Weekly Newsletter

September 14-18, 2020

First Meeting Changes and Preparation

We will be combining first and second meetings for TRIO SSP this fall. In order to combine first and second meetings, TRIO SSP students will need to see their major Academic Advisor before their TRIO first meeting. We encourage you to reach out to your academic advisor now to schedule your advising for Spring 2020. This will ensure that you can complete your first meeting with TRIO SSP prior to when Spring 2020 priority registration begins on October 27.

Additionally, students must complete this form at least 48 hours before their semester meeting: Student Needs Assessment. This form aims to help us prepare for your meeting and gather any resources we may need to discuss with you based on your current needs. While we have not opened appointments yet for these meetings to take place, we encourage you to fill this form out at your earliest convenience.

We will share how to begin booking your semester TRIO meeting in the upcoming weeks.

New to Campus: Solution Squad

You've got questions? We've got answers. The Solution Squad is a team of top-notch problem-solvers who provide comprehensive, personalized support to find the resources and information you need to succeed, hassle-free. The Solution Squad is here to help at a moment's notice via phone, live chat and in-person at Swain Library in Sangren Hall, or catch us around campus on our mobile cart!

More information on the Solution Squad here: https://wmich.edu/studentservices/solutionsquad

Loaner Laptops

Western Michigan University Libraries, in collaboration with the Office of Information Technology, has a limited supply of PC laptops available for loan. These laptops can be checked out for an entire semester by any registered WMU student who is in need of a computer to complete their coursework.

All loaner laptops meet WMU's minimum laptop specification recommendation. These laptops may not meet college-specific recommendations if you are attending one of those programs.

Laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring your Bronco Card to the Service Desk at Waldo Library during open hours to check out a laptop. You will be asked to sign an agreement as part of the checkout process.

More information here: https://wmich.edu/library/laptops

Virtual Graduate School Fair

On September 22 at 5:30 p.m. Princeton University is sponsoring a selective college fair that will connect students with admission officers at universities interested in attracting first-generation, limited income students. There is only space for 3 more TRIO SSP students to participate. If you have an interest in attending graduate school and would like to take part in this event, please contact Candace Bracey and candace.bracey@wmich.edu. Spots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Study Abroad Fair

Wednesday, Sep. 30th, 9-11am

This is an online event.

Join The Haenicke Institute for Global Education for one of two 2020 WMU Study Abroad Virtual Fair sessions on Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. or Friday, Oct. 2 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. to discuss:

  1. STUDY ABROAD 101 | Who? What? When? Why?

For more information about the WMU Study Abroad Fair, contact us at study-abroad@wmich.edu.

COVID-19 Safety on Campus

Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, and consistent with the State of Michigan* requirements and the WMU Safe Return plan (https://wmich.edu/safereturn), safety requirements are in place to minimize exposure to the Western Michigan University community. These guidelines apply to all in-person or hybrid classes held either inside or outside a WMU building.

Facial coverings (masks), over both the nose and mouth, are required for all students while in class, no matter the size of the space. This applies in all campus buildings. This includes outdoor class settings where social distancing is not possible (i.e., at least six feet of space between individuals). Following this recommendation can minimize the transmission of the virus, which is spread between people interacting in close proximity through speaking, coughing, or sneezing. During specified classes in which facial coverings (masks) would prevent required class elements, students may remove facial coverings (masks) with instructor permission, in accordance with the exceptions in the Facial Covering (mask) Policy** ("such as playing an instrument, acting, singing, etc.").

Facial coverings (masks) must remain in place throughout the class. Any student who removes the mandatory facial covering (mask) during class will be required to leave the classroom immediately.

Facial coverings (masks) are not a substitute for social distancing. Students shall observe current social distancing guidelines in all instructional spaces, both indoors and outdoors.

Students should avoid congregating around instructional space entrances before and after class sessions. Students should exit the instructional space immediately after the end of class to help ensure social distancing and to allow for those attending the next scheduled class session to enter.

Students who are unable to wear a facial covering (mask) for medical reasons must contact Disability Services for Students (https://wmich.edu/disabilityservices) before they attend class.

These guidelines are in place to ensure the safety of all students, faculty, and staff during the pandemic. Noncompliance is a violation of the class requirements and the Student Code of Honor (https://wmich.edu/conduct/expectations-students).

*For current State of Michigan Executive orders, see: https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705---,00.html

**For the WMU Facial Covering (Mask) Policy, see:




TRIO SSP staff will not be hosting ANY in person meetings or appointments this semester. If you would like to connect with a TRIO staff member, please email Nathifa.Sligh@wmich.edu or Candace.Bracey@wmich.edu or call 269-387-4440 between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. We will be utilizing Webex until further notice to host first meetings, strengths coaching, and any other TRIO SSP business with students.

Work Center

Due to social distancing guidelines, our work center will be available on a limited basis. The hallway to the work center is locked. Students who would like to utilize the computers or printing stations in the work center will need to connect with a TRIO staff member first. Please do so by using the number listed above.


We will have TRIO events this semester, although, these too will be hosted virtually. Many of our community partners that make TRIO service opportunities possible are no longer taking outside volunteers. We will still have service opportunities, we will just need to get creative about our service!

Stay tuned as we finalize the Fall 2020 programming schedule for TRIO SSP.


September 2020

  • 14th - Last day to receive a 90% refund for a complete withdrawal.
  • 16th - Last day to receive a 50% refund for a partial withdrawal.
  • 28th - Last day to receive a 50% refund for a complete withdrawal.

October 2020

  • 1st - Last day to apply for spring graduation (April 2021).
  • 12th - Spring course offerings are made available at 8 a.m. to view online using GoWMU and Course Lookup.
  • 26th - Last day to receive a 25% refund for a complete withdrawal.
  • 27th - Spring registration begins at 7:30 a.m.


Nathifa Sligh

Hello, everyone! I am the Director for the TRiO Student Success Program. My time at WMU includes almost three years as a hall director in Henry Hall and about five years in TRiO. My favorite thing about working in TRiO is working with our students! I love seeing you all grow and accomplish your dream. My hobbies include just about anything involving art! Thanks for allowing us to be a part of your success story at WMU.

Candace Faistenhammer Bracey

I am TRIO's Program Service Specialist. I have worked for TRiO for 3 years and was also a TRIO student during my undergrad here at WMU from 2011-2015. What I love most about TRIO is supervising the Program Mentor staff and teaching our FYE2100 and UNIV1030 courses. These two pieces of my job are the most fun, as they provide an opportunity to really get to know students, their stories, and all that they want to do as Broncos." My hobbies include: kayaking, drinking coffee, shopping at target, and playing with my toddler.



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