Parents and Families Update: December 2022

A Time to Reflect

December 15, 2022

Faculty member serves food at the annual undergraduate holiday dinner.

December is a month for our community to come together and celebrate the traditions that bring us together — from our annual Quad lighting to our holiday dinners.

Article Highlights

By Tom Ellett
Chief Experience Officer

As we near the end of the finals, let's take a moment to reflect on our semester at QU. We have offered numerous opportunities to engage students with their peers, faculty and staff. Bobcat fans attended Division I championship caliber matches and games, and we are proud to note that women's cross country, women’s soccer, men’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams all won the MAAC Championships. What amazing accomplishments! Additionally, students gathered for the annual Quad Lighting, and faculty and staff served around 1,500 students for the annual holiday dinner.

I want to give a shoutout to the Parent’s Advisory Board who helped suggest a trial bus run to the Long Island Ferry in Bridgeport this Friday. The group has also met with the dining leadership team, the marketing team, and other university officials to provide feedback in the continuous improvement of our services and programs. I appreciate their dedication and insights to the student experience.

Some quick updates (in addition to the others in the newsletter): We have received approval from the town of Hamden to begin construction of the three new buildings on campus! When your student returns in January, the campus will look different with the South Lot off-line, so we are working on a new bus stop for students. The Recreation and Wellness Center will be fully open with weekly programming — and with the Shake Smart operation run by students, for students. The new demonstration kitchen will be ready with a series of wellness-related programs as well. Special note, the CXO student advisory boards will be offering a Rec and Dark program in collaboration with the Center and some of our Division I athletic teams on Thursday, January 26, 2023, from 7-11 p.m. with free shakes, giveaways and plenty of activities for all students. Remind your student that the winter sports teams are also a blast to watch, and that they can acquire free tickets through a sign-up process!

When your student returns for the semester break, we hope you have the opportunity to learn more about what they experienced and learned from their coursework. We are grateful to have your students at QU as they are why the entire QU faculty and staff do what we do.

Wishing you and your entire family much peace and joy for the upcoming holidays and Happy New Year!


 

In this Issue

  • Winter break closing and spring move-in dates announced

  • Meal points or QCash balance can be checked with the eAccounts mobile app

  • University hosts annual Undergraduate Holiday Dinner

  • Quinnipiac Legends to open for Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York

  • Next Parents Council set for February 18

  • Spring invoices available and payment due

  • Shake Smart set to open in the Recreation and Wellness Center

  • Orientation Leader information sessions set for the Spring

  • International students gained unique perspective of Thanksgiving

  • $35,000+ raised for philanthropic/charitable organizations this semester

  • Short-term global immersion information sessions set for early Spring

  • Title IX office to sponsor 'consent' campaign

  • Series of events set for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

  • Looking for a work-study job? Community partners offering $16.50 an hour

  • Info session for spring break trip with Habitat for Humanity in North Carolina

  • Polar plunge to raise money for mental health

  • Residential Life seeking next year's RAs

  • Graduating student information


 

What’s New from Student Engagement

Become an Orientation Leader

If your Bobcat is interested in becoming an Orientation Leader this summer, we will be hosting information sessions at the beginning of the Spring semester. This is an amazing leadership opportunity for students to apply for. As an Orientation Leader, students serve as a role model and mentor to all new QU students, enhance communication, leadership, and group facilitation skills, and have an opportunity to make new friends! If your Bobcat has any questions about this position and the selection process they can also email orientation@qu.edu.

Welcome Back Week hosted by SPB

The Student Programming Board (SPB) will be hosting a full Welcome Back Week of events when students return to the university, beginning on Monday, January 23. Events include Bingo and a comedy night. Please encourage your students to follow SPB on Instagram @quspb for more information. If your Bobcat is interested in playing a role in planning large-scale events on campus, they can email spb@qu.edu to to join the organization.

