Scholarships Available – Deadline January 2nd

The University has three scholarships available with a deadline fast approaching! Please consider applying to one or more of these scholarships by the January 2, 2015 deadline.

Applying has never been easier—all students need to do is log on to www.umb.academicworks.com using their Wiser ID and Password, and complete the application plus a short essay to apply for any (or all!) of the three scholarships by January 2, 2014.

We do not require a letter of recommendation or a transcript. Multiple awards will be made for each scholarship:

The Bob and Jean O’Hara Sheridan Scholarship ($13,500 available) seeks full-time undergraduate students who:

  • Filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for AY14-15
  • Reside in any neighborhood in the City of Boston or Everett
  • Participates in co-curricular activities
  • NOTE: No GPA Requirement

The Peter and Jackie Berlandi Scholarship Fund ($16,500 available) seeks full time undergraduate students who:

  • Reside in and graduated from a public or private high school in an urban community within the Metropolitan Boston area
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher
  • Students who have federally determined financial need may be given preferred consideration.

The Tina Bachand Memorial Scholarship ($16,000 available) seeks full matriculated undergraduate students in the College of Science and Mathematics or the College of Nursing and Health Sciences who meet the following criteria:

  • Reside in Dorchester or South Boston
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have a FAFSA on file at UMass Boston for the current academic year
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have self-identified as single mothers.

Applicants will be screened by a committee and award decisions will be made in January-February.

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Join Us Today from 9-10am for Donuts and Coffee with the Dean

Come meet our new Dean, Dr. Jorge Haddock on December 11th from 9-10am in the Dean’s Conference Room (M-5-610)!

Coffee & Donuts with the Dean UG

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Networking Event Registration Deadline is Wednesday December 10th!

The deadline to RSVP for the Employer Networking Event is fast approaching!  Make sure you RSVP with the Office of Career Services and Internships by Wednesday December 10th!  The event is Thursday December 11th  from 4pm to 6pm in the Alumni Lounge of the Campus Center, and is worth MAP miles!

Are you prepared?  Have you researched the companies who will be attending, and have a game plan for talking with each of them?  Have you polished your resume?

Make sure by bringing your resume to a Resume Quick Check!

12/9/2014 1-3pm CC-1-1500 (Terrace area)

12/10/2014 11-1pm CC-1-1500 (Terrace area)

Do you have an elevator pitch (15-30 seconds on who you are and what you’re looking for?)  Are you planning to bring something professional to collect things in?  (A bag or pad-folio can go a long way!)  Check out the Networking MAP workshop tomorrow at 11am in the Campus Center 2-2545 for more helpful hints!  RSVP here.

And, last but not least, are you prepared to be professionally dressed?

Business etiquette for professional attire can vary based on gender.  Here are some helpful tips when considering attire for the Networking Event.

Men: Your suit should fit, be ironed, nicely tailored, and conservative regarding color choices.  A tie is almost always a good idea, and make sure you have shined, closed-toed shoes (with matching socks) as well. Your shoes and belt should match, be careful of too much cologne, and make sure your facial hair is kept neat.  Piercings and tattoos should be minimized or covered if possible.

Women: Your suit should fit, however, pants or skirts are both appropriate.  It should be ironed, nicely tailored, and be conservative regarding color choices and patterns.  Avoid distracting jewelry, revealing clothing, overpowering perfume, and makeup that could be considered distasteful.  Shined, closed toes shoes with low heels are recommended (you will be standing for some time).

All students:  Make sure your hair is neat, choose mints over gum, and leave your phone in your pocket/bag unless you’re using it to take down some employer information!  And remember…the best thing you can wear is a smile!

 Need examples of professional dress?  Click here!

Reminder, check IN with Career Services at the entry to the Alumni Lounge in the Campus Center, and check OUT for MAP miles in the lobby after you’re finished.  We will start checking out at approximately 4:45pm, so you should plan to spend some time with all the employers in the room!

 

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How to Calculate Your GPA

As the end of the semester approaches, it is always good to understand where you stand in your courses, and therefore how that could impact your GPA. Here is some helpful information about calculating your GPA:

What is a GPA?

A student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) is a numerical representation of their academic progress at UMass Boston. Only UMass Boston classes are calculated into your GPA. Each letter grade you receive has an equivalent grade point using the Grading Scale. You can use the UMass Boston Grading Scale to help calculate or predict your GPA.

 

What is the UMass Boston Grading Scale?

