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Greetings from Family Ties!

And welcome to the 2008 - 2009 school year! Bear Beginnings: Orientation 2008 kicked off another good year here at Washington University. We hope to see many of you at Parent & Family Weekend October 24-26. For a tentative schedule of Parent & Family Weekend 2008 events, please click here.

Please continue to share any comments and ideas with us about content for upcoming issues by contacting us at FamilyTies@wustl.edu.

IN THIS ISSUE

GEPHARDT INSTITUTE ENGAGES STUDENTS IN ELECTION YEAR

Excitement has been building on campus since Washington University was named the official site for the Vice Presidential Debate. What better time for our students to become more civically engaged?

The Gephardt Institute is taking the lead to help students participate actively in the election year. In collaboration with many others on campus, staff have planned an array of activities:

  • Students wishing to vote in Missouri were able to get signed up or change their address during the September 18, non-partisan, University-wide voter registration day. Absentee ballot information will also be widespread.
  • Students Scott Friedman and Hana Greenberg, who were sponsored by the Institute to attend the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, will share their experiences through public forums and print media.
  • Everyone on campus was invited to commemorate September 11th with a moment of silence followed by the "Take A Stand" rally, a venue for promoting social issues of concern.
  • Our neighbor, Saint Louis University, will visit WU to join undergraduates and law students in a lively trivia contest in celebration of Constitution Day;
  • Students will have opportunities to engage in student debates, a multimedia competition, politically-themed art installations, and more! Funding will be available for groups who wish to develop their own election-related programs, as well.

Election years are pivotal in helping young people embrace the responsibilities of citizenship and define their role in the global community. The Gephardt Institute hopes that these exciting programs will spark active involvement that lasts long after 2008.


UNIVERSITY KICKS OFF "WHERE TO GO" CAMPAIGN

By Jessica Daues

Washington University will launch its "Where to Go" campaign this fall to help the campus prepare for emergency situations.

During the fall semester, members of the University's Crisis Management Team will give presentations at student, staff and faculty meetings explaining where to go for information before, during and after an emergency.

The presentation, which will include a short video, outlines the University's crisis communications plan and shows how the University's emergency Web site, emergency.wustl.edu, provides useful information to help the campus community prepare for an emergency.

"During any crisis, the University community must be prepared to respond quickly and appropriately, and we hope that the 'Where to Go' campaign will inform the community how to prepare for emergencies and where to go for information in an emergency," said Steven P. Hoffner, assistant vice chancellor for operations and chair of the Crisis Management Team, a committee appointed by Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton to ensure the University is prepared to cope with a variety of emergencies.

"The University has a plan to protect the campus community in an emergency, but the education and cooperation of students, faculty and staff is crucial to its success," Hoffner said.

Where to go for information before an emergency

The emergency Web site - emergency.wustl.edu - is the primary source of University information before and during a crisis, said Mark Bagby, University disaster coordinator. The Web site contains information about what to do in particular emergency situations, such as an earthquake, fire or violence on campus. It also features links that faculty, staff, students, parents and others can follow to provide the University with contact information so they can be alerted quickly in a crisis.

"It is crucial that all in the University community review information about what to do in a particular crisis before a crisis occurs," Bagby said.

In addition, representatives from departments across campus will hold meetings detailing where to go in the building if a particular crisis - such as a tornado, earthquake or chemical spill - occurs.

"As each crisis is different, there are different ways to best handle each emergency," Bagby said. "The way to respond to a fire - getting out of the building - is not the best course of action in a tornado. That's why it's important for everyone in the WUSTL community to familiarize themselves with the emergency instructions at emergency.wustl.edu and attend their department's emergency planning meetings."

Where to go for information during an emergency

If a crisis does occur, emergency.wustl.edu will be regularly updated with the most recent Information about the emergency and with instructions. If there is no current emergency, the site will say so.

The University may employ many other means of communication in an emergency, including sirens, text messages, e-mails, phone calls and an emergency hotline.

The University is in the process of instituting an Emergency Notification System, which sends emergency messages via text message, phone calls and e-mails to WUSTL e-mail accounts. It is vital that members of the WUSTL community visit emergency.wustl.edu to provide cell phone numbers and update their personal contact information so the University can reach all members in a crisis. Contact information can be updated by following the links at emergency.wustl.edu.

"Text messaging has proved to be an effective and efficient ways to reach members of a university community in a crisis," said Matt Arthur, director of incident communications solutions. "That's why it's vital that each WUSTL student, faculty and staff member visit the emergency Web site and update their contact information."

The University will only send emergency messages about situations that pose a substantial threat to the campus community, Arthur said.

"We also may test the system to ensure it is working," he said, "but the system will not be used for any non-emergency University messages or advertisements."

