TarletonSSMI - Fall 2013 Newsletter
Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives includes: the Center for Academic Readiness and Success, Center for Access and Academic Testing, Academic Advising Center, Academic Support Center, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, International Programs/Study Abroad Study Away/U.S., and Upward Bound.
I SS U E Fall VOLUME 1 YEAR 2013 PERSISTENCE + PERFORMANCE + PROGRESSION & M ulticultural I nitiatives NAME SSMI Featured Student MAJOR S tudent uccess CLASSIFICATION S SPENCER MCDUFFY BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION SENIOR HOMETOWN MCKINNEY, TEXAS C O N TA C T I N F O R M AT I O N MAILING ADDRESS: B O X T- 0 3 4 0 STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS 76402 S S M I @ TA R L E T O N . E D U PHONE: 254-968-9480 FA X : 2 5 4 - 9 6 8 - 9 4 7 2 L O C AT I O N : THOMPSON STUDENT CENTER ROOM 15 NEWSLETTER EDITOR: ALEXIS FRANCISCO Spencer was chosen as the SSMI featured student for his outstanding student leadership skills in MENtal Freedom. We are thankful to have him in the MENtal Freedom program and know that we will continue to see Spencer make a meaningful impact on the world around him. -Dr. Lora Helvie-Mason WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY? I chose Tarleton State University for the great economic value and the strong agricultural reputation (Spencer is an Animal Science minor). WHAT MAKES TARLETON PROFESSORS DIFFERENT? Tarleton professors get to know the students names and want to keep in touch with them. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I like that Tarleton has that small town feel, where you have a lot of friends and see a lot of familiar faces. MENtal Freedom “Go Texans!” UPCOMING UNIVERSITY H O L I D AY S Thanksgiving Break Nov 27- Noon class dismissal Nov 28 - 29, 2013 Winter Break Dec 23, 2013 -Jan 1, 2014 Martin Luther King Holiday Jan 20, 2014 Featured Office T H E C E N T E R F O R ACC E S S A N D AC A D E M I C T E S T I N G W H AT F R E S H M E N S H O U L D K N O W: Accommodations for students with disabilities are available through The Center for Access and Academic Testing. These services are available to students who received accommodations in High School through an ARD or 504 process, need assistance accessing course content (including lecture, course texts, visual aids, etc.), have been diagnosed with a Learning Disability or ADHD, are concerned about physical access issues on campus, and/or who have a chronic medical condition that may impact a studentâ€™s participation in campus life. The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is available for individuals to earn college credit for information they already know regardless of how that knowledge was acquired (usually through advanced course work, independent study, work experience, professional development, or extracurricular activities). W H AT FA C U LT Y / S TA F F S H O U L D K N O W: The Center for Access and Academic Testing (CAAT) can administer proctored exams. Students enrolled in face-to-face and online classes must submit a Proctor Information Form three weeks prior to the examination. All proctors must be approved by Academic Testing prior to any testing. NEW DEVELOPMENTS & UPCOMING EVENTS: The addition of a Coordinator for Student Disability Services will help the campus by serving as a sign language interpreter. Testing lab updates will improve accessibility and add testing seats. A D D I T I O N A L I N F O R M AT I O N : Currently (as of Aug 30th) 276 students registered for disability services. I M P O R TA N T R E G I S T R AT I O N D AT E S Oct 18, 2013 Spring 2014 Registration Begins, starting with Honors Nov 15, 2013 Spring 2014 Financial Aid Priority Deadline Nov 4, 2013 - Jan 15, 2014 May 2014 Graduation Applications Due Dec 1, 2013 Spring 2014 Scholarship Priority Deadline Student Success Squad MISSION: The Student Success Squad (SSS) is a team of five students who aim to provide students (current and future) with guidance and support