Academic Awareness Week to offer opportunities, advising

The academic advising department’s Academic Awareness Week event series will begin on Feb. 8.

There will be information available about prerequisites, majors, program planning, general education, retention support, academic actions, academic services and much more. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with academic advisers.

2010 marks the fourth year for the annual event.

Molly Weir, associate director of academic advising, said the event will be helpful to students.

“We are inviting many offices on campus including the school of business, art, Honors College, and math placement,” Weir said. “Students will be given the opportunity to meet with all these departments all at once. They are encouraged to think ahead about any questions or concerns they may have.”

Jessica Moats, a graduate assistant working on academic awareness week, said “learning beyond the classroom and personal life choice” will also be addressed at the event.
Alicia Apperson, who is also helping to plan the events, explained why the timeliness of the event is important.

“The event takes place in February because students register for classes at the end of March,” Apperson said. “This gives students a chance to plan what classes they want to take.”

Weir said teachers usually get busy around April and they may not be able to meet with students later.

“This week gives students the opportunity to speak to advisers now,” Weir said.

Apperson believes the week long event can benefit a variety of individuals.

“Student employment will also be at academic awareness week,” Apperson said. “People who graduated years ago can get information about jobs.

Graduate assistant Bhartan Lesko, said participants can expect to see something new every day.

“Every day of the week, it will take place in a different location and will have a different theme,” Lesko said.

The theme for Feb.8 is “exploring your options” and will be held in the student center.
Career Services and academic advising representatives will be there to discuss majors and minors with students from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

“Advising Comes to You!” is the theme for Feb.9 and will take place in the Eastern Eateries from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. There will also be advising trivia and prizes.
Feb.10 is student success day and will be held in the student center from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Representatives from the College of Business, Arts and Sciences, Holman Success Center and many other departments will be there to answer questions.

Feb. 11 will focus on the mandatory Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC) credits. This event is scheduled to be held in Halle Library from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Representatives from the foreign language department, VISON and Study Abroad will also be in attendance.

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