September 2016 | Volume 3, Issue 1
 "When parents are informed, students benefit."
Greetings Triton Families!  

Happy new academic year! Are you ready? Is your student ready?  

First, a warm welcome to the incoming families whose student is starting at UC San Diego this fall. And a warm welcome back to our returning families. Expect the Triton Family Connection e-newsletter four times this academic year - September, December, March and June. It is geared to keep you abreast of what's happening on campus, keep you informed to support your student and keep you connected to campus life - wherever you may be. 

There is a lot happening to jump start the year. I am sure you are doing what you can to prepare your student for the fall. The first day of instructions is Thursday September 22, but before that there is orientation for new parents and students, move-in, programs and events to get your student (re)acquainted with the campus and so much more.  College Ambassadors - students who provide campus tours - p rovided some tips they've adopted as they start off the year.  

It is our hope the  Triton Connection Family e-newsletter  will help you prepare for the start of the year.  Please take the time to read important information included in this e-newsletter and feel free to reach out to the Office of Parent & Family Programs whenever you need direction.


Karina M. Viaud, Ed.D.       
Director, Parent & Family Programs
Register for Family Weekend | October 21-23, 2016
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Financial Aid & Scholarship

Fall Quarter 2016 registration fee payment deadline: Friday, September 16, 2016

Fall Quarter remainder funds for direct deposit will be available beginning Thursday, September 22, 2016. If your student did not sign up for direct deposit, remainder checks will be mailed beginning Thursday, September 22.

To make sure your student's financial aid is available in time to pay his/her fees, your student should:
  • Regularly check the TritonLink Financial Aid Checklist to view and/or complete requested items or actions.
  • Frequently review UCSD e-mail account for messages from the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office.
  • For accepted loans, make sure all the required paperwork and the TritonLink loan counseling session are complete. Questions about Perkins Loan or University Loan required paperwork can be directed to Student Business Services at
  • See additional disbursement requirements to make sure these have been met.
  • Student's UCSD account will be credited once your student has enrolled in Fall Quarter classes. Wait-listed classes do NOT count as enrolled units.
  • Review the Fall Quarter billing statement beginning September 2 to make sure financial aid has been applied to his/her UCSD account. Please note that Direct Loan funds will not credit to student accounts until September 13 due to Federal regulations. However, pending Direct Loan payments will be calculated into the current online balance on TritonLink.
  • Billing Statement Tip: Access the "Current Account Activity" view on TritonLink bill for up-to-date account activity.
  • Sign up for direct deposit by Thursday, September 1 for your student's Fall Quarter remainder funds to credit his/her bank account at the beginning of Fall Quarter, starting September 22.
UC San Diego Financial Aid & Scholarship Office | (858) 534-4480 |
Order your Triton Family Transition Calendar
View important dates, events, tips to help you and your student transition to college and beautiful pictures depicting life on campus.

Student Health Services

SHS will have late hours on Mondays and Tuesdays until 6 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-12 noon. Check the web for all services which include primary care, urgent care, nurses clinic, travel clinic, acupuncture, nutrition counseling, lab, x-ray, pharmacy, etc.
Flu clinics will begin in October - check website for dates and times
The Zone in Price Center Plaza - a place for your student to relax, hang out or study with a cup of tea or take a nap on giant bean bags! Yoga and fitness classes, meditation, therapy dogs de-stress events, healthy cooking demonstrations, chair massage, art and soul craft workshops - all free! Check the schedule at:
Student Health Insurance 
Premiums: Undergraduate Students: $671.00/quarter; Graduate and Professional Students: $1,182.00/quarter. Premiums are charged for Fall, Winter and Spring (Spring provides coverage up to the beginning of the following Fall quarter). UC SHIP waiver deadline with no late fee: 9/16/2016. Late fee applies after 9/23/2016.
Students with UC SHIP are eligible for many SHS services either at no charge, or greatly reduced fees. See for services and fees.
Insurance App: Paper insurance cards have been replaced with the new StudentHealth app (by Mobile Health Consumer).  Please download the 'Student Health' app on your smartphone Google Play or Apple App Store. 
What is The Zone?
The Zone is a lounge for student well-being and is a FREE well-being resource for your student as a part of the Student Health & Well-Being cluster. Located in Price Center Plaza by Jamba Juice, The Zone has free programs such as fitness classes, chair massages, therapy dogs, cooking demos, a nap space and more!
Subscribe to The Zone Newsletter!
Sign up here  to receive weekly updates from The Zone to remind your student about our FREE programs, special events, contests, flu clinics, and more!
Triton Parent & Family Ambassadors by the Numbers
  • 77 Triton parent and family ambassadors
  • 8 family ambassadors are alumni
  • 21 family ambassadors of Revelle; 8 of Muir; 18 of Marshall; 12 of Roosevelt; 11 of Warren; and 11 of Sixth students
  • 9 family ambassadors of 9 freshmen; 29 sophomores, 10 juniors; 18 seniors; 15 graduates
  • Representing many U.S. and China, Singapore, Turkey, India, Netherlands, UK, Brazil and France

Ask A Parent!

