The Future of Advising: Skype Sessions
We are happy to announce that beginning May 13th, 2013, we will offer Skype Advising sessions to our COSUAC students!
If you have a Skype ID and have used your Skype account before, then we are able to hold a Skype advising session with you. This should make advising more convenient for any of you who are unable to visit our center in person.
We have long used telephone advising sessions for students who absolutely cannot come in, and we will continue to hold phone sessions, but we realize there are limitations to phone advising, such as not being able to show you your degree plan or semester-by-semester plans as you follow along with us. Skype sessions should alleviate such issues.
Before the Skype session, we will scan and email a copy of your degree plan and semester by semester plan and any other necessary paperwork.
We’re excited about this new venture in Advising and we hope you are too!
To learn more about Skype, and how to set up an account, please visit:
To schedule a Skype appt, please call the COSUAC at 210-458-4045 with your Skype address.
-Amy Gomez, Advisor II
Last year we posted: When the past keeps costing you: Too many Texas public institution hours got you down? The article gave you information on the state law that allows colleges and universities to charge a higher rate of tuition for excessive hours (specifically 30/45 hours in excess of your degree). I encourage you to follow the link to the article to brush up on the specifics of that law and how it could impact you.
Here we are a year later and we would like to review how a student can petition those charges. First, you must verify you have been charged the excess fee, you will be notified at the time of payment and the message will read:
“Student has exceeded their major’s in-state SCH limit by >45 attempted hours. They will be billed $121/SCH for each SCH over the limit.”
Keep in mind you must pay tuition in full or work with fiscal services about the possibility of setting up a payment plan. Once arrangements have been made for payment and if you feel you have an extenuating circumstance regarding your excessive attempted hours you may visit our office to complete the 30/45 hour petition. It is important to note you cannot complete the petition prior to being charged and it must be done in the semester you are being charged, it cannot be done before. In order to expedite the petition process we encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of the COSUAC advisors and bring with you documentation (preferably a letter) outlining the extenuating circumstances that have contributed to you exceeding the 30/45 credit hour limit. As noted on the petition application: “Petitions with insufficient explanation and justifications will be denied.” So, the more information you can provide in your justification letter, the better. During your appointment your advisor will ask you for your justification letter and for your signature on the petition. The rest of the information needed on the petition and supporting documentation will be completed by your advisor.
Once the petition is complete and all documentation is received, your advisor will send your petition materials to the Associate Dean of the College of Sciences, followed by the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies for review. Decision times vary. We suggest completing the petition early in the semester that you are charged, so that it may be reviewed and a decision can be made. If your petition is approved you will be reimbursed for the excess charges incurred in that semester. PLEASE NOTE: You must complete a petition to waive excess charges for every semester you are charged.
*Questions about the reimbursement process please call fiscal services at: 210-458-8000. All other inquiries regarding the petition process please stop by the COS Undergraduate Advising Center in FLN 2.03.02 or call (210) 458-4045.
-Chryssa Delgado, Advisor I
Fall 2013 registration is right around the corner and COS students- predominately Biology majors- are sure to notice a huge difference when it comes to Biology lab and lectures: The 0 credit hour lab-lectures, such as BIO 3820, that students have been required to register for alongside the labs will no longer exist for the following classes:
• BIO 3522 (Biochemistry Lab)
• BIO 3822 (Cellular Biology Lab)
• BIO 2322 (Genetics Lab)
**We want to be clear: you are still required to take the labs, but the lab-lectures will no longer exist, and only for the 3 labs mentioned above. There are still some labs, such as chemistry labs, that will have the mandatory lab-lectures in place.
So when you’re frantically searching for BIO 3820, or BIO 3520, and you’re stressing over not being able to register for them during Fall 2013 registration, relax… and remember the information you read off of that trusty COSUAC blog entry from a few months before (this is why it helps to read our blogs) .
***Please note this also pertains to Summer 2013!
-Amy Gomez, Advisor II
UTSA Career Counselor Rachel Griffey gives an overview of UCC services.