Wake the Giant Concert returns in April

Stay Tuned: Wake The Giant will return to campus this April! Wake The Giant is the Student Programming Board’s biggest event of the year. SPB will host a large-scale performer for a show at the M&T Bank Arena on the York Hill Campus. More information is coming, and a release date on the artist's name will be shared in early spring. SPB is always looking for students to be involved in the logistical planning and day of support for this event. It is an amazing opportunity to see the ins & outs of large-scale event planning. Please encourage your bobcat to attend an SPB meeting this spring to learn more.

As a reminder, if your student is looking to get involved on campus, they can find information on all clubs and organizations through Do You QU.

Mark your calendar for these beloved traditions in the Spring semester
QTHON is on Saturday, March 25, 2023

QTHON is a year-long fundraising enterprise led by Quinnipiac students, which culminates in a 10-hour dance marathon to raise funds and awareness in support of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Over the past 8 years, the Bobcat community has raised more than $1 million to support patients and their families.

Learn more about QTHON

Connect with QTHON on Instagram

Big Event is on Saturday, April 15, 2023

Quinnipiac’s Big Event was founded in 2010. The annual day of service encourages thousands of students and alumni to complete thousands of hours of work to benefit their communities each year. The event began nearly 4 decades ago at Texas A&M University.

Registration will open in spring 2023

Connect with Big Event on Instagram

What’s new from the Department of Cultural and Global Engagement

International Education
Highlights from the past month

Several faculty and staff members invited international students to their Thanksgiving dinners earlier this month. Read more about this welcoming tradition

We hosted one of our partners from Quito, Ecuador on campus. Diego del Corral, founder of LatinoSchools met with students, faculty, and staff from across our campus to discuss and promote the global learning programs he runs in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru

What’s coming up

We are preparing for an exciting series of educational sessions and cultural excursions in the Spring semester. The programs will include Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization information sessions, a presentation by a local immigration attorney about visa options after graduation, and excursions to go ice skating and attend a Hartford Yard Goats baseball game.

In the Spring, we will also be recruiting international and domestic students to be Global Partner leaders in the 2023-2024 academic year to provide peer-to-peer support for incoming international students.

We will be hosting an International Orientation in January for international students that will be beginning their studies in the Spring semester.

The Thanksgiving Host program provided international students with the opportunity to experience a traditional U.S. American Thanksgiving with a Quinnipiac faculty or staff member. Students that remained on campus over Thanksgiving break participated in a variety of programs such as excursions to the movies, New Haven, and local stores. The President also hosted a wonderful Thanksgiving Meal on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving for students that stayed on campus during the break.

What should a student whose roommate is studying abroad expect? Is there a way to request a new roommate?

If a student’s roommate is studying abroad for the spring semester, they should expect that they will get a new roommate. The new roommate might be a person returning from study abroad, returning from a leave of absence, or simply wanting to change rooms for the new semester. Yes, a student can request a roommate by contacting our office at residentiallife@qu.edu with the name of the person they would like to live with. We will make every effort to accommodate requests based on the spaces that we have available. Room assignments will be finalized in January and we encourage students to reach out to us as early as possible if they have a roommate request.

Global Education / Short-term Faculty-Led / Global Solidarity

Winter break global learning programs will be departing soon! We will have students traveling to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, and India over the winter break as part of courses in our Schools of Nursing, Heath Sciences, Business, and College of Arts and Sciences.

Information sessions for summer/fall/winter short-term affiliate programs and faculty-led courses abroad will be held virtually during the weeks of February 12 and 20. The application deadline for these programs is March 15, 2023. Students can always reach out to our office to set up an appointment as well.

Support for students studying abroad

Students have access to the DCGE throughout the stages of studying abroad (pre-departure, onsite, and re-entry). We work to ensure our students have made the best decision on what type of program best suits their needs and provide them with the necessary strategies to have a healthy experience.

Deadlines for study abroad

All deadlines for studying abroad in the Fall semester abroad will be communicated in the Spring semester.

Title IX Office

Upcoming events and opportunities
“Consent” campaign

The Title IX Office will host a “Consent” campaign on social media in the Month of February and raffle off a gift prize for students who participate and share different ways to ask for consent. This program was very successful last year, and we had over 200 students post and share with the QU community how to get consent. The aim of this program is to create a culture of consent on campus.

