This October, SYE is addressing the mid-term madness by hosting a Control the Controllables event in the SYE Office in the Upper RLC off Blazer Hall at 2 different times: Wednesday, October 24th from 4-5pm OR Monday, October 29th from 2:30-3:30pm. At the event, students will hear from the Counseling Center on ways to manage stress and perform mindfulness. Next, free materials will be provided for all to make their own SEN GARDENS as a keep-sake and way to stay positive this season.

Next, SYE is wrapping up Internship Readiness Month with the Business Internship Workshop on Thursday, October 25th from 4:30-6pm. Students will meet in the lobby of the new Collat School of Business! The event will kick-off with an upper-class student panel on internships. Next, students will network with UAB Collat Business Alumni and enjoy free pizza and appetizers. The evening will wrap up with a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Collat School and resource room. You won’t want to miss!

Gear up for November for the SYE Medical School Panel on Tuesday, November 13th from 5-6pm in the HSC Ballroom A. Current advisors and medical school students will share their experiences and advice as you are thinking of applying to medical school. You will have time to ask your own questions and meet and greet with current students!

Lastly, conclude the Fall semester with the SYE End of the Semester Social on Thursday, November 29th from 5-6pm at World of Wings (WOW). Students will have ½ off all appetizers and will enjoy a fun semester celebration with music and games!

Graduation! What an exciting time for your student and family! Every student has calculated an estimated time for their college graduation since the beginning of freshman year. Having to obtain so many credit hours including prerequisites, core classes, internships, electives, etc., can be difficult to keep track of at times. Contemplating when a student should or can apply for graduation can be overwhelming when trying to add up all of those hours. UAB’S Graduation Planning System (GPS) is available to provide your student with guidance to navigate their road to walking across that stage. GPS is a web-based tool to help students and advisors monitor progress toward degree completion and plan for future coursework. 

GPS compares the degree requirements of the UAB Undergraduate Catalog and the coursework completed on the student’s record to produce an easy-to-read audit. If your student is close to graduating but may be considering adding a minor or possibly changing their major, GPS provides a “What If” feature allowing them to view the remaining course work that would need to be completed. GPS also features a “Plans” ability that indicates when and what ordered classes should be taken. This feature allows the student and their advisor to create a semester by semester road-map.

GPS can be accessed by your student through logging on to their BlazerNet account and selecting the GPS icon on the right side of the page. A student's GPS consists of a series of sections, which are called "blocks." These blocks are programmed to check the degree requirements for each school. The blocks contain an easy-to-use color code:

  • A green box indicates that a requirement has been completed.
  • A blue box indicates that a requirement is in the process of being completed. Most often this means that a student is currently enrolled in a course that will satisfy the requirement.
  • A red box indicates that a requirement still needs to be completed.
  • A yellow box indicates that a student should talk with an advisor about that requirement. Students will rarely see a yellow box, as it is reserved for particularly complex situations that require a conversation with an advisor

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SYE Welcome Back PicSYE began the year with our annual Welcome Back Bash in the HSC Ballroom on August 30th from 11am-1pm. We had 15+ tables representing School Programs such as the College of Nursing and the College of Engineering. We also had departments showcasing their offerings for second-year students such as Education Abroad and Student Involvement and Leadership. All enjoyed a catered lunch and many opportunities to learn more about the UAB community.

SYE also had our Mentoring Dinner Kick-off this past week, and we have 80 Junior Mentors and 80 Second-year Mentees. The primary goal of the SYE Mentoring Program is to provide mentoring support and a sustaining relationship to achieve the following:

  1. Assist second-year students in successfully navigating their second year at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  2. Assist in increasing the retention of second-year students by providing a consistent and stable contact to serve as a resource.
  3. Stay connected with students to encourage them to improve their academic performance by seeking out and utilizing available academic support services and resources.
  4. Maintain a stable support system for students to avoid the “sophomore slump.” Offer encouragement for student’s personal growth and development in college.

The program will have our Mentor/Mentee social this month and will work on continuously improving to better the second-year student experience at UAB.

 Upcoming September and October events include:

  • Education Abroad
  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  • 5:00 – 6:00PM
  • Hill Student Center, Ballroom A
  • How to Get Involved Your Second Year
    • Monday, September 24, 2018
    • 5:00 - 6:00 PM
    • Upper RLC SYE Office
  • LEAD - What makes a great leader?
    • Thursday, September 27, 2018
    • 5:30 - 6:30 PM
    • Upper RLC SYE Office
  • Engineering Internship Workshop
    • Thursday, October 4, 2018
    • 5:00PM - 6:00PM
    • Hill Student Center, Room 316
  • Control the Controllables Your Second Year Option 1
    • Wednesday, October 24th 2018
    • 4:00PM - 5:00PM
    • SYE Office in the Blazer Upper level RLC
  • Business Internship Workshop
    • Thursday, October 25, 2018
    • 5:00PM - 6:00PM
    • New Collat School of Business
  • Control the Controllables Your Second Year Option 2
    • Monday, October 29th 2018
    • 2:30PM - 3:30PM
    • SYE Office in the Blazer Upper level RLC

On behalf of the UAB VMASC, your students’ academic success center, I wish to thank you for the support that you provide to your students.  The goal of the VMASC team is to provide academic support services to undergraduate students in a welcoming learning environment.  Located in the Education Building, the VMASC offers tutoring, supplemental instruction (SI), exploratory advising, and academic success advising to all students.  Tutoring sessions are facilitated by near peer tutors, students who have successfully completed the course that they are tutoring, have received recommendations from UAB faculty, and earn CRLA certification for tutoring.   In other words, we invest time and resources into the tutors to ensure that they are prepared to provide your students with meaningful and productive tutoring and SI experiences.  You are most likely the first people that will know if your student is struggling with a class, unsure about their choice of major, or experiencing stress associated with their transition to the college environment.  Please know that our team is here for your students, encourage them to reach out to the VMASC as a place to receive support and encouragement related to their academic support.  For more information regarding the VMASC, our team members, and the services we provide, please visit us online at UAB.edu/success.

Once again – welcome to the UAB family!

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