The University is planning to install outdoor warning sirens on the Danforth Campus and indoor alert systems in select buildings at all WUSTL campuses.

In case of an emergency, a loud, steady warning signal will alert the community to a problem. After the signal, a voice will announce the nature of the emergency.

Tests of the siren system occur on the first Monday of each month at 11 a.m.

The University also has set up an emergency hotline, which people can call to hear recorded messages, updated regularly, about the emergency. The hotline number is 314-935-9000 locally or toll-free 888-234-2863.

Additional information about a serious emergency also will be available from campus media (WUTV Channel 22 and KWUR 90.3 FM) or KMOX (1120 AM), which is the regional radio station identified for emergencies.

For more information about the "Where to Go" campaign, please contact Mark Bagby at 935-9261 or bagbym@wustl.edu.


ALL STRESSED UP WITH NO PLACE TO GO?

By Ginny Fendell, MSW, LCSW
Mental Health Promotion Associate
Habif Health & Wellness Center

Is your student stressed out? Many students feel incapacitated by stress, and we in Student Health Services try to reach them with the message that learning to manage your stress is vital to healthy living and academic success.

University students of all ages are under an increasing amount of stress-from academic demands and social concerns to worries about life direction and future employment. Data from the American College Health Association's National College Health Assessment conducted at WU in 2007 tell us clearly that stress is the most significant factor affecting our students' academic success.

Chronic inability to cope effectively with stress can lead to more serious issues. After heredity, stress is the leading risk factor for depression, substance abuse, suicide, as well as sleep, anxiety, and eating disorders.

As you may know, stress is commonly understood as the body's physical response to a perceived demand or threat. If a situation arises and your appraisal is that your coping ability or resources are lacking, you may perceive that situation as stressful, setting off a variety of physical, emotional, mental, and behavioral reactions. These reactions should be viewed as "warning signs" from your mind and body that stress is affecting you in a negative way.

Symptoms should never be thought of as useless threats or inconvenient interruptions. They are your body's way of telling you that something is out of balance. They provide vital feedback and the opportunity to do something different.

While symptoms may vary, common signs of stress include:

  • Physical: increased heart rate, increased respiration rate, muscle aches and pains not caused by exercise, headaches, stomach problems, fatigue, frequent colds or flu, exacerbation of an existing illness
  • Behavioral: tensing muscles (facial grimacing, jaw clenching), shallow breathing, changes in eating or sleeping habits, changes in bowel or bladder habits, increased smoking, drinking or drug use, and increased yelling, swearing, or other aggressive behavior
  • Mental: difficulty concentrating, decreased memory, indecisiveness, confusion, loss of sense of humor, distorted thinking (i.e., seeing things in "all or nothing" terms, or "mind reading" by imagining we know what others are thinking about us)
  • Emotional: increased irritability, anxiety, anger, frustration, worry, fear, and nervousness

How can your student manage stress?
You might remind your son or daughter that managing stress starts with recognizing any signs and symptoms and acknowledging any unhealthy ways of coping with stress. A step forward would be to try a new, healthier strategy to build "stress muscles" and become more resilient. Because our reactions to stress include both our perceptions and our responses, stress management includes strategies aimed at altering both. You might want to share these strategies:

Strategies for Altering your Perceptions:

Consider your Options. Is there only one way to perceive the situation? Most likely not. The more alternatives you can think of, the less stressed you are likely to feel. For example, that embarrassing social faux pas doesn't have to result in complete humiliation or inevitable social death. Is it possible that your mistake can be thought of as a potential growth opportunity or even a humorous occurrence in the scheme of your life?

The goal of this strategy is to try and generate as many possible alternative options for perceiving the situation without evaluating their feasibility. Once you've exhausted your options you can go back and determine which interpretation will help reduce your feelings of anxiety.

This same technique can be applied to your physical and behavioral responses to stress. Consider all of the ways you might react, even those that seem absurd (i.e., run screaming from the building!) and you may begin to feel like you have choices versus feeling doomed or helpless.

Practice Time and Energy Management. If time is a major source of stress in your life, consider changing the way you think about time. Time is a finite resource--we all have exactly the same amount, 24 hours in every day, to get things done. On the other hand, human energy is an infinitely renewable resource--we all have wellsprings of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energy that can enable us to get more things done in less time. Establishing rituals to renew your energy (like engaging in daily exercise that you enjoy, taking breaks every 90 minutes or so, and reducing interruptions while working by turning off the phone/email/Facebook) will allow you to tackle your "to-do" list with more focus and engagement.