Grading Scalehttp://www.umb.edu/registrar/grades_transcripts/grading_system

The Registrar’s Office has a grading system in place for all of UMass Boston.

Grade Point Average

GRADE

GRADE POINT

EQUIVALENT CREDITS

QUALITY POINT

A 4.00 3 12.00
A- 3.70 3 11.10
B+ 3.30 3 9.90
B 3.00 2 6.00
B- 2.70 3 8.10
C+ 2.30 3 6.90
C 2.00 1 2.00
C- 1.70 2 3.40
D+ 1.30 3 3.90
D 1.00 4 4.00
D- .70 3 2.10
F or IF .00 3 .00

 

How do you calculate your GPA?

  • Multiply the grade points for each course by the number of credit hours each course is worth.  The resulting value is referred to as “Quality Points”
  • Add together earned quality points for all courses completed at UMass Boston
  • Divide the sum by the total number of completed credit hours

 

Credit Hours         Grade (Equivalent)                          Quality Points

3                     x               C-  (1.7)                                   =                    5.1

3                     x               B-  (2.7)                                  =                     8.1

3                     x               C-  (1.7)                                   =                    5.1

3                     x               C-  (1.7)                                   =                    5.1

TOTAL:  12                                                                                       23.4

 23.4 (Quality Points) ÷ 12 (credit hours) =  1.95 

**This students GPA is below the University Standard of a 2.0 and could have an academic standing reflecting warning, alert, probation, suspension, etc.

The My GPA Tool

University Advising Center’s GPA Calculatorhttp://www.umb.edu/academics/vpass/uac

  • This calculator is for estimation purposes only and can calculate your Semester, Cumulative, or Goal GPA.
  • Results are based only on the data you supply.

 

If you have any questions about your GPA, academic standing, or how to calculate your GPA, please make an appointment to see your academic advisor.

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Coffee and Donuts with the Dean – December 11th

Come meet our new Dean, Dr. Jorge Haddock on December 11th from 9-10am in the Dean’s Conference Room (M-5-610)!

Coffee & Donuts with the Dean UG

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MAP Events for the Week of 12/7

These are the MAP Events for the Week of December 7, 2014.

12/8/14:

Concord Wealth Management Presents: Financial Literacy – Financial Transitions: Starts at 6:00 PM in M-1-409. MAP Miles earned: 50. Register for this event online at https://cmstudents.umb.edu/

12/9/14:

Career Services: Networking Workshop: Starts at 11:00 AM in CC-2-2545. MAP Miles earned: 50. Sign up in advance under “Career Fairs & Events” at https://www.myinterfase.com/umb/student/

Beta Gamma Sigma Presents: Stress Management and Relaxation: Starts at 12:45 PM in CC-2-2545. MAP Miles earned: 50. Register for this event online at https://cmstudents.umb.edu/

12/10/14:

Career Services: Informational Interviews and Job Shadows over the Winter Break: Starts at 3:00 PM in CC-2-2540. MAP Miles earned: 50. Sign up in advance under “Career Fairs & Events” at https://www.myinterfase.com/umb/student/

12/11/14:

Career Services: Employer Networking Event: Starts at 4:00 PM in CC-2-2551 Alumni Lounge. MAP Miles earned: 100. Professional Dress Required! Sign up in advance under “Career Fairs & Events” at https://www.myinterfase.com/umb/student/

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Networking event December 11th, Professional Dress Required!

The Employer Networking Event is next Thursday (December 11th)  from 4pm to 6pm in the Campus Center!  Are you prepared?  Have you registered and researched the companies who will be attending, and have a game plan for talking with each of them?  Have you polished your resume?  Do you have an elevator pitch (15-30 seconds on who you are and what you’re looking for?)  Are you planning to bring something professional to collect things in?  (A bag or pad-folio can go a long way!)  And, last but not least, are you prepared to be professionally dressed?

Business etiquette for professional attire can vary based on gender.  Here are some helpful tips when considering attire for the Networking Event.

Men: Your suit should fit, be ironed, nicely tailored, and conservative regarding color choices.  A tie is almost always a good idea, and make sure you have shined, closed-toed shoes (with matching socks) as well. Your shoes and belt should match, be careful of too much cologne, and make sure your facial hair is kept neat.  Piercings and tattoos should be minimized or covered if possible.

Women: Your suit should fit, however, pants or skirts are both appropriate.  It should be ironed, nicely tailored, and be conservative regarding color choices and patterns.  Avoid distracting jewelry, revealing clothing, overpowering perfume, and makeup that could be considered distasteful.  Shined, closed toes shoes with low heels are recommended (you will be standing for some time).

