March Newsletter


Table Of Contents

- Important Dates

- March Events

- Scholarship Opportunities

- TRIO FESP Tutoring & Other Tutoring

- Fall 2021 Priority Registration Requirements

- Advising Office Hours & Drop-Ins

- TRIO Day

- Additional Activities

- Additional Resources

Important Dates

March 4- TRIO FESP Priority Registration Deadline

March 8- Mid Term Grades Due

March 8- Last day 25% complete refund

March 9-Fall 2021 TRIO FESP Priority Registration

March 22-Last day to withdrawal from spring classes

March 26-Spirit Day: No Classes

March 29-Spring Recess Begins

March Events

Canvas Painting -- CABbie Led!

Date and Time

Thursday, March 4 2021 at 12:00 AM EST to

Thursday, March 4 2021 at 11:45 PM EST


The Bernhard Center


Grab a friend and grab a canvas because we are having another painting party! The design is handpicked by our CABbies and their reasoning? "So everyone knows that snow isn't forever!" We have over 100 canvases available so sign up quickly using our link here. We want to see your most creative side so this painting is just a reference-- YOU do the rest ;) Canvases can be picked up on February 25th from 12-5 pm.


Let's Talk About It: College, Covid & Coping

Date and Time

Friday, March 5 2021 at 2:00 PM EST to

Friday, March 5 2021 at 3:30 PM EST

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Online Location

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Join us to talk about your concerns as a student during this challenging time and learn ways to cope with all of the changes.

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Study Abroad: General Information Session

Date and Time

Friday, March 5 2021 at 1:00 PM EST to

Friday, March 5 2021 at 1:30 PM EST

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Online Location

Join Event Online

Online Location Instructions

Microsoft TEAMS -- sign-up required.


General Information Sessions answer general questions (including: location options, scholarship availability and logistics) about study abroad as well as walk you through the tools available.

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WMU CAB Comedy presents... Preacher Lawson!

Date and Time

Thursday, March 25 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT to

Thursday, March 25 2021 at 9:00 PM EDT

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Online Location Instructions

Via Zoom.


Preacher Lawson was born In Portland, OR, but raised most of his adolescence in Memphis, TN. He moved 20 times before the age of 10, but if you asked him what city he's from he'd say Orlando, FL because that's where he grew as a comedian. Preacher is best known for his appearance on season 12 of NBC’s hit series, AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (2017) where he made it to the final rounds. Based off his stellar performance in season 12 Preacher was invited to compete on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS (2019) and BRITAN’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS (2019) where he advanced to the finale after he received the most votes from the fans. Preacher was the host of the Facebook Watch series WORLD’S MOST AMAZING DOGS (2019) with George Lopez and Lisa Vanderpump and has built a following on YouTube of over 500,000 subscribers. In 2019 Preacher shot his first stand-up special which premiered on BET+ and continues to perform at sold-out venues around the country. Currently, Preacher can be seen starring in the NBC series CONNECTING and as a judge on the new Nickelodeon competition show UNLEASHED.

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Scholarship Opportunities

Monthly Scholarship Opportunities:

These monthly scholarships are usually very easy to enter and are available each month! Please take advantage and apply today! College Counseling Scholarship Opportunity

If you are a graduate of a Berrien County High School and currently a Sophomore, Junior or Senior going into the field of education, this scholarship opportunity is for you! Application is available at marsp-BCC-org

EOA Scholarship Opportunity:

Annually, the EOA Foundation provides multiple scholarship opportunities for students from low-income, first-generation backgrounds that participate in TRIO and educational opportunity programs. Applications are available at Overview of Scholarships 2021 - Educational Opportunity Association (

TRIO FESP Tutoring & Other Tutoring

Bronco Study Zone:

Bronco Study Zone has collaborated with other departments to offer more intensive and inclusive courses this semester! BSZ is offering free virtual tutoring support for one or more of your courses this semester!

Receiving tutoring support is easy and free! All you need to do is click on the Academic Support Hub on Microsoft Teams and post the title of the course that you need assistance with. A qualified tutor will see your post and open a video chat to assist you.


TRIO FESP Tutoring is available from January 19th to April 23rd for the Spring 2021 semester.

No tutoring services will be available from March 29th to April 2nd (Spring Break).

Fall 2021 Priority Registration Requirements

To receive Priority Registration for Fall 2021 the following must be completed by Thursday March 4, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.NO EXECPTIONS!

Priority registration begins Tuesday March 9, 2021 at 7:30 a.m.