And speaking of "to do" list makers (who may get stressed out over the incredible length of the list of responsibilities), before going to bed each night, try identifying the most important challenge for the next day and work on it first thing in the morning when you are most focused (or whatever time of the day is your "high energy" time). Having the most stressful task crossed off the list can help reduce your perception of stress and help keep you from procrastinating by attending to all of the other less important tasks on the list.

Learn to Communicate Effectively. If you find yourself constantly stressed out by other people (can it really always be the other guy's problem?), step back and evaluate if there is room for improving your own perceptions and communication skills. For your perceptions, ask yourself if you are taking things too personally. If your roommate turns on loud music after you've gone to bed, did she do it intentionally to ruin your life? Could she be unaware that it bothers you? Or is she just selfish and inconsiderate? Whatever the case, if you can think about the situation more objectively, you'll likely see an opportunity to express your concern and ultimately feel less stressed than if you remain committed to feeling "wronged."

Communicating effectively requires:

o Expressing your feelings about the situation (angry, annoyed, hurt), rather than assuming that your roommate can read your mind. Use "I" language in an effort to accurately and assertively state your case. Stick to the facts by saying something like, "I have trouble falling back to sleep when loud music is playing."
o Avoiding accusatory "You" language such as "You are so inconsiderate." Also avoid "why" questioning that will put her on the defensive ("Why did you...?" or "Why do you always...?" or "Why can't you just...?").
o Considering what your goals are (resolving the situation and maintaining the friendship) before you open your mouth in order to keep communication focused on the situation at hand (and not past grievances or personal attacks).

Strategies for Altering your Responses:
Learn to Breathe Correctly. Deep or diaphragmatic breathing can immediately impact your physical responses to stress. Practicing diaphragmatic breathing for a few minutes every day (when you are not feeling stressed) can increase your ability to gain control over symptoms when you are feeling stressed.
Practice Meditation. A significant body of research supports the stress relieving benefits of this ancient practice. Stress generally propels the mind into the future with anxious thoughts of "what if" and can keep you from being mindful of "what is." Meditation is a way to experience present-mindedness. Incorporating a meditation ritual into your daily routine can help to prevent stress from building in your life.
Take Care of Yourself! Basic common sense self-care habits are often overlooked as sources of or contributors to stress. Poor sleeping habits, lack of exercise and improper nutrition can decrease your ability to cope with stress and can make you less resilient to illness. Proper sleep improves cognitive functions (like learning and memory) and mood. Regular exercise can boost immune functioning and has a positive impact the way you feel about yourself and your ability to handle stress. New exciting research has demonstrated that cardiovascular exercise positively impacts brain cell growth and development. Nutritious food provides the mental and physical "fuel" needed in a demanding academic environment (remember the old adage "garbage in, garbage out"). Eating small snacks between meals (like fruit, nuts, low-fat dairy products) can keep energy levels up and your brain functioning at its best.

Where can your student go for help?
Sometimes students have to "learn the hard way" the importance of dealing with daily stressors. These experiences (while unpleasant at least and life-altering at worst) can often motivate students to reach out and get the support they need. In addition to the staff and student leaders in Residential Life, WU offers many more specific services designed to help stressed out students:
Student Health Services:
Health Promotion Services - Email me at gfendell@wustl.edu or call 314-935-4095 to make an individual appointment to learn cognitive and behavioral strategies to cope with stress, relaxation techniques, or to sign up for the "Get a Grip" 6-week stress management workshop offered once each semester.
Mental Health Services. Call 314-935-6649 to schedule an appointment to talk with a counselor about managing your stress.
Medical Services - make an appointment online at shs.wustl.edu to discuss physical illness or conditions that compromise your resilience to stress.
Uncle Joe's Peer Counseling and Resource Center, 24 hour hotline, 314-935-5099. To speak to someone in person, visit the Uncle Joe's office in the basement of Gregg Hall, 10pm-1am nightly.
Residential Peer Health Educators are trained in basic stress management techniques. They live in these residential colleges: Brookings, Wayman Crow, William Greenleaf Eliot, Park/Mudd, and Liggett/Koenig.
• Look for the De-Stress Fest organized by the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) in October.
Cornerstone, the Center for Advanced Learning, can help you address academic stress and provide time management skills. Call 314-935-5970.
• For self-evaluation and other WU-specific resources, go to http://www.ulifeline.org/


MentalHealthEdu
Designed by mental health experts known for their work with college and university students, MentalHealthEdu is an online program that works with you at your comfort level. Upon completing the 30-minute program, you will know how to recognize warning signs of students in distress and how to refer them to appropriate WU resources. The more members of our community who participate, the better prepared we will be to assist our students.

http://www.mentalhealthedu.com/MentalHealthEdu

Login ID: 7MH179867

Use the Login ID to set up your individual account.

Return to the site and enter your own username and password to access your account and all of the resources under "MyMentalHealthEdu" any time after completion.

