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  • Calendar of Events
  • Academic Assistance
  • Library Hours
  • Growth Mindset
  • Financial Aid/Business Office
  • Residence Life
  • Beckley Campus
  • Career Services
  • Graduation Info
  • Transcipt Requests
  • Important Student Info
  • Upcoming Events
  • Important Campus Phone Numbers
Welcome to the April/May
E-News

Welcome to the third edition of CU Student E-news! We hope that the Student E-news is an easy-to-use resource for important student information. CU E-news will be published two times each semester and will be sent to your Concord email account and posted online, so be sure to look for future publications.

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Calendar of Events

For a listing of events on campus, click here.

And for the full Spring 2015 academic calendar, click here.

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Academic Assistance

Tutoring

Although finals are approaching, tutoring is still available! Take advantage of the opportunity to get help in preparing for your final exams.

Free help is available to CU students to assist you with coursework! Drop-in tutoring is available for most courses at convenient times and locations. Visit https://apps.concord.edu/tutoring/ for a complete listing by course.  SMARTHINKING online tutoring is also available 24/7 for many subject areas, including essay assistance for papers and other writing assignments. Log in the first time via your MyCU account, using your Concord email address.

The Academic Success Center is located in Rahall 234 (Atrium) and can be reached via asc@concord.edu or by phoning 304-384-6074.  The ASC is a one-stop-shop to help you succeed at Concord. The ASC website also has valuable resources, including links to Khan Academy, Guide to Grammar & Writing, OWL at Purdue, Study Skills help, and more!

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IT’S FINALS TIME (Almost!)

The J. Frank Marsh Library is pleased to announce that staff will once again be working around the clock to keep the doors open—and coffee brewing—during finals week!  Please note the following hours for the week of final exams:

Sunday, May 3, 2:00pm to Friday, May 8, 4:00pm
Saturday, May 9 (Commencement), 9:00am to 2:00pm

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Financial Aid/Business Office

The spring semester is nearing the end!

Graduating Seniors:

For students graduating in May – Congratulations! If you borrowed a Stafford or Perkins Loan during your enrollment at Concord University, be sure to complete Exit Counseling at www.studentloans.gov.

FYI: If you are graduating in May and you do not complete the Exit Counseling, a hold will be put on your record. So be sure to complete it on or prior to May 8th!

Returning Students:

After grades are posted in May, the Financial Aid Office will begin running processes to determine eligibility for the 2015-2016 academic year. Students must be meeting the CU Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy. A letter will be mailed the end of May to students placed on Warning or Ineligible for Financial Aid. This policy is on our website at http://concord.edu/admissions/financial-aid. The Registrar’s Office conducts a separate review of academic standing. Students should be certain that Concord has an up-to-date mailing address on file to be certain that you receive important correspondence.

Next, we review individual grant and scholarship renewal criteria. These processes take several weeks. We will begin awarding aid for returning students the middle to end of June after all eligibility processes have been completed. An award letter will be mailed. Also students can view the awards on their MyCU account.

Students planning to attend the summer term and wanting to use financial aid must complete a Summer Aid Application. The document, Application for Financial Aid Summer I and/or II 2015, is located on our web page at www.concord.edu/admissions/financial-aid under Forms & Applications. Eligibility for summer aid is based on the 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) results and not all types of aid are available for the summer term. Students wanting to work full time during the summer term and who are eligible for work-study must complete the Full time Federal Work Study Application Summer 2015 located on our web page. There is a Summer Promise Scholarship Application the student must complete located on www.cfwv.com, deadline to complete application is April 30, 2015.

Currently we are loading the 2015-2016 FAFSA results and have begun mailing requests for verification documents. If you receive a letter please return the requested documents as soon as possible as some funds are awarded on a first-come first-serve basis. Financial Aid for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 is not awarded until verification has been completed. If you have not completed the 2015-16 FAFSA, please do so promptly at www.fafsa.gov.

Please contact our office at 304-384-6069 if you have any questions regarding summer aid awarding, completing the 2015-16 FAFSA, verification, or for other financial aid concerns. We wish our families and students a wonderful summer and look forward to welcoming back our non-graduates in Fall 2015!

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Residence Life

The staff of the Office of Housing & Residence Life wishes our students best of luck on their final exams and a great summer. Also, Congratulations to our graduating seniors!!

If you are a current resident, please make certain that our office is aware of your housing plans for next year, 2015-2016. Below are dates to remember:

May 8: Residence Halls close at 5pm. All residents are require to check Out of their residence hall 24 hours after their last final, or by 5pm on May 8, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.

