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Spring 2013 Edition - Volume 2

Student Success & Multicultural Initiatives SSMI - Featured Student

Name: Faviola Pantoja Classification: Sophomore Major: Business Hometown: Dublin, TX

Why did you choose Tarleton State University? I chose TSU because I participated in Upward Bound in high school since freshmen year in high school. I fell in love with the campus and I felt that I did not need to look at any other college or university. Everything that I wanted and needed could be found here at Tarleton. I felt the need to attend a university with traditions, special events, and friendly people! What about the professors? The professors are very interactive with their students! If you take time to talk to them, they will definitely take time to talk to you! My favorite class so far has been my general business course (GB 103). The professor is amazing! She is fun and is very understanding of the freshmen experience! Her name is Dr. Joanna Shaw. What events or activities have you attended? I attended the Midnight Breakfast (for Purple Pancakes), Tailgating, and I also volunteered to pass out information for Career Exploration Days. I also attend all of the SSMI activities. C O N T I N U E D O N PA G E 2



UPCOMING UNIVERSITY D AT E S March 29, 2013 No classes April 1, 2013 Graduate Student/Senior Registration Begins April 8, 2013 Junior Registration Begins April 15, 2013 Sophomore Registration Begins April 15, 2013 Priority Date for Fall Financial Aid April 22, 2013 Freshmen Registration Begins April 30, 2013 Restricted Activities Period Begins at 8am. May 1, 2013 Last Class Day & Last Day to withdraw from the university. May 2, 2013 Study Day & Final Examinations Begin May 9, 2013 Last Day of Final Examinations May 10, 2013 Residence Halls Close at 10am May 15-31, 2013 May Minimester June 4, 2013 Summer I Classes Begin July 4, 2013 University Closed July 8, 2013 Summer II Classes Begin

SSMI - Featured Office

Thank You for All Your Hard Work!

ACADEMIC SUPPORT PROGRAMS ( A S P ) - S U P P L E M E N TA L I N S T R U C T I O N Kalyn Brymer, a senior Animal Industries Major (College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences) contributed the following article about the SI program. W H AT I S S U P P L E M E N TA L I N S T R U C T I O N ( S I ) ? :

Supplemental Instruction, also known as SI, is a free service offered to students. A student who has already taken and received an A in the course holds review sessions throughout the week for the students currently in the course. HOW HAS SI HELPED YOU BECOME A MORE SUCCESSFUL STUDENT?

I have attended SI for Math courses, Ag. Economics, Microbiology and more, all with excellent results! I am also currently the SI leader for Physiology of Reproduction in Animals. I like to know that a service that tremendously helped me is also helping others students! W H AT S H O U L D S T U D E N T S K N O W A B O U T T H E S I P R O G R A M ?

I have found that new students transitioning into college life sometimes find learning how to study a difficult task and that SI helps to teach students how to independently study and take charge of the outcome of their semester! W H E R E C A N I F I N D O U T M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N A B O U T T H E S I P R O G R A M ?

Visit the Website - Send an E-mail - Call SI - (254) 968-9479


In the fall 2013 semester, ASP will provide COST SHARE TUTORING for students in various subjects! Each student will receive FIVE HOURS of peer tutoring for FREE!


SSMI - Featured Student Faviola Pantoja

What are your favorite activities? My two favorite activities so far have been tailgating and the purple-out picnic. What are your future plans? I would like to work at Tarleton in the business office. I think it would be a great experience, because of the staff! I go there all the time and they are great. I would put my skills and knowledge into practice in that environment. Where do you work on campus? I work in Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives, where I work at the front desk, run errards, answer telephone calls, and take messages. I love it! It is my first job.

Summer Classes End

Become a Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives Faculty/Staff/Student Ambassador!

August 10-11, 2013

A Day Retreat will be held this Summer!

August 7, 2013


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Hear about the latest research on student success & multicultural initiatives & participate in monthly success chats.

