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WELCOME STUDENTS!

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It is a privilege to have you as a member of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville community! The transition to college can be an exciting and overwhelming time for you and Student Affairs is here to assist you in the pursuit of your education.

Research shows that if you follow these guidelines, you will be successful on campus and become a successful graduate.

First, you must build your network.

As you may have heard, it’s not only what you know, it’s who you know. While at SIUE, you need to build a network of faculty, staff, and students who can help you achieve your dreams and goals. Engage our faculty and staff both inside and outside the classroom. They will guide and mentor you, assist you in finding internships and co-ops, explore the possibility of graduate education, and write those important letters of recommendation for you.

Probably the most important network though is a network of friends. College is a time to meet new people and develop life-long relationships. A network of close friends can help you through the good and bad times and will always be there for you. Choose them wisely!

Second…go to class and participate.

Yes, I am telling you to go to class! The number one way to get behind in your coursework is to miss class. Attend class and become an active participant in your education, engage faculty outside the classroom, and ask questions if you don’t know the answers. If you need help, ask for it! We are here to assist in your success. Promising place to work in student affairs 2015

Third…get involved in campus life.

Each year, nearly 10,000 students improve their health and fitness on campus by participating in Campus Recreation programs and services. More than 4,000 are involved in over 260 student organizations. And almost 800 students are actively engaged as members of fraternities and sororities at SIUE.

But it’s more than just fun and games! Involved students earn higher grades, are more likely to graduate, and develop the skills valued by employers.

I look forward to meeting you on campus and hope you find your University experience both rewarding and memorable. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns or just want to meet and discuss anything that is on your mind at jwaple@siue.edu.

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Jeffrey N. Waple, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

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