The Non-Trad Voice: Back to School Edition The Off-Campus Student Services Newsletter

A Message from Off-Campus Student Services

We at Off-Campus Student Services want to commend you for your strength, courage, and perseverance over the last several months. We understand how difficult these times are, but you are still standing and thriving. We are doing the best we can as a University and Department to provide as many services, resources, and as much support as we possibly can. Due to COVID-19, some of our programs, services, and events may be modified or converted to a virtual format to adhere to safety guidelines and restrictions. Nonetheless, we are doing everything we can maintain as much normalcy as much as possible. Regardless, know that Off-Campus Student Services is here for you, and our office will be open with limited staff in University Union, Suite 345 with the rest of our staff working remotely. Please never hesitate call or email us for any of your needs: OCSS@unt.edu or (940) 565-3807.

Have a Great Semester!


Off-Campus Student Services

Commencement Ceremony for Spring 2020 Graduates

Again, congratulations to the Spring 2020 Graduates! There will be Spring 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremonies held the week of August 17, 2020. Check the UNT Commencement website for the latest details, including the ceremony schedules.


Fall 2020 Book Stipend Awardees

A total of 30 Non-Traditional students were selected for the Off-Campus Student Services Book Stipend Award based on their academic achievement, financial need, and demonstration of their plight as non-traditional student. Congratulations to the awardees! For more information, visit our OCSS Scholarships Information Page.

Our Resilient UNT Non-Traditional Students

We understand that many of our Non-Traditional Students may have experienced adverse times managing changes and uncertainty in school, taking care of families, work, job or income loss, COVID-related issues personally or with a loved one, and many other potential issues. We want to commend your resilience and further affirm that we are always here for you to help in any way possible. We are proud of you and looking forward to helping you reach your goals. You are still here...

Woman overlooking the sea through binoculars. (Photo by Nine Köpfer on Unsplash)

What to Look For

While there may be uncertainty as to how OCSS events will look, know that we are planning to have events and programs for Non-Traditional Students regardless of them being in-person or virtual. Once we confirm any event or program, we will send you notices. Also, be sure to check our OCSS Programs and Events Page for the latest information. Our scheduled September events include Open House and Family Fun Night (details to be announced). We also have Coffee & Convos starting soon, a program in which we help you connect with one of your faculty members for a meeting with coffee, or any other beverage. When required, we will host virtual events and programs.

Off-Campus Housing

If you are still looking for off-campus housing, we have resources to help you. Visit our Off-Campus Housing Source website to search for housing that is right for you. If you need a roommate, the Off-Campus Housing Source has sublease and roommate listings. They also release publications that are distributed on-campus. Additionally, you can visit the OCSS Housing Resource Page for more information and for our roommate and sublease matching services.

Nest Watchers Banner (Cartoon image of a green and white eagle with three chicks in a nest with a "Nest Watchers" banner on the right).

Nest Watchers is a service provided by OCSS in which interested UNT student-babysitters and student-parents are connected to negotiate babysitting arrangements if desired. Nest Watchers is not a direct babysitting service provided by UNT, and UNT is not responsible for any liability as a result of a an agreed upon babysitting or child care arrangement between participants of this matching service. For more information, including on how to sign up, visit Nestwatchers.unt.edu.

Woman reading a comic book on the floor of a bookstore.

Fun Activities

Virtual Mean Green Fling

Mean Green Fling, brought to you by Student Activities, is an opportunity to say farewell to summer and hello to a new school year by making connections with many student organizations and businesses that can make UNT and Denton feel like home! For more information visit the Mean Green Fling site using the following link: Virtual Mean Green Fling.

Virtual Family Activities

Helping Your Kids Understand COVID-19: This is an interactive comic book to help you explain the pandemic to your children. This free PDF is offered in over 20 languages!

Bring conservation and science to life by hearing from World Wildlife Fund (WWF) experts! Through free 45-minute virtual events live-streamed on their website, you can listen as WWF experts share their experiences working to protect species and habitats around the world. For more information, use the following link: Accessing online videos.

Fun Stuff for Kids and Teens: Learn with the Smithsonian!

Explore the treasures of the Vatican Museum through Virtual Tours!

Person writing at a desk.

Tips for the Fall Semester

1. COVID-19 UNT Updates: Stay up-to-date on all announcements and changes due to COVID-19 with UNT Coronavirus Updates. For any non-emergency, COVID-related matters, you can contact the UNT COVID Hotline at (844) 366-5892 or COVID@unt.edu. For medical emergencies, call 9-1-1.

2. Do you have questions about new protocols on campus? Better Understand the Face-Covering Protocols on Campus Here!

3. Online classes are the new normal. Most classes for the Fall 2020 semester will be online or remote. We understand some of you may not have had a lot of experience with online or remote class. Therefore, use the following link to explore 8 Tips for Succeeding in your Online Classes!

4. Keep Moving! Stay active, stay healthy and stay involved with virtual classes offered by the UNT Rec Center through virtual group exercise classes, weekly workout plans, and online intramural activities! Keep Moving!

Red neon sign in front of a brick all that reads: Eat What Makes You Happy

Perk of the Month

UNT offers perks for UNT students, staff and faculty. On Fridays, bring your Student ID to Fuzzy's Taco Shop at 115 Industrial St, Denton, TX 76201 to receive 10% off! And don't forget to check out the other student perks available to you at Student Union Perks.

UNT Resource of the Month: Food Pantry

To battle against food insecurity, the Food Pantry is available for students and their families in need. Additionally donations are accepted. The Food Pantry now has a contactless pick and drop off system at Crumley Hall. For more information on when and how to sign up for contactless pick up or drop off, visit the UNT Food Pantry site where they also have resources for other local food pantries.

Contact Us

Off-Campus Student Services offer lots of great information, programs, events, services, and resources. Don't miss out and join our email list to get the latest information, newsletters, program and event announcements, and more! To signup, simply email OCSS@unt.edu, and request to be added to the list. It's that simple!


Created with images by Joe Ciciarelli - "untitled image" • Kat Stokes - "untitled image" • Jon Tyson - "untitled image"