Nontraditional Student Newsletter: May 2017

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Nontraditional Student Union

NSU Office EMU RM 212 Spring Hours*:

Mondays: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesdays: 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Wednesdays: 1:30 – 5:00 PM
Student Parent Coffee Thursdays: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Most Thursdays: 1:00-3:00 PM
Fridays: 12:00 – 3:00 PM

Biweekly Meeting: Every other Tuesday at 12 noon Weeks 1,3,5,7, & 9

*Hours are subject to change; changes will be reported on:


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Student Parent Coffee in the Nontraditional Student Office Thursday’s – from 11am-1pm
For students who are parents! An opportunity for UO graduate and undergraduate students who are parents to connect and share experiences.  Co-sponsored by the Women’s Center, Nontraditional Student Union and Nontraditional Student Engagement and Success


How do I get to the Nontraditional Student Center?!

The Nontraditional Student Union is seeking a Co-Director for the 2017-2018 School Year:

Student leadership is a great way to strengthen your campus bond, as well as building transferable skills and marketable experience. Applicants are invited to email the NSU, with their applicable experience, intentions, and questions to This position has a monthly stipend of $150 (Oct-Jun), and a weekly obligation of 3 to 5 hours including meetings, running errands, and maintaining open office hours.

Obligations include:

  • Annual Budget Preparation through the ASUO process
  • Member Outreach, Recruitment, and Peer Advising
  • Resource Aggregation
  • Work in collaboration with other NonTrad advocates & liaisons from the ASUO, the Womens’ Center, and other groups and departments.
  • Staff the NonTraditional Student Union, EMU RM 212
  • Maintain regular staff and social meetings
  • Event Planning with NSU leadership, members, and advocates for events such as NonTrad Student Awareness Week, Duck Migration, Duckling Day Skate, NonTrad Grad, etc.
  • Other duties as they become necessary

How to Apply:

  • Email letter to
  • Include in the letter why you were drawn to this posting
  • Answer the following question in your cover letter: “What do you hope to accomplish as NSU Co-Director in the 2017-18 Academic year?”

Letters are due by May 15th, 2017 with elections to be held on May 16th at 12:00 PM in the NSU Office EMU RM 212. New leadership will be announced at the next meeting, on May 30th at 12:00 PM

Sign Up for Nontrad Grad!

Are you Graduating? There is a ceremony designed just for you!

The 2017 Nontrad Graduation Ceremony & Reception will be held on Sunday, June 18 at 3:00pm in the Knight Library Browsing Room. The program includes recognition of graduating students by their friends or family and a reception including light refreshments.

The only requirement is that you be a law, graduate or undergraduate student of any degree who has or will be graduating Fall 2016, or Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall of 2017. A cap and gown are not required for the ceremony, though some students choose to wear cap and gown, others dress as they would for a special occasion.

All graduating students will select a mentor, family member, friend or colleague to present them during the ceremony. These speakers will take a few minutes to highlight the achievements of the graduate and will recognize their graduate.

If you are interested in being a part of Nontrad Graduation, you must register by filling out the Nontrad Graduate Registration Form by *Thursday, June 1st, 2017.* Once received, we will confirm your space in the ceremony.

Register at the link: Nontrad Grad ’17

The Sponsors Mentorship Program

The Sponsors Mentorship Program pairs volunteer mentors with men and women who are making the transition from incarceration back into Lane County. Volunteer Mentors will receive extensive support from Sponsors staff. Prior to being matched, our Mentors receive an orientation training that goes over boundaries and expectations, along with monthly follow-up support groups and active case management throughout the duration of the match. If you are interested or would like more information please contact Joel Smith at 541-735-6400 or

The Duck Nest Wellness Center

Welcome to college. Welcome to new friends, new memories, and some of the best years of your life. But wait—that’s not all. Welcome to midterms, late nights, dead weeks, and stress. Fear not fellow Duck—there’s a place you can go to get away, to take a break, and maybe learn something too. A place where you are always invited. Welcome to the Duck Nest.

Nestled on the lower level of Erb Memorial Union, the Duck Nest wellness center can help you develop self-care and life-balance strategies related to stress, nutrition, physical activity, and general wellness.

Programs include:

  • Meditation and relaxation
  • Yoga
  • Acupuncture
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Healthy eating on a budget

Follow this link for more info!

Women’s Center

Check out the WC website:

Keep an eye out for our amazing events coming up, and feel free to stop in and take advantage of our resources!

Be Well Wednesdays


Join us every Wednesday in the Duck Nest, from 2:00-2:50pm!

Are you feeling stressed? Do you like free tea?  Be Well Wednesdays is an interactive workshop offered weekly where you can learn to identify and manage your own stress through relaxation and stress management techniques. You will be provided with a better understanding of the nature of stress by exploring signs and symptoms, sources and triggers, and underlying functions. We will discuss a variety of stress reduction and management strategies and by the end of the workshop you will be able to identify the strategies that are right for you. The goal is to provide you with the tools and techniques to respond to your daily life stressors in a positive way and to ultimately feel less stressed. Complimentary tea will be provided!

