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Parents & Families Update for September 2021

Stay connected to all things QU with our new Parents & Families Update. This update will be published monthly with useful information from campus offices, including announcements, updates and deadlines to help support your Bobcat.

A note from Tom Ellett, Chief Experience Officer

As I noted in the parent orientation sessions this summer, I would love to hear from students about their experience. To date, parent emails are outweighing student emails by 90%!

While I love hearing from parents, there are ways you can encourage your student to advocate for themselves, whether it’s a food-related issue, a concern about parking or a question about shuttles. Personal advocacy helps build confidence and develop strategies for change, whether it’s adapting to a new campus community or a new workplace after graduation.

The good news is, we already have mechanisms in place to encourage advocacy. Students can address issues through the Student Government Association. On a personal level, I offer advisory boards that are open to ALL STUDENTS — and serve as a great way to meet other Bobcats.

These advisory boards meet weekly for first-year students, and bi-weekly for sophomores and juniors. The Dining Services Advisory Board also meets bi-weekly on Tuesday nights; our next meeting is Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. on the second floor of the Carl Hansen Student Center. I also have monthly opportunities for 1-on-1 office hours for all students.

Please consider suggesting these platforms for advocacy to your student. My role is to give students the opportunity to share their voices and ideas.

Along with this update, some opportunities for your engagement include:

  • We are launching the Family Academy program – where there will be guest speakers on Campus Involvement & Academic Support. It is also a great way to learn more about what is happening on campus.
  • We have created a new email address for parents/families to ask questions: QUParents@qu.edu
  • We are looking for nominations for the Parents Advisory Board (we are looking for 8 parents to serve on the board). Please reach out to QUParents@qu.edu with your nominations.

We’re excited to connect with parents and grateful that families want to partner with us toward your student’s success.

Best,

Tom

Key Dates

Sep 15

Medical insurance waiver decisions due by September 15

Sep 24

Last day to withdraw from first 7-week online courses

Sep 29

First Parent Advisory Board

Sep 30

First Family Academy Program

Oct 1

Deadline for students with Federal Work-Study to secure a position for the current year. Students apply through the MyQ website.

Oct 1

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens for the 2022/23 academic year.

Updates for this month

One Stop

Newly launched for this year, One Stop provides seamless and integrated student administrative services throughout the entire student life cycle. One Stop includes cross-functional student solutions for records and enrollment services, managing finances (formerly the Bursar) and parking. Advanced registrar functions such as degree conferrals, dean’s list and diplomas will continue to be administered through the Registrar.

More information on One Stop including a list of One Stop services.

Timely reminder from One Stop: All fall tuition and fees are due now.

All invoices for the fall term were posted to student's Self-Service accounts over the summer. All outstanding balances must be paid immediately. Unpaid balances will result in a financial hold and late fees will be applied. A financial hold prevents students from being able to complete some actions, such as registering for classes, adding or dropping a class, and receiving final grades or transcripts. To remove the hold, please log into Self-Service to pay your invoice or set up a payment plan. Learn about tuition payment options

Contact Information

Website: https://qu.edu/onestop

Email: onestop@qu.edu

Phone: 203-582-8650

Office Location: Arnold Bernhard Library, South Wing Room S106 Mount Carmel Campus 275 Mount Carmel Avenue Hamden, Connecticut 06518

Mailing Address: Quinnipiac University

One Stop, AB-BRS

275 Mount Carmel Avenue

Hamden, Connecticut 06518

Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please note that hours may be reduced when fall and spring classes are not in session or may be increased during peak times.

Medical Insurance Plan

Quinnipiac has partnered with Gallagher Student Health to offer a health insurance plan especially for students. The plan provides coverage for illnesses and injuries that occur on and off campus, and includes special cost-saving features to help keep the coverage as affordable as possible. Because all full-time students must maintain major medical insurance, this plan is a hard waiver program, which means that students can opt out (waive the insurance) only if they can present evidence of other health insurance under a plan that provides benefits equal to or greater than the Quinnipiac University Student Health Insurance Plan.

Students must document evidence of coverage and make an online waiver decision by September 15. If no action is taken by September 15, students will be charged for medical insurance. After September 15, the charges cannot be reversed. For additional information regarding the plan, please visit the Gallagher Student website

CARE

What is CARE? The Community, Assessment, Response and Evaluation (CARE) Team is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our community through proactive, coordinated, and deliberate approaches by identifying, assessing, managing and reducing any student interpersonal or behavioral concerns. ​ ​

Who serves on the CARE Team? The CARE Team is a partnership of various university offices that is supported by the Office of the Dean of Students. ​Team members include all Residential Life Professional Staff, select staff from Counseling, Student Health Services, Graduate Student Affairs, Religious Life, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Veteran and Military Affairs, Title IX, Department of Cultural and Global Engagement and Student Affairs.

