Academic Success
March 2021 Staff Newsletter

In This Issue:
  • March Staff Feature
  • Academic Advisor of the Year Nominations
  • Educational Resources
  • Unit Updates
  • Technology Update
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.
Madie Hanson (she/her/hers) | Academic Advisor, Undergraduate Advising Center
As an academic advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC), Madie helps students navigate their individual path through KU. She tries her best to enter every appointment with the student's unique needs in mind and works to connect them with the resources they need ranging from social support to classroom accommodations. Whether she meets with a student every week or once a semester, Madie always works to make sure her students feel empowered to succeed at KU.

She especially enjoys helping students who have been dismissed or placed on academic probation in their program. She helps them develop new strategies and support systems to improve their GPA and overall academic experience. Her goal is always to help them find their best path to success. This includes getting reaccepted to their program or helping them find a new direction they are passionate about!

Although this year has been challenging, Madie has found that virtual advising offers an opportunity to get to know students on an even more personal level. For those students who choose to invite her into their space via Zoom, she gets a window into their daily surroundings. She enjoys the impromptu discussions that develop out of a decoration hung on the wall or a cute pet wandering by the screen. 

Fun Fact: Madie is originally from the mountains in Montana and loves hiking. But you are just as likely to find her inside, drinking copious amounts of coffee and reading a good book.

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Call for Nominations
Due March 21 by Midnight
Academic Success and the KUAN are now accepting nominations for the 2021 KU Academic Advisor of the Year Award! Do you know someone who is a role model to their students and colleagues, dedicated to their work and continued professional development, and goes the extra mile for their students? Nominate them today!

Nominees must be full-time KU employees who spend at least 50 percent of their time on direct delivery of academic advising to undergraduate students. A virtual ceremony to recognize all nominees and this year’s winner will be held on May 11 from 3-4 pm. To learn more about the award and recognition ceremony visit the Academic Success webpage. Email any questions to

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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.
Hall Center for Humanities
Due to the pandemic, the Hall Center has switched to offering virtual lectures and presentations. Many of the events are free and allow you to pre-register. They are continuing their Migration Stories series as well as several other lectures.

Highlighted below are a few events in March
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University Academic Support Centers (UASC)
KU Writing Center (KUWC)

Workshops | Developing an Argument, March 30 & Overcoming Writers Block, March 16
The KU Writing Center is excited to offer additional synchronous workshops in March. All information, including Zoom links, is on the KUWC website. Please encourage students to attend.

Instructors seeking to support their students’ writing through writing workshops may request asynchronous online workshops through the online request form.

Hiring Consultants 
The KU Writing Center is hiring Graduate Writing Consultants. Interested students can learn more and apply through the HR website.  

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Technology Update
The University Career Center is piloting the Experiential Learning system within the HireJayhawks (Symplicity) platform. The system includes functionality that will help:
  • Track student placement into internships and other experiential learning opportunities
  • Define student goals and objectives for the internship or experience
  • Align job responsibilities with student goals, objectives, and Career Readiness Competencies
  • Evaluate progress towards goals and objectives
The system has the ability to track both on-campus and off-campus internships.
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