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HIGHLANDER HIGHLIGHTS

An e-newsletter for the parents and families of Radford University students

Issue 20, September 2020

Sent on behalf of the Office of New Student & Family Programs

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • COVID-19: Planning & Response Update
  • Virtual Family Weekend 2020
  • Family Learning Sessions: Lunch & Learn
  • Housing & Residential Life: Keeping our Community Healthy
  • Dining Services: Reminders & Updates
  • Student Perspective: Alyssa's Story

 

Important Dates

 
Sept. 7: Labor day (classes in session) 
Sept. 16: Business, Technology and Sciences Career & Internship Fair
Sept. 18 - 20: Virtual Family Weekend
Oct. 1: FAFSA for 2021-2022 opens 

             Course Withdrawals

Students have the option of withdrawing from one or more of their courses by using a course withdrawal. They are permitted five course withdrawals during their time here at Radford University. For the Fall 2020 semester, these course withdrawals can be used until October 16. These withdrawals allow a student to drop a course, change their grade in that course to a “W”, and not have that grade affect their GPA. If your student needs to complete a withdraw or is unsure whether to use a course withdrawal, please have them contact their academic advisor.

 

                    Handshake 

If your student is interested in attending the Business, Technology and Sciences Career & Internship Fair, encourage them to register through the Handshake app in their Radford portal. This virtual event will provide students with a unique opportunity to network with employers from various career fields who are seeking students to fill available positions and internships. 

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              2021 - 2022 FAFSA

Believe it or not, it’s time to get prepared for next year! The 2021-2022 FAFSA application will open on October 1, 2020. Encourage your student to file their FAFSA as soon as this opens! Also, remind your student to have their 2019 tax returns available as that is the data they will need for completing the application. If you or your student have questions about the FAFSA, please call Financial Aid at (540) 831-5408. 
           

                Radford Bike Tour

RU Outdoors is hosting a Radford Bike Tour on September 27 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. It is free to attend and will go through Bisset Park, Wildwood park, Downtown Radford, and more. The registration deadline is September 24. Students can register by calling RU Outdoors at (540) 831-5813 or by visiting their office in the lower floor of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Click here to see the RU Outdoors trip and program schedule for the semester. 

COVID-19: Planning & Response Update

Radford University developed a comprehensive Campus Reopening Plan in response to the COVID-19 global health pandemic. The University is implementing all facets of that plan in order to promote the health, safety, and well-being of the campus and the community. Additionally, the University is continuously updating the Reopening webpage with recent campus communications and the latest information. The Virginia COVID-19 Dashboard feature was recently added, which provides statewide, regional, and local data from the Virginia Department of Health. Additionally, the University COVID-19 Dashboard feature was launched to share campus-based testing information, which provides overall testing totals and the up-to-date positivity rate. Our campus has been encouraged by the many Highlanders who are wearing face coverings as they are on campus and in buildings. Highlanders have also been diligent in completing the Daily Symptom Tracking for COVID-19 Screening
Virtual Family Weekend 2020

The annual Family Weekend will be held virtually September 18 – 20, 2020! Educational Zoom sessions, social media competitions, and conversation groups will all be available to you. Registration will be available here; the first 500 families to register will receive one free Family Weekend t-shirt to be mailed to your home. Additional shirts can be purchased! Follow the conversation and share your family photos with the tag #OurRadFam!

Family Learning Sessions: Lunch & Learn

You can still join us for our Family Learning Sessions by registering here! Sessions are provided in a “lunch and learn” format from 12:10 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. on Mondays. The following sessions are still available to join: 

Monday, September 7:   Academic Advising

Monday, September 14: Financial Preparedness and Demystifying the FAFSA

Monday, September 21: Career Preparedness: It’s Never Too Early

Housing & Residential Life: Keeping our Community Healthy

The Office of Housing & Residential Life is happy to have our Highlanders back on campus! As your student settles in and develops their routines at Radford University, remind them of some of the following ways they can help keep our communities healthy:

  • Wear a mask -- they are required in all public, indoor spaces
  • Elevator capacities are limited
  • No guests or visitors are allowed in the residential buildings; only students assigned a room in a building can be present in that building
  • Fill out the daily symptom tracker to help prevent delays in maintenance to rooms and apartments

Our Resident Assistants (RAs) are student leaders who are trained to connect students to campus and resources. Encourage your student to get to know their RA as soon as possible. Every building also has a full-time staff member available to assist students. The Resident Director (RD) oversees the administration of the residential area and supervises the RAs. Their office hours and information are available outside their offices. Welcome back, and be healthy!

Dining Services: Reminders & Updates

What an amazing month Radford University Dining Services has had welcoming your student back to campus for the Fall 2020 semester! Our team's priority has been serving the students, faculty, and staff a valuable dining experience with higher safety measures and innovative dining events. We have been frequently updating our dine-on-campus page and social media channels, so make sure you are following along for important updates. Also, to help you stay current with our events and safety updates, we have been publishing a dining newsletter. Each newsletter will be published to our social media channels and will also be available here.

Important Reminders:

  • Masks are required in ALL dining facilities. We have provided dots in every location for students to stand on 6 feet apart from each other, and we ask that those who are not relatives or roommates do not sit together.
  • We are now hiring motivated, energetic individuals who are looking for hourly or full-time supervisor positions, starting as soon as possible. Apply here today!
  • Meal Plan purchases and refunds are processed through the ONE card office.
  • The deadline to purchase a Commuter Meal Plan is September 10.

Student Perspective: Alyssa's Story 

Alyssa Foster, a senior, reflects on her early days at Radford University and shares her advice for new students. 

When I started looking into colleges, I knew I wanted to stay in Virginia and attend a university with an amazing teacher education program. Radford University, among other schools, stood out to me. When I toured Radford, the diversity and small class sizes really stuck with me. When I received my acceptance letter, I cried – I think deep down I knew Radford University was the path I was meant to take.

I was nervous about being hours away from home and not having close friends nearby. I called my mom a lot at first and I missed home. But, when I started connecting with my roommate and peers in my residence hall, things really started to turn around and I started to feel more at home here. Almost four years later, those peers and my roommate are still my closest friends! 

I’m currently interning in local elementary schools, a member of Kappa Delta Pi (an honor society for future teachers), and president of our College Mentors for Kids club. I am also working with professors and nearby experts on a research project examining racial justice in the public school system.

My advice to all students is to ask, to try, and to learn. Ask a classmate if they want to grab lunch. Try a club you think is interesting. Learn more about who you are and who you want to become. There are so many opportunities here at Radford University for students to get involved and take control of their education-- encourage your student to take advantage of this and make the most of their time here! 

Cammie's Corner

One of our main goals of this e-newsletter is to help you feel more connected to our campus community by providing you with information and insight on our campus resources, events, and much more. We are thrilled to have campus teeming with activity again as students get back into their routines!  

Please know that the Office of New Student and Family Programs is always a phone call (540-831-5923) or an email away should you ever need anything. 
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