What's Happening At Woo U!

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Every week, the What's Happening at Woo U Newsletter shares upcoming events, programs, and opportunities with students, staff, and faculty.


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In This Issue

  • Registration Information for the Fall Semester
  • Advising Information for the Fall Semester
  • Tutoring Services Available for Students
  • Library Services During Distance Learning
  • WSU Virtual Recreation & Wellness Resources and Programming
  • Support from Counseling Services
  • Update from the Mail Center
  • Red Cross is Looking for More Donors
  • Scam Alert - Exploiting the Coronavirus
  • Scholarship Deadline Extended to May 15th
  • UMass Memorial Job Application

Registration Information for the Fall Semester

Recognizing the difficulties facing academic advisees and advisers in planning for fall 2020 course selection, the university has approved changes to the advising week/pre-registration period this semester.


The dates and sequence of academic pre-registration are changed to the following:


Pre-Registration for Fall 2020

  • Pre-registration for undergraduate students will be moved back eight days, as follows:

    • Seniors, April 21: 6 a.m. (W), 8:15 a.m. (R): 110+credits; 9 a.m. (W), 11 a.m. (R): 100-109 credits; 12 p.m. (W), 2 p.m. (R): 90-99 credits
    • Juniors, April 22: 6 a.m. (W), 8:15 a.m. (R): 80-89 credits; 9 a.m. (W), 11 a.m. (R): 70-79 credits; 12 p.m. (W), 2 p.m. (R): 60-69 credits
    • Sophomores, April 23: 6.a.m (W), 8:15 a.m. (R): 50-59 credits; 9 a.m. (W), 11am (R): 40-49 credits; 12 p.m. (W), 2p.m. (R): 30-39 credits
    • First-Years, April 24: 6 a.m. (W), 8:15 a.m. (R): 20-29 credits; 9 a.m. (W), 11 a.m., (R): 10-19 credits; 12 p.m. (W), 2 p.m. (R): 0-9 credits


Students are urged to make contact with their Advisors as soon as possible, through whatever method their Advisor recommends. We hope that the extra time granted this semester will produce a good outcome for academic advising and timely student progress in degree programs.

Advising Information for the Fall Semester

Hey WSU! Advising for registration is right around the corner. Advising with your faculty members begins on Monday, April 6th. During this time, our two senior interns in the Academic Success Center will be available to answer any general/advising questions you may have via our Instagram DMs at https://www.instagram.com/wsu_asc/ Below is more information regarding the advising schedule as well as the hours they will be available!


Advising for Fall 2020


  • Advising of undergraduate students for pre-registration will occur April 6-17, 2020. The fall 2020 schedule is set to be posted to the University community on March 30, 2020. The university hopes the extra week will allow students and their Advisors to look over schedules carefully before beginning pre-registration. Students and their Advisors are welcome to discuss the fall semester prior to April 6, 2020.
  • PINS will be released to undergraduate students automatically, on April 15, 2020, sometime between 9am. and 4pm. The university expects that this will simplify the pre-registration process for students.
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Tutoring Services Available for Students

Now that Worcester State has announced remote status, rest assured that the following university tutoring resources will remain available.


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The Math Center will remain operational through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra beginning on March 30th.


All students enrolled in a math course supported by the Math Center will be added into a new Math Center Tutoring Blackboard course. During a scheduled tutoring session, a student can log in to Blackboard and click on this Math Center Tutoring course. They can then click Blackboard Collaborate Ultra on the left hand panel and join the appropriate tutoring session with the tutor for their course.

Most tutors will continue to tutor at their regularly scheduled time, however a few tutors will not be tutoring during this remote time so please check the updated schedule posted on the math center website at https://www.worcester.edu/SP-Math-Center/


If you are enrolled in a math course or another course that the math center tutors for, you should see a new blackboard course titled Online_Math_Lab. Click into that course and you will see the schedule for all remote tutoring. Click the appropriate Blackboard Collaborate link next to the tutors name and time in order to join the session with the tutor.

Please contact Elizabeth Gilbert at egilbert1@worcester.edu with any questions or concerns.

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The Spanish Clinic will remain operational through Google Hangouts beginning on March 30th.

Spanish tutors will work remotely during their regularly scheduled shifts (Monday through Thursday 9am-2:30pm). Tutoring will be offered on a drop-in basis, similar to regular operations.

Tutoring will be conducted through Google Hangouts with student WSU email accounts. Tutors will be available at spanishclinic@worcester.edu. Students can conduct a chat, video call, or voice call with a tutor through this platform. To initiate a session, students should log into their WSU email and send a message to the Spanish Clinic. From there, students and tutors can coordinate how the session will proceed.

