January 2020

"There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking." -Brian Tracy

Table of Contents

  • Upcoming Important Dates
  • Drop-In Advising
  • Spring Priority Registration Requirements
  • Spring Lab Hours
  • Dean's List
  • Fall 2019 Cord Ceremony
  • Books on Reserve
  • Helpful College Tips
  • Using our Strengths
  • Staff Highlights

Upcoming Important Dates

  • January 6-7th: One Stop Convenience Center
  • January 6th: Classes Begin
  • January 10th: Last day to Drop/Add Classes
  • January 13th: Drop-In Advising Begins
  • January 15th: CEHD Endowment Scholarship Deadline
  • January 20th: WMU Closed for MLK Day
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Spring Priority Registration Requirements

To receive Priority Registration for Spring 2020, the following must be completed by Tuesday March 3, 2020 by 5:00 pm. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Priority Registration begins Tuesday March 10, 2020 at 8:00 am.

1. 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:


2. Complete an academic advising appointment and Spring 2020 Individual Student Developmement Plan (ISDP) with a FESP Advisor during Spring 2020- BEFORE MARCH 3, 2020. All active FESP students must complete an updated ISDP each semester.

3. Attend t least ONE cultural event * on campus, and write a brief paragraph about what you learned at this event. OR complete TWO online modules listed below. if you prefer to do an online module, you will need to pick TWO of the following, complete, and submit an evaluation about what you learned from the module to the TRIO FESP Office. If you cannot open the link by clicking on it, please copy and paste the link in the URL.

MODULE 1- Organizing your Life


MODULE 2- Memorization


MODULE 3- Textbook Study


MODULE 4- Notes 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 choose this module, please select an additional module to review)


Module Source: BYU Idaho

*Cultural Event Definition: events that provide you with a cultural experience to enhance your understanding of the world or your chosen career choice.

Spring Lab Hours

Monday through Thursday 8-7 pm and Fridays 8-5 pm

Fall 2019 Dean's List

  • Meaghan Anderson
  • Adam Bacik
  • Jeremy Bergeron- 4.0 GPA
  • Hannah Berning
  • Alison Bosch
  • Kris Bridges
  • Jada Brown
  • Jovaughn Carver
  • Lexi Chie- 4.0 GPA
  • Ren Fenelon- 4.0 GPA
  • Charlie Gilroy
  • Stephanie Hauser- 4.0 GPA
  • Taylor Hliebay
  • Celine Keyes- 4.0 GPA
  • Briana Klug
  • Jacqui Macker
  • Dale Mann
  • Autumn Massie
  • Macey Matulis
  • Mayra Moreno
  • Emily Neher
  • Polina Parrish
  • Victoria Powell
  • Emily Rybski
  • Hans Schmiedenknecht
  • Olivia Smith
  • Jenna Sokolowski
  • Kylie Taft- 4.0 GPA
  • Jessie Terris- 4.0 GPA
  • Whinter Townsel
  • Sarah Treger
  • Ashley Watson
  • Colleen Webb
  • John Wendland
  • Brandilyn Wilson
  • Tim Wink- 4.0 GPA
  • Katelyn Wybenga- 4.0 GPA

Fall 2019 Cording Ceremony

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Books on Reserve

We have a ton of resources that you are able to use in the office which includes books for select classes, calculators, computers, and more.

Helpful College Tips

Be PRO-ACTIVE and Not Re-Active!

The TRIO FESP Office is really great at helping relieve some of the stress associated with problems that occur in your academic and personal life. We may even be able to help solve some of the issues, especially the issues that are time sensitive.

But in order for everyone to be their best and most successful self, and for the TRIO FESP office to help in the best way possible, we need to know what's going on, early on! So keep in communication with your Advisers. Our doors are always open.

Now is the time to prepare for 2020-2021 Academic Year!

Scholarships are the best way to avoid taking out so much in student loans (requires repayment) each year. Right now most scholarships for the 2020-2021 School year are open and waiting on your application.

This is not an easy task, but in the end could have some major pay offs. Why is this?

The more scholarships you receive means the less loans you need to take out which then means that you will have less debt when graduating with your Bachelor's degree to repay back. This can be helpful for those starting new careers, wanting to make larger purchases, or just wanting to spend time doing things you love.

Steps to Prepare for Graduate School

Thinking that you may want to pursue a graduate degree? Sometimes we don't necessarily know where to begin.

To start:

  1. Talk with your TRIO Advisor: They have a ton of information related to Grad School.
  2. Research some fields you may want to go into. You are not at all limited to the same graduate degree you got your bachelor's in.
  3. Research some schools that offer those Master's degree and find information about admission requirements.

A service that you do get in the TRIO office is assistance with your graduate school essay. One of your TRIO Advisors may be able to write a letter of recommendation. This can depend on how well the Advisor knows you or how much you participated in TRIO activities or events.

Using our Strengths

Natéya became a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach as of December 2019; after completing training in July 2019, conducting one on one Strengths Coaching appointments with students in the TRIO FESP FYE classes, and passing the Coach Certification Exam.

Her Strengths are Empathy, Futuristic, Strategic, Intellection and Adaptability.

Congrats Natéya!

Staff Highlights

This past Fall and Spring Semester we have a few new members to the TRIO FESP office team. We are grateful for the work that they have been doing over the Fall semester and what the new members will bring to our team. Please welcome them to the TRIO FESP Family.


Harmony Durden

Cheyenne Rose

My name is Cheyenne Rose and I am a junior here at WMU. I am currently making my way to becoming a pre-school special ed teacher. I love music, art and sports but I absolutely love my TRIO FESP family. I look forward to seeing you all in the office.

Favour Obarewon

Hello! I am a sophomore in the college of aviation flight science majoring in aviation management and operations. My ultimate goal is to someday travel the world and help as much people as I can while doing it.

Michaela Shoneye

This is Michaela Shoneye! Michaela is currently a Sophomore at Western Michigan University. She is majoring in Special Education and plans to work in Elementary Schools. Michaela enjoys eating, sleeping, shopping and being with her friends and family.

Polina Parrish

Hello, my name is Polina Parrish and I am a fourth-year student here at WMU studying Elementary Education with content in Language Arts. I am from Bay City, MI which is about 3 hours from Kalamazoo. Starting in January I will be in my pre-internship which means I am only 2 semesters away from graduation. A few of my favorite things to do while I am away from home are spending time with my friends, be part of a few organizations and hang out in the TRIO office. I am looking forward to seeing all of you in the spring.

Sutopa Suhrid

Sutopa here, I’m a freshman majoring in Computer Engineering at WMU but definitely not gonna be a nerdy engineer !! Love traveling,eating,dancing and hiking. Overall I’m a wonderful weirdo who’s living her dreams!!

Tiara Spain

Tiara is currently a freshman attending Western Michigan University. She is majoring in Secondary Education Mathematics, with an undecided minor as of right now. She plans on becoming a teacher for high school, teaching any grade level. Starting next semester she will be involved in the RSO Focus Club, and many more. Tiara enjoys listening to music, being with friends and family and volunteering.