FSEM Week 13: Time to Give Thanks

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving break this week. I have heard from many first-year students about their first-year experience, and they routinely comment on how much they appreciate and value you, their FSEM instructor and advisor. Thank you for all that you do!

CO-CURRICULAR ANNOUNCEMENTS: Please encourage your students to attend guest speaker Kevin Hines’ talk on Monday, Nov. 19th (6 to 7 pm) in Dodd Auditorium titled “Living Mentally Well.” Hines, who jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge at the age of 19, will tell his story of survival and will discuss wellness and suicide prevention. He is widely acclaimed, and has a message our students need to hear. The event is free and open to the public. You can find more information here: https://www.umw.edu/news/2018/11/15/suicide-survivor-brings-message-of-hope-to-umw/.

Academic Services will be offering a series of Finals Prep Workshops on Monday, 11/26 (4 to 5 pm in HCC 111), Wednesday, 11/28 (6 to 7 pm in HCC 111), and Monday, 12/3 (10 to 11 am in HCC 210). They will discuss creating a study calendar, test taking strategies, and prepping for different finals formats. A flyer is available here. Our first-year students (and second year, and third year) are feeling pretty overwhelmed at this point in the semester, and this workshop can be a great help as they start to plan for finals. Please send this info to your students when you see them this week, and then again when they get back from Thanksgiving.

Simpson Library will be holding Walk-In Citation Clinics on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 4 pm on the 1st floor of the library near Popular Reading for the remainder of the semester. Great opportunity for students to get help with citing sources and using Zotero.

The Writing Center will hold its Pajama Writing Jam on Saturday, 12/1, from noon to midnight in HCC 427. No appointments necessary—this is another great opportunity for students to get help on their end-of-semester papers!

Have a great break!