What's New in Student Support Services
Volume 1, Issue 3, December 2016


New Director of Tutoring

Lucas Fullenkamp recently joined AMU as the Director of Tutoring. Originally from Botkins, Ohio, Lucas was drawn to the university because of his passion for Catholic higher education and desire to help students. Lucas believes that students need holistic support, inside and outside the classroom, and that the best way to help students is by connecting them with the resources to ultimately learn to help themselves. He completed a Master’s in English at Bowling Green State University and Bachelor’s in English at Bluffton University. Lucas came to be interested in working in higher education by being heavily involved in campus organizations and activities as an undergraduate student, including serving as a resident advisor, being a member of the campus event planning committee, playing tennis, and singing in multiple choirs.


December 8  Immaculate Conception, Last Day of classes
December 9  Examination Reading Day, No classes
December 12  Final Examinations begin
December 16  Last Day of Final Examinations
December 17  Semester Grade Reports Due
December 17  All students must check-out before Noon
January 7  Students may check-in after 12 PM, Noon
January 9  First Day of classes in 2017
January 16  Last Day to add courses
January 18  Last Day to drop courses
January 20  March For Life, Classes in session

Exam PrepIt’s Never Too Late For Effort!

As this Newsletter is being sent to AMU students, final exams are beginning. Final efforts to learn and perform well on exams are important and can make a considerable difference on final grades. Below are recommendations for success and sanity as you move through the exam period.
  • Be determined to do all that you can do with the time you have.
  • Make a schedule that budgets your time strategically.
  • Put your schedule in writing
  • Plan to sleep as well as study.
  • Plan to eat as well as study; eat nutritious food.
  • Take study breaks; perhaps ten minutes for every fifty minutes of study.
  • Study in a place that eliminates or minimizes distractions.
  • Turn off your phone; stow it in a drawer.
  • Review lecture notes, quizzes and tests (which usually highlight more important material).
  • Maintain good hygiene; exercise and hot showers can relax and refresh.
  • Check the Daily Bulletin for the availability of tutors during the examination period.
  • Be reasonable.  Stay focused and calm.  (A final exam is only part of your final grade.)
Use chapel as a place to rest, maintain perspective, and give thanks.

Order Over Christmas Break! 

Textbooks for spring courses are available now. Be prepared the first day of class. Avoid the inconvenience and hassle of being without required texts. Click here for instructions as to how to order your textbooks now.


SpotlightMrs. Carol Bart, “Vamos a aprender  Espanol!”

Mrs. Carol Bart is in her fourth year as a Spanish tutor at AMU. Mrs. Bart is originally from Pennsylvania. Before moving to Florida seven years ago, she and her husband, Doug, lived in Maine for ten years.  Mrs. Bart taught in Catholic high schools in Pennsylvania and in a public high school in Maine. Although her teaching experience is primarily at the secondary level, her experience includes teaching Spanish in grades K-8, adult education, small group instruction and private tutoring. Presently she offers Spanish classes to adults in her Del Webb community in Ave Maria.
Mrs. Bart delights in assisting students of Professor Dayami Abella with their language needs. Students come to Mrs. Bart with questions about grammar, sentence structure, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Mrs. Bart incorporates study skills into her instruction. She enjoys getting to know the students as individuals and guiding them as they become more confident language learners.
Students can find Mrs. Bart in the HUB on Monday afternoons from 1:30-4:30 and on Tuesday mornings from 8:30-11:30. She welcomes all Spanish students “con una sonrisa”.   In addition to Mrs. Bart, nine AMU students, proficient in Spanish, tutor AMU students in the Hub thirty-seven hours a week.  Schedules are available in the Hub.  No appointment is needed for Mrs. Bart or the other tutors.


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. Click here to view the full archive.
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