Let’s Talk About Race


Join us every Thursday (except Thanksgiving) in the Multicultural Center from 5:00-5:50pm!

This is a drop-in weekly discussion group aimed at providing students of color a space to share and speak out about their experience navigating college life at the UO.

Spousal Equivalency Cards (C-Cards)

The C-Card is a program offered by ASUO in collaboration with other campus departments that allows I-Fee paying students with dependents, spouses and/or domestic partners to extend a few of their student benefits to those dependents. Please follow this link for more details.

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TLC’s Math and Writing Drop-in Tutoring

Stop by the new TLC Sky Studio, 4th Floor Knight Library to get feedback on your writing or help understanding your math homework. Free help is available Monday–Thursday, 9:00AM – 7:00PM and Friday 9:00AM – 5:00PM.

Check out TLC’s list of spring courses!

These options, ranging from 1-3 credits, are designed to infuse

fresh ideas and energy into your academic routine:


TLC 101: Introduction to University Study (partly online)

Explore a wide range of study skills—including reading, time management, and test preparation—while examining issues within higher education. This course has a significant online component. 3 credits.


TLC 199: Money Matters (online)

Gain money-management tools as you complete weekly online modules. Learn how to construct an income and spending log, develop a personal budget, use credit cards wisely, understand your credit report, and set financial goals. 1 credit.


TLC 199: Study with Focus

Amid constant distractions, many students have difficulty concentrating. This course helps students develop the focus needed for academic success. Delve into strategies for working efficiently, managing time, motivating self, staying organized, and completing assignments. Meets weeks 1-5. 1 credit.


TLC 199: Critical Thinking

Critical thinking isn’t just a buzzword: it’s a chance to reopen and reexamine everything we usually take for granted. In this course, we’ll read essays, write responses, discuss alternatives and break down ideas into something we can use and build upon. Meets weeks 1-7. 1 credit.


TLC 199: Communication Confidence

Increase communication comfort and skills by exploring language, nonverbal cues, and cultural contexts. Topics include class participation, faculty office hours, group work, and other interpersonal communications. Meets weeks 1-5. 1 credit.


TLC 199: Sophomore Segue

This course focuses on the transition from an interest to a major and from major to a career. We’ll talk about academic majors, work on crucial academic skills, and look at the future to make whatever transitions you’re facing as smooth as possible. Meets weeks 2-8. 1 credit.


TLC 399: Speed Reading

Learn techniques that help boost reading speed, concentration, and comprehension. Meets weeks 1-5. 1 credit.


TLC 399: Grammar & Style

Designed to help students polish their writing, this course covers a wide range of techniques for spotting grammar errors and making sentences more clear and engaging. 1 credit.

TRiO Programs: Student Support Services (SSS)

Openings in TRIO/Student Support Services

Are you a first generation student, a low income student or a student with a documented disability through AEC?  If you are any of these things and are interested in learning more about our TRIO program here on campus please go to for more information.  Mid-term time is a time for stress and overwhelm for many students and balancing school with outside obligations can be very difficult.  Our program support students at the UO to successfully work towards earning their degree.  We serve a large number of non-traditional students in our program and work hard to make sure all our students, many who are transferring from a community college or starting back to school after a long break, feel comfortable and connected here on campus.  We can become your one stop shop for financial support and answering complex questions about funding and billing, determining what classes to take each term to stay on track and earn your degree efficiently, support relating to academic and study skills, FREE tutoring for a wide variety of classes and so much more.  If you have questions about whether or not you qualify you should complete the application and we will determine eligibility for you.  If you are not eligible, we still have a lot of information about resources and services you can access on campus that do not require TRIO admission.  Check out, come to 68 PLC or call the Teaching and Learning Center at 541-346-3226 for more information.  We are here to help!


University Health Center

What’s new at the Health Center?

  • Our new STI Screening Clinic is a convenient way for UO students to get screened for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) at University Health Center. Open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Open enrollment for the student health plan will be the first 3 weeks of fall term (2017)
  • Call 541-346-4401 for Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine and Massage Therapy appointments. Energy Healing is also available within the Physical Therapy/Sports Medicine Department.
  • The Duck Nest is now open in the remodeled Erb Memorial Union (EMU). Nestled on the lower level of the EMU, the Duck Nest wellness center can help you develop self-care and life-balance strategies related to stress, nutrition, physical activity, and general wellness.
    • Programs include:
      • Meditation and relaxation
      • Yoga
      • Acupuncture
      • Tobacco cessation


Food Assistance

Student Food Pantry

SNAP/Oregon Trail Card


FOOD for Lane County or call 541-343-2822


*What is 211?   211 is a free multi-lingual phone or online service in most areas of the United States for the purpose of providing quick and easy access to information about health, human services and employment assistance. They constantly update local information. Professional Information and Referral Specialists work with callers to assess their needs, determine their options and provide appropriate programs/services, give support, intervene in crisis situations and advocate for the caller as needed.

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