Remote Advising: How to Schedule Appointments

Dear students,

I realize this transition to remote learning has been challenging for many of you.  I hope we can reduce some of these challenges together by making it easier for you to remember how to book appointments for advising.

1. Book an Appointment Via Navigate
Navigate is a relatively new software the Alamo colleges have been using for student to book advising and tutoring appointments.  Please use this option.  This allows Alamo Colleges to keep records of our meetings and pull data that is vital to the school.

Here are the steps to book:
a) Log into Aces
b) Click “Start Here”
c) Click “AlamoNAVIGATE”
d) Click “Login with your school account”
e) (You may have to walk through a survey the first time you book; if so, please walk through it).
f) Click “Appointments” on the left dashboard
g) Click “Schedule an Appointment”
h) Click “Advising”

Once you’ve booked your appointment, here’s the other really important step:

2.  Check Your Email for Confirmation
There will be a Zoom Meeting Link in the confirmation email.  If you can’t find the email on the day and time of your appointment, you can always check the last email you received from me (Cassandra Tamez).  The zoom link is also in my email signature.

Spring 2020 Honors Schedule

Students:

The spring 2020 honors schedule is now viewable on our website.  Please navigate to “Honors Schedules and Calendars” and click on Spring 2020.

Keep in mind that in order to register this spring, you will need to complete an honors registration form.  These were emailed out earlier today.  Please print the form and fill it out.  You can return it to Casey’s office box, 122B.  (Remember: You will not have access to the non-honors CRNs until Oct. 28th!)  So please do not turn in your form until you get the spring CRNs on that day.  A few students have already turned in their forms with incorrect CRNs, perhaps from a past spring term.

Forms are due by Nov. 7th at 4 PM if you want to be registered on the morning of Nov. 11th.  Forms can also be picked up from the honors reception desk.  Please ask Sabina, Aries, or Katlyn for a copy.

October Announcements!

Hey guys,

There’s a LOTTT going on this month.  Check out the highlights below!

For Second Year Students:

Financial Aid Appeals:
opened up on Sept. 16 and are due Oct. 30th! If you were a student in spring and DID NOT receive financial aid for this fall due to 1) falling below 2.0 GPA or 2) not meeting the 67% completion rate, please come in by Oct. 30th to file an appeal!

Graduation Applications: are also due at the end of this month.  This means you will be completing your degree THIS fall and will graduate this December.  Schedule an appointment to come fill these out with Casey!

UTSA Spring 2020 Transfers. If you’re looking to start UTSA this upcoming spring, Assistant Dean, Lydia Bueno, from UTSA’s Honors College will be here Thursday, 10/10, to help you apply!  She will be in the honors center from 11AM-1PM.  Come get your questions answered! If you’ve already applied, Casey is collecting UTSA IDs from students wanting to join the Honors College.  Submit them via email to ctamez8@alamo.edu by Oct. 17th to  register for UTSA’s honors classes in spring.

For First Year Students:

ISPs (Individualized Success Plans).
  FTIC’s (First Time in College) Students are required to complete an ISP (a 2-3 year degree plan that includes transfer courses).  These can be completed by scheduling an appointment with Casey and are due by October 30th as well.  During the ISP meeting, students will receive a registration form that will need to be turned in on Nov. 7th @ 4PM to the box outside 122B (Casey’s office).  Students who turn in forms by the due date will be registered on November 11th.

Mission Statement: is a SAC-wide requirement for FTIC’s.  They enable students to describe their short-term academic goals but also include potential roadblocks to success and proactive strategies to diminish roadblocks.  You can “turn them in” by logging onto Aces, clicking Student, Web Services, Student, My Mission Statement.  Write up your statement and click “submit”.  Please text us via Remind so we can “check you off”!

For All Students:

FAFSA: Please be aware that you can now submit your FAFSA for the upcoming 2020-2021 year at FAFSA.gov using your 2018 tax return.  If you’re planning to be at SAC in the fall of 2020 but transfer in the spring of 2021, you will need to list both SAC and your four year institution as receiving institutions.  Need help filing your FAFSA? Feel free to contact Cafe College for assistance!