We have made the decision to extend the Housing Deposit deadline for returning students to Thursday, March 28. Due to the calendar for this year, we hit the deadline just after students returned from Spring Break and also due to the calendar, communication was truncated that usually occurs during this period to ensure the awareness of students and their families that the deposit is due. With this in mind, we are extending the Housing Deposit deadline (just for this year) to March 28 at 5PM (FIRM). This is a one-time extension allowing the submission of the deposit just prior to the Easter break which also falls earlier in this particular year. This should give those of you who were caught by surprise by the earlier calendar, to get your Housing Deposit in and we hope you then can enter the Housing Selection Process for 13-14 unencumbered.(NOTE THAT first year students and transfers should also commit to enrolling at EU for the next year as soon as possible by making their deposit to Admissions. Earlier new student deposit dates, mean better housing options.) Please direct questions regarding the housing deposit to Anthony Harris. For an in person conversation, Anthony's office is in Walton Hall 202A (on the 3rd Floor). Anthony is available for appointments and should be contacted via email at email@example.com or by phone at 610-341-5840. Additionally, important other housing dates to remember are Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - Housing Lottery and Thursday, April 18, 2013 - Room Selection Night. The information will also be provided through campus mail the week following Easter Break when you receive your Housing Selection Invitation.
Housing Deposits for returning resident students are due to Students Accounts by March 15 in order to be able to participate in the Housing Selection Process for 2013-2014. Please note that the student's current account balance must be paid in full in order to qualify to submit the Housing Deposit or, if enrolled in a Sallie Mae Payment Plan, payments must be up to date with that payment plan. The Housing Deposit ($150.00) may be made through:
1. The CashNet portal using your log in information (parents can be given access to this by their EU student) or
2. In person in the Student Accounts Office or
3. By sending a check to the Student Accounts Office, 1300 Eagle Road, St. Davids, PA 19087-3696. Mark the check "housing deposit" in the memo line. All Housing Deposits payments MUST arrive before March 15.
A. Housing deposits that are received for an account that is not at $0 due will be applied to the current outstanding balance and another housing deposit will need to be made after the bill is paid up to date.
B. ALL College of Arts and Sciences students are required to maintain residency status unless released. Those who make the Housing Deposit and are released later will have the housing deposit applied to their future semester bill.
C. Students who do not make the Housing Deposit and/or who do not participate in the Housing Selection Process and have not been granted commuter status through the proper channels, but are otherwise enrolled for a future semester at EU, will be billed for full room and board fees for the year.
D. Students who cannot make the housing deposit due to an outstanding bill, should contact the Housing Office and let us know that they intend to make the Housing Deposit as soon as they are eligible. We will try to work with students who are diligently working on bill payment.
Contact the Housing Office or Student Development with questions.
Eastern’s yearbook, The Log, is available for purchase throughout the year. If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook for your student for the 2009-10 year, please contact the yearbook adviser, Katie Caruso at 610-341-5823 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if your student did not order a yearbook last year (2008-09) there are still some for sale!
Do you know of other families that could be a part of Eastern's future? We'd love to talk with them about Eastern's diverse programs and where they might fit in. If so, contact Mike Dziedziak, our Director of Admissions and University liaison to the Parents' Council. You can contact him directly at 610-341-1376 or email@example.com.
THE MISSION of Careers & Calling is to provide information, encouragement and opportunities for each College of Arts & Sciences student to develop the skills necessary at each stage of career development: Self-Exploration, including the consideration of God's purpose for her or his life; Career Exploration; and Job Search. Click here to read more!
Parents encourage your students to sign up, NOW!
Frequently and especially in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech events, Eastern University reviews security procedures and safety features and efforts on the St. Davids campus and at other locations. The most valuable method of emergency notification we have put into place this year is emergency text messaging. We have asked all in the campus community to register for this service several times but still do not have all of our students and employees registered in our system. We need your help: please ask your son or daughter to sign up for text messaging today at http://www.eastern.edu/campus/university_wide_services
Continuing in our effort to motivate students to be prepared for emergencies, for next year we will require all resident students to provide us with emergency phone numbers as well as addresses, names and contact information for the place that they have prearranged to go, in case they have to leave University housing due to a campus wide or area wide emergency. We are hopeful that your influence as you ask your student to sign up for text messaging and to fill out the emergency contact forms, will help us reach our goal of being able to alert them in an emergency and of obtaining emergency-contact information for every student.
Bettie Ann Brigham,
Vice President for Student Development
Some students get behind in credits due to adjustment to college, an especially hard semester, not signing up for the right courses and other reasons. Summer courses can also help a sagging GPA and help an athlete become eligible for team participation again. There are annual credit minimums for financial aid and many scholarships too. Make sure that your student has what he or she needs to make progress. Summer courses are a good option to get ahead or to make up credits. All courses for transfer from other schools must be pre approved by request using the "Undergraduate permission to take course work elsewhere" form located here: http://www.eastern.edu/academic/registrar/pdf/UndergraduatePermissionCourseElsewhere.pdf
Students may speak to their department chairs about the following summer opportunities that are available at Eastern: Field Experiences, Internships and Directed Studies for majors and YMIN specialty courses . Each of these courses must be prearranged by the student by working with a faculty member and directly with the department.
