Pointing Upward December 2015 Newsletter University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Upward Bound Program www.uwsp.edu/upbound Upward Bound Students Attend Fall Workshop on UWSP Campus Inside this issue: Judy Says … (continued 2 from page 1) New Upward Bound 2 Staff Left to Right: Pa Chee Thao, Gaoia Xiong, Changyeng Xiong and Chong Khang. Text Alerts 2 Featured Career: Audiologist 3 The Upward Bound Fall Workshop, held Oct. 24-25 at UWSP, focused on college and career preparation. After a busy day of workshop sessions, students enjoyed a roller skating and pizza party in Wisconsin Rapids. A special thanks to our guest presenters and dedicated volunteers for making this event a big success. (More Fall Workshop photos on Page 3). Fall Campus Visits 3 Judy Says ... Fall workshop Photos 3 Summer 2016: Save the Dates 4 Seasons Greetings! Despite the lack of snow There is nothing more flurry action outside, there has been a flurry of delightful than summer activity at Upward Bound. session planning to shovel away the wintery This past month, the Upward Bound staff has frightful. been snowed under with submitting its annual performance report, conducting recruitment Since it ‘tis the season of presentations, and meeting with parents, trav- giving, my gift to you are some tips to ease test eling to target schools and completing tasks in anxiety. I know these tips are not the most preparation for the 2016 summer session. exciting gift you could find stuffed into a stock(Continued on page 2) PAGE 2 Judy Says … Continued ing or wrapped under a tree. However, after this jolly time of year speeds by and you have run through all of your eggnog and ways to overcome holiday break boredom, semester final exam season will descend like an avalanche. Some anxiety related to taking final exams is natural. However, here are some ways to minimize this stress and anxiety: Be prepared! Learn course material thoroughly by keeping organized notes and reviewing them well in advance of the exam date. Avoid thinking that you will only get through finals by just cramming. Approach exams with confidence. Use whatever strategies you can to personalize success: visualization, positive self-talk, journaling etc. Strive for a relaxed state of concentration. Avoid speaking with any fellow students who have not prepared, who express negativity or who will distract your preparation. Regular exercise and good nutrition (fruits and veggies!) are said to sharpen the mind and reduce stress. Avoid going into an exam on an empty stomach! Choose a comfortable study location with Get a good night’s sleep the night before good lighting and minimal distractions. the exam. During the test, read directions carefully, budget your test taking time and use relaxation techniques. Take slow, deep breaths, pause, think about the next step and keep on task. If you go blank, skip the question and go on. Use positive reinforcement with yourself. Acknowledge that you have done, are doing, your best. Judy Young is the Coordinator/Academic Advisor at Upward Bound. When she’s not at UB, you may find Judy relaxing in her new hot tub with a Netflix remote in one hand and a bowl of M&Ms in the other. Meet Your New Upward Bound Staff Cindy Jordan, Operations Program Associate Recently retired after teaching high school math in Westfield for 31 years, Cindy apparently couldn’t get enough of working with teenagers, so she joined Upward Bound in October as the part-time Operations Program Associate. She knows both UWSP and Upward Bound well: she obtained both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at our fine institution, and her husband, John, is a longtime computer teacher with the Upward Bound summer program. The couple has a son, Reid, who is a math teacher in Sturgeon Bay. Since retiring from full-time teaching and taking on her new part-time position at UB, Cindy has found more time for her passions: playing church handbells, quilting, swimming at the Y … and taking afternoon naps. Heather Morgan, Business/Marketing Specialist Heather, who has a journalism background and previously helped coordinate programs for Portage County foster teens and young adults who recently aged out of foster care, joined Upward Bound in September. In her spare time, she spends as much time as possible going for walks and gardening so that she can avoid laundry and house cleaning. Heather and her husband Dave, who works at the Stevens Point Area YMCA, have three children, ages 13, 18 and 20. Her real baby is the family’s goldendoodle puppy, who her 20-year-old son named Gigi (coincidentally, there is a famous fashion model named Gigi Hadid). Do You “Like” to Know What’s Going on at Upward Bound? Facebook.com/ UWSPUpwardBound Text Alerts: Coming Soon Upward Bound will soon be launching a mass texting app that will enable staff to communicate with students and parents about scheduling and other updates. To sign up, contact Heather Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bus at 8 a.m. PAGE 3 Fall Campus Visits, Oct. 28-30 UW-Fox Valley * Ripon * UWSP Glossy admissions brochures are great, but if you really want to know what it would be like to attend a college, there is nothing better than visiting when school is in session. A group of Upward Bound juniors and seniors experienced that firsthand when they toured UW-Fox Valley, Ripon College and UWSP in October. Students also learned about admission standards, course offerings, financial aid admission policies, and unique things each school has to offer. Featured Career Audiologist Job Description: • Examine patients who have hearing, balance, or related ear problem. • Assess the results of the examination and diagnose problems • Determine and administer treatment • Administer relief procedures for various forms of vertigo • Fit and dispense hearing aids • Counsel patients and their families on ways to listen and communicate, such as by lip reading or through American Sign Language • See patients regularly to check on hearing and balance and to continue or change the treatment plan • Keep records on the progress of patients • Conduct research related to the causes and treatment of hearing and balance disorders Work Environment: Most audiologists work in healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, physicians' offices, and audiology clinics. Some work in schools or for school districts and travel between facilities. Audiologists work closely with registered nurses, audiology assistants, and other healthcare professionals. Education: Fall Workshop Fun: UWSP & Skate City Volunteers The doctoral degree in audiology (Au.D.) is a graduate program typically lasting 4 years. A bachelor’s degree in any field is needed to enter one of these programs. All states required licensure. Friends Job Outlook and Salary: Employment of audiologists is projected to grow 34 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 4,300 new jobs over the 10year period. Median annual wage is $69,720. Taken from the Occupational Outlook Handbook F U N Learning UPWARD BOUND PROGRAM prj95rt University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 204 Nelson Hall 1209 Fremont Street Stevens Point, WI 54481-3897 The Upward Bound staff is already hard at work planning a memorable summer for the more than 60 Upward Bound high school students who will spend six weeks living and learning on UWSP’s campus. In addition to academics in the classroom, purposeful field trips will enhance students’ cultural awareness and help them develop social and leadership skills. Mark your calendars now for these important summer dates: June 17-18: June 19: June 20: June 24-26: July 2-4: Summer Staff Orientation Students Arrive Classes Begin First Weekend Fieldtrip Holiday Break July 8-10: July 16: July 22: July 23: July 26: Camping Trip Fundraising Saturday Last Day of Classes Final Fieldtrip Departs Final Fieldtrip Returns Now Summ Hiring er 2 Staff 016 !