The following assessments must be completed, results submitted and reviewed with a FESP Staff Member. The assessments are below (IF YOU HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED & SUBMITTED THE ASSESSMENTS IN THE PAST, YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO THEM AGAIN):

Learning Styles

Jump$tart Financial Literacy Quiz

College Student Inventory

Complete a virtual academic advising appointment and Spring 2021 Individual Student Development Plan (ISDP) with a FESP Advisor during Spring 2021 ON or BEFORE March 4.

Attend at least ONE TRIO FESP virtual event/activity (events will be announced separately) OR Complete TWO on line modules listed below and type a brief summary of what you learned OR Complete a one hour CliftonStrengths coaching session to learn about your top 5 strengths. To schedule your appointment, please click on this link:

*If you prefer to do an on line module, you will need to pick two of the following, complete, and submit a brief evaluation about what you learned from the module. Please email evaluations to If you cannot open the link by clicking on it, please copy and paste the link into the URL.

➤MODULE 1 -- Organizing Your Life

➤MODULE 2 -- Memorization

➤MODULE 3 -- Textbook Study

➤MODULE 4 -- Note Taking

➤MODULE 5 -- Motivation and Goal Setting

➤MODULE 6 -- Thinking Skills

➤MODULE 7 -- Concentration and Avoiding Procrastination

➤MODULE 8 -- Test Taking

➤MODULE 9 -- Personal Responsibility (if you chose this module, please select an additional module to review)

Advising Office Hours & Drop-Ins

TRIO FESP main office will be closed in Spring 2021. All appointments, activities/events will be in a remote format.

Virtual Office Hours:
M-F 8:00-5:00 p.m.

Virtual Office Link:

Virtual Drop In Advising Information:

Starting Monday March 8, 2021, you can see your advisor by APPOINTMENT ONLY. To schedule an appointment, please click on this link:

Please have a writing utensil and paper to write down notes during your appointment.

Prior to the end of your appointment, you will be asked to sign documents and submit them via email to your TRIO FESP advisor. Please make sure your WMU email is available during your appointment.

Advisors will be unavailable between 11:30-1:00 p.m.

No Appointments or Drop In Advising Available on Fridays


The TRIO community reserves the fourth Saturday in February as National TRIO Day -- an opportunity to focus the nation's "attention on the needs of disadvantaged young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives if they are to become contributing citizens of the country, and to the talent which will be wasted if that investment is not made." Learn more about National TRIO Day here. This past Friday, our TRIO programs at WMU sent this video to members of Congress in Washington DC.
TRIO Day at Western Michigan University

Additional Activities

Crafts With Cat! Cat Planters!

Date and Time

Monday, March 1 2021 at 2:00 PM to 5:00PM EST

Monday, March 8 2021 at 2:00 PM to 5:00PM EST

Monday, March 15 2021 at 2:00 PM to 5:00PM EST

Monday, March 22 2021 at 2:00 PM to 5:00PM EST

Monday, March 29 2021 at 2:00 PM to 5:00PM EST


Kzoo Cat Cafe and Rescue

1128 W Michigan Ave,

Kalamazoo, United States


Mondays in March will be days that you can create cat crafty projects - DIY Kitty Planners. For more information go to

Focus Group for Young People (ages 16-25) Virtual

Date and Time

Tuesday, March 16 2021 at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM


ASK Family Service

445 W Michigan Ave #102,

Kalamazoo MI 49007, USA


You most fill out a registration form and they will send you the information the meeting,. For more information

Kalamazoo Living History Show

Date and Time

Saturday, March 20 2021 at 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Sunday, March 21 2021 at 9:00 M to 4:00 PM


Kalamazoo Country Expo Center

2900 Lake Street

Kalamazoo MI 49048


An event with over 10,000 re-enactors from the French and Indian War through the Civil War.

More Information on this website

Additional Resources

Western Michigan University Libraries, in collaboration with the Office of Information Technology, has a limited supply of PC laptops and webcams available for loan. Laptops and webcams can be checked out for an entire semester by any registered WMU student who needs these items to complete their coursework. Follow this link

Instructional and design labs will follow the university schedule for in-person use but will remain available via remote access. Information on remotely accessing computer labs can be found here:

For more information on in-person lab locations, hours, and remote access, follow this link

Computer Labs at WMU – Help Hub

Locations: Dalton Center, Gilmore Theatre Complex, South & Central Kohrman Hall, Richmond Center Phone: (269) 387-2429 Email: Walk-in available: No Remote access available: Special cases only - ask your instructor View hours and additional information here.