Any questions should be sent to spanishclinic@worcester.edu.

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The Writing Center will remain operational through the Google platform (Mail, Calendar, Hangouts, and Forms) beginning on March 30.

Writing Consultants will be working remotely during their regularly scheduled shifts (Monday thru Thursday 9-6 pm and Friday 9-1 pm) to offer two online options:

  • Synchronous appointments. These face-to-face sessions will be enabled via Google Hangouts, the video calling format through Google Calendar.
  • Asynchronous appointments. These indirect sessions allow clients to submit their assignments and have them reviewed by a consultant within 3-5 business days. Students should submit their work using this link: https://forms.gle/r8t7n9A3ZnMSQNjPA


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Peer-Assisted Learning program is now open to provide academic support to students in key STEM courses.


PAL program currently supports seven subjects in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Computer Science. Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) program is sponsored by Dr. Aikisu STEM Center initiative. Additional courses can be supported on request and availability of a PAL leader.


PAL sessions are student-led, instructor-supported group study, and review sessions. These sessions have been moved online, are run by trained student facilitators who were highly successful in the courses. We have 11 PAL leaders who are trained to start their online PAL sessions starting March 30th, 2020. The PAL leaders will conduct regular online as well as recorded sessions to address the students' academic success.


More information is available at the following URL:

https://sites.google.com/worcester.edu/pal/your-pals-online

We highly encourage students to join their fellow PAL leaders online.


Courses Covered by PAL- Spring 2020
Intro to Cell and Molecular, BI-141
Genetics, BI-203
Gen Chem I, CH-120
Gen Chem II, CH-121
Chem Analysis, CH-210
Organic Chemistry II, CH-202
Intro to Programming, CS-140
General Physics II, PY-222



Email will be the dominant source of communication. Faculty, staff, and students can ask questions and make appointments by emailing writingcenter@worcester.edu.

Library Services During Distance Learning

Contact: Matt Bejune


The WSU Library and the Learning Resource Center building closed on Monday, March 16th. In anticipation of when the Library is scheduled to reopen, hours will be posted to the Library's Hours of Operation page. While the physical Library is closed, many Library services continue to be available to remote users. Please note: given the uncertain and fluid circumstances associated with COVID-19, services are subject to change.

Services Available to Remote Users

1. Access to the Library web site.

2. Access to all electronic resources (databases, ebooks, and electronic subscriptions to journals, magazines, and newspapers).


3. Access to Subject and Research Guides which include 60+ guides with helpful information for users in all academic disciplines.


4. Research Assistance provided by WSU Liaison Librarians will be available via chat, email, and phone. Most services will be available Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM.

5. Instructional services via videoconferencing. Contact Liaison Librarians for additional information

6. Interlibrary Loan will be limited to electronic article requests while the Library is closed. Please note many lending institutions have closed and some materials may be unavailable at this time.

7. Any physical Library items, such as books, that are currently checked can continue to be used by Library patrons. Any overdue fines will be suspended during the Library's closure.


Update:


The WSU Library continues to provide many resources and services to support online teaching and learning amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic. Our new web page (link below) features a summary of remote Library services, and links to new and expanded offerings including: three video streaming services with 100,000+ videos, and two ebook collections with 300,000+ academic books.

https://libguides.worcester.edu/library_resources_services_during_COVID-19

Library staff members continue to be committed to your success. Please let us know how we might further assist you.

WSU Virtual Recreation & Wellness Resources and Programming

Contact: Brittany Rende


WOO WELLNESS BRACKET: LIVE on our Instagram/Twitter (@wsu_recwellness) March 31st. Comment, DM or email brende@worcester.edu for your chance to fill out our Worcester Wellness Bracket and select your winner amongst the different wellness opportunities we have to offer. Check back on Instagram stories and Twitter to vote for who advances and to make sure you end up with the perfect bracket!

Woo State Runs the World: A (Social) Distance Project: Let's come together as a community and see how far we can get. It will take a collective 2,802 miles to get us across the USA and 24,901 miles to get us around the world. Run, walk, or hike your way to help us come together. Log your miles with this form: https://forms.gle/Pjt1cRqCNudWgq9R

Quarantine Quiz Show: Want a chance to connect to students/faculty/staff at other schools? Join schools around the country in our first weekly trivia game on Twitch for a chance to win prizes! Create a Twitch account and follow Rec Without Borders (https://www.twitch.tv/recwithoutborders) and join in every Wednesday night at 8pm EST in the month of April!

