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The Non-Trad Voice The Off-Campus Student Services Newsletter: February-March 2021 Issue

A Message from Off-Campus Student Services

Hello UNT Non-Trads!

First and foremost, our thoughts and concerns go out to any one who was affected by the winter storm. We hope everyone is well. You have already demonstrated perseverance, so we are not surprised that you are still standing strong.

We at Off-Campus Student Services was affected by the winter storm just like everyone else as we lost a whole week of work. Nonetheless, we are working very hard to catch up and provide the resources you need. The next month is going to be filled with exciting activities, events, programs, and opportunities. Remember that we are here for you and stay tuned!

Keep Flying,

Off-Campus Student Services

UNT Health Alerts

UNT is taking measures to support students in every way possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you ever have any questions or concerns related to COVID, including what to do if you think you have symptoms or been in contact with someone who tested positive, please refer to the UNT Health Alerts site or contact the UNT COVID Hotline at 844-366-5892.

COVID-19 Testing for UNT Students

UNT faculty, staff, and students can get a FREE on-campus COVID-19 test through Curative, Inc. Visit the UNT Health Alerts Site for more information.

For general COVID testing information, visit gogettested.com. There is a testing site located at the UNT Union Garage, among many other places in Denton County and beyond.

News & Acknowledgements

Federal Government Expands Food Stamp (SNAP) Eligibility for Students

To address financial need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Education announced a temporary policy that makes more students eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (more commonly known as SNAP or "food stamps"). Students enrolled in at least half-time credit hours are now eligible under this temporary policy. Additionally, students must be eligible to participate in State or Federal Work Study and/or have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 0 (zero) for the current academic year. All other eligibility requirements for SNAP benefits still apply.

The temporary policy is effective through 30 days after the COVID-19 public health emergency is officially lifted. Check with your local SNAP office for more information on eligibility and how to apply. For more information, visit the following link:

Link to US Department of Education Announcement

Road leading to tunnel. Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash.

What to Look For

Commuter Week 2021: March 22-26

We understand many of our students commute to campus from outside the City of Denton. We want to make sure our Commuters are seen, heard, and celebrated! Commuter Week is a week-long celebration that includes events, presentations, and other engagements designed for Commuters. For more information visit Commuter Week.

Professional Picture Days: Register Now!

Professional Picture Day sign.

As college students are engaging in more professional activities, such as networking or interviewing for jobs, internships, or graduate programs, Professional Picture Day is a great way for UNT students to get a FREE professional-quality headshot. Due to COVID-related restrictions, there will be limited spots and pre-registration will be required. To register or get more information, visit the Professional Picture Day event page.

Off-Campus Housing: Create your Roommate or Sublease Profile!

Graphic advertising UNT's off-campus housing website.

Looking for a UNT student roommate? Looking for someone to take over your leasing contract? Our Off-Campus Housing Source site allows you to create a roommate profile and find like-minded and compatible UNT students. You can organize your search results and refer to them in the future. Just login from the homepage and take advantage of website features, including searching for local apartments or special housing needs and saving your favorite search results for future viewing.

Nest Watcher logo with an eagle watching over their eaglets.

Nest Watchers Applications Open for Spring 2021!

If you are in need of a babysitter or would like to babysit for a UNT student-parent, we have a services for that! Nest Watchers connects current UNT student-parents who express a need for babysitting services with current UNT students who are interested in babysitting. For more information visit the following site: Nest Watchers.

Fun Activities

Electronic device reading "Republic of Gamers." Photo by Artiom Vallat on Unsplash.

Game On! @ the Media Library

Let’s play online! Discover new friends and new worlds together. Join the Media Library Discord server to meet fellow UNT gamers, make new friends, and play some games.

When: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm. UNT Media Library Discord Server.

University Program Council Presents: In the Starts and Cards

Get to know yourself better at this astrology-themed event!

When: Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm. For more information visit the In the Stars and Cards event page.

UNT Resource of the Month

Get Tested at UNT!

Faculty, staff, and students can get a free COVID-19 test through Curative, Inc. The testing is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the University Union, Room 381, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday in the Gateway Center, Room 52. To sign up for the free testing, visit cur.tv/UNTunion or cur.tv/UNTgateway. Visit the UNT Health Alerts page for more COVID-related information.

COVID-19 Test

UNT Perk of the Month

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Visit The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, with a collection of international modern and contemporary art. Student tickets are $10 with a valid student ID! For more information visit The Modern Art Museum website.

Woman in black jacket sitting on wooden bench looking at art. Photo by Ashley Byrd on Unsplash.

Contact OCSS

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!

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