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September 2017

Table of Contents

  • Summer Highlights
  • September at a Glance
  • Upcoming Events
  • One Stop Center
  • Textbook Resources
  • Scholarship Information
  • Tutoring Resources
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Message from a TRiO FESP Graduate
  • Social Media Links

Summer Highlights

September at a Glance

September 5th - Classes Begin


September 8th - Bronco Bash


September 11th - Last Day to Add/Drop Classes


September 12th- Last Day for 100% Refund


September 13th- Late Add Fee Begins ($100)


September 14th- Last Day for 90% Refund


September 18th - Multicultural Meet and Greet


September 22nd - TRiO FESP Annual Fall Open House

Upcoming Events

Bronco Bash


WMU's annual welcome back festival features live music, Registered Student Organization (RSO) booths, and fair food. Bronco bash is free to attend, but some attractions and food do cost money.


When: September 8th (3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)

Where: Sangren Mall

Multicultural Meet and Greet


The 2017 Multicultural Meet and Greet is for all WMU students of color who wish to build a positive campus community and connect with multicultural RSOs. Hear success strategies from faculty and alumni who look like you, and have similar backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.


When: September 18th (6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Where: Bernhard Center, 2nd Floor

TRiO FESP Annual Fall Open House


Our Annual Fall Open House gives future educators, local community leaders, and WMU faculty/staff an opportunity to network with one another. Join us for free food, fun, and a chance to win door prizes donated by businesses in our community!


When: September 22nd (11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Where: Adrian Trimpe Multicultural Center (Between the Birdcage and Parking Services)

One Stop Center

WMU’s temporary One Stop Center is assembled on the second floor of the Bernhard Center each fall and spring semester to assist students and their families with an assortment of campus services in one centralized location. Those visiting One Stop will be able to purchase parking permits, get information on financial aid and student accounts, and get assistance with technology questions.


Representatives from several areas will be on hand to assist students and their families:

  • Accounts Receivable
  • Student Financial Aid
  • Information Technology
  • Parking Services
  • Registrar’s Office


An informational table will be set up for:

  • Career and Student Employment
  • Sindecuse Health Center
  • WMU Family Engagement Office (formerly Parent and Family Programs)


During the fall 2017 semester One Stop will be open on the following days and times:

  • August 30 to 31: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • September 1: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • September 5 to 7: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • September 8: 10 a.m. to noon.


The TRiO FESP office (2302 Sangren) will be open until 6pm on September 5th-7th if you need assistance.

Text Book Resources

The following text books are available in the TRiO FESP Office:


ENGL 1050

  • Easy Writer, (Western Michigan) (CUSTOM) Edition: 6th, by Lunsford
  • Reading for Writers, Edition: N/A, by Bedford St. Martins

FYE 2100

  • Western Michigan University First-Year Seminar, Edition: N/A, by Fralick

HIST 2100

  • American Promise: a Concise History, Volume 1, Edition: 6th, by Roark

HPHE 3520

  • Health Education: Elementary and Middle School Applications, Edition: 8th, by Seabert

LS 3770*

  • Literacy in the Early Grades (w/o Access Code), Edition: 4th, by Tompkins
*Other materials are required for this course, but we do not have them available at this time.

MATH 1100

  • Coursepack

PHYS 1040

  • The Essential Cosmic Perspective (w/o Access Code), Edition: 8th, by Bennet


Any TRiO FESP participant can stop by the office to sign out a text book as long as they are able to provide their Bronco ID, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Text book sign out is on a first come first serve basis. A participant who signs out a book can study any where in Sangren Hall, but must return the book to our office within 2 hours.


We also encourage you to use the WMU Library Search Function (https://wmich.edu/library) to see which books the school has available on reserve before purchasing your text books.


If a text book you need is not available through either of the resources above, there are many places online to buy books. We recommend searching amazon.com, chegg.com, the publisher website, as well as the WMU bookstore website to compare prices.

September Scholarships

$500 Haiku Scholarship

Application Due: September 15th

Requirements: Submit an original Haiku Poem.

Visit: https://www.directtextbook.com/haiku


$1500 Shout It Out Scholarship

Application Due: September 30th

Requirements: Submit a 250 word response.

Visit: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/shout-it-out-scholarship


$1000 Don't Text and Drive Scholarship

Application Due: September 30th

Requirements: Pledge not to text and drive.

