Getting Involved, Merced Weather, Peer Academic Advisors, Halloween Happenings
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"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody"
~Bill Cosby

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A public service announcement

Mid semester grades will be released on Tuesday, October 21st, be sure to check them! One of three things will happen. A) You see your grade and you're not happy with it. You ask yourself, "what went wrong"? The good news is you still have half a semester to figure it out. B) You get your grade and you got what you expected (whether that's good or bad is up to you). This is a great opportunity to kick it up another notch. Beat your high score =]. Or C) you got your grade back and you're shocked at how well you did. Look at that! You had it in you this whole time!  

Whatever the case may be, you definitely have options. Your mentor is one of them. =] 


Getting Involved

There are many options for getting involved on campus and off campus. Clubs & organizations on-campus can help you become involved in the community and on-campus. Check out a complete list of current clubs to join here. Also, if you have a genuine desire to get involved, here are some cool options to choose from!  

On Campus

Early Childhood Education Center
Emigrant Pass Rd, CA 95340

The Early Childhood and Education Center (ECEC) offers quality daycare for children of faculty, staff, and students. The age of children staff take care of vary from infants to toddlers. So they  look for student volunteers that love children. Volunteering opportunities range from playing with children, storybook readings, and helping clean up toys. For more information on the center you can go here!


Off Campus

Merced Full Spectrum
LGBT Community Center
1744 G St Suite H Merced CA 95340


Merced Full Spectrum is the first LGBT center to open in Merced! They provide much needed resources, educate people on LGBT related topics, and provide support groups.The center strives to provide an environment where everyone is welcome & create events as seen in this calendar of events.  Since the center just opened last month they need a lot of help and are looking for volunteers! Contact information can be found here.

Surviving Merced Weather 101

Don't be fooled by the breezy/comfy weather. Although it's nice and warm now, pretty soon cooler weather will be here and you may be caught off guard by what you find out about Merced in the fall. To stay on top of the sudden changes in weather, check out Yahoo! Weather. And in preparation of the most talked about season in Merced, here are some helpful tips...
  • When it comes to rain, umbrellas are more bad luck than walking under a ladder or coming across a black cat. Merced wind does not like umbrellas. One effective way to cover from the sideways rain that is common around these parts is wearing a poncho. You may scoff now, but you have been warned. If you do get an umbrella, look for a "wind resistant" umbrella. 
  • Invest in some good rain boots. An umbrella may survive long enough in these gale force winds to keep your torso dry but your feet will get soaked. A poncho wont help you with this either. Keep your feet warm and dry, buy some rain boots. Or carry around spare socks. Which ever is easier. 
  • Unless pale blue hands are a fashion statement for you, you're gonna want to keep those hands covered with some gloves. You can even get gloves that have touch screen compatible fingers so you don't have to choose between frost bite and responding to a text. 
Now that you been given a heads, up you're all set for the fall and winter in Merced! Stay prepared Bobcats! 

Meeting Your Academic (Peer) Advisors

Unless you are in the School of Engineering, you are required to see your schools' peer advisors.  Academic peer advisors are all thoroughly trained and can answer 95% of all questions you may have. Specifically, they can help you choose classes, read your MyAudit report, revise your 4-year plan, and answer any other questions you may have. Peer advisors have also been trained especially to help first year students with wide ranging questions such as planning schedules, summer school options, finding on-campus resources, course sequencing, and much more.

Below is a list of peer advisors for different schools. Before you go see an any advisor, make sure to print out your MyAudit. Students without a copy of their MyAudit will not be seen!

School of Natural Sciences, Academic Advising Mentors

The NS Academic Advising Mentor Staff is located in the AOA portables in Room 131, behind the Classroom Building. For more information, check out Natural Sciences Advising.

Office Hours for Fall 2014:
Monday: 8am-6pm
Tuesday: 8am-9am, 9:30am-6pm
Wednesday: 8am-5pm
Thursday: 8am-9am, 9:30am-3pm
Friday: 8am-12:30pm, 1pm-4pm

School of Engineering,
Academic Advising

The School of Engineering requires students to schedule an appointment prior to meeting up with an academic advisor. Their office is located on the third floor of the Science and Engineering 2 building in Room 315. First year Engineering students will need to make an appointment with Karla Gonzalez. For more information, check out Engineering Advising


School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts,
Peer Mentors

The SSHA Peer Mentor Staff is located on the second floor of the Classroom & Office Building (COB).  Students wishing to speak with a Peer Mentor should check in with the SSHA Advising Reception office in COB 208. For more information, check out SSHA Advising.