April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

Our office also holds different programming during the month of April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). SAAM is a nationally recognized awareness month where we work to educate the QU community on the prevalence of sexual assault and how we can work together to prevent them. We encourage students, faculty, and staff to show their support by wearing teal, and participating in the campus-wide Sexual Assault Awareness Month educational events.

Building Safe Online Spaces Together

This coming year’s theme is Building Safe Online Spaces Together because sexual harassment, assault, and abuse can happen anywhere, including online. As we connect online, we can learn how to practice digital consent, intervene when we see harmful content or behaviors, and ensure that online spaces — whether they be workspaces, classrooms, social media platforms, or otherwise — are respectful and safe.

Quinnipiac does not condone sexual violence and encourages reporting and bystander intervention. For more information or to make a report please contact the University Title IX Coordinator or file a report online.

What’s new from Fraternity and Sorority Life

There’s so much happening in the Fraternity & Sorority community; if your Bobcat is interested in joining us, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

All questions can be directed to fslife@qu.edu or asked via Instagram @qufsl

Joining a Fraternity or Sorority

If your Bobcat is interested in joining a fraternity or sorority in the spring, save the date for Meet the Greeks on January 24, 2023 (snow date on January 25, 2023) in Burt Kahn! This is a great, and easy, way to meet our recruiting groups and learn more about membership. Interested students can also email fslife@qu.edu to to connect with our professional staff and ask any questions they may have.

Leadership Training

The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life is so excited to work with our incoming, and continuing, executive officers of all fraternities and sororities for training this January. We offer our signature training: Council Officers Training, Presidents Training Academy, and Officers Training Academy in January before the semester begins. This is a great way to learn practical skills, network with other leaders, and explore the best practices for leading a group. Training will run from January 19, 2023, to January 22, 2023.

Philanthropy/Community Service

So far, the community has raised over $35,000 for philanthropic/charitable organizations this semester and performed over 3,000 hours of hands-on community service. We’ve initiated 172 members into our 3 honor societies this semester: Rho Lambda National Honor Society, Gamma Sigma Alpha, and Order of Omega Honor Society. We've also awarded over $3,000 in scholarships for members this semester to help remove barriers to membership.

Health, Wellness and Recreation

Ongoing events and resources for students:

The Zen Den, Every Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

MNH309 (North Haven Campus)

Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? The goal of the Zen Den is to provide a space for you to relax and unwind.

Wellness Wednesdays, Every Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Outside Starbucks in the Carl Hansen Student Center

Each Wednesday a different Wellness topic is chosen to be covered, focusing on how to have not only a healthy body, but a healthy mind! Student Affairs emails a weekly newsletter to all undergraduate students, providing not only educational material regarding said topic, but resources to let students know where to go to learn and information regarding upcoming wellness related events on campus.

In addition, a similar educational graphic is shared on the @quwellness Instagram page each week, focusing on the same topic.

Finally, tabling in the Student Center each Wednesday morning allows for further education on each wellness topic and opens a dialogue for communication with an expert on the topic.

Student Health Services

Quinnipiac’s Student Health Services partnered with Hartford HealthCare to help you feel your best. We are located on campus and ready to help with your medical needs.

Learn more and schedule a health services appointment

Counseling Services

The Office of Counseling Services provides a range of clinical services and mental health support at no cost to undergraduate and graduate students — including evaluations, individual counseling and group therapy.

Learn more about counseling services

Fitness

Students should follow these Instagram accounts for up-to-date hours, programs and incentives:

@quwellness
@qu_fitness

Free Fitness Classes

Classes are offered year-round on all three campuses, including Spinning, body sculpting, Zumba, Bootcamp, Core Conditioning, yoga and Pilates.

Sign up 24 hours prior to each class

Fitness Center Hours
Mount Carmel and York Hill campuses
  • Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Weekends: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

North Haven Campus
  • Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Weekends: Closed

National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) is a club on campus and an amazing resource for parents. If you suspect that your child may be struggling mentally or emotionally, remember the five Ts: Tell, Test, Teach, Talk, Take Action.