and to also assist in the development of the studentsâ€™ academic skills. There are 37 mentors stationed all over campus, including the offices of Career Services, Academic Support, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The SSS and mentors assist students who request academic help or those who may be struggling due to grades, financial aid, etc. SSS acts as a helping hand and gives the students a greater outlook on college. BRIEF BACKGROUND: The Student Success Squad began in 2011 with a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to provide funding for mentors to meet with students at the college and high school levels. I M P O R TA N T D AT E S O F THE SEMESTER Oct 7, 2013 Academic Advising Begins Oct 8, 2013 Job Fair (Student Center) 9 a.m Oct 21 - 26, 2013 Homecoming Week Dec 3, 2013 Restricted Activity Period Begins at 8 a.m. Dec 5-12, 2013 Final Exams Dec 14, 2013 Graduation Ceremony For more information, please visit Tarleton State on the Web! The five members include Ca Neisha Patterson (helped start SSS), Becca Jones, Bree Rogers (Transfer Coordinator), Kendyl Adams (Mentor Coordinator), and Faviola Pantoja (in charge of funds). Academic Advising “Success Begins Here” UPCOMING SSMI EVENTS S E P T 9 : AT T I T U D E A N D M O T I VAT I O N S T U D Y S K I L L S 1 2 : 1 0 - 1 2 : 4 0 M AT H B U I L D I N G ROOM 125 S E P T 1 0 : AT T I T U D E A N D M O T I VAT I O N S T U D Y S K I L L S 12:10-12:40 THOMPSON STUDENT CENTER ROOM 219 SEPT 16: TIME MANAGEMENT STUDY SKILLS 1 2 : 1 0 - 1 2 : 4 0 M AT H B U I L D I N G ROOM 125 SEPT 17:TIME MANAGEMENT STUDY SKILLS 12:10-12:40 THOMPSON STUDENT CENTER ROOM 219 SEPT 23: SELECTING MAIN IDEAS STUDY SKILLS 1 2 : 1 0 - 1 2 : 4 0 M AT H B U I L D I N G ROOM 125 SEPT 24: SELECTING MAIN IDEAS STUDY SKILLS 12:10-12:40 THOMPSON STUDENT CENTER ROOM 219 SEPT 30: STUDY AIDS STUDY SKILLS 1 2 : 1 0 - 1 2 : 4 0 M AT H B U I L D I N G ROOM 125 OCT 1: STUDY AIDS STUDY SKILLS 12:10-12:40 THOMPSON STUDENT CENTER ROOM 219 OCT 7: SELF TESTING STUDY SKILLS 1 2 : 1 0 - 1 2 : 4 0 M AT H B U I L D I N G ROOM 125 OCT 8: SELF TESTING STUDY SKILLS 12:10-12:40 THOMPSON STUDENT CENTER ROOM 219 OCT 14: LIBRARY SKILLS STUDY SKILLS 1 2 : 1 0 - 1 2 : 4 0 M AT H B U I L D I N G ROOM 125 OCT 15: LIBRARY SKILLS STUDY SKILLS 12:10-12:40 THOMPSON STUDENT CENTER ROOM 219 O C T 2 1 : C O M M U N I C AT I N G : WRITING STUDY SKILLS 1 2 : 1 0 - 1 2 : 4 0 M AT H B U I L D I N G ROOM 125 O C T 2 2 : C O M M U N I C AT I N G : WRITING STUDY SKILLS 12:10-12:40 THOMPSON STUDENT CENTER ROOM 219 O C T 2 8 : C O M M U N I C AT I N G : SPEAKING STUDY SKILLS 1 2 : 1 0 - 1 2 : 4 0 M AT H B U I L D I N G ROOM 125 O C T 2 9 : C O M M U N I C AT I N G : SPEAKING STUDY SKILLS 12:10-12:40 THOMPSON STUDENT CENTER ROOM 219 *FOR NOV STUDY SKILLS VISIT OUR WEBSITE “NOTHING CAN STOP THE MAN WITH THE RIGHT M E N TA L AT T I T U D E F R O M A C H I E V I N G H I S G O A L ; N O T H I N G O N E A R T H C A N H E L P T H E M A N W I T H T H E W R O N G M E N TA L AT T I T U D E ” -THOMAS JEFFERSON The Faces O f Tarleton T H E RYA N B E N N E T T B A N D I S B A S E D O U T O F TA R L E T O N S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y, A N D HAS PERFORMED SEVERAL SHOWS ON CAMPUS P I C T U R E D : T Y L E R , RYA N ( L E A D V O C A L S / R H Y T H M G U I TA R ) , FORD (DRUMMER), TREY (MANAGER/BOOKING AGENT), K E N N E T H ( B A S S G U I TA R / P E R C U S S I O N ) , A N D PAY C E ( L E A D G U I TA R ) RYA N B E N N E T T B A N D DESTINY JONES, XANDREA RHODES, ALEX COOPER, AND APRIL HOLLAND ON THE GLOBAL SERVICE LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC For more information, please visit us on the Web! www.tarleton.edu/success Barry B. Thompson Student Center Room 15 Edwards, Dr. Jennifer Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 9638 Faulkner, Brenda Director of Center for Academic Readiness & Success email@example.com Phone: 9480 Freed, Dr. Rusty Executive Director of Academic Advising Center firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 