Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer Bridge gives head start to UIS freshmen

Successful college learning sometimes requires a jump-start unencumbered by the distractions of making new friends, learning the campus and adjusting to life away from home.

The Summer Bridge program at the University of Illinois Springfield is designed just for that — to help students prepare academically and socially for the transition into college.

The program, now in its third year, doubled in size to include 53 incoming freshmen from two separate “living-learning communities” that include a large number of students who are the first generation of their families to attend college.

“We want to make sure they know the demands of college-level courses and can meet those demands when school starts,” said Tarah Sweeting-Trotter, a UIS academic adviser and coordinator of the two-week Summer Bridge program.

The program was featured by The State Journal-Register on August 20, 2014.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Summer program bridges the gap at UIS

It's almost that time, college freshman will be arriving on college campuses across the state and starting a new chapter of their lives.

The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) is already working to make sure students adjust to all of the challenges freshman year brings.

"It was important for me to go to college because I would be the first one in my family to go," said Rebecca Garcia, incoming freshman at UIS.

"I want to be better than my parents. I want to take care of my future family, and my current family, and I want to be a successful person," said Anthony Boyd, incoming freshman at UIS.

The UIS class of 2018 is made up of students from diverse backgrounds, but they all have a common goal, graduation.

"A lot of these students are first generation college students, a lot of them might feel like they're academically under prepared, so they're very interested in resources that exist to help them be successful here," said Dr. Tarah Sweeting-Trotter, Coordinator, Summer Bridge Program at UIS.

The Summer Bridge Program at UIS helps ease the transition from high school to college life.

"The past two weeks we've been doing math courses and English courses. We've also been talking about financial stuff and housing, so we're getting ahead of the other freshman that will just be starting the first day," said Boyd.

UIS started the Summer Bridge Program three years ago. Students spend two weeks before school starts in classes sharpening up basic skills and learning new lessons.

The program was featured by WICS-TV 20 on August 14, 2014.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Susan Koch: Great examples on campus for new faculty

The following is a portion of a guest column written by UIS Chancellor Susan J. Koch. It was published on August 10, 2014 in The State Journal-Register.

"My calendar signals that students will soon be arriving for the start of the Fall 2014 semester at the University of Illinois Springfield campus.

At the same time we’re greeting students, we’ll also be welcoming 24 new faculty; newcomers from across the country and around the world who will join a community of creative and dedicated professors at UIS and who will also become residents of the Springfield area. These new arrivals are part of what author Thomas Friedman calls the “human intellectual capital” that is such an essential element of a thriving 21st century community … and that is the bedrock of a high-quality university."

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