Welcome to the first issue of the Aggie Support Team Newsletter for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. This issue is full of information about helping your student adjust to campus and a new academic year.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
In This Issue
- Presidential Welcome
- What is the FAFSA and why should my student fill it out?
- Understanding my student's finances (and paying the bill)
- My student needs an accommodation. What should they do?
- What's on your student's mind?
- Really? Are students already thinking about next semester's classes?
- What services are available to help my student who lives on a budget?
- Meet a Professor
- CU Fun Fact
Dear Supporters of a Cameron student,
The first weeks of the Fall semester have flown by although the weather still feels like summer. New students are falling into a routine and our returning students are quick to share advice. I have the good fortune to teach a class of first-year students this semester. I always appreciate the experience of seeing a place that I’ve worked daily for years through the eyes of a newcomer. Significant and numerous curricular and extracurricular activities continue to be available at Cameron University. Each new class of students finds additional ways to connect and combine those opportunities to create their own unique university experience.
You don’t need to wait until Homecoming on February 21 – 22, 2020 to visit. There is always something to see on a university campus with athletics competitions, performances in the fine arts and public lectures on a large variety of topics. The Cameron website, www.cameron.edu, is a great resource for news and information about upcoming events. If our paths cross on your visit to campus, please stop me to shake hands, introduce yourself, and help me learn more about your Cameron student.
We work hard to assure a safe, nurturing environment that allows each student to reach his or her educational and personal potential. Thank you for trusting us with your son, daughter, ward, or special acquaintance and for your continued interest in their success. We appreciate the opportunity to work with you. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about Cameron University. We welcome your ideas and suggestions for ways to make the Cameron experience even better.
John M. McArthur
Cameron University uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine how much and what type of aid may be awarded. The 2020-2021 version is available on October 1, 2019 and you are encouraged to apply early and link your tax information directly from the IRS. The Office of Financial Assistance is here to help with the FAFSA, FSAid, the CU scholarship application, and any other questions you or your student may have regarding financial aid awards! If you need assistance completing your FAFSA or have questions please contact our office at 580-581-2293 or firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting us in the North Shepler building third floor. Find more information on the Financial Assistance website.
Many students struggle to understand the University's billing process and a breakdown of the charges for which they are responsible. Additionally, many don't exactly understand the billing deadlines or how to pay their tuition bill. The Business Office has a specific webpage that can answer all their questions. Visit their webpage about Payments and Collection of Tuition to get all your questions answered.
Your student may need an ADA accommodation in the classroom, and the Office of Student Development is responsible for coordinating these reasonable classroom accommodations for students with a disability. Students needing an accommodation should submit an Accommodations Request Form, which is available online at: http://www.cameron.edu/disability_services or in their office in Room 314 North Shepler. Along with the student’s request for accommodations, students should also submit documentation to support their requests. More information about documentation requirements is also available on their website. After staff meets with the student to discuss the accommodations process and the student's needs, the office staff will notify the student's faculty members about accommodation needs.
There's a seasonal ebb and flow when it comes to student concerns. Here are a few things your student may be experiencing at the beginning of the semester:
- Worries about being able to handle academic pressures and schedules.
- Time management concerns, including balancing academic, personal, and family obligations.
- Lack of social life and lots of questions about how to get involved in new activities.
The Student Wellness Center is a great resource for students that may have anxiety or trouble adjusting to college. They can counsel students who are experiencing issues related to anxiety, stress, and overall mental health. More tips can be found at the Student Wellness Center website.
For students that are struggling with time management, study skills, and planning for the semester academically, the website for the Office of Teaching and Learning has some excellent resources, including information about study skills and the Center for Academic Success, which can help students plan out their entire academic semester and help them with time management tips.
If your student would like to be more involved on campus, the Office of Campus Life has information on all the clubs and organizations that are active on campus. From Student Government to Social Fraternities and Sororities to academic clubs, there is something for everyone. Have your student visit the Office of Campus Life website (or their office located on the 2nd floor of the MCC) to get started.