  1. Tell your child they can come to you with any problem

  2. Test their academic health by checking their end of semester grades

  3. Teach them how to recognize depression and anxiety

  4. Talk with them more often or visit if they are in distress

  5. Take action if your student is experiencing high-risk mental health concerns

To learn more and for additional resources, explore the NAMI's Parent's Guide to Mental Health for College Students

Connect with others who understand what you’re going through, anytime and anywhere, with Togetherall. It’s free to use, anonymous and active 24/7. Join Togetherall’s online peer community today at togetherall.com with your student email.

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.

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.

The CARE team meets weekly to review and discuss new referrals, ongoing cases and the best course of action to support students of concern.

CARE referrals are submitted by faculty, staff, students and community members.

Learn more about CARE

Submit a referral at qu.edu/report

Access up-to-date information and resources on Quinnipiac’s COVID protocols, including testing, vaccines, our mask policy and isolation protocols.

COVID-19 Resources

Key events in the coming month

Intramural Registration will open in January for the 5x5 Basketball League

Open Skate & Open Puck Time at the arena will start in early February

Hosting the CIAC Esports Championships on campus on December 14, 2022

Club Teams Success

Women’s soccer ranked #5 in the region, women’s volleyball won a Fall Tournament @ CCSU, and club golf was invited to a National Invitational in Las Vegas for winning the Metro Division.

RecWell Center construction and opening updates

Phase one of the new RecWell opened on October 24, 2022, including two studios, two banks of cardio, and student lounge/meeting spaces.

Phase two of the new RecWell allowed for additional cardio, our weight room, and functional training space to be operational.

The Grand Opening is being planned for January 27, 2023. This will incorporate a demo kitchen, Spin/Cycle studio, Shake Smart Smoothie Bar, and club sports athletic training facility to open.

Housing and Residential Life Updates

Residential Life
Apply to be a Resident Assistant (RA)

The Office of Residential Life is looking for its next talented group of Resident Assistants (RAs) for the 2023-2024 academic year. We are looking for students who want to make a positive impact in the lives of others on campus and who share a passion for being a Bobcat.

To be eligible for the position, RA applicants must have a cumulative 2.75 GPA, be enrolled as a full-time student, and be available to work a minimum of 20 hours a week for both fall and spring semesters. RAs are required to attend the August and January training.

Interested students should attend one of the many info sessions being offered in January and February. RA Applications are due in mid-February. RA candidates selected to move forward in the process will be invited for interviews. Hiring decisions will be made by Spring Break. The Resident Assistant position is a premiere student leadership opportunity at QU. Please encourage your student to apply!

Housing
Winter Break Closing

All university residence areas close for Winter Break by Friday, December 16, 2022, at 6 p.m. and reopen on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at 10 a.m. However, students are required to depart sooner depending on their exam schedule as follows:

  • Students whose last exam is before noon are required to leave campus by 6 p.m. on the same day.

  • Students whose last exam is after noon are required to leave campus by noon the next day.

  • Students with Friday evening exams are permitted to remain on campus until Saturday at noon.

Students may request to stay on campus for all or part of the break if they are international students, if they are from a non-drivable distance, or if they are required to be on campus due to an academic, athletic, or university commitment.

Students requesting to stay past 6 p.m. on Friday, December 16 must submit a Winter Break Housing Request, which is available on MyHousing. Students requesting to return to campus earlier than Spring Move-In (see below) must submit a January 2023 Early Arrival Request, which is also available on MyHousing.

Spring Move In

Students may return from Winter Break on the following dates/times.

  • Saturday, January 21, 2023, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Sunday, January 22, 2023, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The university will be closed from December 21 – January 2 with no services provided except for Public Safety. Students can reach Public Safety at any time by calling 203-582-6200.

Please note prohibited items

Certain items that are associated with policy violations or that pose a safety risk are prohibited in QU housing. If you are purchasing items for your student during Winter Break, we kindly request that you are mindful of our Prohibited Items List and that your student does not bring anything from the list back with them from the break. Thank you in advance for your assistance in keeping our students and residence halls safe.

2023-2024 Sophomore and Junior Housing Selection

The Quinnipiac Housing Office invites current first-year and sophomore students to participate in the selection process for Sophomore Housing and Junior Housing next semester.

