Resources for Students
Here are some references highlighted in a recent InstaRAM Live.
Here's an opportunity for students and administration to link up via social media to discuss concerns, questions, and feedback students may have moving forward.
Tune in and listen to the beats of DJ Trellz, starting on Monday, April 13, 2020 at 6pm via Instagram LIVE (@wssu_clmc) as we answer some of your questions and chat with administration about new, important, and exciting topics regarding your success at WSSU.
Got burning questions that you want addressed on InstaRam Live? Submit them now.
Q: What will nursing majors do in substitute for clinicals due to this global pandemic?
A: Students will engage in virtual simulation clinical/practicum experiences that are very much like real-life situations. Additionally, case studies will be used to enhance critical analysis of simulated experiences.
Q: What about nursing students who don't have pass/fail opt-in option?
A: Because of accreditation standards certain options may not apply to professional programs such as nursing. In order to practice students must take a national licensure exam that validates minimum critical knowledge. To ascertain students have the minimal knowledge to be successful on the national certification exam, a minimal grade of C must be achieved in our program.
Q: Has there been a decided date for the commencement ceremony?
A: A rescheduled date has not yet been determined. Once we receive guidance on safe gatherings, we will determine a date.
Q: Are there any updates on the commencement ceremony?
A: Please visit the commencement website for updates about the ceremony.
Q: When is the deadline to turn in the picture & video for the virtual graduation?
A: The deadline date will be Monday, April 20, 2020
Q: Are cap and gown pictures required when submitting graduation slide?
A: While caps and gowns are suggested attire, they are not required. You can wear your favorite WSSU wear or something that reflects your personality. All photos will be reviewed for appropriateness.
As we make this shift to a more virtual and online mode of instruction, WSSU University College and Lifelong Learning (UCaLL) located in the Hill Hall Student Success Center, has also gone virtual. All of our academic services are now being made available to you via our new Canvas shell. These services include but are not limited to:
- access to advisors
- supplemental instruction
- Writing Center support
- virtual workshops
- and so much more.
In an effort to practice social distancing as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Winston-Salem State University Counseling Services are being modified to be provided virtually.
All phone calls to the Counseling Center will be forwarded to (336) 414-8289, which will be answered Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If needed, calls will receive follow-up responses from Dr. Tilford, Mrs. Glover, Mr. Pittman or Ms. Page. Students are invited to connect with a counselor by email at email@example.com. This email will be staffed and monitored by a WSSU counselor Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Responses will be provided immediately.
Additional Resources for Students
If you have Internet access, log into Canvas to access your courses.
Communicate immediately with your academic advisor, course instructors, and Dean of Students, Jamar Banks, firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-750-3200 if you do not have access to a laptop or desktop computer or if you do not have Internet access.
If you have difficulty entering the class in Canvas or if you realize that there is no information uploaded for your course, contact your course instructor or academic advisor immediately.
The Spring 2020 Courses and Associated Departments list contains contact information for the department chair, associate dean, and dean associated with each course offered during the spring 2020 term.
If you have challenges with your course, you should first contact your course instructor. After contacting this faculty member and you need further assistance, then contact the appropriate department chair. If you do not receive assistance, then contact the associate dean unless one is not listed. In that case, you should contact the dean. Please follow this workflow to address your concerns.
After Governor Roy Cooper’s latest Executive Orders and additional guidance provided by the UNC System, it is in the best interest of our students to recall all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students engaged in internships, practicum, student teaching, and other “field-based experiences.” Note that a recall from these experiences does not equate to an automatic awarding of an “Incomplete” grade nor does it mean that a student should automatically withdraw from a course. Students should work directly with faculty to determine how to move forward.
If you "opted in" to receive electronic textbooks via an access code at the beginning of the semester, the change in teaching format does not impact your access to these texts. If you did not opt in, Barnes and Noble announced that it has entered a partnership with VitalSource to provide free access to eTextbooks for students for the remainder of the Spring 2020 term.
Tutoring support will be available through Upswing Online Tutorial, which is free for all of our students—undergraduate, graduate, and professional students—and accessible 24/7. To learn more about Upswing, you may watch this how-to-video, or you contact Ms. Cynthia Joel at email@example.com or (336) 750-2632.
The University College and Lifelong Learning (UCaLL) will also provide virtual tutoring and virtual writing support offered by WSSU professional tutors. Students may schedule appointments for these support sessions via EAB Navigate. For those face-to-face courses that embed Supplemental Instructors (SI), we will continue to employ this resource in our online courses so you will have virtual access to assist with your performance. You will have the option to schedule individual or collaborative sessions with the SIs.