How often do you meet? The CARE team meets weekly to review and discuss new referrals, ongoing cases and the best course of action to support students of concern.

How are referrals submitted? CARE referrals are submitted by faculty, staff, students, and community members using this form CARE and Conduct Incident Reporting FormMore information on CARE including a list of referal examples.

National Suicide Prevention Week

National Suicide Prevention Week was September 5th-11th. The week focused on showing support for people struggling with suicidal thoughts, family members and friends who have passed and devoting time to deepen the conversation and connection with others. QU Health and Wellness & Counseling hosted a Tie Dye event on September 7 where students got to bring their white clothes to Tie Dye. QU Health and Wellness & Counseling also teamed up with Intermural Team sports to support each other by holding a Virtual 5k. They engouraged students to walk or run and connect with the environment during the weekend of September 9-11, earning a T-shirt upon completion of the 5K.

Fresh Check

Each fall, Counseling Services sponsors an event called Fresh Check Day. FCD is an uplifting mental health promotion and suicide prevention event for colleges that includes interactive expo booths, peer-to-peer messaging, free food, entertainment, and exciting prizes and giveaways. FCD aims to create an approachable and hopeful atmosphere where students are encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health and helps to build a bridge between students and the mental health resources available to them.

We encourage all students, staff and faculty to become involved in FCD, by volunteering, donating and attending. This year FCD is on Tuesday October 5, from 11am – 2pm, located on Bobcat Way. Please stop by and participate in this inspirational event. For more information please contact Mary.pellitteri@QU.edu.

Wellness Programs

Reflective Hike to Yoga program promotes balance in the mental, spiritual and physical aspects of our lives. The program is comprised of guided reflection, yoga and hiking. To participate, students can meet at Sleeping Giant Park at 4:30pm on Sept. 13, Sept. 27, Oct. 11 and Oct. 25. Sign up on www.imleagues.com

Spinning® is my Self-Care is an outdoor Spinning® event with swag and prizes! All the Spinner® bikes will be moved to the brick patio outside of the Rocky Top Student Center cafeteria for a full day of workouts. Sign ups will be open that week on www.imleagues.com

Women’s Self Love Workshop is a 4 week series that meets in SC 216 on Sept. 21, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, and Oct. 12. We will use the "Self-Love workbook for Women" to fine tune self love and self care.

Students can email tami.reilly@qu.edu for questions about the wellness programs or follow up on Instagram @quwellness for more information and tips.

Residential Life Overview

The Office of Residential Life was excited to welcome nearly 4,000 Bobcats into our residence halls for the fall semester. We have already hosted several large programs -- including Late Night Lounge, FYRE Fest and the Sophomore Year Barbecue -- and our RAs are getting to know their residents better and better each day. Residential Life is programming around five themes this year: wellness, social and emotional intelligence, academic and career success, inclusive excellence, and community citizenship. Please encourage your student to get to know their RA and attend as many Res Life programs and activities as possible. Their RA is a wonderful source of information and can provide details on all of the events that are hosted by our department.

We are off to a strong start and are looking forward to a terrific year.

Newly-renovated Apartments

Students are giving rave reviews about the newly-renovated apartments in The Complex. They particularly enjoy the single bedrooms, furniture, and kitchen amenities. Res Life is pleased to be able to offer single bedrooms on the Mount Carmel campus.

Housing Selection

Residential Life is excited for the upcoming Housing Selection Process for rising juniors and seniors seeking QU housing for the 2022-23 academic year. The process takes place in November, and includes an open house so that students can view the many options available to them. We are finalizing the timeline, and we encourage our juniors and seniors to follow us on social media and check their email regularly for updates. Stay tuned for more information about our Housing Selection days next March-April for current first-year students who will choose sophomore housing.

Dining feedback

Every other Tuesday at 5 p.m., students may attend the Dining Services Advisory Board on the 2nd floor of the student center to provide feedback on dining services. September 21st is the next meeting.

FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be renewed each year. It opens for the 2022/23 academic year on October 1 and will use income from 2020. If you are presented with the option to transfer your tax data directly from the IRS, we highly recommend that you use this tool. In addition to ensuring accuracy, it may reduce the additional forms and documents needed to process your student’s financial aid offer.

Federal Work-Study

Students who were offered Federal Work-Study as part of their financial aid should secure a position now for the current academic year. Financial Aid will reallocate any Federal Work-Study funds for students who don’t have a job by October 1 to other students with financial need. We encourage students to consider one of the 60 community service positions available through MyQ, in which students work with local non-profit agencies, towns, and schools. These roles offer professional development opportunities for students interested in business, marketing, public relations, finance, human resource management, nursing, education and more.

