News From Academic & Transfer Advising Services    |   Fall 2012   |   Issue #8, December 3 - December 16

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. This is the last newsletter for the Fall 2012 semester.  Your success matters to us! Go Seawolves!


1.   Public Speaking Winter Session Course

2.   Winter Session
3.   P.B.A. Show, Enhanced!
4.   Pre-Health
5.   Pre-Law
6.   Academic Advising Offices
7.   Word of the Week  


Friday, December 7 @ 4 p.m. 

  • Last day to withdraw or take a leave of absence from the University. Completion of LOA/Withdrawal Form is required. Visit website for form: http://www.stonybrook.edu/registrar/forms.shtml .
  • Last day of class for any courses that are held Mondays through Fridays.

Wednesday, December 19

End of Term.  Last day of Finals.

 ***Click here for more information about the Fall 2012 deadlines.*** 


Looking to take a winter session course?  Enrich your public speaking skills by taking THR 110!  An introduction to public speaking techniques that includes increased awareness of physical and vocal expression and speech content. (Not for theatre arts major credit.)  Enroll now!

Class # 1263, Section 01
TWTF, 9:30-12:55 p.m.


Stay on track for graduation. Fulfill your DEC requirements. Lighten your academic load for future semesters. Earn three credits in three weeks by enrolling in Stony Brook University Winter Session 2013, from January 8 to January 26. There are more than 100 Winter Session courses in more than 20 academic subjects to choose from. Connect with your academic advisor and enroll now. For more information, visit www.stonybrook.edu/winter .



Check out the all new interactive Please Be Advised Shows! Many of the shows have already been updated and enhanced with more on the way. These are some of the episodes that have been recently updated:

Episode #1 - Why Select the W/G/P/NC Grading Options?
Episode #2 - What You Need to Graduate From SBU
Episode #3 - Is it Too Late To Change Your Major or Add a Minor?
Episode #4 - Research, Internships, Study Abroad, & Volunteering
Episode #5 - What is the APA Internship?
Episode #6 - Advising Center Services
Episode #11 -How to Avoid Late Graduation
Episode #13 -Late adding/dropping, the move up/drop down


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4.  PRE-HEALTH www.stonybrook.edu/healthed

Columbia University MedPrep 
Are you interested in increasing your chances of acceptance into medical school? If so, join us at Columbia for MedPrep, a free six-week summer enrichment program. This program is for college freshmen and sophomore students who are interested in the fields of medicine or dentistry and involves a three-summer commitment. The first summer, students take enrichment science courses and attend seminars from doctors of various medical specialties, the second summer students receive a free MCAT prep program and clinical rotation experiences, and the third summer our students conduct research. This is a commuter program so it is only open to students that live within New York City! Deadline is March 1, 2013. Check out http://ps.columbia.edu/education/student-life/office-diversity/programs/college-and-post-baccalaureate-students/northeast-r for the application and more information.

News From Kaplan
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5.  PRE-LAW www.stonybrook.edu/prelaw

News From Kaplan:
The 12 Days of Giving from Kaplan Test Prep
Do you know a future doctor, lawyer, CEO or someone else on the road to grad school that could use a little boost? Are you prepping for your own exam? Enter our 12 Days of Giving Contest for the chance to win a Kaplan course—up to a $2,099 value—for you or someone you know. In 50 words or less, explain why the person you're choosing deserves to win!  Nominations close on December 18th, so submit your votes soon.
Spread some holiday joy by visiting kaptest.com/12days.

This month, you won’t want to miss our first-ever revealing of the results of our annual survey of law school admissions officers.  123 law schools participated, including 16 of the top 25.  Join us as a panel of admissions officers and Kaplan experts analyze the survey findings and share their insights. 

Esteemed guests will review a series of questions that the annual survey uncovers, including:

·         What’s the most important admissions factor?
·         Is this year’s admissions cycle more or less competitive than last year?
·         Have you ever turned to Google or social media to learn more about a candidate?
·         Are you reducing your class size or changing your curriculum?
·         Are there too many law schools in the United States?

This event will be held online on Tuesday, 11/27 at 8:30 p.m.  We hope you can join us! Reserve your seat today
*Interested in getting prep and strategies for tackling the LSAT? Sign up for a free prep class at bit.ly/lifreeclasses.



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

Neoterism \nee-OT-uh-riz-uhm\, noun:

1. An innovation in language, as a new word, term, or expression.
2. The use of new words, terms, or expressions.

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