October 2018 
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Important Dates
Ongoing: Spring semester course registration continues

2019-20 FAFSA filing opened on Oct. 1

Oct. 17-19: Fall recess (residence halls open with reduced services)

Oct. 22: Last day to receive 25% refund for complete withdrawal

Oct. 23: WMU 101 in Detroit

Oct. 27: Admissions Open House

Oct. 29: Last day to withdraw from classes

Nov. 2: Admissions Open House

Nov. 21: Thanksgiving break begins at noon (residence halls open with reduced services)
Looking Ahead
Dec. 10-13: Final exams week

Dec 14: Residence halls close at 7 p.m.

Dec. 15: Commencement

Dec. 18: Fall semester grades posted late in the day

Jan 2, 2019: Spring semester tuition and fees due

Jan. 5: Residence halls re-open at 10 a.m.

Jan. 7: Spring semester classes begin

Complete University calendar of events.  
 
Spring Registration
Remind your student that registration for spring semester is open and to schedule a meeting with their academic advisors. We want students to stay on track toward graduation and the advisors are their go-to resource.
Annual Security Report
The WMU Department of Public Safety considers safety and security of the campus community to be paramount. The department believes in full transparency and publishes the 
each year in accordance with federal law.
Emergency Alerts for Families
WMU Public Safety has updated the system for families to receive emergency alert text messages. Here is the link to complete information to sign up for alerts.

If you were previously signed up through the Twitter feed text alert, please update your notification alerts through this new system.
 
Family Weekend and Homecoming
Thank you for joining us for Family Weekend and Homecoming 2018! Enjoy these weekend memories

Family Weekend 2018 photo gallery
Family Weekend 2018 photo gallery

and please share your feedback about your experience. We look forward to seeing you next year.

Family Weekend and Homecoming 2019 will be announced when the Bronco football schedule is finalized in the spring.
Sindecuse Health Center Updates
Remind your student to get a flu shot!
Most insurance plans cover flu shots as a preventive expense. Sindecuse Health Center offers no-cost flu shots to underinsured and uninsured WMU students (limited to the first 160 students) through generous support from Alana's Foundation and matching donations from health center supporters .

Billing for Health Services
Sindecuse Health Center continues to maintain open access for students. We want you and your student to be aware of an important change this academic year. 

Students who are past due in making payment to the University for tuition, fees, or charges must either settle outstanding amounts owed prior to their health center visit or pay the portion of their health center visit not covered by insurance at the time services are received. 

Students are no longer able to transfer health services charges directly to their student accounts when University tuition, fees, and charges remain unpaid.  Students who pay tuition and fees on the due date provided by the University may continue to add health charges to their student accounts.

Please be assured that students are not being turned away from healthcare; however, some students are choosing not to proceed with their scheduled visit after learning about the need to pay at time of service.

The health center understands that academic success is dependent upon wellness of mind, body, and spirit.  Students experiencing financial challenges may make payment at time of service by using cash, credit, or health savings account (HSA) cards within the health center. Assisting your student with timely payment of bills will prepare them for future financial success.
December Commencement
Times for the December 15, 2018 commencement ceremonies have been set. Three ceremonies will be held in Miller Auditorium.

  9 a.m.
College of Aviation
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
College of Health and Human Services

Noon
Haworth College of Business
College of Education and Human Development

3 p.m.
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Fine Arts
Extended University Programs
 
Graduates will be able to reserve four guest tickets beginning November 19. Ticket reservations will be accepted through Dec. 10. Additional tickets, if available, may be reserved Dec. 13 and 14.

Celebrate your new graduate with a commencement program  tribute . Deadline to order is Nov. 14. WMU graduation announcements, thank you cards and other items are available from Balfour
.
 
The First Long Weekend Home
Usually I send this message out prior to Thanksgiving, but since this is our first-ever fall break, it may be helpful info for this weekend if your student is heading home.

The first visit home is an excellent opportunity to appreciate your college student's continued development into a maturing young adult. You're looking forward to seeing them, so what could possibly go wrong?   

Here are some thoughts to help make your time together memorable and conflict-free. (And hang onto this for Thanksgiving break next month, as well as the December holiday break when changes really become apparent.) 

Talk together early on about how you want to spend your time and try not to plan every moment. Protect some family time together, but also plan for time apart. It can be challenging for students to balance time with family and still visit with friends. Your support and willingness to allow your student some space to make these decisions will be appreciated.Consider that your student is not only re-adjusting to being at home, but also discovering that friends are changing and growing. If this is unsettling, you can be a great source of comfort as your student confronts and comes to terms with these changes.

Talk about house rules and how you might adjust them to accommodate your student's growing independence. Students at college quickly learn to make their own decisions and work through both intended and unintended consequences. Allowing expanded freedom back home can be a challenge for you, but also helps to further the growing adult-to-adult relationship that you are both working towards. Students also need to be respectful of house rules and routines so flexibility and mutual understanding is necessary from all involved.

During the weekend (at appropriate quiet moments):
Talk about school (but try not to let it become an inquisition). What is going especially good this semester? What isn't going so great? What classes are you taking next semester? Have you thought about living arrangements for next year?  

In this conversation, it may be apparent that your student has changed - many students seem a bit different after having lived away from home for a time which is very normal. However, if you sense a severe change or something seems really wrong, we encourage you to lovingly probe more deeply. Reassure your student that you can help, we at WMU can help, and that there's no need to struggle with problems alone. Your student may not be ready to share specific details, but just showing your love and support goes a long way to be reassuring. And if there are serious mental health concerns, thoughtfully consider whether it is in your student's best interest to continue the semester or if another solution needs to be explored.

Be prepared for change:  
Your student is experiencing an increasingly open world in college and may express newly developing ideas surrounding lifestyle, religious, or political beliefs. WMU students are encouraged to respect and embrace diversity as they interact with people from all walks of life. They encounter new ideas and values that may differ from those they grew up with and sometimes students struggle with reconciling these new and old ideals. Instead of letting this become an argument, it's a terrific opportunity to engage in a productive dialogue with your student.

The main ingredient to a successful break is treating your student as an adult. Open and honest communication that emphasizes concern and interest, both before and during the break will help to establish mutually agreeable expectations and boundaries.  And when you send them back to school, don't forget to give 'em a big hug!
 
WMU Family Engagement
Campus Location: 2415 Faunce Student Services
shari.glaser@wmich.edu
(269) 387-4820