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In This Issue
Tips for Tallahassee Winters
Holiday Crime Prevention
Spring Part-Time Job Fair
FSU Food Pantry Fills a Need
Supporting Your Student
Winter Weather Forecast
Apply for the FCAC
Important Dates

Suggestion Box

Tips for Surviving Tallahassee's Winter Weather

A frozen Westcott fountain and a white Landis Green - yes it can happen, but rarely.  Generally chilly mornings that transform into crisp or even warm afternoons and clear star-filled nights define a Tallahassee winter.  If your student insists they need a sub-zero parka to survive, take a moment and consider the following alternatives.


Media (television, phone, etc) - 

knowing the forecast is absolutely the best weather protection. 


Jackets -

a trio of light, medium, and heavy weights (and you might be able to eliminate the heavy-weight with layering).


Closed toe shoes (and socks)-

even a pair of boots certainly are helpful.  However, native Tallahasseans have been known to wear flipflops year round.


Scarves and gloves  - great for surviving that early morning chill, and easily stow away in pockets or backpacks.


Rain gear-- 

An umbrella is essential.  A lightweight rain jacket or poncho, or even rain boots can protect from the drizzle that is common in January and February.  It is the rain that makes it feel so cold.  Stay dry.


Common Sense -

Students will figure out their tolerance to the winter temperatures, and anything they might need is available at national chain stores, campus stores, or on-line.  Since the temperatures can change by 30+ degrees within 4-5 hours, layering is the best way to deal with the variant temperatures.


An overlooked aspect of winter is the responsibility for pets, plants, and pipes.  Bring mammals inside on cold nights.  Locate fish, birds, and reptiles away from drafts or windows to maintain their core body heat.  Cover plants or bring them inside.  The lease agreement might require the water to drip on nights when temperatures are expected to dip below a certain temperature.  Also, students can avoid the unwelcome surprise of high utility bills by using a reasonable setting on heaters.  An extra blanket on the bed and in the living room allows the thermostat to be lowered.


Finally, if you, or your student, uses the cooler temperatures as an excuse to buy an entire winter wardrobe-go for it.  But be prepared for your student to soon complain about an overstuffed closet!  And remember, spring break is right around the corner!!


Holiday Crime 

Prevention Suggestions

Courtesy of 

The Florida State University

Police Department

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The holidays are upon us! Unfortunately, that is when many criminals go to work,

breaking into cars and homes and stealing whatever valuables they can find. Florida State University Police are offering a few suggestions to help FSU students take precautions now, which may prevent criminal activities in their absence.


-Lock your door when you leave.


-Take personal valuables with you


-Consider contacting the FSUPD for "extra protection" checks if you feel your living area is vulnerable


- If you notice any locks in disrepair, or security discrepancies in your building, report them immediately to FSU maintenance (850)644-2424.


-As always, do not prop doors when you are moving out or packing up your car.


-If you use an "Out of Office Reply" on your computer, or are posting to facebook about your holiday travel plans, do not give specific dates if you are leaving town.


-Make sure your vehicle is roadworthy before leaving town. Learn how tochange a flat tire.


-Carry a cell phone in case of emergencies. All cell phones allow 911 calls even if you don't have an account.


-Notify a contact person about your route, destination, and departure times.


-Lock your car, and don't leave purses, luggage, gifts, packages, or other valuables in plain sight.


-In public, don't brag about or flash large amounts of cash.


-Keep track of credit card slips and duplicates until you can shred them. Beware of people asking unusual questions about your accounts.


If something feels wrong, it probably is! Practice personal safety measures,



Part-Time Job Fair 2012

Event is sponsored by:

  FSU Career Center and  Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce


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* Local companies, campus departments & summer camp opportunities*


* Learn about openings to earn money while you finish your degree*


* Formal dress & resume recommended, but not required*



For more information:

Or e-mail


To see more information about the event please visit

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Mark your calendars! FSU chats have been scheduled for the spring semester.  Log on to chat with representatives from different university departments and get all of your questions answered.

Living a Healthy Lifestyle in College 
with the Health Center
Jan. 18 from 1-2p (EST)

On Campus Safety 
with the FSU Police Department
Feb. 24 11a-12p (EST)

Advising and Summer Planning with Advising First
Mar. 19 11a-12p (EST)

Job Searching
with the Career Center
Apr. 16 6-7p (EST)
What's Going 'Round

Welcome to the December Issue of What's Going 'Round!  A new year is starting soon and Florida State University Family Connection is looking for new ways to keep you connected.  We'll be implementing several new technology-based ways to stay involved with our institution, and we would love to have your feedback on which ones you are most excited about. 

