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March 12, 2015
Students are passing on workshops at the Student Success Center, so workers are advertising to increase participation.
Not one student attended the “There’s an App for That” workshop held by Megan Hurley, Retention Liaison for the College of Health Sciences and Kelli Gargone, Program Coordinator in the Office of Students with Disabilities.
They had planned to present a slideshow with information about various apps that students might find handy.
Hurley said students aren’t showing any interest.
“For spring semester, overall interest is not as strong as the fall,” said Hurley, “not just ‘There’s An App For That’ workshop, but also others such as ‘What does my Professor Want?’ or ‘Study Skills.’”
Hurley and Gargone say advertising – or a lack of it – is part of the problem.
“First year students attendance is no longer mandatory for students,” said Hurley. “In terms of advertising, there is much more we can do.”
Staff post workshops on the e-MU portal and the Student Success Center page. Faculty members also spread the word to students.
Ashley Coleman, first year occupational therapy major, has not attended a workshop so far this semester, but she is receiving one-on-one attention from instructors.
“For writing workshops, I feel like it is not going to help you,” said Coleman. “My professor has you schedule times in order for him to meet with you and discuss your paper.
She rarely hears about workshops advertised.
“I have only heard about two workshops,” said Coleman. “They do not advertise well.”
Gargone does not take it personally that students are not attending.
“We know that students are busy and if you only have an hour to grab lunch then you should get lunch,” said Gargone. “Students are using the Student Success Center for different things.”
Staffers have many workshops planned for the spring and fall semesters, each one guided by a staff member who is comfortable with the subject. Workshop times are staggered throughout lunch hours and evening hours so they fit students’ schedules.
“We try to focus on what students need,” said Hurley, “as a staff, talk about what is it that students could use more information and try to plan those.”
“Part of my own personal goal is to tap into more of the student’s needs,” said Hurley. “What kind of workshops you would like to see or what are we lacking?”
Planned workshops include a writing studio on March 12 at two o’clock, and “Test Taking Strategies” on April 8. On April 10, Writing Center tutors will present another writing studio for students who are unsure how to give or take constructive criticism in peer review.
Students’ who cannot events are welcome to visit the Student Success Center to receive information.