whoever passes by what is over his head condemns his head to its present low altitude; for nothing can elevate a mind except what is over its head; and that elevation is not accomplished by capillary attraction, but only by the hard work of climbing up the ropes, with sore hands and aching muscles.” What we discover is that satisfaction at the success of learning something difficult is greater than the immediate gratification of entertainment. While it’s best to learn difficult things that are entertaining (like Ted Talks) sometimes it’s just plain difficult. The prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas expresses this well,

               Grant that I may order my life wisely,
                              that I may never crave to do things impulsively,
                              that I may not disdain to do what is burdensome,
               Lest I begin things before I should
                              or abandone them before finishing

Upcoming Events at SLU’s Workforce Center

As summer comes to a close, let’s welcome a new school year with some events that will get your brain in gear! Here are some local events that are worth checking out:

SQL Saturday: Saturday, September 10th at SLU’s Workforce Center

SQL Saturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. Space is limited, registrations required.

  • Cost: FREE (Registration Required)
  • Location: 3545 Lindell Blvd – 2nd Floor, Saint Louis, MO 63103
  • Click to register today!

GlobalHack VI: Friday, October 21 - Sunday, October 23 at Chaifetz Arena 

GlobalHack VI will bring together software developers, graphic designers, technologists, and entrepreneurs from around the world to solve a single civic technology problem centered around homelessness. Hundreds of participants across youth, collegiate, and pro divisions will work in teams to solve this problem by building software solutions over the course of an entire weekend. $1 million in cash prizes will be awarded to the top teams, including $250,000 in follow-on funds that will be used to take the most promising prototypes generated at the event to market.

  • Advance Admission: $30 - Regular Admission: $50 - At the Door: $100
  • Location: Chaifetz Arena - 1 S. Compton Ave. St. Louis, MO 63103
  • Click to register today!

Gateway to CyberCity: Thursday, November 17 at the Hyatt Regency 

Gateway to CyberCity is the premier collaboration and networking event for IT Professionals in the local community.

  • Cost: Free (Registration required)
  • Location: Hyatt Regency - 315 Chestnut St - Regency Ballroom 2nd Floor
  • Click to register today!

If you would like to see a current listing of news and events, please visit our NEWS/EVENTS page.

For more information on upcoming courses or certifications, please contact us at 314-977-3226 or or visit us online at

Financial Aid Corner

The Office of Student Financial Services is here to help you identify and understand resources and options to finance your SLU education. Saint Louis University students have an individual financial aid counselor assigned to them. These counselors can help assist you with any questions that you may have. 

Please see the chart beloew to find your financial aid counselor:

Last Name Begins With: Counselor Phone
A-C, K, N-Q Frank Tucci 314-977-2351
D, L, S Shayla Johnson 314-977-2346
F-J Shawn McCaw 314-977-4208
E, M, R, T-Z Haley Held 314-977-2352

Career Services Corner
Career Services is open all year for students and alumni.  Susan Gale, the career development specialist for SPS, is available in person, by telephone at 314-977-2830, email or Skype. Daytime appointments can be made through mySLU. Other appointments are available by calling (314) 977-2828.  

Career Services is introducing a new event. Resumania will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Busch Student Center (across from the Information Desk).  Come join us for light refreshments while you have your resume critiqued by employers and career professionals.

You can be well-prepared for our Fall Career and Graduate School Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from noon-4:00 pm, in the Wool Ballrooms in the Busch Student Center.  We have sold out with 142 employers and colleges registered!  This is a great networking opportunity even if you’re only partway through your degree.  The list of recruiters is available at under Events.

SPS South Campus Advising
Are you a SLU employee currently taking classes at SPS? Sharon Spicer will be available to advise SPS students at Drummond Hall Conference Room 2 on the first Wednesday of each month between the hours of 1-5 p.m. For an appointment, call 314-977-3324 or email Walk-ins welcome.
Upcoming Dates: September 7

Trivia Night 2016Save the Date for the SPS Trivia Night on November 4, 2016
The 8th Annual SLU School for Professional Studies Trivia Night to benefit student scholarships will be held on Friday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m.

Please contact John Stiles, Development Director, Sr., at (314) 977-2218 or if you would like to help or contribute.

More information to come...

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SQL Saturday


Career and Graduate School Fair


Fall 2 Scholarship Deadline

Fall 2 Term Begins

National Geospatial-Intelligence Student and Professional Day

GlobalHack VI

SPS Trivia Night

Gateway to CyberCity

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