May 17: Summer I Check-in
June 21: Summer II Check-in

Aug 15: New Student Fall Check-in
Aug 16: Returners Fall Check-in

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. (304-384-5231; housing@concord.edu; Office: Student Center 201)

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Beckley Campus

Students at the HEC should again watch for the SGA sponsored "Connect & Relax" week of food and events the week before finals.  James Miller, Beckley's SGA Delegate, is sponsoring something each afternoon and evening May 4-7. Free, fun, and a time to let down and enjoy your classmates before the stress of finals week.

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Career Services

Graduating in May 2015?

Did you know that a typical job search for a new college graduate takes from six to nine months on average?  Visit the Career Services office today to discuss your job search strategies.  Make an appointment by calling 304-384-5325.

Career Services Blog Series

The Alumni and Career Services offices have launched a new program in 2015—the Career Services Blog Series. Each month a different alum will be sharing advice related to their career, the job search process and/or how Concord helped prepare them for their career. Their posts will be featured on Concord’s website and through our social media outlets. Click the link below to read this month’s post and to access previous posts:

http://hub.concord.edu/career-services/career-services-blog-series 

Check back every month for a new post!

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Graduation Info

Spring 2015 Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 9th. 

For detailed information on Spring 2015 Commencement, please follow this link: http://www.concord.edu/academics/graduation

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Transcript Requests

Concord University has partnered with the National Student Clearinghouse to allow students and alumni to order copies of their academic transcript via the Web 24/7. Multiple copies can be ordered using any major credit card. Real-time email and mobile text alerts keep you up-to-date on the status of your order. You can also track your order on the

Transcript Ordering Web site.

Among the benefits of online Transcript Ordering are:

  • Convenient 24/7 access
  • Electronic delivery in 30 minutes (if you have no holds on your student account)
  • Secure transactions
  • Immediate, secure electronic transcript delivery worldwide
  • Automatic order updates via mobile text alerts and email
  • Online order tracking
  • Ability to order multiple transcripts for multiple recipients in one order

Visit http://www.concord.edu/order-your-transcript.

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Important Student Information

Fall 2015 Course Registration: Have you registered for Fall 2015 classes?  If you are returning to Concord in the fall, but missed the early course registration period, it’s not too late to course select.  Contact your assigned academic advisor, stop by the Academic Dean’s Office in Admin 240 (Marsh Hall), or visit the Academic Success Center in Rahall 243 (Atrium).

Check MyCU and Email throughout the Summer: Please check your MyCU and Concord University email regularly throughout the summer. MyCU will have important information for you, such as grades, financial aid awards and requests for information, bills, etc.  Important information will be sent via email, too.  So please, take a break from Concord over the summer, but don’t take a break from communicating with us!


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Update Your Address:  Please be certain that the Registrar has your current address.  Concord still mails important information to the permanent address we have on file for you.  Stop by the Registrar’s Office or visit the Registrar’s webpage on the CU website:
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Emergency Text Alert System:  Although the end of the semester is nearly here, you should still enroll in the CU Emergency Text Alert System -- a text messaging alert system that is used to notify students of security, safety, and weather related notices on campus. You can easily register for this service by going to http://sms.concord.edu/. If you have any questions, please call the IT help desk at ext.5291 or by email atcuhelpdesk@concord.eduBe sure to sign up for CU’s Emergency Text Alert System!

On-Campus Counseling: The Concord University Counseling Center is open from 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday, and by special appointment at other times, to assist students. Counselor David Bailey, MA, AADC-S, LSW is available to meet with students, or he can provide a referral to other mental health services in the area. 

Appointments can be made by emailing counseling@concord.edu; phoning 304-384-5290; or online via http://www.concord.edu/student-affairs/counseling-center.  The Counseling Center offers free, confidential services to currently enrolled students.

Online Referral Form:  Are you in need of help, or do you know someone who needs help? If so, there’s an easy way to seek assistance. Student Affairs maintains an online referral form for student issues. Visit the Concord University website>Student Affairs>Referral Form orhttps://apps.concord.edu/forms/view.php?id=77398. Alternatively, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 304-384-6035 or studentaffairs@concord.edu for assistance.

Get Microsoft Office for Free as a Concord student!: Concord University is a member of Microsoft’s Student Advantage Program where currently enrolled students are eligible for a free license to download and use Microsoft Office Professional Plus. This license was automatically assigned at the start of enrollment at CU and remains until withdrawing or graduation.  Students can install on up to 5 machines, windows or mac, as well as use the mobile versions of Office Mobile.  After withdrawal or graduation the license is removed and the software enters a reduced functionality mode limiting it to viewing or printing only.  Graduates can visit the site OFFICE 365 EDUCATION, enter their @mycu.concord.edu email address and get the license re-instated.  For more information visit our support page at
http://www.concord.edu/office365

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Upcoming Events

Free Transportation to the 2015 Coal Heritage Lecture Series

Student Activities and The Office of Housing & Residence Life will offer free transportation to the Coal Heritage Lecture Series at the Concord University Beckley Center (Erma Byrd Center) for each of the following dates listed below. Sign-ups will take place at the Student Affairs Office, second-floor of the Student Center, any day prior to the events.
The van will leave from the front of the Student Center at 6:00pm, the day of the event.

