Over the summer, two student peer mentors in the School of Business presented at the Student Success Summit, a statewide conference for educators co-sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
When Ashley Tasker began her educational journey, she thought she needed to be at a big university.
However, as a first-generation college student, she felt overwhelmed and lost in the crowd. After three semesters, the Preston County native decided to transfer to Fairmont State.
She quickly found that a smaller campus with smaller classes allowed her to feel more connected to the University. And, her educational and professional paths were directly impacted by the connections she made with her professors at Fairmont State.
Effy Kim has served as a peer mentor for the School of Business since Fall 2013. Effy was born in Seoul, Republic of Korea. She moved to Sterling Heights, Michigan, when she was fifteen and graduated from Parkway Christian School in 2011. She transferred to Fairmont State University in 2012, where she is studying Information Systems Management with a minor in Accounting. Her anticipated graduation date is May 2016. She loves the friendly environment of Fairmont State University.
The peer mentoring program in the School of Business aims to do more than just help students succeed in difficult courses; it provides opportunities for students to become independent learners who are prepared for the future.
The student peer mentoring program, a part of the Title III grant project, was launched in October, 2013. Mentors have been hired and trained for Principles of Accounting I and II, Economics I and II, Introduction to Computing, Business Programming Logic, and Business Law I and II.
Dr. Robynn K. Shannon, who joined the Title III team in February 2014 as the STEM Learning Coordinator, enjoys a challenging puzzle.
“One thing I love about teaching and learning is the intellectual challenge of teaching itself: how to facilitate, enhance, inspire, motivate and model learning,” Shannon said. “For me, teaching—more specifically how to teach effectively—is like a brain-teaser puzzle, which is what makes it so interesting.”
Sarah Pickett was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia. She attended Riverside High School in Belle, West Virginia. She enrolled in Fairmont State University in the fall of 2010. After exploring a series of programs of study, she made her way to the School of Business, where she is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Accounting. Her anticipated graduation is May 2015. Sarah loves Fairmont State for its class size and personable faculty and staff.
Fairmont State University’s new Business Learning Coordinator, Dr. Stephen Moore, understands the struggles that students sometimes have in the classroom, and he is on a mission to make sure they have opportunities to succeed.
“I had a lot of hardships as a freshman and sophomore in college, and I feel that students should not have to deal with a lot of the things that I dealt with,” Moore said.
Alex Campbell was born and raised in the Seattle area of Washington State. He was homeschooled by his parents, Robert and Grace Campbell, all the way through high school. In 2012, he transferred to Fairmont State University, where he is studying accounting with a minor in information systems. His anticipated graduation is May 2015. Alex loves the campus and the classroom sizes and feels quite at home in his new surroundings.
Among the many new advancements funded by Fairmont State’s Title III grant, lecture capture is a new instructional technology tool that will be available to faculty in the College of Science & Technology and School of Business.
The Title III grant is helping Fairmont State University transform outdated classrooms into active learning spaces for the 21st Century. One exciting change is the creation of a LearnLab in 104 Jaynes Hall.