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New Developments in Student Disability Services

New Development #1 - Partnering with Student Success Programs and Student Counseling Center to train ADHD Coaches College students often struggle with managing their own time and organizing their study materials, an issue that is amplified for those diagnosed with ADHD. In the past, students with ADHD requesting a coach or an accountability partner to provide support in time and resource management have been referred to existing resources that were not designed with their specific needs in mind. In order to fill this gap, Student Disability Services is partnering with Student Success Programs and the Student Counseling Center to train student mentors to serve as coaches based upon a program designed specifically for college students with ADHD. We are excited to share resources and to provide the mentees and mentors with this valuable experience. New Development #2 - Partnering with Student Counseling Center to provide evaluations for ADHD and Learning Disabilities Student Disability Services is also partnering with the Student Counseling Center to provide psychological evaluations for students who believe they may have a learning disorder or ADHD. Dr. Stephanie Robertson, Director of the Student Counseling Center, is a psychologist with significant experience in this type of evaluation and is very eager to make this important service available to our students. We will be providing funds for the purchase of the materials needed to complete the evaluations, and Dr. Robertson has agreed to do one evaluation each month. This is an invaluable resource to students who may not have the financial means to access psychological services, and we truly appreciate Dr. Robertson’s willingness to allocate the highly sought after resources of the Student Counseling Center to this partnership. New Development #3 - New lab space will be up and running by the end of the semester If you stop by Math 201, you will see some changes at the end of our hallway. 201D is undergoing a facelift that will repurpose the former storage room into a second testing lab for Student Assessment Services. We have purchased desks and computers for 8 new stations that will help to accommodate our continued growth and relieve the loss of access to a lab due to reallocation of space.

UPCOMING SSMI EVENTS March 28, 2013 International Programs Spring Festival in the TSC Ballrooms from 11am - 2pm April 17, 2013 Diversity Luncheon - “Cultures of India” in TSC 27 from 12pm - 1pm April 19, 2013 Allies Training (Sign Up Online) in TSC 219 from 9am -11:30am April 22, 2013 Diversity Week (Check on the ODI website - diversity) April 24, 2013 Financial Differences in College from 12pm - 1pm in TSC 27 April 24, 2013 I Love SSMI Day! Visit for more information. April 25, 2013 Spoken Word Poetry Finale Celebration from 6pm - 8pm in TSC Food Court April 25, 2013 Religion and Society Panel from 12pm - 1pm in TSC 27 April 15, 2013 Diversity Awards Ceremony from 12pm - 1pm in TSC 27.

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Barry B. Thompson Student Center Room 15 Edwards, Dr. Jennifer Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives Phone: 9638 Faulkner, Brenda Director of Student Success Programs Phone: 9480 Freed, Dr. Rusty Executive Director of Academic Advising Services

Departments & Programs MLK DINNER - 2013

Lewis Straughter, a Senior MENtal Freedom member and resident artist, spoke at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner on January 29 and introduced our speaker, Mr. Eddie Francis. He also completed an art piece using typography which had Dr. King’s picture created from the words of his “I have a Dream” speech. Lewis will graduate in May with a degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Digital Media.

MENtal Freedom Presenting at the Diversity Leadership Conference at SHSU

Geye, Trina Director of Student Disability Services Phone: 9400

Lewis, along with Lorenzo Puente, Sean Guinyard, Andre McQuitty presented on “The Pact” and their experiences in MENtal Freedom at the Diversity Leadership Conference at Sam Houston State in February.

Helvie-Mason, Dr. Lora Director of Office of Diversity & Inclusion Phone: 9488 Robitaille, Dr. Marilyn Director of International Programs Phone: 9545 Simmons, Billie Jo Testing Coordinator Phone: 9423 Watts, Jenny Director of Upward Bound Phone: 9369 Wood, Kayla Director of Academic Support Programs Phone: 9479

OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION: ALLY SESSIONS, DIVERSITY WEEK, & CULTURAL EXCURSION The Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted Ally sessions on various Tarleton campuses, bringing the total Ally number to nearly thirty so far this year. Our final Ally session for Spring is April 19 and you can sign up online at Additionally, ODI has hosted events about Black History Month, Women’s History, and is celebrating Diversity Week April 22-26 with various activities, panels, and an oratorical and spoken word poetry competition. The theme is Unity in our Community and we will celebrate what brings us all together. The office led Multicultural Ambassadors on a culture excursion to New Orleans over Spring Break and students will present on their projects during Diversity Week.



