Student Success Workshop Series

The Student Success Workshop Series (SSWS) is designed to help students develop self, succeed academically and secure future careers.

If you’re unable to attend the workshop live, you can Watch Recordings one week from event date.

Each workshop can also be supplemented with online PrepStep tutorials, which are provided by the Ottenheimer Library. Please see below for instructions on how to access the PrepStep tutorials.

Fall 2021 SSWS Events

How Can I Take Care of Me? Attending To Mindfulness
Date/Time: Watch Recording
Description: College can be stressful no matter how prepared you are. Attending to mindfulness brings a new perspective and peace. Participants will learn mental health strategies to stay well!
Presenter: Dr. Mike Kirk, Director Counseling Services
PrepStep Tutorials:
  • Develop Healthy Habits
  • Setting Powerful Goals
How Can I Get More Money For College? Financing A College Education
Date/Time: Watch Recording
Description: Participants will learn of best strategies to write for scholarships to assist with funding college expenses.
Presenter: Dr. Barbara L’eplattenier , Professor of Rhetoric and Writing
PrepStep Tutorials:
  • Develop Healthy Habits
  • Setting Powerful Goals
Am I Organized? Getting Myself Together Using Free UA Little Rock Apps
Date/Time: Watch Recording
Description: Introduce participants to a broad array of free UA Little Rock applications so that participants can immediately begin usage to settle in for the semester.
Presenter: Dr. Thomas Bunton, Chief Information Officer, IT Services
PrepStep Tutorials:
  • Achieve Your Goals
  • Effective Multitasking
  • Get Organized
  • Manage Your Time
  • Strategies to Get Organized at Life and Work
  • Multitasking for Busy Adults
  • Time Management
Am I Technologically Lit? Learning Life/Study/Google Apps
Date/Time: Watch Recording
Description: Participants will take an in-depth look at Google Apps to learn how to best utilize these tools to organize self for collegiate life and study.
Presenter: Brian Keltch, Director of Enterprise Applications & Development, IT Services
PrepStep Tutorials:
  • Achieve Your Goals
  • Effective Multitasking
  • Get Organized
  • Manage Your Time
  • Strategies to Get Organized at Life and Work
  • Multitasking for Busy Adults
  • Time Management
Can I Get More Hours in the Day? Making Time Work for Me
Date/Time: Watch Recording
Description: Participants will be informed of life management strategies to make better use of time.
Presenter: Dominque Thomas, Student Success Coach, Student Affairs Diversity Initiatives and Laura Casey, Student Success Coach, Student Retention Initiatives
PrepStep Tutorials:
  • Time Management
  • Use your Time Wisely
  • Manage Your Time
  • Achieve Your Goals
  • Multitasking Strategies
Am I Fit? Finding My Physical Routine for the Semester
Date/Time: Watch Recording
Description: Participants will be introduced to strategies on how to get physically fit, to make healthy eating choices, to stay well, and to engage in upcoming fitness dates, opportunities, and challenges.
Presenter: Naomi Fletcher, Coordinator of Fitness, Campus Recreation
PrepStep Tutorials:
  • Develop Healthy Habits
  • Setting Powerful Goals
How Can I Stress Better? Understanding and Managing Stress
Date/Time: Watch Recording
Description: Participants will learn of biological changes and mental strategies to refocus mindset when stress is perceived. Participants will also identify, understand and learn of strategies to manage anxiety.
Presenter: Dr. Trakenya Dobbins, Director PErsonal AWareness (PEAW) and Gertrude Thompkins, Student Support Specialist, Student Retention Initiatives
PrepStep Tutorials:
  • Develop Healthy Habits
  • Setting Powerful Goals
Did I Make The Best Decision? Developing Critical Thinking and Decision-Making Skills
Date/Time: Wed Oct 6th | 3:00-4:00pm | SSC Auditorium
Description: Participants will learn basic critical thinking skills by way of effectively prioritizing, anticipating potential outcomes and managing emotions all to assist in the decision-making process.
Presenter: Derrick Newby, Associate Director for Alumni Membership and Engagement, Office of Alumni and Development
Why Should I Care? Understanding How Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Impact You
Date/Time: Wed Oct 13th | 3:00-4:00pm | SSC Auditorium
Description: This workshop informs the learner of fundamental diversity, equity and inclusion practices to implement daily while interacting with others.
Presenter: Lauren Wilson, Assistant Director Multicultural Center
How Do I Say This And Talk It Out? Having Difficult Conversations
Date/Time:  Wed Oct 20th | 3:00-4:00pm | SSC Auditorium
Description: Participants will focus on how to identify and handle difficult conversations with professors, family members and/or coworkers.
Presenter: Communication Skill Center (CSC)
PrepStep Tutorials:
  • Verbal Communication at Work
How Do I Resolve Instead of Avoid My Conflicts? Learning Basic Conflict Resolution Skills
Date/Time:  Wed Oct 27th | 3:00-4:00pm | SSC Auditorium
Description: Participants will be introduced to basic conflict management and resolution skills to better interact in social settings.
Presenter: Communication Skill Center (CSC)
How Do I Report My Money? Learning Tax Filing Basics
Date/Time: Wed Nov 3rd | 3:00-4:00pm | SSC Auditorium
Description: Participants will be introduced to annual tax basics and discover services available to properly file taxes.
Presenter: Joshua Kerr, Accounting Instructor and Cynthia Johnson, Accounting Instructor and/or Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Representatives.
PrepStep Tutorials:
  • Investing for Life
  • Investing For Today and Tomorrow
  • Introduction to Insurance, Benefits, and Taxes
  • Managing Debt
  • Manage Your Debt Wisely
  • Money Management Basics
  • Take Control of Your Credit
  • The Basics of Money Management
  • Understanding Insurance and Taxes
  • Why Credit Matters
How Do I Invest My Money? Learning Investing Basics
Date/Time: Wed Nov 10th | 3:00-4:00pm | SSC Auditorium
Description: Participants will discover how to begin investing funds while in college.
Presenter: Lakeshia Legette Jones, Mathematics and Statistics Associate Professor and Financial Advisor
PrepStep Tutorials:
  • Investing for Life
  • Investing For Today and Tomorrow
  • Introduction to Insurance, Benefits, and Taxes
How Do I Keep My Money? Managing Your Budget, Credit, and Purchases
Date/Time: Wed Nov 17th | 3:00-4:00pm | SSC Auditorium
Description: Participants will explore best personal banking strategies, establishing credit, understanding credit scores and credit bureaus and making smart decisions about personal purchases.
Presenter: Avestine Ward, PEAW (PErsonal AWareness) First Year Experience Instructor, Real Estate Broker and Certified Credit Counselor
PrepStep Tutorials:
  • Investing for Life
  • Investing For Today and Tomorrow
  • Introduction to Insurance, Benefits, and Taxes
  • Managing Debt
  • Manage Your Debt Wisely
  • Money Management Basics
  • Take Control of Your Credit
  • The Basics of Money Management
  • Understanding Insurance and Taxes
  • Why Credit Matters

How to access the PrepStep Online Tutorials

The PrepStep College Success Skills and Career Preparation Tutorials are an excellent supplemental resource to the SSWS events. These tutorials are provided by the Ottenheimer Library.

  1. Go to ualr.edu/library → Databases → Databases A-Z List → P → PrepStep
  2. Enter your NetID and Password
  3. Sign In/Register → Register → Register as New User
  4. Choose the appropriate “College Success Skills” or “Career Preparation” tutorial.