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 Study Skills Workshops Planned for High School, SRU Students as Part of Black History Month 

 

SPOTLIGHT

1/17/2003

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

STUDY SKILLS WORKSHOPS PLANNED FOR AREA HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTSAS PART OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY

           SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Helping both high school and college students improve their study skills will be part of Black History Month at Slippery Rock University as a series of workshops, along with the chance to talk with a local author and the traditional “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Speech Competition,” are planned.

          An “Opportunity Knocks”weekend visit for high school students from Pittsburgh’s Schenley, Taylor Allderdice and Westinghouse high schools, along with students from Wilkinsburg, Erie, Farrell and Sharon schools is set for Feb. 21-22. The students will attend workshops dealing with personal growth and development and improving their study skills as part of the program. The students will stay in campus residence halls and be teamed with an SRU upperclassman mentor to learn about college classes. Admission and financial aid sessions are also set.

          Black History Month opens on campus Feb. 1 with “Successful Start…Successful Finish,” an academic improvement workshop for college students led byDr. Sam Heastie, special assistant to the president and assistant professor of psychology at Grove City College. Heastie will teach the use of mnemonics and other memory aids to enhance classroom learning in sessions set for the University Union. He will also offer tips students can use to apply their learning to other course concepts as a way of improving test scores. The program is sponsored by SRU’s Office of Minority Student Affairs and Cultural Diversity.

           Other events:

         Swope Music Hall will host the 6 p.m. Feb. 6 “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Speech Competition” held annually at SRU. The competition allows students to deliver three- to five-minute addresses detailing work related to Dr. King or any other inspirational leader of African descent selected by the student. The top award is a $150 scholarship, with second- and third-place winners receiving bookstore scholarships.

         Robin Moore Joyce, of nearby Harrisville, will visit the Russell Wright Alumni House at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 for a discussion of her book “My Sheep Will Know My Voice.”

           The projects are being coordinated by DaNine Fleming, director of the Office of Minority Student Affairs and Cultural Diversity.

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