Joseph Santivasci, M.Ed.
Associate Provost for Enrollment Management and Campus Planning
Phone: 610-436-3376
Email: JSantivasc@wcupa.edu

Marcie Cohen, M.S.
Associate Director for Student Services
Phone: 267-386-3014
Email: MCohen@wcupa.edu

Ben Morgan, M.A.
Associate Director, Student Success Center 
Phone: 267-386-3027 
Email: BMorgan@wcupa.edu

Kyle Murray
MSW Recruiter
Phone: 610-738-0339
Email: KMurray@wcupa.edu

Kelly Smack
Assistant Director for Recruitment
Phone: 267-386-3019
Email: KSmack@wcupa.edu


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Student Success Center

Student Success Center

Welcome to the Student Success Center!

The Student Success Center (Room 3) celebrates and fosters critical literacy and thinking skills through in-person and online tutoring, professional development workshops, classroom presentations, and faculty support. Our mission is to ensure the academic and professional success of our students through collaborative feedback that empowers students to communicate with confidence.

Working on a draft of a particularly challenging research paper? Struggling to articulate an answer to an interview question? Feeling lost in the search for peer-reviewed source material? The Student Success Center at WCU in Philadelphia can help!

 

What you can expect at the success center:

  • A free, 25- or 50-minute session with a trained and knowledgeable tutor
  • A friendly, professional environment offering one-to-one attention
  • Thoughtful discussion about your writing or research (ideas, strategies, strengths, and areas for improvement)
    • Organize a paper (Outlining, question-storming, mapping, etc.)
    • Discuss a draft of a class assignment
    • Familiarize yourself with APA Style (Formatting, citing, abstract, etc.)
    • Find journal articles and other sources using Google Scholar, Library Services, etc.
    • Learn a grammatical concept
  • Career development feedback
    • Look over career documents (resume, cover letter, CV)
    • Conduct a mock interview
    • Help accessing the Ram Career Network

We encourage you to make use of the success center as an antidote to procrastination and a source of accountability. Think of our support as a resource for generating, revising, and receiving feedback on your work, whether that work is for the classroom or your professional development, but be careful not to treat the success center as a last-minute fix-it shop, which reinforces bad study habits or may create co-dependency. 

 

Questions? Concerns? We welcome your feedback on any aspect of the success center's work. Please feel free to call us at 267-386-3027, or contact Ben Morgan

 

Hours & Appointments

Spring 2018 Hours

  • Monday through Thursday, 2 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Saturday, 11 AM to 4 PM

 

Scheduling an Appointment

While students may visit the success center without an appointment, we strongly recommend using our online system to schedule in advance.

(NOTE: If it’s your first-time using the success center, you will need to follow the instructions to register with your WCUPA email address.)

What We Expect

What we expect from students who come to the success center:

  • Show up on time for the session.
  • Come prepared to do work. Note that you do not have to have a draft, but you do need to have a plan in mind for what you want to work on.
  • Participate with your tutor in setting goals for the tutorial, and cooperate with the tutor in sticking to that plan.
  • Take ownership of your work. The tutor is a guide and a mentor, but they will not do the work for you.

Spring 2018 Staff

Spring 2018 Staff

  • Ben Morgan, Associate Director of the Student Success Center, is available for 1-to-1 or group tutoring with students interested in improving their writing, conducting research, or developing professional materials such as resumes and personal statements. Ben is also available as a faculty resource to facilitate group workshops and classroom presentations.
  • Virginia Carr is a first year graduate student in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program. Virginia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from Temple University, and has spent the past five years pursuing various social work positions, both in the Philadelphia area as well as throughout Central and South America. Bilingual in English and Spanish, she aspires to bridge the gap in clinical counseling services for Latinos who have experienced trauma while exploring holistic services that connect the mind and body for healing. Virginia’s previous tutoring experiences include working in an undergraduate writing center, teaching ESL classes to adult immigrants, and private Spanish tutoring for college students. You can likely find her bachata dancing downtown or planning an escape to some place warm and with empanadas.

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Career Development Center

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The Career Development Center assists with:

  • Exploring career options
  • Finding internships and full-time jobs
  • Writing a resume and preparing for interviews (including online practice interviews in Ram Career Network)
  • Applying to graduate school

To schedule a 30-minute phone appointment, please call (610) 436-2501.

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