What's New in Student Support Services
Volume 1, Issue 5, April 2017


It’s April! Only three weeks of class left! Then final exams. For graduating seniors, it’s their last hurrah at Ave Maria. With commencement, their alma mater sends them forth into the world to be leaven in society, raising the ordinary to the extraordinary in light of the gospel message of hope and eternal life. In the meantime, the entire Ave Maria community looks forward to celebrating Easter – and Easter break. Then comes the final round of classes, papers, tests and exams to finish spring semester.  For Ave students, summer means travel, family reunions, employment, internships, vacations, and, for some, additional study. All the while, your Student Support staff remain available through the spring semester and through the summer months. Keep us in mind. We’re here for you!

Student Support Team
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April  7          Registration using Student Self Service ends
April 13-17    Easter Break – No classes
April 17         Classes resume at 5:30 PM on Easter Monday
April 26         Last Day of Classes
April 27         Examination Reading Day – No classes
April 28         First Day of Examinations
May  4           Last Day of Examinations
May  4          Grade Reports Due; Baccalaureate Mass
May  5          All non-graduating students must check out before noon.
May  6          Commencement
May  7          Graduating Students must check out by noon.
                  Summer Session I (on campus & online)
May 8          First Day of Classes
May 11        Last Day to Add Courses
May 12        Last Day to Drop Courses
May 26        Provisional Grades Due
May 29        Memorial Day – School Closed
June  5        Last Day to withdraw from classes with a “W”
June 15       Last Day of classes
June 16-17  Final Examinations
June 19       Grade Reports Due
Summer Session II (online only)
June 19        First Day of Classes
June 22        Last Day to Add Courses
June 23        Last Day to Drop Courses
July  4           Independence Day – School Closed
July  7           Provisional Grades Due
July 17          Last Day to Withdraw from Courses with a “W”
July 27          Last Day of Classes
July 28-29    Final Examinations
July 31          Grade Reports Due

SUMMER COURSES:  How Many Credits Can I Earn?

With two AMU summer sessions, students generally are restricted to earning eight credits per session.  This is because AMU courses are no less demanding in the summer.  However, permission for an overload may be obtained from the Vice President for Academic Affairs, but this is not recommended.
There are no restrictions on the number of credits that AMU students can take elsewhere in the summer, but taking twelve or more credits is not recommended.  Credits earned elsewhere may transfer into AMU as long as: (1) courses are approved by AMU beforehand by properly completing a Transient Student Form, and (2) the final grade is C- or better.  Questions?  Confer with AMU’s Registrar.  Transient Student Forms are available on our website:


Helpful information is found in each Student Support Newsletter.  Previous issues are archived for your convenience.  Know what is happening and what is available to support your academic success.  You can access this academic year’s prior issues by clicking on this link:  Find information on topics such as Preparing for Exams in Issue #3; How to use Writing Tutors in Issue #2; and Overcoming Procrastination in Issue #4.


For a helpful article entitled Managing Test Anxiety: Ideas for Students, you can visit:

Take Your Choice!

There are two ways to go through college.  One is to ride the horse.  The other is to be dragged by it.
In college, riding the horse means managing time and course work so as to stay on top of things. It means working to keep pace with the speed and direction of courses.  It requires a certain discipline, organization and, at times, sacrifice.  It isn’t easy.  But, with this way of travelling through college, there is learning, achievement, and personal satisfaction.  The ride is worth it!  And the view is much better.  Going through college in this manner is definitely a positive experience, rewarding, and generally enjoyable.  One essential requirement though is practicing the skill of time management. 
Being dragged by the horse through college means getting behind in studies and assignments – and staying there.  It means never catching up, not getting on top of things, always being behind, pulled along by outside forces.  It’s an awful way to go.  It’s a drag.  Travelling in this manner can be a consequence of not seeing and not accepting responsibility for oneself.  With this, there is no sense of ownership, no sense of responsibility for one’s life project.    Without a vision of some kind, there is a lack of internal motivation.
Without adequate internal motivation, external motivators control: parents, professors, coaches, university advisors, university standards.  Life is lived to satisfy or please others.  This does not generate much motivation.  Efforts at studies tend to be minimalistic.  Then there is worry about doing enough to get by.  Motivation consists of fear of failure and the consequences of failure: academic probation, academic dismissal, athletic ineligibility, loss of scholarship, etc.  This is not a reasonable way to go through college.
Riding the horse is definitely the better way to go through college.  
Riding takes skill.  Time Management is a way to acquire that skill. Help is available.  See your Student Support Advisor. 

CAREER SERVICES:  Finding Your Vocation

In our last Newsletter, we looked at life skills and avoiding procrastination by taking action. One area where you can take action is Career Preparation.
Career preparation is important for several reasons. First, work is at the very essence of human existence; we help others, we find purpose, and we gain sanctification through work. Second, the knowledge and skills gained in class allow you to find meaningful work. A liberal arts education gives you broad-based training in skills such as critical thinking, writing, speaking, research, and planning – top skills sought by employers. Lastly, your career is your vocation— the pursuit of your calling throughout your lifetime.
Career Services Director Zachary Crockett recommends that students visit his office no later than the beginning of sophomore year. While many students think they can wait until senior year, that is far too late to begin preparation, says Mr. Crockett.  AMU has a 3-year Career Prep Model, which breaks down a career search into manageable components that students can focus on from sophomore to senior year (resumes, interview skills, and job hunting).
Students ask, “What if I don’t know what to talk about, or what if I don’t have a career choice yet?” All the more reason to stop by! Our career coach can help you identify your talents and interests, as well as areas where you will find fulfilling work.
The bottom line: with the right tools and training, you will be prepared and actually excited to begin your career search.
Be sure to visit our amazing Career Services website which is packed with info and resources to help you on your path. You can also gain inspiration by reading student spotlights that come out every Friday on the Career Blog.  Why not get started now?


There is no inventory of books for purchase at the Ave Maria campus store. All course materials must be pre-ordered online through Follet or another online bookstore of your choice.
Please follow this link for detailed instructions on how to find required course materials and/or order your books!
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