Bryce Richter
University Communications

The Advisor

Fall 2013

Welcome to Fall at UW-Madison!

Read The Advisor and start your semester off smart!  

In this issue:

Important dates & deadlines
Building Bridges orientation workshop - Aug 24
UW-Madison email
University Health Services
Learn@UW - Instructional technology support
Bus pass essentials
Staff changes

Important dates for fall term

Classes begin Tuesday, September 3

Late August - Most University Special students begin enrolling; check for your earliest date and time in your MyUW Student Center.

September 3 - Senior and regular Guest auditors begin enrolling - Permission form

September 13 - Last day to enroll without $25 late enrollment fee (Special and Guest students only); last day for 100% tuition adjustment on dropped courses.

September 27 - Last day for 50% tuition adjustment on dropped courses.

Fall tuition deadline - See your tuition eBill for your payment deadline.  Generated after you enroll, the eBill will be available to view and pay in your MyUW Student Center within a week after enrolling. 

Additional deadline information - see the Registrar's deadlines page for all other important deadlines including those for pass/fail or audit options, tuition fee refunds, drops and withdrawals.

Building Bridges: Networking & Campus Resources for Returning Adult Students

Whether you are new to UW-Madison or back after a break from studies, this orientation workshop will help you learn about UW-Madison campus libraries, student resources, financial assistance, the Writing Center and more. Full details, testimonials, and registration information    

Date: Saturday, August 24
Time: 8:30 am- noon
Location: 21 N Park St., Room 1106-1108

Be sure to join us for the Retuning Adult Student Welcome Gathering from 6:30-8 pm on Thursday, September 12, at Union South. See the schedule for this and other Wisconsin Welcome events. 

Want to receive information about scholarships, programs, classes, and more.  Follow UW-Madison Returning Adult Students on Facebook and join our list serve

Don't miss important UW-Madison emails

Your instructors and other offices at UW-Madison will begin sending all official email to your WiscMail address on the first day of classes. Your WiscMail can be accessed through My UW. Don't want another email account to check?  Follow the steps for Setting a Forward at:

University Health Services

Acupuncture, massage therapy, counseling, and yoga, in addition to preventative care, are just a few of the services available free or low cost to UW-Madison students, including University Special students enrolled in at least one credit.  See the UHS website for a full list of services and information about scheduling appointments.  

Need health insurance?

University Special students enrolling in at least 5 credits during the fall are eligible to purchase the university’s comprehensive health insurance policy, SHIP. A comprehensive fall policy for a student aged 26 years or older is $1130. Family plans are also available.

Learn@UW - Instructional technology support

Think you don't need to worry about eLearning technology because you aren't taking an online course?  Or are you taking an online or "blended" course and completely unfamiliar with online course technology?  Many UW-Madison faculty and instructors use eLearning technology to enhance face-to-face instruction, to teach a class that is a combination of classroom and online, or conduct a class entirely online.  UW-Madison uses the Learn@UW (aka Desire2Learn/D2L) online course management system.  Even if you are taking a bricks and mortar class, you may be required to interface with the class via Learn@UW or some other system.  Students can find Learn@UW support via DoIT at: Desire2Learn (Learn@UW) - Basic Information for Students.

Bus pass essentials

Enrolled University Special students are eligible to receive a free Madison Metro bus pass with a valid Wiscard (photoID).  For details on obtaining your bus pass, visit the ASM website.  You are required to carry your Wiscard with you when riding Madison Metro and may be asked to display it with your bus pass when boarding.   

Note: Guest and Senior Guest auditors are not eligible for a free bus pass. 

Campus bus routes 80, 81, 82, & 84 are always free to everyone (no bus pass needed).

Other transportation information

UW-Madison’s Office of Transportation Services offers information about parking, biking and walking, SafeRide, SafeWalk, SafeCab and other innovative programs.

Staff changes

John Wells retires

ACSSS was sad to say farewell to John Wells who retired at the end of June after 10 years as a Student Status Examiner in our office.  John was a key part of our Special and Guest student admissions team.  In addition to all his hard work, we will miss his enthusiasm for the Green Bay Packers!

Welcome Karen Thomas

Karen started in July as our new Student Status Examiner.  Karen handles incoming admissions and phone, walk-in, and email inquiries for all University Special students and other office visitors.  She will also assist in the coordination of the Capstone Certificate programs admission process. 

After completing her undergraduate degree (psychology major and human resources management minor) from UW-Whitewater, Karen worked as a financial specialist for UW-Madison Business Services where she had worked as a student assistant since 2008.  Karen is currently working on an MSEd (Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education) at UW-LaCrosse. Her fulfilling experiences working with students as an undergraduate motivated her to pursue this degree.  She is looking forward to working with students on this campus. 

Karen loves taking walks in her beautiful hometown of Madison. When not working or going to school, she likes spending time with family, volunteering with her church, traveling, dancing, singing, and cooking.  We are excited to have her on board! 

Fall workshops

If you've thought about changing careers or returning to school but aren't sure how to make it happen, ACSSS can help.  Check out our fall workshop schedule.  For more information and to register, follow the links for each of the workshops listed:

Building bridges: Networking and campus resources for returning adult students - Saturday, August 24

Career change 101 - Thursday, September 19 or Tuesday, November 5

Nuts & bolts of returning to school - Thursday, October 17

Tools for purposeful career change - Friday-Saturday, October 18 & 19

Counseling and advising services

ACSSS is the admitting and advising office for University Special and Guest students.  We also provide education and career counseling for the public both in our office and on Tuesdays from 5-7 pm at Goodman South Madison branch library.  For more information or to schedule an appointment please email or call 608-263-6960.  Office hours are 7:45 am - 4:30 pm, Tuesdays until 7 pm. 


The Advisor is produced three times per year by Adult Career and Special Student Services to provide news and information to UW-Madison Special students.  Visit our archive for past issues.