Keystone Program

Parents Monthly Issue - November 2012

November 2012 update

Thanksgiving Greetings!

We pray that your family is preparing for a wonderful holiday of giving thanks and celebrating blessings! This semester is rapidly coming to a close, and the Union University community has much to be thankful for. In fact, every November, we as an institution designate a day in which classes are canceled and students are encouraged to spend the day participating in acts of service to the Jackson community. Over the past several years, Union University has been protected by God's hand and supported by the city of Jackson. As a token of our gratitude, students, staff, and faculty give back to Jackson in the form of community service projects, organized by the Office of Spiritual Life. All of our Keystone students participated in projects around the city. 35 of our students participated in the project sponsored by the Keystone program, which took place at The Dream Center of Jackson, a crisis shelter for homeless women and children. Students painted a room and furniture in preparation for a new family to move in, organized a clothes closet, and played with children so that mothers could have some time to themselves. What a blessing to all! To read more about Union's Day of Campus and Community, visit the Union webpage http://uu.edu/news/release.cfm?ID=2050.

During the month of November, students will be meeting with their major advisors and planning out their courses for January and Spring 2013 semesters. The Keystone Academic Counselors will also meet with students to review course decisions and answer any questions that students may have about the registration process.

At the end of the semester, all Keystone students will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee to determine their admission statuses for January and Spring 2013. The committee will review grades, comments from professors, and Keystone recommendations to determine academic statuses for the following semesters. A formal letter will be sent home concerning the committee’s decision, along with any recommendations or requirements.

The Keystone status will generally fall into three categories:

1.        GPA 2.5-above: Readmitted with privileges. This status will allow the student to add additional hours to their current schedule not to exceed 16 hours.  Optional participation in UNI 197 “Keystone Study Lab” for the spring semester. This class is for students needing additional support for the spring term. This ungraded for credit class will be taught on Tuesday and Thursday for either one or two credit hours. Meetings with Keystone counselors can be scheduled for every two weeks instead of weekly if desired.
2.        GPA 2.0-2.4: Readmitted with conditions. This status is the continuation of most elements of the Keystone support.  Participation in UNI 197 “Keystone Study Lab” for the spring semester may be required. This new class is for students needing additional support for the spring term. This ungraded for credit class will be taught on Tuesday and Thursday for either one or two credit hours. Other elements, such as weekly advising meetings, repeating courses, limitation of hours, and tutoring will be outlined for each student.
3.       GPA below 2.0: Each student’s status will be addressed independently by the committee. The letter will detail all mandatory requirements.

We will mail home your student’s tentative schedule for Winter and/or Spring semester. If we need to make adjustments after grades are complete in December, this can be done by emailing me at stignor@uu.edu and I will make adjustments as soon as registration reopens.  

If due to a hold on Student Accounts (outstanding balance on the bill) or Admissions (missing academic documents) your student did not register for Winter/Spring of 2012, registration will be open and available to students on WebAdvisor. 

Please do not hesitate to email with any questions or concerns. We wish each of you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

Union University

For more information on Keystone
Contact the Office of Academic Support
1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, Tennessee 38305
731-661-6568
stignor@uu.edu