Join the SLU community in celebrating the 2014 Homecoming and Family Weekend, which takes place from Thursday, September 25 through Sunday, September 28. Reconnect with former classmates, visit with current students and faculty, take a tour to rediscover campus, enjoy a concert, cheer on the Billikens at a soccer game, and catch a fantastic fireworks display! Bring your family and friends! Click here to register for Homecoming and Family Weekend.
Application for Degree
If you anticipate graduating from your undergraduate degree or certificate program before August 2015, please complete an application for degree through Banner Self-Service. Your advisor will complete a graduation audit once he or she receives your application. The audit confirms that you have met the minimum overall GPA of 2.0, the minimum number of credit hours for the degree, specific course requirements of the degree, and that your transfer courses are congruent with our transfer policy. Students who have previously applied for graduation must complete the application through Banner-Self Service even if a graduation audit has already been completed.
Faculty and Staff Spotlight
Dr. Craig Boyd, Associate Professor of Philosophy, spent much of July in Oxford and Cambridge, England. Boyd participated in the Biologos Conference at St. Catherine's College, Oxford University and presented a poster session on "Evolution and Christian Ethics: Mapping the Terrain" in the early part of the month. The following week, he gave a lecture at St. Anne's College on "C.S. Lewis, Evolution, and Teleological Explanations" for the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion. In the latter part of the month he travelled to Cambridge University where he was an invited lecturer for the 2014 C.S. Lewis Oxbridge Seminar and presented a paper at Robinson College on the topic, "The Catholic Virtue of Hope in Tolkien's Short Story, Leaf by Niggle."
SLU Library is Everywhere
SLU students, faculty and staff have access to thousands of digital library resources 24 hours, 7 days a week! Start your research online with our SLUth- Search Plus database to get a taste of the kinds of journal articles, eBooks and other sources we provide access to. Contact your SPS librarian, Rebecca Hyde, for more information and an introduction to online library resources. Our online resources cover all subject areas, so there is something for everyone! Remember to log-in when prompted using your SLU Net ID and password for full access.
Tips from Student Financial Services
•Remember to accept your aid: http://www.slu.edu/student-financial-services/accessing-and-confirming-your-award.
•Remember, first-time borrowers need to complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling for their loans at: www.studentloans.gov.
•For students attending part-time: You must be at least half-time (6 hours) to be eligible to borrow federal loans. Be careful borrowing full loan amounts for part-time attendance. You may exhaust your aggregate loan eligibility before you complete your program.
•Sign up for a payment plan. Instructions available at: http://www.slu.edu/student-financial-services/pay-your-billpayment-plans.
•You can find your Student Financial Services counselor at: http://www.slu.edu/x22831.xml.
•Answers to FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: http://www.slu.edu/student-financial-services/faqs.
Student Financial Services is always available to help you. If you need assistance, please contact your Student Financial Services Counselor directly or feel free to email email@example.com or call (314) 977-2350.
Stay the course! Keep in mind that when you take a term off you step out of sync with your cohort and you also prolong your completion date. Contact Lana Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org) for tips on academic success!
Reflect and Connect
"It always seems impossible until it's done." - Nelson Mandela
What types of goals are you setting for yourself? Are you writing them down and reading them often? Are they realistic?
Alpha Sigma Lambda Corner
Greetings to all new and returning SPS students! The fall term is under way and hopefully you have set a routine and are finding a good balance between managing your family, work and studying for school. As busy adults this can sometimes be a challenge; however, with a little planning, discipline and focus, it can be done.
Whether or not you are taking classes on campus, or completely online, I have a few tips to help you ensure your success this fall term and beyond. Try setting aside time in a quiet place each day specifically for your studies. Good study habits need to be started early in order for them to stick. Sometimes, it may seem like there is just not enough time in the day to get it all done. Try taking a look at where you may be "wasting" time and turn this "wasted" time into study time. Did you know that there is a Blackboard app for your smartphone? Using the Blackboard app during breaks and lunch at work is a great way to catch up on your message board posts and it leaves one less thing to do when you get home.
Furthermore, don't be afraid to ask for help. This may mean asking a partner, spouse or family member to step in and watch the kids or take over other responsibilities you may have while you study for a test or get homework completed. Moreover, eight week courses go by fast! Contact your instructor as soon as possible if you find that you are struggling. Also, use your resources. SLU's writing services can be your best friend when writing papers or journals. Remember that determination and perseverance are the keys to success for every SPS student.
