Titan Success Center here to support students, raise retention levels

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20150910_112246By: RACHEL NUNER
Staff Writer

The Titan Success Center, located in room 128 of the Administration Building, will host an open house from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22 to provide information regarding the multitude of services they offer. All students are welcome, and there will be snacks and prizes.
In addition to the open house, the Titan Success Center is teaming up with the Vision 20/20 Grant Program to host “Mentoring Through Storytelling: How We Made it Through Midterms” from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, October 5, in Fireside A and B, and from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, in the Student Activity Center, room 225. All students are welcome.
These events will provide students with information on succeeding in college and will highlight the tactics used by undergraduate students as they prepare for times of heavy examinations.
The Titan Success Center is new to IU South Bend and has already provided guidance to over 100 students. The center offers advising and helps with class registration, as well as other support services that aid students in transitioning, choosing majors and preparing for future careers.
The Titan Success Center and Vision 20/20 Grant Program have the same goal, which is to raise student retention levels.
“I have a passion for student retention, so I knew this would be a great fit for me,” said Ezella McPherson, director of the Titan Success Center. “We started from scratch and had to build the foundation for this program. I couldn’t be more pleased with the result.”
Dr. McPherson earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and earned both her master’s degree and Ph.D. in educational policy studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. McPherson has already helped many students throughout her career as she filled the multiple roles of mentor, tutor, instructor, and academic advisor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at Wayne State University.
The Titan Success Center has seen many faces thus far and plans to see many more. “The students leave our office feeling absolutely reassured,” said McPherson, “Quite a few of the students we’ve seen have come back for assistance multiple times.”
The Titan Success Center is committed to working with IUSB students to ensure the success of freshman and continuing students, according to McPherson.
For further information regarding the Titan Success Center, please call 574-520-5050, email tsuccess@iusb.edu, or stop into the office.

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