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WI 2016-17 Newsletter




Reminder: Add Day is Approaching

Just a friendly reminder that the last day for adding courses and removing incompletes is this Wednesday, January 25th. Please remember to bring your add cards to the Registrar's Office by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.



Student/Faculty Conference 2017

February 1st


The Student-Faculty Conference is an all-day forum discussion between students and faculty about issues relating to individual majors and undergraduate life as a whole. The feedback and suggestions that come out of the SFC shape the future of the academics and student life around campus. It's held every other year as a measure of self-scrutiny and review of the Caltech education and student life.

The 2017 SFC will take place on Wednesday, February 1st. The tentative agenda for the day:

9:45 Doors open
10:00 Opening remarks
10:20 Core Committee Presentation and Q&A
11:05 Industry Opportunities Committee Presentation and Q&A
11:50 Computing Education Committee Presentation and Q&A
12:35 Morning Session concludes - lunch

Starting at 2 PM, each option will hold a meeting to discuss the work of the SFC option committees.

See for additional updates.



Registrar Retirement Announcement

We wanted to be sure that everyone heard that Mary Morley, our Registrar, will be retiring at the end of January.  Mary has been with us since 2004 and under her guidance a major transformation in the Registrar’s Office occurred in terms of providing online data to students, faculty, and staff and establishing a service-oriented delivery model.  We thank Mary for her efforts, engagement and service to the campus and wish her the very best in her retirement as she looks forward to this new direction in her life.  

 A national search is underway with the Search Committee being led by Professor Catherine Jurca, Executive Officer of the Humanities. Until a new Registrar is appointed, Ms. Kim Mawhinney, the current Associate Registrar, will serve as the Interim Registrar. Kim has been in her position for 12 years and is known to many of you already. Please feel free to contact Kim with any questions, issues, or concern.


27 vs 36 units... What's Required for Undergraduates?


To be considered a full-time student, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 36 units each term. In order to remain academically eligible for the following term, you must PASS a minimum of 27 units (with a term GPA of at least 1.9). For students who are underloading, they must pass all units taken for the term in order to remain academically eligible.  Underload petitions must be approved prior to Add Day. 



 In addition to online registration each term, did you know that within REGIS:

Students can

  • ...view their current class schedule, both in an outline and calendar grid view
  • ...generate unofficial transcripts and request official ones
  • ...view midterm & final grades as soon as they are posted to the system
  • ...generate Enrollment Verification letters
  • ...view current enrollment numbers of limited seating courses
  • ...check their degree requirements and how they are progressing toward their degree

 Advisers can  

  • ...view and approve advisee schedules
  • advisees' transcripts, degree audits, and graduate degree progress
  • ... indicate advising requirement has been met for the year, and/or place an advising hold on the advisees' record

 Instructors and TAs can

  • ...view Class Roll sheets - download lists and broadcast emails from the roll sheet
  • ...enter midterm grades, freshmen progress shadow grades and comments, and final grades

Can't view your transcript or degree audit?  Reports in REGIS appear in new windows as pdfs.  Please make sure to allow for pop-ups in your web browser security to view your reports.



Excellent TAs from Fall Term    

We'd like to congratulate and recognize a couple of outstanding TAs from the past quarter:

Camille McAvoy, TA for Bi/Ch 110 - Camille is a G5 in chemistry.  Many students who took the class remarked on all the effort Camille gave to help the class run effectively.  One student stated Camille deserves 'so much thanks and praise for your unmatched awesomeness.'  Another added that Camille 'truly went above and beyond for the sake of the students.'

Gabrielle Tender, TA for Ch 41a - Gabby is a junior in chemistry who was recognized by many in the class as being a fantastic TA.  She was acknowledged as going 'out of her way to help students and provide extra help and practice problems.'    Another student remarked 'her recitation sections were incredibly helpful, she explains things very well, and she's available and friendly.  Gabby is a hero.'

Thanks, Camille and Gabrielle, for making a difference in the academic lives of our students. We appreciate all the time, effort and enthusiasm you put into your work with students.


Important Dates

January 25 Last day for adding courses and removing incompletes
February 1 Student-Faculty Conference
February 3-9 Midterm examination period
February 13 Midterm Deficiency Notices due - 9:00 a.m.
February 20 Presidents' Day (Institute Holiday)
February 22 Last day to drop classes or to exercise your P/F option
February 23 First day of registration for spring term
March 10 Last day of classes and last day to register for spring term without a $50 late fee
March 11-14 Study Period
March 15-17 Final examinations
March 17 End of winter term 2016-17
March 18 - April 2 Spring Recess
March 20 Instructors' final grade reports due - 9:00 a.m.
April 3 Beginning of instruction spring term