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Student Support Services Weekly Update

March 24-31, 2017

What’s inside this Update?

  1. Last Day to Drop a Class/Request an Individual Tutor – Friday, March 24, 2017
  2. TRIO Student Ambassadors Bake Sale – Friday, March 24th, 10 am – 2 pm
  3. SSS Stress Management Program: Relax Your Mind – Wed, March 29, 4:30-6:30 pm, Mountaineer Room, Lair
  4. Theater Performance: The Pirates of Penzance – Thursday, April 6, 7:30 pm, CAC
  5. Priority Registration Dates for Fall 2017 Classes
  6. MyFreeTaxes – File for Free!
  7. Seeking Peer Mentors for Fall 2017
  8. Health Careers Opportunity Program summer job position available
  9. Preparing for DAT, MCAT, PCAT, or GRE? HCOP Guide program may be for you!
  10. ISP Appointments are happening now
  11. SSS Drop-in tutoring – Mondays, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, Cacapon Room
  12. STEM summer research and grad program info
  13. SORTS (Students on the Road to Success) Workshop Series
  14. Scholarship for first-generation students
  15. Additional Scholarship Opportunities

1. Last Day to Drop a Class/Request an Individual Tutor – Friday, March 24, 2017 Tomorrow is the last day to drop a class this semester. It is also the last day that you can request an individual tutor with the SSS office.

2. TRIO Student Ambassadors Bake Sale – Friday, March 24th, 10 am – 2 pm The TRIO Student Ambassadors will be having a fundraising bake sale on Friday, March 24th from 10 am to 2 pm across the street from the Mountainlair. Please feel free to stop by and get a sweet treat and/or a lemonade to drink. Be sure to encourage your friends and classmates to visit the bake sale too!

3. SSS Stress Management Program: Relax Your Mind – Wed, March 29, 4:30-6:30 pm, Mountaineer Room, Lair Stressing out about the upcoming finals? We can help! WELLWVU, in conjunction with the Office of Student Success, will teach you stress reduction techniques. You will learn how to do relaxation exercises and how to prepare for finals starting now. Interactive and fun activities are planned. Wear comfortable clothes and come join us! The sign-up sheet is available in the SSS office now.

4. Theater Performance: The Pirates of Penzance – Thursday, April 6, 7:30 pm, CAC The SSS office will have limited tickets available to a performance of The Pirates of Penzance at the Creative Arts Center on Thursday, April 6th at 7:30 pm. This performance by the School of Music and the School of Theatre & Dance will be a lot of fun! You must come in person to the SSS office to sign-up and receive your ticket. The sign-up sheet will be available on Thursday, March 30th at 8 am. Seats are limited, so come early to reserve your seat for this musical performance.

5. Priority Registration Dates for Fall 2017 Classes Here are the registration dates for Fall 2017:
  • March 28 : Professional, Graduate, Honors-SR, and Exceptions, Law-L3
  • March 29: Honors-JR, Law-L2
  • March 30: Honors-SO, Law-L1
  • March 31: Honors-FR
  • April 3: Seniors (89+ hours)
  • April 5: Juniors (59 – 88 hours)
  • April 7: Sophomores (29 – 58 hours)
  • April 10: Freshmen (0 – 28 hours) Classifications are based on hours earned and hours in progress for Spring 2017 term. Make sure you set up an appointment with your academic advisor prior to your registration date. If you are advised in the SSS office, we will begin advising appointments the week of March 20th.

6. MyFreeTaxes – File for Free! If you haven’t already done so, you can prepare and file your federal and state taxes for FREE online at www.myfreetaxes.com. This service is free for individuals or families with a combined household income of $64,000 or less in 2016. The deadline to file your federal income tax return is April 18, 2017.

7. Seeking Peer Mentors for Fall 2017 The SSS program is recruiting participants to serve as Peer Mentors for the 2017 – 2018 academic year. Each Peer Mentor works with a small group of SSS freshmen, providing mentorship and helping them coordinate a service project for the SRVL 293 course for first-year students. This is a fun opportunity, a great leadership experience, and a fantastic resume-builder. Please email Kylie at kylie.evans@mail.wvu.edu for more information, or to express interest.

8. Health Careers Opportunity Program summer job position available The Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) is hiring mentors for their HAPPEN Summer Program taking place this July. They have a lead position available, as well as male and female mentor positions open. To apply, visit www.wvhcop.org to access their online application form. Job descriptions are also available here. For questions, contact their office at 304-293-2420.

9. Preparing for DAT, MCAT, PCAT, or GRE? HCOP Guide program may be for you! If you are a sophomore, junior, or senior preparing for any of the exams listed above, the HCOP Guide program may be the program for you. The primary goal of this program is to prove you with the knowledge, skills, and support to successfully apply and get accepted in professional schools/programs of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, occupational therapy or physical therapy. Guide is a FREE 8-week summer program: June 5-16 is the two-week, campus based, hands-on experience, June 17-July 28 is the six-week, home based admissions test preparation portion. The deadline to apply for this program is April 5, 2017. To access additional information and the application, visit http://www.wvhcop.org/.

10. ISP (Individual Success Plan) Appointments are happening now All SSS participants are required to meet with their counselor once every semester to be considered active in the program. Stop by the office or call us at 304-293-6629 to get yours scheduled right way. Remember, you must complete your ISP appointment before you can request an individual tutor.

11. SSS Drop-in tutoring – Mondays, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, Cacapon Room SSS offers drop-in tutoring in the Mountainlair for Math, Chemistry, Physics, Study Skills, Time Management, and others. Tutoring will take place on Mondays from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Cacapon Room on the second floor of the Mountainlair. Be sure to take advantage of this free service!

12. STEM summer research and grad program info It’s not too early to begin preparing your applications for paid summer research experiences and graduate programs. Check out these links:

584 different paid summer research programs for undergraduates: http://pathwaystoscience.org/programs.aspx?u=Undergrads_Undergraduate+Students&sm=&sd=&sy=&dd=SummerResearch_Summer+Research+Opportunity&submit=y&dhub=SummerResearch_Summer+Research+Opportunity

355 different graduate programs in STEM: http://pathwaystoscience.org/programs.aspx?u=Grad_Graduate+Students&submit=y

Tips and resources for applying: http://pathwaystoscience.org/Library.aspx

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Pathways-to-Science-120825625433/

13. SORTS (Students on the Road to Success) Workshop Series SORTS seminars are designed to offer tips on academic success in a group setting. Topics include classroom success, time management, preparing for finals, and many more. Presentations are interactive and students receive giveaways that aid in student success. To view a schedule of the seminars, go to: http://retention.wvu.edu/student_success/star_workshop_series.

14. Additional Scholarship Opportunities Course Hero Scholarship Deadline: Monthly For: current college students Link: http://bit.ly/28YHUHf

Courage to Grow Scholarship Deadline: Monthly For: high school juniors/seniors; current college students Link: http://bit.ly/1GkOxRd

The World Dances Scholarship Deadline: Last day of each month Link: http://bit.ly/1sRhqOa

Vive Health Scholarship Deadline: June 1, Annually Amount: $2500 Link: https://vivehealth.com/pages/scholarship


The Student Support Services/TRIO (SSS) program supports WVU and Undergraduate Education as a student-centered environment by providing individualized services to students who are first-generation, income eligible, and/or have a learning or physical disability. Based on their needs and goals, SSS assists them with academic accomplishments and social and cultural enrichment so they may successfully complete baccalaureate degrees.