Are you new to college? Are you new to UC San Diego? Want to learn from other parents and families? Ask A Parent! is a chance to connect with a Parent Ambassador who can share their experience with UC San Diego - this intimate connection will bring to focus the voice of those who have more experience, although unique, with the university. 

Student Health 101

As a service to our families, we provide an online subscription to Student Health 101 for both your student and yourself. Student Health 101 is a monthly health and wellness magazine just for UCSD students and families. Each issue contains valuable information that will help your student make better decisions and can help you gain a better understanding of the health and wellness challenges that face today's students.
Each month, your student will receive a new issue of the family-only The Student Advocate and the Student Health 101. Please take a few minutes to read the issues each month as we believe they can be a valuable resource for you and your family.
You can read the September issue of the Student Advocate online at
You're also invited to read the accompanying Student Health 101 issue for our students, online at
  • 20 Things College Students Wish They'd Known Sooner
  • Feel Like an Imposter? How to Own Your Awesome
  • The Student Guide to Going Out
  • What Kind of a Roommate Are You? Quiz
  • Time Management: The No-Burnout Guide to Busy
  • UCookbook: Overnight Oats Recipe
Student Health & Well-Being  UC San Diego  | .
(On-Campus) Room Assignment and Move-In Information

While there is a general move-in weekend in September, many students have special orientation dates or dates particular to their college of residence  they are attending. For information on your student's room assignment and move-in information it is best to view the Room Assignment web pages for good general information. Your student can log into  Room Assignment with their PID and Password to view their individual specific room assignment and move-in information.
Grad Guard Renters Insurance

Grad Guard provides college residents the ability to protect their belongings. Their coverage is exclusively built for students and campus residents with low deductibles and convenient monthly plans. For more information please visit, and search for  University of California San Diego .
Housing Dining Hospitality | (858) 534-4010 |

Student Programming in the Residence Halls

Village After Dark (in the Village):

The Village After Dark is a series of late night programming. These events are some of the most popular events that the Village hosts. In the past there has been food trucks, outdoor movie nights, Drag Queen Bingo, Halloween Bash, and much more. All events will take place in the Village - residents can be on the lookout for advertisement mentioning which programs will be taking place. The dates for the Village After Dark series are Thursdays and each beginning at 7 p.m. - 2 a.m. on Sept 22 & 29, Oct 6, 14 & 20.
Villagers in Programming (VIP):

Encourage your Transfer student - living at The Village - to get involved with Villagers in Programming. This group plans and puts on fun and interactive programs for the Village community. 
Susan Berry |

UC San Diego' Dining Services

Dining Services is on campus to "feed the future"- in the most professional, socially responsible, and delicious way possible! We offer 19 locations to choose from; six residential restaurants, two Fine Dining restaurants, 3 specialty restaurants, and two roaming Food trucks. Grab a meal, snack or latte, or just shop for groceries and cook. For detailed info, visit
Did you know?
  • Housing Dining Hospitality (HDH) is the top employer of students on campus.
  • We offer a full-time Registered Dietitian to encourage campus wide wellness. The dietitian meets with students any time, free of charge.
  • Seven American Culinary Federation Certified Chefs on staff, with 4 more going through the certification process.
  • Allergen Safe Zones in six residential restaurants.
  • Vegan, Vegetarian, Kosher, Halal, Organic, Fair Trade and Locally sourced name it, we probably have it! If not, please inquire.
  • Hours of operation range from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.
Housing Dining Hospitality | (858) 534-4010 |
Daniel Alfaro, New Coordinator for Undocumented Student Services Center 

