Summer TAP Program Welcomes Incoming Students on Campus July 10-18

| June 12, 2015
Presenter Stephen Anderson leads TAP students in sharing their experiences as part of the "First to College" workshop session.

Presenter Stephen Anderson lead TAP students in sharing their experiences as part of the “First to College” workshop session during the 2014 TAP Program.

The Academic Resource Center is gearing up for its fifth year of the summer TAP (Transitions and Academic Prep) program, to be held July 10-18. The program has expanded its capacity by 50 percent this year, allowing 36 incoming Transitions students to participate. The program is free for all students.

Students live on campus, take a college course for credit and participate in campus workshops and activities to ease the transition to Webster.

This year, Carolyn Brown, coordinator in the Writing Center and Faculty Development Center, has developed writing workshops that focus on critical literacy and students will meet one-on-one with writing coaches to supplement these workshops.

Additional workshops  throughout the week include:

  • Financial Aid
  • Student Affairs
  • Multicultural Center
  • Emerson Library
  • Diversity issues
  • Being a first generation student
  • Transition issues

The TAP program has partnered with the Office of First Year Experience and the Financial Aid Office to provide additional financial literacy resources for students made possible through a grant from the Missouri Department of Higher Education. Justin Barton, assistant director of First Year Experience, is also leading a service-learning project for Transitions students that includes a campus beautification project and writing letters to veterans. Gladys Smith, assistant director for Counseling and Life Development, will also join the summer program as a faculty member for Webster 101 that students complete as part of the program.

Additionally, this year in the effort to emphasize global citizenship, TAP is partnering with Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs (MCISA) to connect TAP students to new international students by introducing them to the International Friendship program.

The Transitions staff are excited about the program expansion and all of the campus partnerships and collaborations that make the program a success, and look forward to welcoming these new students to campus!

Submitted by Erin Bullerdieck, Transitions coordinator

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