College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

April 6th, 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 8:45am

Welcome to Week 13, and congratulations on having completed 75% of the Spring 2020 semester. 

These final weeks of the spring semester are usually occupied with making plans for seeking summer jobs or internships and, for graduating seniors, for landing your first post-UNI professional position. Although that might seem a difficult challenge to manage remotely, the great news is that both the University and the department have many resources available to help:

*The UNI Career Services website has a variety of tips and tutorials for polishing your resume and preparing for interviews. Career Services is also offering personalized assistance at a distance through appointments via the Google Hangouts platform. To set up an individual appointment, click here

*The Department of History is also organizing two upcoming History professional development activities to help you sharpen your skills for the workplace. Each will be offered through Zoom. 

  1. For the first, on Thursday, April 16th, I'll be speaking with UNI History Teacher Education alum and current teacher Colby Grothoff to discuss how he found career success and how he puts his UNI degree to work. If you're a History teacher ed student, you won't want to miss this.
  2. For the second, on Thursday, April 23rd, I'll be joined by the Assistant Director of Career Services TJ Warren. We'll discuss tips and strategies for building your personal brand and for learning to navigate e-recruiting and professional networking. 

Each session will offer Q&A time, so make sure to take advantage of these valuable opportunities and have your own questions answered; learn from experts! Additional details, including the Zoom invitations for both sessions, will be included in next week's message. 

*Registration for Fall 2020 continues this week with Sophomores and Freshmen. Make sure to take advantage of your registration window. A number of upper-division History courses are filling steadily, so you want to be sure to claim your spot as soon as you're able. If you've missed your original timeslot, now's the perfect time to register and finalize your fall schedule. Please be aware that there is a new ubill/registration policy this spring: Due to this spring's special circumstances, the new threshold for ubill registration holds is $2,500. A student with a past due ubill of less than $2,500 (that is fewer than 180 days past due) will no longer have a ubill registration hold. 

*A special note for Spring 2020 History graduates: please see the University's page with information on graduation. On that page, you will find information about the upcoming online Commencement celebration; remember that the sign-up deadline for that event is this Wednesday, April 8.

*And finally, a tech tip for classes: did you know that you can scan a document as a pdf using your iPhone? Open the Notes app and click the icon in the bottom menu bar that looks like a camera. A menu will pop up that asks if you would like to Scan Document. Simply take a photo of your document, and a pdf will be generated that you can send by email or upload elsewhere.

I wish you all continued progress on your coursework this week, and as always, don't hesitate to reach out if you need History assistance. 

Take care, and be well,
Dr. McNabb