Clarion, Pa.- For many students, college involves connecting with the campus—such was the aim of the Student Orientation, Acclimation and Retention program’s Reconnect to Your Success event. The Oct. 20 event took place in Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room and rooms 250 and 252.
Sponsors included Chartwells, the Clarion University Store, PSECU, ROTC and SOAR.
SOAR Director Erin Schuetz said Reconnect to Your Success was mostly targeted toward freshmen, but students of all class standings were welcome.
The event covered goal setting, time management, scheduling for the spring semester, reading a degree audit and getting involved on campus. Topics were chosen based on what students might need to know by mid-semester.
“We hope to get students thinking before these things come up,” Schuetz said.
Student Support Assistant Tom Crissman taught students how to set goals, having them write down their life goals, where they saw themselves in five to 10 years, six-month plans and a list of actions they can take over the next seven days to work toward their goals.
Interim Director of the Student Success Center Ron Radaker focused on time management. He advised students to map out their weekly activities to get a picture of how their time is and can be spent.
Radaker also suggested students use day planners, color-coordinate their schedules and create other visuals as time management techniques. “Time management is a process and plan that you put in place,” he said.
Director of University Advising Center Joseph Croskey and University Registrar Lisa Helper showed students how to schedule for their spring semester and how to read their degree audit on MyClarion.
There was also a student panel on involvement at Clarion activities, which toured CU Connect, and gave students the opportunity to ask questions about some registered student organizations on campus and employment opportunities.
Panelist Marissa Kealey, a senior secondary education/social education major, spoke about Corq, an app that can notify students about registered campus events.
Senior business management major and finance minor Farrah Cornick and senior communication/marketing major Jarrett Boxley were also panelists and said they believe getting involved on campus can be helpful and is important whether it is for a student’s major, personal interest or employment purposes.
“It builds on what you learn in class…but it also builds lifetime relationships,” panelist and human resources and business management major Brendan Shepherd said. “You never know what getting involved on campus can bring.”
Reconnect to Your Success also had representatives from several campus resources available to meet with students and answer questions.
Assistant Registrar Chris Agostino and PSECU Business Director Natalie Russell believed the event was a good opportunity to reconnect with students and offer support. Agostino also encouraged students to reach out if they have questions. “If we can’t answer their question, we can get them to somebody who can,” she said.
“I think it’s a good opportunity for students to get reacquainted,” said Marishika Wright, Minority Student Services Academic Leadership Coordinator.
Minority Student Services Programming and Event Coordinator Torron Mollett added, “I think it’s good because it gives us the chance for a one-on-one interaction…our motto is to help and get people involved.”
Bill Bailey, Director of the Center for Career and Professional Development, said, “The midterm is a time when students struggle…and question why they may be here.” He added that it is important to connect with students “to make sure they know our services and how we can help.”
Other campus resources included SOAR, Residence Life, Disability Support Services, Tutoring/Testing, ROTC and the Student Success Center. Most of these services are located in Becht Hall, except for PSECU, which is located in Gemmell.
Freshman Biology major Shamour Talbert and freshman Nursing major Nyjaee Carn added that they liked the goal setting and time management activities.
“I learned a lot on what I wouldn’t know on my own,” freshman Business Management major Madison Lazor said.
Schuetz said students should not worry if they missed the event because they can connect with these campus resources at any time. “Just reach out and we’ll be there to help you.”