Office Hours for Fall 2014:
Monday: 10am-12pm; 1-4pm
Tuesday: 10am-10:30am; 11:30am-12pm; 1-4pm
Wednesday: 10am-12pm; 1-4pm
Thursday: 10am-12pm; 1-4pm
Friday: Closed

Calvin E. Bright Success Center,
Peer Academic Advisors

Peer academic advisors can help ease the hassle of getting academic advising. They are able to give more down-to-earth, student-related solutions and feedback on things that you might have questions about. Undeclared first-year students must meet with a Peer Academic Advisor, before seeing their Academic Advisor. For more information, check out Peer Academic Advising.

Office Hours for Fall 2014
Monday: 9am-6pm, Tuolomne Study Lounge
Tuesday: 9am-6pm, Half Dome 171
Wednesday: 9am-6pm, Tuolomne Study Lounge
Thursday: 9am-6pm, Half Dome 171
Friday: 9am-6pm, Tuolomne Study Lounge

Halloween Happenings

Halloween is right around the corner! Below are some of the Halloween events happening in Merced. Grab a few friends and check them out!

Frightmare Farms

3870 Plainsburg Rd, Merced, CA 95341
(209) 658-4492

Frightmare Farms is definitely one of Merced's most terrifying Halloween attractions. Get ready for an experience of sheer terror in the clutches of Barnyard Slaughter, an up-close, super intense scare that includes mine shafts, cemeteries, and non-stop actions. Check out their website for more information.

Vista Ranch and Cellars

7326 California 140, Merced, CA 95340
(209) 722-8200

Vista Ranch and Cellars is hosting its 4th Annual Fall Family Fun from Sep. 27th to Nov. 2nd. Events include Pumpkin Patch, Hay Maze, Critter Crater, Corn Maze and many more. Check out their website for more information. 

Approved Events

SMP Events

Nightmare on Stress Street 
Monday October 20th 11:00-12:00 PM
KL 298
Tuesday October 21st 11:00-12:00 PM
Bobcat Lair (KL 169)

Haunted by stressful ghosts of midterm's past? Learn to put these stressful spirits to rest with the Success Mentor program as we discuss major solutions regarding stress management.

Nightmare Before Office Hours
Monday October 20th 12:00 -1:00 PM
Bobcat Lair (KL169)
Tuesday October 21st 12:00-1:00 PM
Bobcat Lair (KL 169)

Not sure of how to approach your professor or TA during office hours? This workshop will help you develop the confidence needed to overcome your fears! Office hours are an important resource available to all students and this workshop will help you gain the necessary tools to get the most out of office hours.

We will discuss how to make personal connections with your professor or TA, types of questions to ask during office hours, dealing with long lines during office hours, and many more topics!


Mentor Murder Mystery
Monday October 27th 1:30-3:00 PM
Cresant Arch Room (Half Dome 180) 

Come dressed up early for Halloween and take part in our Mentor Murder Mystery! Discover who the culprit is by tying all the clues and working together with your mythical family. With Halloween around the corner, connect with the SMP community for some ghostly activities and fancy snacks. It will be a spooky good time!
Additional Approved Events
Introduction to Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician's Assistant
Tuesday October 21st  11:00-12:00 PM  
S&E1 270
Event Link

B.L.S. Common Purpose Part 2
Tuesday October 21st 6:00-7:00 PM
Bobcat Lair (KL169)
Event Link

Social Media and Professionalism Workshop
Wednesday October 22nd 3:00-4:00 PM
SSB 250
Event Link

Money Wise Bobcat Institute - Identity Theft
Wednesday October 22nd 4:00-6:00 PM
Bobcat Lair (KL169)
Event Link

Boredom Busting
Tuesday October 23rd 5:00-5:50 PM
Alpine Room
Event Link

Science Survival Tips - MyAudit & Registration 
Tuesday October 28th 11:00-12:00 PM
S&E1 270
Event Link

B.L.S. Congruence Part 2
Wednesday October 29th 2:00-4:00 PM 
Bobcat Lair ( KL 169)
Event Link

Cover Letter Workshop
Wednesday October 29th 10:00-11:00 AM 
SSB 250
Event Link

Magic 8 Ball-Predict Your Success
Tuesday November 4th 11:00-12:00 PM
S&E1, Room 270
Event Link

Networking Workshop
Wednesday November 5th 10:00-11:00 AM
SSB 250
Event Link
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