Scholars Academy & S.T.A.R. Spring 2020 Semester Wrap Up

Five weeks are remaining in the Spring 2020 semester. Early Arrival program participants continue to have a resilient transition to their recent change to remote learning. As we get accustomed to the new normal, MTSU Early Arrival programs staff would like to continue to support you throughout your first year in college. Check out all the resources and tips below to assist you in succeeding in the remainder of the semester.

Remote Learning: A Guide for Students

Early Arrivals Programs & UNIV 1010 Coordinator, Dr, Ryan Korstange, leading a S.T.A.R. reflection session.

Dr. Ryan Korstange created a wonderful guide for students to help them transition to remote learning. Below you will find great information that will help you get organized and prepared for this form of instruction.

Create a study schedule and adhere to the points above.
Organize by writing information down.
Use resources now, don't wait until you are in trouble to utilize your resources.
Ask questions until you understand.


Need time to ask questions, discuss concerns, or just socialize? Join us online Wednesdays at 6:00 pm CST at https://mtsu.zoom.us/s/243436330 for WIND DOWN WEDNESDAYS! We can't wait to see you there!

Remote Tutoring Services Available

Use the remote tutoring services to assist you in your classes. If you received a C or less at midterms, please make sure to attend tutoring at least 2 - 3 times a week. Check out the tutoring schedule here.

Library Online Services

The James Walker Library is also available online. The library offers virtual support for teaching, learning, and research Sunday 2:00-6:00, Monday – Friday 8:00-6:00, and Saturday 2:00-6:00. You can get help through our Ask Us! Service.

Below are all the ways the Walker Library can support students, faculty, and staff while classes are taught remotely. Just because the physical library building is closed does not mean the great service of the James E. Walker Library stops.

Check out the new link to all of the content publishers and vendors are offering for free during this time, including e-textbooks here.

The Walker Library has access to millions of full-text journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, plus over 800,000 e-books, hundreds of streaming videos, and millions of streaming audio files. All of these items are available to you no matter where you are. Directions on how to access library resources from off-campus are here.

Content provided from MTSU Public Service Announcements email sent March 25, 2020.

Writing Center Online Resources

Students may meet with a tutor for writing support in any class, discipline, and at any level, from first-year courses to graduate courses. All tutoring sessions in the Writing Center will be online until further notice.

Here is some information about our online sessions: Students can meet with a UWC tutor for a 25 or 45-minute online session where they communicate in real time with a writing consultant using audio-visual technology through WCONLINE, our online scheduler. If students do not have audio-visual capabilities, an online session can still be conducted using the chatbox feature.

Tips for students getting ready for an online session:

  • Start your session on time.
  • Use the whiteboard to import your document if you have one for the session. Changes made to the text are highlighted and seen immediately by both the writer and consultant. Feel free to use the toolbar and drawing tools during your session as well.
  • After your session, your document will be saved in this online meeting. You can always come back by viewing your appointment and clicking "Start or Join Online Consultation."
  • All students who meet with a writing tutor online will still receive their client report form afterwards that details the session.
  • Students who have writing partnerships will continue to meet with their assigned tutor online at their regularly scheduled time.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Log in to https://mtsu.mywconline.com to schedule an appointment.

Content provided from MTSU University Writing Center email sent March 12, 2020.

The food pantry and meal vouchers are still available to students. MT ONE STOP will have people in the office to bring out items. Students can come by Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm or call 615-898-2111 to get help.


Review the Student Success Center for tips and resources to help you succeed the remaining of the semester. Also remember Early Arrival staff members are here to assist you, email Travis.Strattion@mtsu.edu or Brelinda.Johnson@mtsu.edu for assistance.


Priority Registration for Summer & Fall 2020

Priority registration begins on April 6th. Most Scholars will register on April 15th and 16th. If Scholars or STAR students need assistance with registration feel free to stop by our Zoom office hours from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm to see Ms. Brelinda or Mr. Travis to help you register for Spring 2020 courses. No appointment is necessary for registration assistance on April 14th - April 17th, just drop by our Zoom sessions.

Ms. Brelinda Zoom Meeting address: https://mtsu.zoom.us/j/4843988751  Meeting ID: 484-398-8751

Mr. Travis Zoom Meeting address: https://mtsu.zoom.us/j/9246798331 Meeting ID: 924-679-8331

A Successful Start to the Spring Semester

Although our programming for the Spring semester was shortened, we were able to accomplish a lot since midterms of the fall semester. Mr. Travis Strattion and Ms. Brelinda Johnson are so grateful to serve on the Black History and Women's History month committees where they are allowed to represent the Office of Student Success, Scholars Academy, and the STAR program. Special events like the Blue Raider Pioneers provided a history of the first Black athletes at MTSU. Below you will find pictures of guest speakers from our lecture series, Black History Month, and Women's History Month. Legendary jazz musician, Kevin Whalum, spoke to students about his experience in the music industry. Political activist, Angela Rye, discussed the importance of exercising your right to vote. Student Success director, Dr. Cornelia Wills, encouraged students to listen to the wisdom of elders as they travel on their journey of life.

Scholars Academy Staff, Students, and Guest Speakers from October 2019 - March 2020

2020 Early Arrival Program

Recruitment Efforts Continue

Early arrival program staff members started 2020 by hitting the road to recruit participants for this upcoming summer. Mr. Travis Strattion, Ms. Brelinda Johnson, and Joseph Robinson visited high schools in the middle and west Tennessee area throughout the end of February and beginning of March. Early arrival program staff members and peer mentor JD Cameron also presented and spoke with students at MTSU Preview Day in February.

Applications are available online for 2020 Scholars Academy and S.T.A.R. programs. Encourage your friends and relatives to sign up as soon as possible. Incoming freshmen may sign up on the Scholars Academy or S.T.A.R. websites.

2020 Scholars Academy Recruiting Events



Peer mentors are a valuable asset to MTSU Early Arrival programs. Mentors go above and beyond to assist students to transition into their first year. Twenty-one peer mentors were selected to continue to work with selected students to help ensure a strong finish to the spring semester.

Pictured to the left: Peer mentors in training session


The next cohort of peer mentors have been selected. There were 110 great candidates that applied for the 2020 position and over 90 students interviewed. With such an amazing pool of candidates it was a challenge to only select sixty. Peer mentors will begin online introductory training in April.



Congratulations, you are a few weeks away from your first year of college coming to an end. A very memorable year to say the least. I encourage you to take some time to reflect on the person you were the first day you set foot at your Early Arrival program. What growth have you witnessed in yourself? If you could go back and tell yourself anything, what would you say?

(Above) Travis Strattion, Scholars Academy Assistant Manager and Lee Freeman, Scholars Academy student, at CUSTOMS 2019. (Right) Travis Strattion and Lee Freeman recreate their first time meeting each other at the closing ceremony of the Scholars Academy Freshmen Summer Institute in August 2019.
2019 STAR
2019 STAR

Scholars Academy featured on Out of the Blue

The Scholars Academy segment begins at 21:40.

Scholars Academy ONLINE Student Success Center Resource page

If you need assistance finding information about advising, tutoring, or the writing center, click on the link below.