Fall 2012
Office of Academic Advising - Walker Hall 104 - aad@linfield.edu - 503.883.2250

In This Issue:

Registration is coming...start planning now

Faculty Corner: Ideas for Advising Appointments

LC Corner: Upper Division Course

Pre-nursing Advising Update

Major of the Month

Minor of the Month

Important Dates

Nov. 2– Last day to drop a class and receive a "W" on your transcript


Nov.5-9 – Registration begins for January Term and Spring Semester


Nov. 19-23 - Thangksgiving Break


Dec. 6 – Last Day of Class


Dec. 7– Reading Day


Dec. 10-13 – Finals Week


Dec. 13- Semester Ends





Registration is coming...start planning now!

Registration for January 2013 and Spring 2013 begins on November 5.  Find out your time to register by checking the Registration Schedule on the Registrar's Office website.  The registration schedule is based on completed credits (credits for courses in which you are currently enrolled do not count).  If you are not sure how many credits you have, check your transcript on WebAdvisor.

Before registering for classes, you will need to meet with your Faculty Advisor and be approved to register in WebAdvisor. Here are some tips for planning a valuable advising meeting:

  • Schedule early. Your advisor is meeting with alot of students right before registration.  Don't wait to the last minute to schedule your appointment.
  • 45+ credits earned.  If you have earned more than 45 credits and have not declared your major you must do so before registration.  If you do not complete the declaration of major form by Nov. 2 by 12:00 pm, you will be blocked from registration.
  • Set goals for the advising appointment.  What do you hope to get out of the appointment?  What do you hope to learn?  Do you have questions beyond simply what courses you should take?  Write them down and arrive at the appointment with a clear idea of the information that you want to come away with.
  • Come prepared!  Print your program evaluation and transcript from WebAdvisor (the program evaluation function on WebAdvisor is new and improved!).  Review the list of course offerings on the Registrar's Office website or on WebAdvisor and sketch out your proposed schedule.  Bring your college catalog, LC worksheet, and any other useful records.
  • Talk about more than just classes. Because you already did the legwork on putting together a schedule, it shouldn't take too much time for your advisor to review your proposed schedule and suggest some alternatives. Use the rest of your appointment time to discuss long-term planning in your major, ideas about internships and other professional experiences, or simply how things are going in your classes right now.  If you have alot of in-depth questions, consider scheduling a follow-up appointment with your advisor after registration, when his/her schedule isn't so booked.

After your advising appointment, check to make sure your advisor has approved you for registration by going to  “Approved for Registration?” on WebAdvisor.  You will also need to make sure your account is clear and resolve any issues causing a registration hold on your account. Refer to the Registration Information on the Registrar's Office website for more details.

WebAdvisor Hints

  • Use the 'Express Registration' tool to place classes into your preferred sections before you register.
  • Go to your preferred sections at your registartion time and  select 'Register' in the drop down menu of each of your classes, and click submit.
  • For helpful registration videos, visit the WildcatAdvising YouTube Channel.


Faculty Corner: Ideas for Advising Appointments

It's that time of year again, advising appointments and course registration for January and Spring 2013 courses.  Here are some ideas for setting up advising appointments with students: 

  • Post a sign up sheet for students to schedule appointments.  Have students sign up for 10 to 15 minute advising appointments.  The benefit of holding individual appointments is that you are able to connect with each student and help them organize their schedule.  The drawback is that you have to block out large amounts of time to set up appointments.
  • Post drop-in advising hours.  Think about scheduling some extra office hours in the weeks leading up to registration.  Students can find a time that works for them and drop by your office.  The benefit of this system is that meetings are much more informal and there isn't a set appointment window for students who may need more or less time.  The drawback is that a line of students may form outside of your office during the drop in hours.
  • Hold group advising sessions.  Have students with similar interests sign up for group advising appointments.  The benefit of this system is students are able to make connections with other students that have similar interests and this gives them the opportunity to brainstorm creative ideas for their class schedules or possible internships in their field.  This system may decrease the amount of time you spend in advising sessions.  The drawback is that you don't meet with students individually.
  • Recruit upperclassmen to hold peer advising sessions with first and second year students.  The benefit is that experienced students may be able to provide quality advice to students about which classes to take and how to plan their schedule.  This advising system may decrease the amount of time you spend on individual advising appointments.  The drawback is that you need to recruit students to lead those peer advising sessions.  This is a a great opportunity for juniors and seniors to build their resume.


 LC Corner: Upper Division requirement

"The purpose of the general education requirement called the Linfield Curriculum (LC) is to foster the development of wholly-educated persons by providing a coherent experience spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, and social-behavioral sciences." -Linfield Course Catalog 2012-2013

The purpose of the Upper Division course is to give students the opportunity to explore one of the modes of inquiry in more depth.  The Upper Division course must be at the 300-level or above, it must be in one of the Six Modes of Inquiry (CS, IS, NW, UQ and VP) and it must be a course from outside the student's major department.  In the case of a student with multiple majors, the Upper Division course must be from outside one of the major departments.  In other words, it may not be a course which satisfies the requirements of both majors.  In the case of interdisciplinary majors, the Upper Division course must be from outside of the student's field of study.

To satisfy the requirement for the Upper Division course, a student must demonstrate meeting the learning objectives of that mode by choosing an assigment, or collection of assignments, to post to an online repository in TaskStream.  

For more information about the Linfield Curriculum requirements please visit the Linfield Course Catalog.



Pre-Nursing Advising Update

  • Students considering pursing nursing will need to meet with the pre-nursing advisor (Janet Peterson) and with their faculty advisor.  The faculty advisor will clear you to register once you have met with them.
  • Dates and times of the pre-nursing advising sessions: Friday Oct. 19, 2012 for students planning to migrate to the Portland campus in Fall 2013, and Friday Oct. 26, 2012 for all other pre-nursing students. 
  • Students who have been accepted for Fall 2013 entry – you do not need to register for classes- the Portland campus will do all of that for you!
  • Interested in Fall 2013 Entry?  Applications will be available, online, on November 15, 2012 and due back to the academic advising office by Feb 1, 2013.
  • Visit the Pre-Nursing website for additional information.

Major of the Month: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, as the intersection of the disciplines of Chemistry and Biology, applies to the understanding of interplay of energy, atoms, and molecules to the intricate processes which occur within a living cell.  The Department coordinates pertinent course offerings from the Departments of Chemistry and Biology to provide the framework of integration.

The degree requires a sequence of courses which provide a background in biomolecular sciences for employment at a bachelors level or graduate training in related areas.  It also provides preparation for students wanting to enter professional training programs in medical, dentistry, pharmacy, or other health professions.

Students interested in the Biochemistry or Molecular Biology majors should consult with a faculty advisor and faculty members in the Chemistry and Biology Departments.

Minor of the Month: Sports Management

The Sports Management minor is a program designed to allow students to obtain theoretical knowledge in the fields of business, economics, philosophy and health and human performance and apply it to the study of sport management.  Courses in this minor encourage critical analysis of the cultural and social significance of sport, the need for ethical and moral decision-making and the role of sport as a business.

Students interested in the Sport Management minor should review the current catalog for requirements of the minor and consult with a faculty advisor.


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