Learning Center Student Tutor and Staff Appreciation Ceremony Spring 2016

Student Tutor & Staff Appreciation Ceremony

On Tuesday, April 26th the first annual “Student Tutor & Staff Appreciation Ceremony” took place in McLaren. It was a joyful event where faculty, staff, and student employees were recognized for their hard work, professionalism, and passion for providing educational support to students attending USF and numerous academic sites in the surrounding San Francisco community.
The event began with a 45 minute reception where those in attendance consumed some tasty food and participated in fun conversation. Later, the ceremony started with a wonderful welcome from the Learning Center Director, Kim Rutledge, who would introduce the Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Onllwyn Dixon.
Dr. Onllwyn Dixon was entertaining, professional, and endearing throughout the ceremony as he introduced each of the presenters and congratulated all who were awarded.
Our special guest speaker, the Interim Vice Provost of Student Life, Julie Orio also shared some kind words about the center and the students who serve our local community.

Each program had the opportunity to shine a spotlight on a specific tutor, lead, or staff member who had demonstrated their commitment to the Learning Center’s mission. The Learning Center awarded a total of 10 students who definitively represented what their associated programs were all about. Be sure to congratulate the winners whenever you see them across campus.

In addition, the Learning Center awarded a USF faculty and staff member for their support and involvement with the Learning Center’s programs and activities. The Center would not be where it is today without the support of its fellow USF community members.
To conclude the ceremony, Kim Rutledge presented a heartfelt speech about Dr. Onllwyn Dixon and his involvement with the Center’s programs and staff members. For his years of support as a USF community member and beloved friendship, Dr. Onllwyn Dixon was awarded the “Learning Center Appreciation Award”. The Center couldn’t thank him enough for his help. We would like to thank all who attended and participated in order to make this event possible. Be sure to stop by Cowell 215 to utilize our resources and become a part of our academic community.

We would like to formally announce the winners for each program and allow all to view the marvelous photographs captured by James Vu during the ceremony.

Congratulations to all winners!

America Reads Tutors: Thuy Tran & Nicole Rejer
FYIT Tutors: Lucas Pereira & Michaela Ruiz
Front Desk Leader: Jen Java
Peer Tutors: Joy Kim & Eliza Petrella
Project Success Coach: Megan Sykes
Supplemental Instruction Leader: Hannah Cole-Leathers
Staff Award: Marvella Luey
Faculty Award: Karyn Schell
LC Appreciation Award: Dr. Onllwyn Dixon

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USFers Tutor San Francisco’s Homeless Students (Fall 2015)

USFers Tutor San Francisco’s Homeless Students (posted Fall 2015)

By Ed Carpenter, Office of Marketing Communications Posted Sun, 07/19/2015 – 17:00

Living out of a car with family members and couch surfing at relatives’ homes can wreak havoc on young peoples’ educations and lead many to drop out of school. Yet, a good education might be their best chance to build a more stable future. That’s why USF Learning and Writing Center students tutor dozens of homeless and disadvantaged San Francisco school kids each year, offering one-on-one assistance

“I joined the program because I feel like education is a big part of the world,” says math major Lucy Rodriguez ’18. “I feel like that’s pretty much where everything starts.”

Aspiring to return home

It certainly did for Rodriguez, who grew up in South Los Angeles, and credits a high school adviser and teacher with inspiring her to be a better student. That positive relationship, more than any other, is why Rodriguez joined USF’s dual degree program in teaching and why she aspires to return one day to South Los Angeles to teach.

“Maybe one of the students I tutor or someone I teach in the future will say, ‘That tutor, that teacher, Lucy, she helped me. She made it really fun and amazing for me, so I think I want to go and do this or that,’” Rodriguez says.

About 20-30 Learning and Writing Center students work each year with San Francisco Unified School District’s Families and Youth in Transition (FYIT) office, which serves homeless kids, many living in shelters with their families. More than 400 local elementary, middle, and high school students have benefited from the USF-FYIT partnership.

Someone to listen

“Most of our student body lives in Visitacion Valley, Sunnydale, and the Bayview neighborhoods. Many of the students have experienced complex trauma and face challenging socioeconomic factors,” says Matthew Schwartz, who directs FYIT tutoring at Visitacion Valley Middle School.

In some cases, multilingual USF student-tutors have forged long-term relationships with recent immigrant students, helping them adjust to a new country and language, and remaining connected beyond FYIT, Schwartz says.

“USF’s mission is to ‘change the world from here’ and by tutoring kids who don’t have a home or are in transition and need one stable factor in their lives, it really helps,” says Lupe Velazquez ’18, a sociology major who’s tutored with FYIT for two semesters. “Sometimes you go in and they just need someone to listen to them, because they don’t really have anybody else.”

Rodriguez and Velazquez say they too have benefitted from FYIT. She’s learned to be flexible and adjust her teaching approach to individual students, Rodriguez says. And Velasquez strengthened her commitment to social justice and serving those in need and improved her time-management skills, she says.