Visit: http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/dont-text-and-drive-scholarship


$500 Hit the Books Scholarship

Application Due: September 30th

Requirements: Submit a 500 word essay.

Visit: https://www.coffeeforless.com/scholarship


$1000 ShipDig.com Scholarship

Application Due: September 30th

Requirements: Submit a 500 word essay.

Visit: http://www.shipdig.com/scholarship/


$5000 Game-Winning Drive Scholarship

Application Due: September 30th

Requirements: Donate sports equipment to a community after school program.

Visit: https://www.dosomething.org/us/campaigns/game-winning-drive?source=node/1141

Tutoring Resources

For a complete list of campus resources, visit: http://wmich.edu/peermentoring/participants/resources

Have you tried the resources above, but still wish you had a little more support? Ask for a TRiO Tutor!

M'myia and Toni can match you with a fellow TRiO student who has succeeded in the course you need support in. TRiO Tutors are a great way to connect with your peers and study in laid back, no pressure environment.

Employment Opportunities

Find Jobs on Handshake


To view job listings in the community, go to: https://wmich.joinhandshake.com/login


If you're new to Handshake, check out the university's guide: https://wmich.edu/career/bjsearchtips


Still having trouble? We've written a step by step guide to finding On Campus Jobs using Handshake. Just stop by the TRiO FESP office and look for the "How to Find On Campus Jobs" flyer posted on our Job Opportunities wall.


Kalamazoo Public Schools are Hiring Hourly Tutors

Application Deadline: September 29th

Pay: $9.25 - $12.00 per Hour

Job Status: Seasonal, Part-Time

Visit: http://www.kalamazoopublicschools.com/Departments/HumanResources/HRLinks/OpenPositions.aspx


Portage Public Schools are Looking to Hire a Long Term Substitute Spanish Teacher

Application Deadline: October 20th

Pay: $100 per day

Job Status: Seasonal, Full-Time

Visit: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/394041692


Curious Kids is Hiring Child Care Providers for their School-Age Group

Application Deadline: December 25th

Pay: $8.95 per hour

Job Status: Seasonal, Part-Time

Visit: http://www.curiouskidsportage.com/job-postings/


Jump Start Childcare is Hiring People Interested in Early Childhood Education

Applcation Deadline: Unknown

Pay: Unknown

Job Status: Part-Time or Full-Time

Call: Amanda @ (269) 544-3000

Email: jumpstartkzoo@gmail.com

Message From a TRiO FESP Graduate

Hey Broncos!!

My name is Marshell Cotton and I graduated from Western Michigan University in December 2016. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science majoring in elementary education with minors in math and science.


I received a kindergarten teaching position in Battle Creek, MI a few weeks before I graduated. Thankfully, I was able to start teaching at Dudley STEM elementary right after graduation. I just moved to Southfield, MI and will be teaching Kindergarten in Detroit, MI at Henry Ford Academy Elementary School. I’m very excited to begin this new chapter of my life in a different city doing something I’m passionate about. Being an educator is something you need to have a passion for. You have to always desire to make a difference, be willing to create a positive environment, able to motivate students, be a guaranteed person in their life that wants them to succeed, and do anything to help them reach their highest potential.


I absolutely love teaching and going to work during the week brings me joy. I love that I have the opportunity to motivate students daily, push their thinking, and get them to love learning. I’m very enthusiastic and take interest in using an interactive or inquiry approach to keep my students engaged. The best part of teaching is truly reaching your students, forming a bond with them, and seeing the light bulb go off in the students minds once they finally grasp the material. Watching students grow especially when they thought they would never understand a task; is one of the best feelings. Never give up on a student, even when they give up on themselves. They will continue to surprise you and give you lots of hilarious memories during the process. Anytime I have a bad day, I have a billion great moments and experiences with my students that make up for that. TRiO FESP says it the best, “Everyone teaches and everyone learns”. I love learning from my students just as much as teaching them.


My advice to the current broncos and incoming first year students is to get involved. Academics is super important and the key to being successful is time management. College is more than just academics. There are over 400 organizations on campus, so find something that interests you and try it out. Western offers MANY free resources, programs, and events! Utilize all of your resources and most importantly network. Network with your professors, advisors, fellow broncos, and most importantly the main staff in the TRiO FESP office. They will always have your back and help guide you throughout your journey at WMU. I wish the best for all of you! Live in the moment and enjoy your time at Western Michigan University!


Best,
Marshell Cotton

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