Academic Success
September 2020 Staff Newsletter

In This Issue:
We’ve made it through another summer and to the beginning of a new academic year. While we’ve been away from campus and working remotely, I know you’ve all remained busy - whether you were engaging with our new Jayhawks at orientation, working with current Jayhawks during the summer session, planning for the upcoming school year, and so much more. I am appreciative of all you’ve been doing to stay connected with our students and to help them as they navigate their options and make decisions about the upcoming semester.
I would be remiss not to acknowledge how different this August feels – the buildup to the start of the new school year isn’t quite the same when we are away from campus. I also acknowledge some of you are feeling uncertain or anxious about what lies ahead over the coming months – whether it is related to work, personal matters, or world and national events. Please continue to keep your supervisors and directors aware of your needs, concerns, questions, and ideas. I also encourage everyone to monitor the
Protect KU site as it is home to the most up-to-date information regarding campus resources and guidelines in response to COVID-19. The website and resources listed on the site, like the COVID-19 Employee Handbook, are constantly being updated and will continue to have new information added as the semester progresses.
Please save the date for our annual fall All-Staff Meeting on Tuesday, September 8 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m held virtually over Zoom, where we will discuss the vision and goals for the year, campus updates, and celebrate the start of the new school year. If you have questions about the All-Staff Meeting, please connect with your supervisor.
Again, thank you for the work you’re doing to continue to support our students!
Rock Chalk,

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Each month in this section of the newsletter, Academic Success will highlight a member of the team who is doing amazing work. If you wish to submit a nomination please fill out the nomination form.
Cuee on stage, photo taken by Carson Terrell
Photo Credit | Carson Terrell

Mar'Quis Wright (he/him/his) | Communications Assistant, University Career Center (UCC)

Mar'Quis Wright, who also goes by 'Quis or Cuee, works in the University Career Center (UCC) as the Communications Assistant. In his role, he primarily coordinates social media content and assists with marketing campaigns. He focuses on creating messaging that helps students understand what tools the Career Center has designed to help them succeed, both as students and in life after graduation. Bringing together everything the Career Center does and creating a message that students want to hear and trust is one of the best parts of his job.

Mar'Quis enjoys helping students make life-long connections. He is looking forward to continuing to provide students with the Career Center experience this semester, just virtually. He will continue to help students find jobs/internships, participate in job fairs, and connect with employers via social media and other forms of marketing communications.

In addition to his work for the Career Center, Mar'Quis is a hip-hop artist. His music career started while he was a student at KU, and grew even more once he became staff. He enjoys being able to work with students at KU and still pursue his music career. Mar'Quis loves hanging out and performing at venues on Mass Street. The Career Center has been really supportive, and KU continues to be one of his biggest fans.

Fun Fact: Mar'Quis' favorite KU tradition is KU Tradition's Night and Late Night on the Hill!

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Each month this section of the newsletter will highlight articles, webinars, and other resources relevant to staff. We ask that you submit any suggestions you have to the Academic Success email for future newsletters.

Student Affairs Commitment to Racial Justice: Day of Action | August 12th

On August 12, 2020 beginning at 11 a.m. (CT), the student affairs community, as represented by the professional associations, will come together to talk about how our profession can make tangible progress in addressing racial justice on American college campuses.

Our profession must play a leading role in combating racism and ending racial violence.This event is free. All sessions will be live-streamed; please visit NASPA's website for links to the broadcasts.

Topics will include:

  • Research & Scholarship
  • Pathways to Leadership
  • Student Affairs Structures that Reinforce “White-dominant” Modalities
  • Graduate Preparation Programs and Curriculum
  • Burnout and Racial Battle Fatigue for New and Mid-level Student Affairs Professionals
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Academic Success
Jeremy Freese
Jeremy is the new graduate assistant in Academic Success. He is starting the Higher Education Administration master's program this fall, and graduated from Truman State this past spring. His work will primarily focus on assisting with the KU Core, Jayhawk Blueprint, and other special projects.

Center for Service Learning 
Will Chaney
Will is the new graduate assistant in the CSL. He is starting the Higher Education Administration master’s program this fall after spending three years working in the nonprofit and public service field. Will’s duties in the CSL will primarily revolve around student engagement, but he will also contribute to their faculty development and community partner engagement programming.

Office of First-Year Experience (FYE)
Gussie Millar
Gussie is the new graduate assistant in FYE. She is starting the Higher Education Administration master's program this fall after graduating from Colorado State this past spring. In this role, she will assist with Orientation and Programming, Hawk Week, and other first-year programs. She will also be co-teaching a UNIV 101 Course: University, Well-being & You.

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University Academic Support Centers (UASC)
Hiring for Fall
The UASC is hiring a Website Design Intern and a Social Media Intern. The students in these positions will provide support for UASC websites and social media accounts, respectively. 

Academic Learning Center (ALC)
New Website & Social Media
To learn more about the Academic Learning Center and their programming, visit their newly named website For regular updates, follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook @KULearning.

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

The Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program will be in a variety of courses in Fall 2020!  To see the list and to view a video about the SI Program, visit the website. If you have any questions, email

Tutoring Services
Fall tutoring pre-registration will remain open through Thursday, August 27! Students can indicate which courses they anticipate needing a tutor for
 online. Students who pre-register for a tutor will have the opportunity to request a tutor group before those students who do not pre-register.

KU Writing Center
Writing consultations for the fall semester will start on Monday, August 31. Students can make appointments by visiting the KU Writing Center website.

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