Amy Castro, SSS alumnus, 2008
Amy Castro
SSS Alumnus
Non-traditional Stream
Bachelor of Arts, 2008

Journal

We have served for many decades now on-campus to help our constituents stay and successfully graduate with a baccalaureate degree.

They come from various walks of life. Here are some of their stories. While we are at it, watch this page as present participants chime in with their experiences. We also post our course listings, newsletters, announcements etc. on this page.

Alumni Profile | Amy Castro


The day I walked into the SSS office I knew I had found a place I could relate to and would provide the environment and support I would need to graduate. Amy Castro Alumnus 2008

What was your major in college?
Sociology.

Could you please tell us about your work?
I own and operate Overland Park Ballroom and Social Cluba contemporary dance club in Overland Park KS

What role did SSS play in college success?
Being a non-traditional, first-generation college student, I had no previous connection to the college environment.

I came to campus and found myself on my own and not sure if, or where I belonged. The day I walked into the SSS office I knew I had found a place I could relate to and would provide the environment and support I would need to graduate. There were other students like myself, non-traditional, first-generation. There was ethnic diversity in both students and staff, which I found to be a comfort at a much more traditional campus.

The SSS office was a safe place to “land”. It was the place I went in between classes to ask for academic help, to study for class, to grab a cup of coffee, and to lean on staff and fellow students when things seemed overwhelming. Had I not found the program I am doubtful I would have stayed until completion. I have a sincere affinity for the program and am forever grateful.

What SSS services did you use and found most useful?
The SSS service I found most useful was the study lounge - it was the only place on campus where I felt I fit in - and it was a good place to study, the computer lab, and printing services.

Do you have any recommendations for current SSS participants?
My advice - "always keep your eye on the goal!" maintain focus on the end result, getting the degree - don't let the way you think or feel about the campus environment get in the way or let family and friends who might not see the significance in what you are doing stop you from being a college graduate. Take advantage of what the SSS program has to offer.

Course Announcement | 2016 Spring | MATH 101, College Algebra


CREDITS 3 Credit Hours; may not apply toward total graduation hours
SECTION 171
DESCRIPTION Math 101 is open to students who have completed Math 100A at UNL or have received the prerequisite score on the Math Placement Exam. The SSS section meets five days per week instead of the usual three days, making it especially valuable for students who may need additional help.
INSTRUCTOR Morgen Bills Ph.D.
MEETS AT MTWRF | 9:30AM - 10:20AM
College of Business Administration (CBA) 105

Course Announcement | 2016 Spring | MATH 104, Applied Calculus


CREDITS 3 Credit Hours; may not apply toward total graduation hours
SECTION 171
DESCRIPTION Math 104 covers the rudiments of differential and integral calculus with applications to problems from business, economics, and social sciences. The SSS section meets five days per week instead of the standard three days, enabling students to receive extra classroom instruction.
INSTRUCTOR Morgen Bills Ph.D.
MEETS AT MTWRF | 11:30AM - 12:20PM
Burnett Hall (BURN) 119

Course Announcement | 2016 Spring | ENGL 151, Writing: Rhetoric as Argument


CREDITS 3 Credit Hours; may not apply toward total graduation hours
SECTION 260
DESCRIPTION This is a first - year English composition course that engages students in the study of written argument: developing an informed and committed stance on a topic, and using writing to share this stance with particular audiences for particular purposes. Students can expect to produce the equivalent of 25 double spaced pages of polished prose (a minimum of three writing projects) during the semester. This course is recommended for students who wish to improve their writing and reading skills through the study and practice of argument.
INSTRUCTOR Stephanie Mitchell Ph.D.
MEETS AT MWF | 10:30AM - 11:20AM
Andrews Hall (ANDR) 27

Course Announcement | 2016 Spring | ALEC 102, Interpersonal Skills for Leadership


CREDITS 3 Credit Hours; may not apply toward total graduation hours
SECTION 008
DESCRIPTION Introduction to the principles and practices of positive interpersonal relationships for leadership development. Selfawareness, awareness of others, effective interpersonal communication, and the building of trust relationships as a basis for understanding and developing leadership. An experiential approach, field projects and a supervised service project.
INSTRUCTOR Colette Polite Ph.D.
MEETS AT TR | 11:00AM - 12:15PM
Nebraska Hall (NH) W129

Course Announcement | 2016 Spring | EDPS 150, Career Development Seminar


CREDITS 2 Credit Hours; may not apply toward total graduation hours
SECTION 001
DESCRIPTION Students explore career options and develop skills to recognize how jobs, occupations and careers are related to one’s interests, needs, skills and opportunities. The course is especially helpful for students who have not selected or are changing their major.
INSTRUCTOR Colette Polite Ph.D.
MEETS AT TR | 9:30AM - 10:20AM
Burnett Hall (BURN) 124

