New Career Center website, transformed outdoor spaces, Thanksgiving plans
New Career Center website, transformed outdoor spaces, Thanksgiving plans
Tufts Student Life
PARENTs & Families NEWSLETTER
November 18, 2020
Dear Parents and Families,
In this season of thanks, we want to express our gratitude to you and your students for bearing with the changes that we have all encountered this semester. As you are aware, students testing positive and the number of students in quarantine because they have had close contact with someone who is positive have been rising.  We have implemented additional protocols, including increasing the testing frequency. If your student has been in person but will be joining you for Thanksgiving, they must finish the semester at home. This is imperative for the safety of the campus community and of our host communities.
Tufts in Lights
Bendetson Hall and the two trees in front decorated with white string lights
Bendetson Hall
Tufts recognized that, with the requirements for social distancing, evenings growing longer, and the weather getting cooler, it was important to encourage students to continue to take advantage of outdoor spaces. We started reviewing where we could use outdoor lights and furniture at buildings and plazas.
Use of these outdoor spaces will require students to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance, wear face masks, and not gather in groups larger than 10. The additional protocols being implemented this week may out of necessity delay this program until the current situation improves.
As a pilot, two locations (Bendetson Hall and the Campus Center) were selected for their covered outdoor spaces and large plazas to receive the first outdoor lights. All of the lighting utilizes light-emitting diode (LED) technology, which uses very little energy. Tufts is also testing light strings powered with solar panels. Adirondack chairs that have been used in lawn areas in the warm, early fall weather will be shifted to these lit plazas soon, and new standing-height tables will be added, especially near dining locations and on south-facing plazas.
An electrical engineer is examining Bendetson Hall and the Campus Center to determine the feasibility of installing outdoor radiant patio heaters; if feasible, other buildings will be examined, as well. The next set of outdoor spaces to receive lights and furniture is being identified now.

Thanksgiving Break Happenings

During the Thanksgiving break, limited meal service has been created to support in-person students while preserving time off for our dining staff and supporting local restaurants.
Students who are not leaving for Thanksgiving break and are therefore planning to complete the semester in person do not need to live on campus or have a meal plan to participate. Any in-person student who told us they were staying when asked several weeks ago and orders food by noon on Thursday, November 19 is eligible.
The majority of meals will be available for pick-up at the Gantcher Center in Medford or 230 Fenway in Boston. Local restaurants will be preparing the meals from a fixed menu. Students were emailed a form to order their meals by Thursday, November 19.
In addition to the meals being provided, we strongly encourage students to stock up in advance on their favorite snacks, fruit, and beverages to enjoy during the break.
Additional information is available on JumboLife about activities scheduled over the break, as well as which campus facilities will be open or closed.

Meet the New Tufts Career Center Website

Introduction to the new Career Center website
We're excited to tell you about the launch of the new careers.tufts.edu! In addition to all the great online content we already offer for AS&E and SMFA undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, parents and families and others, here are the primary benefits of our new site:
  • New career communities. We have seven communities that serve as virtual "homes" for information targeted to students of all majors and class yearsand their individual career interests and goals. The communities support our career advising model, which incorporates both generalist and career-field specific advising for students at all stages of the career development process.
  • Better integration with existing resources. Job and internship listings and upcoming events from Handshake, as well as alumni mentors from The Herd, are curated for and woven into each career community. We're also better able to integrate additional career resources into web pages throughout the new site.
  • More dynamic, customized content. The career communities will have regular blog posts with industry trends, insider info from employers, tips from career advisors, and more. In addition, we have community subgroups with recommended tools for exploring careers, networking, researching employers, and searching for internships and jobs.
What's Happening Academically?
The Advising Period for Spring 2021 registration was November 2 to November 13. Registration dates can be found on the academic calendar. Students must meet with their advisor prior to registration to be able to register for classes. To prepare for registration, students should look up their registration time in SIS, confirm they have no additional registration holds, fill their shopping cart with courses and multiple back-up options, and validate their cart to confirm they meet course requirements.

Dates to Remember

November 19 – Deadline for students to order meals for Thanksgiving break
November 23 – Current LA Sophomores (including BFA) register for spring 2021 courses
November 24  Current LA Freshmen (including BFA) register for spring 2021 courses
November 25  Deadline for Undergraduate Students to Submit Graduation Packets for May and August 2021 Graduation
November 25 – No Classes
November 25 – Thanksgiving Break (residence halls remain open, but students must register to stay)
November 26 – Thanksgiving (University Holiday) No Classes
November 27 – No Classes (University Holiday)
November 30 – Last day for graduate students to apply and submit materials for February graduation
December 11 – Classes end
December 11 – Last Day for Graduate AS&E Students to WITHDRAW from Courses and Receive a Grade of W
December 11 Last Day for Undergraduates to Select PASS/FAIL Option
December 14 – Reading Period
December 14 – Review Boards begin
December 15 – Final Examinations begin
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