Daniel brings a wealth of experience to this role through his work with San Diego's diverse immigrant communities at Alliance San Diego.  In this role, he collaborated with advocacy organizations for outreach campaigns, shared best practices for serving clients, and expanded outreach efforts.  Daniel also led outreach and implementation campaigns in San Diego and Imperial counties for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the CA DREAM Act and several other immigrant relief measures. 
Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Counseling from California State University, San Marcos.  Daniel began July 5 and he is excited to begin working with the UC San Diego campus and continue his strong partnerships with our local and regional community. 
The USSC serves as the primary on campus resource to undocumented and mixed immigration status students and is a critical resource that promotes an equitable, diverse and inclusive campus community for all students regardless of their immigration status. 
Undocumented Student Services Center (USSC) | (858) 822-6916
The Latest with the Campus Community Resource Centers

Upcoming Events from the Black Resource Center


Women's Center Welcome Week Fest
Wednesday, September 21 | 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Women's Center (above Hi-Thai, near the Main Gym)
Come to the Women's Center for a resource fair, free ice cream sundaes, crafting and more. We'll be kicking off our 20th anniversary with a 90's style party. Learn about the Women's Center and how to get involved, make new friends, take a picture in our photo-booth, and learn about campus resources at this annual event.
VOICES Leadership Program for Women
This year-long leadership program kicks off with a day-long retreat, held on Saturday, October 15. Throughout the year, participants attend workshops on leadership and social justice issues, as well as social events. Participants who complete all requirements will be awarded a certificate at the end of the year's Recognition Ceremony.
Cecily Nelson-Alford |  
College Ambassadors: On a few good tips on how they get started for the new academic year... 

  • Buy a calendar or planner to keep track of tests, papers, club meetings and other things you're involved in.
  • Make sure to sit in front of your class.
  • Don't underestimate the value of a good night's sleep.
  • Make friends! Friendships make the college transition, the journey of learning about yourself and all the things that come with such a shift all the more meaningful and easy.
  • Check out Library Walk for all the cool organizations tabling throughout Welcome Week. Some organizations will help you make study groups, find friends or even feed you.
  • Take a photo of yourself so you can look back on how much you've grown.
  • Get as much free food as you can to save up on dining dollars. 

UC San Diego Recreation: #GetRecd

With the increasing pressure of academics, many stressed-out students forget the importance of recreation for physical and psychological well-being. UC San Diego has one of the largest Recreation programs in the nation. Find out all the ways your student can get involved in these great programs - whether it be toughing the wilderness with Outback Adventures, getting competitive and meeting new friends on a Sports Club or Intramural team, getting in shape with FitLife or learning a new skill with Rec Classes...there is something for everyone! Fall registration is now available online at and in person at any of the facilities. 
The free Student Personal Wellness Program, offered to current UCSD students, is eight weeks and each week is a different workout. A personalized workout is designed for each participant at the end of the class. Classes start the first week of fall quarter. There are several days and times available, but spots fill up quickly! Have your student register online today.
Meet the Beach  Saturday, September 24 at 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Featuring Surf lessons, Beach Zumba/Yoga, Kayaking, Pier tours, 
Tide pool tours, Muscle Beach, Chair massage, Beach volleyball and soccer, and Live DJ.

And, transportation, food and beach towels. Students must have a wristband for giveaways and sponsored activities. Wristband pick-up September 22-23, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at RIMAC, Surf Shop, Main Gym or Canyonview.
The First Year and Transfer Year Experience at UC San Diego
Empowering students to become intentional, active and engaged

