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Washburn First Year Experience Program Will Celebrate Student Success Feb. 12

02/01/15 07:02 am CST
"The hardest semester all students face is their first one because transitioning from high school to university is difficult"

Washburn students who have completed their initial semester of college with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher will be recognized formally by the university. The Feb. 12 ceremony is part of Washburn’s extensive First Year Experience program for student success.

Washburn’s First Year Experience (FYE) program aims to help students transition to college smoothly and ultimately succeed to graduation. While the transition to college has been a priority at Washburn for some time, fall semester 2013 was the first time that the FYE course, WU 101, was required for all first-time college students.

“The hardest semester all students face is their first one because transitioning from high school to university is difficult,” said Alan Bearman, dean of university libraries at Washburn University. Bearman’s responsibilities include oversight of Washburn’s FYE program. To learn more about FYE at Washburn, which supports first-time college students of any age, please visit http://www.washburn.edu/fye. Staff members and students connected to Washburn’s FYE programs recently presented nationally about the program.

The recognition of FYE Scholars is intended to increase the connections students feel at Washburn and to support their academic progress and retention in still another way.

“What we are doing is recognizing students who did exceptionally well in their first semester, while further connecting them to their chosen majors, faculty and academic opportunities,” Bearman said.

Invitations to the FYE Scholars ceremony and related events were sent to 452 Ichabods from 12 states. Among the scholars are more than 200 students from the Topeka area. The scholars and their families are invited to Washburn’s campus to celebrate on Feb. 12. While students and guests have RSVP’d to the event, members of the press are welcome to attend. The schedule for the day is as follows:

12:30-1:30 p.m. – Registration for students and families at Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center.

2 p.m. – FYE Scholars Ceremony, hosted by President Jerry Farley and Vice President for Academic Affairs Randy Pembrook.

3 p.m. – Celebratory events within each College or School.

4:30 p.m. – Discounted meal sponsored by Washburn University Dining Services.

5:30 & 7:30 p.m. – Discounted tickets to Ichabods women’s and men’s basketball games versus the University of Central Oklahoma have been sponsored by Washburn Athletics. FYE Scholars will be recognized on the court between games.

Editor’s note: A complete list of FYE Scholars is available by request.

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Michaela Saunders, 785-670-2154
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Alan Bearman, 785-670-1855
dean, university libraries

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