Tips for supporting your Whitworthian in November

As we welcome November, here are some things that might surface in the next few weeks, as well as a few tips for helping your student navigate the upcoming weeks at Whitworth:

  • TreesWith the “fall back” time change, days in Spokane are shorter and the decrease in sunshine can affect the students; less time in the fresh air as everyone migrates indoors
  • Students may experience colds/viruses; remind your young adult to get a flu shot on campus or schedule one during a visit home; encourage sleep
  • Being indoors more, roommate issues may crop up; if this happens, encourage your student to seek RA support
  • Some students experience “The Turkey Drop”—breaking up with a girlfriend between fall break and Thanksgiving, either back at home or on campus
  • The stress of grades; wonderment about exams may surface
  • Anxiety about a first trip home (freshmen) since they left home; similar anxiety for parents about how to handle curfew for students who haven’t had a curfew per se; discuss how excited you are about their arrival home for the holidays via Skype, FaceTime or phone; though the rules of home still exist (or have been modified) express how you look forward to family dinners and sharing traditions such as Christmas tree cutting, watching favorite movies, sporting events, etc.
  • If your student is not coming home due to distance, finances, etc., plan a time or two where you can connect via phone or other technology; encourage your student to go home with a friend if asked
  • If your student has a roommate who cannot go home, consider inviting the roommate to join your family for Thanksgiving
  • Be a cheerleader—encourage your student to forge ahead even when tired, fatigued or frustrated; remember that what seems like a huge challenge one day may become a minor problem after a conversation with you and a good night of sleep
  • Consider sending a care package to help students “survive” the rigors of finals—the Finals Week Survival Kits care are a great option or send a special one from home that might include an inexpensive string of Christmas lights for a dorm room
  • Delay a couple of favorite traditions for when your student arrives home for Christmas; save their favorite ornaments for them to put on the tree; plan a movie night with the family’s favorite holiday DVD; etc.

Every family is unique, but without a doubt, this is a new season of life for every member of your family!  Take a deep breath, listen for what you and your family members need, and give plenty grace.

A special thanks to Patti Domas, mom of Erik, ’16, for this thoughtful and timely piece.  Patti and her husband Arne reside in Woodinville, Wash., and they both faithfully serve on the Parent and Family Council.

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Family Weekend 2015

Please save the date!  We just confirmed that Family Weekend will take place on campus Oct. 16-18, 2015.

Details will follow early next summer.  For now, please mark your calendars and plan to join us!

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Order a fall semester Exam Survival Kit by Nov. 16

You should have received an email with this message earlier today! If not, it may mean that we don’t have your email address on file. Update your email here today. (For folks we know are without an email, a physical letter is in the mail.)

StudentsThe details:
We are offering two options for students this fall. We have the Finals Week Fresh Fruit Bag, which includes a generous and overflowing gift bag of fresh and healthy fruit and a few gluten-free snacks for $25. We also have Exam Energy Kits, filled with familiar favorites, including Act II Kettle Corn microwave popcorn, Chips Ahoy! cookies, M&Ms, animal crackers and other surprises – 20 items in all, packaged in a box, for $20.

Our office will notify all recipients via email and campus mail of their gift the week before pickup. Students may pick their gifts up on Thursday, Dec. 4 in the HUB, or at the campus post office any time after that and before Christmas Break. Please don’t delay: Finals Week (Dec. 9-12) is approaching fast! The firm deadline for ordering is Sunday, Nov. 16.

Order today! You may order either of these gifts online at www.whitworth.edu/examsurvivalkits. This new form allows you to order for more than one student, as well. Profits from this project go to the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

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What’s with Whitworth’s break schedule?

We’ve heard questions from a handful of families, both on Facebook and in person, and thought it could be helpful to give you some scheduling context from the Office of the Registrar.

FALL BREAK: Whitworth schedules a faculty development day so that faculty as a whole have the chance to participate in a learning opportunity specially designed for them. The timing of mid-term exams is not related to the timing of fall break.  In the past, Whitworth has seen that both faculty and students benefit from having a short break, even if that break does not include travel home.

SPRING BREAK: The timing of spring break has to do with academics.  We schedule it so that if falls after the seventh week of the term.  Mid-term grades are due on Friday of that seventh week and 2nd half semester classes start on Monday following spring break.  While this sometimes fits well with the Good Friday holiday that Whitworth observes, sometimes it doesn’t align well.

To view Whitworth’s calendars, click here.

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Crunch time for research

libraryThe library gets busier this time of the semester as students come in to do research for papers and projects

Sometimes the enormous amount of information available on a topic can be overwhelming to grapple with. The library has a great tool to help students narrow their research topics to something more manageable.

At http://libguides.whitworth.edu/research, students can follow a step-by-step process for research. On the first step, a worksheet is available to help students narrow their topic and turn it into a question that can be answered in a research paper or project. It doesn’t matter if extensive research has already been done! Research is an iterative process, and returning to narrow a concept after starting research is often a very productive exercise.

Please encourage your students to refer back to this page each time they have a paper to write. And, as always, also encourage them to get help from a librarian at any point in the process!

Visit the Harriet Cheney Cowles Memorial Library website by clicking here.

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