Please take a moment to fill out this brief survey so that we can better serve you and your students.

FSU Food Pantry Fills a Need
FCAC Member Luci Warren
Luci Warren, 
Member of the Family Connection Advisory Council

Written By Luci Warren

Family Connection Advisory Council 


Did you know that FSU has a Food Pantry available to hungry students? Rising college costs, reduction in financial aid and general economic hardships that many families have experienced in recent years have resulted in more students who do not have enough money for all their living expenses.  In Spring 2009, Robin Leach, Associate Dean of Students met with a student who had no food and no money with which to purchase groceries.  The Dean recognized a real need that was affecting students and the idea for the FSU Food Pantry was born.  


To initially stock the Pantry, the Dean of Students Office looked to the annual "Chuck It For Charity.". Every year when students move out of the residence halls unused canned goods and unwanted clothing, furniture and accessories from residence hall rooms are donated to local charities in Tallahassee.  At the end of Spring 2009 semester the unused canned food collected from the residence halls was donated to the Dean of Students Office and the FSU Food Pantry was opened.  During the first semester that it was open in Summer 2009 the Pantry had 9 students come in for food. By Fall 2009 word of the Pantry was out through academic advisors and students and the number of students using it increased to 80.  The number of needy students continues to rise and so far this Fall the Pantry has served over 200 students in need. 


Luckily the donations have increased as well. In Fall 2009 all participants in sorority recruitment were asked to bring a can of food to help stock the FSU Food Pantry.  The collection efforts were a huge success with over 1,000 food items being donated.  This is an annual project now for the FSU sororities and this year 1,300 food items were collected.  Attendees at the 2010 Homecoming concert were asked to bring a canned food item and over 1,000 cans were donated.  The word has spread to other campus organizations and the Dean of Students Food Pantry now receives donations from other departments such as athletics, academics as well as from parents.  If your campus organization wishes to get involved with the Food Pantry, someone from the Dean of Students office will meet with you to explain how your organization can help this worthy cause.


The Food Pantry is located in the Dean of Students Office in University Center, Building A. It is open from 8-5, Monday-Friday. The only qualification to "shop" for a bag of food is that the recipient must show their current FSU ID card and sign a waiver form. Due to limited resources, students are requested to take only one bag of food at a time, but may visit the food pantry as often as necessary.  The students' use of the Food Pantry is completely confidential and the FSU Bookstore even donates bags for the food so it appears that they have been shopping at the bookstore.


The items that the Food Pantry usually stocks are healthy foods that all college students can cook.  They even have recipes available at the Pantry to use some of the goods. Some of the items that they like to have on hand at all times are:

  • Pasta
  • Tomato/spaghetti sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned meat and fish
  • Canned spaghetti, ravioli, etc.
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Oatmeal
  • Ramen noodles
  • Spices, including garlic powder, Italian seasoning, etc.
  • Rice and beans

If you would like to make a donation of cash or gift cards, the FSU Food Pantry volunteers will use your donations to buy needed items and can take advantage of BOGOs at local supermarkets so that the Pantry gets twice as much.  Donations by check can be made payable to FSU and sent in c/o Robin Leach at the Dean of Students Office, Florida State University, University Center, Building A, Suite 4100, Tallahassee, FL 32306. If you would like help the Pantry by making a donation in kind, you can bring any items to the Dean of Students Office.  


Supporting Your Student:

 Tips for helping your student make meaning of their semester.

As Finals Week comes to a close, students are heading home for the holidays.  Winter break is a great time for students to relax, spend time with friends and family, and de-stress before the spring semester.  It is also a valuable time for students to reflect on their experiences during the past few months and make adjustments and choices that will help them reach their long-term goals. 


Many students, especially those in their first year of college, find that the workload for their courses is more challenging than they expected.  Final grades for the semester are released over winter break, and if your student is unhappy with their scores, this can be a great time to figure out why they struggled and how they can improve.  A great way to start is to ask your student why he or she thinks they earned the grades they did, both good and bad.  If your student is doing well, encourage them to reflect on what specifically helped them to achieve those grades. For those of you whose students struggled this semester, Dr. Bruce Janasiewicz, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, identified a few reasons students may not be doing well.


"I just don't have enough time to study."

In college students are responsible for managing their own time, and sometimes schoolwork takes a backseat to hanging out with friends or participating in campus activities.  If this is your student's problem, there are resources on campus to help your student manage their time.  One of the best resources is our Academic Center for Excellence (ACE), where students can get help managing their time and study skills.  It's important that students make time for studying as well as social activities.


"The classes for my major are really difficult."