What does the University Career Center (UCC) have to offer COS students?
UTSA offers comprehensive career counseling and resources for current students (undergraduate and graduate), as well as UTSA alumni. We cover everything from career planning/exploration and resume reviews to interview preparation, job search strategies, and internship searching.
Why should I visit the UCC?
Even if you already have a career plan in mind, the counselors and staff at the UCC can help you reach your goals after graduation. We also help you to be more competitive for future jobs and internships. In addition, we can inform you of employers currently hiring in your area and ensure that you are using RowdyJobs (UTSA’s job posting database) to utilize all of the resources available.
When should I visit the UCC?
It is a common misconception that only seniors should visit the Career Center. In fact, we encourage that you visit us early on to establish your career direction and then continue to see us throughout your college career to develop the skills and knowledge needed to meet your goals. As a freshman, it is just as important to determine what steps you should be taking to prepare yourself for success after graduation.
Who is my Career Counselor?
Rachel Griffey is the COS career counselor. You may have seen her previously as an academic advisor for the College of Sciences. She works closely with some of the COS faculty and staff to ensure that CS students stay informed of current career opportunities available to them. She also has relationships with many employers who recruit and hire COS majors for internships and entry level positions. She is trained to provide professional career counseling including assessments, resume critiques, mock interviews, and job search assistance. Rachel has a Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling from Texas State University-San Marcos and has been working in the Student Affairs field for five years.
How can I make an appointment?
You can call to schedule an appointment with Rachel at 210-458-4589. Also, you can come to walk-in hours on Wednesdays from 1pm-4pm (quick 15 minute visits) or on Mondays in the COS Advising Center from 2pm-4:15pm (starting January 28th).
Where is the UCC located?
Main campus location: 2nd floor of the University Center, UC 2.02.04, in the breezeway between the McKinney Humanities building and the University Center. The downtown career center location is the Monterey Building, MNT 1.162.
It’s a new year, and for many of us that means a fresh start! Make good study habits apart of your New Year’s resolution.
You might be thinking, but how do I go about doing that? I always say I will, but I don’t know how to begin, and when I do, I just don’t stick with it.The best thing for you to do is use your academic resources.
That’s where the Tomas Rivera Center comes in to play: let them help guide you in creating and actually following through on your plan for new and improved study habits.
Click on the link below for information.
It’s a new year, new game plan: kick start it now!
First of all, the COSUAC would like to congratulate its fall 2012 graduates! You have worked very hard and & we wish you the best of luck in your endeavors!!!
Secondly, we know it’s been a long semester and we hope our students have a safe and restful break. :)
We want to remind our students that Advising will have limited services Thursday, December 27th, December 28th and 31st from 8-5pm in the North Paseo Building Room 2.210.
Also, once you return, it’s the start of spring semester so that means high traffic volume both on and around campus. It’s recommended that you arrive at least 1 full hour before your first class so you don’t risk being late.
This also means our advising center will switch back to Extended Walk In hours from January 2nd-18th. Extended walk ins means we will be open for 15 minute walk in sessions from 10:00 am-5:30 pm Monday through Thursday. Friday timeframes are 10am to 4:30pm.
We will not have appointments for students during this time, unless you are a SAS student and have made an appointment with the front desk.
We hope these are helpful reminders to you, and once again, we wish you a safe and restful break.
We will see you in 2013!
Student Study Days
What are student study days? At the end of each fall and spring semester, two days are designated as Student Study Days. There are no student study days during the summer semester. These days are the two days prior to the beginning of the final exam period. No classes will meet on these days. In addition, papers should not be turned in, exams/quizzes are not to be given, and review sessions are not to be held or any other class-related activities, other than office hours. The purpose of the designated days is for students to have extra time to study for exams. Make the most of these days by completing all projects and assignments prior to these days, preparing notes and study guides ahead of time and consider organizing a study group with classmates if you prefer to study with others.
Also, if you feel you feel you need additional help, UTSA offers a variety of Tutoring Services via the Tomas Rivera Center. Attached is a link to their website and the available tutoring services.