DANFORTH UNIVERSITY CENTER NOW OPEN

By Neil Schoenherr

The new William H. and Elizabeth Gray Danforth University Center, a state-of-the-art gathering place not only for students, but for the entire community — faculty, staff, friends, parents, alumni and visitors - opened to the public August 11.

A formal dedication is scheduled for April 17, 2009 during Thurtene Weekend.

The building, located on the University's Danforth Campus at 6475 Forsyth Boulevard, is named in honor of Chancellor Emeritus William H. and the late Elizabeth (Ibby) Gray Danforth.

Constructed entirely in the Collegiate Gothic style, the three-story, 116,000-square-foot facility features dining areas, lounges, meeting rooms and offices for student leaders and student services professional staff.

"This building is one of the jewels of the Danforth Campus," said William P. Darby, Ph.D., director of the Danforth University Center. "As one of our students described it, this building is our front door; an excellent way to welcome visitors to campus. It provides a friendly and inviting meeting place for students, faculty and staff and I think it enhances campus life for the entire University community."

The facility was designed by Tsoi/Kobus and Associates of Cambridge, Mass., and built by Clayco of St. Louis. Communication Arts Inc. of Boulder, Colo., designed the dining areas and the center's "fun room." Construction was supported in part by a gift from the Danforth Foundation, as well as generous private gifts from trustees, alumni, parents, corporations, foundations and friends.

The building has been designed as a green structure, to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-NC Gold certified. It will have improved water and energy efficiency exceeding state and federal codes. Construction included the use of many rapidly renewable products and materials and more than half of the construction waste will not end up in a landfill. The building is designed to be 30 percent more energy and water efficient than the required building codes.

"A key part of the University's sustainability initiative is the construction of LEED-certified, energy-efficient buildings," said Matt Malten, assistant vice chancellor for campus sustainability. "The Danforth University Center - along with Seigle Hall and the Village East, two other Danforth Campus structures completed this summer - was built to be a high-performing, environmentally responsible and healthy building to live and work."

The building features dining and common areas, and houses the Career Center, the Graduate Center, the offices of the undergraduate student government, Student Union and offices for the University's event services and building management. There is also a recording studio and a studio for WUTV, the student-run television station as well as offices for the Student Life newspaper, the yearbook and other publications in the Angel and Paul Harvey Media Center.

"The prospect of a new office in a central location on campus offers many exciting possibilities for our coverage," said Sam Guzik, managing editor of Student Life. "As we report on the vice presidential debate, student activities and life at the University, the resources offered by our new home in the Danforth University Center will serve us well."

The Center includes office space for Campus Life, student activities, Greek life, community service, the Anna Rodriquez Scholars Program, LGBT student involvement and others.

"Staff is excited to be moving into such a beautiful building," said Jill E. Carnaghi, Ph.D., assistant vice chancellor for students and director of campus life. "I think it will help our visibility and accessibility with the student body and allow for even more collaborative opportunities than we already have. And I'm excited for our students to experience all the amenities the center has to offer."

The John F. and Stephanie Brooks Dains Great Dining Hall and the Tisch Commons, including a massive fireplace, dominate the first floor. The Formal Dining Room, the Café and Ibby's, a bistro with table service, add to the ambience. To the east is the landscaped Edison Family Courtyard, which includes an outdoor fire pit and tiered seating.

The Office of Student Activities sponsored a naming contest for the five dining venues to be located on the main level of the Danforth University Center. The names selected are 1853 Diner, Trattoria Verde, DeliciOSO (oso means bear in Spanish), Wash. U. Wok and George's Express.

More than 450 name submissions were received from 115 different members of the University community. Online voting helped narrow the decision for a committee of three students and three staff members to decide the final names.

Another focal point of the building is the second-floor "fun room," designed by Communication Arts Inc. with input from students. It includes garage doors that can be raised or lowered, movable furniture, chalkboard walls and high-tech audio-video equipment.

A student and staff programming committee, co-chaired by Julie Thornton, director of student activities, and Scott McIntosh, events specialist at the Career Center, has been meeting since early-spring discussing various ways to help open the building to make it a vibrant space in its inaugural year. Campus community members have been a part of conversations on marketing, new campus initiatives to consider for the building, bringing established initiatives into the space and ways to promote the building.

The building stands above a three-story underground parking garage, which has 522 total spaces for faculty, staff, student and visitor parking. Fundraising efforts on behalf of the Danforth University Center are ongoing and naming opportunities are still available.


MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS

Do you know high school students who might benefit from a closer look at Washington University? Refer them to Undergraduate Admissions!

Would you like to visit Washington University with your current high school student(s)? Schedule your Admissions visit online.