Navigating the campus and its resources can be challenging for new students. Which is why the undergraduate colleges created the First Year Experience (FYE) Program.
The FYE Program offers freshmen and new transfers a 2-unit course designed to help students make the transition to UC San Diego and optimize their undergraduate experience. Weekly lectures and small group discussions introduce students to topics such as academic success strategies, campus and community involvement, research and internship opportunities, major and career exploration, and more.
Courses are taught by faculty who are committed to supporting students' transition to the University. Students also learn from upperclassmen who serve as course discussion leaders. Discussion leaders receive specialized training and act as valuable mentors during a student's first quarter at the University.
New students are eligible to enroll in their college's First Year or Transfer Year Experience course during their academic enrollment appointment. 
Coffee with a Prof. Program  (CWAP)
Available at any college Student Affairs Office and welcoming to all students, CWAP is a
great opportunity for students to get to know their professor by visiting over a free cup of coffee or tea.
Program Premise:
Coffee-with-a-Prof is a program sponsored by the Offices of the College Deans of Student Affairs and is funded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. It allows students to invite a professor or graduate teaching assistant out to coffee  or tea at one of the participating coffee vendors. It encourages students to cultivate a  student-professor or student to teacher-assistant (T.A.) relationship outside of the classroom and in a casual setting.
Program Process:
The student is provided with a beverage voucher to be turned into any participating coffee vendor at the time of their visit. Each student may participate twice per quarter.
Before requesting a voucher, the student must have verification that their invitation was accepted by their Professor or T.A. along with the date they have arranged.  Students may pick up their voucher at any college Student Affairs Office.
Participating On-Campus Vendors:
Art of Espresso Café | Cups Outdoor Café | Fairbanks | Perks | Muir Woods Coffee House
Warren College Programs for Incoming Students
Warren College Welcome Week | September 15 - 22: The first week of the fall semester (Week 0) is Welcome Week at UC San Diego. Warren College and campus-wide departments host exciting and informative events and open houses to welcome new and returning students.  Warren College's Welcome Week begins September 15 and includes an Involvement Fair, movie night, intercollege competitions, a trip to a local Target store, and more.
Warren Peer Mentorship Program:   The Warren College Peer Mentorship Program provides incoming students the opportunity to form a mentoring relationship with an upperclassman Warren College student. Mentors assist incoming students with adjusting to the quarter system and university life; finding opportunities for involvement; and helping students meet others at group programs.  Incoming students are encouraged to apply online to participate in this program.
Transfer Connect & Success Program: The Transfer Connect & Success (TCS) program helps first-year transfer students transition into UC San Diego.  Throughout the first year, participants are invited to join a series of events and presentations that introduce resources and transfer student-focused opportunities. TCS also provides an opportunity to form lasting social connections both within Warren College and across the undergraduate colleges.  Incoming transfers are encouraged to visit the TCS website and join the mailing list using their single sign-on to become informed about upcoming events. 
Third Annual Triton Fest
The third annual Triton Fest brings both new and returning events to all students during the first weekends of fall quarter. Live music, go kart racing, international cuisine, Pokestops...there's something for all Tritons at Triton Fest 2016. Dates are:

September 18 - Fall Y'All Festival |  September 23 - First Friday |  September 24 - UCSD Grand Prix |  September 30 - The Great Triton Escape |  October 1 - Poolside Cinema |  October 7 - Haunted Hoedown |  October 8 - Global & Local Night Market
Fall Career Fairs - Great for students to nail down an internship or job
October 5-6, 2016 | 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Day 1: Science & Technology Career Fair, RIMAC Arena, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Day 2: Fall Career Fair, Price Center Ballroom West, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
UC San Diego ArtPower

ArtPower at UC San Diego is the UC San Diego's multiarts presenter. The 2016-17 season features more than 30 internationally renowned artists and ensembles. Now entering its 13th year, ArtPower introduces two new series: American Routes, which will focus on the diverse American musical landscape; and Filmatic series, which grew out of the annual festival and will explore the ever-evolving ways of enjoying media and focus on artists who are merging live performances with projected images.
ArtPower will continue to offer traditional series; Chamber Music, introducing young, emerging ensembles; Innovations series, focusing on European artists making unexpected music from traditional instruments; Global Music, highlighting music from Latin America; Jazz series, focusing on leading young innovators; Foovies [Food + Movies], screening films celebrating childhood; and Dance series, featuring prominent dance companies from three international scenes.
Season begins on October 22. ArtPower offers UC San Diego Student tickets starting at $9 and free admission to Foovies films.

Find out what's happening at your student's college!

Important Dates - For more dates, go to Parent Guide or Academic Calendar

September 16 
Deadline to waive SHIP Insurance 
October 1
2017-18 FAFSA/Dream Act applications available 
November 10
Veterans Day Luncheon 
September 19
Welcome Week 
October 19
Study Abroad Expo 
November 17
ArtPower Jazz
Christian Sands 
September 22
Instructions begin
October 21-23
Family Weekend
November 21
Register for Siblings Day 
September 22
Returning students check-in w/residence life by 12 p.m. 
October 27
ArtPower Cubanismo!
November 24-25
Thanksgiving Holiday
September 30
International Cafe 
October 31
UCSD Halloween
Costume Contest 
November 28
UCSD Bookstore Holiday Sale 
Bartell Hotels - Make your reservation when visiting San Diego/La Jolla and UC San Diego

Sheraton La Jolla | The Dana on Mission Bay | Days Hotel - Hotel Circle/Sea World | Pacific Terrace | Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside | Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island | Humphrey's Half Moon Inn & Suites | Best Western Plus Island Palms

Book at or (800) 345-9995 to receive 15% off your total room fee and simultaneously support student programs.
Email | Parent Helpline (858) 534-7273 | Website