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College of Community & Public Service Undergraduate Advising Center Update

Volume 2 - Issue 4

Academic Advising Forum: Focus on 1st Generation Students (12/8/11)

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In the United States, approximately 30% of entering freshmen are first-generation college students. Differences in confidence, academic skills, and social connections can significantly affect success and persistence.  What do you know about first generation students? Attend this forum to learn more about how faculty and advisors can help first generation students navigate their college experience successfully. The event will include a presentation from Melissa Selby-Theut, Director of GVSU’s Educational Support Program and  a panel of first-generation students who will discuss what they have experienced and the challenges that they have overcome.

GRCC faculty and advisors have also been invited to attend this informative session. This event will be used as an opportunity to network and form collaborative relationships with colleagues from one of our two-year partner institutions. Networking begins at 3:00pm and the program will begin promptly at 3:30pm.. RSVP Space is Limited

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4th Annual Holiday Extravaganza

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The College of Community & Public Service Undergraduate Advising Center cordially invites you to our annual holiday extravaganza on December 8th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in 218C DeVos Center. Please join us for food and friendship as the semester comes to an end!

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Final Exam Survival Week


Exam week can be stressful for both students and faculty! Take a walk down to the CCPS Undergraduate Advising Center for a snack, a beverage, and a break. Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm (December 12-15th)

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Helping students with a "GRAND" decision

Quincy, Gail, Louie, Jennifer, Kate

Faculty and staff from all of the academic units and the advising center were on hand at 7 admissions events in the month of October to talk to prospective students and their families about our programs. We talked with approximately 200 students interested in CCPS programs through these events. Thank you to the faculty and staff who represented CCPS and took the time to connect with our next class of students and their families. These events are so important to our continued success! There will be more opportunities in the spring! [pictured: Quincy Williams, Gail Zemmol, Louie, Jennifer McCaul, Kate Snider]

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CCPS-UAC Director contributes to NACADA Monograph

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The National Academic Advising Association's Monograph #22: Academic Advising Administration: Essential Knowledge and Skills for the 21st Century

This monograph is available now and includes Chapter One: What is strategic planning? written by Jennifer L. McCaul

This monograph is intended for new and veteran advising administrators interested in building outstanding advising units to serve the mission of their colleges and universities.  This monograph offers knowledgeable insights for administrators who are newly promoted or hired and also offers depth and layers of meaning for veteran administrators who are ready to learn new approaches and sharpen their understanding of essential skills. MORE INFORMATION

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2011 Holiday Hours


The CCPS Undergraduate Advising Center will have advisors available as follows after the fall semester ends:

Monday, December 19th - Thursday, December 22nd

Tuesday, January 3rd  9am-5pm

Wednesday, January 4th - Thursday, January 5th

Friday, January 6th 9am-5pm

The office will be closed December 23rd through January 2nd. Please have students call 616-331-6890 to schedule an available time that works for them!

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