Housing Contract
  • The 2023-24 Housing Contract will be available to students on MyHousing in late January.

  • Signed housing contracts are due on March 10, 2023.

Housing Selection
  • Junior Housing Selection (for current sophomores) takes place on March 23-24.

  • Sophomore Housing Selection (for current first-years) takes place on March 28-29.

View housing options available

Students will receive detailed information about the process at their QU e-mail address in late January. We encourage students and their families to discuss housing selection over the winter break, and we wish to remind everyone of the university’s 3-Year Residency Requirement.

We look forward to the opportunity to host your student in QU housing for the upcoming year. If you have any questions about the process, please do not hesitate to contact us at 203-582-8666 or residentiallife@qu.edu.

What’s new from Religious Life

Key events for the next month

The Office of Religious Life has an event-packed calendar for next semester. Programs will include: a speaker series in the Center for Religion; supporting QTHON; The January Polar Plunge; and pring Midnight Olympics!

In the first week of the next semester, students will host a ‘polar plunge’ to raise funds for Morgan’s Message, a group that addresses issues around mental health and collegiate athletes.

Highlights from the past month

The Center for Religion’s CompACTION – Compassion in Action program has just concluded a very successful food and toiletries drive for Master’s Mannah, a social service agency in Wallingford that works to assist people experiencing food insecurity and homelessness.

 

Dining Updates

Stay on track with meal points

As we head toward the holidays please encourage your student to regularly check their meal point balances on the QCard Balance page on MyQ and compare it to the Dining Meal Plan Budget Tracker which shows a suggested balance week-by-week throughout the semester.

Get the app to stay on track!

Students can check their Meal Point or QCash Balance with the eAccounts Mobile App. Download it from the App Store or Play Store and log in with your Quinnipiac SSO credentials. You can see all your recent transactions as well as lock or unlock your card if it is lost or stolen. Search for the “Transact eAccounts” app or use the links below for the correct store.

Too many points?

Students who have more points than the budget recommends will be able to use these points in the spring term. Alternatively, they can transfer their points to another student.

Too few points?

Students who have less points than the budget recommends can negotiate a transfer of points from another student, supplement with QCash or use a credit card.

Learn More

Learn more about our meal plans, how to check balances, transfer points and more on the  Meal Plans page.

Spring meal plans and changing plans

Students are automatically given the same dining plan they had in the fall term for the spring term. Students can change their dining plan up until the last day of the add/drop registration period which is on 1/27/23 for the Spring 2023 term.

To view or change a dining plan, students should:

  • Log into MyHousing

  • Select "Dining" and then select "Dining Plans"

  • Select the current term and then select "Change my Meal Plan"

  • Select the desired dining plan from the list of available dining plans and click "Purchase Meal Plan"

Please note:

  • Students living on the Mount Carmel and York Hill Campuses will see Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Platinum Plus for dining plan options.

  • Students living in Whitney Village and Quinnipiac-owned off-campus housing may upgrade from the required Bronze dining plan to Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Platinum Plus dining plans.

  • Full-time commuter students may upgrade from the Commuter Bronze plan to the Commuter Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Platinum Plus dining plans.

Dining Events and Food Trucks

We post the monthly schedule on our website and it can be found under the events tab. Upcoming events:

  • 12/12 Lobster Tales, 6 p.m. -9 p.m. at the Bobcat Den

  • 12/13 Spuds Your Way, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on the Quad

  • 12/14 Silver Sands Pizza, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Bobcat Den

See all upcoming dining events

Shake Smart opening soon!

Shake Smart will be opening in the new Recreation and Wellness Center on January 23, 2023.

Highlights from last month

Students were able to enjoy a free holiday dinner, ice cream, create gingerbread houses, and write letters to those in need on December 1, 2022 (undergraduates) and on December 6, 2022 (graduates).

On November 16 during lunch in Café Q on the Mount Carmel campus, we celebrated ThankFul! Students created DIY pie parfait jars, enjoyed candy guessing games, purchased locally made pies and more!