Lastly, I would also like to hear from SPS students about your interest in having a "SLU SPS" Facebook page. This page would be for SPS students and ran by SPS students as a way to ask for help, advice or to just communicate with and get to know your fellow students. Please contact me at email@example.com to let me know if you think this would be helpful. I look forward to hearing from you.
Debra Cox, ASL President
Other Events and Announcements
Information Session For Prospective Students
Do you know anyone who would benefit from a Saint Louis University degree? Invite them to our upcoming online information session on Wednesday, September 3 at 5:30 p.m, CDT. Share this RSVP link!
Next Scholarship Deadline: October 3, 2014
Click here to access scholarships for new students and current students. There are also program-specific scholarships for students pursuing Project Management, Criminal Justice and Security Management, Hospitality Management, and Organizational Studies! Contact your advisor today if you have any questions regarding your eligibility. Good luck!
Fall Career and Graduate School Fair
Don't miss the Fall Career & Graduate School Fair on Wednesday, September 24 from 12:00 p.m. - 4 p.m. in the Busch Student Center! Over 100 organizations are expected to attend. This event is free for students and alumni and $10 for guests. Please contact Career Services at (314) 977-2828 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Career Services will also accept walk-in appointments for resume reviews from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on September 22 and 23. Students and alumni can also send resumes to Susan Gale at email@example.com.
Lee Mun Wah Diversity Workshop and Training
Filmmaker and diversity trainer Lee Mun Wah is coming to Saint Louis University for a one-day keynote, dialogue, training and screening of his award-winning documentary, "If These Halls Could Talk," on Wednesday, September 10. For more information please visit: http://www.slu.edu/cross-cultural-center/ccc-initiatives/i-am-series
Safe Zone Training Program
The Safe Zone program strives to erase prejudice, while providing a support system for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community. Through education, advocacy and awareness, the program contributes to a campus climate that is safe and accepting for all members of the University community. For more information please visit http://www.slu.edu/cross-cultural-center/ccc-initiatives/safe-zone.
Save the Date for the SPS Trivia Night
The 6th Annual SLU School for Professional Studies Trivia Night to benefit student scholarships will be held on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. Please contact Lisa Masters, SPS Development Officer, at (314) 977-3938 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help or contribute.
Scholarship Opportunity for Non-Traditional Female Students
The Professional Organization of Women is pleased to announce that it will provide opportunities to transform four women's lives by awarding four scholarships totaling $6,000.00. Scholarships will be awarded to non-traditional female students who attend two-year or four-year institutions in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area to pursue and fulfill their educational and career aspirations. Award may be received by women who have not taken a traditional path to higher education due to personal challenges or economic conditions that delay their pursuit of attending school until much later in life. Applications can be found here and must be completed no later than September 12, 2014.
POW Annual Scholarship Breakfast
The Professional Organization of Women will host its Annual Scholarship Breakfast in honor of civil rights icon, Attorney Frankie Muse Freeman. The event will be held at Crown Plaza Hotel (7750 Carondelet Ave.,
Saint Louis, MO 63105) on October 18, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. Tickets for the event are $45 (single) or $400 (table). For tickets call 314-963-5287 or purchase them online at www.powincstl.org (POW Store Events). RSVP no later than October 4, 2014. Donations can be mailed to:
The Professional Organization of Women
c/o Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 16783
Clayton, MO 63105
Stay up to date with SLU and SPS events by visiting the SPS Events Calendar!
Contribute to the SPS e.advisor
We would love to feature SPS students in our next e.advisor! If you have any announcements you would like to include or if you just want to highlight a class experience, please contact Lauren Snowden at email@example.com.
Save These Dates
University closed for Labor Day
Online Information Session
Lee Mun Wah Diversity Workshop and Training
Fall Career and Graduate School Fair
9.25.14 - 9.28.14
Homecoming and Family Weekend
Online Information Session
Fall II Begins
SPS 6th Annual Trivia Night
SPS Events Calendar
Study Tip of the Month
Review your notes 10 minutes each day to move the information to long-term
You can connect with SLU SPS students and alumni via our social networking pages on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and YouTube. Chat with other current students and alumni about your experiences once you add our friends to your network. You may just find a business connection, a wealth of advice or a new study buddy!