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A site for the families of UC Davis studentsNovember 2011

Parent to parent: Managing college expenses

Photo: Jeff Hudson

We all know that the cost of college has risen — a lot — in recent years. And I’ve been scrimping and saving all the while.

Like almost every parent of a UC Davis student, I’ve been on a financial roller coaster since my twin sons finished high school in June 2008. That year, the stock market took a dive, and the college account we’d started years earlier sustained a big hit.

Since I initially had one son at UC Davis and one at community college, I adopted a pay-as-you-go approach, and left the college account alone for a while. And the account largely recovered — though recent market volatility has given me some butterflies.

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First-Year Seminar helps student set future course

UC Davis graduate Skender Najibi attended a Union City high school with 4,600 students and not enough counselors to help them decide how best to pursue their academic interests.

That’s why, as a student here, Najibi took a seminar called “Success in College and After College: How to Get and Stay on Course.” The course is one of 200 First-Year Seminars that offer new students a small class experience and the opportunity to interact with faculty members on a wide range of topics.

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Series develops leadership, professional skills

From managing time well to fostering teamwork, students at UC Davis are learning practical leadership and professional skills through a special series of workshops.

The Student Leadership Development Series is among the ways that UC Davis helps students hone skills for leading in their workplaces, their communities and beyond.

Almost 500 students registered for the workshops last year, and more than one-third took more than one training session.

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Students asked to update info for emergency alerts

Update Nov. 7, 2011: UC Davis emergency officials announced that the WarnMe test has been postponed to Tuesday, Nov. 29, to allow more time for preparation, given recent changes made to computer servers and storage devices that process the WarnMe messages.

UC Davis is urging students to update or add their personal contact information for UC Davis WarnMe in advance of a Nov. 9 test of the emergency alert service.

UC Davis WarnMe is part of the university’s comprehensive emergency management program and among the ways the university can alert its community to an emergency and provide important information.

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