Many things influence a student's choice of major, including their family's expectations and perception of that major from film or media.  If you're student isn't enjoying the required courses for their major, this might be a great time to explore new options.  The FSU Career Center can help students explore their interests and career options and decide whether their major is right for them.  Also, an internship in their chosen field can help a student decide if the career they are preparing for is really what they want.


These are some considerations that your student might want to think about when planning for the next semester.  Thinking about these issues over break can help pave the way for a productive and successful spring semester.


Some great resources for your student are:

Their Academic Advisor


The Academic Center for Excellence (

The Florida State University Career Center (

The University Counseling Center (


Why is it So Cold in Tallahassee?

Since North Florida is affected by cold fronts far more than the peninsula, and the arrival of these fronts is irregular, the daily maximum and minimum temperatures in the north fluctuate far more from their averages than elsewhere in the state.  Unlike peninsular Florida, which is normally dry during the winter, North Florida has an appreciable number of wet winter days. During a winter month, five to six cold fronts typically reach North Florida.  Most of these cold fronts pass into the peninsula but weaken rapidly as they progress southward. Cold, dry air usually arrives after the passage of these fronts, and, while the sun shines during cloudless days, the temperatures can drop quickly during the night.   However, the entire state is vulnerable to the passage of extremely strong cold fronts.   These Arctic Air Outbreaks can bring freezing temperatures to even the central and southern parts of the state.


During some winters, El Ni�o Southern Oscillation (ENSO) helps dominate the overall winter weather pattern.  El Ni�o episodes bring cooler than normal temperatures and increases in the average precipitation during the winter months.  La Ni�a winters are typically warmer and drier than normal.

Winter on Landis Green

 Here is how weather in Tallahassee compares to some other major cities in Florida:


Table 1: Monthly Normal Maximum (˚F) Temperatures






















Table 2: Monthly Normal Minimum (˚F) Temperatures






















Table 3: Monthly Normal Precipitation (inches) Totals





















By Melissa Griffin,

Florida Climate Center

Apply for the Family Connection Advisory Council
We are currently taking applications for spots on the Family Connection Advisory Council! As this year comes to an end, we will have about 6-7 vacant spots as our current members with graduating seniors will be stepping down.  We are accepting applications until December 16, 2011 at 5 PM EST. Please see the link to the application in the bottom of this article! If you already have an application on file from this semester, please just send an email to if you wish to have your application reviewed during this selection process.

FSU Family Connection Advisory Council


1.  All applicants must have a current undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at Florida State University for the current academic year.

2.  All applicants must be able to attend 2 on-campus Family Connection Advisory Council Meetings, as well as the meetings held via email and phone conferencing:

  • February Meeting -Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 8 AM to 1 PM   
  • Parents' Weekend-the meeting is usually held on that Saturday

3.  All applicants must be able to check and respond to email at least twice a week

4. All applicants must be able to spend 4-5 hours a month on work related to the Family Connection Advisory Council

5. All applicants must serve on and support the work of our committees

6.  All application materials must be returned to the Dean of Students Department no later than December 16, 2011 by 5 PM EST


Family Connection Advisory Council Position Application  

Family Connection Advisory Council 

A Look Ahead: Important Dates


Semester Ends. 

Dec. 17

Residence Halls close at noon. 

Dec. 21

Grades available online.

Jan. 1

First day to submit FAFSA for 2012-2013 school year.

Jan. 2

Residence Halls open at noon.

Jan. 4

     Classes Begin.
     Drop/Add begins 8:00 a.m.-11:59 p.m. 
     Late Registration ($100.00 late registration fee.) 
     Application window opens for Spring 2012    Graduation. Apply online at 

Jan. 9

Students are liable for all fees for courses remaining on their schedules at 11:59 p.m.
     Drop/Add ends at 11:59 p.m.

Jan. 11

Financial aid available via EFT in FSUCard accounts. 
     First day to apply for financial aid deferments and delayed delivery loans. 
All financial aid students must check their financial aid status at, and their disbursement status by viewing their account history at

Jan. 13

Last day to pay or defer tuition and fees for all students.

Jan. 20

Last day to apply online for Spring 2012 Graduation.

Mar. 5-9

Spring Break. 
Residence Halls close Mar. 3, 2012 at noon. Residence Halls reopen Mar. 11, 2012 at noon.

Mar. 12

Registration for Summer and Fall 2012 begins.

Apr. 6

Financial Aid Exit Interviews Deadline for all students with federal loans graduating, transferring, or taking less than six semester hours. Visit:

Apr. 20

Last day to submit ServScript hours online. 
      Last Day of Classes. 

Apr. 23-27

Final Exam Week.

Apr. 27

Semester Ends. 

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