Campus Winner
Month: September 2012


Educational Program of the Month
What to Expect

School: The University of Texas at Dallas Region: SWACURH
Person in charge: Mary Jane Partain Nominator: Amber Mahler

Target Population: 192 Time Needed to Organize: 2 weeks
Number of People in Attendance: 80 Date(s) of Program: 9/25/2012
Number of People Needed to Organize: 3 Cost of Program: 500.00
On-Campus Population: 3100 Chapter Size: 31

Origin of Program:

This was the first year of this program. It was designed to help pre- health students navigate the resources on campus to help them prepare and apply for medical school, graduate school, or research opportunities.

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Please give a short description of the program:

“What to Expect” program was a Living Learning Community’s education program co-facilitated with Residential Life. This program showcased relevant campus resources to help pre-health students in their four years at UT Dallas and beyond as they applied for graduate school, medical school, or research opportunities. Participating departments included: Health Professions Advising Center (resources and procedures for applying to medical and graduate programs), Health Care Studies (new undergraduate degree program introduced Fall 2012), Career Center (shadowing opportunities, mock interviews, resume assistance), Student Success Center (available tutoring resources) , Learn to Be (volunteering opportunities), Behavioral and Brain Science Advising (general coursework advisement), Natural Science and Mathematics Advising (general coursework advisement). There were 80 students who attended the event. The program had a positive impact on both the students and faculty in attendance. Students were able to meet with multiple departments in a singular location. Faculty were able to network, share resources, and plan for future joint initiatives.

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Goals of the program:

The goal of this program was to give pre-health students within the Pre- Health LLC the opportunity to meet with different campus departments that would be responsible for helping them be successful students. These departments also have a heavy hand in helping to prepare these students for professional or graduate schools after they leave UT Dallas.

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Positive and lasting effects of the program:

The positive and lasting effects of this program are that the pre- health students were exposed to campus departments that will be able to assist them during their time here at UT Dallas and will help prepare them for what life may hold beyond their four years here. They were able to be introduced to all of the facets of university life that will play critical roles in their preparation as pre-health students. The faculty/campus departments were also positively impacted by this program. They were able to meet other departments that have roles in pre-health students' lives. Many of these professionals have not worked together within the same room before and they were forming lasting relationships that will only better serve our students.

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Short evaluation of the program:

This program was very well received. The students were very grateful for having the opportunity to get acquainted with UT Dallas professional that will help make them successful and prepared for life after UT Dallas. We would have liked to have seen more of our students there; however, we were astounded with the number of students who showed up.

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How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

The program can be very easily adapted to other campuses by gathering together different departments that have a hand in helping pre-health students. School advising offices, pre-health advising, volunteer offices, campus life offices, etc. can all be utilized to create a similar program.

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Date of entry into database: 2012-10-03 14:45:48