WELCOME WU PARENTS TO APAP

The Alumni and Parents Admission Program (APAP) at Washington University is a volunteer organization consisting of WU parents and alumni who help us recruit, interview, and enroll talented students into WU. Parent participation in APAP is a critical component of the success of our program, as parents are one of the best resources for sharing information to other prospective students and parents about the University through your Washington U. experiences.

Parents can become involved with APAP in several ways:

  • Parents Resource List - This list is mailed to parents of admitted students in March. It consists of contact information on APAP parents whom prospective parents may call to get answers to questions or information about the University.
  • Parent to Parent Calling Program - APAP parents involved in this program call parents of admitted students in March to congratulate them on their child's admission and answer any questions they may have about WU.
  • Admitted Student and Summer Send-Off Receptions - APAP parents can volunteer to host or attend these receptions for admitted and enrolling students to welcome them and their families into the WU community.
  • College Fairs - College Fairs allows high school students and their parents an opportunity to meet with WU representatives to learn more about the University. Since Admissions Officers are unable to attend every college fair, we rely on APAP alumni and parent members to represent WU at the majority of these events.
  • Interview Day Greeters and Minglers - In late fall and early winter, APAP conducts Interview Days in major cities around the country for prospective students who cannot attend an interview on campus. Many parents attend these events with their high school student and APAP parent members can help answer their questions by mingling or interacting with parents while they wait for their child's interview to be completed by an APAP alumni member. Parents can also help the Site Leaders of these events with greeting students and parents, check-in tasks, and other event logistics.

If you are interested in becoming an APAP member or learning more about the program, please visit our website at apap.wustl.edu. If you have any questions, please call (314 or 800) 935-4826 or e-mail us at apap@wustl.edu.


FROM THE COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICE: EACH ONE TEACH ONE

Each One Teach One (EOTO) is Washington University's tutoring initiative, connecting WU students with K-12 St. Louis students. Founded in 2000 and coordinated by the Community Service Office, Each One Teach One now supports over 150 tutors through two programs, EOTO: Jump Start and EOTO: College Bound.

EOTO: Jump Start is a partnership with the St. Louis Public Schools to support elementary school students. The school district serves the City of St. Louis and aims to improve the achievement of students in every classroom and in every school. Currently we partner with two area schools, Hamilton and Ford, and work with K-6 students Monday-Thursday. WU students select one day per week to tutor from 3:30-6:00 pm. Bus transportation is provided from campus, which makes the program convenient for students without cars.

EOTO: College Bound is a partnership with College Bound, which aims to give promising, motivated, under-resourced high school students the academic capacity, social support, and life skills necessary to apply, matriculate, and succeed in four-year college. WU students meet weekly with high school students on Sunday afternoons at WU.

Each One Teach One is open to all WU students. Interested students can learn more about Each One Teach One or download enrollment materials by visiting www.communityservice.wustl.edu/eoto. The enrollment process is quick and easy, and training is provided.

If you have any questions, please contact the student coordinators of Each One Teach One (eoto@wustl.edu or 314.935.5599).


UNIVERSITY-WIDE BLOOD DRIVE

One Day
Thirteen Locations
Countless Lives Saved!!

One in three people will need a blood transfusion in their lifetime! Everyone can help save a life!

All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in this effort to replenish the region's blood supply. Last academic year, the Washington University community broke records by donating more than 1,800 units of blood. Our blood drives are like no other! Coordinated through the Community Service Office, they take place four times a year, on a single day, and at more than a dozen locations across campus.

The upcoming drive on SEPTEMBER 16 is our largest and everyone is invited to join the tradition by donating or volunteering to save lives!!

Appointments are strongly encouraged, and they help donors get in & out sooner! Students can schedule an appointment, sign up to volunteer, or learn more about the blood drives, at www.communityservice.wustl.edu.

This year, our university-wide blood drives will take place on:
September 16, 2008
November 12, 2008
January 27, 2009
March 25, 2009


SERVICE SECOND GRANTS

On Saturday, August 30, over 1000 first year students participated in a day of service with a dozen public schools in the St. Louis area. For many students, this annual event is one of the defining moments that begin their experience at Washington University.

In order to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this event, called Service First, the Community Service Office developed the SERVICE SECOND GRANTS as a way for any student to return to a school where Service First took place! Service Second Grants are an easy way to apply for money to return to many of the schools that benefited from Service First, to complete additional projects, participate in a special event, or assist the school, principal, staff, or students in a creative way. It is our hope that these grants will extend the Washington University volunteer experience for students in our region's public schools and provide service to the schools that participate in Service First through longer, and more sustained, volunteer projects.

Students will have the opportunity to apply for a grant during the fall and/or spring semester(s). The proposal is one page - quick and easy!!