Looking for some Wellness activities? Working from home and need the kids to get active too? Workouts, Classes, Mindfulness, Coloring, you name it we are sharing it. We are actively building additions to this set of virtual resources that are designed to enhance your wellness. Check back often and be sure to follow us on social media @WSU_RecWellness for the latest offerings and activities for the whole family. We will always be adding more! https://www.wsulancers.com/Wellness/Virtual_Recreation_-_Wellness

Support from Counseling Services

Counseling Services offers some tips on how to take care of your mental health during this time:

  • Create a daily routine: Why does routine help? It gives us normalcy, predictability and a sense of control-three things we desperately need in uncertain times. Wake up, shower, have meals, and schedule a morning and afternoon activity to break up the day. When making daily agendas consider these essentials:
  • Sleep: stay on a sleep schedule for maximum mental health
  • Eat: make sure you're eating as healthy as you can.
  • Social: Schedule times to face time, chat, etc with friends and family.
  • Academics: schedule time for online classes and for homework.
  • Exercise: Exercise not only helps improve the immune system; cardiovascular fitness has significant mental health benefits for anxiety and depression. Download a workout app, join an online class or go for a walk or run.

Expect a range of feelings. Change and disruption may cause anxiety and sometimes even grief. Grief consists of waves of emotions-anger, numbness, bargaining, acceptance-which can hit at any time.

How to manage tough feelings:
  1. Acknowledge the feeling. Ex: I'm feeling angry that school is remote.
  2. Feel the feeling. Express your feelings through journalling, art, crying, and/or sharing with a good listener.
  3. Normalize your experience. Reassure yourself as you would a friend. Ex: It's okay that I feel this way.
  4. Distraction. Have a list of ways you can distract yourself (watching Netflex, music, art, school, etc.) if you start feeling overwhelmed. Calm your stress response by taking deep breaths (breathe in for 2 seconds, exhale for 4 seconds) throughout the day.
  5. Ask yourself what you need now. Feeling lonely? Reach out to someone. Worried about a class? Email a professor for clarification.

Focus on the present or near future. If you start worrying about next semester or even further down the road, you'll feel more stressed. Being as close to the present is where we have the most control. Ask yourself what you can focus on now.

If you are having difficulty with functioning, concentration, anxiety and/or feelings of hopelessness and need additional support, contact Counseling Services at counseling_WSU@worcester.edu or call 508.929.8072. Counseling is scheduling telehealth appointments during regular business hours.

In an immediate crisis, students off campus should call 911. Any remaining on campus students should contact University Police at 508-929-8911.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

Update from the Mail Center

Students should change their shipping addresses with all vendors for delivery to their HOME address ASAP.


Any packages that arrive on campus, as well as those that are currently still on the shelf to be picked up, will be mailed to the student's home address on file.

Red Cross Looking for Blood Donations

Name: Binienda Center for Civic Engagement
Email: Wsu_biniendacenter@worcester.edu

Hi All,

AT a time of social distancing, it can be hard to find ways to help. One critical need we have right now is blood donation. You can make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Scam Alert - Exploiting the Coronavirus

Watch Out for “New” COVID-19 Data!


With thousands of new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) being recorded daily, the bad guys know that people are afraid and they plan to exploit that fear. They are sending phishing emails claiming to have official “new” or “updated” data on Coronavirus in your area. These emails are intense, urgent, and are designed to spark a knee-jerk reaction. Don’t fall victim to their scare tactics!

Remember the following to protect yourself:

Think before you click. The scammers are expecting an impulsive click.
Never click a link or attachment from an email you weren’t expecting.
Stay informed by going directly to a trusted news source for information about Coronavirus such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) And of course the WSU website.

Stop Look Think - Don't be fooled

Scholarship Applications Deadline Extension to May 15th at Midnight!

Due to the circumstances of COVID-19, the application for WSU Scholarships has been extended to May 15th at midnight! This means that the scholarship deadline has been extended an extra 30 days! Please take advantage of this situation! We want as many students as possible to apply! If you have any questions please reach out to Louise Taylor at ltaylor1@worcester.edu.

UMASS Memorial Job Application

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The Office of Student Involvement & Leadership Development

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development provides a comprehensive co-curricular student experience through leadership development, involvement opportunities, and a diverse array of social, cultural, and educational programs for the entire Worcester State community. All of our programs challenge and encourage students to become empowered, inclusive, and knowledgeable future community and global leaders.