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Student Academic Success Sessions

The Student Academic Success Sessions are supplemental education programs designed to impart the necessary academic skills to attendees through one hour, engaging, professionally presented workshops.

Spring 2015 Session Schedule

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Starting the Semester Off in the Right Direction
Tuesday- January 20 @ 3pm
MUC: Maple/Dogwood Room
Mike Jones, Academic Advisor, SOAR
 
Learn to balance the responsibilities of being a college student and gain skills that will position you for a strong start to the semester.
 
Motivation for Success
Monday- January 26 @ 3pm
MUC: Maple/Dogwood Room
Vicky Dean, Assistant Director, University Housing
 
Becoming motivated is the first step toward earning success. Find strategies to build upon your strengths as a student to make the most out of your college experience.
 
Academic Success (Study Skills & Time Management)*
Wednesday- February 4 @ 3pm
MUC: Maple/Dogwood Room
Kevin Thomas, Director, Office of Retention and Student Success
 
Learn to overcome stress, develop study habits, and prioritize your work so you can meet deadlines and succeed academically.
 
Overcoming Homesickness*
Monday- February 9 @ 3pm
MUC: Maple/Dogwood Room
Cathy Passananti, Assistant Director, Morris University Center
 
Leaving home can be tough.  Receive tips on balancing relationships at home with your new life at SIUE to overcome homesickness.
 
Pitfalls of Procrastination*
Wednesday- February 18 @ 4pm
MUC: Maple/Dogwood Room
Jessie Vosseller, Academic Advisor, Office of Academic Advising
 
Learn to recognize and combat the causes and negative consequences of procrastination.  Receive tips to help you develop new habits.
 
Getting Involved on Campus
Tuesday- Februrary 24 @ 3pm
MUC: Maple/Dogwood Room
Michelle Welter, Associate Director, Kimmel Student Involvement Center
 
Learn how to get involved on campus through fraternities and sororities, academic clubs, intramural sports, and more.
 
Harm Reduction*
Thursday- March 5 @ 6pm
MUC: Maple/Dogwood Room
Ashley Whiteside, Behavioral Incident & Online Education Counselor, Counseling Services
 
Learn how to become a safer and more responsible student in order to improve your wellbeing.
 
How to Read in College
Thursday- March 19 @ 4pm
MUC: Hickory/ Hackberry Room
Connie Dake, Instructor and Speech Center Coordinator, Instructional Services
 
Reading expectations are much higher in college. Learn to make strategic decisions about hot to read, comprehend, and retain material.
 
Academic Advisement 101
Tuesday- March 24 @ 3 pm
MUC: Maple/ Dogwood Room
Ian Toberman, Academic Advisor, Office of Academic Advising
 
Learn how to make advising appointments, the important dates and deadlines to make appointments, and tips to improve your chances of becoming registered in the courses you plan to take.
 
Building Your Professional Image and Network
Wednesday- April 1 @ 3pm
MUC: Maple/ Dogwood Room
Susan Seibert, Director, Career Development Center
 
This session will teach you how to present yourself in a professional manner and the important role your network plays in a job search.
 
Healthy Balance in the College Atmosphere*
Monday- April 6 @ 3pm
MUC: Maple/ Dogwood Room
Riane Greenwalt, Director, Health Service
 
Students are expected to have both a personal and professional life in college.  This session will help you learn to balance both realms.
 
Test Anxiety*
Thursday- April 16 @ 5pm
MUC: Maple/Dogwood Room
Jessica Ulrich, Interim Director, Counseling Services
 
Develop effective study habits and find the strategies to feel prepared for exams.  Learn skills to conquer test anxiety that many college students experience.
 
Transitions Within the University
Tuesday- April 21 @ 3pm
MUC: Maple/ Dogwood Room
Tyler Phelps, Assistant Director, Office of Academic Advising
 
Learn about changing majors and navigating the system to change your courses and stay on track to graduate
 
Finals Preparation*
Monday- April 27 @ 3pm
MUC: Maple/ Dogwood Room
Connie Dake, Instructor and Speech Center Coordinator, Instructional Services
 
Get ready to tackle the most stressful week of the semester!  Learn to study effectively and prioritize to ensure a successful finals week.  Being prepared will help you earn the grades you have worked for.

*Session counts towards Health Experience designation with the Lincoln Plan- General Education Requirements.  Students must attend five unique SASS Health Experience designated sessions to complete the requirements during their college career. 

Students Academic Success Sessions (SASS) are a supplemental education program designed to impart necessary academic skills to attendees through one hour, hands-on, professionally presented workshops.  The series strives to make sure that the session topics are important and useful to all SIUE students.  The Office of Retention and Student Success appreciates the contributions of all the presenters whose work makes the SASS series a success.

Students must arrive on time in order to attend.
Sessions are open to all students.
For questions, please contact the Office of Retention and Student Success at (618) 650-5930.
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