News From Academic & Transfer Advising Services    |   Fall 2012   |   Issue #5, October 22 - November 4

Welcome to the “Please be Advised” email newsletter.  This bi-weekly e-mail will keep you apprised of academic advising-related matters, including deadlines and special events. Your success matters to us! Go Seawolves!


1.   Last Chance to Elect W/G/P/NC (Deadline 10/26 @ 4 p.m.)
2.   P.B.A. Podcast Show - Why Select the W/G/P/NC Grading Options?
3.   Registration Preparation For Spring 2013
4.   Winter Session Course in Costa Rica
5.   Study Skills Workshop
6.   Pre-Health Information
7.   Pre-Law Information
8.   Academic Advising Offices
9.   Word of the Week


Friday, October 26 @ 4 p.m.
  • Last day to process a Section Change or Credit Change for an enrolled course. Section change/Credit change form with appropriate signatures required for processing.
  • Last day to change a class to or from the Grade/Pass/No Credit (GPNC) option. Students are allowed to elect the GPNC option for only one course per semester.***View Video Tutorial Below.***
  • Last day to drop a course. (“W” will be recorded). Full-time students must remain full-time with a minimum of twelve (12.0) credits.

Thursday, November 1

  • Last day for removal of Incomplete & NR grades from the Spring & Summer 2012 terms.

Monday, November 5

Advance registration tentatively set to begin for Winter & Spring 2013 semesters. (See #3 Below)

***For more information about the Fall 2012 deadlines, please visit:http://www.stonybrook.edu/registrar/calendar-academic.shtml . 


The P/NC grading option has been revised effective this Fall 2012.  Please watch the following video tutorial to learn about the new GPNC option.  Please remember the deadline to elect the GPNC option for Fall 2012 is October 26 at 4 p.m.


2.  P.B.A. PODCAST SHOW - Why Select the W/G/P/NC Grading Options?

In this episode, Joe Lodato and Mary Beth Powers discuss the withdrawal & GPNC grading options, what they are used for, and why students might choose them.





Visit the Registration Preparation Page on the Academic and Transfer Advising Services' website for some fantastic resources.  Browse a wonderful selection of Podcasts, Video Tutorials, FAQ's, and other great tools:

How to Prepare For Registration Season
How to Avoid Late Graduation

Video Tutorials:
How to Find Your Enrollment Appointment Time
How to Search By D.E.C. Category
How to Use My Planner
Searching For Classes on the Registrar's Website
How to Search For DECs That Also Satisfy Major Requirements

FAQ's, The Course Repeat Policy, and much more!

To find your Enrollment Appointment follow these steps below.  Your Enrollment Appointment is the date and time on which you can begin registering for Spring 2013 classes.

(Your Enrollment Appointment will be available on or around October 29 @ 4 p.m.)

1.  Log-in to SOLAR
2.  Click on Student Records & Registration
3.  Select Enrollment link
4.  Click Enrollment Date and choose Spring 2013  

Watch the video tutorial!



The Sustainability Studies Program in conjunction with International Programs and GREEN, a Global Renewable Energy Education Network is pleased to announce our new winter program session in Costa Rica, January 9- 20, 2013.  It is a four credit, DEC H, Upper division course titled, Sustainability and Renewable Energy in Costa Rica, ENV 310.  The program offers a comprehensive 12 day overview of several types of alternative energy and sustainability. This in-depth experience is supported with topic-specific lectures, online readings and assignments, and work on an interdisciplinary capstone project. Students will also collaborate with local engineers on a community service project to provide the local communities with accessible water or other sustainability initiatives. 

All those interested should apply to International Programs, www.stonybrook.edu/studyabroad


TOPIC: Study Strategies Part 2.  Wednesday, October 24 at 4 p.m.  SAC 304
Do you need help figuring out the best way you learn and study?  Do you need help with time management skills or notetaking skills? Attend our Study Skills Workshop Series presented by Academic & Transfer Advising Services!

Full Schedule

6.  PRE-HEALTH INFORMATION  @ www.stonybrook.edu/healthed

The Stony Brook Health Outreach and Medical Education (SB HOME)

SB HOME is a free student-run clinic managed by medical students with physician oversight. The UCEP (Undergraduates Clinical Experience Program) is an excellent opportunity designed to expose Stony Brook undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students to a clinical setting. They will be educated on fundamental clinical skills in a diverse setting of patients with non-emergent conditions.

Applications will be available opening October 29, 2012 through November 7, 2012 for the spring semester program.
Application should be supplemented with an electronic copy of a resume and 3 references. To download the application or learn more about SB HOME and the UCEP program, students can visit:http://www.stonybrookhome.com/ucep or e-mailsbucep@gmail.com for any inquiries.

Learn about America University of the Caribbean School of Me
dicine (AUC)

Information Session held at SBU 
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Javits Room located on the 2nd Floor of Melville Library

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine presents: 
The 8th Annual Symposium in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Learn about the specialties of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Prosthetics. Guest speakers present cases and unique insights into their practice. Find out about the admissions process and ways to finance your dental education.

Date: Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Medical Center HSC 401
              701 W 168th Street, New York, NY 10032

On Campus Day at LECOM
Join Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Friday, November 9, 2012
The College of Medicine and School of Pharmacy will be offering presentations, tours of their individual facilities, lab demonstrations, and opportunities to meet with faculty, staff and students.

If you are interested please RSVP by November 5, 2012 to:

Jamie Murphy (Mr.)
Admissions Counselor

News From Kaplan:  

Considerations for Selecting an MCAT Test Date
The AAMC just released the 2013 MCAT test date schedule, and registration for the January through May exams opened on October 16th!  If you're wondering how to actually choose your MCAT test date, regardless of whether or not you'll be testing this year, click here.

7.  PRE-LAW INFORMATION  @ www.stonybrook.edu/prelaw

News From Kaplan:

On the Next Episode of "The 180 - Live" 

"1L from 1Ls" - Tuesday, October 30 at 8pm ET

Not sure exactly what to expect as a first year law student? This is the show for you. Join brand new first year law students as they share with you their expectations and surprises just weeks into the law school experience. They’ll Monday-morning quarterback their first days as a 1L and share with you their tips on applying to and preparing for law school. Another great one-night-only show you can’t miss. You must register in advance to watch. Register for free at http://blog.the180.com/the-180-live/, and get a head start on your bright future!



Several offices provide general and major/minor-related academic advising to specific cohorts of undergraduates.  To see where you go for academic advising, visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/academichelp.shtml .

word of week

Educe \ih-DOOS\, verb:

1. To draw forth or bring out, as something potential or latent.

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