Multiple Siblings

Did you know that Quinnipiac offers an additional award to siblings who are simultaneously enrolled at QU? The Common Application for first-year students is open and available for 2022/23!

Campus Life

Campus Life is the center for co-curricular engagement where students find their place, pursue interests and develop passions, cultivate their leadership capacity, and nurture a sense of belongingness while at Quinnipiac.

Our areas offer students a multitude of opportunities to get connected including over 140 dynamic clubs and organizations, thousands of exciting events each semester, competitive club sport and intramural teams, a vibrant fraternity & sorority community, award-winning student media organizations, unique student centers and fitness facilities, a multitude of community service and civic engagement initiatives, and hundreds of interesting student employment roles. Whether your student is looking to sing in an a capella group, perfect their knitting skills, or campaign in a Student Government Senator election, we have it all!

If we don’t have what they’re looking for, they can stop by our Campus Life suite in the Carl Hansen Student Center (Room 202) or email us at campuslife@qu.edu and we’ll have a team member reach out about our process to develop something new.

Greek Life

Panhellenic Formal Recruitment occurred over Labor Day Weekend where many students joined National Panhellenic Conference Sororities. Students or family members with general questions can email fslife@qu.edu.

Ongoing recruitment activities include: 

  • Pi Beta Phi is re-establishing its Connecticut Gamma Chapter at QU and will host recruitment activities through at least September! Contact Dorothy at ldcdorothy@pibetaphi.org for information.
  • Some NPC sororities may have additional recruitment activities starting the last week of September.
  • Delta Chi fraternity is opening a brand new chapter at QU and recruiting from all class years! Contact Taylor at tanzivino@deltachi.org for more information.
  • Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc., Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. will continue to recruit throughout the fall semester.

Other upcoming events:

  • Sorority New Member Week will be hosted by Panhellenic Council September 13-17. 
  • National Hazing Prevention Week with educational events and activities will be celebrated September 20-24.
  • All fraternity/sorority new members will take the FOUNDATIONS: New Member Experience program that orients them to Quinnipiac Greek Life.

Follow @quinnipiacpanhellenic on Intagram for schedules/activities

Recreation

The fitness centers are open for students' use 7 days a week and fitness classes started after Labor Day to allow students to destress and stay active! Fitness classes begin on all 3 campuses Sept. 7th and will run thru Dec. 10th. Sign-ups are in www.imleagues.com and open up 24 hours prior to the class start time.

Club Sports teams completed tryouts in the month of September with M/W Soccer, Golf, Field Hockey & Rugby starting their league schedules in September.

Intramurals began with a Beach Volleyball & Cornhole Tournament. Recently Flag Football started. Soccer & Volleyball leagues will begin next month.

School of Business

Did you know:

  • We offer 10 minor options including a general business minor for students interested in learning business skills that can supplement their current major. Find more information about our minors.
  • We offer 3 full-time on-ground graduate programs that can be completed in one year. Programs include MBA, Master of Science in Accounting and Master of Science in Business Analytics. We also offer part-time online graduate programs for working professionals. More information
  • We have a weekly newsletter that highlights School of Business events, student clubs & organizations, faculty and staff achievements as well as important dates for the semester. Want to subscribe and know what’s going on in the School of Business? Email SBDeans@qu.edu to be added to our distribution list.

From our School of Business Career Development Team

Are you a business or employer looking for phenomenal interns or employees from the School of Business? If you have a need for top talent, please consider posting your opportunity via QUCC our online job board.

Get Involved

Take an Active Role in Your Student’s Education

A valuable way to share in your student’s QU experience is to join the Quinnipiac Parents Council, whose members provide philanthropic leadership for the university. Members of the Parents Council make leadership gifts in support of programs that enhance the educational experience for their children, their classmates and future generations of Bobcats.

Quinnipiac has long regarded parents as partners in the education and success of our students. We value your contribution to our joint mission of providing our students with a meaningful education in an innovative learning environment. When we make an impact on campus, we set our students up to make an impact on the world.

Bobcat Weekend

Join us at Bobcat Weekend, October 29-31, for a weekend offering a variety of events for the whole family.

Reconnect with your student as you experience what it means to be part of Bobcat Nation. Hear from President Olian who will share her State of the University Address and “The Pulse of Quinnipiac,” meet and talk to the Deans, attend an insight-filled presentation and learn strategies to help your student succeed at QU. Enjoy an outdoor movie, cheer on your Bobcats at an athletic game, and gather with us for a family Halloween picnic with food, fun and trivia.

More information about Bobcat Weekend or to register