Wednesday, July 9, 2014

SOAR takes off




 
On Monday, July 7 Reynolds staff and student ambassadors opened the first SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising and Registration) session of the summer. At 10:15 a.m., Reynolds staff set up the check-in tables complete with hundreds of SOAR bags, assembled in advance by the student ambassadors. Soon students brimming with energy began filling the lobby of the Massey LTC building on the Parham Road Campus bright and early; as SOAR didn’t officially start until 10:45 a.m.

As soon as the clock struck 10:45 a.m. the students were divided into two lines that extended to the front doors. As each student came up to the check-in desk they were required to confirm their name and program and were assigned a room for their SOAR presentation. But, before they went to their assigned room, staff brought them to the computer room adjacent to the library to ensure they could utilize their computer log-in and passwords. Once confirmed, they were redirected to their assigned room.

Each group was presented with a description of all the academic programs and financial services the college provides.  Following the presentation, student ambassadors assisted each student to ensure they could effectively and efficiently use the Student Information System, or SIS for short; including demonstrating how to create a time-efficient class schedule. Many students had issues concerning dates and times for their classes, as most students do. Other students had trouble with financial and advising issues, which assigned advisors attended to. All in all, it was a very productive day. SOAR ensures every student gains the ability to accurately use their SIS and is able to add their classes without a hindrance. 

SOAR continues until August 8 with sessions at the Downtown Campus, Parham Road Campus, and Goochland Campus.  To register for an upcoming SOAR session visit http://www.reynolds.edu/student_services/advising/orientation.aspx


Reynolds student Dylan Chaplin - Dylan is serving as a PR Assistant this summer as well as a Student Ambassador in the fall. He also served as the Vice-President of The H.E.A.R.T Service, which is a community service and civic engagement club designed to create connections between Reynolds and its surrounding communities. During his first two semesters at Reynolds he successfully completed the college's Leadership Program, JSR LEAD.  In his spare time he likes to blog.
 
 


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Reynolds to JMU? Yes, she can help with that



 
Regina Adams, JMU Transfer Advisor

James Madison University serves as one of the best and most diverse universities in Virginia. For students that have considered or planned on attending JMU, they might have heard of Ms. Regina Adams. Ms. Adams serves as the JMU transfer advisor for all students at Reynolds Community College, John Tyler Community College, and Germanna Community College. Originally she was a transfer advisor just for Reynolds, until last summer JMU announced they would have advisors in Northern Virginia and all Richmond area community colleges. Since then she has been enthusiastically assisting community college students throughout the Richmond area plan and execute their transfer to JMU. 

She advises all students whom aim for JMU to start planning, researching, and advising with her in their first semester, because JMU requires certain courses. Besides the course requirements, JMU requires all students to maintain a solid 3.0 GPA or higher for admittance. Most students whom receive advising are mostly concerned about paying for their time at JMU, but she tells them to rest easy because there are plenty of scholarship and other financial aid opportunities available for them. As long as students have planned their transfer step-by-step, completed the courses required, and maintained a 3.0 GPA the transfer process to JMU will be a smooth process.

Ms. Adams says that all students whom have successfully transferred to JMU have had an extremely positive experience during their time there, including her own son who is now an alumni. JMU offers an engaging community, staff, and faculty who care about all their students and wish for them to succeed. All programs at JMU provide hands-on experience to give their students an edge in the job market. The university has also won several awards for the community service initiatives provided to their students. 

All in all, Ms. Adams will not only make the transfer process smoother for you, but she will present outstandingly comprehensive guides to assist in career and program decisions. If you are a student looking to transfer to JMU, make an appointment with Regina Adams today! She can be reached at adamsrx@jmu.edu.


 Reynolds student Dylan Chaplin - Dylan is serving as a PR Assistant this summer as well as a Student Ambassador in the fall. He also served as the Vice-President of The H.E.A.R.T Service, which is a community service and civic engagement club designed to create connections between Reynolds and its surrounding communities. During his first two semesters at Reynolds he successfully completed the college's Leadership Program, JSR LEAD.  In his spare time he likes to blog.