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Weekly Updates

Student Support Services Weekly Update

October 20 – October 27, 2017

What’s inside this Update?

                    1. SSS Event:  Arboretum Walk – Must sign up by 4:30 pm on October 20th
                    2. Mountaineer Week 2017:  Celebrating 70 years of Appalachian Heritage - October 20 - 29
                    3. Public Health Information Sessions
                    4. 2018-19 FAFSA available now
                    5. Important Dates
                    6. Registration Dates for Spring/Summer 2018
                    7. SSS Advising Appointments for Spring/Summer 2018
                    8. Campus Read Activities for First Year Experience course
                    9. Keith Sherin Global Leaders’ Semester in Washington, D.C. – Spring 2018
                    10. Fall ISP (Individual Success Plan) Meeting – Schedule Your Appointments ASAP
                    11. Tutor Requests
                    12. Fall SSS Drop-In Tutoring Schedule – New Hours and a Room Location Change Next Week
                    13. Additional FREE Academic Support
                    14. SORTS (Students on the Road to Success) Workshop Series
                    15. Additional Scholarship Opportunities


                                      1.      
                                      SSS Event:  Arboretum Walk – Must sign up by 4:30 pm on October 20th

                                      This is your last chance to sign-up for the hike in the arboretum with Miranda on Sunday, October 22 from 3-5 pm.  You must call the SSS office by 4:30 pm to add your name to the list.  If no one calls to sign up, we will cancel the event.

                                       2.       Mountaineer Week 2017:  Celebrating 70 years of Appalachian Heritage - October 20 - 29

                                      Mountaineer Week is WVU’s way of paying tribute to West Virginia’s heritage and traditions.  Here are just a few of the activities that will be happening:  beard growing competition, arts & crafts festival, PRT cram, Appalachian music, photo contest, giant pumpkin regatta boat race, pumpkin drop, Country Vittles Dinner Buffet, and much, much more (including lots of great food)!  Check out the full schedule of events here:  https://mountaineerweek.wvu.edu/.  We also have a complete schedule of events available in the SSS office.

                                       3.       Public Health Information Sessions

                                      November 8:  10:00 am - 11:30 am (Room 3301 - School of Public Health Conference Room)

                                      November 30:  5:00 pm - 6:30pm (Room 3701 - Orthopaedic Medicine's Conference Room)

                                       4.       2018-19 FAFSA available now

                                      In order to receive financial aid for the next academic year (2018-19), you must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by March 1, 2018 (priority deadline).  The FAFSA is available now at http://fafsa.ed.gov.  You will need income tax information from 2016 in order to complete the FAFSA.  The IRS Data Retrieval Tool will also be available for use with the 2018-19 FAFSA.  You will also need your FSA ID in order to login on the FAFSA website. 

                                       5.       Important Dates

                                      October 24:  Last day to drop a class & last day to request an individual tutor from SSS

                                      November 18-26:  Fall Recess

                                      December 4:  Last Day to Withdraw from the University

                                      December 5:  Last Day of Classes

                                      December 7-8, 11-13:  Final Exam Week

                                       6.       Registration Dates for Spring/Summer 2018

                                       7.       SSS Advising Appointments for Spring/Summer 2018

                                      Call the SSS office to schedule your advising appointments for Spring & Summer 2018.  SSS advises students that are pre-majors.  If you are unsure if you are advised by SSS, give us a call and we can help you figure out where you are advised.  If you have not scheduled a time to see counselor, you need to do so immediately!  You will not be able to register for classes you meet with your counselor and your advising hold is lifted.  Call the SSS office today (304-293-6629) to get scheduled.

                                       8.       Campus Read Activities for First Year Experience course

                                      Students enrolled in a First-Year Experience (FYE) course are required to attend one of the Campus Read activities this semester.  Here are the upcoming activities for this month:

                                       “Hidden Figures in the Stars,” at the WVU Planetarium, shows readers what an orbit is in order to understand Katherine Johnson’s contribution as she calculated John Glenn’s historic flight.  The Planetarium has scheduled multiple shows on October 25 at 7 p.m. and repeating at 8 p.m.  Seating is limited so online reservations are required.

