Thanksgiving Break will be here soon! Below is some important information for you.
There will be no classes being held starting on Wednesday, November 21, with classes resuming on Monday, November 26. During this time campus with still remain open, but will be less active.
Some of you may be taking advantage of this break to plan a trip or take a few days to relax and recharge. No matter what your plans, continue reading for preparations to make for break regarding international travel and remaining on campus during that time.
- Any student traveling internationally during break needs to have the travel endorsement signature on their I-20 (page 2) or DS-2019 (page 1).
- If your I-20/DS-2019 was previously signed and the signature is a year old, you will need to have it signed again. Signatures are only good for one year.
- Stop by the Office of International Programs and Services to have you documents signed.
- Click HERE for information from the Housing Office.
- On-campus student wishing to stay in the residence halls during break must complete a request form with Housing. Housing will be emailing you specific instructions on how to do this soon and it will also be in Ville Daily.
- Students not staying on campus during the break are required to vacate the residence halls by Tuesday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m.
- During break MU dining options are more limited and you cannot use your meal plan after Tuesday evening. Refer to the Campus Dining Schedule for what dining services will be available during this time.
- Meal plans cannot be used during break. Students will have to use FLEX, Marauder Gold, cash, or credit card.
- There will be no dining services available on campus from Thursday, November 22-Saturday, November 24.
- Due to the restrictions with dining services you may wish to visit local grocery stores in addition to dining on campus.
Local Grocery Stores:
- The closest grocery store to campus, John Herr’s, is about a 20 minute walk. It is located near the end of George Street at 25 Manor Avenue. Their business hours are found here and they will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
- Another nearby grocery store is Weis Markets located at the Manor Shopping Center at 1204 Millersville Pike, Lancaster PA. Students can take the #16 bus there, but this bus will not be running on Thanksgiving Day, so students should plan to purchase food beforehand.
- Due to limited store hours and transportation, it is highly recommended to plan your grocery shopping ahead of time.
You’ve almost made it to the a well-deserved break. Keep going strong! If you have any questions regarding the information above feel free to reach out to the Office of International Programs and Services!
Below is some important information regarding the upcoming winter break.
- Any student traveling internationally needs to have the travel endorsement signature on their I-20 (page 2) or DS-2019 (page 1) up to date.
- If your I-20/DS-2019 was previously signed and the signature is a year old from when you will reenter the U.S. (dated before January 22, 2018), you will need to have it signed again. Signatures are only good for one year.
- Stop by Cumberland House or Adams House to have your document signed.
- The residence halls will close for the fall semester at 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 15.
- All students staying on-campus during winter break will be required to register for Winter Break Housing in your MAX account by 8PM on December 12th.
- Students not taking classes over Winter Term or returning for the spring semester are required to check out of the residence halls by Saturday, December 15 at 12 noon.
- The residence halls will reopen on Sunday, January 20 at 12:00 noon for the spring 2019 semester.
- Dining options on-campus are more limited during the winter term, and there are many days when no dining services are available on campus.
- Meal plans cannot be used during winter term. Students will have to use FLEX, Marauder Gold, cash, or credit card.
- Important Dates for Dining Services
- Sunday, December 16: Fall meal plans end after lunch
- Monday, December 17: ALL dining operations closed on-campus
- December 24-January 1: ALL dining operations closed on-campus
- Spring meal plans resume at lunch on January 22.
- Refer to the Schedule for Finals Week/December and January Dining Service Schedule for complete details.
- There will be no dining services available on-campus from December 23-January 1. Students are encouraged to visit local grocery stores ahead of time.
Local Grocery Stores:
- The closest grocery store to campus, John Herr’s, is about a 20 minute walk. It is located near the end of George Street at 25 Manor Avenue. Their business hours are found here and they will be closed on Christmas Day (December 25) or New Year’s Day (January 1).
- Another nearby grocery store is Weis Markets located at the Manor Shopping Center at 1204 Millersville Pike, Lancaster PA. Students can take the #16 bus there, but this bus will not be running on Christmas Day (December 25) or New Year’s Day (January 1), so students should plan to purchase food beforehand.
You’ve almost made it to the end of the semester. Keep going strong! If you have any questions regarding the information above feel free to stop by Cumberland House or Adams House for more information.
Don’t know what to do over the winter break? Check out this article on that very topic!
I’m pleased to offer the opportunity to all students to join the Alternative Spring Break program on our trips to Black Mountain, NC and Lancaster, PA March 11-16, 2018! Join us on a week of traveling and service around the country with these two unique opportunities.
NC- $250 – Working with the YMCA and doing various service projects that will be preplanned. We will be leaving Sunday morning and returning late Friday night. On the way home we will be stopping and have a fun activity to break up the trip.
Lancaster- $100 – I will be planning this trip closer to the dates utilizing community organizations and planning a week of service. This focus will be on social enterprises, advocacy, and education with immigration and migration.
Both trips will meet on a regular basis, according to their schedules. They will organize 2 fundraisers to cover the costs of the experiences, as well as raise awareness for the trips.
I just provided some general information on the trips, I attached a brochure with some more information. If you have any specific questions or anything please let me know and I would be happy to help!
*The applications had a due date of October 6th, however we are on a rolling admissions. Those that applied by that date were on a first come first serve basis. (If you are interested, apply today!)
If you have any questions feel free to contact myself at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop in the Huntington House 2nd Floor to meet with me!
Emily Reed, BSW
Alternative Spring Breaks