Academic Success Center

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Back row, from left: Mary Kendzia, instructor; Diane Stoelting, director; Kelly Engert, Accessibility Services coordinator: Virginia Pasceri, Academic Success Programs coordinator; and Ashley Scapillato, academic coach.

Front row, from left: Martha Krupa, Tutorial Services coordinator; Stephanie Toohey, academic coach; Sharon Green, Instructional Services coordinator/instructor; Julie Czyrny, peer tutor coordinator; and Sarah Mecca, Accessibility Services advisor.

Location:
First Floor, Seton Hall

Team Leader:
Diane Stoelting, director

Team Members:
Accessibility Services: Kelly Engert, coordinator; Sarah Mecca, advisor; Hannah Sullivan and Kylie Stover, graduate assistants.

Tutorial Services: Martha Krupa, coordinator, Tutorial Services/Writing Center; Julie Czyrny, peer tutor coordinator

Instructional Services: Sharon Green, coordinator/instructor; Martha Krupa, Dr. Rachael Rossi, Mary Kendzia and Dan House, instructors

Academic Success Programs: Virginia Pasceri, coordinator, Ashley Scapillato and Stephanie Toohey, academic coaches

How to contact:
asc@niagara.edu/716.286.8072

Hours:
Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m – 8 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (fall and spring semesters beginning the third week of the semester)

Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – to 5 p.m. (other times)

By the numbers: Last year, about 750 students visited our department about 7,750 times. About 55% of the visits were for peer tutoring, 12% were for accessibility services, and 2% were for meeting with staff. In addition, 4,205.5 hours of tutoring were provided by 63 NU student tutors; 1,379 exams were proctored in ASC for students with disabilities; 723 Writing Center consultations were provided; and students with disabilities requested 135 textbooks in an alternate format.

Just the Facts:
ASC provides peer tutoring and drop-in math tutoring for many 100- and some 200-level courses at no charge to students. Groups of one to five students meet for one-hour sessions, twice weekly, to discuss textbook material, go over practice problems, learn study techniques, and/or review test-taking strategies.

Professional and peer tutors are available through the Writing Center to assist students in two locations: the ASC in Seton Hall and the library. Sessions last up to 30 minutes, and tutors are trained to help with any part of the writing process, from brainstorming, to outlining, to drafting, but they do not proofread papers!

Accessibility Services staff provides accommodations and support for students with documented disabilities who register with their office. The accommodations enable students to fully participate in programs and services available at NU and can include extended time on tests in a separate quiet location, note-taking support, interpreters, alternate formats of printed materials, housing accommodations, etc. 

The ASC also works with a number of departments on campus to determine appropriate placement into writing and math courses for incoming freshmen, using information from each student’s application (e.g., high school math and English grades, SAT scores, Regents Exam scores). Our instructors also teach the CRL 101, Critical Literacy, and LSK 095, Basic Math, that some students need in order to improve their skills in writing and math.  

Members of the ASC staff are trained to provide direct support to students participating in some of our outreach programs to help them manage their academic transition to college and/or to improve their academic performance, develop study skills/behaviors, and utilize a variety of university resources, as needed, to maximize their academic success. Some of these programs include the Academic Coaching Program for incoming freshmen; the Academic Success Program for second-semester freshmen on academic status; and support for incoming student athletes and other athletes who need to improve their GPAs.

Last Seen:
At the men’s hockey game cheering on their students!