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A&M-Texarkana Kicks Off Summer Bridge Workshops in June

Published: June 20, 2017

Texas A&M University-Texarkana will kick off its Eagle Access Summer Bridge Program this month with a series of high-impact, high-energy workshops for students and the community.

“The Summer Bridge Program is an excellent opportunity for students to get acclimated to university life, and we are excited about having these students arrive on campus this week,” said Liz Patterson, assistant vice president for Student Success. “The program aims to assist students in developing the necessary skills to be successful in higher education. During this program, students receive quality instruction, coaching and tutoring while living on campus. We look forward to seeing students succeed in this program and beyond. We hope university and community members join us for the workshops to see firsthand the wonderful students and activities we have at A&M-Texarkana.”

Kelly O’Keefe, coordinator of New Student and Transition Programs at A&M-Texarkana, said the Eagle Access Summer Bridge Program is designed to prepare students for success at Texas A&M University-Texarkana by providing the curriculum, connections and support conducive to a smooth transition to university life.

“Throughout the summer,” O’Keefe said, “a variety of workshops will be offered to prepare students in the program for what lies ahead in the fall. It also serves as a refresher for the campus community about the resources on campus.”

The free workshops are open to the public and are set for Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the TEXAR Room in University Center 116 on the A&M-Texarkana campus.

On June 28, a panel of A&M-Texarkana students will offer study tips and techniques in “Effective, Efficient Study Skills with Student Success.”

On July 5, Teri Stover, director of the John F. Moss Library at A&M-Texarkana, will present “Information Literacy with the Library.” The United States National Forum on Information Literacy describes information literacy as "... the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand."

Michael Fuller, director of Financial Aid, will share information on various types of financial aid and the financial aid application process during a July 12 session.

Dr. Craig Nakashian, Faculty Senate president and associate professor of history, will present an informative and entertaining session titled “How Not to Piss Off Your Professor” on July 19.

On July 26, there will be an overview of Counseling Services available at A&M-Texarkana by Barbara Wilson, director of Counseling Services.

“Student Life and Time Management” will be the focus of an Aug. 2 session presented by Celeste McNiel, director of Student Life, and Michael Stephenson, Student Life coordinator.

On Aug. 9, students in the Eagle Access Summer Bridge program will present their final projects at 2:30 p.m. in University Center 217.

“We are thrilled to welcome a record number of 15 Eagle Access Summer Bridge participants to this eight-week interactive program designed to help students adjust to college life and build a foundation for academic success,” said O’Keefe. “We are grateful to work with colleagues who take time out of their busy schedules to facilitate these workshops. We could not do this without their support. I hope the campus community and greater Texarkana community take advantage of these opportunities.”

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