1.Personal Health Insurance is required for all full-time Undergraduate and Graduate students who attend St. Davids Campus and Palmer Seminary. Part-time students are not eligible for coverage at this time.
Students meeting this requirement will be automatically billed for the Eastern Health Insurance Policy at the beginning of Fall Semester. Proof of personal coverage must be provided ONLINE after July 1 to have the fee removed from the semester bill. The DEADLINE to waive is Sept. 15, so don't forget to go online and enter this information at: http://www.firststudent.com/
2. Health Records for all full-time students are required to complete the admission process. This includes:
3. Health Center Services & Resources. Did you know?
Grades and Privacy Laws
As you know, federal privacy laws prevent the University from providing access to grades to parents but we encourage you to talk with your student about his/her performance. Students have on-line access to their grades via the Eastern E-Net as grades are posted. Note that first year students are sometimes disappointed with their first semester grades. Remind your student that he/she is to be congratulated for making the transition from high school to college and that the first semester makes up only 1/8 of his/her GPA. It may be a helpful exercise to discuss openly with your student what went well this semester and why, along with what could have gone better and why. Also, take the opportunity to ask about the courses your student has chosen for second semester.
First year students are assigned an academic advisor who is specially trained in the matters that apply to new college students. The first year academic advisor is also the instructor for your student’s course, Introduction to Faith, Reason and Justice (INST 150). Once your student has selected a major their advisor will likely change to one from the department for the major they choose.
Encourage your student to meet with their academic advisor frequently. It is up to the student to initiate meetings with their advisor and it is also up to the student to be familiar with the University catalog and the requirements for their major and/or concentration. The advisor can recommend certain courses and help in course selection, but each student is responsible to make sure that he/she stays on track for graduation in the desired time frame.
Note that not all courses are offered every semester. Students should plan carefully to make sure that they schedule courses in the correct sequence where necessary in order to remain on schedule for graduation.
Commuting Students: New student commuters and all returning commuting students must apply for parking privileges before the beginning of their first semester of entry and must have received the permit and must display it before parking on the campus even once. No student may bring a car to the campus even once without prior, express authorization from security who manages parking. So that everyone is served well we take our parking policies seriously and expect our students to do so as well. Parking for Commuters will not necessarily be convenient, but will be available somewhere on the campus within the areas available for commuters. Failure to find a convenient parking space is not an excuse for parking in violation of parking signage and policy
Because of the limited available space for on-campus parking, this policy is strictly enforced through ticketing, booting, towing and for repeated offenders, the suspension of parking privileges. Students who bring vehicles without prior authorization will receive a substantial fine and will likely be required to take the car home immediately. This is especially important to remember for returning students who have been studying abroad or otherwise have taken a semester off, and expect to be able to bring a car when they return to on-campus studies. Prior planning by students and families will prevent problems and disappointments.
Many, many students, in fact most, never receive even one parking ticket or citation for their entire enrollment period at Eastern. Compliance is the key. We wish that we did not have to issue any parking tickets, boot any cars or suspend any parking permits; however the management of parking for those who do abide by the regulations makes these penalties essential for a few students.
Like many schools we have had a few cases here on campus that have been treated promptly. We have initiated a campus-wide office and keyboard cleaning campaign as well as an infectious biohazardous waste program for every building on campus. Any students with signs or symtoms are seen promptly at the Health Center, culture the site and provide preventative medicine.
MRSA-(methicillin-resistant staphylococcus areus) is a type of staph infection that is resistant to standard antibiotics. Infections frequently look like pimples or boils, may be red, swollen, painful or have pus or drainage.
Who gets staph? Anyone can get it, but more likely if they have skin to skin contact with someone who has it, openings in their skin such as cuts or scrapes, poor hygiene(handwashing)
Treatment-usual treatment is antibiotics or having a doctor drain the infection. If antibiotics are give it is crucial to complete ALL the medicine.
Decrease spread: wash hands often or use hand sanitizer, keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered, do not share personal items like razors or towels.
Are you looking for more information about the food services at Eastern University? Our foodservices provider has set up their own webpage with information about:
Many parents find that once college begins, some expectations that they had for communication with their student were not shared by the student. With this in mind, we recommend that you sit down with your child and talk through your expectations for him/her relative to leaving home. If these things are discussed well before the packing begins, you will be ahead of the game. With clear expectations, there will be fewer problems later.
Among other things that are specific to your family, your worries and your relationship with your child, we suggest that you have intentional conversations about these things:
These are a start to some of the conversations you will be glad you had as the University months and years go by. Don’t put it off. Have the conversations early.
Call 610-341-5955 or e-mail Janet Topper, Director: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit: http://www.eastern.edu/centers/health_center/index.html
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