                                       "Unseen, Unknown, An Augmented Reality Exhibit Exploring West Virginia Sights and Stories,” 2nd floor of the Downtown Library, October 1 through the end of the semester.  As Hidden Figures shed light on the stories of West Virginian NASA scientists, this exhibit gives voice to West Virginia stories mostly unknown.  Blending history, imagery, news and new media, a series of printed still images turn into moving videos with the swipe of a cell phone creating an interactive exhibit experience.

                                       October 24 - "Hidden Sociologies: A Sociological Discussion on Hidden Figures," a panel discussion led by Daniel Brewster, instructor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, at 6 p.m., G-20 Ming Hsieh Hall.  Other participants include Dr. Mandy Sanchez, lecturer; Dr. Heather Washington, assistant professor, and Dr. Victoria Velding, visiting assistant professor. 

                                       For a full list of events related to the Campus Read, go to http://campusread.wvu.edu/attend-our-events

                                       9.       Keith Sherin Global Leaders’ Semester in Washington, D.C. – Spring 2018

                                      Applications are now available for an exciting Capitol Hill internship and study program in Washington, D.C. from January 14-May 5, 2018.  The internship/scholarship is available to one outstanding TRIO SSS or McNair student who is a current full-time undergraduate in good academic standing.  (Applicants must come from institutions that are COE members.)  Students are enrolled at Marquette University's Les Aspin Center in Washington, D.C., take classes two days per week, and work in Congressional offices the other three days per week during the 16-week semester.  Applications are due to COE by November 15, 2017.  For more information, and to download the application, visit http://www.coenet.org/student_opportunities.shtml.  Questions? Contact Holly Hexter at holly.hexter@coenet.org.

                                       10.   Fall ISP (Individual Success Plan) Meeting – Schedule Your Appointments ASAP

                                      Don’t forget – you need to schedule your Fall ISP meeting with your SSS counselor.  Stop by the office or give us a call 304-293-6629 and we’ll get you set up!

                                       11.   Tutor Requests

                                      You will not be able to request a tutor until you complete your ISP appointment with your counselor.  Call the office at 293-6629 or stop by to schedule your ISP appointment.  Make sure you let us know that you need to request a tutor at that time so we can get you in to see your counselor as quickly as possible.

                                       12.   Fall SSS Drop-In Tutoring Schedule – New Hours and a Room Location Change Next Week

                                      Drop-in tutoring will now take place from 12:30 pm to 2:15 pm on Mondays in the Cacapon Room on the 2nd floor of the Mountainlair.  On Monday, October 23, tutoring will take place in the SSS office from 12:30 pm to 2:15 pm.  Subjects covered include Math, Chemistry, Physics, Study Skills, Time Management and others.  This is a free service for SSS participants, so be sure to take advantage of our knowledgeable tutors!

                                       13.   Additional FREE Academic Support

                                      The Office of Student Success offers FREE academic support through the Academic Resource Centers:

                                      Locations:                                      Time:

                                      Bennett Tower (Evansdale)               Sunday – Thursday 6pm – 9:30pm

                                      Downtown Library                            Sunday – Thursday 6pm – 9:30pm

                                       Subjects include:  Chemistry, Biology, Math, Physics, Statistics, Geology, Psychology, Accounting, Economics, and others available upon request.

                                      For more information, go to:  http://studentsuccess.wvu.edu/services/tutoring-centers

                                       14.   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. 