Yes! Although your Cameron student has a lot going on right now and it may be challenging for them to think further into the future than the assignments that are due tomorrow, it's never too early to think about the future. The Academic Advising Center will start pre-advising appointments in October. These appointments are a chance for Cameron students who have an advisor in the Academic Advising Center to meet with their advisor and plan out classes for the spring semester. The course schedule comes out at the beginning of October, so the student and the advisor can look to see what sections of courses will be available for the spring. They will work together to come up with a planned schedule for the spring. Then the student will leave with this planned, pre-advised schedule. Enrollment opens for all Freshman on Friday October 25th. The student should return to the Academic Advising Center that day between 8 and 10 a.m. with their signed, pre-advised schedule, and an advisor will enroll them that morning, no appointment needed. This is the best way to ensure that your student has first choice at classes for spring. Pre-advising is especially important if your student has specific classes they really need to be in for the spring in order to stay on track with their degree program, or if their schedules is very demanding and they can only take classes at very specific times. If a student cannot come back on October 25th, they should come back to the Advising Center with their pre-advised schedule as soon as possible to get enrolled before classes start filling.
More information about academic advising (and how to book an appointment) can be found on the Academic Advising Center website or by calling 580-581-6741.
If the student has an advisor in their academic department (not in the Academic Advising Center), they can still set up a pre-advising appointment with their departmental advisor. This will allow them to get the guidance they need planning their spring enrollment, and their departmental advisor can give your student a PIN number that will allow the student to enroll themselves once enrollment opens.
Cameron University realizes that many students live on a tight budget and work hard to ensure they graduate with no debt. To help students achieve that goal, many departments and organizations offer programs to save students money and resources, but still take part in the complete college experience.
In addition to the tips and programs highlighted below, Cameron now offers a student-centered counseling service to discuss the costs of college, funding options, financial aid, billing, CU scholarships, and external funding sources. Students can also explore the basics of budgeting, saving, investing, spending, managing debt, and making financial decisions to fit their lives. More information and information on how to book and appointment with the Financial Resource Specialist can be found on the Teaching and Learning website.
- As part of your student's tuition and fees, they pay the Student Activity Fee. This fee allows them to attend almost all on-campus events sponsored by clubs and organizations for free. From athletic events and PAC events to Theatre performances and Music events, all these events are free of charge to your student. They just need a valid Cameron University ID. If they have not yet got their Cameron ID, they can do so at One-Stop on the first floor of the MCC.
- To help with travel costs, there is an online carpool site where students can post their willingness to offer a ride or if they need a ride. This program is entirely student-driven. Follow this link to the Student Services page for more information.
- In addition to the online carpool website, Cameron Students can also buy a discounted pass for the city-wide bus service, the Lawton Area Transit System (LATS). More information on the discounted prices and the bus system can be found on this Student Services website.
- The Paint the Town Black & Gold program is a partnership with local businesses who offer discounts to Cameron students. From food and restaurants to clothing to services to health and fitness, there are discounts offered to students from a variety of businesses throughout the Lawton/Fort Sill Community. A complete list of businesses and their discounts can be found on this Student Services Website.
Name: Chris Sauer
Title: Lecturer, Department of Mathematical Sciences and Faculty in Residence with Cameron Student Housing
How long at Cameron: Two years
Advice for Students: Don't be afraid to advocate for yourself. Getting comfortable seeking help or advice from your peers and instructors, can open a world of opportunities, especially here at Cameron. Because of our smaller class sizes, you will have more chances to interact with your instructors, and if you let them know about your goals, you will find many are willing to help you on your journey to attain them
Important Phone Numbers
Dean of Students - 580.581.2244
Academic Advising Center - 580.581.6741
Office of Campus Life - 580.581.2217
Office of Financial Assistance - 580.581.2293
Office of Student Development - 580.581.2209
Student Wellness Center - 580.581.6725
Upcoming Campus Dates
Wednesday, September 18 - T-Shirt Swap sponsored by the Office of Campus Life
Thursday, September 19 - Poetry & Chill Workshop sponsored by the Residence Hall Association and Sigma Tau Delta
Friday, September 20 - Volleyball vs. Midwestern State University
Saturday, September 21 - Volleyball vs Texas Woman's University
Wednesday, September 25 - T-Shirt Swap sponsored by the Office of Campus Life
October 3 - 6 - Cameron University Theatre Performance, "The Clean House"
Tuesday, October 8 - Volleyball vs East Central University
Thursday, October 10 - CU Concert Choir Concert
Friday, October 11 - Volleyball vs. Texas A&M-Commerce
Saturday, October 12 - Day in the Park sponsored by the Office of Campus Life
Saturday, October 12 - Volleyball vs. UT Tyler
Sunday, October 13 - CU/Lawton Community Band Performance
Tuesday, October 15 - Volleyball vs. Northwestern Oklahoma State
Thursday & Friday, October 17-18 - Fall Break (Campus Closed)