Speaks to USF values

“This is a great partnership that speaks directly to USF’s values and is just one of several programs run by the Learning and Writing Center, including a partnership with America Reads that has helped thousands of San Francisco students over the years, and free college-level language, tutoring, and writing assistance on just about any subject for USFers,” says Kimberly Harris, the center’s assistant director.

Know someone with a powerful USF story? Let us know! usfnews@usfca.edu | Twitter @usfcanews

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Cheers to the End of 2015-2016 School Year

The LWC appreciates everyone for using, visiting, and promoting the services for the Learning & Writing Center! We have you all to thank for a successful school year. We hope finals everyone did well on their finals.

 

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Lastly, the LWC would proudly like to acknowledge the 2016 Graduates: Belinda, Jesus, Jeffrey, Jen, and Tiffany! Thank you grads for all your hard work, we will miss you!

 

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The Learning & Writing Center staff  wish you a fun & safe summer! Congrats on a successful school year & see you all next Fall🙂

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Race to Finish Line: Spring 2016 Semester

With only 2 weeks left of the Spring 2016 semester (not including Finals Week), there is still enough time to come into the Learning & Writing Center for help! We advise that you not wait until it’s too late.
We also hope you take advantage of attending Tutorpalooza Friday, May 13th from 12-4pm in UC 4th floor.

On Tuesday, April 26th the first annual “Student Tutor & Staff Appreciation Ceremony” took place in McLaren. It was a joyful event where faculty, staff, and student employees were recognized for their hard work, professionalism, and passion for providing educational support to students attending USF and numerous academic sites in the surrounding San Francisco community.

Each program had the opportunity to shine a spotlight on a specific tutor, lead, or staff member who had demonstrated their commitment to the Learning Center’s mission. The Learning Center awarded a total of 10 students who definitively represented what their associated programs were all about. Be sure to congratulate the winners whenever you see them across campus. In addition, the Learning Center awarded a USF faculty and staff member for their support and involvement with the Learning Center’s programs and activities. The Center would not be where it is today without the support of its fellow USF community members.

A special shout out to all those involved with planning and hosting a success event! We can’t wait to see everyone at next year’s event🙂

Congratulations to all winners!

America Reads Tutors: Thuy Tran & Nicole Rejer

FYIT Tutors: Lucas Pereira & Michaela Ruiz

Front Desk Leader: Jen Java

Peer Tutors: Joy Kim & Eliza Petrella

Project Success Coach: Megan Sykes

Supplemental Instruction Leader: Hannah Cole-Leathers

Staff Award: Marvella Luey

Faculty Award: Karyn Schell

LC Appreciation Award: Dr. Onllwyn Dixon

Below are some photo highlights from the event

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Here are the last Student Success Workshops for the remainder of the semester:

Academic

Finals are Coming: Are you Ready?

Thurs. 5/5/16 11:50am-12:40pm Harney 127

Mind, Body, & Spirit

Self-Care in Stressful Times

Tues. 5/3/16 11:50am-12:40pm McLaren 251

Marijuana: What it Does and Why

Weds. 5/4/16 5:30-7:00pm Fromm Hall, Berman Room

Additional Events:

Academic:

Tutorpalooza

Fri. 5/13/16 12-4pm UC 4th floor

Mind, Body, & Spirit

Finals Midnight Breakfast

Fri. 5/13/16 10pm-12am Phelan Lounge

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DON[t] Stop Believing!

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We have approximately 5 more weeks til the end of the semester. This semester is definitely flying by but that does not mean you should let your grades suffer. Feel free to schedule appointments with both the Writing Center and with Peer Tutoring. Writing Preceptors and student peer tutors are extremely friendly and most definitely helpful!

 

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On April Fool’s Day our Program Assistant Angelo took on Front Desk staff member Derrick in a game of one on one. Both did a great job but in the end Derrick took the W. Thanks to all who came out to support!

 

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Advance notice that Tutorpalooza will be held on Friday 5/13/16 from 12-4pm on UC 4th floor!

 

Here are Student Success Workshops for the month of April.

Academic

De-Mystifying Research Papers

Tues. 4/19/16 11:50am-12:40pm Gleeson Library, Room 139

Oops, I did it again! How to avoid procrastination pitfalls

Tues. 4/26/16 11:50am-12:40pm McLaren 251

Mind, Body, & Spirit

The Truth About Alcohol

Thurs. 4/7/16 11:50am-12:40pm Cowell 418

Recovery Realities: A Student Panel

Thurs. 4/14/16 11:50am-12:40pm Cowell 418

Uppers, Downers, All-Arounders

Thurs. 4/21/16 11:50am-12:40pm McLaren 250

Career Planning & Life Skills

Ballin’ on a Budget (Yes, in San Francisco!)