                                       Fall 2017 Schedule of Seminars

                                      Listening and Note-taking - Monday, October 30th

                                      Location: Mountainlair Shenandoah   Time: 4:00 pm

                                       

                                      Time Management – Tuesday, November 14th

                                      Location: Mountainlair Rhododendron            Time: 4:00 pm

                                       

                                      Ending the Semester with Success – Wednesday, November 29th

                                      Location: Downtown Library Room 104          Time: 3:30 pm

                                       

                                      15.   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

                                       

                                      The Tree Center Quarterly Scholarship

                                      Deadline: Varies; earliest is June 20, 2017

                                      For: high school students; current college students

                                      Link: http://bit.ly/2nJGzjx

                                       

                                      The Beauty + Wellness Scholarship

                                      Deadline:  Quarterly – Fall: September 30, 2017; Winter: January 1st 2018;  Spring: March 31st 2018;  Summer: June 30th 2018

                                      For:  female college students

                                      Link:  https://www.skincareox.com/scholarship/

                                       

                                      NEW! American Bullion Scholarship

                                      Deadline: October 31, 2017

                                      For: current college students

                                      Link:  http://bit.ly/2qo43ZJ

                                       

                                      NEW! Stick or Treat Contest

                                      Deadline: October 31, 2017

                                      For: students ages 18 or older

                                      Link:  http://bit.ly/2dJmG6K

                                       

                                      NEW! Stick or Treat Contest

                                      Deadline: October 31, 2017

                                      For: students ages 18 or older

                                      Link:  http://bit.ly/2dJmG6K

                                       

                                      NEW! Shine Bright Scholarship

                                      Deadline: November 1, 2017

                                      For: high school seniors; current college students

                                      Link:  http://bit.ly/2eFWY1B

                                       

                                      My Story Essay Contest

                                      Deadline:  November 17, 2017

                                      For:  college students

                                      Link:  My Story Essay Contest

                                       

                                      OutdoorNinjas “Outdoor Enthusiast” Scholarship

                                      Deadline:  November 30, 2017

                                      For:  college students

                                      Link:  https://outdoorninjas.com/page/scholarship/

                                       

                                      BEST Scholarship

                                      Deadline:  November 30, 2017

                                      For:  TRIO students

                                      Link:  http://compansol.com/scholarship.php

                                       

                                      NEW! Look Twice, Save a Life Scholarship

                                      Deadline: December 1, 2017

                                      For: high school seniors; current college students

                                      Link:  http://bit.ly/2xDXyUN

                                       

                                      NEW! Resume Genius Scholarship

                                      Deadline: December 15, 2017

                                      For: high school seniors; current college students

                                      Link:  http://bit.ly/2aPjnZ9

                                       

                                      StudyPug

                                      Deadline:  December 15, 2017

                                      For:  current college students

                                      Link:  https://www.studypug.com/scholarship.html

                                       

                                      NEW! Make a Difference Video Scholarship

                                      Deadline: December 18, 2017

                                      For: current college students

                                      Link: http://bit.ly/2w6VHXD

                                       

                                      NEW! A Better America Scholarship

                                      Deadline: December 31, 2017

                                      For: current college students

                                      Link:  http://bit.ly/2flWxgj

                                       

                                      NEW! Youth Forward Scholarship

                                      Deadline: December 31, 2017

                                      For: high school sophomores, juniors and seniors; current college freshmen

                                      Link:  http://bit.ly/2nhKoYd

                                       

                                      The Chairish "Design Your Future" Scholarship ($2,500)

                                      Deadline:  January 1, 2018

                                      For:  college undergraduate and graduate students

                                      Link:  https://www.chairish.com/pages/scholarship

                                       

                                      NEW! Hometown Heart Scholarship

                                      Deadline: January 3, 2018

                                      For: current college students

                                      Link:  http://bit.ly/2g55jgX

                                       

                                      NEW! Infographic Scholarship Contest

                                      Deadline: April 26, 2018

                                      For: high school seniors; current college students

                                      Link:  http://bit.ly/2xa7I3v

                                       

                                      NEW! Ivey Engineering Scholarship

                                      Deadline: May 15, 2018

                                      For: high school seniors; current college students

                                      Link:  http://bit.ly/2wGic9j

                                       

                                      NEW! Liaison Data-Inspired Future Scholarship

                                      Deadline: May 31, 2018

                                      For: high school seniors; current college students

                                      Link:  http://bit.ly/2xOwzqN

                                      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.