All students:  Make sure your hair is neat, choose mints over gum, and leave your phone in your pocket/bag unless you’re using it to take down some employer information!  And remember…the best thing you can wear is a smile!

 Need examples of professional dress?  Click here!

Reminder, check IN with Career Services at the entry to the Alumni Lounge in the Campus Center, and check OUT for MAP miles in the lobby after you’re finished.  We will start checking out at approximately 4:45pm, so you should plan to spend some time with all the employers in the room!

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Finals Schedule

The university will be holding final exams starting Monday, December 15th through Friday, December 19th. The exam schedule can vary from your normally scheduled class time, location, and day – so please log into your WISER account to view your unique final exam schedule. Mark your calendar with the final exam date, time, and location, and be sure to prepare for your exams well in advance!

 

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MAP Events for the Week of 11/30

These are the MAP Events for the week of November 30, 2014.

12/1/14:

Fundamental Laws of Investing – Option Strategies: Starts at 12:00 PM in W-1-64. MAP Miles earned: 50. Register for this event online at https://cmstudents.umb.edu/

Concord Wealth Management Presents: Financial Literacy -Retirement Planning: Starts at 6:00 PM in M-1-409. MAP Miles earned: 50. Register for this event online at https://cmstudents.umb.edu/

12/2/14:

SERC Presents: Environmental, Social and Governmental factors in investment decisions: Starts at 5:30 PM in Ryan Lounge: M-3-721. A response is required for this event. MAP Miles earned: 50. Register for this event online at https://cmstudents.umb.edu/

12/3/14:

Career Services: Putting it all together- Next Steps: Starts at 2:00 PM in CC-3-3540. MAP Miles earned: 50. Sign up in advance under “Career Fairs & Events” at https://www.myinterfase.com/umb/student/

12/5/14:

Beta Gamma Sigma Presents: Stress Management and Relaxation: Starts at 12:00 in CC-2-2540. MAP Miles earned: 50. Register for this event online at https://cmstudents.umb.edu/

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Networking Event December 11th–MAP eligible!

 

Are you actively looking for a full or part time job / spring or summer internshipTHEN this event is for you!  Come interact and engage with 15-20 employers currently seeking to fill positions.  This event grants you access to recruiters and decision makers for these open positions. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to pitch employers on WHY they should consider you as a potential candidate.  Read below for registration instructions, resources to help you polish your resume, and workshops to help you effectively give your “30 second market pitch”. Questions: contact Career Services

 

The UMass Boston Networking Event is an interactive event that allows students and alumni actively pursuing full/part time jobs and internship  opportunities to connect and engage with EMPLOYERS currently seeking to fill positions.  In order to REGISTER for this Event you MUST upload your updated Resume in your My Career Online account into the “My Documents” section.  Print out and bring 10-15 copies of your resume for this event.

 

Here is the link to the event in My Career Online: https://www.myinterfase.com/umb/CareerFair/Detail/Nkw3V1ZSaGpRSXpQOTJqMDF6N2VZWng1Z3B5SmxGdXp1L1U4WE5sZmJkRT01

 

Dress Code – Professional Dress required!

 

  • If you do not come dressed to impress in professional attire you will not be allowed entry into this selective event

The Office of Career Services and Internships will provide RESUME QUICK CHECKS during the times listed below. All resume quick checks will be located in the Campus Center 1st floor 1500 terrace area.

 

  • Thursday, 12/4 from 1pm-3pm
  • Friday, 12/5 from 11am-1pm
  • Tuesday, 12/9 from 1pm-3pm
  • Wednesday, 12/10 from 11am-1pm

 

You can also contact our front desk at (617) 287-5519 to get your resume reviewed by our PEER CAREER ADVISORS during their Drop-in Hours.

PREPARE: By Attending an upcoming workshop

 

  • Next Steps / Putting it all Together – Job Search and Follow up Strategies, Wednesday, December 3rd, 2pm-3pm, CC-3540
  • Strategies for Networking Event, Tuesday, December 9th, 11am-12pm, CC-2-2545

Participating organizations will be listed in the first week of December.

 

In past Networking Events we have had industries represented in: Business, Accounting, Sales & Marketing, Management, Non-Profit Management, Education, Energy Efficiency and Green Opportunities, STEM fields, Entrepreneurial Start Up’s, Political Science/Economics, Community Based Organizations and more…

UMB Networking Event - Student Flyer 12 11 14

 

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