Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Financial Aid Night

Dear Parent of a High School Senior:

Whether your son or daughter has applied to, been accepted at, or still working on their applications to college(s), you will want to be sure to attend the Financial Aid Night at Fond du Lac High School in the PAC on Wednesday, December 3rd from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public – all school districts.

All UBMS Seniors will be required to attend Financial Aid Night and you, their parents, are strongly encouraged to attend with them. 

UBMS Juniors and their parents are strongly encourage to attend in order to gain early knowledge about FAFSA.

Financial aid representatives from Marian University, UW- Fond du Lac, and Moraine Park Technical College will be presenting.  One-on-one time with representatives, tips for loans and scholarships, step-by-step financial aid form instructions.

There will be prizes!   While parents of juniors can also attend, this is an annual event because it is so important.

FAFSA opens January 1st and now is the time to start gathering the tax information you will need to apply for financial aid. 

Please send me email to confirm that your student and/or you will be attending Financial Aid Night on December 3rd.

Thank you!

Tracy Abler, B.B.A
Program Specialist  
Marian University - TRIO/Upward Bound Math and Science
(920) 923-8959 PHONE
(920) 266-9397 TEXT

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Keep No Silence About Your Academic Needs

I am entering my eight academic year working as a professional in a college setting. It is definitely a life-enriching opportunity for me. In my current position, I have become aware of one of the most common and puzzling attitudes students often display. It is the feeling of shame when it comes to seeking for help; particularly academic help.

When I worked for the former TRIO/ McNair Scholars Program at Marian University, I remember telling students: “don’t be silent about your needs.”  I shared that piece of advice with them because I remembered exactly what happened to me when I needed help and I did not do anything about it. More importantly, there were also times when I sought help regarding my academic needs. Those days, I will never regret them. 

Helping handEvery day to this day, I get to enjoy the results of not remaining silent about my academic needs. Here is an example. 

With English being my third language, I vividly remember how helpful it was for me to visit the Writing Center at Marian with many of my assignments. Yes, there is a lot of writing assignments in college. For instance, it never pleased me when my grades suffered because of improper grammar use in many of my Business classes. As a result, I had decided to invest some time in seeking for help with my writing. 

[I now hope what I am writing makes sense to you. I am still trying to improve my English. :) ]

In my role now as the director of the Upward Bound Math and Science Program, it has become clear to me that many students still feel embarrassed when it comes to getting academic help.

Since this past academic year, the UBMS program at Marian has offered tutoring services to program participants, with the ultimate objective of enabling them to improve their grades and their confidence in subjects that are challenging to them. The tutoring services are not meant to expose students and their weaknesses. It is rather a way to ensure that the academic needs of each of them are being met as they prepare for a college education.

Very often, in one-on-one conversations, I ask students to fast forward in time and think about the following two scenarios:   
  1. Looking back on your education (high school, college, and beyond) and remembering going to tutoring sessions. 
  2. Reviewing your transcripts, reminiscing about the missed opportunities to get help in improving grades.
I am certain that most, student would prefer scenario number one. Being brave can allow this scenario to become a reality for you. Think about all the possible great things that can happen in your life as a result of obtaining good grades.

Students, as you start another school year, I would like to challenge you in making some positive time investments in your own educational advancement. Ask for academic help. Go to tutoring. Sometimes, you may think that you don’t need it and you get surprised at the end of a grading period. Don’t let that happen to you. Be proactive. Be preventive. Be engaged. Join a tutoring session. Talk to someone who can help you improve your grades. If you are a participant in the UBMS program at Marian University, talk to one of us (Team UBMS).

Contrary to what you may believe, asking for help will not make you look foolish. It is certainly tough to struggle in a particular class. However, it is not a shameful decision to take the steps to improve your grades. Get some academic help. That’s where your pride should be. Trust me; there is a lot of pride and advantages in getting good grades. You will “love the way you look” with good grades.

Ultimately, there is absolutely no shame in learning.

Director of the UBMS program at Marian University 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Upward Bound Programs Have Roots in Fond du Lac Co.

In 1964, 17 institutions in various parts of the country received federal funding to operate pilot Upward Bound programs. Together, those institutions served a total of 2,061 participants during their first year of operation. 

Ripon College, located in Fond du Lac County, operated one of the original 17 UB programsThe program’s first summer session ran from June 28 through August 6, 1965. It served 32 youths, largely of Native American descent. 

The program at Ripon College had provided services to local students until 1976. 

Today, as the 50th anniversary of the Upward Bound Program is being celebrated across the nation, Marian University's Upward Bound Math and Science program is continuing this legacy of providing educational opportunities to local students. There are currently 566 Upward Bound projects serving about 42,000 students across the United States.
For more information about the origins of the Upward Bound Programs, click here.

By Garry Moise, 
UBMS Program Director at Marian University

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