Learning Commons Professional Staff

 

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Lauren Clark
Director

Education
Duquesne University, Bachelor of Arts, English and Political Science
Ohio State University, Master of Arts, English Literature

Lauren oversees the coordination of programs across the Learning Commons, including the development of new and population specific programming.

One piece of advice for students: Distribute your studying across different environments. Move to different places and mix in different review strategies. This will keep you from getting bored in addition to helping you see the material multiple times and from multiple perspectives.

Michela

Michela Buccini
Assistant Director

Education

Master of Education, College Student Personnel- University of Dayton
Bachelor of Arts, Public Relations with a Minor in Sociology- University of Dayton

Michela oversees the Academic Coaching program

One Piece of advice for students: College is your time to find out what you are passionate about- what you want to learn and how you want to be involved. Take a risk and go outside your comfort zone to learn something new. Who knows- it could be what you end up loving.

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Megan Bucks
Associate Director

Education
Doctor of Philosophy, Organic Chemistry- Purdue University
Bachelor of Science, Chemistry- Grove City College

Megan oversees the MASS Center, Supplementary Review Sessions program, Supplemental Instruction program, Learning Assistant program, and Academic Writing Center.  She focuses on working with faculty who integrate academic supports into their teaching initiatives and, in particular, with the Great Gateways courses.

One piece of advice to students:  Invest in developing your oral and written communications skills because they will be essential for success in any profession that you choose.  Take classes, seek writing support, and identify opportunities to speak and write frequently to increase your comfort level.  Others will realize the impact of your professional accomplishments only if you speak and write about your work effectively.

Brittany

Brittany Miller
Educational Advisor for Learning Communities

Education

University of Cincinnati, Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience and Biological Sciences – Biomedical Studies

Brittany is responsible for providing leadership for designated areas of the Learning Community Peer Leader Program, as well as other select initiatives within the Learning Commons.  Specifically, she oversees the Peer Leader interview and selection process, the Peer Leader observation process, and is directly responsible for the Learning Commons alumni group and Peer Educator recognition efforts.

One piece of advice to students: Never be afraid to ask for help!  UC and the Learning Commons offer a lot of incredible resources.  Take advantage of them early… don’t wait!

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Joseph Cunningham
Educational Advisor for the Academic Writing Center

Education
Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Studies- University of Cincinnati
Master of Education, Secondary Education- University of Cincinnati
Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education- University of Cincinnati

Joseph coordinates the Academic Writing Center, the Learning Commons’ writing tutoring program. He trains and supervisors the AWC staff while generating writing support programming for UC.

One piece of advice for students: Outline your essays before composing. It will pay dividends in the long run by giving you a structure to follow while writing.

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Rebecca Elliott
Educational Advisor for Peer Tutoring

Education
Master of Education, Higher Education- University of Dayton
Bachelor of Arts, German Studies- University of Cincinnati

Rebecca coordinates the one-on-one peer tutoring for both the general student body and student-athletes.

One piece of advice for students: There is no substitute for time on task. Everyone takes a different amount of time to learn something well so make sure to budget the time you need to really master the content.

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Hannah Williamson
Educational Advisor for First-Year Initiatives

Education

Master of Education, Higher Education - University of Dayton
Bachelor of Science, Middle Childhood Education - University of Dayton

Hannah oversees the programs within the Learning Commons that focus directly on the first year students. With a background as a K-12 teacher and other universities, she designs and supports first year experience programs for different schools and colleges on UC’s campus.

One piece of advice to students: Explore campus and get to know what FREE resources are available to you! UC offers many different resources to help navigate the hard parts of college (like financial aid, studying, time management, roommate issues, finding support networks, mental health, etc.). You can’t use what you don’t know…so find out and learn about what you can use to have an even more successful college experience.  

Sami

Samantha Marita
Educational Advisor for Math and Science Support Center

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Studies- University of Cincinnati
Master of Arts, Educational Studies- University of Cincinnati
Bachelor of Science, Special Education- University of Cincinnati

Samantha oversees the student staff for the Supplemental Review Sessions program and the MASS Center, which provide support for students in Calculus and many other math and science courses.

One piece of advice for students: Seek out new and challenging experiences. You will not only build up your resume, but may find yourself enjoying something you had not considered.

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Wanda French
Program Manger

Education

University of Phoenix, Bachelors of Science – Business

Wanda manages the annual creation and enrollment of learning communities.   Providing viable learning communities that support student achievement of specified learning goals/outcomes.

Adrienne

Adrienne Mullanax
Position: Program Manager

Education:  Bachelor of Arts, Psychology with a Minor in Sociology – University of California, Davis

Adrienne supports the office by coordinating recruiting, hiring, selection, onboarding, and weekly timekeeping for student staff members. 

One piece of advice to students:  Introduce yourself to and get to know your professors!  These people will be your references and advocates later in life; you will want them to remember your name when the semester is over.