For more information, and to access any of the proposal forms, please go to www.communityservice.wustl.edu/sf.


A MESSAGE FROM THE CAREER CENTER

A New Career Center
Our main office is now located in the new Danforth University Center, Suite 110. The new Career Center location is centrally located to students in all schools. Updated facilities include a Presentation Room for up to 70 students to attend employer information sessions, workshops and special events; a new Business Center gives students access to faxing, mailing and resume printing; and more interview rooms allow us to meet the demand for interviewing WUSTL students. Evening hours continue on Monday and Tuesday nights for advising sessions, and students are able to get quick answers to quick questions every weekday afternoon.

Satellite offices will continue to operate out of the School of Engineering and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art. Our contact information remains the same (careers@wustl.edu and (314) 935-5930).

Now Live: CAREERlink
This summer, the Olin Business School's Weston Career Center and the WUSTL Career Center joined forces to offer one job, internship and co-op database called CAREERlink. This single login site shows an array of opportunities for all students and has replaced eRecruiting. The student phase has officially rolled out and students are able to log into the new system, apply for jobs, as well as RSVP for events and workshops.

Recruiting Starts Early: Fall Internship & Job Career Fair
The Career Center hosted the fall career fair on Friday, September 19 in the Athletic Complex. Over 115 organizations attended, making this the largest fair yet! Employers were on campus recruiting for both full-time hires and internships. The September career fair date gives students early access to recruiters this season. All students also have the opportunity to attend another career fair on Friday, October 29 sponsored by the National Society for Black Engineers, as well as the Career Center's spring semester Internship & Job Career Fair.


NEWS FROM THE RESIDENTIAL COLLEGES
Brookings
Brittney Roetzel

The start of the semester has been packed with events here in Lien and Gregg, and the Robert S. Brookings Residential College. Residents enjoyed a sunny "Scorch on the Porch" Bar-B-Q, finding time to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Also, our Faculty Fellow, professor Ian Macmullen has been busy engaging residents of both Lien and Gregg with Current Affairs Dinner Discussions and Foreign Film Nights. Finally, our College Council elections were a huge success, with a remarkable number of candidates for each position. This year's council is already hard at work, planning our first "Chocolate Fountain Study Break" and meet the College Council event. For more about how we're doing here is Brookings, feel free to visit brookings.myreslife.wustl.edu!


HIG-E (Hitzeman, Hurd, Myers, and Eliot)
Amy Baumgartner

We are getting ready to elect our College Council for 2008-2009. College Council is a group of students who organize social and educational events for the entire Residential College. We have many strong College Council programming traditions, such as Safe Trick or Treat and progressive dinners, and we are looking forward to another great year!

Another wonderful tradition in HIG-E is our community partnership with Doorways. Doorways is a housing facility in St. Louis' Central West End neighborhood for adults living with HIV and AIDS, and students from HIG-E Residential College have been volunteering their time and talents there since 2006. Our residents volunteer one Thursday a month and plan interactive activities for the residents there.

If you would like additional information about life in HIG-E Residential College, you can visit our new website at http://hige.myreslife.wustl.edu/.


Lee/Beaumont
Erica Townsend

The Lee/Beaumont residential college has been very busy welcoming freshmen to WashU. During move-in the RAs, WUSAs, Faculty Associates, and various volunteers helped students move into their rooms and provided information about orientation and the weeks ahead. During Orientation, Beaumont 0/1 was the winner of the WUTube Movie Competition by producing their own video. The winning WUTube video reflected the floor's community pride and their desire to maintain the "traditional hall" lifestyle. As the First40 events continue into the semester, Lee/Beau residential college has participated in sports games, The Big Bang, retreats, the activities fair, and floor dinners. Some of the res college floors have already developed IM teams such as flag football.

The college council elections took place on Wednesday September 10 with a large majority of the residents voting. We extend our congratulations to our new officers. President: Marc Hendel. Vice-President: Nikki Desai. Secretary: Stephanie Pan. Treasurer: Emre Sarbak. Assembly Representatives (4): Sagar Chokshi, Eleanor Cooper, Brianna Coppersmith, and Marisa Coury. College Council Representatives (6): Chelsea Wiener, Landon Kyle Oetjen, Wes Wu, Genevieve Morton, Sara Henley, Samuel Tichnor

Monthly floor Community Nights are an opportunity for the residents of a particular floor to come together and socialize and learn more about activities and resources on campus and in the St. Louis area. Ideas are already flowing! Beau 0/1 and Lee 1 are in the process of putting together a scavenger hunt for both floors as a way of getting to know other people outside of their floor. The faculty fellows have attended many events as well, such as the BBQ and floor dinners, and many of the faculty fellows are attending the St. Louis Symphony on September 25.