January and Winter break dining schedule

The winter break dining hours can be found on our website under the Menus & Locations tab.

Overall, campus dining will be closed December 12 by 6 p.m. If your student needs any accommodations after that time, please have them reach out to Residential Life.

One Stop and the Registrar

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 student finances

  • parking and transportation services

One Stop works closely with and can provide preliminary information about financial aid, Q-Cards, housing and dining. Advanced registrar functions such as degree conferrals, Dean’s List and diplomas will continue to be administered through the Registrar.

What’s new from One Stop
Spring 2023 Invoices Available and Payment Due 12/15/22

As a reminder: Payment is due for January and Spring terms on 12/15/22. We ask all students to check Self-Service to ensure their balance is paid for each term. Our office will be placing a financial hold on all accounts with outstanding balances in January.

Please reference the following for assistance as needed:

Self-Service Student Finance Guide provides complete instructions on using Self-Service to set up a proxy, view and pay invoices and set up a payment plan.

Costs and Budgets provides detailed information on tuition and fees.

Financial Aid  and the links in the navigation on the right will answer most financial aid questions.

Should you or your student have additional questions which are not addressed above, please contact One Stop at onestop@qu.edu.  We look forward to assisting you.

One Stop hours of operation

Please find the One Stop hours of operation on the Contact One Stop page of our website. Please note that our office will be closed for winter break from December 21 through January 2. Families making payments during this time are highly encouraged to use Self-Service to pay via ACH or credit card. We encourage all families who use 529 plans to pay their tuition electronically, if possible.  Please contact your 529 plan to see if this option is available.

Learn more about One Stop

What’s new from the Registrar
  • J-Term 2023 courses will begin on January 3, 2023, and end on January 23, 2023.

  • The period to add or drop these courses end on January 4, 2023.

  • The last day to withdraw with a grade of “W” is January 13, 2023.

Please refer to the Quinnipiac Commencement website for all commencement information.

Learn more about the Registrar

Parking, Shuttles and Transportation

Parking

The parking rules and regulations will continue to be enforced after the winter break. This means that first-year students may not bring their vehicle to campus for the spring term.

Learn more about parking, including rules and regulations

How would a student register a new/changed car for the spring?

Students may work with One Stop to register a new vehicle or change an existing vehicle.

Can students leave their cars on campus over break? If so, what do they need to do?

Students may request to leave their vehicles on campus during the break. All requests must be made through One Stop.

Are escort services available? If so, how are they activated?

Students may request an escort at any time by calling the Department of Public Safety at 203-582-6200.

Shuttles

Learn more about shuttles provided to Union Station during holiday breaks

What’s new from Community Engagement

What can a student wishing to start a community service project do?

Students interested in starting a community service project can connect with the Director of Community Engagement at vincent.contrucci@qu.edu to discuss their idea and funding needs. There are currently dedicated funds for students who wish to initiate a community service project that impacts and addresses the needs of minority and underrepresented populations in the greater New Haven area.

Submit a project proposal or funding request for those types of projects

Still looking for that perfect work-study job?

The Office of Student Engagement has multiple positions with various non-profits in Hamden, New Haven, North Haven and Wallingford. Balance work and course requirements by working a flexible schedule of between 4-8 hours per week at $16.50 an hour and connect with community partners that are responding to the needs of our communities in these para-professional opportunities.

Follow the office’s Instagram @quserves for more information or review the work-study job search website.

Federal work-study job search

Non-federal work-study job search

Join the Alternative Spring Break trip: Habitat for Humanity in North Carolina

In January, the office will be promoting the opportunity for students to register for the Alternative Spring Break trip that will be working with Habitat for Humanity in North Carolina. Follow the office’s Instagram @quserves for dates and times of the information sessions. Spend a week building homes for those who need a safe, affordable home to connect with their American dream.

Highlights from the past month

The Office of Community Engagement hosted six opportunities to encourage students to vote in the November midterm elections and engaged with nearly 90 students during those opportunities.

In November, the office hosted two on-campus service opportunities and two off-campus engaging over 100 students in events that stocked a food pantry, made stuffed animals for refugee children and/or maintained public lands.