Wed. 4/6/16 5:00pm-6:00pm Fromm Hall, Broad Room

Last Chance for Internships

Tues. 4/12/16 5:30-7:00pm Fromm Hall, Maier Room

Additional Events:

Mind, Body, & Spirit

Mountain Meditation Retreat

Sat. 4/9/16  Mt. Tamalpais

For details contact eaczarnikneimeyer@usfca.edu

April Action Day of Service

Sat. 4/16/16 7:30 am Location TBA

Earth Day

Thurs. 4/21/16 11:30am-1:00pm Gleeson Plaza

Relay for Life

Sun. 4/24/16 9:00am-9:00pm Negoesco Stadium

 

Have any questions? Feel free to stop by Cowell 215

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MARCH MADNESS 2016

Can you believe it’s week 6 of the semester already?! That means only 10 more weeks of the semester left and 2 weeks until spring break! While that is exciting news, please do not neglect your studies meaning it is a great time to come and visit the LWC for your upcoming midterms/papers. The Learning & Writing Center is great to refresh material with tutors or to get an extra set of eyes to look over your paper in order to boost your advantage towards a better grade before heading into break. If you would like to schedule a tutor appointment, feel free to go to TutorTrac located on your USF Connect student tab. If you would like to schedule a writing appointment, feel free to stop by or call the center and schedule your appointment with the lovely front desk staff.

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The newest addition in the LWC is our “I AM” Bulletin Board in order to promote diversity.

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We also have fun facts posted on our whiteboard so come in and join in on the fun or share your own fun facts!

This week’s fun fact is No word in the English language rhymes with month, silver, purple, and orange! If you have a fun fact that you would like to share come

Student Success Workshops  for the month of March:

Academic

Excelling in the American Classroom

Thurs. 3/31/16 11:50am-12:40pm McLaren 252

Mind, Body, & Spirit

Recovery Realities: A Student Panel

Weds. 3/9/16 5:30-7:00pm McLaren 251

I Heart Consent Workshop

Thurs. 3/10/16 11:50am-12:40pm UC 411/412

Marijuana: What it Does and Why

Weds. 3/30/16 5:30-7:00pm McLaren 250

Career Planning & Life Skills

Alumni Panel and Job Search Preparation for International Students

Thurs. 3/3/16 5:30-7:00pm McLaren 252

LinkedIn 2.0 – Beyond the Profile

Tues. 3/29/16 5:30-7:00pm Fromm Hall, Berman Room

Additional Events:

Mind, body, & Spirit

Spiritual Exercises Silent Retreat

3/12/-3/16/2016 Presentation Center, Los Gatos

For details contact eaczarnikneimeyer@usfca.edu

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WELCOME BACK DONS!

The LWC would like to welcome you back for Spring semester 2016! The center has been very lonely without its hardworking students. We are excited for your return and we wish you a great Spring semester!

Below is some valuable information for new and returning faces:

Hours of Operations

The Learning Center

Mon-Thurs 8:30am-8pm

Friday 8:30am-5pm

The Writing Center

Mon-Thurs 10am-8pm

Friday 10am-5pm

Drop in hours

Mon-Thurs 1-4pm Gleeson Library in the New book section

Check us out at:

www.usfca.edu/lwc

follow us on:

instagram: usflwc

twitter: ldubc

facebook: Learning & Writing Center at USF

blog: https://learningwritinglwc.wordpress.com/

Events offered by the LWC, Career Services, CAPS, and more:

Student Success Workshops are a series facilitated by USF faculty and staff members. They are interactive, informal, and FREE seminars designed to help you learn strategies to achieve your academic goals and get the most out one’s USF experience. Here are our workshops offered for the month of February:

Academic

Taking Noteworthy Notes

Tues. 2/9/16 11:50am-12:40pm Cowell 418

Test Taking Tips and Tricks

Thurs. 2/18/16 11:50am-12:40pm Cowell 418

What’s TIME got to do with it?: Managing your Midterms

Tues. 2/25/16 11:50am-12:40pm Cowell 418

Mind, Body, & Spirit

Health Care 101

Tues. 2/2/16 11:40am-12:40pm McLaren 251

The Truth About Alcohol

Thurs. 2/11/16 11:50am-12:40pm Cowell 212

Healthy Relationships

Tues. 2/23/16 11:50am-12:40pm UC 411/412

Marijuana: What it Does and Why

Weds. 2/24/16 5:30-7:00pm McLaren 252

Career Planning & Life Skills

Resume & Cover Letter Workshop

Weds. 2/17/16 5:30-7:00pm Fromm Hall, Berman Room

Navigating a Career Fair

Tues. 2/23/16 5:30-7:00pm Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room

 

Additional events to look out for:

Study Abroad Fair

Thurs. 2/12/2016 11:30-1:30pm Gleeson Plaza

LGBTQQ Undergrad Student Retreat

2/19-2/21/2016 Camp Cazadero

For details contact eaczarnikneimeyer@usfca.edu

Ignatian Pilgramage Men’s Retreat

Sat. 2/27/2016 Muir Woods

For details contact eaczarnikneimeyer@usfca.edu

Hearts on Fire-Graduate Student Retreat

Sun. 2/28/2016 Mt. Tamalpais

For details contact eaczarnikneimeyer@usfca.edu

 

Check back soon for more updates from the LWC!

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