Academic Success
June 2020 Staff Newsletter

In This Issue:
In May, Dr. Susan Klusmeier was named Vice Provost for Academic Success. Her appointment coincides with changing our departmental name from the Office of Undergraduate Studies to Academic Success. As a department our work has grown to serve more than just undergraduate students, and changing our name more accurately reflects the breadth of work that we do.

We recently updated our website to academicsuccess.ku.edu and our email to academicsuccess@ku.edu. Any links and emails tied to Undergraduate Studies will redirect to the new URL or be forwarded to the new email account. While we recognize it will take time to change everything from printed documents to digital resources over to the new name, we are making a conscious effort to coordinate with unit leadership to make the change. We have also added a Staff Resources webpage to our website. This will serve as a central hub for informational, educational, and support resources geared toward all staff.


The newsletter is undergoing a few updates as well. Starting in July we will add in a section for educational resources. This month we have included one example below, the ASHE White Anti-Racist Educators Reading Group sign-up. We ask that you submit any suggestions you have to the Academic Success email for future newsletters.

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Call for Participants |This message was shared by the Association for the Study of Higher Education.
As witnessed in the past couple of weeks, anti-Black racism, settler colonialism, and white supremacy continue to proliferate across the country. Be it in the asymmetrical ways Covid-19 are harming Black, Brown, and Indigenous populations, the increased militarization of the police, who continue to target and kill Black people, or austerity measures many institutions of education are implementing, and which are already having deleterious effects on marginalized populations, one thing is clear: now is a time for action in as many ways as we possibly can. 
 
As such, Z Nicolazzo, Genia Bettencourt, and Sonja Ardoin have come together to invite white colleagues in higher education and student affairs to a summer reading group.
 
For more information and to sign up, check out the Google form. Sign-ups are due by the end of June 15, 2020. 


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The Academic Achievement and Access Center (AAAC) changed its name to the University Academic Support Centers (UASC) effective Monday, June 1. The name change better reflects the broad variety of services and programs offered to both undergraduate and graduate students at KU.

As part of the name change, academic consultations, Tutoring Services and Supplemental Instruction programs are now the Academic Learning Center, and Student Access Services is now named the Student Access Center. The KU Writing Center will remain the same.


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Each month in this section of the newsletter, UGS will highlight a member of the team who is doing amazing work. If you wish to submit a nomination please fill out this form.
Renee Denton (she/her/hers) | Assistant Director, Academic Learning Center, University Academic Support Centers
As Assistant Director of the Academic Learning Center, Renee's work primarily focuses on Tutoring Services where she helps provide academic resources that foster student success. She really enjoys that her work is largely team oriented and involves working closely with both the office staff and the tutors. There are many moving pieces when it comes to Tutoring Services. The team works together to not only run the program, but also strives to meet the needs of all students. Some of her favorite days are when she connects with the tutors individually, learning more about them, their goals, and their ideas for helping fellow tutors. 

In the Academic Learning Center, all of the programming and services, from tutoring to academic consultations to Supplemental Instruction to workshops, focus on peer-to-peer support and empowering students to identify and develop transferable skills to help them find success both in and outside of the classroom. Renee is looking forward to having more one-on-one developmental conversations with students. She is also excited to become more involved with the individual academic consultations that focus on time management, study skills, test taking strategies, and more. 

Fun Fact: Renee used to take English-style horseback riding lessons. She recently found an instructor in Lawrence and is excited that she has been able ride again.


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Center for Service Learning (CSL)
Cynthia Esiaka, Graduate Assistant
Cynthia is completing doctoral work in education psychology and research. She is working with the CSL to develop an assessment strategy, building upon their data-gathering processes developed to complete the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement.

Gbemisola Ojo, Graduate Assistant
Gbemisola is completing a master’s program in chemical engineering. She is working with the CSL team to plan and implement outreach for previously under-engaged student populations, as well as helping them develop the LEAD Up student organization structure.

Valerie Thompson, Graduate Assistant
Valerie is a graduate student in applied behavioral science. She is working with the CSL team to develop and pilot a documentation system that they can use to gather information from faculty and staff on a regular basis about the community engagement and service learning work they are doing.

Bria Thorne, Graduate Assistant
Bria is completing a master’s higher education administration. While serving as the Community Partner Engagement Intern, she will be gathering information and work to help CSL understand immediate, intermediary, and longer-term community needs and assist in brokering support through university partnerships and engagement of students, faculty/instructors, and staff. 


Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC)
Madie Hanson, Academic Advisor
Prior to KU, Madie completed a master's in adult learning and higher educatio
n at Montana State University. She worked as a graduate assistant for LGBTQ+ programming and support, and then transitioned into the Office of Student Engagement to supervise and be a resource for student clubs and organizations. Madie started working for the UAC at the end of May. 

David Woodington, Academic Advisor
Prior to KU, David completed a PhD in religion at the University of Notre Dame and spent the last two years teaching as an adjunct professor at University of Notre Dame and Goshen College. David started working for the UAC at the beginning of May.


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Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC)
The UAC will continue to meet with students over the summer via Zoom and email. During appointments students have the option to use voice only or video. Advisors will be assisting with new student orientation Tuesday-Friday. Please see the information below if you are referring students to the UAC.

Scheduled Appointments | Mondays only
Students can schedule appointments through Jayhawk GPS.

Drop-In Advising | Mondays or email drop-in request 
Students can request a drop-in appointment on the UAC website. 


University Academic Support Centers (UASC)

Academic Learning Center (ALC)
Academic Consultations

The Academic Learning Center (ALC) is here to help students with their academic success!  Both undergraduate and graduate students can schedule a free online appointment via Zoom with professional staff to receive one-on-one coaching with regard to academic skill building. To request an appointment, students can email learning@ku.edu or call (785) 864-7733 to schedule an appointment.

Tutoring Services
The cost for summer tutoring has been reduced from $175 to $90. Please direct students to the 
online system to submit a summer tutor request or to pre-register for Fall 2020.

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.  


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
torSI Leader, or a writing consultant for Fall 2020.

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