Does your Bobcat want to get more involved in their communities?

UR Community Cares is a Connecticut nonprofit organization that partners individuals with seniors that need short-term assistance with various tasks. Examples include helping around the house or yard, providing transport to a doctor’s or beautician’s appointment, or a little companionship. You can devote as little or as much time as you like. Learn more on the UR Community Cares website

Not in CT and looking for a volunteer opportunity locally during winter break? You can search for volunteer opportunities through the United Way in your area. Or connect with a local senior center, food pantry, homeless services organization, library, etc.

What’s new from Student Conduct

The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards is wrapping up a successful fall semester during which we had the opportunity to meet with 352 students for student conduct meetings. Of the students found responsible for violating a university policy, less than 2% went on to violate another university policy (1.8%).

During student conduct meetings, students are asked about their experience at Quinnipiac, and are encouraged to get involved in the university community in engaging and rewarding ways.

Talk with your student about their positive impact on the QU community

As you spend time with your students over the winter break period, please consider having a conversation about how they envision their experience for Spring 2023. Have they joined any clubs or organizations? Are they interested in taking a leadership role on campus? How have they contributed to the success of others? How have they contributed to the Quinnipiac University community in positive ways?

During orientation, and throughout the Fall 2022 semester, the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards encouraged students to be kind to one another, and to consider how their presence in the community adds value to those around them. Through a variety of programs, the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards has shared information about the bystander effect, and the role each of us plays in advocating for the health and safety of the Quinnipiac University community.

The Promoting Responsible Action in Health and Safety Emergencies Policy is one way that Quinnipiac University encourages students to look out for others. Please take some time to review this policy and talk with your student about how they can be a prosocial bystander if they are ever presented with an opportunity to do so.

Graduating Students

Commencement

We recommend making hotel reservations as soon as possible if you have not already done so. Our Commencement site lists the ceremony schedule and will be updated with further information as we move into the spring semester. Graduates will begin receiving information on ordering a cap and gown and more. Please encourage your student to regularly check their Quinnipiac email.

Parents Council

Hard to believe it’s already mid-December! As we wind down the fall semester and our Bobcats prepare for finals, we want to thank you all for your support. And as we welcome our kids home for a well-deserved winter break, we wish you and your families a wonderful time spent together. Those weeks fly by, and the spring semester will be here before you know it!

When is the next QU Parents Council meeting? How can parents get involved?

As a member of the Parents Council, you will be invited to two meetings per academic year with university leadership and fellow council members, receive exclusive parent email updates, and have the opportunity to attend many invitation-only receptions, including parent networking and social events. Membership within the Parents Council provides a direct avenue for meaningful communication between Quinnipiac administration and parents.

Council members share their time and energy by attending meetings on campus each semester, where they hear about the latest developments at Quinnipiac from faculty, deans, and top administrators. While each family customizes their experience to meet their family needs, the only requirement to join the Parents Council is a desire to help make a difference with an annual leadership gift in support of the university’s priorities.

Our next meeting will be on February 18 on campus, followed by a special invitation to a QU men’s hockey game.

Benefits of joining the Quinnipiac Parents Council:
  • Presentations by administration, faculty, staff and others about how your student can maximize their QU experience

  • Networking and learning more about career development

  • Impacting the school, program or department of your choice with your gift designation

  • Interacting with other parents, President Olian and university leadership at Parents Council meetings

  • Timely, relevant Parents Council email communications

  • Invitations to special receptions

  • Special Commencement benefits with a four-year Parents Council membership

For more information on how to get involved, please contact Aimee Marcella, director of development for parents and families: aimee.marcella@qu.edu or 203-582-7974.

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Admissions

Parent Volunteer Opportunity

Quinnipiac University is looking for parent volunteers who would like to assist the admissions team in representing the university at local college fairs during spring and fall events. All volunteers would participate in a training session and then would be invited to work the table in collaboration with a representative from the Admissions Office. The focus would be to engage the parents of high school students who will be discussing QU with the Admissions Counselors.

Email admissions@qu.edu with questions.

Thank you for considering this impactful opportunity!

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