Faculty will continue to honor any documented exceptionality filed with the Department of Disability Service. A change in instructional delivery method does not eliminate your accommodation or modification. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Mrs. Myra Waddell in the Department of Disability Services, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 336-750-8658.
Academic advising for fall and summer terms will begin on Monday, March 23 and course registration for graduate/senior/honors/athletes will begin on Thursday, April 2. Course registration for continuing students will end on Thursday, April 23. Visit the Spring 2020 Academic Calendar Extended Spring Break to see all revised dates for other critical items, such as the last day for undergraduates to withdraw from classes or the university for a "W" grade.
Remember you should use EAB Navigate to monitor appointment invitations with advisors. Some of your advisors may ask you to use videoconferencing tools like Zoom, Big Blue Button, or WebEx to talk in real time. Your advisors may also ask you to use teleconferencing tools like FreeConferenceCall, JoinMe, UberCall, or Google Voice
If you are a student employed on campus (i.e., federal work study, student employee hired by a department or unit), then you should communicate with your supervisor about your work situation. It is our desire to ensure you remain employed, but you must discuss what your work requirements will entail since the UNC System has mandated that we vacate the residence halls unless you have received an approval via an exceptions process.
Career Development Services has gone virtual
In response to COVID-19, Career Development Services will be open virtually during our normal business hours of Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. All appointments will be hosted by phone or Zoom. The health and safety of our campus community is our highest priority. To practice social distancing as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Winston-Salem State University Career Development Services are being modified to a virtual center that will be accessible as follows:
VIRTUAL CAREER PLANNING APPOINTMENTS
Career Planning Appointments allow you to discuss your career questions with one of our career coaches through a Zoom/Skype appointment. Virtual appointment types may include resume/cover letter critique, interviewing tips and job search strategies, etc.
Career Development Services Coaches:
FOCUS 2 is a self-paced, online career and education planning system. It will enable students to make better decisions about their career goals and plans and learn how to self-manage their careers. FOCUS 2 will guide you through the career planning process and save all of your results.
- Career and Educational Goals
- Academic Strengths
- Work Experiences and Accomplishments
- Career Planning Status
- Personal Development Needs
Work Interest Assessment
- Personality Assessment
- Skills Assessment
- Values Assessment
- Leisure Interests Assessment
Research Any Career – Explore the Possibilities
- Search by Occupation
- Search by Industry
- What Can You Do with a Major in…
- Explore Occupations Associated with Any Major Area of Study
- Compare Two Occupations Side-by-Side
A free video resource that requires no login and can easily be accessed on the CDS website. Most videos are 30 seconds, but some may be as long as three minutes in length. Transcripts are also available in PDF format and can be downloaded from the main menu where all categories and videos are listed.
Career Topic Categories
- Starting Your Job Search
- Resumes and Cover Letters
- Interview – Before
- Interview – Dress
- Interview – During
- Interview – After
- Salary & Negotiation
- Social Media & Job Search
A fantastic resource that offers many features beyond assistance with a resume, including:
- Create Resumes and Cover Letters – view samples, use a variety of templates, customize, save in system or export without the complications of formatting challenges
- Create Video Resumes – Record a 30-60 second video introduction of yourself
- Track Your Skills – Track skills learned in classes, jobs, internships, and extracurricular activities
- Build Your Portfolio – Upload documents, videos, and projects to share with potential employers
- Practice Interviewing – Build your own interview, be coached, and record your practice
- Create a Career Website – Share your site with employers
JOB & INTERNSHIP SEARCH
Access, view, and apply for part-time, full-time, internship, and on-campus employment 24/7 with WSSU CAREER Link. Employers will be hosting virtual meetups, workshops, and interviews.
This resource allows students to search for job and internship opportunities, as well as career and professional development events such as information sessions, workshops, and webinars.
VIRTUAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT SERVICES WORKSHOPS
The WSSU Office of Career Development Services has the following branded workshops available in PowerPoint format:
- About Career Development Services
- Create a Career Action Plan
- How to Create a Resume
- How to Create a Cover Letter
- Interviewing: Your Guide to Getting Hired
- Networking 101
- Professional Dress for Career Success
- The Art of the Elevator Pitch
- Job Search Strategy: Getting The Job You Really Want
- The Skills Employers Want
Please send an email to email@example.com or a member of the career development services team if you have questions regarding any of the resources.
Career Development Services Staff Directory: