Academic Success
July 2020 Staff Newsletter

In This Issue:
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.

Pandemic Hurts Student Mental Health | By Elizabeth Redden
This article from Inside Higher Education highlights the effects of COVID-19 on the ongoing student mental health crisis. 


Anti-Racist Reading List from the KU Libraries
Collection of anti-racist books and films available through the KU libraries.

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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 email Academic Success
Kara Kynion headshot
Kara Kynion (she/her/hers) | Assistant Director, KU Writing Center, University Academic Support Centers
One of Kara's favorite parts of her job is training and mentoring student staff. She loves how passionate, thoughtful, eager to help other students, and fun the student workers are. She really enjoys seeing them focus on their own learning and growth, as well. They keep her engaged with the work and remind her daily of why she got into the Writing Center work in the first place.

The Writing Center meets students where they are in their development as writers, whether that’s through online writing guides, workshops, or one-on-one consultations. The goal is to help students understand their own writing process better and to grow as writers. Rather than editing or making corrections for a student, they try to teach something that they can use in future writing projects, thereby promoting learning and success. In order to help train new staff and continue to promote these principles, Kara and her team are creating an online training module. In the past, all new employee training has been conducted in person, but that’s not an option for the fall. She is excited for the opportunity to re-think the training process and to build something that can continually be refined and used again with new Writing Center staff.

Fun Fact: Kara is an avid gardener, and especially loves growing cut flowers. Her garden gets bigger each year, taking over more and more of the backyard.

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Deb Meyer, Associate Director of Student Access Center

Retiring July 31, 2020
After a 21-year career in Special Education and Student Access Services, Associate Director of Student Access Center, Deb Meyer has announced her plan to retire as of July 31, 2020. Deb spent the majority of her career as Director of Special Education in the Shawnee Mission School District. Since 2014, Deb has served as Associate Director for the Student Access Center in the University Academic Support Centers.

Deb writes, “It has been a privilege to work for KU, especially as a staff member in the Academic Success division; it has been an honor to work for the University Academic Success Centers' Director, Andrew Shoemaker, and with the staff on amazing teams in the Student Access Center, Academic Learning Center, and the KU Writing Center. If one student or family remembers me as assisting them to graduate as a proud Jayhawk, I will have accomplished my goal. RCJH!”

“On behalf of the Student Access Center and the entire University Academic Support Centers team, we congratulate Deb Meyer on her retirement. We thank her for dedicating the last six years of her career as a Jayhawk to our team. She worked tirelessly to supporting KU students with disabilities. As an exceptional advocate for the rights of students with disabilities and an extraordinary administrator, Deb’s career, both at KU and in public schools, personifies the Jayhawk Values we hold dear, especially inclusion for students with disabilities and innovation. We will miss her leadership in our office and across campus. A bright spot, however, is that by retiring, Deb will be able to attend those KU Basketball games with an 8 PM start time without worry about needing to open the office the next day. I will miss having a colleague who has taught me more about leadership and management than any class, training, or book could have,” says Andrew Shoemaker, Director of University Academic Support Centers.

Deb’s immediate plans for retirement include gardening, and working on projects around her home. She is also looking forward to future travel.

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Center for Service Learning (CSL)
KU Serves Week: Summer Days 
Week of July 20 | Social Media

The Center for Service Learning and the Office of First Year Experience will be cohosting KU Serves Week: Summer Days! During this week, incoming students are encouraged to follow along on social media to learn more about service and volunteering at KU.

Panel and Q&A with Student Service Leaders
Week of July 20 | Zoom
Follow on social media for more details!

Service Project Workshop
Week of July 20 | Zoom
Follow on social media for more details!

Please help support CSL by sharing these events and promoting service at KU during the week of July 20. Make sure you follow and turn on post notifications for the CSL and FYE on social media so you don’t miss a single update!
Facebook: KU Center for Service Learning, KU Office of First Year Experience
Twitter: @KUServes, @NewJayhawks
Instagram: @kuserves, @newjayhawks

Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR)
CUR has updated the “Getting Started in Research” page on their website to provide more detailed guidance for students who are interested in getting involved with undergraduate research at KU. Please share the updated information with your students.

University Academic Support Centers (UASC)
Academic Learning Center (ALC)
Tutoring Services
Fall tutoring pre-registration is now open! Students can indicate which courses they anticipate needing a tutor for at
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
During the summer semester, the KU Writing Center is open Monday – Thursday for eTutoring and videoconference appointments. Students can schedule an appointment by visiting the website. Last day for summer consultations is July 23, 2020.

Hiring for Fall
The Academic Learning Center and the KU Writing Center are now hiring. Students can check out the positions and apply online to be a tu
tor, SI Leader, or a writing consultant for Fall 2020.

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