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Vandal Parent Newsletter: December 16, 2011

December 16, 2011


This week, heads have been leaning over laptops, notebooks and review notes. It was often hard to know whether they were studying, sleeping or praying...perhaps a combination of strategies were being used.

Grades will soon be posted and the holiday buses will leave town on Saturday morning. It is time to be with family and have a few holiday adventures.

Last weekend, we honored approximately 800 graduating seniors and graduate students at our Winter Commencement. Even though these students still needed to complete final exams, it was an excellent finish for fall semester.

The University community paid tribute to the achievements of these students and their families. Earning a degree is an achievement for the entire family. It was great fun to see so many smiling faces. We wish these Vandals the very best as they make their way in the world.

The University of Idaho will be open during much of the winter break. It will close on December 23rd and will reopen on January 3rd.

Spring semester will begin on Wednesday, January 11th..(not Monday, January 9th). A few of you send your Vandals back to campus a few days early...and "pretend" that it was a mistake claiming that you did not know that classes start on Wednesday.

Please have your Vandal check their Vandal email account periodically during the holiday break. We may attempt to communicate with them about grades or spring semester start-up issues.

If students want to talk with someone about grades or their spring semester class schedule, then contact the academic college office that is associated with your Vandal's major. Most faculty members will not be on campus during the winter break, although some may respond to email. Students can go to the Vandal web and view their grades in the next few days.

If you have a freshman and they start receiving information about the SOAR program, that means they have been placed on academic probation. It also means that they need to register for a one-day workshop that will help them make changes for spring semester.

The SOAR program includes one-on-one advising and workshops on time management and study skills. SOAR takes place on Tuesday, January 10th. You can learn more about the program at the SOAR website. The program is very useful for students who may have had a difficult first semester.

The Vandal men's basketball team will be playing Boise State on December 31st at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho at noon, Mountain time. It should be a great game on a neutral court.

I hope that you and your family will have a restful and enjoyable time together during the holidays. If they get bored, you may want to consider my annual advice of getting those wisdom teeth taken out during winter break. It will make the time fly. You can also find some distasteful household chore that needs attention. These are all strategies to increase their motivation to return to the challenges of going to class with renewed motivation.

If your daughter or son graduated this week, I wish you well and congratulate you on this achievement. It has been a privilege to have you as part of the Vandal family. I hope that you will continue wearing your Vandal gear and will return to the University of Idaho for special events when you are able. Happy Holidays and Go Vandals!


Bruce Pitman
Vice Provost for Student Affairs/Dean of Students