9746 Geye, Trina Director of Center for Access & Academic Testing email@example.com Phone: 9400 Helvie-Mason, Dr. Lora Director of Office of Diversity & Inclusion firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 9488 Robitaille, Dr. Marilyn Director of International Programs & Study Abroad email@example.com Phone: 9545 Watts, Jenny Director of Upward Bound firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 9369 Wood, Kayla Director of Academic Support Center email@example.com Phone: 9479 C O N TA C T U S Academic Advising Center The Mission of the Academic Advising Center is to encourage all students, through proactive and intrusive advising, to become engaged in their personal development toward achievement of their academic and life goals. We value the ability of our faculty advisors to relate to the needs and goals of students. Academic Support Center The primary mission of the Academic Support Center (ASC) is to assist students in developing effective techniques for facilitating their own learning. ASC is committed to fulfilling its mission by helping students attain their highest level of academic achievement possible by creating a supportive and challenging environment that will provide equal opportunity to all students for academic success. Office of Diversity and Inclusion The Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s mission is to create a campus environment that embraces diversity and encourages inclusion. This environment is fostered through leadership, education, training, and interaction in which all people can be creative, access opportunities, and reach their fullest potential. The Office of Diversity & Inclusion wants to affirm and promote the value of diversity and inclusion through the cultivation of mutual respect, acceptance, and understanding. Office of International Programs/Study Abroad The mission of Study Abroad at Tarleton State University is to improve and make more intentional the University’s international focus by supporting a campus culture of global awareness. The aim of International Programs is to internationalize the curriculum, facilitate partnerships with foreign institutions, enhance international scholarly opportunities, increase international student recruitment to improve campus multi-culturalism, provide a welcoming and supportive environment for the international student community, and expand international experiences for all students. Center for Access and Academic Testing Academic Testing provides future students with testing accommodations or services for entrance, placement, and credit exams. Current students can contact the Center for Access and Academic Testing for online class test proctoring. This office also assists students with documented needs for accommodations as they pursue their goal of a college education. It serves as a liaison between students and the University in matters of communication and action toward achievement of reasonable accommodation. Center for Academic Readiness and Success The Center for Academic Readiness and Success maintains a multifaceted mission to support academic success by students. Whether you are a high school student seeking to successfully transition to higher education, an incoming freshman exploring programs to facilitate success during your first year, or a returning student looking for support in enhancing your study skills, the staff of the Center for Academic Readiness and Success is here to assist you. Departments & Programs FIND US ONLINE Upward Bound Tarleton State University’s Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a Bachelors degree who are preparing to enter postsecondary education. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. Become a FAN on Facebook! Find “Tarleton State University Student Success & Multicultural Initiatives” PIN our photos by following our BOARD on Pinterest! -“Tarleton SSMI” Follow us on Twitter! Search for @TarletonSSMI #studentsuccess #tarletonsuccess #tarletondiversity #diversity #multicultural #college