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e.advisor - November 2016

Information Session for New Students - November 15

Know a friend or family member that would be interested in learning more about SPS? We will be hosting an information session on November 15 at our St. Louis campus. 

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5)

Location: Boileau Hall, located at 38 N Vandeventer Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108

Appetizers will be provided 

It is free to attend but registration is required

New Admission Counselors join SPS
Saint Louis University School for Professional Studies has recently hired 2 new admission counselors, Ashley Eckhardt and Leon Fuller.  Ashley comes to us from Lewis and Clark Community College where she was working as an Academic Advisor. 

Leon has worked in a number of roles in Higher Education, most recently as an Academic Counselor at Mercer County Community College, but as also served as a Career Advisor and Admission Transfer Coordinator.  We are very excited and honored to have them joining our team here at the School for Professional Studies.

New Course! Register now for OSTD 2930 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Do you have an interest in owning your own business or have a great idea to improve a current process?  This course will provide the foundation and tools needed to take your concept to the next level You will examine the role and impact of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship within the corporate and social environment and identify resources available to entrepreneurs to assist in conceptual design and mitigate risk.

The course is open to all SPS students and will be offered online in spring 1 (January 16 - March 12, 2017).  Seating is limited, contact your advisor today to register.

Scholarship Opportunity for Hospitality Student
Attention Hospitality Management Minor and Certificate Students: Applications are currently being accepted for The Lumiere Place Hospitality Scholarship and Hospitality Industry Advisory Board Scholarship.

Deadline for submission of the online application is Wednesday, December 21, 2016. Both scholarships are being awarded exclusively to SPS hospitality students and will be dispersed during the spring semester.  You may apply and be awarded both scholarships.  Questions? Please email Katie Devany at

Staff Accomplishments
Senior Academic Advisor, Deb Blanquart was selected as a SLU Star. The SLU Stars is a peer-to-peer award that recognizes colleagues who demonstrate professionalism and behavior congruent with the University's Ignatian ideals, and whose accomplishments further the mission of Saint Louis University. SLU Stars are those unheralded staff members who regularly go above and beyond to touch the lives of the colleagues, students, clients, friends and family with whom they interact on a daily basis. Their commitment to the mission is not a singular event, but a continuous story of the mission in action.


Ignation Reflection

At Saint Louis University we trace our educational and spiritual origins to the work of Ignatius Loyola. This Ignatian tradition of spirituality emphasizes a prayer called the “Examen,” which is to be prayed at least once a day. It has 5 steps and proceeds in the following order: (1) to ask God for light, (2) to give thanks, (3) to review the day, (4) to face your shortcomings, and (5) to face the day. Each of these steps is important in itself, but since Thanksgiving arrives in November, step 2 might be especially relevant.

Someone once said that you shouldn’t be unhappy about all the things you don’t have that you do want, since there are a lot of things that you don’t have that you don’t want! This isn’t exactly giving thanks but it points to the fact that we should take time to be reflective about what we have and be grateful. A number of positive psychology studies indicate that people who are thankful are generally happier than those who aren’t. Yet, being thankful as a means to happiness probably misses the point.

The idea of being grateful, in the Ignatian tradition, is about seeing yourself in the larger picture. It is about understanding that you are not your own creator, that there are many people who have contributed to your success and well-being, and that in many ways you can never “pay these people back.” It is, in short, understanding that life is a gift. And it is only through reflection on gratitude that we come to understand the gift-like nature of our lives. There are a number of ways that we can cultivate this attitude of thankfulness. (1) Frequently, and sincerely, thank others for their work and for the ways their lives have benefitted you. (2) Make a point of writing thank you notes and personalize them. (3) Start a Gratitude Journal where you can focus on the good things that have come your way that are often beyond your own control (Remember here that the word “gratitude” comes from the Latin word “Gratia,” which means “unearned favor”). And, of course, (4) practice the Examen on a daily basis.

The Holidays can often be times of family, school, and work-related stress. And it may seem contrary to every one of your natural impulses when you are stressed to “take time and be grateful.” But it might just be one of the healthier things you do for yourself—and for others—this holiday season.  

Book an Appointment with your Librarian 
All SPS students are able to reach out to the school's library liasion for help with research. You can book an appointment with your librarian here

Upcoming Events at SLU’s Workforce Center

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: 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

Financial Aid Timeline for SLU:

We have some exciting changes to the federal financial aid application process for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

What is changing?

ONE – Students may now file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in October instead of January – 3 months earlier.

TWO – Instead of using prior year (PY) tax information when filing their FAFSA, students will now use prior, prior year (PPY) tax information.

IMPORTANT DATES 17-18 school year

October 1 , 2016

Start Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submission for financial aid—use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.*

November 1, 2016

Review FAFSA for corrections. Submit any requested information to student financial services.

February 1, 2017

Priority deadline to complete the FAFSA. Award notification begins.

May 1, 2017

Review your award package to ensure everything is in place.

July 1, 2017

Finalize payment arrangements—READY TO START THE NEW YEAR!

*Using the IRS DRT will automatically draw the appropriate tax information into the

FAFSA cutting down on potential corrections, verifications and award adjustments.






July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017

Jan. 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017


July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018

Oct. 1, 2016 – June 30, 2018


July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019

Oct. 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019


Note: Priority consideration is given to students who file prior to Feb. 1.

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.  

Handshake, the internshiHandshakep and jobs database for students and alumni, can be accessed through mySLU or  Within Handshake are Interview Stream and SLUvisors, helpful tools for students and alumni.

Career and Graduate School fairs, events, career counseling, resume/cover letter reviews and job/internship assistance are available. Please contact Career Services today!

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 Wednesday, November 2 between the hours of 1-5 p.m. For an appointment, call 314-977-3324 or email Walk-ins welcome.

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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