Register for Spring Classes
Get registered for classes before the busy holidays set in! The Spring I term begins on January 13 and classes are filling up fast! Take a moment to review the schedule and register yourself through Banner Self-Service or contact your advisor. Tuition bills for the spring semester will be processed in December. To ensure the accuracy of your bill and your aid, register for both the Spring I and Spring II terms now!
SPS Family Holiday Gathering
The School for Professional Studies is proud to announce our third annual SPS Family Holiday Gathering on Saturday, December 7, 2013 here at Brouster Hall from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Please mark your calendars to bring your family and friends to celebrate the holidays with the SPS staff, faculty, and Santa! Also, you and your children can make holiday crafts while enjoying holiday refreshments! You do not want to miss this great time! RSVP here.
Trivia Night Success!
Thanks to everyone for supporting our 5th Annual Trivia Night. SPS students, alumni, faculty, and staff were instrumental in exceeding our goals for this event. All proceeds support the EAB scholarship fund for SPS students. Below are the results:
•53 tables sold
•Live auction raised almost $5,000
•50/50 auction raised $1,288
•Event raised $24,100 altogether
•61% increase from last year
Save the date for the 6th annual trivia night: Friday, November 14, 2014.
Non-Traditional Student Week Essay Contest
SPS held an essay contest during Non-Traditional Student Week in November asking students to answer the following question: "What makes you a successful student?" There were a number of essay submissions and we thoroughly enjoyed reading your responses, but we were only able to choose one winner. Joy Hedley won the contest as her essay genuinely exemplified what makes her a successful student. Congratulations, Joy!
"Each and every professor I have had at SPS has exhibited in-depth knowledge of the subject matter and displayed a passion for it when teaching."
"I have learned to manage my time more effectively by incorporating a schedule into my daily life. I've also reached a better understanding of my abilities, strengths, weaknesses, and personality characteristics in an attempt to better apply myself."
Midyear Commencement will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 13 at Chaifetz Arena. The University will offer a live video stream of Midyear Commencement, for family and friends to watch live if they are not able to attend the ceremony. All graduates will be expected to arrive no later than 1 p.m. Students must RSVP online to attend the event. To learn more about commencement, call 314.977.3728 or check out the website.
December Grads! If you haven't already picked up your cap and gown, be sure to visit the Bookstore as soon as possible so you'll be ready for the big day. Congratulations!
Rental textbooks for Fall II are due back ON OR BEFORE December 18! Return them in store or print a shipping label from the Bookstore website. You can also visit the Bookstore to sell back any textbooks you purchased--be sure to bring your SLU ID and your 9-digit Banner number!
Order your Spring session textbooks now on the Bookstore Website. Student account billing will be available December 2nd through February 7th, so order NOW for Spring II! You can also bill computers, electronics and school supplies to your SLU account--visit us to see our selection of laptops and tablet computers!
Calling all December grads: if you are looking to embark on a new career following graduation, use this time to prepare for your job search. Susan Gale, a Career Development Specialist in the Office of Career Services, is available to meet with students regarding job searches, career assessments, and resume building. Contact her today at 314-977-2830 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment!
Next Scholarship Deadline: December 13, 2013
Click here to access scholarships for new students and current students. There are also program-specific scholarships for students pursuing Project Management, Criminal Justice and Security Management, and Organizational Studies! Contact your advisor today if you have any questions regarding your eligibility. Good luck!
Math Placement Test: New SPS Policy
Math Placement Tests are now administered online through mymathtest.com. If you are in need of taking the math placement test, please contact your academic advisor for more information.
Reflect and Connect
Learn more about the Examen of Consciousness in this short video produced by the Jesuits of the California Province.
"Regular daily practice of the Examen allows you to reflect on the person you are and are becoming."
Attention, Bridge Cohort 5! Are you hoping to continue on to the B.A. in Organizational Studies beginning in Spring II (March 17)? If so, email Lana Kelly today at email@example.com!
Other Events and Announcements
Online Information Session for Prospective Students
Do you know someone who would be a great fit for one of the degree or certificate programs offered at SPS? If so, please recommend that they attend our next online information session on Thursday, December 5! More information and an online RSVP form can be found here.
Interested in the Hospitality Management Program at SPS?
SLU for Busy Adults is hosting a webinar specifically for students interested in the Hospitality Management program on Tuesday, December 3 at 5:30 p.m., CST. Register to learn more about:
•Launching of new course design.
•Development of career-focused, leadership expertise through experiential learning and real-life application
•Flexible and convenient online classes
•Accelerated 8-week terms
•Our affordable tuition rate (half the cost of SLU's traditional day school)
•Networking & professional development opportunities through SLUnited: The premiere networking event for hospitality professionals.
•The free application - there's still time to enroll for Spring 1 that begins January 13!
Save the Date for Hospitality SLUnited
Click here to learn more about Hospitality SLUnited, the premier networking event for St. Louis hospitality professionals. The event will take place on March 20, 2014.
Stay up to date with SLU and SPS events by visiting the SPS Events Calendar!
The ASL Corner
Season's greetings, SPS Students! ‘Tis the season to be merry, jolly, and joyful and all that goes into making the holiday season bright. The term is coming to an end in just a few weeks and that long needed winter break is really almost here. What is on your wish list for this year? I guess the expected answer to that would be peace on earth and good will to all men and women... or maybe it's a 50" flat screen TV, a new tablet or laptop, or the latest video game... Maybe it's to get an A on that last paper or exam, or that the next term will be a breeze. Whatever it is I hope that you get it.
For me the holidays are filled with family time and traditions. We listen to Christmas music from Thanksgiving until Christmas Day, and my family opens gifts on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas day. On Christmas day my mom and I stay in our pajamas all day and watch silly Hallmark movies; it's our tradition. Does your family have special traditions like that? Maybe you have a favorite Christmas song? Mine is "O' Holy Night" (I don't really care who's singing it) and my second favorite is "Come, Oh Come, Emanuel". No matter what your family does or how or what you celebrate, I believe this is a special and magical time of year. It is a time to look back over the past 12 months and see all that you have accomplished and how far you have come; the changes that you have gone through and sadly some of the losses we have experienced. Whether or not it has been a great year or not you have come to the end a year older, wiser, and perhaps changed in some way. The New Year is coming and it is a blank slate. We can resolve to make changes to ourselves, go somewhere, do something, see something, or just make it through. Whatever you decide it is your own personal choice, so choose wisely. Most of all enjoy the holidays and the break, and I will see you all next year. Oh, and don't forget to stop by the SPS Holiday Party on December 7th from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.; ASL will be doing crafts again this year and it is a fun family activity you can add to your traditions. Best wishes in the New Year!
- Amy Gregory, ASL President
Contribute to the SPS e.advisor
We would love to feature SPS students in our next e.advisor! If you have any announcements you would like to include or if you just want to highlight a class experience, please contact Lauren Snowden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save These Dates
Hospitality Management Information Webinar
Online Information Session
SPS Family Holiday Gathering
Spring I Scholarship Deadline
Fall II ends
12.24.13 - 1.1.14
University Closed - Holiday Break
New Student Orientation
Spring I begins
Spring II Scholarship Deadline
SLUnited Networking Event for Hospitality Professionals
SPS Events Calendar
Did you know?
December is the month with the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.
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