Monday, December 7, 2015

Keeping Finances Secure Online

                It is that time once again to start submitting financial aid and online shopping for the holiday season. There are some benefits to doing everything online vs. in person, but there are also negatives.
                Doing things online is much more convenient, faster and easier. Just because it is faster and convenient is it really worth the possible threat of getting hacked or our identity stolen? Most people would say yes it is worth the risk because having our identity stole or being hacked does not happen often. That is not true every year more than 9 million Americans get their identity stolen.
This does not have to be the case though; there are steps that each individual person can take to protect themselves. Some of these steps are using familiar websites, looking for the lock in the website address bar or simply not telling all your personal information. The two links below contain information to protect one from the dangers of online shopping.
                However with financial aid and online banking most of the steps above cannot be followed because they do not apply. With banking and applying for financial aid personal information must be given out to get approved, so how do you keep yourself safe?
                According to US news there are some steps to take when considering online banking or online submission for financial aid.  US news says “trust your gut”, “think or a new word” meaning changing your password often for personal accounts.
Just remember play it safe and trust your gut, if a website does not look accurate and real then most likely it is a scam.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Two new members of the UBMS family

The UBMS office can sometimes get overwhelmed by paperwork, our least favorite part of the job. We get plenty of it done on our own, but we're finding that it can sometimes get in the way of paying attention to the students. We decided to pick up some extra help from Marian students. We've hired two office assistants to help out around the office.

Kaitlin can be found here from 9-11 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and 1-3 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
Kelsi can be found here from 1-4 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

They've both done a quick introduction of themselves below. Drop 'em a line a say hi!

Kaitlin Smith

            Hello, my name is Kaitlin Smith and I am a sophomore at Marina University. I have a little baby girl and two jobs outside of school. I am currently studying Forensic Science and want to work in the lab, doing blood stain analysis or toxicology. When I am not around campus, I live in Oshkosh, WI. I don’t room here on campus but I am always here for help if needed. I went to Oshkosh West and my graduating class was a few hundred people. I came to Marian because of the smaller class sizes and the friendly attitude of all the stuff.    

            Outside of school I enjoy doing many different things. In the summer I play volleyball, spend family time and am a part-time lifeguard. Being able to hold down a little girl, 2 jobs and school has taught me to deal with a lot of stress and what my priorities are. My biggest role models in my life would have to be my mother and my friends. My mother has taught me to always be true to myself no matter what anyone tells you. My friends have been thru so much with me as well. If they weren’t there for me in my rough times I don’t know where I would be today.
            Some other things about me are, my favorite food is anything  Italian and my favorite color is blue and sometimes pink. I enjoy going on vacations every summer with my family. I have a mini French lop named Zypp and I love him with all my heart. I am always open to talk about problems with anyone and am willing to help in whatever way I can. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me. Just leave your name and contact information in the email to send it to

Kelsi Gregar

Hello, my name is Kelsi Mae Gregar and I am a freshman at Marian University. My love for children and helping others has inspired me to fulfill a dream of studying Early Childhood/Elementary Education. When I am not studying at college, I live in New Lisbon, WI. My hometown is around two hours from Fond du Lac and it has a population of only around 1,500 people. Adjusting from my high school graduating class of 41 students to my current class of over 400 people was a slight challenge, but it opened up many great doors and new experiences.  
Outside of the classroom, I enjoy doing many things. In my free time people can usually catch me working out in the gym, shopping, and or baking. Being able to balance school with work and my social life has taught me a lot about time management and how to use an agenda. My love for shopping and baking were taught to me by my grandmother. My grandma is definitely my biggest role model, and ever since I was a little girl I would help her shop for Christmas presents and make sugar cookies. As for working out in the gym goes, in high school, I was actively involved in cross country and track, therefor I learned to love to run and stay in shape. 
              Some other tidbits about me are, my favorite color is purple... and pink and my favorite food is anything fried. I also really enjoy cotton candy along with other various fair foods. As a person can tell I am slightly indecisive, but I enjoy having more than one "favorite." In my life I have decided on one favorite, and his name is Hartley. Hartley is an English/ German Shorthaired Pointer, whom which I bought myself this past summer. I have three dogs at home, but I would rank him #1 on my list any day.   If you have any questions you would like to ask me, please email your name and contact info to

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

UBMS Program Gearing Up for 2015 Summer Session

The Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program at Marian University is preparing to host its third six-week summer college preparatory sessions for local high school students. The summer sessions will begin on Monday, June 22.

Marian’s UBMS program serves eligible students enrolled in either Fond du Lac or Horace Mann High Schools. It is primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Education, with additional institutional support; which allows the program to provide its services at no cost to participants and families. The program operates during the academic year as well as the summer for a six-week period.  

As students come daily to the college campus, they  will participate in fun, hands-on, and interactive courses in the subjects of Mathematics, Chemistry, Business Technology, Spanish, Physics, Biology, and English. Various college preparation workshops and learning activities will be conducted by Fond du Lac area educators and several other professionals.  Other learning activities include college visits, business tours, and attending museums and other attractions. 

Overall, the program’s main features include after school tutoring, college financing, career exploration, college exploration, and personal development.  

The program is still accepting applications; particularly from local middle school students who will be graduating in June from 8th grade. Parents and students will find additional information on the program’s website: 

For additional information call (920) 923-8959 or send an email to



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