  • May 5 – Labor in America Today

The Coal Heritage Public Lecture Series is presented by the Concord University Appalachian Studies Institute. For more information contact Concord University Beckley Center at (304) 256-0270 or email instructor Karen Vuranch at kvuranch@concord.edu.

END of SEMESTER STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Many exciting activities are planned before your finish that last exam. From senior recitals, art shows, and Fine Arts performances to SAC and Student Affairs offerings to service projects, we hope that you take advantage of the varied offerings.

Monday, May 4, 10:00am – 2:00pm, Ground Floor Student Center, Massages by Pipestem Spa!

Monday, May 4 to Friday, May 8
, outside of Multicultural Affairs Office, Student Center, Post Secret- Injustice, sponsored by Bonner Scholars Program.  Sometimes it’s hard to share our hurts or issues with others. Post Secret Injustice allows you to complete a postcard that expresses one of your secrets or issues. It’s a great way to get this off your mind and allow the CU family to support one another.  Postcard are available across campus from April 27 to May 1st.

Sunday, May 3, 2:00pm to Friday, May 8, 4:00pm: Library open 24-hours for exam week. Good luck on your finals!!

Tuesday, May 5, 9:30 to 11pm, Student Center Dining Hall, Late Night Finals Breakfast. Take a break from studying and join us for a free breakfast served by CU staff, faculty, and alumni. Many thanks to Aramark staff for their extra hours to help our students!

Thursday, May 7, 10:00pm, J. Frank Marsh Library, Pizza!!  Dr. Joe Manzo has announced that the Geographic Alliance will be providing pizza as a study break in the Library.  Come join us for this tasty tradition.

Study Abroad Opportunity

Professors Rod Klein and James White will be leading Concord students on the David R. Bard Study Abroad – United Kingdom trip this summer.  Students will earn 6 credit hours in either psychology or political science. The courses will focus on government, personal growth, geography, theatre, and culture. The trip is tentatively scheduled for July 7 – 28, 2015.  During the 3 weeks, students will spend time in London-England, Edinburgh-Scotland, and Bangor-Wales with an optional trip to Paris-France.  The trip includes afternoon and evening trips to points of interest and cultural events, such as seeing The Globe Theatre, The National Museum, Westminster Abbey, Parliament, and West End Theatre productions.  Students that are interested in participating in this incredible trip should stop by Dr. Rod Klein’s office, Admin 114, to pick up a flyer for more information or contact him by email: kleinr@concord.edu

Greek Week Wrap-Up

Congratulations to the following winners of Greek Week 2015!
Overall winners: Tau Kappa Epsilon and Sigma Sigma Sigma
Greek Sing winners: Phi Sigma Phi and Alpha Sigma Alpha
Academic Fraternity and Sorority of the Year: Tau Kappa Epsilon and Delta Zeta
Greek Spirit Award: Alpha Sigma Tau
Greek God and Goddess: Abe Bobbitt (Sigma Tau Gamma) and Kelley Bunner (Delta Zeta)

Earth Day

Earth Day Photos

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the CU Earth Day Celebration!  A special thanks to the Bonner Scholars for the informative recycled—and recyclable—signs around campus.  Here are a few images from CU Earth Day 2015.

Athens-Concord Town Social

The 29th annual Athens-Concord Town Social will take place on Sunday, August 16th and we would love to have Concord students participate in the event! If your club or organization would like to set up an information booth or hold a fundraiser during the Social, you can get your group signed up at no charge. Contact slturner@concord.edu or call 304-384-5348 for more information.

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Important Phone Numbers

Main Phone: 1-800-344-6679
Academic Success Center: 1-304-384-6074
Admissions: 1-888-384-5249 Or 1-304-384-5248
Beckley Center: 1-304-256-0270
Business Office: 1-304-384-5234
Counseling Center: 1-304-384-5290
Disability Services: 1-304-384-6086
Financial Aid: 1-304-384-6069
Housing: 1-304-384-5231
Police: 1-304-384-5357
Registrar: 1-304-384-5236
Student Affairs: 1-304-384-5256
Student Support Services: 1-304-384-6088

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