Hall, Reggie SSMI Faculty Fellow (MENtal Freedom)

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New Developments in Upward Bound

New Development #1 - Tarleton Upward Bound Alumnus Honored

The Tarleton Upward Bound Project is proud to announce that former student and Tarleton alumnus, Jose Rios, has been recognized as a TRIO Achiever at this year’s TRIO State Conference on March 4th in Austin. This honor is given annually to outstanding former TRIO program participants as a way to congratulate these individuals and thank them for their inspiration to future TRIO students. Rios was one of four TRIO alumni to be recognized at the 2013TRIO State Conference. The criteria for being selected as a TRIO Achiever includes having been a TRIO program participant who successfully completed a postsecondary program of study and has attained a position of high stature within his/her profession or has received recognition for outstanding academic achievement. In addition, TRIO project must have had an acknowledged and significant impact upon the honoree in obtaining his/ her educational or professional objectives. Rios is a 1997 graduate of Comanche High School who went on to graduate with a B.S. from Tarleton in 2001 and an M.B.A. from LeTourneau University in 2006. Rios has spent his career in education as he worked for five years for Talent Search Program at Texas State University. For the past six years, Rios has worked for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, where he has recently been promoted to Assistant Director of Community and Technical Colleges in the Division of Workforce, Academic Affairs and Research. THECB advises state legislators by collecting and analyzing financial, performance and enrollment data from higher education institutions to help lawmakers make policy and funding decisions at all institutions of higher education. New Development #2 - Upward Bound Participants Tour Colleges

D I C K S M I T H L I B R A RY TEST PREP & OTHER RESOURCES The Testing and Education Reference Center Database is an amazing tool that can help students (and others) prepare for important national assessments AND can help students in each part of their educational journey!

Here are a few of the test prep resources available on the database: 1 - CLEP Test Prep 2 - TOEFL Test Prep 3 - GRE Test Prep

Here are a few of the other resources avaialble on the database:

Although we are always excited for our participants to attend Tarleton, the goal of the Upward Bound program is to help participants explore and find the right college for them. This year, the UB staff have taken groups of participants to several area community colleges and universities including the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas A&M University, Weatherford College, and Navarro College. During college tours, participants have an opportunity to see the campus and talk with admission and financial aid advisors. Participants also have the opportunity to network with other TRIO programs like Student Support Services that can provide academic support services that are so crucial to incoming Freshmen.

1 - Graduate Program Search

Future Development #1 - Upward Bound Summer Dates

6 - Virtual Career Library

The Tarleton Upward Bound summer residential program and summer bridge program dates have been set for Sunday, June 2nd through Wednesday, July 3rd. Summer informational meeting is set for Saturday, May 4th and will provide the class offerings for summer as well as the activities schedule and introduce summer staff.

7 - Current Articles for Careers,

Future Development #2 - Upward Bound Participants to Participate in Leadership Institute On Saturday, May 18th the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute will conduct a leadership seminar for program participants. Participants will learn about leadership styles, problem solving, and teamwork and how to apply these skills in organizing community service projects. Our goal is to coordinate a community service project during the summer residential program.

2 - Scholarship Search 3 - Military Test Prep 4 - Resume Builder 5 - Career Assessment

Schools, etc. (Info. gathered from - http://tarletonlibrary.blogspot. com/2013/02/top-10-reasons-to-use-testingeducation.html

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Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives - Spring 2013 Newsletter  
Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives - Spring 2013 Newsletter  

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