Friday, June 13, 2014

Summer Advising, Fall 2014 Department Reunion, and electronic communication

Summer Advising: 
The Health Science Advising Team and the Health Science Office have been receiving a high volume of emails this summer. As we work through these emails, please be patient and know that we are receiving your messages and we are working to address your questions.  

Department advising is available during the fall and spring semesters and on a limited basis throughout the summer. Please prioritize meeting with a Peer Advisor, GE Advisors, and (if needed) a department advisor during the semester. There will be advising opportunities available during the Department Reunion, which is scheduled for Thursday, August 21st from 10-2. We will send more information about this event when it gets closer, but for now, please save the date.

Summer advising is currently prioritized to respond to fall enrollment questions and concerns for current Health Science students and new Health Science students.   In most cases, academic planning can wait for the reunion in August, but over the summer this blog will be updated and additional resources for academic planning will be made available.  

Electronic Communication Recommendations and Expectations
Email is an important form of communication and can be a really effective way to get your questions answered.  In order for your questions to be answered in a timely and appropriate manner, please consider the following recommendations:

    1. Including URGENT!!! in the subject is not going to get your email answered any faster.   Everyone's email is important and emails will be responded to in the order in which they are received.   
    2. Emails should be written as if you are writing a letter.   Address the recipient by name (if known) and always include your own name.  
    3. When you are emailing with advising and/or course related questions, please include your student ID and be as detailed as possible with your question.   The information that is most helpful to include is:  your projected graduation date, the major courses you have completed, and your projected coursework.  
    4. It is not necessary to email everyone with your same question.   Please send your email to the person you think is most appropriate and wait... If you feel that you have sent your request to the wrong person you can try another, but it is not necessary to send your advising related questions to everyone in the Health Science department.   Advising related questions should be directed to the either the Health Science office or the department advisor.  
    5. Check the advising blog to be sure your question has not been answered here already.
    6. Plan to meet with a peer advisor and/or academic advisor during the regular semester. 

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