Jeff Miller
University Communications

The Advisor

Spring 2014

Welcome to Spring term at UW-Madison

In this issue:

Important dates & deadlines
UW-Madison email
University Health Services
Learn@UW - Instructional technology support
Bus pass essentials
Campus events

Important dates

Classes begin Tuesday, January 21

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

January 21 - Senior and regular Guest auditors begin enrolling - Permission form

January 31 - Last day to enroll without $25 late enrollment fee (Special and Guest students only); last day for 100% tuition adjustment on dropped courses.

February 14 - Last day for 50% tuition adjustment on dropped courses.

Spring 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.

Scholarship application period started December 1

Our office administers a number of scholarships specifically designed for nontraditional and returning adult degree-seeking students.  These scholarships are for the 2014-2015 school year and the deadline to apply is March 1.  If you plan to be a degree-seeking student (undergraduate, graduate or professional) here starting in fall check out our scholarship page to learn more.  

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 MyUW.  Don't want another email account to check?  Folow 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 spring are eligible to purchase the university’s comprehensive health insurance policy, SHIP. A comprehensive spring/summer policy for a student aged 26 years or older is $1582. 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 traditional "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.

Wednesday nite @ the lab and other campus events

Be sure to keep an eye on the UW-Madison campus events calendar for campus happenings.  In addition to Wednesday nite @ the lab, you can see an exhibit of gems & jewels,  knit or crochet blankets for local shelters (beginners welcome!), attend a seminar and much more.  Many events are free and open to the public.  

Spring workshops

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

Career change 101 - Tuesday, January 28 or Thursday, April 3

Nuts & bolts of returning to school - Tuesday, March 4

Tools for purposeful career change - Friday-Saturday, February 21 & 22 or Friday-Saturday, May 30 & 31

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.