Liggett/Koenig
Jeff Grim

Liggett/Koenig Residential College is off to a great start! We just finished WeLKome Week where residents enjoyed a Labor Day BBQ, were officially inducted in our opening ceremony, visited the Faculty Fellow and Residential College Director in their downstairs apartments, and performed unique talents at the annual talent show. In L/K we have a tradition of producing engaged leaders and socially responsible citizens and the class of 2012 has not disappointed!

The L/K College Council was just voted in and will soon be sponsoring programs that will help engage students into a community that is welcoming, inclusive, and fun! Professor Rehfeld, the Faculty Fellow, will be taking students to Springfield, Illinois, home of the Abraham Lincoln Library, this fall. Stay tuned for more programs and events.

The Liggett/Koenig staff would like to weLKome Liggett/Koenig parents to a Parent & Family Weekend morning reception, Saturday, October 24 from 8:30AM - 9:30AM in the Liggett/Koenig lobby. Light refreshments will be served. This will be a chance to interact with L/K affiliated faculty and staff. See you there!

Have extra books you need to get rid of?? Liggett/Koenig Residential College Library will take them! L/K is building its library collection and would love donated books. If you are able to bring them to Parent & Family Weekend, send them home with your student, or ship them, we would love to take them (and recognize your donation in the inside cover). You can ship books to:

Jeff Grim, RCD
1 Brookings Drive, Campus Box #1250
St. Louis, MO 63130

Thank you so much for your help!!


Millbrook/Village East
Matt Fulmer

Residents in Millbrook and Village East have been busy the first few days of classes. Many attended the First Friday Barbecue that was held on the North Side for the first time! There were a number of inflatables, snow cones, and of course hot dogs and burgers. In addition to the barbecue, we just finished up grocery bingo, where the grand prize was a $75 shopping spree! Finally, we hosted the Millbrook/Village East pool party and barbecue on Friday, September 12 and the Village East grand opening on Tuesday, September 16. It is a busy and exciting time of year!


The Village
Dan Sepion

The Village started off the year strong with the Northside First Friday--complete with a BBQ, caricaturist, and an afternoon of fun celebrating our return to Washington University. The Village, home to The BLOC Program, has 17 BLOCs with over 275 students involved. These BLOCs have already begun to have events--including a trip to the apple orchard, a trip to a German movie, a night at the theatre, a weekend camping trip, and a multicultural dinner. The Northside Association has been busy already as well--hosting a coffeehouse featuring a national musical performer and having a grocery bingo night. Finally, the RAs in The Village have spent their time getting to know each suite and resident through Suitemate Meetings. More information about The BLOC Program and The Village are online: http://village.wustl.edu/.


Wayman Crow
Dee Campanella

This academic year marks the 5th Anniversary of Wayman Crow Residential College, which was established in 2004. To celebrate, we will have Wayman Crow Spirit Day on the 5th day of every month. On September 5, residents wore Wayman Crow gear, ate cake and snacks, and sang "Happy Anniversary to us!" to the tune of the "Happy Birthday" song! We have a lot of unique ways we plan to celebrate this special occasion throughout the year, including a Founder's Day party and a trip to the Crow Observatory.

We have kept the residents of Dardick and Nemerov very busy by offering them a wide variety of Residential College programs. We hosted our annual "Bar-B-Crow" on Labor Day, and our Faculty Fellow Asad Ahmed and his wife Asma tackled their first "Crow Cakes," a late night pancake study break, under the guidance of our former Faculty Fellow Andrea Heugatter and her husband Larry. They made almost 1,000 pancakes and waffles for the hundreds of students who showed up for the program! Upcoming Residential College programs include a Talent Show, Waymazing Race (our own version of "The Amazing Race"), and a trip to the City Museum.


PARENTS OF WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS STUDENT BROADEN THEIR COLLEGE SAVINGS HORIZON WITH INDEPENDENT 529 PLAN

Unlike many high school students, Justin Barstein knew by November of his senior year where we would be going to college -- Washington University in St. Louis. Early admission not only gave Justin a sense of relief, but also gave his parents, Rodney and Susan Barstein, an opportunity to diversify their college savings plan by adding Independent 529 Plan to their portfolio.

"We had already established an Alabama Higher Education 529 Plan and a State of Alabama Pre-Paid Affordable College Tuition Plan, but there are market risks with the Higher Education 529 plan and the benefits of the State Plan are limited for residents attending an out-of-state college," Rodney said. "Participating in Independent 529 Plan allowed us to diversify our college savings plan by locking in future tuition without market risk."

Independent 529 Plan is a cooperative effort by a national group of private colleges and universities, including Washington University in St. Louis, to help families manage the rising cost of higher education. Under the program, individuals can purchase tuition certificates at less than the current tuition rate for future redemption at any of 270-plus participating private colleges and universities.