Course Announcement | 2016 Spring | LIFE 120, Fundamentals of Biology I


CREDITS 3 Credit Hours; may not apply toward total graduation hours
SECTION 001
DESCRIPTION Prerequisite: Students are required to take Life Science 120 Lab(LIFE 120L).
First in a series of life sciences courses. A systems approach to the study of life at the cellular level, investigating cellular structures, chemical processes, cell metabolism, cell division, gene expression and introducing patterns of inheritance. The SSS section meets five days per week instead of the standard three days, enabling students to receive extra classroom instruction. Parallel registration in LIFE 120L is required.
INSTRUCTOR Marianna Burks
MEETS AT MTWRF | 11:30AM - 12:20PM
Manter Hall (MANT) 203

Course Announcement | 2015 Fall | MATH 100A, Intermediate Algebra


CREDITS 3 Credit Hours; may not apply toward total graduation hours
SECTION 171
DESCRIPTION Math 100A is a review of the topics in a second-year high school algebra course taught at the college level. Includes: real numbers, 1st and 2nd degree equations and inequalities, linear systems, polynomials and rational expressions, exponents and radicals. Heavy emphasis on problem solving strategies and techniques. The SSS section is taught 5 days a week instead of the normal 2 or 3 to allow additional class time to work on problems and ask questions. Just like the regular Math 100A sections, this course does count as 3 credits toward being a full time student, but the credits do not count toward graduation.
INSTRUCTOR Morgen Bills Ph.D.
MEETS AT MTWRF | 11:30AM - 12:20PM
College of Business Administration (CBA) 104

Course Announcement | 2015 Fall | MATH 101, College Algebra


CREDITS 3 Credit Hours
SECTION 171
DESCRIPTION Math 101 includes: real numbers, exponents, factoring, linear and quadratic equations, absolute value, inequalities, functions, graphing, polynominal and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and systems of equations. The SSS section is taught 5 days a week instead of the normal 2 or 3 to allow additional class time to work on problems and ask questions.
INSTRUCTOR Morgen Bills Ph.D.
MEETS AT MTWRF | 9:30AM - 10:20AM
Burnett Hall (BURN) 118

Course Announcement | 2015 Fall | ENGL 150, Writing and Inquiry


CREDITS 3 Credit Hours
SECTION 260
DESCRIPTION English 150 focuses on the study and practice of writing and rhetoric as inquiry - that is, students will use writing and rhetorical concepts such as purpose, audience and context to pose and investigate problems that are meaningful in their lives or communities, explore open questions, and/or examine complex tensions. This course provides students with extended practice in writing and rhetoric as inquiry in a supportive, student-centered environment.
INSTRUCTOR Stephanie Mitchell Ph.D.
MEETS AT MWF | 10:30AM - 11:20AM
Andrews Hall (ANDR) 129

Course Announcement | 2015 Fall | ALEC 102, Interpersonal Skills for Leadership


CREDITS 3 Credit Hours
SECTION 008
DESCRIPTION Introduction to the principles and practices of positive interpersonal relationships for leadership development. Self awareness, awareness of others, effective interpersonal communication, and the building of trust relationships as a basis for understanding and developing leadership. An experiential approach, field projects and a supervised service project.
INSTRUCTOR Colette Polite Ph.D.
MEETS AT TR | 11:00AM - 12:15PM
College of Business Administration (CBA) 107

Course Announcement | 2015 Fall | EDPS 150, Career Development Seminar


CREDITS 2 Credit Hours
SECTION 001
DESCRIPTION Students explore career options and develop skills to recognize how jobs, occupations and careers are related to one's interests, needs, skills and opportunities. The course is especially helpful for students who have not selected or are changing their major.
INSTRUCTOR Colette Polite Ph.D.
MEETS AT TR | 9:30AM - 10:20AM
College of Business Administration (CBA) 362

Course Announcement | 2015 Fall | BIOS 101, General Biology


CREDITS 3 Credit Hours
SECTION 171
DESCRIPTION Biology 101 is designed to facilitate learning of biological processes and properties of living organisms. As an introductory course, it is taught by building the basic understanding of biology by covering the scientific method, basic chemistry, biochemistry, cell structure and function, membranes, enzymes, metabolism, photosynthesis, cellular reproduction, genetics, DNA, expression of genes, biotechnology, evolution, speciation, population ecology, communities within ecosystems, and conservation biology.

This course meets the requirements for ACE Student Learning Outcome 4.

Additional Objectives:
By the use of scientific methods, and with the knowledge of the natural and physical, address problems through inquiry, interpretation, analysis, and making inferences from data. This thereby allows the student to determine whether conclusions or solutions are reasonable.
INSTRUCTOR Marianna Burks
MEETS AT MWF | 12:30PM - 1:20PM
TR | 12:30PM - 1:45PM
Teachers College Hall (TEAC) 247

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You can learn what SSS is from the About section. If you are a UNL undergraduate, in particular a freshman or an incoming transfer student, and would like to be considered as an applicant to the SSS program, you can find information about our eligibility requirements under the Apply section. We offer a range of services to help you succeed in college, which include English, Math, Science, Skills and Career development courses. The Staff & Contacts page has background information about our staff members and their role. It also has information on the staff contacts for the courses we offer.

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As we approach the 50th anniversary of the nationwide inception of our project, our sense of commitment is stronger than ever, which is to support, serve and see our participants graduate.