Student Success Programs


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Pitt CARES is the new student orientation program at Pittsburg State.

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GORILLA WARM-UP is a required “pre-semester” activity for new students. This activity is designed to familiarize you with the campus, the resources and activities available, and generally give you a head start at PSU.

Registration for GORILLA WARM-UP begins at 2:00 p.m. the Sunday before classes begin each fall. Please arrive no later than 2:15 to ensure you have the materials you need. We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes and clothing (shorts/t-shirt).

Key to your success here at Pitt State will be the relationships you develop with other students and faculty members and your taking full advantage of the great resources for students. Please use the opportunity that GORILLA WARM-UP  provides to get to know the campus and your classmates. It will help you get off to a great start, and remember, attendance is REQUIRED.

If you or your parents have questions, please contact the Student Success Programs office at 1-800-854-7488 (option 4) or the Student Success Programs Office at 620-235-6578.

 

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Academic Success Workshops give YOU some strategies to bridge the gap between the skills you arrived with and the skills your professors are expecting from you in class.

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Whether you are studying for a test, writing a paper or preparing a presentation, tutors can help you sharpen your skills and increase your knowledge.

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Scavenger Hunt

The Student Success Programs office coordinates four different courses for new students: Freshman Experience, Transitions, International Transitions, and Athlete Transitions.

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Scavenger Hunt

From success workshop handouts to academic advisor and advisee responsibilities, we have all of the resources you need to support your success. 

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The Exploratory Studies Program at Pittsburg State is here to assist students in selecting a major. Many of our students are undecided when they enter college, so having a process and path can help them to pick the major that's right for them!

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The Center for Student Accommodations (CSA) provides support services to currently enrolled PSU students with disabilities which substantially impairs one or more major life activities.

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2019 CARES Leaders

Students who have an interest in assisting in the success of their fellow students can find several exciting leadership opportunities in Student Success Programs. Our two most important peer-led programs are Pitt CARES Leaders serving our new student orientation program and PEERS Mentor program serving our Gorilla Gateway courses.

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About Us


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  • Meet the Staff
  • Mission and Vision
  • Freshman Class Photos
Please visit us in 113 Axe Library or call us at 620-235-6578. 

Heather Eckstein

Director of Student Success Programs
Heather Eckstein
620-235-4265 or 1-800-854-PITT (option 4)

Ashley Wadell

Student Success Counselor
Ashley Wadell
620-235-4951

Graduate Assistants

Serena Hoffman            
Serena Hoffman                   
Major: School Counseling


Student Assistants

Jansen Miller              
Jansen Miller                          
Major: Elementary Education

Riley Peterson
Riley Peterson
   
Major: Nursing

Mission:

Student Success Programs provides programs and services to promote the successful transition of new students into a university environment.

Vision:

To be a model among our peer institutions for student transition programming and be viewed as a center for student success services at Pittsburg State University by providing comprehensive programs to promote student engagement and learning during times of transition.