Independent 529 Plan prepayment certificates became available in 2003, and the certificates must be held at least three years before redemption. As a result, 2006-07 was the first academic year that redemption was possible, says Nancy Farmer, the organization's president and a St. Louis resident. When she became president of Independent 529 Plan, she relocated the Plan's offices from New Mexico to a building on the Wash. U. campus.

Parents have redeemed the certificates at dozens of member schools in addition to Washington University in St. Louis, and Farmer expects redemptions to accelerate from here.

Rodney and Susan became the first parents of a Washington University in St. Louis student to redeem Independent 529 Plan tuition prepayment certificates.

"I'd recommend Independent 529 to other parents, especially if their child plans attend a member school," Rodney said. "My advice is to make the investment before the beginning of your child's first semester so you can wait the three years and use it for their senior year."

Independent 529 Plan allows families to lock in tuition rates at less than present levels for their children's future use. They end up paying slightly less than current tuition because each participating school discounts the tuition certificates by at least one-half of one percent per year.

Ms. Farmer points out that parents need not pay for an entire year in advance to take advantage of Independent 529 Plan. Because every family's need is different, Independent 529 Plan offers a number of ways to participate—from prepaying the full cost of several years to paying a set amount each month. You can contribute as much money as you like, as often as you like. The more and earlier you prepay, the greater the percentage of tuition you can lock in at less than today's price. You can also start small by contributing as little as $25 a month as long as a minimum of $500 is accumulated within two years.

"Benefits are free of federal income tax," she adds. "And the plan charges no enrollment or maintenance fees, which means 100% of contributions go toward tuition. In return for parents pre-paying college costs, member colleges and universities accept the investment risk and protect parents from future tuition increases."

Independent 529 Plan is run by the non-profit Tuition Plan Consortium and administered by TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. Funds saved can be used at any of the participating colleges and universities nationwide.

Rodney Barstein is the president of a retail company in Birmingham, Alabama. His wife, Susan, is a former elementary school teacher. Their son, Justin, is studying finance and economics at the University, and will graduate in 2008.

For more information see www.independent529plan.org.


FALL SURVIVAL KITS

PARENTS... WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT TO SEND YOUR FAVORITE STUDENT A SURVIVAL KIT TO HELP HIM/HER THROUGH FINALS??...

The Washington University Swimming and Diving Team is selling these fabulous kits for all students living in the dorms and in Millbrook apartments, or off-campus. All proceeds will be used to pay for the team's winter training trip this year.

THE SURVIVAL KIT:

Will be hand delivered by the swimmers and divers on December 10th, 11th, 12th


Will contain the following:
Playdough(1) Nutrigrain Bar(1) Trail Mix(1)
Chips(1) Granola Bars(2) Fruit Snacks(2)
Pretzels(1) Oatmeal(2) Suckers(5)
Popcorn(2) Treat-Size Candy Bars(4) Gum(4)
Animal Crackers(1) Fruit Juices(2) Jolly Ranchers(4)
Cheese Crackers(2) Fruit Cups(2) Bottled Water (2)

Will cost $35.00


REGISTRATION FORM FOR FALL SURVIVAL KIT
*PLEASE PRINT ALL INFORMATION*

STUDENT'S NAME: _______________________________
NAME OF STUDENT'S DORM/ADDRESS:_______________________________
STUDENT'S ROOM NUMBER:_________

NAME(S) OF STUDENT'S PARENTS): _____________________________________________
ADDRESS OF PARENTS):_______________________________________________________

This registration form and the card below, along with a $35 check made payable to Washington University Swim Team, must be received no later than Monday, Dec. 1st.

RETURN TO:
Beth Whittle, Assistant Swimming & Diving Coach (beths@wustl.edu)
Washington University Dept. of Athletics
One Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1067
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899


CARD
To: ________________________
From: _________________________
Message:


ORDER YOUR OFFICIAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS CLASS RING

Join us in the University Campus Bookstore located in Mallinckrodt Center during Parent & Family Weekend.

A Jostens Representative will be available to assist you on:
Friday, October 24, 8am-6pm
Saturday, October 25, 10am-5pm
Sunday, October 26, 12pm-5pm

Order your ring now to be eligible to attend the Official Ring Ceremony this spring.

To order any time please visit the bookstore web site at www.wubookstore.com or call Jostens 1-800-854-7464.


COMMENCEMENT 2009

Washington University's 148th Commencement will occur on May 15, 2009. Individual school recognition ceremonies will take place May 13-15, 2009. Please plan travel accordingly.

More information on Commencement 2009 can be found at http://www.commencement.wustl.edu/